Wide variety of free activities for all ages at your library
October brings you an amazing variety of free informative and entertaining classes and events for all ages ranging from healthy eating, beginning Spanish, book clubs for adults and tweens, a PG movie, a DIY class on making mustard and mayo, gaming, storytimes, the start of a new fall Lifelong Learning lecture series and much more. See below for details.
Special note: There will be no Library News column on October 15, so this column covers library events from October 2 through October 21.
Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids (includes tweens), teens and adults.
Save the date for Lifelong Learning
Mark your calendar for the free fall Lifelong Learning series that begins Thursday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. Pick up the brochure with details of speakers and programs at your library.
DIY mustard and mayo
Join us Wednesday, October 14 at 2 p.m. to learn how to make your own mustard and mayo. This is the fifth in the monthly adult DIY workshops led by our own Meg Wempe. Earlier sessions have included making cheese, sushi, terrariums and silk-screen T-shirts. No registration required.
Free PG-13 movie
Tomorrow (Friday, October 9) at 2 p.m. we will show a PG-13 movie. Our contract does not allow us to identify its title in the media but you can get this information on the activities calendars available at the library.
Free LEGO club
LEGO Club resumes on October 10 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. for 6-13 year olds. This is a chance for kids to create and build with LEGOs.
Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12 and 19 for a free healthy eating discussion series that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx. The class, which will cover many of the principles of Weston A. Price, is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.
Free Spanish class
Join us at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 12 and 19 for a free beginning Spanish class that will run from October through December, taught by part-time library staffer Zoe Groulx. You will learn Spanish in a friendly and welcoming environment. This program is part of the ALPS program through San Juan Fellowship.
Free tween book club
If you’re in the fourth-eighth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, the Bookbuster’s Dare to Read Book Club is for you. Join us on Wednesday, October 14 from 4-5 p.m. to discuss “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos.
Free adult book club
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. On October 13 we will discuss “In the Woods” by Tana French. We have extra copies of the book if you need one.
Free teen book swap
Celebrate Teen Read Week with a free book swap at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 15.
Teen advisory group
Join us Thursday, October 15 from 4-5 p.m. for the meeting of the new teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.
Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Drop in with your technology questions. Note: No Tech Time on Thursday, October 22. A more formal session requiring advance registration covers Facebook Basics on Monday, October 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.
Free gaming for all ages
Friday, October 16 at 2 p.m. is gaming for all ages including Wii, Xbox and 360 Kinect.
Free Otaku and candy sushi
Otaku for fifth-12th graders is Monday, October 19 from 4-5 p.m. If you are into anime or manga, this class is for you. We’ll be creating edible sushi from candy.
Free preschool storytime
Join Miss Leah every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. when preschoolers and their families are invited to enjoy an hour of stories, music and a craft to develop early literacy skills. Recommended for three- to five-year-olds.
Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays with Miss Leah for you and your little ones on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m. Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.
Free programmed Nooks
Reminder: We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.
New downloadable 3M titles
We have added six more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library: “Devoted in Death” by J.D. Robb, “Driving Heat” by Richard Castle, “The Scam” by Janet Evanovich and “The End Game” by Catherine Coulter are mysteries. “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff is a contemporary family life story. “Make Me” by Lee child is an action adventure. Access these e-books at our website by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in myriad genres.
Free downloadable movies
For your viewing pleasure, we have purchased IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives library patrons unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Also, PBS content is now live on the IndieFlix website. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library website.
How-to and self-help
“Thirty Million Words” by Dr. Dana Suskind documents how to create a language environment to build your child’s brain with ongoing conversations. “Resumes for Dummies” shows you how to attract attention through a strong social media profile and protect your online reputation. “5 @ 55” by Judith D. Grimaldi and Joanne Seminara is a guide to the five most important documents you need by age 55. “2015/2016 ASVAB” features actual tests, practice sets, flashcards and online practice to help you qualify for the military job you want. “Preserving the Japanese Way” by Nancy Singleton Hashisu explains salting, fermenting and pickling for the modern kitchen. “Rovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2016” includes a new section on how to sell your antiques. “Eat Clean Stay Lean” by the editors of Prevention provides 300 whole foods and recipes for health and weight loss.
“Pope Francis among the Wolves” by Marco Politi is an inside look at what is happening now at the Vatican. “1944” by Jay Winik takes readers back to the turning points in World War II. “How the World Moves” by Peter Nabokow documents the lives of a remarkable but unsung Pueblo Indian family living in two worlds. “The Plain Choice” by Sherry Gore is the true story of a woman who joined the Amish. “Hawaii 2016” is a Fodor’s Travel guidebook. “Accused” by Tonya Craft follows an innocent woman trying to save herself from molestation charges. “Decisions: Life & Death on Wall Street” is a memoir by Janet Tavakoli about the money-driven culture of Wall Street and Washington. “A War for the Soul of America” by Andrew Hartman examines the emergency of the modern conservative movement. “Man of Destiny” by historian Alonzo Hamby is a memoir of FDR. “American Pain” by John Temple tells of a Florida pain clinic making millions selling drugs to addicts.
“Only a Kiss” by Mary Balogh is a Survivors’ Club historical novel. “American Meteor” by Norman Lock is a panoramic coming-of-age story taking readers from the Civil War to the Battle of Little Big Horn. “The Regulator” by Ethan J. Wolfe follows an agent answering only to the president. “Scalpers” by Ralph Cotton, “The Winter Family” by Clifford Jackman and “The Long High Noon” by Loren D. Estleman are westerns.
“Slap Shot” is a sports comedy starring Paul Newman. “George Wallace” stars Gary Sinise. “Soul Surfer” is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. “The Big Trees” about California’s giant sequoias stars Kirk Douglas. “Nim’s Island” is a family story set on a deserted island.
Thrillers and mysteries
“Patriot” by Ted Bell is the latest in the Alex Hawke thriller series. “The Carrier” by Sophie Hannah is a Zailer and Waterhouse mystery. “The Murder House” by James Patterson is a thriller set in the Hamptons. “Pretty Girls” by Karin Slaughter follows two sisters whose sister died two decades earlier.
Other novels and short stories
“Corridors of the Night” by Anne Perry is the 21st book in the William Monk Victorian England series. “The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015” is a collection of 20 of the best short stories of the year.
“Deadfall” by Stephen Lodge is a Charley Sunday Texas Outfit story. “Frontier” by S. K. Salzer and “Preacher’s Slaughter” by William W. and J.A. Johnston are westerns.
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you. You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank several anonymous donors.
“The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves.” –Barbara Corcoran, American real estate mogul, columnist and TV personality.