Genealogy Basics for Beginners

Wed., Nov. 1, 6 pm Learn how to research your ancestors online using library and web resources and how to keep track of what you find.

Please fill out a starter family tree (available at the library desk) with any information you know about your family. We will use it as a starting place during the class. Bring your laptop or tablet so we can start researching right away. Or use one of the Library's.) Please sign up in advance.

A second class is scheduled for Dec. 6th, which will included other resources and strategies for finding, verifying, and documenting your search for ancestors.

Chess Club Thursdays in October

Chess Club will meet every Thursday afternoon in October at 3:30. We will offer some instruction, and then have practice time. On October 26 we will have a Tournament with prizes!

Kids Book Groups

Our Book Groups provide a social hour with snacks, talk and games. We emphasize the fun in reading together! Books available at the Library now! Kids can take a bus to the Library with a note.


Meets Fri. Oct. 20 at 6pm

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

Join hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction.

Grades K-1

Meets Tues. Oct. 24, 3:30

Dragon's Halloween
by Dav Pilkey.
Dragon loves spooky Halloweens! But when he buys six small pumpkins that his friends tell him will never be scary, Dragon must come up with creative ways to make this Halloween just perfect.

Grades 2-3

Meets Tues. Nov. 7, 3:30
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Clementine is having not so good of a week.

On Monday she's sent to the principal's office for cutting off Margaret's hair.
Tuesday, Margaret's mother is mad at her.
Wednesday, she's sent to the principal again.
Thursday, Margaret stops speaking to her.
Friday starts with yucky eggs and gets worse.
And by Saturday, even her mother is mad at her.

Okay, fine. Clementine is having a DISASTROUS week.

Grades 4-6

Meets Tues. Nov. 14, 3:30

by Katherine Applegate.
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?

Fall Storytime Begins Sept. 27!

Our 8-week fall session begins on Wed., Sept. 27 at 10:30am and will continue through Nov. l5. Storytime is for preschoolers age 3-5 to begin to develop social skills as they listen together to a few carefully chosen stories and are involved in a related thoughtful craft or activity with Elaine Bieber, our Preschool Librarian. This will help your child be ready for school in a few years time!

Semi-Precious Stones Beading Workshop with Lucy Humphrey

Wed. Oct. 18, 6pm
This time we will be playing with Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Peridot and Tiger Eye. Make a necklace, bracelet, earrings or what you like. Instruction on basic beading techniques. All materials provided. Sutable for teens and adults. Please sign up in advance at the Library.

Book Party: "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande

Nov. 14, 7pm

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.

Through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced. Nursing homes, devoted above all to safety, battle with residents over the food they are allowed to eat and the choices they are allowed to make. Doctors, uncomfortable discussing patients' anxieties about death, fall back on false hopes and treatments that are actually shortening lives instead of improving them.

In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end.

Books available at the Library.

Saturday Coffee Hour

Starts Feb. 7, 10-11am Join your friends and neighbors for a good cup of coffee, goodies, and all of the news!

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Fitzwilliam Film (and Food) Fest "The Big Sick" (US, 2017)

Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:00

Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore.
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

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