Winter is Coming

With the recent passing of the fall equinox, the days are now officially shorter than our nights and it reminds us that colder weather is on its way. In an effort to provide safe parking and indoor plumbing during the snowy months, the library will be temporarily moving north for the winter. Along with relocating our new books and part of our children’s collection, we will continue to offer a variety of programming at the Town Hall from larger events like the monthly Open Mic Nights to a card making class in November. Older books will still be available by request from the collection that will remain in our current space. In the meantime, the Select Board will also be forming a broader committee to help develop a plan with the community’s input for making a vibrant community hub at the Town Hall that will ultimately be put to a vote. Everyone who is interested is encouraged to get involved in this exciting opportunity to create a great resource and asset for our town.

We are also happy to welcome Moretown resident Deborah Feldman as our new library assistant. An avid reader with many years of experience at the Joslin library, she is sure to have a good book suggestion for everyone. Stop in to the library on Thursdays or Saturdays to say hello. 

Our Tabletop Role Playing Game series kicks off this Saturday, October 28th at 4pm. Using the Tiny D6 system, gamer Jordan Streeter  will cover the basics of character creation, game play, and game mastering in the first and third sessions. The second and fourth sessions will be a chance to play the game. Contact the library to register for one or all four. October’s Open Mic Night is Friday the 11th starting at 7pm, this month we invite  all hunters who like to spin a yarn to come share your stories. Whether it is wild, wacky or mundane we want to hear your favorite hunting tale. Forest Bathing in the Fall on Sunday, October 13th at 3pm is a chance to take a guided gentle walk and spend some healing time in nature. Finally, our Simple Supper with NOFA-VT has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 27th at 4pm. Visit our website or stop in to sign up and bring an ingredient to cook and enjoy a simple meal together.

Some new and interesting reads to cozy up with as the first frost approaches includes “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood and “Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver” by Jill Heinerth. Atwood’s sequel to her now classic “The Handmaid’s Tale” puts us back in the dystopian future of Gilead, fifteen years after Offred’s story. There are signs that the regime is beginning to crumble from within as we follow the lives of three very different women. In the real world, Jill Heinerth shares the wonders of cave diving in a blend of memoir, adventure and science. As one of the few women in the top of her field, and the first person in history to make a deep dive into an Antarctic iceberg, her story highlights the extremes of our planet and human capability. We hope to see you at the library soon!

Fall Programs and Books

As summer winds down and a new season fast approaches, we look forward to a great range of upcoming programs and events hosted by the library. Our Open Mic Nights return on second Fridays 7-9pm beginning September 11th at the Moretown Town Hall, this is your chance to share your hidden talents or cheer on your friends and neighbors as part of the audience. In partnership with Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) we are hosting a Simple Supper at the Town Hall on Sunday, September 22nd at 4pm. We will prepare and then enjoy a simple, seasonal meal together with local ingredients. Visit our website for more details and the link for ingredient sign-up. At the end of September, we welcome Jordan Streeter for a four week series of tabletop Role Playing Games (RPG). Beginning with the Tiny D6 system, Jordan will introduce players to the basics of game play as well as character development and certain rule aspects.

The MRV Libraries are also excited to participate in Lawson’s Finest Liquids “no tip” charitable program until August 31st. Any donations received from guests at Lawson’s taproom will go to our Friend’s of the Library organizations, and will help support a wide range of services provided by the libraries like summer learning, improved technology and access for all, building up a ‘library of things’ collection and guest speakers and events.

A good mystery/thriller can be a great way to finish out your summer reading. A recent addition to our collection,  “The Other Mrs. Miller” by Allison Dickson is a domestic thriller with an unpredictable plot and unreliable narrator. The story is sure to appeal to fans of “Gone Girl”  or “Girl on the Train”. And, arriving on August 27th is the highly anticipated newest novel in the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny. “A Better Man” follows the inspector returning as head of the homicide department as flood waters rise across the province and a father pleads for help finding his daughter. See you at the library soon!