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Coming up in August:

For the August selection of “Cafe Parlez Goes to the Movies”, we’ll be
discussing three children’s books: “Shrek”, by William Steig; ” Coraline”, by Neil Gaiman; and “Holes” by Louis Sachar. All three were made into films for children, and we’ll be discussing the changes that were made in the stories. “Shrek” is a picture book about a very repulsive ogre who searches for his true love, making people faint with his ugliness along the way. It was made into four animated films.

William Steig's original Shrek

In “Coraline”, a young girl goes through a small door in her new house and finds another mother and another father, both of whom have buttons for eyes, and neither of whom will let her leave. In 2009, it was made into a film in starring Dakota Fanning and Teri Hatcher. And “Holes” is something for every taste: a mystery, a fantasy, a romance, a humorous book, and an adventure
story. It was made into a film in 2003, starring a young Shia LeBeouf as the hero Stanley Yelnats. Books and movies will be available at the desk.
Our discussion will take place on Thursday, August 26 at 6:30.

The Friends of the Plumb Library will hold their annual book sale on
Saturday, September 11. Books in good condition may be dropped off at the library until Wednesday, September 8. No encyclopedias, magazines, Readers Digest condensed books, or text books will be accepted.
Volunteers are needed for set up on Friday, Sept. 10, for the sale on the 11th, and for clean-up after the sale. Contact the library at
508-763-8600 if you’d like to help. Volunteers get 1/2 off the listed

Last year's booksale


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April Newsletter and other stuff

The April newsletter is here.

Highlights include: our Spring Friends Members meeting with author Rosemary Harris as the special guest speaker; Mad Science brings BUGS to the library for the April Vacation; the Nonfiction Book Group reads The Omnivore’s Dilemma; Cafe Parlez reads Shoeless Joe and views Field of Dreams.

If you’re a gardener and/or a mystery lover, be sure to come to the library Monday night April 12 at 6:30 to meet master gardener and mystery writer Rosemary Harris. Rosemary will be talking about and signing her new book Dead Head, due to be on the store shelves on April 13, so we get a head start on everyone!

We just sent out 9 scarves with a USO shipment, thanks to the Lion’s Club of Rochester. Two more have just been dropped off, so keep knitting, people!

It happens every time: Jen goes on vacation, and the new books start pouring in. I picked up 3 boxes today from Town Hall, so be sure to check the Bookletter list on the website. Those of you who subscribe have already gotten the news.

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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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Fun-raising for the Friends

The Friends announce a unique fundraiser.  Sign up for either a regular Colonial Lantern Tour or the Ghosts and Legends Lantern Tour on Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30, pay the group rate of $12 per person (childrens ages 6 and under are free), and the Friends get the proceeds.  You can pay at the library when you sign up, or pay at the start of the tour.  Sign up now for this great opportunity!

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All Kinds of Stuff Going On!

We’ve been busy here at Plumb Library!  First off, the Nonfiction Book Group (we’ve GOT to think of a name for this group!) has started off strongly.  In October, six people got together to discuss Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed.  The discussion roamed all over the place, covering work, the class system, education, and the future of work.  Then the November book A Year in Provence brought six people together again to talk about life in Europe vs. America, the trials of having company, and what wierd food have you been asked to eat when traveling.  December’s book is Three Cups of Tea, and we meet on December 16 at 6:30.  The library is officially closed, but just come on in!  Books are available now at the desk.

FOOD FOR FINES starts December 1 and will go through the month.  Bring in any non-perishable food for the food pantry, and we’ll waive your fines.  This does not cover copying, faxing, or lost books.  Start the new year with a clean slate and help out the food pantry as well.

THE FRIENDS OF THE PLUMB LIBRARY’S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE is Saturday, December 6 from 10 – 3.   Held in conjunction with the Plumb Corner Marketplace’s holiday festivities, and the Christmas faire at the Congregational Church, the Open House will have the Silent Auction and Bake Sale, plus refreshments.  Earth Sisters will be on hand to sell their handmade soaps, lotions, and candles, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Friends.  There will be holiday stories at 10:30 and 11:30, plus crafts for the kids.  This is an annual Event, and everyone looks forward to it.  Be sure to be here and bid, bid, bid on the Silent Auction items. (I have my eye on a lovely knitted  scarf!)

STORYTIME REGISTRATION starts December 8 – 20.  Space is limited, and Rochester residents have first preference, so call or drop by to register.

CAFE PARLEZ BOOK GROUP meets this Monday, 11/24 at 6:30 to discuss The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman.  The December book, The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is available at the desk.  The December meeting will be on Monday, December 29 at 6:30.  The 2009 title list will be available soon, though I hear that the first book might be The Widow’s War, by Sally Gunning.  Maybe we can have a field trip down Rte 6A?

As always, there are new books coming in.  Here’s a list:

A Master Class: Sensational recipes from the chefs of the New England Culinary Institute

Knitting: A Novel, by Anne Bartlett

Fleece Navidad, by Maggie Sefton

Crewel Yule, by Monica Ferris

Kissing Games of the World, by Sandi Kahn Shelton

Tis the Season!, by Lorna Landvik

Chasing Smoke, by BIll Cameron

Cross Country, by James Patterson

The Longest Trip Home, by John Grogan (author of Marley and Me)

Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Friends update

The Friends held their Annual Meeting last Thursday, 10/23 and elected a new board.  The Board members are:

Linda Medeiros and Gail Roberts, Co-Chairs

Lisa Walbridge, Vice-Chair

Stephanie Underhill, Secretary

John Fuller, Treasurer

Members voted their funding support for the preschool story times, Cafe Parlez, Equal Access programs, summer reading program, and other programs.  The next event is the Holiday Open House on December 6.  Donations of items for the Silent Auction are being sought.  Unfortunately, due to the changeover in Board members, the Friends will not be selling wreaths, cyclamen, poinsettias, or Christmas trees as in the past.  We will be having the Bake Sale, and Silent Auction, with refreshments, and holiday stories at 10:30 and 11:30.  Earth Sisters will be selling their handmande lotions, soaps, and candles, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Friends.  Stop on by!

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Substitute for the Cafe Parlez blog post

Sad to say, I won’t be at tonight’s book group discussion of The Kite Runner. Instead, I’ll be singing sea chanties at the Whaling Museum. I really loved this book when I first read it, so was looking forward to the discussion. Ah, well, the show must go on! Instead, I thought I’d post the coming events for fall. Lisa, Jen, and I have been working and planning, and have come up with the following events that are scheduled between October and December.

FOR ADULTS: 1. The rebirth of the Knitting Group: this group had sort of died out during the construction of the vestibule, but there’s been some interest in restarting. We’ll meet Monday evenings at 6:30 starting October 6. All knitters, crocheters, and needleworkers are invited. There’ll be tea and cookies, but more importantly, there’ll be a chance to get away from everyone, sit and relax, share ideas, problems, solutions, and just talk to fellow crafters. I’m trying to schedule some special guests to make presentations once in a while.

2. The Nonfiction Book Discussion Group: I have 3 people registered; need 3 more. We’ll be meeting Tuesday evenings after hours, at 6:30 p.m., in the library to discuss nonfiction books only. The first meeting will be Tuesday, October 21 to discuss Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich. Coming up in November will be A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle; December’s book will be Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson. Other books being planned are Confederates in the Attic, The Soiling of Old Glory, and The Children’s Blizzard. Sign up at the desk.

4. October 20 – 25 is National Friends of the Library Week, and we’ll be holding the Friends Annual meeting on October 23 at 6:30 p.m. If you’d like to get involved with any aspect of the Friends, attend this meeting.

FOR CHILDREN: 1. Friday, September 19, is “Talk Like a Pirate Day”, and the library has a special afterschool program planned for all bucko mates from 3:30-4:30. Wear your favorite pirate outfit for pirates stories, songs, and a snack. Vote on which library staff has the best pirate outfit.

2. Registration for story times starts on September 15. Preschool Story Time starts October 1; Toddler Story Time starts October 3.

3. Monday, October 27: Get Ready for Halloween Spooky stories and songs, 6:30 – 7:30 Come listen to the secret spooky storyteller and have a Halloween snack. Costumes are optional. Identify the storyteller and get a special treat! Sign up at the desk.

Space is limited for all of these programs, so sign up early.

Whew! No wonder we’re tired! We are truly “the little library that could”!

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