Summer Reading Finale- Thurs. Aug 14, 6pm

Prizes and Ice Cream- 7pm Peter Boie, Magician for Non-Believers. Don't miss our great finale to the Summer's fun! We will draw final prizes (including gift certificates to the Toadstool), eat ice cream, and at 7pm Peter Boie, Magician for Non-Believers, will perform on the Common!

Author Visit- Aug 2, 10:30 am

Carole O'Neil, also known as "Trisha Moriarty" is well known as a local resident and is now an author. Come hear her speak about her new memoir telling the story of her mother's affair with the parish priest, not mention other scandalous bits. Free! She will be available to sign books as well. Refreshments!

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.

Summer Reading for all!

Summer Reading Signup starts June 16!
This year, Summer Reading is for everybody. We will have groups for preschool, kids, teens and adults.

Preschool Kids
Our "Reading together" program encourages family reading. Children and parents keep a list of books read together and for each 10 books read, they will get a rabbit to put in Fibonacci's Field. We will have drop-in storytimes with a simple craft on Saturday mornings starting on July 12 at 10:30am.

Elementary Kids
Kids will be exploring Fizz, Boom, READ! with special science experiments featured each week. They can choose to contract for either total minutes of reading or books read. Children who complete their contracts will receive a free Summer Reading T-shirt (thanks to the Friends!). Wednesdays at 3:30 beginning on July 2 we will explore wild and crazy science activities. On Mondays at 3:30 beginning on June 30, we will be showing movies, complete with popcorn.

July 2, 3:30pm- Wednesday Wild Science! Frozen Bubble and Exploding Toothpaste with G. Thomas
July 7, 3:30pm- Monday Movies-The Iron Giant
July 9, 3:30pm- Wednesday Wild Science!Catapults!
July 14, 3:30pm- Monday Movies-Meet the Robinsons
July 15, 3:30pm Book Group- George’s Secret of the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking
July 16, 3:30pm- Wednesday Wild Science! Marshmallow Challenge
July 21, 3:30pm- Monday Movies-Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
July 23, 3:30pm- Wednesday Wild Science! Forensic Science
July 28, 3:30pm- Monday Movies-Flight of the Navigator
July 30, 3:30pm- Wednesday Wild Science! Balloons and Race Cars
Aug. 3, 3:30pm- Monday Movies- Back to the Future
Aug. 6, 3:30pm- Wednesday Wild Science! Marble Fun Run!
Aug. 13- all Summer Reading paperwork due
Aug. 14, 6pm Prizes and Ice Cream
Aug. 14, 7pm- on the common- Peter Boie's Magic Show!

Plus science-related activities and take-home experiments all month!

Teens get to Spark a Reaction, and can contract for a number of pages and completed book reviews get them into a drawing for our cool Summer Reading T-shirts (a special design). July 21-3 iPAD Film-making. Jeremy Vanderkern will be conducting a Digital Filmmaking iPad Workshop at the Fitzwilliam Library for students going into grades 7-12. Young filmmakers will be grouped into production teams to create a storyboard, write a script, film, and edit a short movie all using a new iPad Air. Participation in all three days is required. This is a free workshop, but participants must sign up in advance by emailing or calling 603-585-6503. Be sure to join us on the library lawn the final night from 8:00 to 9:00 PM to watch the films!

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Adults can revel in Literary Elements with a variety of loosely scientific book parties, movies and special programs. Again prizes (special t-shirts and gift certificates from the Toadstool) will be drawn each week for reviews of books, audios, or movies.

Fitzwilliam Film (and Food) Fest

Friday, Aug. 16 at 7:00, Bliss (Turkey, 2010)

When a young woman named Meryem is raped, her village custom requires that she be killed in order for the dishonor to be expunged from her family. A young man named Cemal, the son of the village leader, is given the task but at the last moment he has doubts. The pair go on the run, followed close behind by local thugs intent on killing the girl. Luckily enough, Cemal and Meryem meet up with a charismatic man named Irfan, an ex-university professor who is embarking on a sailing trip, and needs a crew. Seems Irfan is running away too--in his case from a dead marriage and an empty life. Together this unlikely trio set forth on a voyage that will change all of their lives.Turkish Refreshments!

Book Party: "The Circle" by Dave Eggers

For Adults (Book Party on Mon. Aug. 11, 7pm)
Books available at the Library. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. Read more about this book here. This Book Party is Part of our Literary Elements Summer Reading Program.

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