Holiday Cookie Swap

Wed. Dec. 13, 6pm
Join "Stitch 'n B'" for a holiday celebration. Bring a plate of cookies to share, or just come and eat one or two. Fun for all!

Gingerbread Houses!

Dec. 9, 10am
Programs for preschoolers (gingerbread men), grade-schoolers, and teens. Advance signup is essential by Thursday, Dec. 7. All materials supplied.

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.

Grades 4-6

Meets Tues. Dec. 12, 3:30

A Night Divided
by Jennifer Nielsen.
With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided. She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. Her father and middle brother, who had gone west in search of work, cannot return home.

But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform on the western side, pantomiming a peculiar dance. Then, when she receives a mysterious drawing, Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall, out of East Berlin. However, if they are caught, the consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?

Grades 2-3

Meets Tues. Jan. 2, 3:30
Babymouse: Queen of the Wold by Jennifer & Matthew Holm
Meet Babymouse—Her dreams are big! Her imagination is wild! Her whiskers are ALWAYS a mess! In her mind, she's Queen of the World! In real life…she's not even Queen of the lunch table.



Teens

Fri. Jan. 19 at 6pm

The Ear, the Eye and the Arm"
by Nancy Farmer

The year is 2174. The place is Zimbabwe, Africa. Three adventurous children escape their parents' heavily guarded mansion to explore the dangerous world outside. They soon learn how dangerous it really is. Tendai, the oldest boy, is their leader, although he worries about being brave enough. Rita, his sister, is an expert at starting fights. Kuda, his little brother, is willing to try anything. They are quickly enslaved in a plastic mine ruled by the terrifying She Elephant and her army of vlei people. Vlei people have been living in the dump so long they look like piles of trash. The children flee them to find new perils. They are pursued by the Ear, the Eye and the Arm, detectives hired by the children's parents, who always seem to arrive too late. The worst danger of all lies at the top of the Mile High MacIlwaine, a hotel so tall that it sways like a tree in the wind. For up there are not merely humans, but spirits whose aim is to devour the souls of Zimbabwe.

Grades K-1

Meets Tues. Jan. 23, 3:30

Diary of a Worm: Nat the Gnat.

Worm is thrilled when it's his turn to take care of the class pet, Nat the Gnat. But everything goes wrong when he leaves the lid of Nat's tank open. Can Worm make sure the class pet returns safe and sound before Mrs. Mulch finds out?

Holiday Storytime Begins Dec. 6!

Our 3-week fall session begins on Wed., Dec. 6 at 10:30am and will continue through Dec. 20. 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

POSTPONED TO WED NOV 29, 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: "Beartown" by Frederik Backman

Dec, 11, 7pm

By the author of "A Man Called Ove"

People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
Books available at the Library.

Jan. 8, 7pm

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

A New York Times Notable Book

"A stunning debut novel." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel (“A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit.” –The Guardian), shortlisted for the prestigious Women's Prize for Fiction and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage--and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage--after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures--Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time--until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin's second wife. Furious, shocked, and livid with jealousy, Yejide knows the only way to save her marriage is to get pregnant. Which, finally, she does--but at a cost far greater than she could have dared to imagine. An electrifying novel of enormous emotional power, Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family.

Limited copies available.

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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The Fitzwilliam Town Library supports the needs and interests of our community by offering information, experiences and ideas in creative ways.

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