Author Birthdays

3/7/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Tessera: One of the small tiles (of wood, stone, glass, or other material) used to create a mosaic.  Less commonly, it can be used to describe a password or ticket (like a backstage pass.)

                                    

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  As always, we’re celebrating this month with a display of popular March-born authors.  Pick up an old favorite or a new-to-you book by Jack Kerouac, Douglas Adams, John Updike, Philip Roth, Ralph Ellison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Louis L’Amour, Mickey Spillane, or even Dr. Seuss.  You might also try one of the plays of Tennessee Williams, or pick up a volume of poetry by A. E. Houseman, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, or Robert Frost,

 

LEGO PARTY  Celebrate our new grant-funded Lego Wall with fun and games this Thursday the 9th at 5 PM.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Our monthly Social Hour is tomorrow, Wednesday the 8th, at 2 PM.  Beat the still-winter chill with coffee, treats, and conversation.

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2/7/2017

WORD OF THE WEEK  Reglet: A wooden block used in traditional printing to separate paragraphs or add space to a line

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  Party this month with Victor Hugo, Jules Verne, Ayn Rand, Amy Tan, Edward Gorey, Charles Darwin, Toni Morrison, Sinclair Lewis, James Michener, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and more.  Check out the display between the new fiction books and Sophie’s tank.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Drop in to our monthly social hour tomorrow the 8th at 2 PM.  We’ll bring the coffee and treats; you provide the conversation.

 

VALENTINES CRAFTS  Children can make cute paper candy holders this Thursday the 9th at 5 PM.  Adults and older children can also make easy tissue-paper flowers the following Monday (the 13th) at 3 PM.

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1/17/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Eirenicon: A proposal of peace and solidarity

 

WALLET RAFFLE  The Friends of the Library are raffling off two hand-made men’s leather wallets.  Tickets are $1 each and there will be two winners.  Both drawings will be held on February 3rd, so don’t miss your chance.  The wallets can be viewed on top of the long display case next to the front desk.

 

MOVIE NIGHT  We’ll be watching the adventures of a blue animated fish this Thursday the 19th at 5:30 PM.  Join us for popcorn, soda, and fun.

 

CRAFT  We’ll be making stained “glass” mandalas out of old CDs, paint, and ink next Thursday the 26th at 5 PM.

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12/20/16

WEEKLY QUOTE  "At Christmas I no more desire a rose than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth; but like of each thing that in season grows." – William Shakespeare

 

HOLIDAY HOURS  The library will be closed this Saturday December 24th and Monday the 26th and next Saturday December 31st.  We wish you the best, safest, and happiest of celebrations.

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  It’s not too late to get festive with some of the writers celebrating birthdays in December.  Visit our monthly display and check out works by Elizabeth Berg, Arthur C. Clarke, Mary Higgins Clark, Jane Austen, Noel Coward, Emily Dickinson, Shirley Jackson, E. A. Robinson, James Thurber, and more.

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6/21/16

WEEKLY QUOTE  “It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  Anne Frank might have turned 87 this month, had her life not been cut short at the age of 15 by the Holocaust.  Other authors born in June whose works are on display at the library include Helen Keller, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, George Orwell, and W. B. Yeats.

 

MIXED MEDIA ART  Come to the library this Saturday the 25th at 2 PM to learn how to create a unique piece of art using several different kinds of materials.  This program is open to those ages nine and above.

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5/10/16

WEEKLY QUOTE "It was an ideal spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white clouds drifting across from west to east.  The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man's energy." – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  Celebrate the month of May with mystery writers Arthur Conan Doyle and Tony Hillerman, spymasters Robert Ludlum and Ian Fleming, fantasists J. M. Barre and T. H. White, poets Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, or Daphne du Maurier, author of Rebecca.  Their books, related movies, and more are on display near Sophie’s tank.

 

ELEVATOR  The interior elevator is receiving additional upgrades.  It may be offline for as long as the next two weeks.  The exterior lift will remain functional.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Stop in tomorrow the 11th from 2 – 3 PM for treats and the return of our specialty coffee – and chat with some of your neighbors while you’re here.

 

DOCUMENTARY  Come view Under Our Skin and learn more about treatments for Lyme disease.  The screening will start at 5:30 PM next Tuesday, the 17th.

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3/8/16

WEEKLY QUOTE  Come with rain, O loud Southwester!  Bring the singer, bring the nester; Give the buried flower a dream; Make the settled snowbank steam. - To the Thawing Wind, Robert Frost

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Stop in to chat with your neighbors, drink coffee, and munch on treats.  Social hour is tomorrow (Wednesday the 9th) from 2 – 3 PM. 

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  Celebrate this month with poets, playwrights, and authors.  Henrik Ibsen, Tennessee Williams, Louis L’Amour, Douglas Adams, Mickey Spillane, Robert Frost, and Dr. Seuss were all born in March.  As always, materials created or inspired by these authors and others will be on display by the new books.  Take a look!

 

FRIENDS MEETING  The Friends of the Library are holding their monthly meeting at 7 PM tomorrow.  If you’ve ever thought about joining the Friends, want to help with the next book sale, or have fundraising ideas, please come.  The meetings are open to the public, and new members can join at any time.  The Friends play an important role in library programming, funding, and outreach.

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1/12/16

WEEKLY QUOTE  “[A library] is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you – and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.” ― Isaac Asimov, author and biochemist

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  Celebrate January with Isaac Asimov, J. R. R. Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, Zane Grey, A.A. Milne, Thomas Merton and more. We have their works available on display near Sophie’s tank.  She can’t read them, as she is a turtle, so please check them out!  (You can say hello to Sophie, too.  If you’re very lucky, you might see her on her brief daily walkabout.)

 

MARIO KART  The library will be holding its first-ever Mario Kart Tournament on Saturday, January 23rd at 2 PM.  We’ll have trophies for the top finishers, and certificates for everyone.  Bring your friends and play on our brand new Wii.  The Wii is also available for everyday use.  Stop at the main desk to borrow the controllers with your library card.

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12/15/15

SANTA  Does your child know what they want for Christmas?  Have them come whisper it to Santa Claus himself this Saturday the 19th at 2 PM.  We’ll be taking digital photos for you free of charge.  No registration is required, but you can stop by the library to fill out a permission form ahead of time if you wish.

 

MOVIE NIGHT  Come to our last movie night of the year for free popcorn and fun.  We’ll be watching a hit flick about tiny yellow helpers this Thursday the 17th at 5:30.  Call for more details.

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11/10/15

BOOK SALE  The Friends of the Library book sale will continue all this week during library hours.  Stop in to pick up that perfect winter read at the perfect price.

 

AUTHOR BIRTHDAYS  November is packed with falling leaves, recipes for turkey, and authors’ birthdays.  Among those born this month: Bram Stoker, author of Dracula; Mark Twain; Narnia author and Christian writer C. S. Lewis; poet and artist William Blake; Neil Gaiman; Carl Sagan; Madeleine L’Engle; Kurt Vonnegut; and Rita Mae Brown.  Come take a book or two from the display and read them with a piece of cake in the author’s honor.

 

LIBRARY BUDGET  Thank you for all of your supportive letters and e-mails.  As a reminder, the City Council meets next Monday, the 16th, at 7 PM to vote on the library’s budget.  Please consider attending that meeting to speak out for the library and against funding cuts.  We appreciate your help.

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