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Imagine Your Story. 2020 Summer Reading. July 6 – August 3. A smiling purple and yellow dragon emerges from a book.

2020 Summer Reading Program

Curbside Pickup Begins Monday, June 15

Children’s Room Patio

Monday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

It’s Easy:

  1. Request an item the same way you did before: online or by calling us.
  2. When your request is ready for pickup, you will receive a notice by email, text, or a phone call.
  3. Drive to the side of the building near the children’s room, and call us at 978-346-9441 to let us know you have arrived.
  4. Remain in your car while we place your books on a table located on the children’s room patio. Once we have gone back inside, you may leave your car and pickup your books.

Important Things to Know

All patrons and staff are required to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and all materials returned to the library are quarantined for 72 hours.

At this time, all items must be available at the Merrimac library since the delivery service from other libraries has not started up again.

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Who’s in the mood for take-out?

You may only pickup items that are on hold and that you have received a message saying are ready.

Please continue to return all items to the book drop at the front of the building, we will not accept returns on the patio. We are also unable to accept donations.

We are happy to “Browse” our New collection for you by letting you know which authors, genres, or series that have just come in. We can also select a collection of books by topics; such as dinosaurs, trains, space, etc. Just give us a call.

Are you a “walk-up” patron? Not a problem, simply wait on the sidewalk near the parking spaces and follow the same procedures as the drivers.

If you have a problem with your library card, can’t remember your PIN, need to apply for a card, don’t hesitate to call, most issues can be taken care of over the phone.

Our borrowing periods on all items have been extended by 1 week to allow extra time for these new procedures.

You may notice that the items you return take a few days to be checked in, this is due to the 3 day quarantine, you will not receive any fines.

The staff will be touching the books during preparation and delivery. If you are concerned, we suggested that you quarantine the items for 72 hours before you use them. Please do not use any cleansers to wipe down the items as it may damage the surfaces.

This is all new, so please call with questions, we are happy to help.


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Library programs are listed on the events calendar.


Stay Connected With Your Digital Library.

Check out some of the most popular and newest online resources listed below.


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Reader’s Advisory

We’ve compiled a list of online reader’s advisory resources including links to our new Virtual Staff Picks; a digital version of the BookPage publication; websites for book and media recommendations/reviews for parents, teens, and kids; the NY Times Book Review and more! Check out the resources.


MVLC Mobile.

Check Out MVLC’s New Mobile App

MVLC Mobile makes it quick and easy to access the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium on the go! Search the MVLC catalog, download items, manage your account, access your library’s electronic resources, and learn about library events with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Download on the App Store. Apple store link. Get it on Google Play. Google play store link.
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OverDrive & Libby: One Digital Library With Two Apps

Borrow and read eBooks and audiobooks (for all ages) from Overdrive, or through the Overdrive app, Libby. You can immediately download an “Available Now … No Wait Book”, browse through a collection of popular magazines, or plan your next vacation with Lonely Planet Travel Guides. All you need is your library card! As an added bonus, you can borrow titles from other Massachusetts Public Libraries.

OverDrive: mvlc.overdrive.com
Libby: www.overdrive.com/apps/libby


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Boston Public Library eCard

An eCard is a Boston Public Library card that you can sign up for online and which provides free access to all their online resources, including OverDrive and Hoopla. eCards are available to anyone who lives, resides part-time to attend school, owns property, or works in Massachusetts. You do not have to have a local library card to sign up for a BPL eCard.

www.bpl.org/ecard/


Tumble Books. eBooks for eKids. Get tumbling! A smiling purple book cartoon performs somersaults with arms and legs outstretched.

TumbleBooks: eBooks for eKids

TumbleBooks has granted free temporary statewide access to their eBook and audiobook collections until August 31, 2020. Read picture books, non-fiction, graphic novels, and chapter books. Listen to a story as it is read aloud to you. Watch videos. Listen to music. No library card needed and no limits!

username: matumbles
password: trial
www.tumblebooks.com


Sesame Workshop: Caring for Each Other. Muppets Mae and Elmo smiling and hugging. Mae has purple hair and is wearing a flower printed dress. Elmo has red fur.

Sesame Workshop: Caring for Each Other

Sesame Workshop has created “Caring for Each Other” in response to COVID19, a webpage of videos, games, activities, and free downloadable eBooks. Find resources for health, learning at home, and more.

www.sesamestreet.org/caring


Library of Congress.

Library of Congress: Engage!

The Library of Congress’s website will allow you to engage with authors you love and connect to the library’s resources from anywhere in the world.

www.loc.gov/engage/


Freading.

Freading: A New Look At Library Lending

Freading is a free eBook download service available to library cardholders, offering tens of thousands of titles. Freading has its own apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. It is also compatible with the Kindle Fire, Nook, and Kobo e-readers.

merrimaclibrary.freading.com


Safari Books Online.

Safari Books Online

The Merrimac Public Library has subscribed to Safari Books Online, an on-demand digital library providing access to over 12,400 technology, creative and business books from leading publishers. Safari Books Online offers immediate access to many books with lots of answers — not just one.


Rocket Languages.

Rocket Languages

The Merrimac Public Library has subscribed to Rocket Languages. Learn a language with online courses from Rocket Languages, which offers 11 different foreign languages.


Wowbrary

Wowbrary: The Newest Stuff At Your Library

Free alerts about Merrimac Public Library’s newest books, movies & music! Wowbrary makes it easy for you to browse through the latest additions and place a hold on a new title. View this week’s top choices on the Wowbrary website or sign up for the email newsletter.