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Tues., Thurs., Fri.  10-5
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Summer hours end after Labor Day!

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Fall Storytimes
Sessions begin Sept. 3

Infant Lapsit returns to its regular weekly schedule starting Friday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. Fall storytimes resume regular Thursday and Friday schedules starting Sept. 3.

Faxes Are Now $1/Page

Starting Sept. 1, the price of faxing and receiving faxes has increased to $1/page. Cover sheets will still be free.

Ginamark Concert
Saturday, Sept. 12, 12 noon

Celebrate the return of Saturday hours and the library's 21st anniversary in its current building with Ginamark, a popular band from Kingston! Bring your own brown bag lunch if you like. The Friends of the Library will provide cold drinks and ice cream or Popsicles. This performance is funded by the Halifax Cultural Council, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Every Hero Has a Story

Check out the photos from our Every Hero Has a Story summer reading program this year! Kudos and thanks to Marie Coady for another fantastic summer of events and activities! Thank you to the teen volunteers and the Company H puppeteers for all their hard work and help this summer!

Reserve Museum Passes from Home!

Museum Passes

You can now browse for and book museum passes online. A valid library card is needed to reserve and pick up the pass. Due to high demand, the Massachusetts State Parks parking pass is now available to Halifax residents only. *NEW* Boston Harbor Islands ferry pass (buy 1, get 1 free).

Book Clubs at the Library

We have clubs for all ages and interests. Here's what we're reading now:

  • Evening Readers - Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler| meeting - Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Mystery Readers - Notorious by Allison Brennan | meeting - Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Afternoon Readers - I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella | meeting - Sept. 15 at 1 p.m.
  • Children's Book Club - El Deafo by Cece Bell | meeting - Sept. 23 at 2:45 p.m.

Copies are available at the library. Check out the book club blogs to see what we've been reading lately. Join us online or in person for an upcoming meeting!

Download books and audiobooks

The SAILS Library Network is constantly updating the OverDrive collection. Check out the Holmes' NEW OverDrive Advantage collection, too! The Holmes is also part of the Commonwealth E-Books Collection beta project, so there are plenty of places to borrow ebooks and e-audiobooks!
Check out our Virtual Library Help to get started.

Our E-Technology webpage has links and resources from Best Bookish Apps for Kids aged 2-8 and Free Apps for Readers.

Library Newsletter Online

Our library newsletter features stories about library events, tips for finding books, and more. The monthly newsletter is available at the library and for download here! You may also subscribe to receive the library newsletter by email each month, and receive info about new and notable books through our new BookLetters service.

Friends of the Library

The next regular meeting for the Friends will be Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 pm. New members are always welcome!

Library Board of Trustees

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Trustee meetings are open to the public.

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