Neither hurricane nor story time nor Halloween ghosts will stop us from putting out the newsletter. Here’s the latest news from Plumb Library. Inside you’ll find the November book group selections; two book reviews from the Junior Friends (one is in code); Holiday Open House announcement and request for Silent Auction items; two Family Literacy Month programs; and the annual wreath order form.
The literacy month program that has us the most excited is a visit from the author of The Mighty Mastiff of the Mayflower, Peter Arenstem. Peter is an expert on the Mayflower, and has written several children’s books about the Plimoth colony. He will be at the library on Monday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his book and to sign copies. This is a great gift for children in grades 2-4.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I have compiled a short list of new books we’ve received here at Plumb and in SAILS on this topic.
1. Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the World They Came From, by R.P.T. davenport-Hines
2. The Dressmaker, by Kate Alcott
3. Iceberg Right Ahead!: the Tragedy of the Titanic, by Samantha McPherson
4. Shadow of the Titanic: the Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived, by Andrew Wilson
5. A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival, by Julie Williams
6. Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic’s First-class Passengers and Their World, by Hugh Brewseter
7. The Company of the Dead, by David Kowalski
I have always been interested in the Titanic, ever since reading Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember (also a good movie). If you’re interested in the same topic, I can recommend any of these books.
Coming up: Nonfiction Book Group will discuss Dave Cullen’s Columbine on Thursday, 4/19. Cafe Parlez will discuss Mrs. Kimble on 4/26. On Monday, May 7 at 6:30, John Teal, author of Life and Death of a Salt Marsh, will present a talk with Powerpoint presentation on “Old Rochester’s Wetlands, Salt and Fresh”. Also, we will start writing book reviews in the blog, and/or listing new books we can’t wait for you to read.
Were you the victim of any April Fools jokes? Me neither, though I did hear one on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Apparently they’ve found a 10th symphony from Beethoven, in a folder in the attic of a Masonic Hall in NYC. I was suspicious because of the terrible German accent of the supposed Beethoven expert.
Some community news: Town election is on Wednesday, April 11, from 10-8 at the Council on Aging. Vote early (and vote often, as Mayor Curley of Boston used to say).
From the Rochester Women’s Club: IN CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY 2012 THE ROCHESTER WOMEN’S CLUB AND THE ROCHESTER LAND TRUST, IN A JOINT EFFORT WILL CLEAN THE STREETS OF ROCHESTER. SUNDAY APRIL 22ND IS THE DAY. WE CAN USE THE CLUB HOUSE AS A GATHERING PLACE. THE CLUB WILL SUPPLY GLOVES, BAGS AND MAPS. ANY AND ALL HELP IS WELCOME. NANCY AND I WILL MEET WITH THE SELECTMAN TO DISCUSS OUT PLANS. WE WILL ALSO GET TOGETHER WITH THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT AS WE DID LAST YEAR. SPREAD THE NEWS, JOIN THE CLEAN TEAM, BRING YOUR CIVIC GROUP, BRING YOUR FAMILY AND LET’S CELEBRATE EARTH DAY 2012. MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW
ROCHESTER WOMEN’S CLUB
The Board of Library Trustees will meet this Saturday, April 7, at 8:30 a.m. It’s an open meeting, so don’t be shy.
Well, I’m back from PLA with a head-full of ideas and notes. I’ll type them up and report later. However, we’ve got a lot of stuff coming up this week at the library.
The Nonfiction Book Group meets this Thursday, 3/22, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss In the Garden of Beasts. Jen will lead the group this month, which should be interesting. April’s book is Columbine, a large-ish book, so pick it up early if you’re interested. Cafe Parlez meets on March 29, and I will be leading the discussion on The Invention of Hugo Cabret starting at 6:30.
Saturday March 24 will be a busy day. We’re starting out the day with Coffee with the Candidates, starting at 9:30. Meet some of the candidates for local office before the election in April. Coffee and pastries will be served. At 11:30, Aoife Clancy will be entertaining the younger crowd with Musik-n-Fun: A St. Paddy’s Day Celebration. Children ages 4-10 are urged to sign up.
Someone dropped off two large boxes of cookbooks last week, and we’ve got them for sale, $1 for hardcovers, $.50 for paperbacks (depending on size). There are some *ahem* elderly cookbooks here, which usually are a real hoot. Someone already picked up the Boston Cooking School cookbook, mainly for its recipes on serving pigeon. Drop by.
It’s Friday! The rest of the state has enjoyed spring already. We got wind, a chilly, strong wind. I hope everyone came through all right.
We have lots of space in our special “Musik-n-Fun” program with Aoife Clancy, held on Saturday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. This program is for children ages 4-10 and is a lot of fun. How do we know? Aoife came by a few weeks ago to let us sample it. She had us clapping, singing, and -yes!- dancing along. You and your child will have a boatload of fun, and will hear Irish songs and stories. Sign up your favorite lass or lad.
Also on March 24, we’ll have an informal “meet and greet” with the local candidates starting at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served, thanks to the Friends of Plumb Library. This is a good chance for working people to meet their friends and neighbors who are dedicated enough to run for local office. Drop by for a cup of coffee and a pastry, and chat with the candidates.
And, finally, we’re coming up on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Lots of books are being published in recognition of this occasion, and we’re getting a few. Keep an eye open for a list coming up next month. Next week, I’m off to the Public Library Association conference in Philadelphia, starting on Wednesday. More on this Monday!
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, I present to you the “Re-Seussification Project”, courtesy of School Library Journal. Click HERE to see artists re-illustrate The Cat in the Hat in the style of Jon Klassen and Arnold Lobel, Horton Hatches the Egg in the style of Laurent de Brunhoff and William Steig, and, my favorite, Green Eggs and Ham in the style of Eric Carle and Tomie DePaola. The real artists are listed at the end of the blog post, so be sure to look.
We have our own Seuss-ing going on. Kids can make a guess on how many fish are in the bowl. Names will be drawn after tomorrow, so be sure to drop by and make a guess.
Also coming up in March: Coffee with the Candidates – an informal “meet and greet” with your neighbors who are running for town office. It takes place on Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m., and refreshments will be served, thanks to the Friends of Plumb Library. We need to clear out at 11, because at 11:30, Aoife Clancy will be performing her “Musik -n – Fun – St. Paddy’s Day Celebration” for children ages 4-10. Pre-registration is required. This is going to be a fun program, so sign up now.
We have been highlighting a Book of the Month since January. January’s book was The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern. February – Caleb’s Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks. March’s book is The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente. I saw her read from this book, to music written and performed by Tricksie Pixie, at the Boston Science Fiction Conference last month. I brought the library’s copy with me, and had her sign it. It’s currently out, but place a reserve. These are all books that the three of us read and liked, so they come highly recommended.
That’s it for now. I’m off to a knitting retreat with my fellow Rochester knitters, so have a great weekend, everyone!
One feature of this “winter that wasn’t” is the way we keep getting surprised by snow after a string of warm days. If you’ve read any science fiction apocalypse books dealing with climate change, this is too freaky. For comfort, I present the 50th anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time, the first science fiction book I ever read, and the book that set me on a lifetime of reading science fiction and fantasy. It won the Newbery Award for children’s fiction in 1963, and was the first in a series of books featuring Meg Murray and Calvin O’Keefe and their children. Here is a 90-second “synopsis” of the plot, but you are better off reading the book yourself, though this film is very cute. Wrinkle in Time in 90 seconds
Today at the library, we present “TGIF – Thank Goodness It’s Funny”. Members of the Junior Friends will be reading funny stories and telling jokes. Just the thing for a rainy/snowy/no-back-to-rainy day. At 2:00, join fellow knitters and crocheters for tea and cookies. You can stay for the whole hour and a half, or drop by with a knitting or crocheting problem, or to find a pattern for a new project. Or just to chat.
Next week, the Friends Board will meet at 6:30 on Monday, Feb. 27. There will be a drop-in craft for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on March 2. Story times will start the following week, starting March 6.