The Attleboro Library is looking forward to 2018!

Welcome to a new year and some new concepts at YOUR Library! What’s NEW at the APL, you ask? We invite you to come in and take a look!

You may have noticed that we have been testing the idea of lending jigsaw puzzles. With the donations that are coming in, and the enthusiasm for this collection, we have increased our offerings for families and adults to take home. These puzzles vary in complexity and range in size from 100-1500 pieces. One even glows in the dark!

We’ve added some other interesting items to our collections recently. Our friends, The Unlikely Strummers, donated a ukulele that will soon be available at the Circulation Desk for you to try at home for a couple of weeks. If you need tips on getting the most out of this fun instrument, stop at the Reference Department for access to the instruction books you can check out. Looking to get fit in 2018? Try our new Fitness Zumba kit with 7 dvds and toning sticks. Check out for two weeks at a time. The latest Civics and Citizenship Toolkit is also on the shelf and ready to be used.

You will soon see new “Reading Bikes” in the Children’s Room and on the second floor, bought with a grant to encourage reading and riding. The Children’s Room bikes will be available to individuals in middle school. The second floor bike will accommodate teens and adults interested in getting in some exercise of the body as well as the mind.

In response to your requests, the Reference Department will be adding a charging station to the second floor. The charging station in the Children’s Room has been greatly appreciated by tweens and parents utilizing that space, so we are expanding the service.

Thanks to a federally funded, Mind in the Making Grant, the Children’s Room will soon be offering some new programs for preschoolers and their parents. We will also be able to buy new toys, books, and movies, and to replace the worn out couch! Yeah!

The Strengthening Communities through Libraries Grant will bring innovative, animal-themed STEM programs and materials to the Library and will incorporate the expertise of our great community partners. Half of the programs will take place at the Library, while the other half introduces you to community agencies. We’re partnering with the Attleboro Arts Museum, the Attleboro Land Trust, Attleboro Public Schools, Capron Park Zoo, Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary, The Literacy Center and SEED.

The NEA Big Read grant is due this month. This fall we promise readers an exciting experience as we add new partners and events to our offerings. Mum’s the word until late summer as to what we have in store for you.

Your APL is thriving, as witnessed by our being the top circulating library both in-house and online within the SAILS Network for the past three months! We appreciate your support for our programs, staff, and resources. May we continue to see your support in 2018!