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Monday, July 06, 2015

 

All Booked Up Reads Orphan Train for August 5th


All Booked Up Reads "Orphan Train" for August 5th
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is the title of choice for All Booked Up's August 5th meeting at 6:30PM.   Copies of the book are available on the Upper Level of the library.

About the Book
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Next Month's Book: The Storied Life of A.J. Fickry by Gabrielle Zevin

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

 

This Week @ Your Library...


All Week

Join the Summer Reading Fun
View and/or download all of our summer reading activity details, and join us for great fun and terrific prizes!
Every Hero Has a Story: under 36 Months, now thru August 7thEvery Hero Has a Story: Age 3 - 5th Grade, now thru August 7thEscape the Ordinary: Tween and Teens, now thru August 7thEscape the Ordinary: Adults, now thru August 21st
Toddler Activity Sheet, all week
How about reading a "nonfiction (true) book with your child" this week? Perhaps an animal book or poetry book. Or  you could "make a snack together by using a recipe"? We have many yummy recipe books!

Kid's Make the Librarian Laugh Week, all week
Tell a joke to a librarian or dance a jig.  Make us laugh and you'll be rewarded!

Kids Play "Marble Madness," all week
Come in once a week to play this fun marble shooting game for a chance to earn more raffle tickets.

Tween & Teen Craft-to-Go, all week
Stop by the library and make power inspiring Cosplay Cuffs. Earn 1 activity raffle ticket.

Tween & Teen Teen Scavenger Hunt, all week
Follow the clues to the prize and earn 1 activity raffle ticket.

Adult Guessing Contest, all week
Test your superpower of estimation in the Friends of Spider Man contest.  Closest without going over wins. Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Adult "Shelfies," all week
Take a photo of yourself in front of your bookshelf at home, or use one of ours, then drop off a copy or email it to us. Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Adult Mini Book Reviews, all week
Fill out the provided review form and drop it off at the Circulation Desk.  Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Tuesday

Drop-in Knitting Group on Tuesday from 10:00-Noon
If your hobby is knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or any other kind of stitching, bring you project to the library and stitch with our group! Perfect for all skill levels. In Stitches meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month.

Family Story Time at Dar-Col Stables on Tuesday @ 10:30AM
Pet and feed the horses after listening to a few awesome stories and other fun.
Dar-Col Stables is located at 540 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield.

Kid's Take 'n Make Craft, Tuesday-Thursday from 10:00AM-8:00PM
Pick up a "Karate Kid" ninja craft kit to make at home.

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Role Playing Game Group 2 on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM
This multi-age group meets every other week. For more information, call Kerri at 424-4044.

Wednesday

Kid's Justice League Training & WHAM! BAM! BINGO! on Wednesday from 11:30-1:30
Bring a picnic lunch, a blanket, and a gently used book and join us on the library lawn for Super fun!  Kids complete their Justice League Training through crafts and games, eat lunch, and play Book Bingo.  (Rain location: Litchfield Middle School Cafeteria)

Movie Night on Wednesday @ 7:00PM
Join us for a dose of old-school Batman from 1966, starring Adam WestBurt Ward and Lee Meriwether. Make yourself comfortable in one of our Adirondack chairs, or bring your own fold-able chair. Tweens & Teens earn 1 activity raffle ticket.

Thursday

Tween Book Group on Thursday @ 2:30PM
Page Turners in grades 6-8 discuss Super Human by Michael Carroll along with a snack and short activity.

Kid's Drop-In Tabletop Game Night on Thursday from 5:00-8:00PM
Children age 8-13 may be dropped off** or parents and siblings may stay and play.
(**Children age 10 or under must be accompanied by a caregiver aged 14 or older.)

Drop-in Knitting Group on Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM
If your hobby is knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or any other kind of stitching, bring you project to the library and stitch with our group! Perfect for all skill levels. Unraveled meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Friday

Baby & Toddler Tales on Friday @ 10:30AM
Babies and toddlers under 36 months, along with their caregivers enjoy stories, songs and nursery rhymes on the lawn.  Be sure to bring a blanket! (Weather permitting)

Kid's Magic of Science Super Sidekicks Workshop on Friday @ 1:00PM
Registration required; call for availability. Not all superheroes are born with their powers.  Some need the help of trusty sidekicks and cool gadgets to save the day. Children age 8-12 leave this workshop as a hero with their own super tools. (Rain location: Campbell High School)

Tween & Teen Superhero Sleuth Science on Friday @ 2:20PM
Become a super sleuth hero and use forensic science to catch the evil villain and save the day! Earn 1 activity raffle ticket.

Other

Activity Pass of the Month: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Located in Holderness, New Hampshire. Purchased up to 2 Trail admission tickets for $3.00 each and up to 4 additional admissions for $10.00 each. (This represents a discount of up to $14 per ticket.) Children 2 years old and under are free. Trail admission covers the live animal trail and all hiking trails. 


Check Out What Our Book Groups are Reading!
All Booked Up: 
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
History Buffs:  Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
Book of the Month: Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
Book Bunch:  
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Page Turners:  
Super Human by Michael Carroll
Readers of the Round Table: Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

 

High School Book Group Reads Watchmen for July


Readers of the Round Table, a high school book discussion group, reads the graphic novel  Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Giboons for their July 23rd gathering at 4:15PM. Copies of the book are available in the Teen Area on the upper level of the library. 

About the Book
In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect.  WATCHMEN begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes—Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias—have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil. 

In the mid-eighties, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created WATCHMEN, changing the course of comics' history and essentially remaking how popular culture perceived the genre. Popularly cited as the point where comics came of age, WATCHMEN's sophisticated take on superheroes has been universally acclaimed for its psychological depth and realism.

Photo credits: Alan Moore on www.blastr.com and Dave Gibbons on lewstringer.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

 

Library Closes After Tree Limb Falls During Storm


At around 6:50PM, a large limb fell from the maple tree at the Northwest corner of the property, narrowly missing the fence and bringing down electrical, phone and Internet wires. Patrons were escorted from the building and services were called.  

Road Agent Jack Pinciaro removed wires from the roadway and began cutting up the limb, which lays across the exit drive.  Full removal will take place tomorrow

Electricity is expected to be restored by morning. Internet service should be back up by 11:30AM, and phone service by 5:00PM. 

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Mercy Snow is the Book of the Month for July


"Mercy Snow" is the Book of the Month for July 2015Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker is our featured novel for June. Copies are available in the "New Room" on the upper level of the library. 

 About the Book
In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake.

June McAllister is the wife of the local mill owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property, have brought her—and the town—nothing but grief. 

June will do anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means driving the Snow family out of town. But she has never gone up against a force as fierce as the young Mercy Snow. Mercy is determined to protect her rebellious brother, whom the town blames for the accident, despite his innocence. And she has a secret of her own. When an old skeleton is discovered not far from the crash, it beckons Mercy to solve a mystery buried deep within the town's past.

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History Buffs Read Confederates in the Attic for July 28th


History Buffs Read "Confederates in the Attic" for July 28, 2015

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz is the discussion book for the July 28th meeting of History Buffs.  This adult book discussion group meets at 10:30AM on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

About the Book
When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance.

In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; at Andersonville, he finds that the prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.'

Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, country bars' where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

 

This Week @ Your Library...


Library Closed Friday and Saturday for the July 4th Holiday


Every Hero Has a Story: Birth - 36 Months
June 30th - August 7th

Family Story Time with Officer Bob @ 10:30AM
If you enjoy picture books and fun, bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories and songs.  Special guest Officer Bob Bennett will join us as well!

Work on Your Activity Sheet
How about reading a "nonfiction (true) book with your child" this week? Perhaps an animal book or poetry book. Or  you could "make a snack together by using a recipe"? We have many yummy recipe books!

Every Hero Has a Story: Age 3 - 5th Grade
June 30th - August 7th

Magnificent Minds Guessing Contest
Use your super mind powers to guess how many marbles are in the jar.

Family Story Time with Officer Bob @ 10:30AM
If you enjoy picture books and fun, bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories and songs.  Special guest Officer Bob Bennett will join us as well!

The Rescuers: Part 1
Be a community hero. Braid fleece toys for dogs and tie fleece blankets for cats.  The toys and blankets are to be given to the Bedford Animal Rescue League. 

Play Marble Madness
Earn extra points each week by playing our marble shooting game. Don't forget to bring your point log!

Escape the Ordinary: Tween and Teens
June 30th - August 7th

Super Hero M&M Guessing Contest
Drop in and make an educated guess on the number of M&Ms in the bottles. Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Comic Coaster Craft-to-Go, all week
Select your comic graphic and create your coaster to take home and use with your favorite beverage. Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Role Playing Game Group 1 on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM
This multi-age group meets every other week. For more information, call Kerri at 424-4044.

Weekly Scavenger Hunt
Follow the clues to the prize and earn 1 raffle ticket.


Escape the Ordinary: Adults
June 16th - August 7th

Take a "Shelfie," all week thru August 21st
Take a photo of yourself in front of your bookshelf at home, or use one of ours, then drop off a copy or email it to us. Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Drop-in Knitting Group on Tuesday from 10:00-Noon
If your hobby is knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or any other kind of stitching, bring you project to the library and stitch with our group! Perfect for all skill levels. In Stitches meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month.

Adult Book Group on Wednesday @ 6:30PM
All Booked Up meets to discuss The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro.

Write a Mini Book Review
Fill out the provided review form and drop it off at the Circulation Desk.  Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Activity Pass of the Month: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Located in Holderness, New Hampshire. Purchased up to 2 Trail admission tickets for $3.00 each and up to 4 additional admissions for $10.00 each. (This represents a discount of up to $14 per ticket.) Children 2 years old and under are free. Trail admission covers the live animal trail and all hiking trails. 


Check Out What Our Book Groups are Reading!
All Booked Up: 
The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
History Buffs:  Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
Book of the Month:
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
Book Bunch:  
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Page Turners:  
Super Human by Michael Carroll
Readers of the Round Table: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

 

This Week @ Your Library...


This Week @ Your Library... 6-23-15Summer Reading Sign-Up Has Begun!
Are you ready for another fabulous summer of reading, activities and performances? Sign-up has started! 

Adult Summer Reading Club thru August 21st
Get involved through pleasure reading or learning, music on the lawn, quick fun activities, and presentations by interesting people.  

Earn raffle tickets this week for reading, writing mini book reviews or attending Comics in World History on Wednesday @ 7:00PM.

History Book Discussion on Tuesday @ 10:30 
History Buffs meet to discuss Blood Royal by Eric Jager.

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Role Playing Games Group 2 on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM
This multi-age group meets every other week.  For more information, call Kerri at 424-4044.

Comics in World History and Culture on Wednesday @ 7:00PM
Marek Bennett presents a whirlwind survey of comics from around the world and throughout history.

High School Book Group on Thursday @ 4:15PM
Readers of the Round Table meet to discuss Prodigy by Marie Lu.

Kid's Drop-In Tabletop Game Night on Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM
You may drop-off** kids age 8-13 or stay and play with them!  This new drop-in group continues the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. No registration required.  **For children under 10 yrs old, a parent or caregiver 14 yrs or older must remain in the building.

Drop-in Knitting Group on Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM
If your hobby is knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or any other kind of stitching, bring you project to the library and stitch with our group! Perfect for all skill levels. Unraveled meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Activity Pass of the Month: Charmingfare Farm
Reserve the library's discount activity pass, which allows you to purchase up to 8 Zoo admissions for $7 each, a $10 savings. Charmingfare Farm is home to many of the traditional agricultural animals you would expect to see on a farm, as well as wildlife exhibits featuring many of North America's greatest predators.  Throughout the day a variety of rides, demonstrations and activities are also offered. You can even pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the farm.


Check Out What Our Book Groups are Reading!
All Booked Up: 
The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
History Buffs:  Blood Royal by Eric Jager
Book of the Month:
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Book Bunch:  
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Page Turners:  
Super Human by Michael Carroll
Readers of the Round Table: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Friday, June 19, 2015

 

Kid's Book Group Reads Absolutely Almost for July 15th


Book Bunchers in grades 3-5 read Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff for their July 15th gathering at 4:00.  The book discussion will be followed by a short activity. Books are available in the Young Readers' Room on the lower level of the library.

About the Book
Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he's not very good at. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.

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Movie Night @ Your Library on July 8th


Who said, "We shall hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately?" Why The Penguin, of course.

Join us on Wednesday, July 8th @ 7:00PM for a dose of old-school Batman from 1966, starring Adam West, Burt Ward and Lee Meriwether.

Make yourself comfortable in one of our Adirondack chairs, or bring your own fold-able chair.

About the Movie
The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

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