Magical library card!

Hi, I’m Priya Rathnam, the reference librarian at the Shrewsbury Public Library. Most of you are probably familiar with the resources available at the library. If you are a resident of Shrewsbury, you can get a library card for free and then you can borrow books, music CDs, MP3-CDs, audio books, movies, video games, art work, discovery kits, and periodicals (magazines). You can also avail of the resources at all the libraries in the Central Mass region and can request materials from any of the libraries and then pick them up at SPL.

The library website, has information about the programs going on for children, young adults and adults. You can check your account to see when items are due or renew the items you have borrowed or pay your fines online. You can also reserve museum passes online.

During the past year, I purchased bilingual children’s books for Indian readers. We have a number of books in English and Hindi and English and Tamil. We have a few books in Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati, Malayalam and Marathi. These books have few words on each page and lots of illustrations, which make it attractive for young people. Balagokulam and Kahani are two of the magazines for children that are available in the children’s room. I do special story times for children during our cultural holidays like Deepavali and Holi. We also have a few Hindi movies, the titles of which you can find in our online catalog.

I will be teaching 2 computer classes in the Fall. On Monday, Oct 18 from 2:30-3:30 PM, I will demonstrate the use of the online catalog and on Monday, Oct 25, from 10:30-11:30 AM, I will demonstrate the databases that can be accessed from the library website. If you would like to sign up for either of these classes, you can call the library in September.

Every resident in Shrewsbury is mailed the quarterly library newsletter. This will tell you about all the upcoming events. If you don’t receive the newsletter, please let us know when you are at the library. See you at SPL!

Priya Rathnam is a reference librarian at the Shrewsbury Public Library . She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.