The library is accepting book donations again, but they must be printed within the past 5 years or newer, no mold, no dirt, etc. Thank you for your patience, and please join us at the next Friends Book Sale April 5 - 14!
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.
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!
WRITER OF THE WEEK Chaim Potok was a writer, editor, teacher, and army chaplain. His best-known novels include My Name is Asher Lev and The Chosen, both exploring the intersection of Hasidic Judaism and secular culture.
HOLIDAY The library will be closed next Monday the 19th in honor of Presidents Day. We will be open the rest of the week as usual.
VALENTINES Children can come make Valentines for family and friends this Tuesday the 13th at 3:30 PM.
WRITER OF THE WEEK Alice Walker is most famous for her 1982 novel The Color Purple, adopted into both an acclaimed film and an award-winning musical, but she has written numerous other novels, poetry, short stories, and nonfiction. The library has numerous examples of her work available.
BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK Bored with your usual authors and want to try something new? Enjoy being surprised? Stop in this month and pick up a book or audiobook from our Valentine’s table. You won’t know what you have until you get home and unwrap it (although there are brief descriptions on the wrapping.) This year’s selections come from African-American authors in honor of Black History Month and cover a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to mystery to modern-day teen literature.
PAPER ROSES Join us this Thursday the 8th at 2 PM for February’s adult crafting class. We’ll be making roses out of old book pages – bring a friend and have fun!
WRITER OF THE WEEK Barbara Tuchman, born January 30th, was a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and author of popular histories. She was also the creator of “Tuchman’s Law,” which states that “The fact of being reported multiplies the apparent extent of any deplorable development by five to tenfold,” or: because bad things are reported on most frequently, they generally appear to be more common than they actually are.
FEBRUARY PROGRAMS Our adult craft falls early next month, on Thursday the 8th at 2 PM. We’ll be making paper roses. Social Hour follows the next Wednesday, the 14th, also at 2 PM. The next day, Thursday the 15th, we’ll be holding a relaxing adult coloring circle at 2 PM, with all materials provided. Our drop-in computer help sessions will be on Tuesdays the 6th and 27th from 6 – 7 PM and Saturdays the 3rd and 17th from 11 AM – 12 PM. Children’s programs begin on Tuesday the 13th, when we’ll have materials available for crafting handmade Valentines from 3:30 – 4:30 PM. Movie Night is on the 15th at 5:30 PM: come watch a film featuring small colorful horses. Finally, we have a very special family book club for February. Our featured book is Call of the Wild. The regular meeting is at 4:30 PM on Thursday the 22nd. Following that, you’ll have the opportunity to meet a real-life Iditarod veteran and his dogs at 5 PM. You are very welcome to come meet the musher and the dogs even if you haven’t read the book – the event is open to all.
WRITER OF THE WEEK Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott was born January 23rd on St. Lucia. His poems often reflected, but were not restricted to, life in the Caribbean. The library has several of his volumes, including Sea Grapes and The Prodigal.
FAMILY BOOK CLUB This month we’re discussing the Ranger in Time series by Kate Messner. You can choose to read any one or all of the books. Join us on Thursday the 25th at 5 PM, when we’ll be making miniature copies of Ranger’s first aid kit. (We’ll be talking about dogs next month, too, with a special guest. Look for an announcement next week, or take a peek at our website in the meantime.)
WRITER OF THE WEEK Thornton Burgess created short stories for children featuring a variety of forest inhabitants, among them Peter Rabbit (no relation to the Beatrix Potter character,) Spotty the Turtle, and Old Mother West Wind.
MOVIE NIGHT Join us for popcorn, drinks, and fun this Thursday the 18th at 5:30 PM. We’ll be watching a Lego movie with ninjas! (That is to say: the ninjas will be on the screen, not in the room – we think.)
TODDLER PAINTING Bring your young children to the library this Friday the 19th at 11 AM to help us create flowers to brighten up the winter chill. No toddlers will be painted on purpose, but we suggest wearing older clothing.
TAX FORMS While the library may receive some Federal tax forms over the next week or two, we do not expect the New York State tax forms to arrive until late February.
WRITER OF THE WEEK Born on January 7th, Zora Neale Hurston was an African-American anthropologist, folklorist, and novelist in the first half of the 20th century. The library has several of her works, both fiction and nonfiction, including her best known, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
SOCIAL HOUR Warm up at Social Hour this Wednesday the 10th at 2 PM. We’ll have coffee and treats – you bring the conversation.
CRAFT Join us for our adult crafting session this Thursday the 11th at 2 PM. Our project this month is a candleholder to light you through to Spring.