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The 2016 Summer Film Series begins Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This classic 1939 Frank Capra movie focuses on the U.S. Senate. Jimmy Stewart plays Jefferson Smith, the leader of the state’s Boy Rangers group. He is named as interim Senator following the death of the sitting politician. Smith is an innocent, wide-eyed idealist who ultimately stands up to graft and greed in the government. Not Rated.


Other films in ‘Politics in The Movies’ include: All the Kings Men, Seven Days in May, All the President’s Men, Dave and No.  They will be shown one a week on Wedndesdays at 7 p.m. through August 17. A short discussion will follow each film.


The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Acton Libraries.



The library’s first adult and young adult reading program, “Exercise Your Mind,” will be offered this summer. The main component is a bingo card with reading, library, and community activities. When they complete an activity, they mark an X in the activity’s block. Once someone has enough spots filled to make “BINGO,” they return the card to one of  the marked boxes at the reference and circulation desks, which enters them into a drawing to win prizes. There will be two drawings over the summer, one in mid-July and the other in mid-August.


The program is for anyone entering 9th grade in September and older.



The library has joined the Commonwealth eBook Collections, which allows Acton residents to access ebooks from three different online providers: Axis 360, EBL (also known as “Ebook Library”) and BiblioBoard Library. Axis 360 provides access to eBooks and audiobooks via a website and mobile app, including many bestsellers. EBL offers access to over 110,000 titles of academic and technical content, including many that can be hard to find in public libraries. BiblioBoard provides a growing collection of materials from small presses. Due to licensing restrictions, the Commonwealth eBook Collections are available only to Acton residents.


These services expand the library’s existing E-Resources offerings, which include Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks, and the Freegal Music Service.


The Commonwealth Ebook Collections are made possible through the Massachusetts Library System in partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and local participating libraries. The project is funded, in part, by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To learn more, and for device-specific help for each of the services, visit the library Commonwealth Ebooks Collection page at


The library is located at 486 Main St., next to Town Hall. The parking lot and entrance can be reached from Woodbury Lane. A great deal can be learned on the library’s website,; people who wish to receive e-mails reminding them of library events may sign up for the free service on the website.

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