Annual Volunteer Potluck Picnic
Aug
26
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Volunteer Potluck Picnic

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."

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Book Night: "The Reluctant Dragon"
Jul
31
5:00 PM17:00

Book Night: "The Reluctant Dragon"

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.

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Summer Program Tonight: Codes!
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Program Tonight: Codes!

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!

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Story Hour: Foxes and Coyotes
Jul
7
9:00 AM09:00

Story Hour: Foxes and Coyotes

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.

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Reading Frederick Douglass
Jul
1
6:30 PM18:30

Reading Frederick Douglass

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.

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Art Reception: 'Sprites to Live By'
Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

Art Reception: 'Sprites to Live By'

"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.

 

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Story Hour: Mouse and Owl
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Story Hour: Mouse and Owl

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.

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Paul Galdone: Celebrating his Eleventy-first Birthday.
Jun
2
12:00 AM00:00

Paul Galdone: Celebrating his Eleventy-first Birthday.

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.

 

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Movie Matinee: 'Big Fish'
May
19
1:30 PM13:30

Movie Matinee: 'Big Fish'

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:

 

 

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"Where We Live"
Apr
14
to Apr 23

"Where We Live"

 “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.

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Where to find Last Minute Tax Help
Apr
12
to Apr 14

Where to find Last Minute Tax Help

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). 

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers

        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!

 

 

 

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Story Hour: FROGS!
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Story Hour: FROGS!

This Saturday (April 7) at 9am we’ll be having our next Story Hour.  Families with children of all ages are invited to join Mariah for stories, activities, and a snack, all in celebration of “Frogs.”  Here’s hoping for warmth to bring the peepers out soon!

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Next Book Discussion: "Into Thin Air"
Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

Next Book Discussion: "Into Thin Air"

You're invited to a book discussion of "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer.   Grit your teeth for this grueling and thought-provoking true story describes how a recreational tour of Mount Everest for amateur climbers went horribly wrong. 

This is one of an ongoing series of discussions, encompassing fictional and non-fictional literature, that is set in mountainous environments. Have a recommendation for the Upper Valley Mountain Literature Society? Feel free to visit the website uvmls.blogspot.com, or reach out to discussion leader, Wright Frost at wrifro@gmail.com.

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Story Hour: Planting Seeds
Mar
10
9:00 AM09:00

Story Hour: Planting Seeds

It's time to start seeds...  indoors!  This Saturday (March 10) at 9 am , families with children of all ages are invited to join us for Story Hours celebrating "Planting Seeds." Mariah and the crew invite you to share planting activities, stories, and a light snack. 

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Art Exhibit: "Before the Storm"
Feb
23
to Mar 7

Art Exhibit: "Before the Storm"

The solo show "Before the Storm" by artist Jennifer Palkowski Jacques, of Barre, Vt., is to be on display at the Tunbridge Public Library from Jan. 24 through March 7, 2018. 

Contemporary painter Jennifer Palkowski Jacques has been a passionate artist since childhood, encouraged and educated by her late grandmother Ruth Henson. Fascinated with death, dying, spirits and horror, Jennifer combines her interest in dark and eerie concepts with her love of natural beauty in her paintings. 

In Jennifer’s “Before the Storm” exhibition, she displays original technique in her new series of abstract landscapes. A series provoking the emotions within the cold and dark winter months, and a reflection of her personal journey ahead. The artist’s  classically, monochromatic palette is inspired by the artist’s love of old black and white  photography and the hues in nature. 

Jennifer attended CCV where she studied Visual Art, and completed courses such as Art History, Printmaking, Death & Dying, Studio Art, and Color Theory.

She currently resides in Barre with her husband, Jackson, their cat Lux and dog Rosie. 

Jennifer has exhibited her work at several Vermont venues or galleries, including The Black Krim Tavern, Downtown Deli, The Kimball Gallery in Randolph, Espresso Bueno in Barre, Bohemian Bread in Marshfield, Capitol Grounds, The Shoe Horn, The Drawing Board in Montpelier and Battery Street Jeans in Burlington.  Jennifer has also performed as a live painter on stage for the band KuFui.

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Winter Evening with Bridget Butler
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Winter Evening with Bridget Butler

Bridget Butler, known as VPR’s 'Bird Diva,' will speak on “Bird is a Verb” this Friday at 7 p.m.

 A naturalist for more than 20 years, she says, “My passion is protecting birds and their habitats through outreach, conservation and citizen science.”

Butler will share tips and tricks for bird identification, talk about equipment and resources, teach participants about birding by ear, and describe various natural communities for different suites of birds.  Refreshments will be served. 

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