The next big thing — a little piece of Walden in Clinton

Working in collaboration with Freedom’s Way & Rauscher Farm, the library will host A Summer Ramble with Henry David Thoreau on July 11 at 2pm. Start at the library for rauschersome outdoor activities, then take the open-air Trolley to Rauscher Farm to meet Henry and ramble about Clamshell Pond.

The Trolley is sponsored by the Friends of the Bigelow Library.

This is an event the whole family can enjoy!


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Family Trivia Night

Are you…

…a master of useless superhero information?

…terrific under pressure?

…looking for some family fun on June 24?vertigo

If you answered YES! to any of those questions, you should definitely register for and attend the Summer Reading Kickoff event: Superhero Trivia Night on Wed, June 24 at 6:30.  Guaranteed to be fun, no matter what your secret superpower. or call 978-365-4160



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Summer Reading Books

Please Help!

If you have an extra copy of any of the Required Summer Reading Books for the Clinton School System or Assabet Valley, please consider donating them to the library so that all children will have the opportunity to read them. We have at least 2 copies of most books, but it can’t hurt to be prepared for the onslaught of readers.

Thank you!

Students entering Grade 4 must read: Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo Students entering Grade 5 must read: Holes by Louis Sachar
Students entering Grade 6 must read: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Students entering Grade 7 must read: Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine
Students entering Grade 8 must read: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Clinton High School Summer Reading List

Assabet Valley Summer Reading List

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Introducing BiblioBoard




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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Upcoming program

Who Invented the Gasoline Automobile?

The Bigelow Free Public Library will be hosting Clinton resident Carol Jean Lambert to talk about who invented the gasoline automobile. She will be presentincarg her talk on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00 in the Community Room.

John Lambert, known as the Father of the Gradual Transmission during his lifetime, built the first gasoline-powered automobile in Ohio in January 1891.  It may not have been a big seller then, but in 1902 the Lambert auto company began producing its eponymous car.

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What would happen if the TARDIS landed at Downton Abbey?

I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I love Doctor WhoTARDIS1 & Downton Abbey.  They are filled with such interesting characters who don’t ever do what I want them to. (Okay, I’m only on series 4 for Doctor Who and in the middle of season 5 for Downton Abbey, but still, I’m getting there. Me and my DVD player). So I was thinking what would happen if the TARDIS (for those of you who don’t know, that is the Doctor’s mode of transportation) landed at Downton Abbey

  • With lips in a state of disapproval, Carson would have it removed from the premises. Maybe sent to the barn, if it absolutely had to be saved. After all, a police call box is so gauche.
  • Tom Branson would try to tinker with it to see what’s wrong.
  • Lady Mary would look at the Doctor to possibly add him to her list of potential unsuitable suitors.
  • Captain Jack Harkness would surely see through Thomas Barrow‘s exterior and flirt like mad, only to leave him behind with a broken heart when the TARDIS is repaired.
  • Dowager Countess Violet Crawley would definitely say something droll, then pretend it doesn’t exist.
  • Trying to satisfy her urge for adventure, Lady Edith Crawley, would vie to be the Doctor’s next companion.
  • And, of course, Harriett Jones, former Prime Minister, and Mrs. Isobel Crawley, distantly related to the family by marriage, would have a deja vu moment or two.

There are so many possibilities with this match-up. But luckily for everyone, I’m not writing the series.

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Be Smart with Your Money at the Library

Fun Fact: The week of April 18 to 25 was designated ‘Money Smart Week’ by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Though it’s possible that the week is only celebrated in the ‘Land of Lincoln’, there are many ways we all can be smart about money:

1) The Bigelow Free Public Library hosted “Get in the Financial Groove” on tax day (April 15). A seasoned financial adviser answered questions and told tales from her own life and those of her clients (anonymously, of course). Tales covered both what you should and should not do with your money.

Learn at the library for free. Every Wednesday night, the library is open late (8:00 pm) and we frequently have live programs — workshops, music, classes, entertainment — free and open to the public.

2) Have you borrowed materials from the library lately (books, DVDs, audios)? Next time, take a look at your due-date slip and see how much money you saved by borrowing items instead of buying them! The average cost of a hard cover adult book is $25. Could you afford to spend that much on books every week? Even if you buy a new paperback from the airport rack, it’ll still cost you at least $6.99 (plus tax).

3) Do you trawl the Internet using Wi-Fi in a café? How much do you spend on coffee or snacks or lunch while you’re using the Wi-Fi? The Bigelow Free Public Library (and most libraries in Massachusetts) have free Wi-Fi you can hook into. True, we don’t have lattés or scones, but we do have a quiet community space to study in. Depending on the time of day and the direction of the sun, you don’t even have to leave your car.

4) Planning a vacation to Spain (or France or China or Korea,) but you don’t have the extra money to take a language course? The library subscribes to Rocket Languages’ so you don’t have to! Just sign up and log in from our website. You can study on your own time and be ready (or slightly more prepared) for your next trip abroad. Spend the money you saved on an extra souvenir.

5) The average cost of admission to a museum is $10. With a family of four, that’s $40 – plus lunch – and (if you’re in my family) a trip to the gift shop. Next time you want to go to a local (or not so local) museum, borrow a pass from the library. We’ve got a bunch of them, just call (or check here) to see what’s available. Some passes allow for completely free entry (Museum of Russian Icons, for instance) and others offer a 50 percent discount. Either way, you’re being smart with your money.

So, the next time someone asks, “What’s in your wallet?” tell them you have a library card, because the benefits you get far outweigh those from a credit card. Be money smart every week at your library. 

As printed in the ITEM, 5/1/15
Marie Letarte Mueller is director of the Bigelow Free Public Library.

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FREE Foreign Language Learning Online


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 to offer FREE practice exams for RMV permits, car, motorcycle, and CDL licenses. 

The Massachusetts-specific exams are accessible from the library website at  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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