Celebrate Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week!

Hobbit Day started in 1978 and was chosen to be September 22nd, the date referenced in The Hobbit and The Lord of the RIngs as being the birthdate of both the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Tolkien Week – a celebration of both J. R. R. Tolkien and his son and editor, Christopher J. R. Tolkien – takes place through the whole calendar week of Hobbit Day, which this year would fall from Sunday, September 20th through Saturday, September 26th.

In honor of this Middle Earthian Celebration, we invite you to check out Tolkein’s books (in physical or digital formats) as well as the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies (which currently have no check out fee)! You’ll also find some other hobbit and LOTR-related items which can teach you more about Middle Earth and the brave creatures therein.

Tolkien’s Tales of Middle Earth 

The Hobbit (print copies and annotated version, book on CD, Overdrive ebooks and e-audiobooks, and hoopla ebook and e-audiobook)

The Fellowship of the Ring (print copies, Overdrive ebooks and e-audiobook, and hoopla e-audiobook)

The Two Towers (print copies, book on CD, Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook, and hoopla e-audiobook)

The Return of the King (print copies, book on CD, Overdrive ebook and e-audiobook, and hoopla e-audiobook)

Bilbo’s Last Song (print and ebook)

The Silmarillion (print and ebook)

The Fall of Gondolin

Narn i chîn Húrin : the Tale of the Children of Húrin  

The Book of Lost Tales: Part One (print and ebook)

The Book of Lost Tales: Part Two (print and ebook)

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth (print and ebook)

The Lost Road and Other Writings: Language and Legend Before ‘The Lord of the Rings’

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Movies and Music

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Check out the music from or inspired by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings on hoopla!

Other Books By Tolkein

Beowulf (print and ebook

The Fall of Arthur (print, Overdrive ebook, and hoopla ebook)

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún (print and ebook)

Letters from Father Christmas

Tales From The Perilous Realm 

The Lay Of Aotrou & Itroun 

The Story of Kullervo 

A Rare Recording Of J.R.R. Tolkien

Check out all the books by J. R. R. Tolkien in the library catalog, Overdrive, and hoopla. Hoopla also has a multitude of Tolkien biographies and materials about hobbits, which include trivia books, reader’s companions, literary criticisms, and more!

Curbside Magazines

“Free Money,” “Best Cars of 2020,” “Say Cheesecake!,” “Build a Deck in a Weekend.” These are some of the cover articles of a few of our most popular magazines. In the age of curbside pickup, you can still read our extensive collection of print magazines.

Back when the library was open, you may have noticed a small box in the Reading Room, where our magazines are shelved, in which you could submit suggestions for new magazine titles to add to our shelves. It’s a small nod to the commitment we put into our magazine collection. We currently have 174 unique titles, as well as over 3,500 back issues of these titles. This year, we have added 4 new titles, including the popular The Magnolia Journal, by the author of bestselling cookbook, Magnolia Table

Recently, we have made an adjustment which allows our patrons to check out our newest magazine issues, instead of having the typical one month wait before the item can circulate. This allows you to get your hands on some of our most popular magazines like The Atlantic, The New Yorker, People, and Sports Illustrated, oftentimes within days of our receiving the issue.

This all sounds nice, but how can you get your hands on our print magazines? And how can you browse our magazine titles right from your computer or mobile device? We promise, it couldn’t be simpler to add magazines to your next curbside pickup order. Here’s how to do it:

How to browse and search our print magazine titles:

  1. Go to the library catalog at evergreen.noblenet.org
  2. Leave the search bar blank
  3. From the second drop-down box labeled “All Formats”, select “Magazine/Journal”
  4. From the third drop-down box labeled “NOBLE (All Libraries)”, select “Marblehead”
  5. Click “Search”

This will bring up a list of all of our magazine records, organized by most popular, first. Under the “Sort By” drop-down box, you’ll have the option to organize the list alphabetically, or by publication date.

How to order magazines for curbside pickup:

The process of ordering magazines for curbside pickup is identical to ordering any other library item for pickup! For curbside pickup instructions, visit the main page of this blog.

As with all of our items, each returned item is quarantined, and the utmost care is taken in retrieving and packaging your items for pickup. So you can rest assured that your request has been handled in the safest way possible.

So the next time you put in an order for Curbside Pickup, why not throw in a couple of print magazines? Maybe, just maybe, you’ll learn how to build a deck in a weekend.

If you have any suggestions for new magazine titles we should add to our collections, please comment below!  

What You Need To Know For Curbside Pickup!

Abbot Public Library’s Curbside Pickup Service starts today, Monday, July 6th! Here is what you need to know. 

HOURS

Abbot Public Library staff will be available to help patrons online or via phone, Mondays through Saturdays, from 2:00 – 5:45 pm (except holidays).

Please note: the preferred method of communication is via email at mar@noblenet.org. The library will be working with a limited staff, due to social distancing protocols.

PROCESS FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP

Step One

Request items by placing holds through your online account through your online account. If you cannot access your account, call 781-631-1481 during the service hours listed above. If you do not have an account, you can register online here

Step Two

Staff will collect books available in Marblehead within 48 hours of request. Items from other libraries may take longer due to delays in the interlibrary delivery service.

Step Three

You will be notified when your holds come in, via text, email, or phone call, according to your preference. 

To change your notification setting, go to Account Preferences > Notification Preferences on your online account.

Step Four

Once you receive a notification that your requested items have come in, please call the library at (781) 631-1481 during service hours to schedule a pickup time.

Appointments can be scheduled between 2:00 pm and 5:45 pm, Mondays through Saturdays.

Please do not schedule a pickup until you have been notified that your items have come in. 

Step Five

At your appointment time, come to the back entrance, through the parking lot off of Maverick Street, to pick up your items. 

Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols during pickup, as a safety measure to benefit all.

Items will be checked out in advance and placed in paper bags labelled with your last name. Please feel free to grab your bag and go! 

If you don’t see your bag, please wait until your appointment time. If it still isn’t there, call the library at 781-631-1481.

RETURNS

Returns will be collected on Mondays through Saturdays from the outside book returns in front of the library, on Pleasant Street. There will be no fines on late items!

If you have any items that do not fit in the library return, please call 781-631-1481 during service hours to schedule a return.

Please do not leave returns on the pickup cart. 


To read an extended version of our service updates, click here

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this unprecedented time. With these safety measures, we hope to prevent the spread of the virus while offering appropriate services to our patrons!

Curbside Pickup Starts Monday!

Starting Monday, July 6th, the library will offer a no-contact curbside pickup service, by appointment only. Here’s how it will work:

  1. You will be able to place holds through your online account at evergreen.noblenet.org. If you are having difficulty placing holds online, please contact the library at (781) 631-1481 from 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm or email us at mar@noblenet.org. If you need to register for a library card, please fill out the online form at the bottom left corner at marblehead.noblenet.org.
  2. Items that are available in Marblehead will be pulled within 48 hours of their request. Due to delays in interlibrary delivery service, some items will take longer to become available.
  3. When your holds are ready, you will receive a notification, via text, email, or phone call, according to your preference, from the library. To change your notification settings go to Account Preferences > Notification Preferences on your online account.
  4. Once you have received a notice that your items are available, please call the library at (781) 631-1481 during service hours to schedule a pickup time. Appointments can be scheduled between 2:00 pm and 5:45 pm, Monday through Saturday. We ask that you wait until the library has notified you that your requested items are available, before scheduling a pickup appointment.
  5. Please come to the library at your appointment time, to receive your items. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols during pickup, as a safety measure to benefit all. Items will be in paper bags labelled with your last name, on a cart by the rear entrance, through the parking lot. Since this is a no-contact service, staff will not be outside. Items will already be checked out to you and have their due date slips, so feel free to grab your bag and go! Please only return items to a book returns. 

We are delighted to be able to offer curbside pickup service, as a way for patrons to borrow tangible items again! Please continue to check our website at www.abbotlibrary.org, Facebook page @AbbotLibraryMarblehead, and library blog at abbotpubliclibrary.wordpress.com for updates to curbside pickup or returns procedures and hours. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time for library services, and we look forward to serving you!

You Can Begin Returning Library Items To Book Returns Today!

As of Monday, June 29th, the Abbot Public Library is pleased to announce that we will be accepting returns of library items charged out before the Library closed in March.

Returns will be accepted Mondays through Saturdays. Please note: the library will be unable to accept returns on Friday, July 3rd or Saturday, July 4th, due to the Independence Day holiday.

Please return items to the outdoor book drops only, located outside of the library on Pleasant Street. If you have borrowed an item that will not fit in the book return, such as a children’s backpack kit or bookclub bag, please call the library at (781) 631-1481 between 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm Monday through Saturday to make arrangements to return the item.

Return items
to outdoor
book returns
Mondays through
Saturdays

Please note that we are unable to accept any book donations at this time.

All returned library materials will be quarantined to eliminate the potential for the spread of the coronavirus. Returned items will be checked in after the quarantine period, and, therefore, may continue to appear on your library account during this time. In view of this new system, the library will not be charging overdue fines.

No fines!

While we are looking forward to having library items come home, please do not feel obligated to return items immediately. The current due date for items already checked out is Monday, July 20th. The  purpose of this extended due date, along with the removal of overdue fines, is to encourage everyone to return items when it feels safest for you to do so. If you have been waiting to get rid of those library books since March, feel free to return them on June 29th — if you would like to hold onto them for a while longer, we encourage that as well.

Beginning on Monday, July 6th, Abbot Public Library will also begin to offer a curbside pickup service. Please read the full details about this service here.

Accepting Returns on June 29 and Offering Curbside Pickup July 6!

RETURNING ITEMS

As of Monday, June 29th, the Abbot Public Library is pleased to announce that we will be accepting returns of library items charged out before the Library closed in March.

Please return items to the outdoor book drops only, located outside of the library on Pleasant Street. If you have borrowed an item that will not fit in the book return, such as a children’s backpack kit or bookclub bag, please call the library at (781) 631-1481 between 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm Monday through Saturday to make arrangements to return the item.

No fines!

Please note that we are unable to accept any book donations at this time.

All returned library materials will be quarantined to eliminate the potential for the spread of the coronavirus. Returned items will be checked in after the quarantine period, and, therefore, may continue to appear on your library account during this time. In view of this new system, the library will not be charging overdue fines.

While we are looking forward to having library items come home, please do not feel obligated to return items immediately. The current due date for items already checked out is Monday, July 20th. The  purpose of this extended due date, along with the removal of overdue fines, is to encourage everyone to return items when it feels safest for you to do so. If you have been waiting to get rid of those library books since March, feel free to return them on June 29th — if you would like to hold onto them for a while longer, we encourage that as well.

CURBSIDE PICKUP

Starting Monday, July 6th, the library will offer a no-contact curbside pickup service, by appointment only. Here’s how it will work:

  1. You will be able to place holds through your online account at evergreen.noblenet.org. If you are having difficulty placing holds online, please contact the library at (781) 631-1481 from 2:00 pm – 5:45 pm or email us at mar@noblenet.org. If you need to register for a library card, please fill out the online form at the bottom left corner at marblehead.noblenet.org.
  2. Items that are available in Marblehead will be pulled within 48 hours of their request. Due to delays in interlibrary delivery service, some items will take longer to become available.
  3. When your holds are ready, you will receive a notification, via text, email, or phone call, according to your preference, from the library. To change your notification settings go to Account Preferences > Notification Preferences on your online account.
  4. Once you have received a notice that your items are available, please call the library at (781) 631-1481 during service hours to schedule a pickup time. Appointments can be scheduled between 2:00 pm and 5:45 pm, Monday through Saturday. We ask that you wait until the library has notified you that your requested items are available, before scheduling a pickup appointment.
  5. Please come to the library at your appointment time, to receive your items. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols during pickup, as a safety measure to benefit all. Items will be in paper bags labelled with your last name, on a cart by the rear entrance, through the parking lot. Since this is a no-contact service, staff will not be outside. Items will already be checked out to you and have their due date slip, so feel free to grab your bag and go! Please only return items to a book return. 

We are delighted to be able to offer curbside pickup service, as a way for patrons to borrow tangible items again! Please continue to check our website at www.abbotlibrary.org, Facebook page @AbbotLibraryMarblehead, and library blog at abbotpubliclibrary.wordpress.com for updates to curbside pickup or returns procedures and hours. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time for library services, and we look forward to serving you!