Monthly Archives: August 2012

September newsletter

Here is the September newsletter. In it, you’ll find: requests for volunteers for the Friends Book Sale; the titles for Cafe Parlez and “Just the Facts” book discussion groups; Mary McGhee’s book signing on Sept. 20; the “Never Stop Learning” discussion group on the North Pole explorations on the 13th; the summer program wrap-up and pictures; and a call for potential Junior Friends. Two corrections: the dance studio that performed “Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig” was Erica’s Dance Studio, not Elaine’s; and Mrs. Morris at RMS read for 335 hours, not 225.

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Dear Reader: Enough with the rain!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and enjoyed the Rochester Country Fair. I’ve heard that the new grounds work out very well, and should make for wonderful future Fairs. This weekend was not quite a washout, and a big thank you to everyone who braved the weather and attended.
The next thing coming up for the Friends is the book sale. We’re looking for volunteers, as I said in my last post. Families are welcome to sign up, too. Talk to the staff at the desk, or to any member of the Friends board (Linda Medeiros, Lisa Wallbridge, Sheryl Aguiar, or Stephanie Underhill).

If you read and enjoyed Dave Eggers Zeitoun, you might be interested in some controversies surrounding both the subject of the book, and the Zeitoun Foundation. There’s a good roundup here: Zeitoun Foundations Finances: An Investigation, from the Reluctant Habits website.

Thanks to Early Word blog, we have the : Season 3 Downton Abbey Trailer. Looks like the financial crisis at the end of WWI catches up with the Downton Abbey residents.

Jean Merrill, author of The Pushcart War, and Remy Charlip, author and illustrator, died last week. His book Arm in Arm was a favorite in my house for a long time.

And speaking of Jean Merrill, her book is mentioned in this fun list from Flavorwire: 10 of the Greatest Underdogs in Literature. Also mentioned: Ender Wiggin, Harry Potter, and Taran. Big agree on those choices!

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Dear Reader: I’m Back!

I’ve returned from the Great White North, where we missed the icebergs, but saw moose, minke and humpback whales, puffins, murres, kittwakes, salmon, and loads of gorgeous scenery. It’s good to be

Yep, saw a bunch of these.

home. Here are a few things to ponder on this beautiful Friday:

The Rochester Country Fair is this weekend, and the Friends will be there on Saturday only with their booth. They’ll be selling some used books, their new tote bags (5 pockets, zipper closing, stain resistant), book journals, and raffle tickets for a new tote bag filled with Friends items and books. Due to lack of volunteers for Sunday, they’ll be there only the one day, so be sure to stop by. This is the first year in the new location for the fair, and it sounds like it will be bigger and better than ever. Don’t miss it!

The Friends are looking for volunteers for the upcoming book sale. The dates are Friday, 9/7, starting at 10:30 for packing up and moving the boxes to the church hall; 11 – 4 for unpacking and sorting; 6-8 for selling at the Friends preview sale; Saturday 9/8 from 9-3 for helping with the book sale; 3-4 for packing and moving everything back to the library. Volunteers get 50% off their purchases. Drop by the library or call to sign up. You can also email info@plumblibrary.com. Helpers with pickup trucks or vans especially needed for Friday and Saturday afternoon.

The last day to record reading hours for the Summer Reading Program is Saturday, 8/25. The readsinma website will be shut down after that day. Miss Lisa will be at the school to give out any awards.

First day of school is 8/28, and we have something for the parents. After you drop your child off at school, come by the library for a cup of coffee, some pastry, and a chat. Yes, it’s the “Back to School Kaffeeklatsch” again, from 9-10:30 a.m. Younger siblings are welcome. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of Plumb Library.

The Nonfiction Book Group will start again on September 20, and the first selection, A Night to Remember by Walter Lord, is ready for pickup. This is the classic book about the sinking of the Titanic.

March over to the library Now!

And one more thing, just for fun. From The Atlantic, here’s a list of 10 movies you probably didn’t realize were originally books. I knew about Howl’s Moving Castle, by one of my favorite authors Diana Wynne Jones, and Road to Perdition, but not about Dr. Strangelove, or Die Hard. How many did you know about?

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