Inside Russia Today, with Marina Forbes

Wed. Aug. 12, 7pm
The fall of Soviet Communism in the early 1990s catapulted Russia into a new social order. Marina Forbes establishes a link between Russia’s rich cultural heritage and the lives of Russians today. The “new rich,” the evolving role of women, the revival of the Orthodox Church, humor, family life, entertainment, and the emphasis on consumerism are all examined as she brings personal experience and research to bear in this fascinating look at contemporary Russian life. And, as special guests, Marina will have one student from the Ukraine and another from Russia along with her.

Summer Reading is for Everyone, Ages 3-100


This year's theme, "Every Hero Has a Story",, is for everyone who wants to add bit of fun to their regular summer reading. We have programs, prizes and fun for all ages. Each program emphasizes keeping track of reading, rewards, and a bit of extra fun.

Preschool Children (age 3-5, not reading independently)
Kids and adults read books together and record their reading. For each 10 books read, kids choose a prize. Additional activities are good for even more prizes! July 8 through August 5, there will be Storytime activities on Wed. afternoons at 3:30 to coordinate with the older children's programs.

Grades 1-6(reading independently)
Kids contract for a certain number of titles or minutes read. When they complete their contract, they win our unique t-shirt. In addition, they can win extra prizes for special activities and drawings of book reviews.

Wednesday Programs

June 24, 6pm- Superhero Extravaganza! Costumes encouraged, movies, make a mask, prizes, free ice cream.

July 8, 3:30pm- Design a Superhero! Choose your powers, your story, and make badges, tools/ weapons, and we will post all of our heroes in the Library!

July 15, 3:30pm- Visit from the K-9 Unit from Keene. See real police dogs at work.

July 22, 3:30pm - Robin Hood! Make a hat and a working bow and arrows.

July 29, 3:30pm - Olympic Heroes We will make Olympic medals, and then have Olympic events on the Common.

Aug. 5, 3:30pm - Monkey Superheroes from Asia - a special program from the Mariposa Museum with stories, real artifacts and more!


Teens contract for a certain number of pages. When their goal is reached, they win a prize. For each 100 pages read they get a chance at our $35 gift certificate to the Toadstool Bookshop. Additional activities are also good for raffle tickets. We have two special programs for teens:

July 13-15, 5-8pm - iPad Movie Camp!
On July 13th, 14th, and 15th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM, students in grades 6-12 can sign up to make iPad Movies with Jeremy VanDerKern at the Fitzwilliam Public Library.

During this 3-day iPad Movie Camp, Jeremy will introduce students to storyboarding, scripting, camera techniques, and editing techniques all using the iPad. The Fitzwilliam Library will have plenty of props, costumes, Legos, puppets, and clay on hand! Just bring your ideas!

Space is limited. So, please sign up by emailing or calling 585-6503.

Aug. 14, 6pm Finale Party and Cupcake Wars!. Details to come.


Adults keep track of their reading and get a raffle ticket to the Toadstool Bookshop for every 100 pages read, as well as for completing extra activities.

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

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

Fitzwilliam Film (and Food) Fest "Monsoon Wedding" (India, 2008)

Friday, Aug. 21 at 7:00

Mira Nair directs this charming family drama about a very chaotic Indian wedding. Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) is a wealthy father who is trying to see that his daughter Aditi's wedding goes off without a hitch. Though familiar with Western ways, he has little patience with them and is dead set on seeing the nuptials done properly and traditionally. Disillusioned with her long time relationship with Vikram -- a man who is almost twice her age -- Aditi (Vasundhara Das) suddenly agrees to submit to an arranged marriage with Hemant, an engineer from Houston. Yet as the ceremony nears, she gets cold feet and returns to see her former lover -- even though it could spell disaster for everyone involved. Meanwhile, Aditi's comely 17-year-old cousin Ayesha is coming to terms with her blossoming sexuality and has her sights set on Rahul, another relative who is a college student in Australia. Then there is Rai -- also Aditi's cousin -- who has a shocking revelation to make. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. At Venice, Monsoon Wedding won the prestigious Golden Lion award. Indian Refreshments!

Book Party: "The Children Act" by Ian McEwan

For Adults (Book Party on Mon. Aug. 10, 7pm)
Books available at the Library. Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family division. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.
At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: Adam, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, is refusing for religious reasons the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents echo his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely expressed faith? In the course of reaching a decision, Fiona visits Adam in the hospital—an encounter that stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.

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