Events for Kids in December

Tues. Dec. 2, 3:45pm Jr. Book Group- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Snacks, skits and fun. Books are available at the Library.

Tues. Dec. 9, 3:45pm Holiday Crafts for Grades 4 and up. Make an outrageous beaded ornament.

Sat. Dec. 13, 9:30am Gingerbread Houses and Men- K-2 and Grades 3-6 Frosting, cookies and candy! Please register at 585-6503 or

Tues. Dec. 16, 3:45pm Movie Day Train Your Dragon 2 Popcorn! All ages.

Tues. Dec. 30, 3:00pm New Year's Eve's Eve Fun! Bubbly, crafts, games and a SURPRISE activity....

Special for Teens: Advanced Gingerbread Houses

Wed. Dec. 10, 6pm
A special opportunity to make something special for the holidays. Grade 7 and up. Preregistration is required.

Make a traditional colonial style Holiday Centerpiece.

Sat. Dec. 6, 10 am
Eileen McHugh will show us how to make one of this amazing pieces to decorate your house. You just need to bring fruit- the frame, greens and charger will be provided. Places are limited, so call the Library at 585-6503 to reserve your space. Thank you to Eileen and the Friends for making this special program possible!

Reading to Dogs

Wed. afternoons at 3:45,
Children of all ages are invited to come to the Library and read to "Maya", a trained therapy dog.

Man's best friend can do a lot more than fetch and roll over. Research now suggests that dogs can actually help children learn to read.

For young kids, one of the big challenges in learning to read is the embarrassment of making mistakes. Reading to dogs provides a simple solution -- a non-judgmental, comforting furry friend who "listens" and takes the pressure off a child as he stumbles.

Studies have begun to show conclusively that children who read to an audience perform much better when the audience is a dog as opposed to an adult human or a group of human peers. The theory is that because the dog (usually a trained therapy dog) is attentive and nonjudgmental, the child feels more comfortable working through any difficulties sounding out the words or assembling the sentences conceptually knowing the dog won’t mock or laugh, but only support.

For children who are beginning to read, or are a little behind developmentally, or suffer from dyslexia, autism, or learning disabilities, an environment with a friendly companion like a professional therapy dog (or even a well-trained family pet) can create a safe atmosphere where they can work out their difficulties but not feel trivialized by classroom peers or fear disapproval of adult authority figures.

Mission Statement

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

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on March 3, 2014

Weather advisory- If the schools are closed, it is the Library's policy to close as well.

Fitzwilliam Film (and Food) Fest "Story of the Weeping Camel" (Mongolia, 2005)

Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:00

This breathtaking blend of documentary and fiction filmmaking provides an unobtrusive glimpse into the relationships, rituals, and livelihood of a four-generation family of nomadic shepherds in the Gobi desert of South Mongolia. It is birthing season for the family’s herd of camels and after several healthy foals are born, the last birth is difficult. With quiet perseverance, the family helps to deliver a rare white colt, which the mother camel quickly rejects and refuses to nurse. With growing concern for the colt’s survival, the family decides to employ a nomadic singing ritual to coax the mother into nurturing her young. They send the two eldest sons on a journey to the nearest village to fetch a musician for the "hoos ritual." The story unfolds gently, sensitive to the rhythms of desert life while honoring its real-life actors. Central Asian Refreshments! and Suitable for the whole family!

Book Party: "Can't we Talk about Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast

For Adults (Book Party on Mon. Dec. 8, 7pm)
Books available at the Library. In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet”—with predictable results—the tools that had served Roz well through her parents’ seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller. Read the New York Times' review of this book here. Refreshments!

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