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November Newsletter

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.

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Dear Reader: 3/26/12

I’m back! I took a little break after PLA (too many ideas running around in my head), which was an incredible time. I took many notes (which are not in front of my right now), but I can say, without a doubt, that the Flying Monkey Bakery in Reading Terminal Market sells the most delicious goodies in the city. I sampled a couple of whoopie pies and a macaroon, both yummy. If you’re planning a trip to Philly, stop by the Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, and check it out.

As a result of one workshop, I’ve decided to name this twice-weekly blog “Dear Reader”, mostly because of the famous line in Jane Eyre: “Reader, I married him.” This will set aside my blog of links, musings, and updates from anything else that gets posted here. So let’s go!

We had a wonderfully busy Saturday on the 24th. First we had Coffee with the Candidates. Only four candidates showed up, and no-one came by to chat with them, but still they got to know each other, which is a good thing. We’ll do it again next year. Then we had “Musik-n-fun”, but without Aoife Clancy, who had a sudden illness and had to cancel at the last minute. Many thanks to Andrea Cooper and Colin Everett, who graciously stepped in. Everyone had fun. This, on top of the usual Saturday madness made for a packed parking lot and harried librarians. Next up: the Cafe Parlez book group will discuss The Invention of Hugo Cabret this Thursday evening at 6:30. Anyone is welcome to come and dive into the lively discussion.

The Hunger Games opened this weekend. Since Mr.P and I don’t like crowds, we will wait for a couple of weeks. I enjoyed this series very much, and I realize that many people want to read it. I will be ordering another set of the books this week, hoping that this will move the holds list along for Rochester readers. While you’re waiting, there are many books like Hunger Games that are also good. Two that come to mind are Enclave, by Ann Aguirre, and The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau. Here is a link to a list of other dystopian novels for teens: The Ultimate Hunger Games Read-Alike List. Thank you to the Seattle Public Library for these suggestions. From the New York Public Library, we have a short list of forthcoming movies based on books: No, But I Read the Book. I’ve heard that the John Carter movie stank, so stick to the books by Edgar Rice Burroughs (yes, the author of Tarzan). Personally, I’m excited about World War Z, a zombie novel that actually read like a docu-drama movie.

On the e-book front, the public is starting to take notice, which is a good thing since the big publishers don’t care what librarians think. Here is a good report: Consumers Start to Take Notice.

Lastly, the library will be adding two new databases to our line-up, which currently consists of Universal Class, Optimal Resume, and Encyclopedia Britannica. On April 1, we will add Law Depot, where you can download and use free legal documents such as wills, powers of attorney, health care proxy, bill of sale, rental leases, etc.; and BYKI Language learning, offering lessons in 80 languages. All for free for Rochester card holders. This adds to the excellent databases from the MA Library System. This is why we’ve been nagging you about your cards!

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January newsletter

Click here for the January newsletter.

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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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Mass. Book Awards

The Mass. Book Awards have been listed. Find the list here. This site also includes a great list of suggested reading titles for both adults and kids. Look for the Plumb Library Summer Suggestions coming soon!

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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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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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