Tuesday, December 16, 2014

 

3rd Annual Polar Express was both Holly and Jolly!

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From bottom left: Santa with Hope, Jingle, Holly, Peppermint and Snowball.
On December 9th and 11th, the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library partnered with the Litchfield Lion’s Club to present the 3rd Annual Polar Express.  

More than 120 children attended these magical story times, in which they were greeted by a train conductor, had their tickets punched, and enjoyed a cup of hot cocoa with their cookies.  

And of course the reading wouldn’t have been complete without a visit from Santa and some of his elves!

See more great photos here!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

 

Page Turners Read Shadow Horse for January 8th


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January's selection for Page Turners is Alison Hart's Shadow Horse. The 6th-8th grade book discussion group meets up on Thursday, January 8th at 2:30PM.  For extra convenience, participants may ride bus # 3 from LMS to the library.

Copies of the book are available in both the Teen Area and Young Readers' Room.

About the Book
Thirteen-year-old Jasmine is found guilty of assaulting Hugh Robicheaux, the owner of the horse farm where she works. But she's still determined to prove that Robicheaux killed Whirlwind, the mare she loved. Jas is sure that Shadow Horse, a scrawny brown gelding she rescues at a horse auction, is the key to the mystery—but just how is Shadow Horse connected to Whirlwind?

Deftly written by a teacher and equestrian who has authored more than sixty books, this heartwarming and inspiring Edgar Award nominee will have special appeal for mystery fans as well as young horse lovers.

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This Week @ Your Library...


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Annual Holiday Gingerbread Contest Winners Announced Tuesday Evening
Stop in to see the entries and find out who won!

Kid's Make 'n Take Craft, all week
Bring your kids to the Young Readers' Room to make Peppermint Pine Cones to add to your home holiday decor.

Drop-In Knitting Group on Tuesday from 10:00-Noon
If your hobby is knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or any other kind of stitching, bring you project to the library and stitch with our group! Perfect for all skill levels. InStitches meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursdays of each month.
 
Preschool Story Time on Tuesday @ 10:30AM or Wednesday @ 12:30PM 
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

Dungeons & Dragons Group 2 on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM
This multi-age group meets every other week.  For more information, call Kerri at 424-4044.

Book Bunch on Wednesday @ 4:00PM
Kids in grades 3-5 join Miss Carrie-Anne for a discussion of The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements followed by a short activity.

Book Babies on Friday @ 10:30AM
Book Babies is a lap-sit program for babies (newborn to 18 months) and their caregivers.  The 20 minute program includes simple board books, rhymes and songs.  Contact Miss Carrie-Anne to register.  Walk-ins also welcome.

Tiny Tales on Friday @ 11:30AM
Tiny Tales is a lap-sit story time for toddlers (ages 18-35 months) and their caregivers, bridging Book Babies and Preschool Story Time. Contact Miss Carrie-Anne to register.  Walk-ins also welcome. 


Currently Available Book Group Titles
All Booked Up:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

History Buffs:  Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan
Book of the Month: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler
Book Bunch:  
The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements (This Wednesday)
Page Turners:  Shadow Horse by Alison Hart
Readers of the Round Table:
Odin's Ravens by K. L. Armstrong

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Monday, December 08, 2014

 

Movie Night @ Your Library!


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Join us for this Irving Berlin classic on Wednesday, December 10th at 7:00PM.

About the Movie
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in the sensational musical comedy Holiday Inn.
 
Crosby plays a song and dance man who leaves showbiz to run an inn that is open only on holidays. Astaire plays his former partner and rival in love. Follow the two talented pals as they find themselves competing for the affections of the same lovely lady (Marjorie Reynolds).  

'Tis the season for one of the most enjoyable films of all time!

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All Booked Up Reads The Ocean at the End of the Lane for January


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is the chosen novel for All Booked Up's next meeting on January 7th at 6:30. Copies of the book are available on the upper level of the library.

About the Book
The work follows an unnamed man who returns to his hometown for a funeral and remembers events that began forty years earlier. (AS Byatt, Guardian, 7-3-13) A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, this bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...

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This Week @ Your Library...


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Annual Holiday Gingerbread Contest Drop-Off, all week
Drop your creations off this week!  Winners to be announced next Tuesday.

Preschool Story Time on Tuesday @ 10:30AM or Wednesday @ 12:30PM 
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

Polar Express on Tuesday and Thursday
Just a reminder for those of you who have registered for one of the four scheduled sessions.

Dungeons & Dragons Group 1 on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM
This multi-age group meets every other week.  For more information, call Kerri at 424-4044.

Movie Night on Wednesday @ 7:00PM
Watch the Christmas classic Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire sing and dance their way into your heart in this sensational musical comedy that was nominated for 3 Academy Awards. 

Tween Book Discussion on Thursday @ 2:30PM
Page Turners in grades 6-8 discuss The Sherlock Files: The 100 Year Old Secret by Tracy Barrett along with a snack and short activity. 

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

Book Babies on Friday @ 10:30AM
Book Babies is a lap-sit program for babies (newborn to 18 months) and their caregivers.  The 20 minute program includes simple board books, rhymes and songs.  Contact Miss Carrie-Anne to register.  Walk-ins also welcome.

Tiny Tales on Friday @ 11:30AM
Tiny Tales is a lap-sit story time for toddlers (ages 18-35 months) and their caregivers, bridging Book Babies and Preschool Story Time. Contact Miss Carrie-Anne to register.  Walk-ins also welcome. 


Currently Available Book Group Titles
All Booked Up:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

History Buffs:  Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan
Book of the Month: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler
Book Bunch:  
The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
Page Turners:  The Sherlock Files: The 100 Year Old Secret by Tracy Barrett (This Thursday)
Readers of the Round Table:
Odin's Ravens by K. L. Armstrong

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

 

Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop is December's Book of the Month


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Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop, edited by Otto Penzler, is our featured title for December. Copies of this star reviewed novel are available in the "New Room" on the upper level of the library.

About the Book
Even readers who have never visited either location of Penzler's legendary Manhattan bookstore should enjoy these 17 short stories, each of which was originally published as a stand-alone pamphlet and given to faithful Mysterious Bookshop customers. The anthology's best tale, Lawrence Block's "As Dark as Christmas Gets," features the author's hilarious versions of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, eccentric rare fish collector Leo Haig and his leg man, Chip Harrison, who look into the disappearance of an unpublished Cornell Woolrich manuscript. While the many inside jokes will go over the heads of some, all will appreciate such tongue-in-cheek touches as a customer in Ed McBain's "I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus" needing reassurance that Janet Evanovich is not yet another Evan Hunter pseudonym. Other contributors include Donald E. Westlake, Mary Higgins Clark, Anne Perry, Thomas H. Cook, and S.J. Rozan. (Publishers Weekly) 

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

 

This Week @ Your Library...


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Annual Holiday Gingerbread Contest Preparations
Creation drop-off is next week!  Do you know what you're making?

Drop-In Knitting Group on Tuesday from 10:00-Noon
If your hobby is knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or any other kind of stitching, bring you project to the library and stitch with our group! Perfect for all skill levels. In Stitches meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesdays of each month.

Preschool Story Time on Tuesday @ 10:30AM or Wednesday @ 12:30PM
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

Dungeons & Dragons Group 2 on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM
This multi-age group meets every other week.  For more information, call Kerri at 424-4044.

Adult Book Discussion on Wednesday @ 6:30PM
All Booked Up discusses March by Geraldine Brooks. New members are always welcome!

Book Babies on Friday @ 10:30AM
Book Babies is a lap-sit program for babies (newborn to 18 months) and their caregivers.  The 20 minute program includes simple board books, rhymes and songs.  Contact Miss Carrie-Anne to register.  Walk-ins also welcome.

Tiny Tales on Friday @ 11:30AM
Tiny Tales is a lap-sit story time for toddlers (ages 18-35 months) and their caregivers, bridging Book Babies and Preschool Story Time. Contact Miss Carrie-Anne to register.  Walk-ins also welcome. 


Currently Available Book Group Titles
All Booked Up:  March by Geraldine Brooks
(This Week)
History Buffs:  Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan
Book of the Month: Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop edited by Otto Penzler
Book Bunch:  
The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
Page Turners:  The Sherlock Files: The 100 Year Old Secret by Tracy Barrett
Readers of the Round Table:
Odin's Ravens by K. L. Armstrong

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

History Buffs Read Paris 1919 for December


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Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World by Margaret Macmillan is the discussion book for the December 23rd meeting of History Buffs.  This adult book discussion group meets at 10:30AM on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

About the Book
For six months in 1919, after the end of “the war to end all wars,” the Big Three—President Woodrow Wilson, British prime minister David Lloyd George, and French premier Georges Clemenceau—met in Paris to shape a lasting peace. In this landmark work of narrative history, Margaret MacMillan gives a dramatic and intimate view of those fateful days, which saw new political entities—Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Palestine, among them—born out of the ruins of bankrupt empires, and the borders of the modern world redrawn.

National Bestseller
New York Times Editors’ Choice
Winner of the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize
Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize
Silver Medalist for the Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council on Foreign Relations
Finalist for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

Readers of the Round Table Read Odin's Ravens for December


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The Readers of the Round Table, a high school book discussion group, read Odin's Ravens by K. L. Armstrong for their December 23rd gathering at 4:15PM.

Copies of the book are available in the Teen Area on the upper level of the library. 

Need a ride? Campbell High School students can take the late bus from school to the library.

About the Book
Seven kids, Thor's hammer, and a whole lot of Valkyries are the only things standing against the end of the world.

When thirteen-year-old Matt Thorsen, a modern day descendant of the Norse god Thor, was chosen to represent Thor in an epic battle to prevent the apocalypse he thought he knew how things would play out. Gather the descendants standing in for gods like Loki and Odin, defeat a giant serpent, and save the world. No problem, right?

But the descendants' journey grinds to a halt when their friend and descendant Baldwin is poisoned and killed and Matt, Fen, and Laurie must travel to the Underworld in the hopes of saving him. But that's only their first stop on their journey to reunite the challengers, find Thor's hammer, and stop the apocalypse--a journey filled with enough tooth-and-nail battles and larger-than-life monsters to make Matt a legend in his own right.

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Book Bunch Reads The Last Holiday Concert for December


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Book Bunchers in grades 3-5 read The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements for their December 17th gathering at 4:00.  The book discussion will be followed by a short activity. Books are available in the Young Readers' Room on the lower level of the library.

About the Book
It didn't sound like much, but it was a big idea. A very big idea.

It all started when Hart Evans zinged a rubber band that hit Mr. Meinert, the chorus director. Actually, it started before that, when Mr. Meinert learned he was out of a job because the town budget couldn't afford music and art teachers. Mr. Meinert got so mad at Hart that he told the sixth graders he'd had it -- they could produce the big holiday concert on their own. Or not. It was all up to them.

What happens when a teacher steps aside and lets the kids run the show? Not what Mr. Meinert would have predicted. And not what Hart Evans would have guessed, not at all.

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