Author Talk: Rob Young

Wed. Feb. 7, 7pm
Fitzwilliam's own Rob Young talks about his book, "Catching the Accusers", a true-life detective story asserting that the NFL investigators hid but later accidentally revealed information exonerating the Patriots in "Deflategate." More information about the book is available here.

Kirtan Workshop

Sat., Jan. 27, 10am
With Anahita Kirtan from Peterborough.
As yoga becomes increasingly popular in the United States, the ancient practice of kirtan, or yogic chanting, is gaining interest. The call-and-response format of chanting is a type of yoga in itself and has many of the mind-calming benefits of a yoga class or sitting meditation. For those who find meditation difficult, kirtan, which has varying effects for different people, offers the possibility for the same stillness of mind, without the struggle or striving to concentrate. This practice is one way to focus the mind. By simply repeating mantras or words, you can release your mind from its daily chatter. For some, the practice has a powerful heart-opening effect as well.

Lego Clubs at the Library

We have two Lego clubs at the Library.

On Wed. afternoons at 3:30 we have an open club for all ages old enough to use regular lego bricks without too much help. Each week we have a theme chosen by the group in advance which is then creatively executed in legos. Past themes have included animals, games, Halloween and many others. The sky is the limit. This group will resume on Jan. 3 at 3:30 pm. The club last for one hour and ends at 4:30 sharp.

On most Monday afternoons (not on the Mondays preceding 2nc Tuesdays), we offer Simple Machines. This program is limited to Grade 5 and up. Pre-registration is essential, as we have a limited number of Lego Education kits (kindly provided by the Friends of the Library). The Program constantly builds on earlier projects, so each pair of students will work together through the program. Pleas call to get on our waiting list or for more information. We resume on January 15 at 3:30 pm.

Read to a Dog!

Sat. Feb. 3 - 10am
Come meet Milo and Maya, (trained therapy dogs) and read them a story! They love being read to, and don't care about long words, or pronunciation. They just want to be read to. Recurs on first Mondays.

Bring your beginning reader (child) to the Library, choose a short book to read ( or bring one from home) and read aloud to on of the dogs for about 10 minutes. Fun for you, fun for the dog!

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.


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?

Grades 2-3

Meets Tues. Feb. 6, 3:30
We can't all be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings.
I am a snake. No, not a rattlesnake.One day an oily, filthy, fleshy human child crossed my path. Gunnar thinks I’ll be his adoring pet. He’s wrong. In fact, I am planning my escape. ..

Grades 4-6

Meets Tues. Feb. 13, 3:30

The Honest Truth
by Dan Gemeinheit.
It's never too late for the adventure of a lifetime. In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook. He dreams of climbing a mountain one day.But in one important way, Mark is not like other kids at all.....

Winter Storytime Begins Jan. 3!

Our 8-week winter session begins on Wed., Jan. 3 at 10:30am and will continue through Feb. 21. 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! The program is free - we do ask that you preregister so that we will have sufficient materials on hand.

Book Party: "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann

Feb. 12, 7pm
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization*s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

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!

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

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