Getting Caught up

1. We will be presenting “Coffee with the Candidates” this Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 – 11:30. Meet the candidates for local office in an informal setting. Coffee and pastries provided by the Friends of Plumb Library.

2. If you got an account with Library Elf through SAILS, you may have received an email stating that SAILS is no longer providing this service, since they themselves provide the same services. In case you didn’t know, you can get your overdue and/or hold notices by phone, text message or email. If you have a portable device, such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Xoom, or other Android device, you can download the Bookmyne app from the app store. bookmyneBookmyne lets you see your accounts, search, place holds, and renew your items. If you’d like to continue with Library Elf, you can, but only with a limited subscription. If you have any questions about this, or about Bookmyne, ask the staff. We all use Bookmyne.

3. April is Poetry Month, and we will be posting examples of Book Spine Poetry here and on our Facebook page. Try some Book Spine poetry with your books, and send us the pictures. We’ll post them on Facebook. Look HERE for some examples.

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Dear Reader: Some interesting literary news

1. Here is an article from ABC News detailing how Mary Ingalls became blind. If you remember the books, Laura Ingalls Wilder says that scarlet fever caused Mary to go blind. New research says that the cause was a form of viral meningitis. Read the article HERE.

2. The skeleton of Richard III was found under a car park in England. Read the full article HERE.RichardIII If you’ve ever read Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time, or The Murders of Richard III by Elizabeth Peters, or the book by Antonia Fraser about the death of the “little princes in the Tower”, you’ll be interested in this. If you’ve never read any of those books, now is a good time to do so. In other words, don’t just take Shakespeare’s word for it!

3. The Children’s Literature Media awards were given out last week. not my hatOne of our favorites, This is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen, won the Caldecott Award. HERE is a complete list. I am assured that The One and Only Ivan is not as sad as it seems from the cover.

4. Pride and Prejudice is 200 years old! Read about it HERE.

5. On Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1:00, we will host Kathleen Brunelle, teacher at ORRHS and author of Bellamy’s Bride: The Search for Maria Hallett of Cape Cod. Books will be available for sale and signing.bellamys bride

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February newsletter

Click HERE for the February newsletter. Inside, you’ll find information about this Saturday’s Take Your Child to the Library programs; the two titles that the book groups are reading this month; what happening to the tax forms; and what to read if you’re a fan of Downton Abbey.

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Dear Reader: Help for gift giving

You have to buy a present for a niece or nephew, the child of a good friend, or a distant young relative. You’d like to give a book, but which one? You don’t know this child very well. Here are a couple of lists that you might find useful:

Best Nonfiction To Give To kidsYou Don’t Know Very Well
Best Books to Give to Older Kids or Young Adults
Best Books to Give to Younger Kids
Best Easy-To-Read books to Give Kids

All of these lists are thanks to Lisa von Drasek at the Early Word Blog.

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Dear Reader: Yoiks!

Well, it’s been quite a while since I’ve updated the blog, and for that I apologize. The Friends had their annual Open House, and we had a record number of items donated for the Silent Auction. We missed the Girl Scout carol singers this year, but we hope to have them back for next year’s Open House.

For the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, we will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24, Tuesday Dec. 25, Monday Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan.1. Your books should not be due those days, unless they came from other libraries who will be open on the 24th or 31st. Please note the due dates on your receipts, or check your account online through SAILS or Bookmyne. Call us if you have any questions.

The Council On Aging is holding a fund-raiser for their Building Fund on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9-3. Bring your unwrapped gifts to the Senior Center, and they will wrap them for you, for a fee of $1.00 – $8.00, depending on the size of the gift. messy wrappingSounds like a good deal to me, seeing as my present wrapping looks like a two-year-old did it. Save time and help a good cause!

The Cafe Parlez 2013 reading list has been published. Find it HERE. And watch this space for the Plumb Library Staff Top Ten Books of 2012.

We have replaced our 2005 and 2009 World Book Encyclopedias with the new 2013 edition. So we’re selling the old ones for $100/set. They are complete sets, in excellent (nearly new) condition. Call us if you’re interested. We will also donate a set to a school, if they need one. Just let us know.

And finally, for you Laura Ingalls Wilder fans, we have an article from the blog BoingBoing about the weather events that make up her memoir The Long Winter, where the residents of the town of DeSmet nearly starved to death one extreme winter. The Meteorology of the Little House Books talks about that winter, which was 1880-1881. A very interesting read!long winter

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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: random posts

It’s a grey and gloomy day. Here are some random links to get you through it:
From Goodreads: The Reading Habits of Democrats and Republicans. And remember that the two Plumb Library book groups have groups on Goodreads.

From NPR, via Bookshelves of Doom: Reading Jane Austen makes your brain work differently. I heard this report this morning on “Morning Edition”, so I’ve just started Pride and Prejudice AGAIN. Maybe this time it will stick.

And lastly,from Hairpin, Texts from Little Women. Hilarious.

“Little Women” from 1933, featuring Katherine Hepburn as the best movie Jo.

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