New museum passes available at Milford Town Library – Milford Daily News

The Milford Town Library has 11 passes to museums and other venues. Several are new this season, and some museums are just now admitting visitors. To see the full list and reserve your date, go to www.milfordtownlibrary.org, and click on Museum Passes. 
The Museum of Science has some special exhibits worth considering. “All Aboard: Trains at Science Park” is returning Nov. 20. This exhibit is free with Exhibit Hall entry pass. You can visit classic miniature landscapes with model trains, snow-covered peaks, engaging activities, and even a few surprises! 
For only a $6 add-on ticket, go on an extraordinary winter adventure with the “Polar Express 4-D Experience.” Make a day of your visit and also experience the “Rocky Mountain Express” for an additional $6 add-on ticket. Journey back to the age of steam and the ingenuity that shaped a nation. 
The Friends of the Library is holding several fall Book Sales this year instead of just one. Sales will be held on Thursdays Nov. 18, and Dec. 2 and 9, from 3 to 6 p.m.; also on Saturdays Nov. 20, and Dec. 4 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friends of the Library Book Sales are a great place to pick up some wonderful books for yourself or giving to others. There are several exciting  Coffee Table books that would make special presents at holiday time. 
Looking for cookbooks, mysteries, biographies, books on gardening, painting, new fiction? All these and more can be found at the book sales. 
In addition, there are DVDs, CDs and puzzles galore to take home and enjoy during your leisure time, or again, give as gifts.  
Make a point of stopping in to one of the Book Sales this fall. You’ll find lots of treasures, and you’ll be helping the Friends fund museum passes and library programming, as well as plantings for the Lennard Hill Park and Garden come spring. 
The Center Book Group will meet next on Tuesday, Nov. 16 to discuss Rebecca Serle’s novel “In Five Years.”
The publisher describes “In Five Years” as “the next great love story. It’s just not the one you’re expecting.” The heroine Dannie Cohan is a young, driven, lawyer who maps out her life in meticulous detail — in contrast to her free-spirited best friend Bella. 
When Dannie has a vivid dream one night about her possible future with a man who isn’t her current serious boyfriend, she finds she can’t shake the unsettling feelings that remain, long after she’s awake. Turns out, her “dream man” does enter her waking life, but as Bella’s new boyfriend.  
This page-turner with a twist will go down easy and leave readers feeling wistful about their own choices and expectations. A book group favorite since 2020, it’s been picked as a selection for ABC TV’s “Good Morning America” and Marie Claire magazine book groups. 
The Center Book Group welcomes newcomers to these informal, but informative meetings. To reserve a copy of “In Five Years,” please email [email protected] or call the Information Desk at 508-473-2145, ext. 2. 
The Milford Town Library is partnering with the Tewksbury Library to present three virtual author presentations in November. These programs are free and you can attend one, two or three events. Registration is required. Email [email protected] or call the Information Desk at 508-473-2145 ext. 219 to sign-up. Here is the first one. 
Nov. 16, 7-8 p.m.: “Is Rape a Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto,” by Michelle Bowdler.  
Award-winning writer and public health executive Michelle Bowdler’s memoir indicts how sexual violence has been addressed for decades in our society, asking whether rape is a crime given that it is the least reported major felony, least successfully prosecuted, and fewer than 3% of rapists ever spend a day in jail. Bowdler says: Cases are closed before they are investigated and DNA evidence sits for years untested and disregarded. Rape in this country is not treated as a crime of brutal violence but as a parlor game of he said / she said. It might be laughable if it didn’t work so much of the time. Given all this, it seems fair to ask whether rape is actually a crime.  
It’s never too late to learn more about money decisions. For that reason, the round table near the Circulation Desk is featuring a selection of materials to help with making smart financial decisions and managing your money, 
Here you’ll find handouts (in both English and Spanish) on making a budget, building a better credit report and smart saving for college. There are also books on scholarships, saving, becoming debt free and more. Take a look. You might find something to put your life on a better financial footing. 
The round table near the Reference Desk will feature books and DVDs focusing on the vegan lifestyle for the first half of November. Some great cookbooks will be on display, a few by famous chefs and cookbook authors. Take a look. You’re are sure to find something of interest to inspire you to try the health benefits of going Vegan. 
The next meeting of the Cookbook Club will be on Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Children’s’ Program Room. 
For this meeting, we will be bringing our favorite Thanksgiving Dinner sides, desserts and appetizers to share.  
Paper plates and napkins will be provided to members. We are requesting participants bring their own reusable water bottles and cutlery to avoid any further proliferation of plastic in our oceans and landfills. Paper cups will be available as well as a pitcher of filtered water. Members should also bring containers to take home leftovers. 
Please notify Reference Librarian Mary Frances Best a few days before the meeting if you are planning to attend, so we can provide enough seating, etc.  
For those who are unable to attend the in-house meeting, there will be a Zoom option. Please email Mary Frances if you would like to receive the Zoom link. 
If interested in becoming a member, email Mary Frances at [email protected]
The Contemporary Book Group meets in the library’s ESL Classroom on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the book “Conversations with Friends,” by Sally Rooney. 
This sharply intelligent debut novel by Irish author Rooney is about two college students and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with a married couple.  
Written with gem-like precision and probing intelligence, “Conversations with Friends” is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth. 
To reserve a copy of “Conversations with Friends,” or for more information about the group, email Shelley at [email protected] 
The wonderful group exhibit by the Atelier Artists will continue through November at the Milford Town Library. The Atelier Artists under the direction of Sal Ferreira present their interpretations on the theme of renewal.  
Artwork in various media — mostly oil though some acrylic, pastel and photography will be displayed together near the Information Desk at the library.  Every fall, a group challenge on a particular theme results in an exhibit that feels simultaneously cohesive and individual.  
This group of artists has a long history painting and exhibiting together since 2008 to the present time. When you view the exhibit, be sure to also take a look at the display case which brings together some programs and flyers from earlier shows and group challenges.  
Some of the artists are original members while others have joined in the last few years. New members bring fresh energy and their own painting styles. Sal Ferreira has nurtured a true atelier spirit of creating, supporting, encouraging and inspiring each other within the group.  
While COVID prevented a larger group exhibit and limited the times when the group could safely be together in the last year and a half, it didn’t dampen the impulse and need to express oneself. Please stop by to see exhibit and feel free to leave comments for the artists. 
For now, we have canceled the Drop-in Reading Group for ESL students on Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. We may add another group or extend one of the other drop-in groups on Tuesdays or Thursdays.   
Drop-in Conversation classes are held on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. The regular Drop-in ESL classes meet on Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m.  
Active Citizen: Citizenship Prep classes are held on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. (this program is not a drop-in as students must be nearing minimum residency requirements (five years in nearly all cases). The instructor or ESL Coordinator needs to approve you for the course. The instructor Atef Sorial, worked as a guidance counselor in his native Egypt, went through the naturalization process himself and he now works with the Milford Public Schools and Milford Hospital on Project Search.  
Copies of the October calendar will be at the Reference Desk, the Grab ‘n Go Table, near the ESL classroom, and on our website. 
The AARP Tax-Aide Program is looking for volunteers to help low-and moderate-income people prepare their federal and Massachusetts income taxes.  
As a Tax-Aide volunteer, you will receive excellent training over three Saturdays in December. Tax-Aide volunteers work 6 to 8 hours per week between February 1st and early April. 
The AARP Tax-Aide Program is offered at 41 senior centers and libraries in Central Mass. – including right here in Milford! Last year, our volunteers helped complete more than 4700 tax returns for people in our communities.  
Training begins in December. Internet access and computer skills are a must. 
If you are interested, go to https://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/get-involved/ and select “Volunteer With AARP Tax-Aide Program” from the options. 
Many people did a lot of sorting and organizing in their home spaces during the earliest days of the pandemic. Perhaps, you were one of those people who found a collection that you hadn’t seen in a while or even forgotten you had. 
Please think about sharing your collection with the Milford Town Library. Both the adult and children’s departments have a display case that can securely showcase your treasures.  
Pre-pandemic we usually had rotating monthly displays including dolls, badges, photographs, travel souvenirs, tea cups, snowmen, penguins, key fobs. 
Please contact the Information Desk at 508-473-2145, ext 2 to schedule your month.  
The Milford Town Library accepts donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry every day. During the pandemic, when food insecurity has become more severe for many, donations of food for the pantry are especially welcome. These donations may be placed in the blue bucket under the Friends of the Library Book Table. 
For more library information, visit us: www.milfordtownlibrary.org 
Library News is compiled weekly by Reference Librarian Mary Frances Best.

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