Family Book Club

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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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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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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7/24/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Alexandre Dumas père was the author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, among many many other novels, plays, and nonfiction works.

 

BOOK SALE  The Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale continues Monday – Friday this week.  Prices will be $1 for a hardcover, 25 cents for a paperback, 50 cents per CD, and $1 for DVDs.  We also have puzzles, games, and magazines.  The last day (Friday the 27th) is the bag sale: $4 for as many books as you can fit into the bag we provide (and you can buy multiple bags.)  Proceeds from the sale fund programming and other purchases throughout the year, so come out to support the library and pick up some great deals. 

 

LIBRARY CLOSED  The library will be closed this Saturday the 28th.  Enjoy the parade and other Seaway Festival activities!

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5/29/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Dorothy West was a pioneering novelist, short-story writer, and editor.  Her journal Challenge was an important part of the Harlem Renaissance.

 

TEEN CRAFT  This Friday the 31st at 4:30 PM we’ll be making necklaces out of metal washers and other materials.

 

JUNE EVENTS  We’ll kick the month off with a paper-plate craft for toddlers on Wednesday June 6th at 11 AM.  The following week sees Social Hour on Wednesday at 2 PM and two crafts on Thursday the 13th: paper roses for adults at 2 PM and paper beads for teens at 4 PM.  Movie night, featuring a film about a hungry rabbit and a stubborn farmer, is Thursday the 21st at 5:30 PM.  For June’s Family Book Club we’ll be reading Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming and meeting to discuss it on Thursday the 28th at 5 PM.  You can bring your computer questions to our drop-in help sessions on Saturdays the 2nd and 16th from 11 AM – 12 PM or Tuesday the 26th from 6 – 7 PM.

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5/1/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  This week’s author is Larry Niven, writer of “hard” (science-based) science fiction whose career has spanned decades, from the 1960s through the 2010s.

 

FREE CONCERT  This Friday May 4th we’re hosting a nostalgic look back at the 1950s and 1960s – complete with sing-along.  Join New York Blues Hall of Famer Marc Black for an afternoon of memories and songs starting at 3 PM.

 

MAY EVENTS  Beyond the concert, we have plenty of other fun programming at the library.  Our adult craft will be on Thursday the 10th at 2 PM – we’re making simple wire thread-wrapped sculptures.  Movie night, featuring a famous British-Peruvian bear, is on the following Thursday at 5:30 PM.  On Friday the 18th we’ll be having a May-flowery craft for toddlers at 11 AM.  This month’s family book club selection is the graphic novel Bluffton, featuring silent film star Buster Keaton.  The discussion (and film-clip watching) will be on Thursday the 24th at 5 PM.  We’ll be wrapping up the month with a craft program for teen on Friday the 31st at 4 PM.  Other monthly programs include computer help tonight and Tuesday the 22nd from 6 – 7 PM as well as Saturdays the 5th and 19th from 11 AM – 12 PM, and Social Hour on Wednesday the 9th at 2 PM.

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4/24/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Edith Ngaio Marsh was a New Zealand-born writer of mysteries, a contemporary of and counterpart to Agatha Christie.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  This month we’re reading the award-winning graphic novel Bone, by Jeff Smith.  Join us for a discussion this Thursday the 26th at 5 PM, and learn how to make your own fantasy map.

 

STORY TIME  Our early literacy program for ages 3 – 6 will be taking a break after this Wednesday’s session.  Look for it to return as “Stories and Songs” on May 19th

 

REGULAR PROGRAMS  Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM.  Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, is this Wednesday at 10:30 AM.  You can bring your computer questions to our drop-in sessions this Tuesday the 24th and next Tuesday May 1st from 6 – 7 PM.  Call the library or check out our website for all of the details on all of our upcoming events. 

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3/20/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Our next featured author is Lois Lowry.  Her books Number the Stars and The Giver each won the Newbery Medal for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Read The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett, then join us this Thursday the 22nd at 5 PM to put together some pranks for April Fools’ Day.

 

NINJAS  Ninjas return to the library next Saturday the 31st – beat them at their own game by finding the eggs they hide.

 

BOOK SALE  The next Friends of the Library book sale is fast approaching – from 5 PM on Thursday April 5 through 3 PM on Saturday April 14th.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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2/27/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Born on Leap Day in 1920, Howard Nemerov was twice Poet Laureate of the United States, in the 1960s and the 1980s, and in 1977 both a National Book Award winner and a Pulitzer Prize winner.  You can read some of his collected poems at the library, and also check out his son Alexander’s introduction to Frederic Remington: The Color of Night.

 

MARCH EVENTS  Our adult craft this month will feature art on small canvases.  Join us on Thursday the 8th at 2 PM.  The following Thursday at the same time will be our relaxing coloring circle.  Movie Night will be that same day, the 15th, at 5:30 PM.  We’ll be watching a movie about a boy struggling to adjust to middle school.  March will feature two of our most popular children’s events.  Join us on Saturday the 17th at 11 AM for a St. Patrick’s Day scavenger hunt, and come back on the 31st for our Ninja Easter Egg Hunt.  In between, you can prepare for April Fool’s Day by reading Mac Barnett’s The Terrible Two for the Family Book Club.  It will meet on Thursday the 22nd at 5 PM, when we’ll dream up some good pranks to use on friends and family.  Finally, Social Hour will be on the 14th at 2 PM and computer help sessions will take place on the 3rd, 6th, 17th, and 27th.

 

REGULAR PROGRAMS  Music and Movement for toddlers is Tuesday at 10 AM.  Story Time for ages 3 – 6, with picture books and crafts, is on Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 AM.  Individualized drop-in computer help will be tonight February 27th and next Tuesday March 6th from 6 – 7 PM and this Saturday the 3rd from 11 AM – 12 PM.  Call the library or check out our website for all the details on all of our upcoming events. 

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2/20/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Although Edward Gorey is best known as an illustrator – he created the opening titles for the PBS series Mystery! and even won a Tony for designing a Broadway production of Dracula – he also often wrote stories to accompany his distinctive art.  You can read some of this writing in Amphigorey Also at the library.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  We’ll be reading and discussing Call of the Wild by Jack London this Thursday the 22nd at 4:30 PM.

 

DOGS  Ever want to meet a sled dog?  You’ll get the chance this Thursday the 22nd at 5 PM.  Local musher and Iditarod veteran Spencer Thew will be at the library to give a talk about this snowy sport and answer all your questions.  This event is for children ages 7 and up.  Don’t miss it!

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