Hot New Books
- The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
- Leaving Berlin, by Joseph Kanon
- The African Equation, by Yasmina Khadra
- Endangered, by C.J. Box
- A Dangerous Place, by Jacqueline Winspear
- All the Old Knives, by Olen Steinhauer
- Mambo in Chinatown, by Jean Kwok
- Dead Wake, by Erik Larson
- The Teenage Brain, by Frances Jensen
New Popular DVDs
- Open Sesame, the Story of Seeds
- Outlander, Season One
- Olive Kittredge
- The Theory of Everything
Hot New Children's Books
- Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, by Kate Messner
- Findus Disappears! by Sven Nordqvist
- Nightbird, by Alice Hoffman
- Beneath the SUn, by Melissa Stewart
- The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, by Teresa Anne Power
- Wolfie the Bunny, by Ame Dyckman
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Craftsbury Literacy Fair Saturday, November 14
The inaugural Craftsbury Literacy Fair will be held on Saturday, November 14, at the Craftsbury Public Library. The fair will feature activities that support the six early literacy skills: letter recognition, vocabulary, phonological awareness, narrative skills, print awareness, and print motivation. Stations will be set up to provide fun activities that support each skill, as well as information for parents, grandparents, and caregivers on how to help children develop these skills.
Activities will include making books, dramatic play, letter crafts, and finger plays. Special events throughout the day will include a puppet show, guest readers, and music for young children. There will be a free book for every child who comes to the Literacy Fair, and special gifts for home childcare providers.
The Craftsbury Literacy Fair grew out of the information and trainings provided by the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative, a collaborative project of the Vermont Department of Libraries and Mother Goose Programs. Librarians Jen McKenzie and Susan O'Connell have received training on infant and childhood development and ways to incorporate literacy activities into story hours as well as daily routines. The Craftsbury Literacy Fair is one opportunity to share these ideas and information with the wider community.
The fair will run from 1:00-4:00PM and families can drop in at any time and stay for as long as is convenient. The ideas presented at the fair will be most appropriate for young children, but everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact the library at 586-9683.
Nothing Saved Us Book Discussion and Author Visit
The Craftsbury Public Library is hosting a two-session reading group discussion of the book, Nothing Saved Us, by Jeffersonville poet Tamra Higgins, culminating in reading and conversation led by the author.
Nothing Saved Us is an accessible collection of narrative poems describing an American farm boy's experience of going to war in episodes that chronicle his training and deployment through his injuries and homecoming. The poems are the result of Higgins' interviews with her father, Wayne L. Case, Marine Corps, Private First Class about his tour of duty on the front lines in the Korean War. In the second half of the book, Higgins' poems document a Korean wife and mother's experience of the war in her country. The full text of Nothing Saved Us includes a spectrum of supplemental materials including black-and-white photographs (drawn from both her family's collection and the Associated Press), a glossary of terms, an extensive reference section for further reading, a generously orienting preface and historical endnotes. Higgins also provides an introduction to the sijo, a traditional Korean form of poetry that could be seen as an elaborate cousin to the better-known haiku.
As local writer Julia Shipley noted in her Seven Days review of Nothing Saved Us, "Giving voice to the opposing perspectives of citizens from two countries, with this slender, ambitious volume Higgins begins another form of armistice."
The library has a dozen copies of Nothing Saved Us which are available for loan. The discussion groups will be held at the Craftsbury Public Library on Wednesday November 4th and on Veteran's Day November 11th from 5-6pm and will be led respectively by Ned Houston, Sterling College Distinguished Professor and Neil Ulman, retired Wall Street Journal reporter.
As part of the Craftsbury Library's Legacy Reading Series, poet Tamra Higgins will offer a reading and speak about her book, Nothing Saved Us at the Craftsbury Library on November 18th from 5-6pm.
Homeschool Maker Programs
The Craftsbury Public Library will offer a monthly homeschool class on Wednesday mornings. The fall session of classes will focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills. Programs are designed for those aged 10 and up, or aged 6-10 with parental assistance. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested and limited to 15 participants.
September 23- Squishy Circuits Build playful and colorful sculptures using conductive play dough. Using LEDs and batteries you'll learn to build parallel and series circuits and then use these patterns to build unique sculptures that light up!
October 21- E-textiles Sew LEDS into fabric and build simple circuits sewing with conductive thread. You'll learn basic circuit design, explore the aesthetics of circuits, and be introduced to the possibilities of embedding computational and electronic elements into wearables, architecture, and home. You could even light up your Halloween costume.
November 18 Toy Hacking Starting with used electronic toys, toy hackers carefully examine then safely take the toys apart to learn how they work. Participants explore both the simplicity and complexity of these toys and their unique circuits and are shown how to identify inputs, outputs and power. We’ll experiment with circuit bending and reverse engineering while we reimagine and reinvent the toys with materials on hand.
December 16 E-origami Did you know you can build circuits with paper and conductive tape? Turn a paper fold into a switch? E-papercrafting is an accessible way to build circuits that add to paper projects of all kinds. Each participant can go home with a light up ornament.
Library Nationally Recognized As America's Star Libraries
The Craftsbury Public Library is one of 3 libraries in the state
to be given the rank of Five Star Library. The November 2011 issue
of Library Journal features an article on the new Index of Public
The LJ Index rates U.S. public libraries with total expenditures of $10,000 or more which serve populations of at least 1000. Ratings are based on four per-capita service indicators:
- library visits
- program attendance
- public Internet computer use