The Middletown Public Library isn’t just useful for borrowing books – it also houses a cozy bookstore, made possible by the Friends of the Library organization. It is open every day of the week except Sunday, with newly expanded hours. Most donations are accepted and can be left at the front desk, where staff will evaluate their condition and usefulness.
The library also accommodates children and families, with programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and teenagers. Discount passes, available at the circulation desk, can be “checked out” for use at places like the Museum of Science in Boston, the New England Aquarium, the RISD Museum, Pawsox games and more. The library has a strong online presence: not only can teenage patrons check out the “Teen Corner” (with online articles, learning resources, and library activities), the library also maintains three individual blogs announcing upcoming adult, teen and kid events. It also maintains access to a digital catalogue courtesy of the OSL network.
The Middletown Public Library also hosts free monthly Meet the Author events, in which authors are invited to visit the library to discuss their latest published works. Genres include both fictional and nonfiction, and run the gamut from science fiction and historical fiction to antiquing and environmental advocacy.