Plymouth Public Library main branch is located at 132 South St; the Manomet branch is located at 12 Strand Ave.
For information on any Plymouth library program or service listed (unless otherwise noted), call the main library, 132 South St., at 508-830-4250, TTY 508-747-5882, or the Manomet branch, 12 Strand Ave., at 508-830-4185, or go to the website www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org. Registration, when required, may be conducted by phone.
The hours for the Plymouth Public Library are: Monday to Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, from the Sunday after Labor Day through June, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
The Manomet branch library is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. The library is fully accessible; call if you need special accommodations to attend meetings or events.
Portraiture Workshop For Teens
During school vacation week, young teen and tween artists, ages 9 to 13, are invited to a workshop series facilitated by a local teen artist and library volunteer who specializes in portrait drawing. At 2 p.m. April 17, artists will begin a portrait and will finish the piece at 2 p.m. April 20. Artists are then invited to display their pieces at a reception at 2 p.m. April 21.
All materials will be provided, however artists should bring a picture to use as a reference. Sign up on the calendar of events if interested, as space will be limited. Supplies for this workshop are made available with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
For more information about this event, contact the Manomet Branch young adult librarian at 508-830-4185, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the library’s website.
Bongiovanni Music Program
3 p.m. April 14. Come enjoy an afternoon with Jonathan Cohler, clarinet, and Rasa Vitkauskaite, piano, who have established themselves as today’s leading clarinet-piano duo. This program is free and no registration is required and is sponsored by the Bongiovanni Music Fund.
Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary Talk
Residents are invited to see Lauren Kras, director of the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary at 2 p.m. April 14. Attendees will get a free trail map and hear about the conservation efforts at the former working cranberry farm. The wetlands are now host to an assortment of flora and fauna that all Manomet residents can enjoy. Light refreshments provided and no registration is necessary.
Saving Money With Couponing
At 2:30 p.m. April 28, a DIY workshop on saving money with coupons will be held. Money Smart Week is April 22-28 and the library will offer ways to help attendees save money. For this event, the group will talk about ways to get coupons, how to find deals on products and how to sign up for special discounts, like birthday freebies. No registration is required.
Plymouth Public Library, 132 South St., has joined the likes of Los Angeles, New York City, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Columbus, Austin, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia and Phoenix in offering Kanopy to its users.
Kanopy is an on-demand video platform that allows users to experience a curated collection of more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, through a partnership with more than 4,000 libraries around the world. There are no commercials or fees for users; their libraries have it covered for them. All users need is a library card to get started.
Kanopy has over 1 million minutes and more than 17,000 hours of content. It’s available in more than 200 library systems and over 1,200 individual public library locations across the U.S. Content highlights include documentaries, feature films, rare and hard to find titles and classic films, with curated work from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Selections from the Criterion Collection are available at as well.
All available films can be seen here at http://plymouthpl.kanopystreaming.com. Kanopy, can be accessed from leading devices and platforms, including Roku, Chromecast, AppleTV, iOS and Android.
Nonfiction History Book Discussion at the Manomet Branch
The group meets at 4 p.m. one Thursday per month to discuss the month’s selection. For more information, contact the Manomet Branch Librarian at 508-830-4185, email to email@example.com or visit the library’s website.
For the next meeting, the group is talking about the second half of “Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War” by Daniel J. Sharfstein on April 19.
Vintage Reads: a book group for classic novels
Usually meets once a month at Manomet Branch Library, 12 Strand Ave. This group reads and discusses novels from the 20th century and earlier, focusing on novels and authors that have stood the test of time. Some of the classics read are popular while others are more unconventional and unfamiliar. Copies of the book are available to check out at the Manomet Branch. The program is free and requires no registration.
Teen Advisory Group
Any teens interested in becoming a member are invited to the meetings; no registration is necessary. Teens who want want to have a voice in the services and programs the library offers should stop by.
This year, the group is working on creating a teen space and building up collections for teens and tweens. Teens, age 13 to 18, are invited to join the Teen Advisory Group, with no registration necessary to attend meetings. Meetings are held every month, typically the first Wednesday evening of the month. For more information, contact the Manomet Branch Librarian.
Tween Interest Group
The Junior Friends of the Plymouth Public Library is undergoing a change. Residents may have noticed that the library has a group for teens, ages 13 to 17, which encourages volunteering, program planning and having a voice in library services. The library is starting a similar group for ages 9 to 11, the Tween Interest Group, aka TWIG. The library wants to get tweens involved in library activities and know that parents are looking for opportunities the library. This may mean helping Youth Services staff prep materials for programs, sorting and shelving books, volunteering at the biannual book sale, or assisting the Corporation with the storybook breakfast. In addition, TWIG members will help with program ideas and have a voice for what the library offers to tweens. Meetings are scheduled each month, typically the first Wednesday evening of the month.
Chess Club, The Royal Game
Chess Club meets 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. The program is open to students and adults. Students younger than 12 should be accompanied by an adult. No food and play quietly. Questions regarding this program can be directed to Jennifer Harris, library director, at 508-830-4250, ext. 215; Bill Petrillo, chess club co-leader, 774-766-7689, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jim Pritchard, chess club co-leader, 508-878-8194, email@example.com. This program is free to the public. No registration is required.
Plymouth Public Library offers the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, e-books, audio books and comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital.
Plymouth cardholders can download the free Hoopla Digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to gain access to thousands of titles from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.
You must have a library card to access this content on the hoopla app or website. Patrons can borrow this content free of charge. It's digital so there is no waiting period for popular titles and hoopla's automatic return means no late fees.
Great Courses series
Plymouth Public Library is now offering an expanded selection of more than 40 titles from the Great Courses series. Produced with the goal of creating engaging, immersive learning experiences for lifelong learners, these courses are available either in audio format on CDs or as DVDs. Subjects range from history to science, "better living," fine arts and music and literature. Available courses include such titles as "Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals," "Great American Music: Broadway Musicals," "Our Night Sky" and "Fundamentals of Sustainable Living." Visit the website at www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org to see all of the titles and course descriptions.
The Great Courses are meticulously produced following the vision of the company's founder, Tim Rollins. As he puts it, his idea in founding the company was to "record lectures by the greatest professors in America, professors who were not just experts in their field but who were also passionate and truly gifted communicators, so anyone could enjoy learning from them, without the pressure of homework or exams." The company conducts a painstaking search for the best professors in each subject.
"Of the more than 500,000 college professors in the world," Rollins said, "only the top 1 percent are selected to teach one of the Great Courses. Our esteemed faculty includes award-winning experts and professors from the most respected institutions in the world, selected by our customers exclusively for their ability to teach."
The Great Courses titles are available at the main library in the Reference Department shelved in the computer room. They can be checked out for 14 days and can be renewed, provided they are not on reserve for another patron.
Outreach/Senior Services Programs
The Plymouth Public Library's Outreach/Senior Services Department provides services and collections of interest to older adults, such as large-print fiction and nonfiction and audiobooks. Outreach also provides services to individuals who would otherwise not have access to library materials, such as people who are homebound, institutionalized or who have a physical or mental disability. Outreach services includes books by mail, deposit collections of regular and large-print books, educational and recreational programs, recorded books and machines, and reference assistance. Currently, four local nursing facilities partake in the deposit collection program which brings the library to the residents by fulfilling specific requests in addition to a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles each month.
The Large Print collection includes New York Times Bestsellers, inspirational reads, local interest nonfiction, mysteries, romance and biographies. With a collection of over 2,000 audiobooks, patrons with limited sight or who are visually impaired can enjoy reading again.
For more information on any of the library's outreach services, call Tom Cummiskey at 508-830-4250.
The Plymouth Public Library lends T-Mobile Hotspots. The library has six hotspots available. Hotspots are small hockey-puck sized devices that allow you to access the Internet on your computer or wireless device for free. Just turn on the hotspot and connect to it like any other Wi-Fi network. Up to 10 devices at a time can be connected to one hotspot. You can leave the hotspot plugged in, or take in on the go for up to six hours of battery use.
Hotspots can be checked out for two weeks at a time; you must reserve a Hotspot for a specific date on the library's website. Hotspots are available to Plymouth cardholders only and your account must be in good standing in order to check out a device. All hotspots must be picked up and returned to the Main Library. There is a $1 per day late fee, and an $80 fee for lost or damaged items. For more information, contact the Plymouth Public Library at 508-830-4250 or visit plymouthpubliclibrary.org.
Access to U.S. military service records
The Plymouth Public Library offers cardholders access to Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry. This subscription database provides convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who served. This continually growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. With content from the Revolutionary War onward, Fold3 Library Edition is an invaluable research resource for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers and battle reenactors. Researchers can access more than 440 million records beginning with the Revolutionary War. The new user interface makes it easy to search historical documents from diverse sources including the War of 1812 Pension Applications and Service Records, Civil War Widowsâ€™ Pensions, and records of the United States Colored Troops, and, unique non-military sources such as Native American records, FBI Case Files, and Holocaust records.
The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.
The new library edition can be used from any location and also provides access to personalization tools. Library patrons may choose to create a personal user account to build memorial pages, submit annotations to any image, or leave comments. See www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org/databases/.