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Halifax Reads!
Wed. Oct. 7, 7:00 p.m.

The new Halifax Reads selection -- Sharron Kahn Luttrell's memoir Weekends with Daisy -- is about the author's experience sharing the training of Daisy, a golden Labrador retriever puppy, to become an assistance dog, with a prison inmate named Kevin through the Prison Pups Partnership program run by NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services).
On Wed. Oct. 7, at 7:00 p.m., Dawn Anderson, a speaker from NEADS, will tell us how the Prison Pups Partnership program operates at MCI Plymouth; what it does to help for the rehabilitation of inmates; how the puppies are assigned and trained during the week in the prison environment; and how families become involved as weekend puppy handlers, as Sharron did, to expose the dogs to sights and sounds of life outside the prison walls.
Copies of Weekends with Daisy are available to check out!
Halifax Reads is funded by the Friends of the Library and through your gifts to the library's Gift Fund.

Fall Storytimes
Sessions run Sept. 3-Oct. 9

Infant Lapsit is every Friday at 10 a.m. Fall storytime sessions run through Oct. 9. Check Children's Page for details!

Faxes Raised to $1/Page

Starting Sept. 1, the price of faxing and receiving faxes has increased to $1/page from 50 cents/page. Cover sheets will still be free.

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 - Weekends with Daisy by Sharron Kahn Luttrell| meeting - Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. (a Halifax Reads! event)
  • Mystery Readers - Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy| meeting - Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Afternoon Readers - The Sweet Potato Queens' First Big Ass Novel by Jill Conner Browne with Karin Gillespie| meeting - Oct. 20 at 1 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, October 28 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, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Trustee meetings are open to the public.

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