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Waterbury Public Library eNewsletter November 9, 2012

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Waterbury Public Library
  Waterbury Public Library
             November 9, 2012 
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In This Issue
WPL News & Events
Literary News & Events
Spotlight on Services
Ongoing Adult Programs
Kid's Column
Pick of the Week
Found on the Web
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Tuesday        10-8


Wednesday  10-8


Thursday      10-5


Friday            10-5


Saturday         9-2   






Quote of the Week
"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."

C.S. Lewis
WPL News &  Events
The Waterbury Public Library is pleased to be collaborating with Waterbury's art community by offering two craft programs during the month of December:
on December 1 from 9-11 am, we will be hosting a craft workshop for teens through adults (see below) during the Holiday Artisan Boutique, and then on December 8, we host our annual Season of Lights Story & Craft Time for kids in grades K-4 at 10 AM during Waterbury's annual Holiday Stroll.
Please call the Library for more information and to register for these events.

Next Craft Workshop with Sue Premore:
Date Changed to December 1 
On Saturday, December 1, Sue will be conducting another of her now- famous craft workshops here in the Library from 9-11 AM. This holiday-themed workshop is for teens through adults only, and will be one you don't want to miss! Space is limited to 10 people, so call the Library to register today!
Library Stories

Check out some of the Library Stories submitted by our some of our loyal patrons here (PDF format).  

We still want to collect more stories too!  

You can email us here, use the  Contact Us tab on our website, or come in and fill out a form at our circulation desk. Thanks for all your great support! 

Literary News & Events
Author and Activist Dr. Temple Grandin in Vermont on Tuesday 
Temple Grandin's early diagnosis of autism resulted in intensive therapy as a child, and is thus among the few people who have broken through many of the neurological impairments associated with autism. Throughout her life, which she states as "growing up different", she has developed unique coping strategies which has  helped her persevere. She ultimately turned her unique talent - the ability to describe the way her visual mind works, and  the connection between her impairment and animal temperament  -  into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder education. Two of her books, "Animals in Translation" and "Animals Make Us Human", were both on the New York Times best seller list. She was also named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People (2010), and has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, the Today Show, and many shows in other countries. 
This remarkable woman swings through Vermont on Tuesday, November 13 with three presentations: at 11:30 am in the Ira Allen Chapel at UVM discussing humane animal practices,  at 2:30 pm at the Essex Cinemas talking about her personal experiences with autism, and then from 6-10 pm at in the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms at a formal dinner and benefit. The UVM and Essex appearances are free, but the Shelburne Farms benefit for the Humane Society of Chittenden County has a $100 ticket price. For more information, call 862-0135 x15, or email
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2012
The editors at Publisher's Weekly just announced their top ten favorite books published in 2012, a feat I would personally not want to take on!  
Their top ten list is:
1. Building Stories, Chris Ware 
2. Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel 
3. The Round House, Louise Erdrich (see our Pick of the Week below) 
4. Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain, Lucia Perillo 
5. The Devil in Silver, Victor LaValle 
6. Detroit is the Place To Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis, Mark Binelli 
7. All We Know: Three Lives, Lisa Cohen 
8. People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo, Richard Lloyd Parry 
9. The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675, Bernard, Bailyn 
10. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1945-1956, Anne Applebaum 
Spotlight on Services
Adopt-An-Author Program

Do you have a favorite author whose latest books you just can't wait to read? Do you rush right out and buy their newest releases so you don't have to wait to get them from the library? The library's Adopt-an-Author program is perfect for you! 

Here's how it works: you agree to adopt a particular author, and the library promises to order each new book that author publishes. When a new book by your author arrives, you pay the library's cost (which is often discounted as much as 43%). The library adds the book to its collection, puts an "Adopt-an-Author bookplate in the front of the book, and checks it out to you as the first reader.  After you return the book, it goes on the new book shelf for other readers to enjoy. Everybody wins! You get to read your favorite author's newest books without delay, your bookshelves stay uncluttered, and the library's book budget stretches a little bit further.  

Feel free to contact us with any questions about this program, or if you're ready to adopt an author now! 

Ongoing Adult Programs
Friends of the Waterbury Public Library   

The Friends meet regularly on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 PM in the library. The next Friends meeting will be Monday, December 3.  Click  here for more information on the Friends of the Waterbury Library.


AfterNoon Knitters 

This group of varying abilities meets every Tuesday afternoon from 12-1 PM. Beginners to experts are welcome. We can even teach you the basics. C'mon in and join the fun! 


Food For Thought Book Group

This group usually meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 PM at the Library. Because the 3rd Wednesday is Thanksgiving Eve this month, the next scheduled discussion date will be Wednesday, November 28 at 7 PM to discuss The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt. Limited copies of this book are available at the circulation desk. All are welcome to join!  Check out a synopsis of this book in our "Pick of the Week" below. 

The entire book discussion schedule is now on our website here.


Genealogy Quest 
Genealogy Quest usually meets on the the last Tuesday of the month at 7 PM. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27, with a discussion of "Charting Your Medical Genealogy". Free and open to the public. 
Kid's Column
Story Times With Michelle & Paige
No Story Times the Week of 11/19-11/23  

Mondays: TNT (Toddlers-n-Twos): Join us for high energy literacy with songs, active rhymes and stories. Got the wiggles? This is the place to be! Recommended for ages 18-36 months.

Wednesdays: Baby Lap Time: Snuggle with your baby as we sing, tickle and bounce our way into a lifelong love of language. You'll come away with rhymes and songs to fit every part of your baby's day. Recommended for ages 0-18 months.

Fridays: Preschool Story Time: During this classic story time, we'll hear and see stories through books, puppets, and felt boards, and we'll shake our sillies out with  movement-based rhymes. Recommended for ages 3-6 years. 


Upcoming Kids'/Teens Special Events 

More details about these, and additional events, can  be found on our website under "Kids/Teens>>Special Programs"  


Another Saturday Family Movie Matinee will take place on Saturday, November 17, from noon - 1:30 PM. This 2011 release is a PG-rated, heart-warming drama about the friendship between a boy and a dolphin. Please give us a call to register and find out what the movie is!


The next Teen Advisory Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13 

from 3:30 - 5 PM.  If you are a student age 12 to 17 who would like to help the library choose new young adult books and plan programs and activities for teens, then come to the next Teen Advisory Group meeting and brainstorm some new ideas to make the library more teen friendly. Participation in the group can count towards required community service, or "Change the World" projects, and it will look great on a college resume!


Season of Lights Story & Craft Time: Saturday, December 8 at 10 AM 

Join us at the Library for a special seasonal story hour and craft, coinciding with Waterbury's annual Holiday Stroll. For children in grades K- 4. Please call to register. 

The new Children's Winter Programs Brochure will be available next week!

Teen Video Contest!
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and the Department of Libraries are launching the "2013 Teen Video Challenge":

Vermont teens, ages 13-18, are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their own interpretation of the 2013 teen slogan "Beneath the Surface" in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve teens in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience. Videos may be created by an individual or by a group

Deadline for submission is Thursday, February 28, 2013.The winning video will be selected by Vermont librarians in an online poll. That video will then be named one of the CSLP 2013 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide. The winning Vermont teen will receive $275 and their associated public library will receive an award.

For full details about the Vermont/ CSLP "2013 Teen Video Challenge" and to find out how to enter the competition, click here.  


Ongoing: The Young Writers Project (YWP)   

If you like to write and would like to submit your work for the Young Writers Project, there is now a new easy way to do so - click here and read "New Directions for Submitting to Newspaper Series" to get the instructions, and also read some recent submissions for inspiration. Check out their 2012-2013 Weekly Writing Prompts (PDF format). If you need help with your work, or have any other questions, you can find lots of information  on their website at  

  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~       Do you have volunteer commitments to fulfill, a "Change the World"  project, or other community service project? Email Michelle at: 

Pick of the Week  
The Round House, by Louise Erdrich
In her intensely involving fourteenth novel, Erdrich writes with brio in the voice of a man reliving the fateful summer of his thirteenth year. The son of a tribal judge, Bazil, and a tribal enrollment specialist, Geraldine, Joe Coutts is an attentively loved and lucky boy until his mother is brutally beaten and raped. Erdrich's profound intimacy with her characters electrifies this stunning and devastating tale of hate crimes and vengeance, her latest immersion in the Ojibwe and white community she has been writing about for more than two decades. As Joe and his father try to help Geraldine heal and figure out who attacked her and why, Erdrich dissects the harsh realities of an imperiled yet vital culture and unjust laws reaching back to a tragedy in her earlier novel The Plague of Doves.
But it is Joe's awakening to the complexities and traumas of adult life that makes this such a beautifully warm and wise novel.Through Joe's hilarious and unnerving encounters with his ex-stripper aunt, bawdy grandmothers, and a marine turned Catholic priest; Joe's dangerous escapades with his loyal friends; and the spellbinding stories told by his grandfather, Mooshum, a favorite recurring character.....

~ From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association
Found on the Web
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