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Waterbury Public Library eNewsletter May 24, 2013

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                May 24, 2013
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In This Issue
WPL News & Events
Other Library News & Events
Spotlight on Services
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-Noon**                           

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


**Starting tomorrow, Saturday summer hours take effect:  

9 - Noon.   




Libraries, the digital divide and how we can bridge it.
Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman, on libraries, the digital divide and how we can bridge it.






Quote of the Week 
"It is well to read everything of something,
 and something of everything."

~ Joseph Brodsky, Russian born American poet and writer, & Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987,
born this day in 1940. 
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 concert is FREE, and promises to be fun event for the whole family!  

News From the VLA (VT Library Association) Conference
On Tuesday, two Library staff members and two Library Commissioners attended the 2013 VLA conference at St. Michael's College. As their always is a lot to learn at these events, the most important message we came away with is the changing role of libraries. Keynote Speaker and ALA President, Barbara Stripling, noted that now is a "critical and exciting time for our nation's libraries."  Libraries roles in a community are changing - we're not only about books anymore!
In short, contemporary libraries should offer 1) community engagement in a space for people to get together and share conversations, mutual interests, and offer exciting and educational  programming; 2) innovation, to address the "Digital Divide" by assisting patrons with access to computers to help them develop the necessary skills to find employment, file taxes, and a multitude of other government services now only available online; and, of course 3) promote literacy for all: from babies to adults and new American immigrants. Literacy strengthens communities and their economy, and reading together fosters family bonds.
Check out the video in the column to the left which was shown at the conference. We hope you, our loyal supporters, will help share this message to one and all.  
Other Library News & Events
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!

"Every individual ought to know at least one poet from cover to cover: if not as a guide through the world, then as a yardstick for the language."   ~ Joseph Brodsky
Book Sale Information
Since a lot of people have been asking lately, the Friends of the Library annual summer book sale will commence on July 13. We can start accepting donations of books in good condition starting on June 24 - no earlier, please! Because of space restrictions, we cannot accept any donations prior to that date.
Please note that donated books must be in good, clean condition, free from moisture and animal damage. We will not accept text books or condensed versions of books. Please bring them in while the library is open - do not leave them at our door if we are not open! Books are very susceptible to weather damage.
Thanks in advance - your donations will help fund the many free programs the library offers.
Spotlight on Services
State Parks and Historic Site Passes
It's Memorial Day Weekend, and most Vermont State Parks open for the season! Thanks to the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation,  the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Library has passes you can borrow to Vermont State Parks Day Use Areas and to Vermont State Historic Sites.
You can check-out the pass just like a book, but is limited to a 3-day period ONLY. The Library pass admits one vehicle holding up to eight people to a Vermont State Park, or Vermont Historic Site for one day. The State Park Pass is good for the day use areas only. Failure to return passes on time may result in a $5 per day late fee, and borrowers who lose or fail to return passes will be charged for the full replacement cost of the pass. You can call the Library in advance to reserve a pass if you want to go on a specific day.
Click here to check out the directory of locations for
Historic Sites, and here for locations of State Parks.
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. Over the summer, we will be reading "Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry" (see above article) for a fall discussion (date TBA) and "poetry swap". In the meantime, 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 

Reading Sun   Reading Sun~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  
Our Children's Summer Reading Program and Summer Program  Schedule
is in the works -  keep your eyes peeled for all the info coming soon! 

Into YA (Young Adult) Books? Then You've GOT to Check Out
Booklandia is a free, bimonthly newsletter that keeps subscribers updated on trends in YA literature through a mix of original feature articles and selected Booklist reviews of notable YA titles, as well as offering informative, entertaining, and often edgy commentary on the YA scene.
Check out their first issue here, and if you like what you see, you can subscribe here, and just select Booklist Booklandia newsletter.

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Click here for the Green Mountain Book Award Master List, for kids in grades 9-12.



Click here for the entire 2013-2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Master List , for children in grades 4-8


 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. 
Found on The Web
In honor of Memorial Day, we recommend American Flag
Books for Soldiers
Books for Soldiers (BFS), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, was started during the Gulf War when, after thousands of men were deployed, they realized they had plenty of downtime when they weren't fighting, since they were restricted to their base due to the travel limitations set by the Saudi government.   
BFS is just a conduit for sending donations directly to soldiers - they have a Message Board with lists of particular requests from troops in the five different military branches. Once you click on the name of a branch, like ARMY,  you will then see a long list of requests. Click on a request and the address will come up along with information about what the troop has requested.  
Since the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has discontinued the "To Any Soldier" program, which was a program where you could address a package "To Any Soldier", you definitely need a name and address for your care package. All packages must be requested  by the troop, and be approved by the DOD, which is the reason this website was built. Everything requested by the troop is per Department of Defense guidelines and will accept requests from any deployed soldier, airman, sailor, Marine, or Coast Guardsman from anywhere in the world who has an APO or FPO address.  
Because of tight security and regulationss, you must register your name, fill-out a Volunteer Application, and then be approved as an Official BFS Volunteer before gaining access to their database of requests. This short process is well worth it to show our appreciation to those who serve and fight for our country.
Please consider donating this Memorial Day at 
Pick of the Week  
A good pick for Memorial Day!
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. 
When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? 
Harrowing and beautifully written, Elizabeth Wein creates a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other. Code Name Verity is an outstanding novel that will stick with you long after the last page.

~ Book jacket 

(This book can be found in the Young Adult section of our Library)
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