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A Workshop of Young Writers will also meet Mondays at 5:45 pm. This event is for anyone ages 8 and up who is interested in writing down thoughts, creating stories, or just playing with words.
To make things fun and simple, we are offering pizza at 5:30 pm for kids and accompanying parents; please RSVP by phone or email to let us know how much pizza to order.
“The Tunbridge Fair,” a solo show of paintings by artist Rae Newell, of Bridgewater Corners will be on display at the Tunbridge Public Library until September 5, 2019. There will be a reception on Sunday, July 21, from 2-4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
"This show is in honor of the Tunbridge Fair," Newell said. "I have been going there for many years, finding wonderful subjects to paint, from the horse and ox pulls, to the midway, to the people and the animals they care for. Originally from Connecticut, my love of the Vermont landscape and especially the fair have attracted my attention for 25 years."
Newell has taught painting for over two decades, most recently at the Artistree in Pomfret, Vt. Her primary medium is oil painting, both in the studio and plain air ala prima painting.
The library is located on 289 Route 110 in the center of Tunbridge village, across from the Post Office, about five miles north of Route 14. The library’s hours are Monday and Wednesday, 3-8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 3-6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call librarian Jean Wolfe at 802-889-9404 for more information.
When Frederick Douglass was asked to speak at a Fourth of July gathering in 1852, he surprised his audience with a voice that was more challenging than it was celebratory. As an African-American abolitionist, Douglass shocked the audience by pointedly describing how patriotism shines brightest when Americans ask our country to grow and become as great as the Declaration of Independence suggests we can be.
This Sunday, June 30 (at 6:30pm) will see our annual reading of Frederick Douglass’ speech reflecting on “What the Fourth of July Means to the Negro.” All are invited to come participate in the reading or listen as we share this inspiring and challenging work. Discussion and refreshments will follow.
The Summer Program will continue Saturday mornings at 10 am throughout the summer; please note the change in time.
This Saturday (June 29), Jools will be back with another tale-- and you’ll be an important part of the story. This storytelling and the following activity offer fun for all ages prepared to listen or participate, whether they are 3, 13 or older. Come and help tell the story!
This Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings ( 8 am to Noon) the Friends of the Library are hosting a terrific book sale of well-loved volumes— popular titles and treasures that may have escaped your notice. Come take advantage of great deals and support the Library at the same time!
The Library will be having events most Thursday evenings, with fun for all generations. This week (June 27) at 6:30 pm, we’ll be having “Puzzle Night,” featuring jigsaw puzzles of many types, and some other brainteasers as well. There will be light refreshments. Come for a little, or team up and finish a whole puzzle!
We will skip next Thursday in honor of the Fourth of July, resuming the next Thursday (July 11) with a relaxed outdoor hike in a historic area of Tunbridge.
This summer we have Story Hour for families every other Wednesday morning with a program especially for pre-readers. Our first Story Hour will be next Wednesday (June 26) at 10 am when we’ll be having fun with “Hot and Cold.” Come enjoy stories, an activity, and a light snack.
Next week (July 3) we will splash our way into activities and stories of “Wet and Dry..”
Summmer Programs will continue Saturdays at 9:30 starting June 22 when we’ll have an Amazing Storyteller, -- Miss Jools Skeet-Browning-- joining us @ 10 am for interactive storytelling and an art activity that’s engaging for all ages. The story will be partly up to YOU!
The Summer Library Program begins this Thursday, June 20th at 6 pm, with stories, free books, and a craft. We'll be showing a family movie at 7 pm.
Would you like to come at 5:30 and have pizza? Just give us a call to let us know how many people are coming.
Programs will continue Saturdays at 9:30 starting June 22 when we’ll have an Amazing Storyteller, -- Miss Jools Skeet-Browning-- joining us @ 10 am for interactive storytelling and an art activity which is good for all ages.
"Landscapes," a solo show of oil paintings of scenes from the area, New England and the Far North by artist Jean Gerber, of Thetford, Vt., will be on display at the Tunbridge Public Library until June 17, 2019. There will be a reception on Sunday, June 2, from 2-4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Gerber grew up in Cleveland, which is where she learned to draw and to paddle a canoe. The two activities soon became linked as she discovered the beauty of Ohio's northern lakes and rivers. Working as a Wilderness Trip Leader introduced Gerber to a variety of landscapes which compelled her to record them in sketchbooks. Today she travels to rivers and lakes in New England, the Adirondacks and the Far North with a watercolor sketch kit next to her in the canoe. At home in her off-grid cabin in Thetford, Gerber uses the watercolor sketches as the basis for larger oil paintings.
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"Along the Shore," a 30x40 oil painting by artist Jean Gerber, of Thetford, Vt.
Does it feel like you can’t do anything about the climate? Think again. This Thursday, Henry Swayze will explain how local cooling is a necessary tool in surviving on a warming planet, and how we can “Cool the Planet Now” by adapting our local landscape to help cool our immediate environment and moderate local weather.
This week we will start a series of Thursday evening events through the summer, featuring fun for all generations. June 27 at 6:30 pm, we’ll be having “Puzzle Night,” featuring jigsaw puzzles of many types, and some other brainteasers as well. Come for a little, or team up and finish a whole puzzle!
We will skip next Thursday (July 4) in honor of the holiday.
Want to make the Library even better? The Friends of the Library will have the Annual Meeting Saturday (May 4) at 3 pm. We'll look at the Friends' work so far, plan upcoming fundraisers, and learn about how we can support the Library to meet the community's needs in new ways.
With younger volunteers especially in mind, we will show a film suitable for all ages at 3 pm.
All projects and skill levels are welcome. Come for crafts and conversation.
ALSO: The Fiber Group is also looking at organizing crafts to support the library.
The Annual Memorial Day Sales (run by the Friends of the Library) have included book, baked goods, and plant sale. This year we're trying a craft sale to raise money to support our wonderful library- Anything from knit and crochet to clay.
If you have creations you would consider donating, please reach out to Carrie Cooker by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (802-693-0059) . She’ll be happy to talk with you!
The theme of Story Hour this Saturday (at 9 am) is “Spinning Tales.” This week we’ll have a visit from a mysterious guest who will weave a story for us, while spinning actual yarn right before our very eyes!
Families with children of all ages are invited join us for stories, an activity, and a snack together. There will be an age-appropriate fiber activity for each child attending, so everyone will have a chance to try something new.
This program provides free tax return preparation and electronic filing help to qualified Vermonters— 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Walk-ins are welcome.
The VITA program’s IRS-certified volunteers offer help to taxpayers “who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.” Read more here.
You can also find additional sites and dates on attachments of the Capstone’s website.
PLEASE NOTE: The Library does not have paper tax forms. We can offer assistance printing off forms and booklets, for 10 cents per page.
One of the longest public games of chess was between Gary Kasparov and “the world”—and the match lasted for four months, Kasparov’s favor.
If you enjoy limiting your games to a single afternoon, join other players every Monday afternoon (4:30 to 6:30 pm) for a weekly Chess Club led by Phil VanDusen. No experience level is too little —or too great —to join in!
We all have some things that make us shy... or even afraid. What can we do?
At Story Hour this Saturday (9 am), Mariah brings us stories, an activity all about "Being Brave." Families with children of all ages are invited to courageously join in! Light snacks will be provided.
“Wood Burning,” a solo show of paintings and wood-burned art by artist Tom Ball will be on display at the Tunbridge Public Library from March 1 until May 3, 2019. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, March 17, from 2-4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Tom Ball is an owner of Tatunka Tattoo on the green in South Royalton, Vt. He has been tattooing for nearly 30 years in the Upper Valley. Ball retired as a Registered Nurse after working 30 years at White River Junction VA Medical Center.
Ball is an avid wood burner and painter. And also loves to do dry stone work. Some of his art reflexes his immense tattooing talent and he enjoys doing custom art for patrons.
How do you start a commercial microbrewery? What is the experience of local residents whose passion drove them to start their own breweries? And… what is their beer really like?
Join us for our final Winter Evening with the founders of Brocklebank Brewery and Upper Pass Brewery, and find out!
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.