Monthly Archives: October 2009


We have been neglecting this blog for some time, and deserve to be punished by being locked in a bookstore overnight with an unlimited credit card!  Here are some new items of interest:

1. We are writing the library’s new five-year plan, as required by the MA Board of Library Commissioners.  A small committee of community representatives have met a couple of times, and a rough draft has been presented to the Trustees.  We need more community input!  There is a survey link posted on the library’s webpage (  Click on it and complete the survey.  This will help us by telling us what direction to take the library over the next five years.

2. The Friends are planning their annual Open House, this year scheduled for Saturday, December 5 from 10-3.  As usual, there will be the silent auction, the bake sale, free coffee, tea, and cider, Earth Sisters will be selling their excellent lotions, soaps and candles.  The Dinner for Two books will be available.  We will be selling the wreaths again; place your order during the month of November.  And there will be a Christmas tree in the gazebo with blue lights on it.  To turn the lights white, make a donation to the Friends.  Each donor will be listed on the Wall of Fame.  All proceeds for the Holiday Open House go to the Friends for library programs.

3.   Charlie Tate will be giving computer classes to adults on Tuesday mornings in November.  He will cover such subjects as using Excel, creating fliers, managing photos, or whatever you wish.  Sign up at the desk, and let us know how Charlie can help.  Classes are from 10:30-11:30.  If you have a laptop, you are welcome to bring it along.

4. The nonfiction book discussion group has started up again.  Our book for November is A Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by Annie Dillard, and we will meet on Monday, November 16 at 6:30.  The Cafe Parlez book group will discuss Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30.  Please note the different day.

5.  We’ve been listening to a great book recommendation podcast Books on the Nightstand.  Their website and blog are also very good.  Check the blogroll to the right for the link.  Their pocast can be found at ITunes.

6.  We are putting out a reading challenge for 2010: read 1 book that you would not normally have read, and either email a short review to me, or comment on the blog.  There will be a random prize drawing chosen in December 2010 from the names of anyone who posted or emailed a review or a title.  In other words, we (who hate romances) will read and report on one romance during the year.  And Diana Gabaldon’s newest book doesn’t count, because we’ve read her books before and liked them, and they may count as a time travel/fantasy/historical fiction, all of which we read and enjoy.  We also can’t decide if a Regency romance will count, either, as we have read and liked some of those, too.  More on this later, as the new year approaches.

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