Dear Reader: 2015 Already?

Where does the time go?  I’m back with some updates, links you can use, and whatnot.

1. The new trash and recycling bins.  I’ve seen them being distributed, but the start date for this is February 6.  HERE is a little announcement on the Town’s website.  There was a set of instructions and a calendar attached to your barrels, but, if you lost it, we have copies here.

2. It’s Tax Time.  We’ve received notice that the IRS is not sending out the forms we requested waaayy back in September.  Their budget was cut, so they are only sending the 1040, 1040A,  and 1040EZ forms, and no instruction books.  We will be getting a set of reproducible forms, and one set of instruction books that can be photocopied.  The IRS strongly urges you to use their website, but you can call 1-800-829-3676 to order some to be sent to you by mail.  Remember that only public libraries carry IRS forms.  I’ve put in a request for state tax forms, and will post an announcement here and on the Facebook page when they arrive.

3. Our website is still under construction, but is nearing completion.  We thank Karen and Dan at Design Principles in Marion for their assistance in this.

4. The Nonfiction Book Group discusses Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen tomorrow (1/16) at 6:30.  Our February book is the popular Dark Tide, about the Boston molasses flood.  Cafe Parlez will discuss Remarkable Creatures on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30.

5. The backpacks for MOBY (My Own Back Yard), the grant we are doing with the Marion and Mattapoisett libraries, are in the testing phase.  If you are in grades 3-8 and would like to be a tester, please speak to the Library Director or to Mrs. Lisa.

6. The Plumb Library has a team for the National Readathon Day, January 24.  If you’d like to join our team or make a pledge to help The National Book Foundation, go HERE and look for the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library team.  If you do join our team, you sit and read on January 24 between noon and 4:00 p.m.  Or you can listen to an audiobook.  If you need a book for your device, visit the SAILS Overdrive account.  New books are constantly being added.  Ask us for assistance if you need it.

That’s it for now!  readathon

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Dear Reader: Summer Reading

sparkOur regular website is being rebuilt, and the current one cannot be updated.  Some of the links are no longer valid, and will be fixed over the summer when the new website goes live.  Here are important links for your summer reading program:

To register for “Fizz Boom Read!” for ages 3-9; “Spark a Reaction” for ages 10-17; and “Literary Elements” for adult, go to and click on the appropriate tab.  Logging times will start on June 18.  The kickoff show is Mike the Bubbleman on June 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church next door to the library.  All readers are eligible for prizes, including books, and prizes from the Boston Bruins, one of our sponsors.  fizzboom

To access the ORRJHS summer reading list, click on for 7th grade, and for the 8th grade list.  We will list more links for school reading lists when we get them.  We have copies of most of the books, and can get more copies through the SAILS system.

From Mrs. Lisa, via our Event Calendar:

The TriTown is celebrating Science!  Come enjoy interactive  Science, Technology, Engineering or Math fun with your family in Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester!  All activities are geared to children 3-9 and their grown-ups.  Families will work together to conduct simple STEM hands-on activities.  

Plumb Library will be hosting programs on June 24, 25, 27 and 28 at 11 am – 12 pm.  

**There will be an evening session on June 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm.**

 For each session, there will be a take home activity. 

Sessions could focus on any of the following! 

Science is a way of thinking. Science is observing and experimenting, making predictions, sharing discoveries, asking questions, and wondering how things work.
Technology is a way of doing. Technology is using tools, being inventive, identifying problems, and making things work.
Engineering is a way of doing. Engineering is solving problems, using a variety of materials, designing and creating, and building things that work.
Math is a way of measuring. Math is sequencing (1, 2, 3, 4…), patterning (1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2…), and exploring shapes (triangle, square, 

This program is sponsored by the CFCE Program of the ORR School District  with funding from the Massachusetts  Department of Early Education and Care’s Coordinated Family and Community  Engagement Grant.

Drop by the library on the days and times listed to take part in these activities.  Someone will be there to assist the budding mad scientists.mad scientist


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Want to be a better Reader?

When you’re making your New Year’s Resolutions, think about your reading habit.  Whether you are analog (love the feel of regular books) or digital (can’t give up my device), these will pertain to you.  Thanks to the blog Book Riot.

1. 3 Steps to Reading Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger:  I like the suggestion to carve out your reading time.  Schedule it as part of your day.  I once read a manners suggestion not to read at meals.  Well, forget that!  Unless there’s company, go ahead and prop the book up in front of your plate.

2. Go from Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books:  OK, this list is not bad as a start (though what Fifty Shades of Grey is doing on it I don’t know).  I’ve read a bunch of them, and try to read at least one classic during the summer, so will reference this list for next year’s.

3. Read Outside of Your Comfort Zone: For me, that would be romances.  Or maybe biographies.  What would that mean for you?  If it’s science fiction or fantasy, as us for a recommendation.

Don’t forget that if you received a new device, such as an iPad, Nook, Kindle, etc., as a gift, we can help you set it up with Overdrive.  Call us!!  Or email and ask for an appointment.  When you come to your session, be sure to bring your library card, we cannot proceed without it.  If you have a Kindle, bring your Amazon login info. If you have a password with Adobe Digital Editions, bring that too.  We can also set you up to download free music from Freegal, and magazines from Zinio.  And don’t forget the BookMyne app.  It’s an easy way to access your SAILS account, search, reserve, and renew books and other materials.  Ask us for a demonstration.

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Plumb Library Staff Top Ten Books for 2013

Here is our annual list.  Not much duplication this year, and the page’s selections put ours to shame.  Gail and Lisa lean toward sci-fi and fantasy, as usual.


1. Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi

2. Code Name: Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

3. Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel

4. The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty

5. Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian

6. Dust Girl, by Sarah Zettel

7. And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

8. The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor

9. Boxers and Saints, by Gene Luen Yang

10. The Last Policeman, by Ben Winters


1. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, by Andrew Greer

2. A Treacherous Paradise, by Henning Mankell

3. The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes

4. The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo

5. The  Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell, by William Klaber

6. Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell

7. Amity and Sorrow, by Peggy Riley

8. Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard, by Sally Cabot

9. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Fowler

10. The Kings and Queens of Roam, by Daniel Wallace


1. Kinsey and Me, by Sue Grafton

2. The Art Forger, by Barbara Shapiro

3. The Book of Someday, by Dianne Dixon

4. The Rithamtist, by Brandon Sanderson

5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

6. Wonder, by RJ Palacio

7. The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan

8. Prisoner 88, by Leah Pileggi

9. Dodger, by Terry Pratchett

10. Twerp, by Mark Goldblatt

Emily (the Page)

1. The Screwtape Letter, by CS Lewis

2. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

3. Wonder, by RJ Palacio

4. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

5. The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester

6. Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe

7. Code Name: Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

8. Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, by William Riordan

9. Martyr’s Fire, by Sigmund Brouwer

10. Crankee Doodle, by Tom Angleberger

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December newsletter

Here’s your December newsletter.  In it you’ll find the Holiday Open House announcement, the wreath order form (due Wednesday!), the staff Top Ten (which will be repeated here later), Junior Friends news, how to keep up with Plumb Library events, and the book group selections.

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Dear Reader: Did you know…?

That the original Thanksgiving, the one started by Abraham Lincoln, was not to celebrate the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, or Plymouth?  It was to create a day of calm and peace during the Civil War.  Here is an article from the Bowery Boys podcast website:

This details the first national Thanksgiving celebrated in New York City, shortly after the Draft Riots.

And here’s a fun Thanksgiving trivia quiz that you can share with your company:

We here at Plumb hope you have a great Thanksgiving.  And don’t forget: we close Wednesday (that’s today) at 2:00, and reopen Saturday at 10:00.  Regular hours resume next week.

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Welcome Back!

We took a blogging break, and now we’re back! Before we get to the fun stuff, some announcements:
1. The Friends are taking orders for wreaths. Check our website for the order form, or stop by the library. Pick up your wreaths at the Holiday Open House on Dec. 7.wreath
2. The Holiday Open House is from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. If you have something to donate to the Silent Auction, please bring it to the library no later than Wednesday, Dec. 5. We also have a signup sheet at the desk for the Bake Sale. The Brownies will be caroling, the Junior Friends will have their Kid’s Table, and there will be coffee, tea, and cider.
3. Starting Dec.1, we will have our annual Food for Fines collection drive. Donate a non-perishable food item for Damien’s Pantry, or cat food for It’s All About the Animals cat shelter, or dog food for the Fairhaven Animal Shelter, drop them by the library between Dec. 1 and Dec. 26. If you donate an item, we will waive your fines. This does not cover lost books, lost library cards, or copying fees.
4. On Saturday, Dec. 14, we will hold a marathon reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. We have readers, but we’re looking for another understudy. If you’re interested, contact us at the library. The reading starts at 11:00 a.m, and should last until 3:00, with a break and a short discussion after. Plan to take a break from the holiday madness.fezziwigs
5. Our holiday hours: we will close next week on Wednesday, 11/27 at 2:00 so our carpets can be cleaned. We will be closed for Thanksgiving, and for the day after, 11/28 & 11/29. Our regular hours will resume on Saturday, 11/30 at 10:00.
6. The Cafe Parlez book group will meet this coming Monday, 11/25, at 6:30, since the last Thursday of the month is Thanksgiving. They’re reading 22 Britannia Road. Jen is assembling the list for 2014, and it looks good.

Now a couple of fun items. First, the National Book Awards were awarded last night. Check their website HERE to see the titles.

Watch this space for the Plumb Library staff’s annual Top Ten Books that We Read lists. Jen is making a bulletin board displaying the titles. Oddly this year, none of us liked the same books. More later!

Lastly, here is a fun little video from those merry pranksters at Improv Everywhere. They’ve been doing things like having someone acting and dressed like Gandalf challenging people crossing a bridge in Central Park. This time, they’ve got Harry Potter at Penn Station looking for Platform 9 3/4. Check it out from Bookshelves of Doom.HP at PS

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