What's Happening at the Library?
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.
Come one and all, and celebrate the many volunteers who make Tunbridge what it is. The picnic begins at noon in the Dodge-Gilman building on the Fairgrounds. The Friends of the Library will provide plates, utensils, cups, beverages and ice cream. If you'd like to volunteer to help us set up, please contact Jean at the library (889-9404) or Kay Jorgensen (889-5528).
Following the picnic, the Vermont Insitute of Natural Science will be presenting the program "Screech and Hoot: the Science of Bird Communication."
How easy is it to start a fight? More importantly, how do you END one?
Families with young readers are invited to join us for a book event based on “The Reluctant Dragon,” (by Kenneth Grahame). The book is available now at the library, and makes an excellent, fun, and short read, at about 55 pages. Tuesday night (July 31), we’ll have a shot Discussion, an Exciting Activity, a Banquet, and end with a short film. Families can come as early as 5, with activities starting in earnest at 5:30. All are invited-- please call or email the library to let us know how many in your family will be coming.
Young readers (ages 6 and up) are invited to break a code, find a treasure, and make their own code. There will be free books, an estimating challenge, and ... yes, a search for treasure. Readers will have a chance to plot progress for what we've read, as well, with ice cream rewards for readers who have managed to read regularly. Come join us!
What's it like to be a fox? How are lives of foxes different from those of coyotes? The Story Hour this Saturday (July 7) at 9 am will feature stories about “Foxes and Coyotes.” Learn about these clever tricksters and hear stories in which their wits are put to the test. Activities and a juicy snack are included.
Join us for our annual reading of a remarkable speech by the abolitionist Frederick Douglass where he poses the famous question “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?" Hear Douglass as he exposes the tension between power, liberty, and morality in the American experience. This participatory event allows you to share in the reading, or you can feel free to just listen. Discussion and refreshments follow. Made possible with support from the Vermont Humanities Council.
"Sprites To Live By," a solo show by Tunbridge, Vt., artist Marion Lent, is to be on display at the Tunbridge Public Library from July 1 to Aug. 18, 2018. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, July 1, from 2-4 p.m, which is free and open to the public.
Lent's "sprites" are handmade figures, 30 of which will be suspended from the library's ceiling for the show. They have felted bodies with hand-molded and painted antennae, hands, feet and faces. Their wings are sewn in a variety of colored fabric.
A little from the artist:
I live in Tunbridge with my husband and two daughters. I have mostly focused on watercolor illustrations for the past twenty years. A year and a half ago I started working three-dimensionally. My goal was to take as much time as I needed to figure out how to articulate my vision of some sort of flying sprite-like creature. This process is the most satisfying aspect for me and it is constantly morphing into new challenges. I now have thirty or so hanging from the beams in our house and a steady stream of buyers. A few months ago I finished a concept book with photos of many of them. It is a first book of color and each of the sprites are not only a color but are of a color. My goal is to have any child who flipped the pages to be able to see themselves in one of them. In this time of "other" I thought the quiet introduction of all of our "colors" was important as well.
Story Hour on Saturday (June 30) at 9 am will feature stories about “Owls and Mice”— from clever mice, to wise owls—and one story about both at once! Who will win the day-- the clever mouse or the wise owl? Come hear special guest reader Race to Read veteran Ben Hoyt read a couple of his favorites.
The beloved Paul Galdone was Tunbridge’s most prolific and best-known illustrator as well as a dear friend to all who got to know him. This Saturday, Paul would have turned 111—an excellent age for either man or hobbit. During June, come see a display of just a few of the hundreds of titles Paul authored and illustrated in his colorful career!
You can also read more about Paul and his legacy of wonderful work here, at paulgaldone.com.
Ever hear a relative tell a story that is larger than life? Wonder if you've lost them as you grew apart? Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, and Ewan McGregor star in this remarkable story of an elderly father, a cynical son, and the incredible truth and power behind our own life stories. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 125 minutes.
Parents can see the Common Sense Media review here:
“Where We Live" will be on display through April 23. This show features a collection of 20 photographs by John Duffy, of South Royalton, Vt.
The photographs, on 3/16-inch black gatorboard, portray the natural beauty inherent in the White River Valley. A majority of the proceeds from print sales will benefit Royalton Community Radio and the Tunbridge Library.
The library staff can only help provide tax forms-- not assistance on filing taxes. HOWEVER:
If you (or someone you know) is still trying to figure your taxes, there may be free assistance (from a real person!) available through VITA (the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program).
This is for people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. There are sessions at:
Brown Public Library (Northfield) from 4-7 pm Thursday April 12;
Capstone Community Action in Barre from 9-3 and 4-7pm on Thursday, April 12;
Capstone Community Action in Barre from 10-2 Saturday, April 14.
This link can give you more details on these sites.
No appointment is needed, but be sure to bring all the documents necessary. You might not be alone... arrive early!