Showcasing local poets and songwriters of all ages
We look forward to hosting published and aspiring poets and songwriters – and their fans – on Tuesday, November 10 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for a special Poetry Remix event at your library.
Poets and songwriters will have the opportunity to perform their own work – or another person’s, if they prefer. They’re welcome to read the poem or song lyrics, but we encourage them to memorize it for a better performance.
Prizes will be awarded for both best performed and best written poetry in four age categories: children’s, tweens 4th-6th grades, teens 7th-12th grades and adult. Registration is required at the library or by calling 264-2209.
Special State Library grant
We are pleased to announce that your library has received a $4,800 grant from the State Grants for Libraries for the advancement of literacy in the community. “The purpose of this grant is for you to obtain educational resources for your library that you otherwise would be unable to afford,” the award stated. “Those educational resources are to support efforts to improve literacy and learning, including early literacy and other education-related needs you may identify locally.”
Jackie Welch, library director, and her staff are evaluating options to best use the funds, which likely will include renewing our subscriptions to Britannica databases (adult and children), and TumbleBooks for children.
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.
Lifelong Learning free lectures
The fourth lecture in our six-week free Fall Lifelong Learning series takes place tonight (Thursday, November 5) when Jonathan Dobson will speak on “The Way of the Tree: Photographs and Stories from an Around-the-World Trip,” a photo montage of several countries that spanned three months. The fifth talk on November 12 showcases Jimbo Buickerood. He will discuss “The 30-Year Controversy of the Village at Wolf Creek. The last lecture on November 19 will be from another traveler, Rose Lynn, who will discuss “Barren of Human Rights: Touring North Korea” that will dispel some myths you may have about North Korea.
Pick up the brochure with more details of the speakers and their programs at your library. The lectures run from 5:30 – 7 p.m. No advance registration is required.
Adult book club cancelled
Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles, but this month’s book club is cancelled. You can come in to the library to pick up December’s book, and vote on next year’s books.
Free medical insurance options
Come to learn about health insurance via Medicaid, Connect for Health as well as medical savings plans for seniors from 10-11 a.m. today (Thursday, November 5) and November 12. No registration required.
Free karaoke for all ages
Enjoy some musical fun tomorrow (Friday, November 6) from 2-3:15 p.m. when you sing your favorite songs with friends and family. Open to all ages. Come to sing – stay to socialize.
Free youngster 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. Please join us on Wednesday, November 11 from 4-5 p.m. when we’ll be discussing “The Ghost of Graylock” by Dan Poblocki.
Free healthy eating session
Join us at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 9 for a free healthy eating discussion series is running 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, November 9 for a free beginning Spanish class that is running 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.
Teen advisory group
Join us today (Thursday, November 5) from 4-5 p.m. for a meeting of the new teen advisory group where we listen to your fun and innovative ideas for programs for the seventh-12th grades.
Free Thursday adult movie
Join us today (Thursday, November 5) at noon for a PG Paul Newman movie and popcorn at noon.
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 all tech sessions – both informal and formal – are cancelled on November 9, 10, 12, 16, 17 and 19.
Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens Tuesdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for teen gaming fans in the 7th-12th grades.
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 event 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.
“Sinatra 100” is a visual portrait of the singer on the centennial of his birth. “Fortunate Son” by John Fogerty is the memoir of this Creedence Clearwater singer-songwriter.
“Ali” stars Will Smith and Jon Voight. “Face/Off” stars John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. “Love Finds a Home” is the eight film based on the novel series. “Ponyo” is a retelling of “Little Mermaid.” We have both the first and second season of “The Americans” spy thriller series on two different DVDs. “Dexter” features 12 episodes of this TV crime drama. “Bones” is the complete first season.
“After You” by Jojo Mayes explores the difficulty of going on after a loved one dies. “Come Rain or Come Shine” by Jan Karon is the 11th in the Mitford series. “The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue” by Frederick Forsyth is a memoir. “Pretending to Dance” by Diane Chamberlain unleashes secrets in a youg married woman’s life. “Eve” by Wm. Paul Young is a fantasy exploring the Creation narrative.
Thrillers and mysteries
“The Diamond Caper” by Peter Mayle is the latest in the Caper series set in Provence. “Career of Evil” is the third in the Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott series. “The Survivors” by Robert Palmer begins on the 25th anniversary of a family’s murder. “Wolf Winter” by Cecilia Ekback is a suspense story set in Swedish Lapland in 1717.
“Golden Lion” by Wilbur Smith is an historical action tale set in Africa. “The Clasp” by Sloane Crosley follows three friends on a treasure hunt for a valuable necklace. “Hell’s Foundations Quiver” by David Weber is the latest in the Safehold series. “Carrying Albert Home” by Homer Hickam is the prequel to “Rocket Boys” that became the movie “October Sky.”
“Shadow Play” by Iris Johansen is a mystery featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan. “The Murder House” by James Patterson and David Ellis is set in the Hamptons. “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks is a romantic suspense story. “Robert Ludlum’s The Patriotic Attack” by Kyle Mills is a Covert-One adventure. “Saturn Run” by John Sandford and Ctein starts a new sci-fi thriller series.
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.
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.
Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Gayle Broadbent, Alan Daves, Cathne Holt, Carol Sheets, A.M. Stein and Codie Wilson. For their generous donation in memory of Bob Bigelow, we thank Bob and Carole Howard. We will use their gift to purchase books for the Meagan’s Place tween section established by Bob in 2006 in memory of his granddaughter.
“We have bigger houses but smaller families, more conveniences but less time, more degrees but less sense, more knowledge but less judgment, more experts yet more problems, more medicine but less wellness.” – American comedian George Carlin (1937-2008)