Dighton Public Library shares upcoming summer programming opportunities

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DIGHTON – Library Director Jocelyn Tavares is happy to share Dighton Public Library’s upcoming summer programming opportunities and encourages residents to attend.

“Throughout the summer, we are happy to offer many programming opportunities that allow us to engage with our customers and our community in new and unique ways,” said Director Tavares. “We encourage everyone in our community to take advantage of these opportunities and wish everyone a happy summer! “

The library’s lineup this summer includes “virtual conversations with a zookeeper” and “pop-up libraries” in Dighton parks and playgrounds. To view all of the Dighton Public Library’s upcoming events, click here.

Virtual cats with a zookeeper

Dighton Public Library will be offering virtual chats with a Buttonwood Park zookeeper on Wednesdays in July and August starting at 3 p.m. Virtual chats include the following:

  • Meet a turtle: On Wednesday, July 14, residents can virtually meet Dottie the Red-footed Turtle. To subscribe to Zoom, click here.
  • Meet an elephant: On Wednesday, July 21, residents will be able to virtually meet Ruth, a 61-year-old elephant, and Emily, a 55-year-old elephant. To subscribe to Zoom, click here.
  • Meet a red panda: On Wednesday July 28, residents will be able to virtually meet Kodo, a baby red panda born last summer. To subscribe to Zoom, click here.
  • Meet a Fennec Fox: On Wednesday August 11, residents can virtually meet a fox that lives in the desert and is nocturnal. To subscribe to Zoom, click here.
  • Meet a sloth: On Wednesday, August 18, residents can virtually meet Bernardo, a 16-year-old two-toed sloth who was the first two-toed sloth to call Buttonwood home. To subscribe to Zoom, click here.

The sessions last about 20 minutes and are free. The full lineup can be viewed on the Dighton Public Library calendar here.

To coincide with this lineup, Dighton Public Library has created a Summer Reading Challenge that celebrates the theme of Tails and Tales summer reading. The Tails and Tales summer reading program began on June 19 and will run until September 22. The program includes interactive challenges for children, teens and adults, as well as a mindfulness challenge. To register click here.

Virtual conversations with a zookeeper are sponsored by the CARES Act. The funding for the CARES Act was administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners at the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Tails and Tales summer reading program is sponsored by the Dighton Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Contextual library

Dighton Public Library hits the road this summer with a pop-up library in Dighton parks and playgrounds every week. Pop-up Libraries will include a collection of library materials for families to browse and consult directly in the park.

  • Tuesday pop-up libraries are at School alley play area (near the library, corner of School Lane and Palmer Street)
  • The Wednesday pop-up libraries will rotate between four parks:
    • July 7 is Track field on Main Street, just before Shaw’s Boat Yard
    • July 14 is Tricentennial Park, at the corner of Water and Pleasant streets
    • July 21 is Osprey, on Boat Ramp Road
    • July 28 is at Tennis and basketball courts on Somerset Avenue
  • The ephemeral Thursday libraries are at North Dighton Playground and ball field, at the corner of rue Prospect and rue School
  • Friday pop-up libraries are at Dighton Community Playground, next to Dighton Town Hall

Each pop-up library will be available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Residents are encouraged to obtain a passport to record their visit to each location throughout the summer to win a prize.

Special thanks to the Dighton Parks and Recreation Commission and the Friends of Dighton Public Library for supporting the Dighton Public Library Pop-Up Library Program!

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