Writer of the week

4/10/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  David Halberstam was a Pulitzer-Prize-winning Vietnam War correspondent, a reporter who covered the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and an author who wrote several acclaimed books on a variety of historical, political, and athletic topics.

 

BOOK SALE  The sale will continue through Friday this week during the library’s regular hours.  Pricing will be the same as last Saturday – $1 for hardcover books and DVDs, 50 cents for CDs, and 25 cents for paperbacks.  A bag sale will follow on Saturday the 14th at $4 per bag.  We still have plenty of great deals left, so stop by the auditorium whenever you have time.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  In honor of National Library Week we’re combining our monthly social hour with an open house for the public and staff from other local libraries.  Join us this Wednesday the 11th at 2 PM for special treats and conversations.

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4/3/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Although we are far from October, this week’s author is the New York born author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving.  If you’ve never read any of his other short stories or essays, stop into the library and check one out.

 

BOOK SALE  Doors open at 5 PM this Thursday the 5th, when members of the Friends of the Library receive a 50% discount on their purchases.  (Membership forms will be available, so if you aren’t a Friend yet, you can join there and then.)  The sale will continue through the library’s regular hours until Friday the 13th.  A bag sale will follow on Saturday the 14th.  The Friends provide funds for all programming at the library, including supplies, fees, and refreshments, and support the library with various other purchases.  Mark your calendars for some great deals on books, DVDs, CDs, and more, and help them help us continue serving the community.

 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK  Come celebrate all the library offers with us April 9th through the 14th.  You can drop in today to pick up an entry for our all-ages coloring contest – and that includes adults this year.  We have four brackets: ages 0-4; 5-8; 9-12; and 13 and over.  Prizes range from coloring supplies for the children to a $50 Walmart gift card for teens and adults.  Completed projects must be dropped off by the 12th; judging will take place on the 13th.  We’ll kick off the week proper with rock painting – again for all ages – at 5 PM on Monday the 9th.  On Wednesday at 2 PM we’ll be having our monthly social hour combined with an open house.  Thursday at 2 PM is our monthly adult craft, featuring Spring-themed decoupage vases.  Finally, on Friday comes a fun craft for toddlers at 2 PM and the official judging of the contest entries at 3 PM.

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3/27/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Tennessee Williams, one of America’s best playwrights, was born March 26, 1911.  You can check out his best-known plays from the library, including The Glass Menagerie and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

 

CLOSING EARLY  The library will be closing at noon this Friday, March 30th.  We will be open on Saturday as usual, from 9 AM – 3 PM.

 

EGG HUNT  Ninjas have hidden eggs all over the library.  To find them, you must become a ninja yourself.  Join our training school this Saturday the 31st at 11 AM for fun games and sweet treats.

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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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3/13/18

WRITER OF THE WEEK  Our author this week is British humorist Douglas Adams, best known for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Dirk Gently detective series.

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY  Bring your children to a treat-and-mystery-filled scavenger hunt this Saturday the 17th at 11 AM as our mischievous – and very popular – leprechaun visitor returns.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  We’ll have coffee and sweet treats this Wednesday the 14th at 2 PM.

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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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2/13/18

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.

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2/6/18

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!

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1/30/18

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.

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