September Wellness Wednesdays

Starting Tai-Chion Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00pm, we wyoga dogill offer three nights of health–for the body and mind.

On September 2, Julianna Record of Wachusett Wellness will lead a yoga class, focusing on meditation, breathing, and stretching.  These techniques, when practiced regularly, can balance your body and mind, resulting in a calmer life.

On September 16, Joanne Jeneski of Blue Heron School of  T’ai Chi in Sterling, will present some history of T’ai Chi and introduce some of the movements to participants.  Like yoga, this eastern philosophy can also bring balance to your life and help focus your mind.

On September 23, the library will welcome Clementine Bihiga, former Rwandan refugee and bullying survivor, to present her story, Happily Broken.  Rather than let her circumstances get her down, Clementine has been able to inspire others through her true tales of perseverance.

As usual, all programs at the library are free and open to the public. Register@bigelowlibrary.org

 

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Book Groups

Still looking for a book group?  Our book groups love new members!  The Saturday morning Short Story Group is looking for members, but the group is also entertaining suggestions for new authors!  Members get to read stories aloud at meetings, if interested.

The Tuesday Evening Book Group meets at 6pm and welcomes new members.  Books read are an eclectic bunch, both fiction and non-fiction, classic and modern.

Meeting for the first time on September 9th at 6:30, El Club del libro en Espanol will discuss books in Spanish, some translated from English, some native.  All are welcome.

Don’t see a book club that suits your needs?  Contact the library to start your own.  Librarians can give you book suggestions, if needed. Call 978-365-4160. You can base a book club on genres (like westerns or romance), or on audience (mother/daughter) or welcome everyone.

If you just want to check out non-professional book reviews or a place to post your own, look up www.goodreads.com

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Introducing BiblioBoard

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BiblioBoard® is the PatronsFirst mobile library. Here you will find digital collections of books, images, articles, audio and video from leading publishers and archives around the world. These materials are curated by subject and accessible from anywhere. We have built a library patron user experience that works elegantly across all web and mobile platforms and eliminates the complexity and cumbersome nature of current library interfaces.

BiblioBoard has millions of pages of curated primary source content, unlimited multi-user access and streaming audio and video. We also have a growing library of traditional publisher content including, fiction, graphic novels, comics, children’s books, university press books and much more. We launched in March 2013 with the firm belief that if libraries can deliver user experiences that compete with those of consumer companies like Amazon and Apple, it will transform information access for society.

The platform is accessible using modern web browsers, including Google Chrome, our preferred browser.    BiblioBoard is also available on the iPad®, iOS versions 7+, as well as Kindle Fire HD®, Nexus tablets® and Galaxy Tab® (Android 4.0+).

*Everything can be viewed/read online and login is only required for downloading.

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“Like” the Library on Facebook!!

Check out our Facebook page!! 

Get the most up-to-date information on upcoming programs, events, and
library happenings (for instance, did you know that we now have a Library Bunny? 
It’s on Facebook!!  Check it out!!). 

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FREE Foreign Language Learning Online

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Sign up to learn Spanish, French, Sign Language, Portuguese, German, English, Chinese and more!

Just by being a Bigelow Free Public Library user, you can register for FREE online language classes!

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Driver’s Ed Practice Exams Online

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The Bigelow Free Public Library has formed a partnership with Driving-Tests.org to offer FREE practice exams for RMV permits, car, motorcycle, and CDL licenses. 

The Massachusetts-specific exams are accessible from the library website at www.bigelowlibrary.org.  The collection includes Spanish versions of road sign practice exam and MA Driver’s Handbook. The site also include frequently asked questions about obtaining a Massachusetts driver’s license.

“This is just one more way we can help our patrons succeed with online resources,” says library director, Marie Mueller.  The practice exams and electronic handbooks are accessible from home, as well as in the library.

As always, this online resource is FREE to the public.
Call (978) 365-4160, ext. 221 for more information.

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Check Out Bigelow Library on Pinterest!!!

pinterest_logoNow you can find us on Pinterest!!  You’ll find up-to-date information about upcoming programs, new items we get at the library – including books and movies – and fun projects and pins for your amusement!
Click HERE to check it out today! 

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Researching Your Family Tree?

The Bigelow Library has subscribed to the following databases for library members:

Heritage Quest (accessible from our Online Resources tab from any computer)
Ancestry.com (accessibility is only available on library computers)

Both of these well-known resources can give you access to primary research documents like census data and birth and death records.

 

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How much is the library worth to you?

Do you check out movies? Attend programs? Borrow books? However you engage with the library, it’s worth something.

The Massachusetts Library Association invites you to calculate your library use into real money: http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/library_info/calculator.html

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What Should I Read Next?

You know the feeling: finishing a thrilling novel or an engaging nonfiction work and wanting to sustain that momentum to the next book. But what is that next book?
Books & Authors is a great resource that offers ways to explore the endless possibilities and combinations of books, authors, and topics. 

Use this FREE resource to spice up your reading with expert title recommendations, seasonal suggestions, read-a-likes, and award and community lists. Click here to access Books & Authors. 

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners purchases this resource with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for use by all Massachusetts residents. 
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