Meet the Author: Lynda Cohen Loigman

Join us at 7 p.m. June 1 via Zoom as we meet Lynda Cohen Loigman as she discusses her most recent novel “The Wartime Sisters.” About the book: “Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.” On “The Wartime Sisters,” New York Times-bestselling author Jenna Blum writes that it “is a heartfelt and poignant portrait of the complex bond between sisters, how our childhood roles define us as adults, and what dire consequences that can have, especially in times of war.” Register at our website and we will send you a link to the Zoom program one hour before the program is scheduled to begin. This step adds a level of security to our online programs.

New! Career Development and Technology Ebooks

Weymouth library patrons now have access to O’Reilly for Public Libraries through June 14. This service gives you access to 45,000 ebooks that you can read in your browser from top publishers on career development, job applications, learning technology/software and hobbies. You have access to more than 900 ebooks from the “For Dummies” series, hundreds of books and videos for makers, gamers and tinkerers, more than 100 hobbyist titles including “STEAM Lab for Kids” and “The LEGO Build-It Book, Volumes 1 & 2,” 150 titles for job-seeking and career development – including “Job Hunting for Rookies,” “The Best Job in the World: How to Make a Living From Following Your Dreams” and “Your Job: Should You Go or Should You Stay?” Visit our website at http://weymouth.ma.us/libraries today to explore this new collection. Access is generously provided by ProQuest and O’Reilly for Public Libraries

New! Current Issues Database for Students

Patrons have access to the current issues database Exploring Issues through June 30. Exploring Issues provides focused coverage and clear analysis of timely, complex and controversial issues. Every topic is covered with an unbiased overview, thorough and clear pro/con presentations, critical-thinking questions, color infographics and statistics that support positions, cited primary and secondary source quotes, and an annotated list of related organizations for further research. The easy site navigation is enhanced with tools such as Google Drive, PDF download, email/share and MLA/APA citation export. Its user-friendly and clean design make it an excellent resource for middle and high school research papers, persuasive writing and discussions. Exploring Issues is optimized for use on computers, tablets and cellphones. Visit our website at http://weymouth.ma.us/libraries today to explore this new database. Access is generously provided by ReferencePoint Press.

Adult Book Club: “Emma” by Jane Austen

Join us via Zoom at 7 p.m. June 8 as the Adult Book Club discusses “Emma” by Jane Austen. Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organizing her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance. New members are always welcome. This title is available digitally through Libby. We will meet using Zoom. Please email jgallagher@ocln.org for information about Zoom or obtaining a copy of this title.

Buildings Closed But Library Is Open

Since March 16, when we were the last library on the South Shore to close to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you have checked out or accessed more than 15,500 ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, articles, historical items and magazines; hundreds of you have sought our help or information by phone, email and text; and hundreds more have attended our series of virtual programs for kids, teens and adults. Many of you have reached out with kind comments like “You continue to be an outstanding organization,” “The residents of Weymouth are very lucky to have such an outstanding group of librarians and staff during this very stressful time!,” “Thank you for helping us stay sane throughout this” and “You guys are the best.” We’ve always said the library is not our buildings. The library is our staff working together to meet your needs and helping to build a stronger community. While Fogg, North and Pratt libraries may be closed and the construction of Tufts Library has stopped, our work continues. Until we see you again, we are here for you and hope you remain healthy and safe.

It’s Great to Have Friends!

Many thanks go out to the Friends of Weymouth Public Libraries for making 80 cloth face masks for our library staff. This display of heartfelt concern for our staff is greatly appreciated.

Online Groups, Clubs, and Drop-In Programs

In addition to our special online events the Weymouth Public Libraries has plenty of ongoing groups, clubs and drop-in programs happening online. Every Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. we host games via Zoom, including pictionary and scattegories. It’s easy to play and our staff will be on-hand to help you get started with playing virtually. If you’re a Zoom novice and are anxious about trying it out, why not drop into our Zoom Coffee Hour on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. This is a casual hour where anyone who wants to can join to chat about the “topic of the week” or just get some practice at using the video-calling platform. Then on Friday mornings for the creative set, we have our “Craft and Chat” drop-in program, join us to show off your current crafting project, seek advice about something you’re working on or just have a chat! Please note that programs offered via Zoom require registration because we will be sending you the link to the Zoom room beforehand. You can register for these programs and more via our online calendar at http://weymouth.ma.us/libraries. You can also find our programs on several other online platforms: on Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. our “The Librarians Recommend: Live!” show airs on Facebook for anyone who’d like to watch. We accept reading recommendation requests from our wider audience in the week leading up and then respond to them live on the show, giving each request our personal attention. The shows are also recorded and posted to Facebook for later viewing. You can find out more about submitting a request and catch the show by following the Weymouth Public Libraries on Facebook. On Thursday afternoons at 2 p.m. you can find us over on YouTube Live where we help you take a break from the noise with our “Mindful Moments” series. Join us each week for 10-15 minutes of guided meditation, gentle stretching, calming music or thought exercises designed to help you practice self-care at this stressful time. Search for Weymouth Public Libraries on YouTube and subscribe to our channel to be notified when we upload new videos. Get notified about all of our programs by signing up for our weekly Online Programming newsletter at our website: http://weymouth.ma.us/libraries.

Reference Librarians Available to You

The library buildings are closed, but we are working hard from home to bring you all the digital library services and programs you love! Librarians are available to help or answer questions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday via phone, text, email or Facebook message. You can call or text our temporary phone number 781-384-5994, email us at wecontact@ocln.org or send us a message on Facebook at http://facebook.com/WeymouthPublicLibraries.

Virtual Programs for Teens

We also have some great programs for teens! We had a blast at Harry Potter Zoom trivia last Wednesday. We’re planning a virtual book club with a group of young adult librarians from the South Shore. Mark your calendars! The first meeting of Graphic Novel Chat will be at 3 p.m. June 23. Ages 11-18 are welcome.

No Internet? No Problem!

Are you interested in our online programs, but don’t have an internet connection at home? Maybe you have a friend or neighbor who would like to participate. You can call in and join the fun by phone! Call 781-384-5994 and a librarian will give you the unique phone number to access a particular program.

Virtual Program Archive

If you missed out on any of our past programs, many of them have been recorded and posted on our YouTube channel, including the Tour of our Historic Digital Collections, Mindful Moments, plus our growing collection of instructional videos. Subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any of our latest videos: https://youtu.be/-AIxchETfj0 .

Community Connections Newsletter

Since the Weymouth Public Libraries closed to the public in March we’ve been sending out a “Daily Community Connections” newsletter to help keep our community informed during this crisis. Each day we include local, state and federal COVID-19 resources: up-to-date information about orders being issued by the governor, financial assistance being made available to the unemployed or small businesses, and other social services that can help people stay sage and get by in these difficult times. We also include one or two things in each newsletter intended to raise spirits: virtual concerts and events, live streams of some of the most beautiful places on earth or ways to get yourself moving at home. Our goal is to make everyone feel just a little more connected to their community and the broader world. You can subscribe to the Daily Community Connections Newsletter by visiting our website and clicking on the link in the sidebar. There you will also find an archive of all past editions.

Baby Butterflies Zoom Story Time

Join Miss Amy and Miss Chris on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. for Baby Butterflies Zoom Story Time. This story time is best for children ages 0 to 4 and their grownups and offers a blend of musical activities and stories with simple concepts. There will be lots of singing, counting, animal noises and puppets! Grown-ups, be prepared to participate! Registration is required and can be found on our website. This Story Time will be presented using the Zoom application. We will be emailing the invitation to the Zoom Room 24 hours before it begins. You might like to take some time to create a Zoom account and practice with it if you are new to the application. If you’d like to practice using Zoom with a Reference Librarian ahead of time, email wecontact@ocln.org to set up a time.

Connecting with Our Patrons

With so much of the population isolated at home, digital access and connection has become more important than ever. Video conferencing tools have quickly become popular ways to connect to friends, family and the community. Our reference staff has been setting up one-on-one appointments to teach patrons how to use these tools. In April we held our first Adult Book Club @ Home Discussion. Each person talked about a book that they enjoyed and we decided to continue our regular monthly meetings from home using Zoom. Librarian Janet Gallagher emailed a list of all of the books that were discussed along with links to the digital copies and download instructions. She also encouraged members to contact me for help getting the eBooks on their device. Several members have reached out and are now reading through the Libby application on their phones, tablets or computers. The Reference Department has created video tutorials about downloading eBooks from OCLN and other Massachusetts library networks. Some book club members have used their new skills to get together with their children and grandchildren and even their Bible study group. We’re even using Zoom and Google Hangouts to connect with one another in our weekly staff tea party. Practice sessions have been provided as needed and the staff has enjoyed getting together to socialize.

What to Read? The Librarians Recommend

Librarians love to talk about books and being at home has been a great opportunity to share book recommendations with our patrons. Our monthly The Librarians Recommend Newsletter includes several sections. Our April issue featured a list of novels set during pandemics, a list of the Massachusetts Book Awards must-read fiction and our picks for great books scheduled to be published in April. This month’s video was filmed by each of us at home and compiled and edited by Dan at WETC and included in the newsletter. We each talked about a book that we are reading while we are at home. Another way that we have shared our love of reading is through our BookMatch service. Library patrons fill out a form telling us what books they have enjoyed and what they want to read now. We then create a personalized reading list for them, including links to digital copies of the books and instructions to download eBooks from the library. The Reference Department collaborates on these lists using library resources and our own reading experience to provide lists of book suggestions for these patrons. Word of this service has spread outside of Weymouth and we have made suggestions to people from other towns.

New Ancestry Library Edition at Home

Ancestry.com is an ever-popular genealogy resource website. We’re proud to offer Library Ancestry Edition to you at our library locations. But since our library buildings are closed, we’ve worked with Ancestry and Proquest so that you can access Ancestry Library Edition at home. You’ll just need to enter your Weymouth library card. Ancestry and Proquest are generously allowing at-home access through the end of May 2020. Ancestry Library Edition does not allow for the creation of individual accounts, but you’ll have full access to the resources available. To get started, visit https://bit.ly/3g3IGWW or look for the icon on our main web page at http://bit.ly/2Kdubm1.

New! Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is an acclaimed interactive language learning program that can be accessed from a web browser. Rosetta Stone is comprehensive, and even gives you feedback on your pronunciation thanks to TruAccent, its patented speech recognition tool. Rosetta Stone Library Edition has been generously made available for free to public libraries through June 30 by Rosetta Stone and EBSCO. This is the first time Rosetta Stone has been available to Weymouth library card holders. We’re very excited to be able to offer it to you. Comprehensive lessons in over 30 languages are available! You can learn more than one language at a time. Rosetta Stone says that the best way to get the most out of their lessons is to set aside 30 minutes five times a week. With two months of access, you’ll be able to learn a lot in that time if you start now! Check out our website for details on how to access Rosetta Stone: https://bit.ly/3g1qH3D.

Miss Humblee’s Academy

We can help prepare your preschooler for kindergarten and beyond! Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an interactive kindergarten-readiness program that introduces children ages 3-6 to key concepts in math, science, social studies, language and literacy, art and music. It’s as challenging as it is fun! You can find a link to Miss Humblebee’s Academy on the children’s page of our website: http://weymouth.ma.us/children

Tumblebooks

Are your kids looking for a quick book to read online? Tumblebooks to the rescue! You’ll find picture books, chapter books, graphic novels and more! View Tumblebooks by clicking on the link from our website. Use your phone, tablet, desktop or laptop.

Publisher’s Grant Free Access to Digital Books

Several publishers have temporarily granted access to their digital books during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll find links to these books for children on the “Home Learners” tab on the children’s page of our website.