What's Happening at the Library?
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.
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.