10/23/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Ursula K. Le Guin wrote books, short stories, poetry, and essays for all ages, mainly in the genres of science fiction and fantasy.  Many of her works were influenced by her parents’ expertise in anthropology and psychology and their friendships with other scientists.

 

HALLOWEEN PARTY  Ready to get spooky?  Our Halloween Party is this Saturday the 27th from 1 – 2:30 PM.  We’ll have plenty of games and activities for children to earn their candy and prizes, so get their costumes on and come join the fun.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  This month we’re discussing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  Come learn some simple magic tricks this Thursday the 25th at 5 PM.  New families are always welcome, even if you haven’t read the entire book yet.

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10/16/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Inspired by the abysmal state of American primary schools in the late 18th century, Noah Webster created a textbook on spelling, grammar, and reading.  A few decades later he published the first dictionary of American English, standardizing the spellings, definitions, and pronunciations this country still uses today.

 

BOOK SALE  The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale starts this Thursday and runs through next Friday, with a bag sale on Saturday the 27th.  There is a new pricing scheme for this sale.  Prices will remain consistent throughout the week, but Friends of the Library members will receive half off everything except special items from the 18th to the 26th.  (Memberships can be purchased at the door.)  Hardcover books will be $3 each, paperbacks $1, DVDs $2, CDs $1, jigsaw puzzles $1, and magazines 10 cents.  We also have an assortment of miscellaneous and rarer items priced as marked.  Bags for the bag sale will be provided by the Friends and priced at $5 each – take home as much as you can fit inside.  Proceeds from this sale help the Friends fund programming and other necessary purchases for the library throughout the year.

 

COLORING CIRCLE  Enjoy coloring?  Join us this Thursday the 18th at 2 PM to work on your current project, start a new one, or share what you’ve done.  We have designs and pencils available, or you can bring your own.

10/02/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Edward Stratemeyer created the Stratemeyer Literary Syndicate, which produced thousands of novels for young readers by creating a system where several authors wrote for a single series and published under the same pseudonym.  Among his creations were Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, and Tom Swift.

 

HOLIDAY  The library will be closed next Monday the 8th for Columbus Day.  Saturday and Tuesday hours will be as normal.

 

BOOK SALE  Please make plans to join us for the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale from Thursday the 18th through Saturday the 27th.

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9/25/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  This week’s writer is Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Stearns Eliot, most widely known for his poetry (“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Waste Land,” “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” among others,) but also an accomplished playwright and essayist.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Help us make cat toys for the animal shelter (or your own pets) and discuss The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt this Thursday the 27th at 5 PM.  New members are always welcome.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS  Ready to get spooky?  Children ages 7 – 12 can join us on Thursday the 11th at 4 PM to make creepy slime out of household ingredients.  This month’s family book club meets on the 25th – we’ll be discussing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and learning a few magic tricks of our own.  The library’s annual Halloween party will be Saturday the 27th from 1 – 2:30 PM.  There will be candy, games, and prizes, so make sure you prepare your costumes a few days early.  Adults will be making pumpkin-themed candleholders on Thursday the 11th at 2 PM.  Movie night on the 18th will feature the latest Star Wars movie, rated PG-13.  Our regular programs will be as follows: Drop-in Computer Help on the 2nd, 6th, 20th, and 23rd; Social Hour on the 10th; and Adult Coloring Circle on the 18th.  The Friends of the Library will be holding their Fall Book Sale from Thursday October 18th through Saturday the 27th.  Look for more details in the coming weeks.  Finally, the library will be closed on Monday the 8th.

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9/18/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Born in New York City but ultimately making his home in Vermont, Noah Perrin wrote books about history and numerous essays about rural life and hobby farming.

 

ADULT COLORING CIRCLE  Bring a little more color into your life this Thursday the 20th at 2 PM.  Coloring sheets and crayons will be provided by the Friends of the Library, or you can bring in your current project and work in good company.

 

MOVIE NIGHT  Watch a recent super hero sequel with a nearly infinite cast this Thursday the 20th at 5:30 PM.  Snacks and drinks are available courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

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9/11/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Stephen Jay Gould wrote numerous books and magazine articles with the intention of making science comprehensible to the public – mainly on biology, with a particular focus in evolution.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Join us for coffee and conversation this Wednesday the 12th at 2 PM.

 

CROCHETING  Learn the basics of the Tunisian afghan stitch and come away with a small completed project this Thursday the 13th at 2 PM.  Yarn and a number of hooks will be provided.

 

SCRATCH PROGRAMMING  Children ages 7 – 12 can learn about computer programming and create their own game this Thursday the 13th at 4 PM.

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9/4/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Under the pen name Mary Renault, Mary Challans wrote numerous fiction and nonfiction works about Ancient Greece.

 

TEEN CRAFT  Start the school year off by making a snazzy duct tape case for your pencils, pens, and other school supplies this Thursday the 6th at 4 PM.

 

CAKE PANS  Did you know that you can borrow fancy cake pans from the library?  We just processed a new donation of character pans, ranging from Blue’s Clues to Dora the Explorer to Harry Potter to a large dinosaur.  They are free to check out for one week; all we ask is that you clean them well before you bring them back.  If you have some pans taking up space in your kitchen or cupboard, we are still accepting donations.

 

NEW CHAIRS  Thank you to the Friends of the Library for purchasing new chairs to replace the deteriorating ones in the computer area.  If you are interested in joining the Friends, you can contact the library for more information or visit our website.

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8/28/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, daughter of feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft and wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, is best known for writing Frankenstein, considered by many to be the first science fiction story.

 

CHILDREN’S CRAFT  Have a child going back to school soon?  Bring them in to make a door hanger for their room to let you know when they need quiet while doing their homework.  The craft, targeted at ages 5 – 10, is this Wednesday the 29th at 2 PM.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  This month we’re reading Jinx by Sage Blackwood and making our own living terrariums.  New families are always welcome, so join us this Thursday the 30th at 5 PM.

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8/21/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Ogden Nash was a writer of humorous poems, observations, and one Broadway musical.

 

DECORATE PENCILS  Your children may not be ready to go back to school, but they can come and personalize their own pencils in preparation this Wednesday the 22nd at 2 PM.  This craft is for ages 7 – 12.

 

LOCKER MAGNETS  Teens can drop in to make magnets for their lockers (or anywhere else that’s magnetic) this Thursday the 23rd at 2 PM.

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