Social Hour

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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2/13/18

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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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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1/9/18

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.

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12/12/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Thaumatology: the study of miracles

 

DREIDEL  Learn how to play Dreidel and earn chocolate coins today the 12th at 3:30 PM.  This traditional game is fun and easy to learn (and you can take home a dreidel to keep.)

 

MEET THE GRINCH  It’s here!  Join us this Saturday the 16th for a Who-bilation from 2 – 3:30 PM.  We’ll be reading Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday book, munching on snacks, doing crafts, and even meeting the Grinch in person.  Stop in for big fun!

 

SOCIAL HOUR  We’ll be serving seasonal cookies and coffee this Wednesday the 13th at 2 PM.  Stop in to chat with your neighbors (or just get in out of the cold.)

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11/28/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Iceblink: A reflection in the clouds caused by light hitting a field of ice.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Read and discuss books with your children in our Family Book Club. This month we’ll be talking about Grace Lin’s Year of the Dog and learning to use chopsticks while trying some traditional Taiwanese foods.  Join us this Thursday the 30th at 5 PM.

 

DECEMBER PROGRAMS  Help the library make a gingerbread house next Thursday the 7th at 5 PM – we’ll provide the materials.  The following Tuesday, on December 12th, come learn how to play Dreidel and earn some gelt (otherwise known as chocolate coins) at 3:30 PM.  Our monthly movie night is that same week, on Thursday the 14th at 5:30 PM.  That Saturday the 16th join us for a Who-bilation – with snacks, stories, and a visit from the Grinch himself, all starting at 2 PM.  Finally, join our family book club on the 21st at 5 PM.  We’ll be reading Amulet: The Stonekeeper.  For adults, we have computer help on the 2nd, 5th, and 16th, as well as social hour on the 13th and a craft on the afternoon of the 14th.  The library will be closed on the 25th and 26th and January 1st.

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11/7/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Ratiocination: either a logically constructed chain of thought, or the process of constructing one

 

LIBRARY CLOSED  The library will be closed this Saturday, November 11th, in honor of Veterans Day.  We will be open as normal on Friday the 10th and Monday the 13th.

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Come in for sweets and coffee this Wednesday the 8th at 2 PM, and stay around to talk with your neighbors and browse the library’s collections.

 

BOTTLE CENTERPIECE  We’ll be using twine and glass bottles to make a simple, rustic vase this Thursday the 9th at 2 PM.  This craft is intended for our adult patrons, so come join us!

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9/19/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Careen: to turn a ship onto its side to clean or repair it; or to speed forward, (often tilting from side to side as if out of control)

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Our monthly social hour hit a snag last week, so we’re trying again.  Stop in tomorrow the 20th for coffee, cookies, and conversation at 2 PM.

 

MOVIE NIGHT  Bring your friends and family for a film about an underwear-clad superhero this Thursday the 21st at 5:30 PM.  Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Our selection this month is The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.  The discussion and creation session is next Thursday the 28th at 5 PM.  New members are always welcome.

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8/29/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Quidnunc: A person who always wants to know the latest news and gossip (particularly if it’s scandalous.)

 

FAMILY BOOK CLUB  Join us this Thursday the 31st at 5 PM for the last family book club meeting of the summer.  We’ll be discussing The Little Prince and making wooden airplanes.  New families are always welcome.

 

SEPTEMBER PROGRAMS  All next month we’ll be having a children’s coloring contest.  Check our website or stop in for details.  Drop-in computer help hours will be on the 2nd and 16th from 11 AM – 12 PM and the 5th and 26th from 6 PM – 7 PM.  Social Hour will be on the 13th at 2 PM.  On the 14th at 2 PM we’ll have a bracelet-making class for adults.  Movie night (with an underwear-clad superhero) is the 21st at 5:30 PM, and Family Book Club meets on the 28th at 5 PM.  There will be no Story Time on the 16th, 20th, or 23rd in September.

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8/8/17

WORD OF THE WEEK  Enchiridion: a small book meant to be carried around as a study guide or reference, often focused on philosophy, theology, law, poetry, or music

 

SOCIAL HOUR  Join us for Social Hour this Wednesday the 9th at 2 PM.  We’ll have coffee and treats; you provide the conversation.

 

FIDGET SPINNERS  Children ages 9 and up can learn to make their own fidget spinners this Thursday the 10th at 11 AM.  Registration is required for this program, as we have a limited amount of supplies.  Call the library or ask at the front desk to sign up.

 

ADULT CRAFT  Come in at 2 PM on Thursday the 10th to make an easy sunny summer centerpiece.

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