What's Happening at the Library?
You’ve seen his work on a Tunbridge Fair poster, on the 8th grade “Seasons” mugs, and he’s had a show here at the Library. The next Winter Evening on Friday (March 1) at 7 pm you’ll get to meet artist Shawn Braley in a presentation entitled “Pen & Ink.” Come hear the story of how this local artist found a way to unleash his creativity and pursue his passion.
We’ll spend our next Winter Evening on Friday (Feb. 15 at 7 pm) with Susan Clark, a national authority on town meeting and local democracy.
Susan will be speaking about “Slow Democracy: Keeping it Real in the Green Mountains.”
Susan has co-authored “All Those in Favor” with Professor Frank Bryan, and more recently, she’s published "Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home." Susan practices what she preaches, and is moderator of the Town Meeting in Middlesex where she resides.
As always, this event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow.
The Story Hours this winter follow the theme: Try Something New! This Saturday (Feb. 9) at 9 am, join us for the next one: "Making Friends." Families with children of all ages are invited to join Mariah and a special guest for stories, activities, and a snack... with all among friends.
In her book “He Wanted the Moon,” author Mimi Baird told the story of her father’s medical career striving to understand types of mental illness… only to find himself falling victim to crippling manic depression. When Brad Pitt optioned the book for a film, Mimi found herself in a new effort— working with screenwriter and playwright Tony Kushner to adapt the book to a motion picture. Come hear Mimi speak of her experiences reflecting real human struggles in art.
The theme for Story Hours this winter and spring is: “Try Something New!” We’ll have stories, an activity, and a snack all with connections to cheese. Local cheese aficianado, Mark Bomalaski will be on hand to tell us more about cheese, and help us try something new— to eat!
Todd Tyson of Tunbridge, will be the Tunbridge Public Library’s Winter Evenings speaker on Friday at 7 p.m. Todd’s subject will be “Setting Free the Airwaves: The Roots and Branches of Community Radio in the Upper White River Watershed.“
The evening’s presentation will feature an on-air radio vibe interspersed with music, commentary, airwaves evolution and time for plenty of questions. Tyson is currently Station Manager/Program Director at Royalton Community Radio (WFVR-LP). He got his start in radio in 1976 and has produced programming on stations in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia. He has co-produced the long-running “Crossroads on the Point“ program in Montpelier for nearly 20 years.
The program is free. Refreshments will be served. For information call 889-9404.
What tool can be a whistle, a fastener, a watchband, and a way to store rope?
The answer is a paracord bracelet, and you can learn to make one in just one hour. They can be large or small, plain or beautiful. Join paracord craftsman Brice Stride as he guides you through the process with the wisdom of experience. No experience is necessary, and all materials are provided. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
What happens when the days get shorter and shorter, … and the nights get longer and longer?
This Saturday, we’ll focus on the amazing moment called the Winter Solstice. Families with children of all ages are invited to join Mariah for a nature craft, poetry, a song, snack… and of course, stories that are just right for the shortest days of the year.
Santa will be making his annual visit to the Library on December 8.
Stories begin at 10 am, as we await the arrival of Mr. Claus. All children present at Santa’s arrival are guaranteed a chance to catch up with Santa, and Geoff Hansen will be on hand to capture the magic on film.
Beginning at 9 am, you can join artists from the ArtsBus for a morning of creative fun in the Community Room at the Library.
Remember that Santa will be visiting the Library at 10:30 and staying for interviews and pictures. Stories will be available for those who have completed their artwork and would like to wait together for Santa to arrive!
BALE brings its new film “Dancing with the Cannibal Giant” to the Tunbridge community. Experience five true stories of grit, hope, and resilience in a world in which conflict and disempowerment can seem to be the dominant themes. Adiscussion follows the film. Join us for an event that demonstrates how real people can create a world of compassion and common purpose.
"A Retrospective: Then Through Now," a solo show by South Royalton, Vt., photographer Marianne Benoir, will be on display at the Library from Nov. 6, 2018, until Jan. 7, 2019.
The show is a retrospective look at Benoir's work. There will be color as well as black and white images of flora, fauna, places, things and people. This only scratches the surface of the subject matter which she has photographed and wishes to share with others. Visitors are bound to recognize some things that are familiar and will be intrigued by something new. Photo cards will be on sale during the show.
While having spent a good deal of time in New England, I have also lived and traveled elsewhere. Photos became important at an early age. Sifting through photos with my grandmother and hearing the connected stories helped me to feel a part of something larger. Thus my foray into photography began. Summer camp, siblings, sunsets and pets all gained my attention. These early photos however, were more for memory sake. When I got my first digital camera, the same one I use today, there was suddenly a whole new world of possibilities. Now, I was free to experiment with light and subject in a way I had not before.
Families with children of all ages are invited to Story Hour this Saturday (Oct. 6) at 9 am when the theme will be “Autumn Leaves.” Come hear stories and enjoy crafts with Mariah in celebration of the colors of the leaves, and the changing of the seasons.
A solo show of about two dozen pieces by photographer Allison Clayton, of North Thetford, Vt., is to be on display at the Tunbridge Public Library in Tunbridge, Vt., from Aug. 29 until Nov. 3, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 2-4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Clayton grew up in Chelsea, Vt., and is a 1998 graduate of Chelsea High School. She has always been a lover of the arts, spending countless hours with a paintbrush, pencil, or camera in hand. In 2016 she received a camera as a gift from her parents and rediscovered her passion for photography.
It is not uncommon for Clayton to leave the house in the morning with her camera, and not return until bedtime. She loves traveling the back roads of Vermont, and all over New England, in search of photo opportunities. Her love of animals and nature is obvious when looking at her photographs.
In 2016 she was given an opportunity to show her work at Isabell's Cafe in East Thetford. She also had a show in the gallery at Gifford Hospital in Randolph, Vt., in 2018. Several of her photographs have been published in the "Valley News," and also featured on Instagram. She started vending at several local craft fairs this past winter and has been scheduling more for this coming winter.
Clayton is currently working, taking classes at Community College of Vermont and vending at local farmer’s markets. She lives in North Thetford with her husband Timothy Smith.
Adventurous readers are invited to embark on a new book: “No Shortcuts to the Top” by acclaimed mountaineer Ed Viesturs. Join us at the library on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 pm. The discussion will be hosted by the Upper Valley Mountain Literature Society, under the leadership of Wright Frost, back recently from climbing expedition in the Andes.
We'll be having a special Story Hour on Saturday, September 8 (at 9 am) “Going to the Fair.” Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for stories as we tour the Fairgrounds and look for the signs that the Fair is arriving. We'll end with a snack fit for the Fair!
Monday evening at 6, we'll be having our Last Blast of Summer Reading for all young readers and their families, and for all readers who are young at heart! At 6:30, Racing Reader Gary Mullen will be arriving with his race car to present awards, and anyone who has read five or more books will have an opportunity to sign his car. You’re name could be racing at Thunder Road!
Anyone is invited-- just bring a list of the books you’ve read, and be sure to share a few words about one of your favorites. There will be ice cream for everyone at the end of the event (roughly 7:15).
Following the picnic, stay for a VINS presentation at 1pm in the Dodge/Gilman Building on the Fairgrounds. The program is entitled "Screech and Hoot: the Science of Bird Communication." This presentation is made possible by a grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries.