Like the honeybees, chipmunks and hummingbirds who are furiously preparing for the season ahead, we have been busy making some exciting changes and getting ready for a great series of programs for the fall. We invite your visit to see all that is happening at the library.
Thanks to generous funding from our Friends of the Library, we have a wonderful new picture bookcase located in the back room for our youngest patrons. With the covers and titles facing forward, little ones will now be able to choose a book that grabs their interest and have a cozy spot to read it too. We have also relocated the juvenile fiction and nonfiction to this space to create a dedicated children’s area for reading, relaxing and playing. Our other collections will be moving around the library for more accessible browsing as well, and along with fresh exterior paint it gives us a whole new look.
Just in time for the longer nights and chilly weather, our Open Mic nights are back on the second Friday of the month. Beginning next week, September 8th at 7pm come to the Old Town Hall to share your hidden talents with friends and neighbors, or be part of an encouraging audience. All ages and abilities are welcome, and the sign-ups begin at 6:30pm. We are also excited to welcome back edutainer and scientist Dan Zucker for “The Weather” on Sunday, September 10th at 4pm at the Moretown School. This talk is geared toward the non-scientist looking for a thorough overview of the forces and principles that drive the climate and the weather. Attending would be a great primer for the climate change series presented by the MRV Libraries, “Climate Change and our Future: Mitigation, Adaptation and Dialogue”. The first meeting of this grant funded “book discussion meets science cafe” is coming right up on Thursday, September 14th at 6:30pm at the Joslin Memorial Library in Waitsfield.
Our shelves are stocked with a good variety of titles for you as the busyness of summer recedes and routines return. For mystery lovers, both Sue Grafton and Louise Penny have published the next book in their respective series of the alphabet murders and Inspector Gamache. Also new to our shelves is the memoir “Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student and a Life Changing Friendship” by Michelle Kuo. Arriving in a small southern town as a new and optimistic Teach for America volunteer, she is quickly faced with the realities of being in one of the poorest places in the country. Sharing the story of her mentorship with one particular student gives us a glimpse into the complicated legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and its lasting impact. Finally, if you are already dreaming of winter then “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden is a logical choice. Set at the edge of the wilderness of Russia, and with a bit of magic sprinkled in, it is a great tale of one young woman’s determination to find her own way.
Hope to see you at the library soon!