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April 17, 2014

Library closed for holiday

The library will be closed on Monday, April 21, in recognition of Patriots Day.

We would like to inform you that the library elevator is scheduled for an upgrade and will be out of service from Monday, April 28, to Monday, May 12. Please keep this in mind when planning a visit We regret the inconvenience this causes and appreciate your understanding. If you have and questions or concern, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to accommodate you the best we can.

Gardening in small spaces

Learn all about gardening in small spaces, composting and have all your gardening questions answered Saturday, April 19, at 10 a,m. with Joan Hutcheon and Pat Morey from Sustainable Braintree.
This event is a part of the library's "One Braintree, One Book" program.

Electronics collection

An electronics collection will take place Saturday, April 26, from 9am. until noon at the Braintree Recycling Center on Ivory Street. It is sponsored by the Friends of Thayer Public Library as a part of Household Hazardous Waste Day.

Fees for the following electronics, in any condition, containing hazardous materials are $15 for computer monitors and televisions up to 24 inches, $20 for large televisions and television consoles, $10 for dehumidifiers and $15 for air conditioners. There is no fee for other electronics such as CPUs, cables, phones, pagers, printers, ink and toner cartridges, DVDs, VCRs and game systems. Also collected are truck tires for $15, car tires for $5, rims for $2 and batteries for $5.

All proceeds will benefit the library. For information, call 781-413-1327.

Create a recycled masterpiece

Teens can create a masterpiece out of scraps of recycled materials Saturday, April 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Whether you make it silly or serious, we'll spend the afternoon transforming well-known paintings using recycled and natural materials to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art. The program is for teens ages 12 to 17- Registration is required.
For information, contact Ellen Seeburger at 781-848-0405, ext. 4415, or

Sand art terrarium

Teens can create a sand-art terrarium garden inside of a jar Thursday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m. Terrariums are tiny ecosystems that can be completely customized, so you can use your creativity to make your own miniature world. This program is for ages 12 to 17- Registration is required.

Consumer Reports online

Now you can get the latest product ratings and reviews from Consumer Reports from the comfort of your home with your Thayer Public Library card. You'll find frequently updated articles, blogs and video content so you can peruse the latest consumer news whether you're looking to learn more about budget-friendly home improvement plans, understanding the benefits and risks of retirement options or searching for the latest recalls of baby products.
Just go to  and click on the Consumer Reports icon.

Got holds?

Have you noticed the shelving near the new DVDs on the main level? It's the new self-serve hold pickup shelf! Instead of waiting in line to collect your books on hold, you will soon be able to pick them up yourself from this new shelf. So, if you like to get in and out of the library quickly, and don't mind serving yourself, you will be able to get your holds, use the self-checkout and be on your way fast!

For now, the self-serve hold shelf is available for just books on the main level. If you have a CD, DVD or other media, you will still need to pick it up from a staff member at the circulation desk. Also, if you send a family member in to pick up a hold that was placed using your library card, they will need to have your card to use the self-checkout machine. Otherwise, they can check out at the circulation desk.

We hope you'll enjoy all of the changes we are making on the main level. We are updating, beautifying, and working to make everything work smoothly so that we can continue to offer the high level of customer service that our staff enjoys providing the community.

This column is submitted by Terri Stano, Director of Thayer Public Library, with contributions from our professional staff librarians. Our goal is to highlight events, programs, materials and people associated with the library and its services.

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