What do you want to call it?

  • The Library of Things (LoT)?
  • Library of Unexpected Items (LOUI)?
  • Non-Traditional Items?
  • Non-Book Materials?

It doesn’t really matter what this collection is called.
All that matters is that you are aware it exists!

    Loan Instructions:

    • Must be 18 years or older to borrow
    • Must have a valid CW MARS Library Card in good standing
    • Item must be picked up inside the Library and returned to the main desk
    • Items have a two-week loan period

    Just ask at the main desk for more information!

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    Hotspots to Borrow

    Did you know that the Bigelow Free Public Library has Wi-Fi hotspots for Clinton residents to borrow with their library card? Are you going on vacation where the Wi-Fi might be sketchy (or non-existent)? Borrow a hotspot! wifi symbol

    What is a hotspot?
    Put simply, a portable hotspot taps into cellular networks, just like a smartphone does. Once it’s zeroed in on cellular data connection (using the T-Mobile/Sprint network), a mobile hotspot can share that connection via Wi-Fi with nearby smartphones, laptops, tablets, or any device that can connect to a Wi-Fi network.

    Please see our new Hot Spot Lending & Circulation Policy for more details.

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    Free Music!


    The Bigelow Free Public Library has a subscription to a streaming/download music service: Freegal Music

    Freegal is a free music service from your library. All you need is your library card number and PIN to log in. Freegal offers FREE access to over 13 million songs and over 40,000 music videos! There is no software to download and there are no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Access to Freegal is limited to patrons of subscribing libraries (this includes us!!).

    * You must be a Clinton resident to access Freegal Music.
    * Your weekly download allotment is 3. Your daily streaming allotment is unlimited. Please note, music videos are considered premium content, making a video download count as 2 of your weekly selections. If you do not have 2 downloads left, you will not be able to download a video. Please visit Freegal’s FAQ page for more information.
    * Use your library card number and PIN to log in. Don’t know your PIN?  Give us a call at 978-365-4160 for help.

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    Browse our newly added titles!

    What’s New??
    Do you want to see the latest our library has to offer? View titles that have been added to our collection within the last 14 days!!  Once you are at the list of new titles, you can limit the results by choosing the format you want from the dropdown list (for instance, DVD) and clicking the ‘Search” button. 

    Wowbrary: Sign up for weekly emails to see what's new at the Library!

    Sign Up Today!
    You can also sign up to receive free weekly email alerts about our newest books, movies, and more with Wowbrary! You’ll discover the latest items our library has to offer and reserve bestsellers instantly!!

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    Digital magazines are here!!

    Browse the C/W MARS magazine digital collection HERENow you can borrow your favorites for FREE with your library card!!  There are more than 90 magazine titles to choose from!!  Check one (or more) out today!! 

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    Universal Class

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    Ready to learn something new?
    Universal Class with your Bigelow Library card!

    More than 500 classes to choose from!

    Continue Your Education with Universal Class

    Knowledge is Power
    Learn something new today! Universal Class offers hundreds of online CE classes facilitated by dedicated instructors sharing their knowledge on almost any imaginable topic. Join us today, and let’s start learning together.

    Assessment of Your Progress
    Verify your learning progress with the assessment of assignments and exams. Receive actual grades and feedback regarding your performance.

    Earn CEUs and Certificates
    Earn a certificate documenting your CEUs, contact hours, and course completion. Build your online portfolio and share your achievements with others.

    Go At Your Own Pace
    All courses are self-paced. This means you can learn when you want on your own time. You do not need to be online at a specific date or time.

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    How do I determine credibility of health news?

    Listen to this 20 minute podcast from the Public Libraries Association to help!

    Then check out our Health Resources page online

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    Health Literacy Resources

    Check out our Health Literacy web site.  It will evolve as reliable resources get updated and change.  For now, be sure to keep tabs on your own health and check this space regularly. 



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    Learn a New Language with Mango Languages

    We are so excited to offer Mango Languages to our library customers!

    Mango offers 72 languages plus 36 specialty courses
    Wine & Cheese French or Russian slang).
    Sign in with your Bigelow Library card number & create an account to get started.

    Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English. Want to learn more than one lesson? Gain further access to Mango’s 70+ languages or 21 English courses by signing in with your library card number and creating an account! 

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    Little Free Library

    Visit our Little Free Library at the Philbin Memorial Park (the Acre Playground – at the corner of Berlin St. and Chase St.)

    From the ITEM on 8/4/17
    CLINTON – Libraries don’t need to be big to make a huge impact on a community.

    Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon and are growing in popularity across the country. Now, the Bigelow Free Public Library and Clinton Parks and Recreation have brought one to Clinton.

    After a public vote, the “Schoolhouse” design was chosen and installed in Edward J. Philbin Memorial Park, at the corner of Berlin and Wilson streets. The park is also known to some as Acre Park.

    The grand opening ribbon-cutting and celebration was held in the afternoon sunshine on Friday, July 28, with children and adults enjoying a book-cover craft, free Italian ices, and of course lots of new books to read, as well as the facilities of the park such as the playground and splashpad.

    Adults and children can borrow a book and return it, or take one home and keep it. You don’t even have to take one home — you can just read a book in the park. As Library Director Marie Mueller explained, it is “books for all. Books make the world a better place.”

    The Clinton Little Free Library is part of a network of 50,000 Little Free Libraries all over the world; Clinton is literally on the map.

    After the ribbon-cutting, children lined up to take a book. Some children had a little trouble opening the door to the doghouse-size free library. Library personnel explained to the children that it’s airtight to protect the books in inclement weather, so sometimes it just needs a good strong pull.

    “I think it’s wonderful,” said library patron Betheney Zeigler. “The more books you can get into kids’ lives, the better.”

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