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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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Nonfiction Book Group

Those of you reading The Soiling of Old Glory by Louis Masur might be interested in the essay in the Boston Globe of January 31. Written by Ted Landsmark, the African-American businessman in the book, it is titled “It’s Time to End Busing in Boston”.    Since the city’s demographics have changed, Mr. Landmark is stating that busing no longer achieves its purpose, it’s too costly , and the “two-way adversarial dialogue has been replaced by nuanced conversations about how to improve learning…”.  I’ll have a copy of the essay at the book group’s next meeting on February 17 at 6:30.  Hope to see you there!

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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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Book Group News

Here is the schedule for the new Nonfiction Book Discussion Group.  We’ll meet on the third Tuesday of each month starting on October 21, at 6:30 p.m.  This is after the library has closed, so it is a “Library After Hours” program, cosponsored by “Act II”, an LSTA Equal Access grant administered by the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners.

Oct. 21        Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich (copies available NOW!)

Nov. 18       A Year in Provence, by Peter Mayle

Dec. 16       Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School at a Time, by Greg Mortenson

Jan. 20        The Children’s Blizzard, by David Laskin

Feb. 17       The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph that Shocked the World, by Louis P. Masur

Mar. 17      Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War, by Tony Horwitz

Apr. 21       Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series, by Eliot Asinof

May 19       The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia, by Paul Theroux

Jun. 16       A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Bryson

After June, we’ll see if the group wants to continue through the summer.  If you’re interested, come in and sign up at the desk and pick up a book.

Cafe Parlez News: the survey for the 2009 season will be distributed at tomorrow’s group.  It will also be posted on the library’s website, to be printed and brought in.

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