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Waterbury Public Library eNewsletter May 17, 2013

posted at 9:30 am Mon May 20th, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)

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                May 17, 2013
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In This Issue
WPL News & Events
Other Library News & Events
Spotlight on Services
Other Literary News
Ongoing Adult Programs
Kid's Column
Found on the Web
Pick of the Week
Library Hours

Monday           10-8*


Tuesday          10-8


Wednesday    10-8


Thursday        10-5

Friday              10-5


Saturday           9-2**                           


* Closed Monday, May 27 in honor of Memorial Day.


**Starting Saturday, May 25, Saturday summer hours take effect: 9 - Noon.   




Calendar of Events  

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May Calendar of Events  





Quote of the Week 
Stephen King
"When all else fails, give up and go to the library."
~ Stephen King, from 11/22/63
WPL News &  Events
Pete Sutherland in Concert!   
Friday, May 31 at
  The Congo Church
In honor of Waterbury's 250th birthday, The Library is very proud to sponsor an evening of music from native Vermonter and nationally-known folk musician, Pete Sutherland, at the Waterbury Congregational Church on Friday, May 31 at 7:00 PM. Pete will be performing songs from his album "The Wilderness Road" - a collection of original songs steeped in the culture and history of the Green Mountain state and her people - ancient ballads, topical and parlor songs of centuries gone by and Pete's own original work showcasing his lifelong involvement with his native state's history. Pete is also a renowned dance fiddler and will spice the program with some of his favorite contradance tunes!

This program is free and open to the public, and suitable for all ages 


And the Winner is....
Harry Shepard,  who is the winner of The Friends of the Waterbury Library raffle! Harry won a week's stay at a luxury time-share condominium at a place of his choosing from, and stay for free!
A big THANK YOU goes out to Herschell Murry, a Friend of the Library, who donated this generous gift.
The Friends of the Waterbury Library collected over $200 from the sales of raffle tickets, which directly helps the library fund children's programs, materials, services, and more.
Thanks to everyone who bought a raffle ticket to support the Waterbury Public Library.
Congratulations, Harry!
Other Library News & Events
WANTED: Photos of Waterbury 
Help Our Library Create a Photo Book!
As you know, this year marks the 250th birthday of the Town of Waterbury! The Library is doing a special project entitled "Waterbury A to Z: A Photo Essay of Waterbury" to commemorate this milestone. We envision publishing a children's picture book with photos of, in, and around Waterbury which will be submitted by members of our community. The photos must depict Waterbury "A through Z", for example a picture of the Library can be used for the letter "L". Please be sure to read our Photo Submission Guidelines before submitting your photos. The deadline for submissions will be around July 1st.
We look forward to creating this project with our community to celebrate all the great things about  Waterbury, so start clicking away!
Still Looking for Legos 
Please keep 'em coming! You can drop off Legos with us anytime we're open: 10 AM- 8 PM Monday through Wednesday, 10 AM - 5 PM Thursday & Friday, and 9 AM - 2 PM Saturdays.
Thanks to all who have brought in some already - we greatly appreciate your help in expanding our children's programs!

Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry 
The Waterbury Public Library still has limited copies of "Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry" to sign-out - this year's Vermont Reads selection from the Vermont Humanities Council.
"Poetry 180" is an anthology of 180 contemporary poems, selected and introduced by America's Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. The poems in this anthology are easy to read and accessible for all ages. 
We will be hosting a community-wide poetry reading and discussion sometime in the Fall, but there's no time like the present to get inspired and start writing!
Spotlight on Services
Why pay for an expensive e-book through Amazon or elsewhere? Most likely, we have it here in our catalog. Our regular eBook users cannot say enough great things about the Library's FREE Overdrive eBook service available for your e-reader, your mobile device, tablet, and/or computer. Overdrive eBooks Logo
If you haven't perused our eBook catalog in a while (accessible via the button shown here on the Home page of our website),  you will notice some major improvements to the new format - Overdrive has made it faster, easier, and more intuitive to connect you to the books you love. All you need to check out is your Library card number found on the back of your card - your PIN is the last 5 digits of that number. Lots of new recent titles have been added as well!
For a short, very helpful video on the "how-tos" of downloading eBooks,  you should watch this video, which is also available on YouTube:
Library Digital Collection (Getting Started)
Getting Started with eBooks
Additionally, we have copies of the written instructions available in the Library.  Of course, feel free to come in to the Library and talk to us directly if you have any questions about downloading eBooks.

Other Literary News

Vermont Book Wins 2013 National Award

 The 2013 Independent Publishers (IPPY) Awards have bestowed a Bronze Medal in the national category Environment/Ecology/Nature on Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State. Co-written by Vermonters Elizabeth Courtney and Eric Zencey, and co-published by Thistle Hill Publications and the Vermont Natural Resources Council, Greening Vermontassesses the modern environmental movement in the Green Mountain State from its origins as a response to economic changes of the 1960's, to today's concerns over renewable energy, ecosystem protection and climate change. It is a story about people, politics, money and the environment.  As Tom Slayton tells us in his Foreword:  "It is a tale of environmental victories, defeats, and perhaps most significantly, collaborations and compromises that have put Vermont at the forefront of the environmental movement." The Awards Ceremony to honor the Medalists will take place on May 29 in New York City on the eve of the 2013 Book Expo America Convention. It is also a finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Awards.

Ongoing Adult Programs
Friends of the Waterbury Public Library   
The Friends meet regularly on the first Monday of the month, or Wednesdays in case of a conflict, at 5:30 PM in the library.
The next Friends of the Library meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 3. Believing that many hands really do make light work, the Friends always welcome new members.   


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 

Last week was the last Food for Thought book group discussion for the 2012-2013 year. Keep an eye out for the date of the next gathering in the fall. Have a great summer!


Genealogy Quest 
Genealogy Quest usually meets on the the last Tuesday of the month at 7 PM. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Free and open to the public. 
This will also be this group's last meeting before fall begins, so the discussion will be program planning for next year.  
Kid's Column
Story Times With Michelle & Paige


Mondays:  Babies & Toddlers Story Time

Fridays:     Preschool Story Time  


Story Times Start at 10 AM 

Upcoming Kids Special Events:
Friday, May 24 at 10 AM  
Dig Into "Mysteries of the Soil" with Kurt Valenta, aka Mr. K
Mr. K -   founder & president of Exordium Inc., a nature and outdoor education company providing outdoor learning experiences for the young and young-at-heart - will look at the teeming life that is found under our feet and makes the soil such an important part of the earth's ecosystem. Stories and a craft! Suitable for ages 4-8.
Please give us a call to register: 244-7036. 
Our Children's Summer Reading Program and Summer Program Schedule
is in the works -  keep your eyes peeled for all the info coming soon! 
Vote for Your Favorite GMBA Book GMBA Logo

The Green Mountain Book Award, a reader's choice award for students in grades 9-12, is designed to introduce to high school students some excellent books for their pleasure reading. This is  the master list for choosing the award to be made in 2014.  We urge all students in grades 9-12 to vote for their favorite - you can find the voting form here.Votes must be submitted by May 31st.


Hey Teens - You can apply to be on the GMBA Committee!  

The Green Mountain Book Award (Vermont's high school book award) committee has announced that they are extending an opportunity for two Vermont teens to be on the committee this year (for the past two years as a pilot program, they have had one teen as a regular committee member).  

Any Vermont teen who is interested, needs to fill out this application, and submit two review of YA books of their choice, one positive, and one negative. They have specific guidelines for submitting your reviews, which can be found here. 

The completed application and your reviews must be submitted by June 1st.
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DCF Logo  
Click here for the entire 2013-2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Master List , for children in grades 4-8.    
Found on The Web
Libraries Changed My Life
Last week, "journalist" Michael Rosenblum took to the Huffington Post to explain that, while he hasn't been in a library in years, he's sure they're entirely unnecessary, what with the Google and all. His article prompted a wide-ranging discussion on blogs and Twitter and comment threads about what libraries are for and why they matter. One such Tumblr is "Libraries Changed My Life", which  just appeared this week and already has many amazing stories. It is a collection of real life accounts from library patrons whose lives have been changed for the better by libraries.
Here is YOUR chance to show your love for libraries - take this opportunity to let the world know that libraries matter to you. Whether this is your first or last step in library advocacy, your "library story" could change someone's mind, and ensure that libraries are around to change lives for decades to come.
They welcome submissions from real-life library patrons talking about positive interactions with libraries, librarians, and library workers. You can email them with your story, or you can send them a "snail-mail" at the address shown on the page.
And while you're at it, send us a copy too! 
Pick of the Week  
Gulp by Mary Roach
"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour of the alimentary canal - Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of-or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists-who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.

Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.


- Book Jacket

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