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Friday, February 12, 2016

 

Tween Book Group Reads Chains for March 10th


Tween Book Group Reads "Chains" for March 10, 2016
Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains is the chosen title for Page Turners, our book group for tweens in grades 6-8.  Join the group on Thursday, March 10th @ 2:30PM for a snack, discussion and a short activity. Copies of the book are available in both the Teen Area and Young Readers' Room.

About the Book
If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl?

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.
From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

 

Adult Book Discussion Group Reads Inside the O'Briens for March 2nd


Adult Book Discussion Group Reads "Inside the O'Briens" for March 2, 2016
All Booked Up's selection for March is Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova. Join the Wednesday evening group on March 2nd at 6:30PM or the Friday afternoon group on February 4th at 1:30PM.

Copies of the book are available on the Upper Level of the library.


About the Book
Joe O’Brien is a forty-three-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure, and each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

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Tax Season is Upon Us


Tax Season is Upon Us | 2-11-16
Did you know 95% of taxpayers filed their tax returns electronically last tax season? As a result, the Internal Revenue Service is reducing the variety of paper forms offered to agencies like the library.

This year, we expect to receive the following forms and instructions:

Form 1040
Form 1040A
Form 1040EZ
Instruction for Form 1040
Instruction for Form 1040A
Instruction for Form 1040EZ

Additionally, the library expects to receive reference copies of Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals and Publication 1132, Reproducible Copies of Federal Tax Forms and Instructions. Both of these items may only be used in the library.

While some of these products have already arrived, others have not.  Please feel free to call us at 424-4044 to see what’s in.

Other ways to access federal tax forms, publications and instructions include:
  • IRS.gov/Forms (view, download or print) ;
  • IRS.gov/OrderForms (order forms to be mailed to you) ; and 
  • 1-800-829-3676 (find a product or place an order by telephone).
Need help preparing or filing your federal income tax?
  • Free tax preparation assistance is available courtesy of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), AARP Foundations’s Tax Aide and the CASH Coalition.  Visit www.NHTaxHelp.org to schedule an appointment, or dial 2-1-1 for assistance in booking an appointment by phone.
  • Free electronic filing is available through MyFreeTaxes.com to anyone with an income of up to $62,000.
Access State tax forms online:

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Longbourn is the Book of the Month in February


"Longbourn" is the Book of the Month in February 2016
Longbourn by Jo Baker is our featured novel in February. Copies are available in the "New" room on the upper level of the library.

About the Book
If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she’d most likely be a sight more careful with them.
 
In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs. When a mysterious new footman arrives, the orderly realm of the servants’ hall threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. 


Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Jane Austen’s classic—into the often overlooked domain of the stern housekeeper and the starry-eyed kitchen maid, into the gritty daily particulars faced by the lower classes in Regency England during the Napoleonic Wars—and, in doing so, creates a vivid, fascinating, fully realized world that is wholly her own. 

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2016 Holiday and Other Closings


The library will be closed on the following days in 2016: 

January 1st, Friday, New Year's Day - Closed

April 12th, Tuesday, National Library Workers Day - Closed

May 28th, Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend - Closed

May 31st, Tuesday, Memorial Day Holiday - Close

July 2nd - August 27th, Library Closed on Saturdays

July 5th, Tuesday, Fourth of July Holiday - Closed

September 3rd, Labor Day Holiday Weekend - Closed

September 6th, Tuesday, Labor Day Holiday - Closed

September TBA, Staff Development- Closed

November 23rd, Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve - Closed at 5:00PM

November 24-26, Thursday-Saturday, Thanksgiving Holiday - Closed

December 24-27, Saturday-Tuesday, Christmas Holiday - Closed

Story Time Cancellations:
Story Time is cancelled whenever school is closed in Litchfield. 

Winter Weather:
Watch WMUR (channel 9) for winter weather closings.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

 

This Week @ Your Library...


This Week @ Your Library... 2-9-16
Tuesday
Preschool Story Time @ 10:30AM
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

Wednesday
High School Role-Playing Game Night from 6:00-8:00PM
Join the group on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Thursday
Tween Book Group @ 2:30PM
Page Turners in grades 6-8 meet for a snack, a discussion of West of the Moon by Margi Preus, and a quick activity.

Kid's Drop-In Tabletop Game Night @ 6:00PM
You may drop-off** kids age 8-13 or stay and play with them! Led by Nick Ozmore, the tabletop game group meets the 2nd Thursday of each month and involves a wide selection of games on rotation. **Note: For children under 10 years of age, a parent or caregiver age 14 or older must remain in the building.

Drop-in Knitting Group from 6:00-8:00PM
If your hobby is knitting crocheting, cross-stitch or any other kind of stitching, bring your project to the library and stitch with our group!  Perfect for all skill levels--even beginners.  Unraveled meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Friday
Infant Story Time @ 10:30AM
Book Babies is a lap-sit program for infants (newborn to 18 months) and their caregivers.  This 20 minute program includes simple board books, rhymes and songs.

Toddler Story Time @ 11:30AM
Tiny Tales is a lap-sit program for toddlers (ages 18-35 months) and their caregivers, bridging Book Babies and Preschool Story Time. 

Check Out What Our Book Groups are Reading!
All Booked Up, AM & PM: TBA
Book of the Month Club: TBA
Book Bunch: A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck 
Page Turners: West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Monday, February 08, 2016

 

Board of Trustees Meeting Canceled Tonight

Due to weather, tonight's meeting of the Library Board of Trustees has been canceled. 

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Monday, February 01, 2016

 

This Week @ Your Library...


This Week @ Your Library... 2-2-16Tuesday
Drop-in Knitting Group from 10:00PM-Noon
If your hobby is knitting crocheting, cross-stitch or any other kind of stitching, bring your project to the library and stitch with our group!  Perfect for all skill levels--even beginners.  In Stitches meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month

Preschool Story Time @ 10:30AM
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

Wednesday
Preschool Story Time @ 12:30PM
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

Adult Book Group @ 6:30PM
Join All Booked Up as they discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Friday
Infant Story Time @ 10:30AM
Book Babies is a lap-sit program for infants (newborn to 18 months) and their caregivers.  This 20 minute program includes simple board books, rhymes and songs.

Toddler Story Time @ 11:30AM
Tiny Tales is a lap-sit program for toddlers (ages 18-35 months) and their caregivers, bridging Book Babies and Preschool Story Time. 

Adult Book 2 Group @ 1:30PM
Join All Booked Up as they discuss A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.

Check Out What Our Book Groups are Reading!
All Booked Up, AM & PM: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Book of the Month Club: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Book Bunch: A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck 
Page Turners: West of the Moon by Margi Preus

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 

Local Author/Illustrator Visits Story Time


Local Author/Illustrator Visits Story Time
Local author/illustrator John "Jack" Curtin, Jr. stopped by Preschool Story Time to share his first picture book.

Co-authored with his father, Rhio Saves the Big Day is a story about Rhio the Rhinoceros and his adventures with his animal friends.

About the Book
Rhio is a lovable rhinoceros, who along with his three best friends: Liam the Lion, Joey the Bear, and Carrot the Rabbit, go from one fun-filled adventure to another. Rhio is always eager to help, but sometimes winds up contributing to the problem. (From Amazon.com)

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Monday, January 25, 2016

 

Kid's Book Group Reads A Long Way From Chicago for February 17th


Kid's Book Group Reads "A Long Way From Chicago" for February 17, 2016
Join the Book Bunch for their February 17th meeting at 4:00PM! The group discusses Richard Peck's novel A Long Way From Chicago, followed by a fun activity.  Books are available in the Young Readers' Room.

About the Book
Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alice—two city slickers from Chicago—visit Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it's far from sleepy...and Grandma is far from your typical grandmother. From seeing their first corpse (and he isn't resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry—all in one day—Joey and Mary Alice have nine summers they'll never forget!

Other Books in the Series
A Year Down Yonder
A Season of Gifts

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Tween Book Group Reads West of the Moon for February


Tween Book Group Reads "West of the Moon" for February 11, 2016
West of the Moon by Margi Preus is the title of choice for the Page Turner's February 11th meeting @ 2:30PM.  Copies of the book can be found in both the Teen Area and the Young Readers' Room of the library.

About the Book
In West of the Moon, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Margi Preus expertly weaves original fiction with myth and folktale to tell the story of Astri, a young Norwegian girl desperate to join her father in America.

After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic hairbrush, they set off for America. With a mysterious companion in tow and the malevolent “goatman” in pursuit, the girls head over the Norwegian mountains, through field and forest, and in and out of folktales and dreams as they steadily make their way east of the sun and west of the moon.

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