Abbot Public Library’s Current Services – September 2021

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

Monday through Friday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Public computers are available with limited access to printing.

GRAB & GO SERVICE

Wednesday: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The building is Open to the public. If you would like to pick up your pre-checked out items, please make a reservation online or call (781) 631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 for children’s items and Ext. 201 or 223 for teen or adult items. Items can be picked up at customer service desks.

In consideration of the health and safety of our community, especially our youngest patrons, masks are now required in the library. This decision will be reevaluated in two months.

With thanks to the Friends of Abbot Public Library, we are happy to announce that our popular Museum Pass Program resumes in the Fall. Please check our website for details.

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APL Service Updates Beginning 9/8/21: Open Monday Through Saturday, New Grab and Go Service, And More!

Abbot Public Library will be opening on Wednesdays from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm beginning on Wednesday, September 8. A Grab & Go Service will replace the current Curbside Pick-up Service on Wednesdays. All items can be picked up inside the library in bags labeled with your last name. Adult and Teen items will be located in the foyer of the front entrance of the library. Children’s items will be located at the entrance of the Children’s Room.

To register, click on an available date and time here or call  (781) 631-1481 to pick up your items.

Public computers are available with limited access to printing.

*Please note: You must receive a notification that your items are ready to pick up before registering for an appointment.

Have questions? Call the library at (781) 631-1481 Monday-Friday from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm for assistance.

Click on a date and time in the calendar here to register for Curbside Pickup of your library items on September 1 or Grab and Go on September 8.

Please see our full schedule below:

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Monday through Friday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Public computers are available with limited access to printing.

NEW GRAB & GO SERVICE

Wednesday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

The building is Open to the public. If you would like to pick up your pre-checked out items, please make a reservation here, click the button below, or call (781)-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 for children’s items and Ext. 201 or 223 for teen or adult items. Adult and Teen items will be located in the foyer of the front entrance of the library. Children’s items will be located at the entrance of the Children’s Room.

Please wait until you have received a notification that your items are ready for pick up before registering for an appointment.

Please note: Masks are optional. However, we encourage and support the wearing of masks by those who have not been vaccinated or who would prefer to continue to do so.

With thanks to the Friends of Abbot Public Library, we are happy to announce that our popular Museum Pass Program resumes in the Fall. Please check our website for details.

Follow us on Facebook or visit our website to stay updated on our services.

Starting June 14, APL is OPEN Most Days of the Week!

In response to the Massachusetts State of Emergency ending on Tuesday, June 15th, the Abbot Public Library has updated our service hours and policies. 

Beginning today, Monday, June 14th, Abbot Public Library will be open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. On Wednesdays, we will be closed to the public in order to continue to provide our popular Curbside Pickup Service.

Please see our full schedule below:

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

MONDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
TUESDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
THURSDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
FRIDAY: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
SATURDAY: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE

The building will be CLOSED to the public. Please register online or call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 for children’s items and Ext. 201 or 223 for teen or adult items.

WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Masks will be optional beginning on Tuesday, June 15th, as this is the end of the Massachusetts State of Emergency. However, we encourage and support the wearing of masks by those who have not been vaccinated or who would prefer to continue to do so. 

Please note that public computers will be unavailable at this time.

Follow us on Facebook or visit our website to stay updated on our services.

Services Will Be Expanding Beginning On Monday, May 17th!

Expanded services will begin on Monday, May 17th. Abbot Public Library will offer two days of browsing – Tuesdays and Thursdays – and will be adding Monday and Friday mornings to our Curbside Pickup hours. The full schedule for our Curbside Pickup and Browsing Services will be as follows:

CURBSIDE PICKUP SERVICE

Please register online by clicking the button below or call 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237 for children’s items and Ext. 201 or 223 for teen or adult items.

MONDAY: 10:00 am – Noon & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – Noon & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
FRIDAY: 10:00 am – Noon & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
SATURDAY: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

BROWSING SERVICE

No appointment needed!

TUESDAY: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
THURSDAY: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Teen Curbside Pickup Appointments and item hold pickups will now be available through the Main Desk rather than the Children’s Room.

The browsing service will be offered without appointments and will allow browsing of all main level adult collections and all lower level children’s and teen collections. Appointments will be replaced by a three-hour morning and a three-hour afternoon browsing period. The morning time will run from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and the afternoon time will run from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 

Please understand that, while these browsing periods are three hours long, they are intended to allow ample time to select items and then check them out. Despite our expanded services, our space will not be set up for reading or socializing.

Patrons will be able to enter the building from either the main entrance or the back door, both of which will be unlocked at 9:30 am for the morning browsing time, and at 2:30 pm for the afternoon browsing time. Elevator service will be available but we ask that only one person use the elevator at a time except for members of your household.

Those who would like to use our browsing service are encouraged to pick up their holds when they come into the building in lieu of waiting to pick up their holds via Curbside Pickup. Please have your library card or some form of ID with your name on it handy to make the transaction easier. 

Please note: you will be required to wear a mask and to social distance when in the building.

These expanded services may continue to change – please watch for details at abbotlibrary.org, on our Facebook page @AbbotLibraryMarblehead, or on our blog at https://abbotpubliclibrary.wordpress.com

Thank you for your patience and your continued support, as we navigate through these unprecedented times!

Browsing By Appointment Coming in April!

Abbot Public Library is pleased to announce the expansion of our services to include an additional way for patrons to select and borrow tangible materials. Based on the results of our Library Services Survey, we will be offering limited browsing, by appointment, one day per week, while continuing to provide our very popular Curbside Pickup Service, five days per week.

Our hours for Curbside Pickup and the Browsing By Appointment Services will be as follows, starting the week of April 8th:

Curbside Pickup Service

Monday: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Tuesday: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Wednesday: 10:00 am – Noon & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Friday: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

Browsing By Appointment Service

Thursday: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Appointments will be ½ hour long with ½ hour between appointments for sanitizing and cleaning. 

Registration for browsing appointments will be open on Thursday, April 1st. The first appointment date will be Thursday, April 8th. Appointments will be a half hour long, and browsers will be required to wear masks (patron-provided) and gloves (library-provided). Browsing will be limited to designated areas where new and recent additions to all categories of the Library’s collections will be gathered.

Appointments will be specific to the department you would like to browse – either Children’s/Teen, or Adult. If you would like to browse multiple areas, you will need to make separate appointments for each space.

To browse the adult sections on the Main Level, please register for an Adult appointment by calling the Main Desk at 781-631-1481, Ext. 201 or 223 or emailing mar@noblenet.org

To register for an appointment in the Children’s Room AND/OR the Teen Room on the Lower Level, please call the Children’s Room at 781-631-1481, Ext. 217 or 237, or email the Children’s Department at marchild@noblenet.org or the Teen Department at marteen@noblenet.org

Adhering to social distancing space requirements, we are able to accommodate up to four adults on the main level, and an additional four total patrons – children, teen, or adult – on the lower level in the Children’s Room and/or the Teen Room, per half-hour appointment. 

Please watch for further details of our expanded services by following us on Facebook, or by visiting our website or here on our blog.

Thank you for your patience and your continued support, as we navigate through these unprecedented times!

Check out APL’s Book Club Kits To Go – Great For Your Online Zoom Book Club!

Each of Abbot Public Library’s Book Club Kits has ten copies of the book and a binder with information about it which may include articles, discussion questions, and reviews. 

To reserve a kit, call 781-631-1481 or email mar@noblenet.org. When it is time to pick up your kit, call us and we can have it out for Curbside Pickup by the back door, near the parking lot.

The following are the books currently available in Book Club Kits.

The Splendid and the Vile: a Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

In this biography, Erik Larson gives a detailed account of Winston Churchill’s first year as Britain’s Prime Minister during the Blitz, the start of World War II. Germany had just taken over France and started an air force attack against Britain. Told in Erik Larson’s engaging writing style, the book includes day-to-day accounts of this terrifying time.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

This is the story of Lydia Perez and her son, Luca, who must flee their home in Acapulco when a cartel leader orders the death of her entire extended family. Surviving their escape, they embark on a terrifying journey across the U.S. border, seeking shelter with her uncle’s family in Denver.

The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes

This is the biography of Samuel Pozzi, a surgeon in Paris who travelled to Britain in 1885. John Singer Sargent painted a portrait of him wearing a red coat. He was a doctor who transformed the practice of gynecology. High society is depicted, as Pozzi was an associate of famous figures such as Oscar Wilde, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Sarah Bernhardt.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Dutch House is a mansion in Philadelphia that Cyril Conroy surprises his wife by purchasing in 1945. Maeve and Danny, their young children, suffer the abandonment of their mother, the death of their father, and being sent from their home by their stepmother. The siblings form a close bond, increased by the neglect of their family.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Theo Faber is a psychotherapist in London in this psychological suspense novel. His patient, Alicia Berenson, has been convicted of the murder of her husband six years ago. Since the day of the murder, Alicia hasn’t spoken a word. Intrigued by the case, Theo is determined to get Alicia to speak.

Pausing Browsing By Appointment Service

In light of the post-Thanksgiving COVID spike, as well as the likelihood of another surge after the Christmas holiday, we are pausing our Browsing Service. We will offer only Curbside Pickup Service until after the winter holidays, when, taking our cue from the Marblehead Public Schools, we will review the suitability of resuming the Browsing Service.

To set up a Curbside Service appointment, please visit abbotlibrary.org or call the library at 781-631-1481.

To set up a Curbside Service appointment, please visit our website or call the library at 781-631-1481. Curbside appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

The health and safety of the public and library staff remain our utmost priority. We appreciate your understanding and are grateful for your continued support! Stay tuned for more updates here on the blog, on Facebook, or on our website.

Important Service Updates Starting Monday, December 7th

Expanded Services Scheduled to Begin December 7th

Updated Service Hours are as follows:

Curbside Pickup Service Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Saturday
9:30 – Noon & 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Browsing By Appointment Hours

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Appointments will be ½ hour long with ½ hour between appointments for sanitizing and cleaning. 

Abbot Public Library is pleased to announce the expansion of our services to include an additional way for patrons to borrow tangible materials. Based on the results of our recent Library Services Survey, we will be offering limited browsing, by appointment, two days per week, while continuing to provide our very popular Curbside Pickup Service, four days per week. 

Call the library at 781-631-1481, Ext. 201 for more information on how to register for an appointment to browse a limited area of the library. The first appointment date will be Tuesday, December 8th. Appointments will be a half hour long, and browsers will be required to wear masks (patron-provided) and gloves (library-provided). Browsing will be limited to designated areas where new and recent additions to all categories of the Library’s collections will be gathered.

Adhering to social distancing space requirements, we are able to accommodate up to four adults and/or teens, on the main level, and an additional four Children’s Room patrons – adult and/or children – on the lower level, per half-hour appointment. A half hour will be reserved, between appointments, to sanitize service desks and other public areas, for patron and staff safety.

Please watch for further details of our expanded services by following us on Facebook, visiting our website, or following our blog

Thank you for your patience and your continued support, as we navigate through these unprecedented times!

Positive Magic: Nonfiction About Witches and Witchcraft

We previously discussed fiction titles featuring witches, including popular titles such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling and Hocus Pocus, the movie and the ebook/e-audiobook (on Overdrive or hoopla); as well as some lesser known titles which include Hannah Abigail Clarke’s novel The Scapegracers or Hallmark Channel’s romance movie The Good Witch.

If you want to learn facts about witchcraft, check out the following nonfiction books. Discover the different traditions and practices of witchcraft, spells you can cast, crystals to help enhance your spiritual energies, and more!

The Witches’ Almanac is a yearly publication founded in 1971 by Elizabeth Pepper, modeled after the Farmers’ Almanac. This publication features not only time-specific information such as the annual Moon Calendar (weather forecasts and horoscopes), but also legends, rituals, herbal secrets, mystic incantations, interviews, and stories that are relevant and interesting even after the dates for the issue have passed. If you want to know this year’s moon calendar, check out the Spring 2020 – Spring 2021 issue

How do you know if you’re a witch? What are the different practices of witchcraft? The Weiser Field Guide to Witches: From Hexes to Hermione Granger, from Salem to the Land of Oz by Judika Illes answers these and more questions you may have about the subject, and the book introduces witches from fiction and real life. Gabriela Herstik’s Inner Witch: a Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft is a handy introduction to various aspects of witchcraft, including understanding the meaning of the different tarot cards, learning the different chakras, creating your own grimoire and altar, using herbs and crystals for divination, and more. 

Below are some other nonfiction titles you can check out to learn more about these subjects. The print books can be reserved now for Curbside Pickup after staff return to the building on November 2nd.

also on hoopla in e-audiobook format

New in Nonfiction: Biographies

If you are a biography devotee – and there are many readers who are, as this literature genre is very popular and much loved – you might be especially interested in a few of the recently published collective biographies.

The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War by Catherine Grace Katzis a story of the historical meeting of the heads of the governments of Great Britain, the USA, and Soviet Union, which took place in the Crimea in the final months of the Second World War. The narrative is viewed through the eyes of the daughters of leaders of the British and American delegations. Not only does the book portray each of these three daughters, but it also gives fascinating backstories of each of their father-daughter relationships, as well as interactions among these three young women. Based on very thorough research that used personal letters, diaries, and oral histories, the author creates a fascinating, entertaining, and well regarded story.

Square Haunting: Five Writers in London Between the Wars by Francesca Wade is a collective portrait of five revolutionary women, immensely talented and independent – Virginia Woolf and Dorothy L. Sayers among them – who lived, at various times, in the same square in London.

The author traces interconnections among the five women and their influence on each other’s work.

A combination of literary history and biography, the book is very well researched. Numerous anecdotes make for an amusing read, which received starred reviews.

Mad and Bad: The Real Heroines of the Regency by Bea Koch.

Regency-era romance novels are a very popular genre of fiction, and in her book, Bea Koch captures a collective portrait of the most notable and trailblazing women of Regency England (1810-20), women who would become prototypes of historical romance novel heroines.  

The book reflects on the artistic and scientific accomplishments of these women: outlining biographies of the royally-connected, illuminating notable women of color, as well as Jewish women. The book is not only informative but is also fun to read.

Another recently published book of collective biographies is Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aureliusby Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, which discusses the lives of 26 major ancient stoics, whose philosophy emphasized personal success and perseverance, and believed that courage, justice, and wisdom were the requirements for living a happy life.

Kirkus Reviews esteemed the book highly, saying, “At a time when public nobility is hard to come by, this is a good reminder of the power of ethical leadership.”

For those interested in political science, along with biographies, Abbot Public Library offers the following:

His Truth Is Marching on: John Lewis and the Power of Hopeby Jon Meacham, which portrays the life of the recently-deceased Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Check this title out in print, book on CD, ebook, or e-audiobook format. 

Eleanorby David Michaelis is the first major single-volume biography of Eleanor Roosevelt in more than a half century. The work earned a good review from The NYT.

As always, these books are available in the library catalog, either in print or digital format,and sometimes both.

Digital downloads are available through Overdrive/Libby with your library card. 

To obtain a print copy, carefully read the instructions for reserving a copy and scheduling an appointment for Curbside Pickup.

Please note that Curbside Pickup will be unavailable from Sunday, October 25 through Sunday, November 1, as the building is having air duct cleaning and therefore staff will be unable to be in the building. We will resume Curbside Pickup services on Monday, November 2.