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Free, informative, “Haunted Places” tour, free books offered by Fall River Public Library

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Despite COVID-19, a lot is happening at the Fall River Public Library.

This week at the Fall River Public Library, kids can pick up a Fall Apple Tree Sign curbside craft kit to take home. This cute door hanger or room decoration shows an autumn apple picking scene and is easy for children to put together. To reserve your craft and arrange a time to pick it up, call the children’s room at the Main Library, 508-324-2700, ext. 4, or call the South Branch at 508-324-2708. This craft will be available September 28-October 2.

The library will offer an online program for adults on Wednesday, September 30, when our Zen Zone returns with a guided meditation and book discussion. The event will take place on Facebook Live. To participate in this online group, visit facebook.com/FallRiverLibrary/ at 3 p.m., when the meeting will go live. Advance registration is not required.

Are you fascinated by strange phenomena? Spooky noises, mysterious visions, things that go bump in the night? Is Halloween your favorite holiday? If so, then don’t wait to sign up for “Haunted Places,” an online class in hauntings, FREE at the Fall River Public Library!

Join Betsy Washburn of the South Branch Library for a spooky yet informative tour of some of the most famous haunted sites throughout the world! Virtually visit haunted castles, houses, prisons, sanitariums, and ships. This FREE online class will run through October 30 and is a great way to put you in the mood for Halloween. It is available through Universal Class, a free distance learning program offered through the library.

Here’s how to join:

Visit https://fallriverma.universalclass.com

If you don’t already have a free account, you will be asked to register for one.
Choose “course catalog” and type in “Haunted Places.”
Choose “Take this course.”
Make sure you choose the “Join Certificate Class” option so you can participate in group discussions with the Fall River Library group!

You can take the class on your own time and at your own pace. Drop in and watch a video whenever you have time, and check in on the Fall River Study Group board in the class discussion area. You can share your own thoughts and experiences with “haunted places” in the chat forum!

You will need a Fall River Public Library card to access Universal Class. If you don’t yet have a card, or if you need help signing up for the class, call the South Branch Library at 508-324-2708.

Thanks to a donation, the Fall River Public Library has also announced the opening of the first LITTLE FREE LIBRARY on the front lawn of the Main Library. Now you can access books on nights, weekends, holidays, and whenever you need them–no library card needed. Books for adults and kids are available. They do not need to be returned.

After a long hiatus, the statewide Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat) is back. This means that you can once again order material from a wide network of public and academic libraries throughout Massachusetts for free delivery to your local library. If you’re looking for books or other media not available locally, click the ComCat link from the library’s web page, visit commonwealthcatalog.org, or call a reference librarian for help: 508-324-2700, ext. 3.

As a reminder, Fall River Public Library is now open for evening hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Main Library is open by appointment until 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesdays, and the South Branch Library is open 11 am – 7 pm on Wednesdays. Call the Main Library at 508-324-2700 or the South Branch at 508-324-2708 to schedule your visit. Same-day appointments are usually available.

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