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July 2017 newsletter

posted Jul 9, 2017, 11:59 AM by Cutler Memorial Library   [ updated Jul 9, 2017, 12:05 PM ]


The Vermont Arts Bus! Sunday August 6th 2-4 pm 

The Arts Bus brings art-making fun and STEAM* enrichment for all ages, from preschool-aged all the way to old-aged (and all the age groups in-between)! FREE for the whole family.
Teens: you'll have your own space inside the library, so bring your parents AND your younger siblings.  

*Science, Technology, Engineering, THE ARTS and Math will be woven into a special afternoon of creative exploration and visual play.

Special thanks to the Paul Post Fund and the Friends of the Library
The Healthcare Movie, Sunday August 13th from 6-8 pm 
at the Town Hall Opera House


The Cutler Memorial Library will be hosting "The Healthcare Movie" at the Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, and Dr. Marvin Malek with the Vermont  Physicians For A National Health Program will speak and answer audience questions on Improved Medicare For All, a.k.a., Single-payer Healthcare. This film is made available to the public by the Vermont League of Women Voters, was produced independently by filmmakers Terry Sterrenberg & Laurie Simons, and is narrated by Keifer Sutherland. We'll collect donations at the door towards the cost of the building's upkeep, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
 
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June 2017 newsletter

posted Jul 9, 2017, 11:58 AM by Cutler Memorial Library

CORRECTED VERSION

SUNDAY! Monthly TED Talk Salon
Classic Book Club (Robert Frost, rescheduled) 
Watching Birds with Barry Wyman & Karen Starr 
Audiobook Discussions & "how-to" help

save the August dates:
The Healthcare Movie  (Town Hall Opera House) 
"Grow Your Own" Conversation Series
Every Week:
"Read to Me & Creativity" for kids K-3rd grade
Summer Story Time for Tots! starts next week
Tuesday Night Knitting Group (except 1st Tues.)
Summer Volunteers sought for Friday, Sunday

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Check it OUT! our June 2017 newsletter

We've got some exciting programs scheduled for you this summer! Here's our summer line-up, and some related news. Under each of the images, each blue button links to a (very) short article with more information or a related web link. Your feedback, as always, is welcome: info@cutlerlibrary.org  

See you at the library!          

TED Talk Salon
An informal viewing and get-together; light refreshments,
 deep ideas discussed!

Every 1st Sunday
6:30 pm
WHAT IS A TED TALK?
Audiobook Discussion Group 
A bookclub for
"book listeners!" 
Discussing The Wonderby Emma Donoghue
Friday June 9th 7-8 pm
REVISED SCHEDULE & BOOK LIST
Story Time for Tots!

We love to read to your children. For little ones, infant through pre-K age.
Every Thursday  starting June 8th
10:30-11 am
TIPS FOR PARENTS OF PRESCHOOLERS
The Healthcare Movie
AT THE TOWN HALL OPERA HOUSE
An independent film provided by the Vermont League of Women Voters & hosted by the Cutler Memorial Library with discussion facilitated by Dr. Marvin Malek.
Sunday, August 13th 6-8 pm
MORE ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE MOVIE
rescheduled!NORTH OF BOSTON
by Robert Frost, Classic Book Club Monday June 5th 6 pm
INFO ABOUT THE CLASSIC BOOK CLUB
Learn how to  DOWNLOAD
Library material!
It's easy to learn and it's FREE so if you like audiobooks or use an e-reader, try it out!
INTRO TO DIGITAL DOWNLOADING
"Read to me" & Creativity
For kids that are reading on their own, but still love reading with a grown-up.
Paired with a low-key craft activity before regular opening time all summer!
Sundays, 1-2 pm
BUILD A BETTER WORLD SUMMER SUNDAY THEMES
Save the dates!
Come at the tail-end of Farmer's Market for a series of localvore-inspired conversations with farmers, foodies and food producers

Fridays in August, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF THE "GROW YOUR OWN" CONVERSATION SERIES
Watching Birds
an introduction & discussion with Barry Wyman & Karen Starr
Sunday June 11th 2:30-4 pm
MORE ABOUT WATCHING BIRDS
Summer Volunteers Sought
Can you help staff the desk this summer? We hope to do story time outreach at the Farmer's Market on some Fridays.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY AS A VOLUNTEER
Tuesday Night Knitting

A small but dedicated group of knitters invite you to share you projects, questions and enthusiasm for the fiber arts!
All levels encouraged.
 
Except for 1st Tuesdays
Tuesdays 6:30-8 pm
Congratulations & THANK YOU! to Friends of the Library
To everyone who helped out, donated books or plants, bought items: this year's sale was a tremendous success!We REALLY couldn't do all that we do for Plainfield's library users without (more than a little) help from our Friends. 
Thanks, also to Rich and Tim Phillips for restoring our sandwichboard sign!
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Spring 2017 newsletter

posted Jul 9, 2017, 11:57 AM by Cutler Memorial Library

SUNDAY! Vermont Haiti Project /
Classic Book Club (Robert Frost) /
Climate Change Talk /
TOMORROW! Tree Planting Project invites volunteers / 
Science Fiction on the new books shelf /
Plant & Book Sale /
Ted Talk Salon /
Trustees seek new member /
Audiobook Club forming /
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Check it OUT! our Spring 2017 newsletter

Here's our spring line-up of events, and some recommended new books, "at-a-glance" style. Under each of the images, each blue button links to a (very) short article with more information or a related web link. Your feedback, as always, is welcome: info@cutlerlibrary.org  

See you at the library!          

The Vermont Haiti Project
Photos & discussion with local carpenter & photographer Elaine Parker
Sunday, April 30th 6:30 pm
WHAT IS THE VERMONT HAITI PROJECT?
CORRECTED TIME: 3:30-6:30 PM

TEENS
(and adults, too)
WANTED
FOR TREE PLANTING

at the Plainfield
Rec Field
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 3:30 PM DETAILS HERE
TED TALK SALON
Every 1st Sunday at 6:30 pm
An informal viewing and get-together; bring your suggested topics & a snack to share!
WHAT IS A TED TALK?
NORTH OF BOSTON
by Robert Frost, Classic Book Club  Monday May 1st 6 pm
DETAILS ABOUT 5/1 CLASSIC BOOK CLUB MEETING
NEW SCIENCE FICTION
More people are reading science fiction. So we've bought more science fiction.
WHAT'S NEW ON THE NEW SCI-FI SHELF?


Our board has an open seat!
 
Send an introductory letter to info@cutlerlibrary.org and/or attend the next meeting, Wednesday May 17th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CML BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Local Flood Hazards Increase as Arctic Warms:
a presentation by Plainfield Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Cerulli Billingsley
Fri. May 5th 6:30 pm
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE TALK
PLANT & BOOK SALE, FRI 5/19 & SAT 5/20
Accepting book donations through Sunday 5/14 & will start accepting (labeled, potted) plants Wed. 5/17 & Thurs. 5/18 behind the library!
DOWNLOAD & PRINT THE POSTER!

NEW CLUB FORMING
Let's get together monthly and talk about fiction and nonfiction audiobooks! What night works best for you? info@cutlerlibrary.org
CLICK HERE TO BROWSE DIGITAL LIBRARY AUDIOBOOKS
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April 2017 newsletter

posted Jul 9, 2017, 11:56 AM by Cutler Memorial Library

Coming up 4/5/17, Wednesday! Carbon Tax film & discussion, 
Wednesday (gather at 6:45 pm) or stream from home*
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Check it OUT! our April 2017 newsletter

We're trying something new. Under each of the book cover images below, the blue buttons link a (very) short article expanding on the headline topics related to each book. The books and where you'll find them in the library are listed at the bottom of this page. THAT WAY, we can recommend good books while decorating our newsletter! Thanks for browsing the virtual shelves of our new newsletter design. Your feedback, as always, is welcome: info@cutlerlibrary.org  

See you at the library!          

YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY*
Film & discussion
Wednesday 4/6, gather at 6:45 pm
MORE INFO ABOUT CARBON TAX MOVIE


TEENS WANTED
FOR TREE PLANTING

at the Plainfield
Rec Field
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 3 PM DETAILS HERE
THANK YOU, PLAINFIELD VOTERS & TAXPAYERS
And thank you for the book donations, too!
SEE HOW WE COMPARE
NORTH OF BOSTON
by Robert Frost, next month's Classic Book Club title
DETAILS ABOUT 5/1 CLASSIC BOOK CLUB MEETING
NEW FOR KIDS
Some great books on a variety of topics for the little ones
KIDS BOOKS INFO HERE

DIGITAL LITERACY IS ESSENTIAL
Links to lessons
& fun
THIS IS A LINK: POINT & CLICK FOR RELATED CONTENT!
LIBRARY SUPPORT THREATENED!
as "National Libraries Week" approaches
ADVOCATE FOR THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES
PLANT & BOOK SALE, 5/19 & 5/20
"Time to plant the tomatoes!"
FRIENDS' FUNDRAISER INFO

CALL FOR ASSISTANCE:
Committee, event & desk staff volunteers sought
INTERESTED? MORE INFORMATION

"That reminds me of a book we have..."

Dangerous Years: climate change, the long emergency, and the way forward
by David W. Orr 363.738 ORR
A Restless Spirit: the story of Robert Frost
by Natalie Bober BIO FRO
The meaning of the library : a cultural history
edited by Alice Crawford 027 CRA
Tree: a new vision of the American Forest
by James Balog 
OVERSIZED 779.34 BAL
When We Were Alone 
by David Robertson 
YC HIST 973.8 ROB
75 Exciting Vegetables for Your Garden 
by Jack Staub 
635.22 STA 
Local Dollars, Local Sense
by Michael Shuman 338.1 SHU
Mindful Tech
by David M. Levy 158.1 LEV 
Whose Hands are These?
by Miranda Paul F5 R&S 331.7 PAU
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Town Meeting 2017 newsletter

posted Jul 9, 2017, 11:55 AM by Cutler Memorial Library

TED TALK SALON THEMES:
     Democracy, Globalization, Nationalism
Friends Members: "We want YOU! (to join the 'Friends')"
Black History Month links, better late than never
Classic Books by Conservative Thinkers
Better World Books Contest (Donate your used books!)
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the Cutler Memorial Library Newsletter #2017-02

Our TED TALK SALON in March will focus on themes that line up with Town Meeting Day. We'll watch some of these and perhaps others recommended by participants, with a brief discussion of each. The TED TALK SALON meets every 1st Sunday, 6 pm. We share snacks & tea. 
 
https://youtu.be/szt7f5NmE9E  
"Nationalism vs. Globalism"
https://youtu.be/PJy8vTu66tE
"Our Democracy No Longer Represents People... "
https://youtu.be/87AEeLpodnE
"A Conservative's Plea: Let's Work Together"
https://youtu.be/3ELnyoso6vI
"The Next Age of Government"
https://youtu.be/AoAbPIbGLUo "How the US Should use its Superpower Status"
https://youtu.be/wzkFoetp-_M "What do you See When You Look at Me?"

We want YOU! (to join the Friends of the Library)



"Holy cow, Batman, the Friends of the Library are some of Plainfield's superheroes, and they need some help from the younger generations! There are only six, sometimes seven, active members and their average age is 75 years old!! They asked me to put the word out that meetings are only once a month, a couple of hours at the most, and that they're a bunch of swell gals that know how to put together a fun-raiser, er, I mean FUNDraiser that really brings in the bucks, big-time, for the library! They run a plant and book sale in the spring, a gift basket raffle before the holidays and sell primroses at town meeting... and golly do they have a fun time doing it! But they might be ready to pass the wand, if you know what I mean, they don't want to hog all the good times in this town, after all! They meet on the 4th Monday of each month, 7 pm, and they'll really dig it when some new members bust onto the scene to save the day!"

Black History links, better late than never
(February is Black History Month)


http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory/

https://mic.com/articles/124341/here-s-how-black-people-actually-fare-in-vermont-with-bernie-sanders-as-their-senator#.olCJIDFRP

africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

https://www.archives.gov/research/alic/reference/black-history.html

http://besthistorysites.net/american-history/african-americanblack-history/

 

Classic Books by Conservative Thinkers

We believe in a diversity of views, and we have a community of diversely-thinking readers. We recently did an inventory of how well those viewpoints are represented and concluded we could add a few more titles by acclaimed conservatives.
More are on their way.
 

Better World Books Contest (Donate your used books!)

Although we usually don't feel the need to invite book donations (it's amazing how many books people "get done with" in a given year), the library director is hoping to enter a contest hosted by Better World Books, our online book reseller, and we need to send them four more boxes of books they want to sell for us. They don't take most of what people donate, so it will probably take at least 12 more boxes of donated books for us to make the grade. PLEASE DON'T LEAVE THEM OUTSIDE: bring them only when we are open, in boxes no bigger than a person of average strength can lift, or in plastic or cloth bags you can leave here. They particularly like fairly obscure books with ISBN bar codes Thank you!!
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Check it OUT! Cutler Memorial Library Newsletter #2017-1

posted Jan 25, 2017, 8:57 AM by Cutler Memorial Library   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 8:58 AM ]

"Welcome, Neighbor!" Potluck THIS SUNDAY!
Prepared for (Almost) Anything: Emergencies & other disasters
Classic Book Club
Neighborhood Watching
Tuesday Night Knitting
Railroad History talk, Microbiome talk videos now online 
Best books of 2016
 
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the Cutler Memorial Library Newsletter #2017-01

Please join us for our 5th Annual "Welcome, Neighbor!" Potluck,
always the last Sunday in January (29th) at 6:30 pm.
Bring your own plate, fork, cup, etc. and a dish to share! 
And a neighbor!

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday February 15th, 6:30 pm

 

"PREPARED FOR (ALMOST) ANYTHING"

a discussion and workshop on being ready in the face of an emergency, presented by the Plainfield Volunteer Fire Department in partnership with the Cutler Memorial Library at the Plainfield Fire Station (169 Main Street).  


Childcare in the adjacent room will be provided: we want you to bring your whole family! Develop your own household preparedness plan, learn about most-common medical emergencies, consider the impact of severe weather events, meet your neighbors. This collaborative event is an outcome of the Resiliency Awareness and Action Committee.
The Classic Book Club will be discussing Joseph Conrad's
HEART OF DARKNESS

Monday, February 6th at 6 pm at the library.
New members are always welcome.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCHING!

 

check out the new Facebook page

Thanks go out to Dan Caddy, who has volunteered to organize Plainfield's Neighborhood Watch group, an informal group dedicated to watching for (and reporting) suspicious activities in our community. 


https://www.facebook.com/plainfieldneighborhoodwatch/



In January, Deputy Jason Gould and Deputy State's Attorney Roy Thibeault talked with Plainfield community members about being an effective witness and reporter of suspicious activity, and how detailed statements to law enforcement can help in prosecution of crimes such as domestic violence and theft. Here is a great set of tips that echo much of what Deputy Gould offered, borrowed from an Ohio community's web site: https://www.cityofbucyrusoh.us/neighborhoodwatch/watchdocs/How_to_Observe.pdf

If you see suspicious activity, look for distinguishing DETAILS and report what you've observed to the Washington County Sherrif's Department. If you see a crime in progress, call RIGHT AWAY. (802) 223-3001  If you can inconspicuously take a picture, great: do not put yourself in harms way and do not try to enforce the law yourselves. 

Interested in getting Neighborhood Watch decals or signs for your home or property? Contact our volunteer Neighborhood Watch organizer, Dan Caddy via the Facebook page above or call 415-568-7101 or by emailing soldier415@gmail.com

 These are also outcomes of the  Plainfield Resiliency Awareness and Action Committee.

DROP IN KNITTING GROUP MEETS ALMOST EVERY TUESDAY, 6:30-8 PM. BEGINNERS WELCOME!

Have you checked out our Digital Archive? 
 https://cutlerlibrary.culturalspot.org/home
We continue to add Plainfield and Twinfield yearbooks, historic images and now... educational videos produced in Plainfield, of interest to Plainfield community members! The Plainfield Historical Society 2016 event with Frank J. Barrett, Jr. (history of VT and Railroads) and the collaboratively-sponsored talk at the Haybarn Theater with David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle' ("The Hidden Half of Nature") are now posted both there and on the library's YouTube channel,https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYyvUFg55y2_t9cXvAPnE5g.

2016 was a great year for books! And we have many of the titles that found their way onto "best of" lists, from NPR, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Post and Good Reads!



Monday, February 6th at 6 pm at the library.
New members are always welcome.
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Holiday 2016 Newsletter

posted Nov 20, 2016, 4:26 PM by Cutler Memorial Library   [ updated Nov 20, 2016, 4:27 PM ]

Holiday hours
"Very Vermont" Gift Basket Raffle
Neighborhood Watch Meeting
"Across the Aisle" Audiobook Club
1st-Sundays Ted Talk Salon
Classic Book Club
Tuesday Night Knitting
Post-election Reading Suggestions
Community Group Use at the Library
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Special thank-you to the Women's Christian Temperance Union Fund for sponsoring one of our two new public computers!

Tickets: 6 for $10, 3 for $5, or 1 for $2, for sale at Library - Drawing Dec. 3, Twinfield Craft and Artisan Fair, need not be present to win


** Thank you to all of the businesses and individuals who donated for the "Very Vermont" gift basket raffle this year:
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Gift Certificates:
Country Bookstore
Green Mountain Crossfit, 1 month membership, plus 8 hours crossfit training
Marshfield Village Store
Plainfield COOP
Positive Pie
Items:
Blue glass bowl - Chet Cole and Viiu Niiler
Handcrafted wool felted earrings - Emily Rappold
Homemade dog biscuits - Donna Petterssen
Homemade Italian biscotti - Donna Petterssen
Homemade peanut suet wild bird treat
Felted soaps
2017 Calendar - Plainfield Historical Society
Hand knit scarf - Maria McKnight
Bee balm cream and essential mandarin orange oil - Plainfield COOP
Wiper blades - Wrisley’s Auto Care
Foods:
Whizzo Bagels - Anna Labrusciano
Granola - Maple Valley
Vermont Maple Syrup - Maplefields
Vermont Maple Syrup - Strong Family
Granny’s Blossom Salsa
Green Tea, 2 vouchers for tea class, ceremony, or private lesson Ben Youngbear
Homemade Jams - Joyce Fowler
Books:
“The Ta Ta Weenie Club,” by Bill Torrey
“The Troubled Roar of the Waters; Vermont in Flood and Recovery, 1927-31,” by D & N Clifford
“Vermont; An Outsider's Inside View,” by Edward Rubin
“Cooking with Friends,” Cutler Friends cookbook

There's no time like the present to come together as a community and be there for each other.
Any interest in an "Across the Aisle" Audiobook Club in Plainfield? We'd select two audiobooks to discuss each month, one representing liberal/progressive views and one representing conservative views. Meeting options include: Last Sundays at 12:30 pm or last Wednesday nights at either 6 or 7 pm. Please email loona.brogan@cutlerlibrary.org if you are interested.
Discuss stimulating topics from hundreds of experts, artists, performers, activists, etc., every 1st Sunday night, 6:30 pm
Classic Book Club will discuss H.G. Well's TIME MACHINE, Monday December 5th, 6 pm
Drop-in Knitting, every Tuesday night (except 1st Tuesdays) with knitting instructor Lynda Volz, 6:30 pm

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WHAT TO READ AFTER THE ELECTION
If you’re a conservative and want to understand liberal & progressive viewpoints:
American Empire
The Making of Donald Trump
Stop the Next War
Who Rules the World
Backlash
The Color of Water
Prodigal Summer
Between the World and Me
Tropic of Chaos
Before Night Falls
American Maelstrom (on order)
The New Jim Crow (on order)

If you’re a liberal or progressive that wants to understand conservative viewpoints:
Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun
Who Built That?
Atlas Shrugged
Listen, Liberal (on order)
It’s About Islam
Crippled America
Alter Egos

If you want to be a Peacemaker, or are seeking optimistic inspiration for the future:
Radical, my journey out of Radical Islam
Terrorist’s Son
Tribes
The All New Don’t Think of an Elephant
Peace Pilgrim
The Quickening of America
Strength in What Remains
Sari Revolution
Resiliency in Children and Teens
Teachings on Love
All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes
Be Here Now
Wages of Rebellion
Beautiful Trouble
David and Goliath
Our Common Wealth
The Terrorist’s Son

If all else fails, read:
All the Light We Cannot See


Ongoing community group use of the library:

The Classic Book Club meets every 1st Monday at 6 pm.
The Plainfield Historical Society meets every 1st Tuesday at 7 pm.
The Drop-In Knitting Group meets every Tuesday except for 1st Tuesday, at 6:30 pm.
The Cutler Memorial Library Trustees meet on the mid-month Wednesday, 4:30 pm.
The Resiliency Committee meets on mid-month Wednesdays, 6 pm.
The Friends of the Library meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.*
*The Friends welcome new active and supportive members: come if you are interested!

Looking for a monthly meeting place? We can offer 2nd or 3rd Monday nights, 1st or last Wednesday nights, any Thursday night, or any time on Saturdays.

August 2016 Newsletter

posted Sep 4, 2016, 4:38 PM by Cutler Memorial Library

Register now for Booklovers' Bingo
New and noteworthy in our collection
Resiliency Survey: help measure Plainfield's readiness
Capacity! Much-needed library addition in the planning stages
Weekly program offerings: Tuesday night knitting & Wednesday story time
Updates from behind-the-scenes: New trustees, policies, ILL delivery system  
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This summer's MAIN EVENT at the library... 
REMEMBER OUR RECENT FLOODS?
Please take this brief Resiliency Survey.
 
The Plainfield Resilience Awareness & Action Committee Wants To Hear From You!  Please take the time to complete this survey. Your answers will help our town prevent natural disasters and help our community be better prepared. Help Plainfield Bounce Back Better!
Click here to take the survey
GOT SPACE? 
The Library's plan to expand
We're at capacity, both inside and out!
We're committed to expanding to serve everyone who wants to spent their time at a PUBLIC LIBRARY in their HOME TOWN.
     Based on research, observations and expert consultation (with much more professional assistance planned), we've determined that Plainfield library patrons would be best served with twice as much physical space and twice as much parking. There are many days that people who would have stopped let us know that there was no place for them to park. There are also more and more days and nights that more than one group wants to use the space while we're open: even one group using the space while we're open makes it difficult for others who use the library to access the shelves and/or have a quiet corner to study or read. When more than one family comes to use the children's area, things get really crowded, really fast.  The children's area is also the entrance area to our only bathroom. Maybe you are beginning to get the picture? We'd like to offer more programs and facilitate learning experiences for kids through interactive areas such as an "experimentation station" and to provide a soundproof booth for video gaming, audio or audiovisual recording projects such as oral histories (think NPR's "Story Corps"), youtube cover song videos, book review blogs, etc!
     We're decided that we'll stay at the existing location, which we believe makes the most sense given the challenge of fundraising, grants and related external factors that will all influence the pace and rhythm of site work, construction and interior renovation.

     Our vision includes a "quiet room," enlarged kids' and teen spaces, a kitchenette for events and education, a 24-hour swipe card security system for community groups to access a contained, handicapped accessible meeting and workshop space, a small office for the library director to conduct business, a redesigned entrance (at the rear, by new parking lot). And maybe even a laundrymat!  Wouldn't that be great: come to the library while you do your laundry.
     We're hoping to be very eco-conscious in the construction and energy efficiency of the addition, and our plans at this point do not involve additional staff or an operating budget increase. We know the tax base is small and we're committed to keeping the cost of the expansion separate from our funding requests to the town. We may even find it feasible to increase the number of affordable housing units upstairs: the current rental income from the apartment already helps to offset costs, so additional income could help pay for the addition itself!
     We're currently working to put an agreement together with the town that will satisfy their concerns about partnering with us on a Vermont Community Development Program planning grant. The $30,000 grant must be awarded to the town on our behalf, because we are technically an independent private non-profit organization, not a branch of town government. We have the matching funds on-hand to qualify and if we are able to partner with the town to receive the funding, we'll use it to pay an architectural firm to design, then plan, get permits for and potentially oversee the construction of the whole project. Click here to see the video of a recent selectboard meeting when Loona Brogan and Bob Rosenfeld returned to the town to more fully explain our earlier request for their assistance: 
http://cvp.telvue.com/player?id=T05132&chapter=107786

     If you would like to be on the expansion committee, or simply have input, questions or ideas to share... please let us know: 454-8504 or email info@cutlerlibrary.org.  
 
New-to-the-Collection

Titles worth checking out... 

If you're curious about the latest new items added to our catalog, use the "location" as your search type and the term "new" in the search box. OR, you can simply scroll to the bottom of the catalog's home page to see items (donated or purchased, new or used) that have been added to our collection in chronological order, with the most-recent displayed first.

Newly donated of note:
  • (the new) Our Bodies, Our Selves
  • "Fishing with John" on DVD
  • Invasive Plant Medicine
  • Born to Run
  • Quiet Water NH & VT (kayak guide)
  • Before the Fall
  • lots of great kids' books including Magic School Bus, Curious George, bilingual picture books and Little Golden Books!
  • a slew of DC Comics hardcover graphic novels
  • Mindful Tech
  • award-winning JF chapter book: Gone Crazy in Alabama

Newly purchased & getting noticed:
  • Barkskins               (Annie Proulx)
  • End of Watch     (Stephen King)
  • Everybody's Fool (Richard Russo)
  • LaRose         (Louise Erdrich)
  • Grunt              (Mary Roach)
  • Knuckle Sandwiches    (local poet Wayne F. Burke)
  • Kill 'em and Leave (biography of James Brown)
  • Lab Girl
  • Lady Midnight     (Cassandra Clare)
  • Notorious RGB
  • Raymie Nightingale (Kate DiCamillo)
  • The Fireman      (Joe Hill)
  • The Rainbow Comes and Goes (Anderson Cooper)
  • The Road to Little Dribbling            (Bill Bryson)
  • The Second Life of Nick Mason 
  • The Three Body Problem           (Cixin Liu)
  • Unbroken Brain
  • Uprooted       (Naomi Novik)
"In the news"
  • Becoming Wise
  • Tarzan of the Apes
  • Making of Donald Trump
  • Alter Egos
  • Spark Joy
  • Crippled America (Trump)
  • Yuge! (Doonesbury)
  • Hard Choices (Clinton)
  • American Girls
  • Who Rules the World? (Noam Chomsky)
  • The Gene (Pulitzer Prize-winning author)
  • The Sympathizer (Pulitzer Prize)
Weekly program offerings
Don't forget about ourTuesday Night Drop-In Knitting group, most Tuesdays at 6:30 pm & our Wednesday Morning Summer Story Time, 10:30 am!  We'll continue story time into the school year if we have at least one participating family each week in August.
Updates from Behind-the-scenes
We're so pleased to announce the transition from the (retiring and moving away) board members to a new, full board of trustees with seven members is complete. Marcy Shaffer Hale' was elected as interim Chairperson, Bob Rosenfeld continues on as board secretary and Janet Nielsen (previously participating as the Friends of the Library's liason to the trustees, and remaining so as their president) was elected as treasurer. Kit Gates, Lynda Volz and Amy Emler-Shaffer also were elected to the board. The organization's bylaws (rules by which the trustees conduct themselves) were updated and will be available to read on our website (http://www.cutlerlibrary.org/people/bot/by-laws) if anyone is interested. 

We thank Linda Bartlett for her service as treasurer and regret that circumstances prevent her from continuing on the board; we'll miss her get-her-dun style and positive outlook.  

In other news, our policies regarding overdue materials and out-of-town borrowers were revised as of July 1st.  If you're unfamiliar, you can find all the details here: http://www.cutlerlibrary.org/home/policies. Essentially, folks will be reminded if they have items three days or more overdue. There is a five-day grace period after the due date, too.  But items that are still not returned by the sixth overdue day will be charged a late fee of 15 cents per item per day, with a maximum fine of $5 per item or $25 total. Borrowers with more than $5 in unpaid late fees or bills for unreturned items will not be able to borrow from the library until their accounts are brought back to good standing. Folks who do not live in Plainfield, Calais, East Montpelier, Marshfield or Barre (our town and the towns that border ours, plus Calais which borders parts of Marshfield many consider to be in Plainfield) will still be able to use the library but may only borrow from our print collection unless they pay a $15 annual fee to have a full access guest card.

Also: good news for interlibrary loan users! The Green Mountain Library Consortium (the collective that brought you "Listen Up, Vermont") has partnered with the Vermont Department of Libraries to contract with Green Mountain Messenger Service in the provision of an inter-library courier service that will largely eliminate the need to pay postage per-item to mail materials we borrow from or lend to other libraries in Vermont! This means it is easier than ever to facilitate the lending and borrowing of items not available from the borrowing library's own collection. We mean it when we say "If we don't have it, we can get it," whether it is a magazine article, a book or even a DVD or audiobook! Please note, however, that we now require patrons to pay the postage on interlibrary loan requests for video materials unless it is specifically tied to K-12 grade level schoolwork. 

We're proud to say that the ratio of books we borrow from other libraries versus books we lend to other libraries is shifting to a more balanced figure. We used to only get a few requests each year from other libraries; now we get a few each month! The reason this is good news for Plainfield borrowerers: it shows that our collection includes more titles library patrons are seeking out! It's also good to be in a position to comfortably share with other communities, and not just be on the asking side.

Finally: a reminder that you can borrow digital content (using Listen Up, Vermont) as well as craft kits and tools in addition to our collection of DVDs, audiobooks, magazines and books. Our Tuesday Night Drop-in Knitting is a great way to try your hand at fiber arts or refresh your rusty skills: we've got knitting needles, yarn and plenty of instructional material as well as an in-house expert (Lynda Volz) most Tuesday nights!  Or perhaps you'd like to try paper arts, digital media, needlecraft, woodburning, jewelry making, rug hooking, hand weaving or bicycle repair.  You can also spend your library time on one of our in-house tablets: we have an iPad and a Kindle Fire HD that patrons are welcome to use while they are here.

We're having a lot of fun down here at the library: you're welcome to join in!  Stop by to grab a title or settle in for a spell, we're always glad to see you.

September 2016 newsletter

posted Sep 4, 2016, 4:34 PM by Cutler Memorial Library   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 4:35 PM ]

Come be in the community portrait during Old Home Days, Saturday September 17th, just before lunch!
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September is Library Card Sign-up month!

If you’re reading this newsletter… you probably already have your own library card.  But what about your family members, your best friend, your co-workers and neighbors?  If its been a while since they were in a library, they probably have no idea what they’re missing! Your enthusiasm might be the friendly nudge some of them need to “get around to it.” Don't be embarrassed to bring it up in conversations: “Have you been in your local library lately? Did you know that the Cutler Memorial Library is open 3 nights a week until 8 pm, including on Sundays?” Perhaps they’ll be glad to know how many things their library card provides access to: parks and museum passes, hands-on bins, a telescope, e-books and downloadable audiobooks, magazines, movies and of course BOOKS! The more people who use the library, the better the library reflects and supports the needs and interests of its community. So shout it from the rooftops: WE WANT YOU TO HAVE A LIBRARY CARD!

Libraries are evolving in many ways, but at the end of the day, it's still about providing ACCESS, CONNECTING people with each other and with the resources that will enrich their lives, and supporting individual and community-initiated CREATIVITY and LEARNING by facilitating SHARING... of ideas, materials, talents, experiences, stories, facts, images, et cetera! What WILL that look like in the future? It's fun to imagine. But we're doing more than just imagining at the Cutler Memorial Library; we're planning an expansion for today's increased and changing uses as well as for tomorrow's innovations and challenges.
"Who are you, that we serving?" 
(Or, in other words: what matters most to you? What kinds of things are you interested in? What struggles are you working to overcome?) Please: there are probably ways we could support your endeavors and facilitate your interests that none of us have thought of yet! The best way for us to develop our collection, offer programming, set policies, et cetera, is to know the community we're serving. Take five minutes and tell us about yourself! You might see a reflection of what you shared on the shelves or on the calendar some day... https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebIkrt1cbhSpkzH0GMCRBsejPl4c8WOgMH_p8qZtw69oik9g/viewform
JOIN US IN THE OLD HOME DAY PARADE!
Practice the steps of "The Lawnchair Brigade" at the library Wednesday the 14th, 6-6:30, or learn during the parade line-up (10 am), Saturday September 17th at the Plainfield Park & Ride. You'll need: a folding lawnchair, a pair of sunglasses and a baseball cap.
The Classic Book Club 
meets most 1st Mondays at the library,
151 High Street
(US Route 2)
at 6 pm.
If you are a first-time attendee, it's best to confirm the date and location in advance (as occasionally a month is skipped or the venue moved).
In October: discussing Shakespeare'sRomeo and Juliet. 
Summer Readers!
Did you challenge yourself to read more this summer?
One reader from each age group (adult, teen & youth) will win a reusable "book browsing" bag; just email me your name and age with preferred mode of contact and the words "Summer Reading" beforeSeptember 15th!
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Digital "Content!" Borrow Books to Read or Hear

More and more people are enjoying materials they have borrowed via their local library over the internet. Most commonly-used cellphones and all tablets, e-readers and computers have the capacity to become an "extender" of your local library's collection! Commuters (and other car-riding listeners): most portable devices can be plugged into car stereo systems these days, you might just need an audio cord. The selection on LISTEN UP, VERMONT is far better than what we are able to offer in physical format. Let us show you how! It can be tricky for the less-tech-adept, but we've taught even the most reluctant borrowers how to successfully upload e-books and audiobooks onto most devices. Let us show you how. In fiscal year 2011, the first full year statistics were available, 13 Cutler Memorial Library patrons borrowed 82 titles. This past year, 57 users borrowed 881 titles. In total, since we began to offer e-content, 138 different people have borrowed material 3,213 times! If they can figure it out, you can too. Five people from Plainfield have borrowed more than 200 titles from this collection. Just in terms of audiobooks, 1167 different titles were borrowed. Our physical audiobook collection has 211 items, for comparison.

So how to get started? Go to the App Store (called Google Play on Android devices) and download the Overdrive app for your device. If this is already Greek to you, just make an appointment with the librarian to bring your device to the library and get some 1:1 help! We don't mind a bit, we're glad to show you. But if you're still following along... create an Overdrive account if you don't already have one. Store your user name and password somewhere handy for reference. Then "search for a library" and it will point you to the Green Mountain Library Consortium. This web site is "Listen Up, Vermont," the portal to the digital collections. The Cutler Library has obtained exclusive content (we own dozens of licenses so our people don't have a long line to access those), plus there are many titles that are shared with patrons from libraries all across the state. You'll need to sign in, entering/selecting "Cutler Memorial Library" and then point and click on the text box that appears beneath the library name. On the log-in page, use 8504xxxx (8504 and your four digital library card number) to log in. If you are using e-books, you'll have to choose which format (e-pub, Kindle or in-browser) to borrow. If you're borrowing a Kindle-formatted e-book, you'll also need your Amazon account log-in and password, as the final borrowing step will be from Amazon.com and delivered to your device via your Amazon account 'cloud.' Some formats of e-book require being opened/transferred onto your device by way of Adobe Digital Editions so that access to the material is restricted to either one or two weeks (as you choose in your Listen Up, Vermont account settings). It sounds complicated, and it is a little bit... but most people get the hang of it after a few tries.

Why is there a wait for so many popular titles? Publishers prefer to sell libraries licenses that restrict access to their content to one borrower at a time. Most have a set number of uses and then the license expires. Some licenses to material are metered to only be available for a specified length of time, regardless of how many people borrow that material. Overdrive is our vendor and the web site Listen Up, Vermont is our platform for delivering the material. Green Mountain Library Consortium is a collective of (most) Vermont libraries who pool funds to afford this service and these licenses. There are multiple licenses for the most popular materials, but still there are often long waits for bestsellers. That's why the Cutler recently made a budgetary decision to pay not only as a subscriber for access to the entire collection but also for exclusive-to-Cutler-patrons licenses so that some items are only shared among our community members and not with the whole state. We have two recommendations as far as availability: chose to search first for only those items that are available to borrow immediately, using the settings on the advanced search page. This way you're sure to pick something you can borrow right away. The second time, browse without restricting results to "available now," but any time you see a title you would borrow that is currently on-loan, save it to your "wish list" so that the next time you log on to borrow, you can start there and see which of the items you've already identified as interesting are available immediately. 

So how much does this cost the library? Just as with the physical print and media products, digital audiobook licenses are, on average, far more expensive than e-book licenses. They range from $20 to $90, depending on the publisher, the title and the model of use (one-borrower-at-a-time, unlimited users for set periods of time, et cetera. E-books licenses can be as little as $6 but are typically in the $20 price range. Our wholesale and contracted discount prices for print and physical audiobooks are on-average about 2/3 that cost. Of course, physical books get damaged, lost, kept, stolen, defaced, moldy, etc. And the audiobook CDs get scratched, broken, lost and stolen too. Another factor to consider: digital content doesn't have to be recycled or given precious landfill space once we're done with it! E-book readers and reading apps allow readers to adjust the font size and brightness (usually) to accommodate different preferences and abilities. E-readers and tablets are much lighter than most physical books, too, so people whose strength is diminished from illness or advanced age can read for longer their arms tiring from holding the book! And audiobook players automatically remember where listeners leave off so that you can pick right back up where you left off even if you change listening locations (ie bring it in from the car). You never have to worry about changing discs or protecting them from damage! 

One final thought for people who have ignored e-books and downloadable audiobooks out of loyalty to physical-over-digital and the print medium. It doesn't have to be one or the other (in our lifetimes, at least)! Certainly, we'll be using BOTH into the foreseeable future. However, books made of paper might assume a different place in the lives of people several generations from now; most of use don't use scrolls or slate tablets anymore, after all, even though they still exist. The structure and form of libraries has and will continue to evolve right along side the formats we use to convey our stories, facts, lessons, rules, et cetera! Just as e-books are conveying the material contained within, the same as print books do, libraries will continue to serve by facilitating sharing, connecting, learning, creating and by providing access to information, materials, expertise and a safe, comfortable, functional space for all comers. 

June 2016 newsletter

posted Jun 1, 2016, 10:53 AM by Cutler Memorial Library

Parks & Museum Passes    
Resiliency    
Summer Reading                    
a Big Shout Out to the Friends  
Donated Books

New Policies        
Quiz yourself!
   
Passport to Vermont Libraries
Digital Collection
       
Book Review Links
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FROM THE CUTLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY JUNE 2016

Question: How Many Different Parks & Museum Passes Can You Borrow This Summer from the library?


Answer: SIX! Can you guess which ones?
From: Vermont State Parks, Vermont State Historic Sites, the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, the American Precision Museum in Windsor, the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, and the ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center in Burlington. Are there other passes you’d like to see us get for next summer? Please give us your feedback! Passes can be reserved and are due back 4 days from checkout.  http://www.cutlerlibrary.org/resources/parks-museum-passes

Resiliency Awareness Meeting Tonight


Interested in joining the Resilience Planning Committee? Meet Wednesday, June 1st, 6:30 pm at the Town Hall Opera House
The Town of Plainfield has been awarded a planning grant to develop a Resiliency Plan, a response, in part, to lessons learned during the May 2011 flood. Resiliency is a broadening of the social and civic networks engaged in emergency preparedness. It’s about being able, as a community, to recover quickly in times of collective crises and catastrophes such as severe weather events due to climate disruption, which are seen now as eventualities (not just possibilities) not only by climate scientists but also by planners and engineers. The library is represented on the committee forming to help shape the plan (with planning coordinator Sarah Corey McShane) by the librarian, Loona Brogan. Loona was one of several committee members who attended the 2016 Vermont Resilience Conference at Norwich University in May.

Anyone interested in Plainfield's Resiliency Plan should come to the meeting tonight6:30, Town Hall Opera House.
 
Summer Reading Challenge
 
The theme at public libraries all over the country this summer is “Ready, Set, Read!” We offer families three options for the best way to encourage their kids to challenge themselves this summer and read for the fun and even “the sport” of it. We invite teens grown-ups to “Get in the Game” too; choose from Personal Best (find out how much you can read in one summer!), Train your Brain (set a learning or literature-exploring goal, make a reading plan, follow through), or RACE! (recruit a couple of friends and family members to see who reads the most titles, the most minutes
or the most pages before August 30th).

We’re offering “I (Heart) BOOKS” re-usable bags and “Book Bingo” challenge sheets to borrowers this month. We’ve got stickers and bookmarks, too. Summer readers: come take your pledge and choose your challenge! Three people who meet their reading goals this summer will win a “definition of libraries” book browsing bag, and anyone who at least pledges* to take a reading challenge this summer will be eligible to form or join a team and enter the big “Book Lover’s Bingo” event slated for mid-August. The winning team will get first dibs at great (local) prizes! Check out our web site for any of the reading challenge tracking sheets or forms.

*Pledge deadline for contest eligibility is July 15th.
Thank you everybody for a successful Plant & Book Sale!

KUDOS to the Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library for hosting this year’s successful Plant and Book Sale. The Friends donate the funds they raise to the library for collection development and programming. Wow, we are so grateful to all of the Friends members who volunteer their time and energy for this important annual fundraiser, and the gardeners who provide the top-quality seedlings and plants! Also thank you to everyone who donates books throughout the year and to everyone who shopped and supported the library!

The plant sale brought in $1000 and the books sale netted about $500. Many people showed up to help prep for and set up/break down the sale: a special thank you to Tim Phillips, Addy Guth, Randall Meyer, Braden DeForge for helping with NINETY boxes of books! We are so fortunate to live in a community where it’s just natural for folks to pitch in for the collective good.
What do we do with donated books?
A gentle note to booklovers everywhere: some books will live in another’s hands, others have run their course because it is unlikely any more readers will read them. Approaches to topics become outdated. Great works of literature are printed in the hundreds of thousands of copies (at a time). And new, amazing books with the latest in thinking, creating and inventing are rolling off the press right now en masse; every WEEK. We can’t all just build new book shelves every year! Sometimes we have to “let go” of some books simply to make room for newer books. Of course, SOME of the “let-go-of” books that come our way do have lots of “shelf life” left in them; sometimes on the shelves of the public library in Plainfield, sometimes on the worldwide web-fueled book market, sometimes in a Little Free Library, or a free box at the Health Center, or a boxful addressed to the “Books for Prisoners” project, with shipping costs sponsored by willing library patrons.
 
We manage to get many donated books back into readers’ hands, and since we encourage reading, that’s a really good thing. Better World Books, our on-line bookselling partner, which uses part of the money they raise reselling books like ours to support literacy initiatives, pays our shipping costs to send them specific titles! And they send us three or four checks each year for between $45-65. We only send them titles they know they can resell; the rest get given away or sorted out for the big spring book sale.
Guess how many boxes of donated & discarded books went out in the sale this spring? NINETY!  We sold about one third of those. That’s after we’ve diverted the ones our online partner, Better World Books (BWB), confirms they want to sell online.
 
So how many went to BWB, and what happened to those? Well, in the last year, we shipped them 791 pounds of books (about 22 boxes).  They recycled a little less than half of that (which saved 4 trees, more than 1500 gallons of water and almost 900 kilowatt hours of electricity), and resold the rest. These resold products were not only diverted from the landfill, but saved 4 trees, almost 4000 gallons of water and more than 1000 kilowatt hours of electricity! In the last year, we’ve offset more than 1200 pounds of greenhouse gases by recycling and reselling these books with our partner, Better World Books. Since we began our partnership with them, we’ve sent them almost 2700 books (more than 3600 pounds, more than 100 boxes!); it’s saved 42 trees, more than 26,000 gallons of water, 5750 pounds of offset greenhouse gases, 8800 kwh of electricity and 5 cubic feet of landfill space! We’ve also earned several hundred dollars for collection development.
 
We are able to use these procedures only because of the many wonderful volunteers who scan and sort each donated or discarded book and process them (either for shipment, other redistribution, or storage for our book sale). A special shout out to Annabelle M., our youngest volunteer, who has done a lot of this work, and too many others to list. Of course, if we applied these metrics to the books resold or recycled from our books sales over the past five years, the totals would probably be doubled. So when the trustees ask the librarian if it’s worth it to accept donated books and hold a book sale, she answers “definitely yes; for more than one reason. People who love books want to know that their books are getting a decent chance of being read again (and again!).”  We understand; that’s how we feel about the books from our collection that we choose to “pass along,” too.  But if it’s a dozen or less recent bestsellers you’re trying to part with—check our catalog online or call us to see if we’ve got copies already. If we do, keep them in the neighborhood by donating them to the Little Free Library at the corner of Hudson and Mill Streets. If we don’t, by all means, bring them to donate when we are openPlease don’t put book donations in the book drop, or leave them on the porch or in the parking lot. And thank you for loving books, too! If you didn’t, you wouldn’t still be reading this. 
 
New Policies Go Into Effect
July 1st
There’s a new era dawning at the Cutler Memorial Library; policies that will enforce billing for lost items, assign late fees for overdue materials, and introduce “Full Access Guest Accounts” for folks not living in Plainfield or an adjacent town starting on July 1st. Valid identification and verification of a mailing address will be required on new accounts, but we’ll accept a (verified, local) personal reference in lieu of a picture ID for folks that don’t have one.

Out-of-town card holders can borrow from our print collection, and will be given free access to our physical space and our digital resources. But an annual fee of $15 will be charged for a “Full Access Guest Account.” Only local borrowers (living in Plainfield or neighboring towns: Barre, East Montpelier, Marshfield or Groton) and Full Access Guest card holders can request Interlibrary Loans or borrow movies, audiobooks, digital devices or the hands-on bins. However, we will still interlibrary-loan these items to other libraries requesting them for their patrons.
 
We’ll call or send email reminders when items are three days overdue; there is a five-day grace period. But for items more than five days late (ie returned more than 2 days after the courtesy reminder), the fine is .15 a day with a cap at $5 per item or $25 per account. People who have more than $5 in late fees will not be able to borrow materials, unless arrangements are made with the librarian. Items more than 5 weeks overdue will be re-categorized as “lost.” Patrons with lost (or damaged) materials billed to their account will be required to pay for (or return) the item/s before they can continue to use their library card, unless arrangements are made with the librarian. Volunteer hours can be credited (at $10/hour) towards late fines owed (but not to replace billed items), in most cases.

The late fine for digital devices, parks & museum passes and other physical objects such as the LCD projector (for public events use only), and the telescope will be much higher: $1/day (with a maximum fee of $25). We’re also setting stricter limits on borrowers who are extremely late returning materials on a routine basis: folks who keep items later than 6 weeks past the due date (and therefore billed for replacement cost), more often than 3 times a year, whether or not the item was returned and/or paid for) will have their account temporarily restricted. We know you tardy people don’t MEAN to be so irresponsible with library materials that you promised to return on-time, so we can’t stay mad at you. But getting mad at you hasn’t helped motivate you to try harder anyway. So perhaps these gentle nudges, these ‘natural consequences’… late fines, billed items, account restrictions… will inspire us all to be more organized (and considerate of others) when it comes to sharing collective resources. We also hope it results in more great choices available the next time you come to check stuff out at the library. We have a new “policies” page on our web site, for all the details: http://www.cutlerlibrary.org/home/policies
 
We will be updating our patron records in the coming month to be sure we have up-to-date contact information and complete mailing addresses for everyone with an active account. If you use email, please keep your email record up-to-date so we can email you reminders when your materials are overdue.  We promise not to use it in any other way unless you’ve given us permission to receive this newsletter, too!  Thanks.
 
“Other than a Book”
Quiz yourself! How many other kinds of “things” can you borrow from the Cutler Memorial Library besides “the obvious” (books, movies, audiobooks and magazines)?
 
 
  1. (?#) Hands-on bins:
  1. Needlecraft
  2. Fiber Arts
  3. Rug Hooking
  4. Hand Weaving
  5. Jewelry Making
  6. Digital Media
  7. Wood burning
  8. Pencil, Ink and Brush
  9. Bicycle repair kit
  10. Paper Arts
  1. Household toolbox
  2. Telescope
  3. E-reader
  4. Mp3 player
  5. LCD projector
 
So how many did you know? What was the total # you came up with? The total so far: FIFTEEN ITEMS
In other words, not only can you borrow a great book about jewelry-making, but you can take home a set of tools and basic supplies too, and try your hand at it before you invest in your own kit. You can get inspired by library books which led you from exploring tree types to construction techniques to treehouses… and then borrow a bow saw, a drill, a level… you get the picture.
 
We’re still seeking out useful additions.  If you have any of these items kicking around, consider donating them: we would love to lend out:

 

A pair of fishing poles & a tackle box
A ukulele
A banjo
A guitar
A fiddle & bow
Walkie-talkies
Snowshoes
Cross-country skis
 
Passport to Vermont Libraries
Perhaps you've heard of the 251 Club. That’s the loosely-affiliated enthusiasts who document their visit in each of Vermont’s 251 municipalities in order to become official members. Well, last summer Vermont Librarians took the idea and, er, “drove” with it! And they’re bringing it back again, due to popular demand. Yes, you can keep track until you’ve visited all 183 of Vermont’s public libraries, if you don’t want to squeeze it all into one summer. But if you feel your passport might have the most visits logged this summer, ask your local librarian about putting your name in for 2016 champion. In the meantime, it’s a great excuse to stop in for a look-see in other small Vermont town libraries. What good, clean fun! Bring the family or fly solo; so many libraries, so little time… The Cutler Memorial Library is a participating library; pick up your passport at any participating location.  https://www.facebook.com/vermontpassport/#
“Plainfield’s own” collection expands to digital:
Download library e-books and audiobooks!


Perhaps you are already familiar with the vast assortment of books available to download with your library card number from Listen Up, Vermont. At any time, there are thousands of titles available in e-book and/or audiobook format. We’ve got e-readers and an mp3 player we can lend you if you’d like to try this technology but don’t have a portable device such as a smart phone or a tablet. We can show you how, whether you bring your own device or use one of ours.
 
This isn’t news, though! All of the above has been true for years in Plainfield and around Vermont. But NOW the Cutler Memorial Library has started to assemble a digital collection that is exclusively available to our patrons, not shared by the entire consortium of libraries (GMLC) that split the cost of providing access to “Listen Up, Vermont.” In 2015, 12,822 Vermont library patrons borrowed 88,073 e-books and 86,206 audiobooks from Listen Up, Vermont. 62 of them were Cutler Memorial Library patrons.

When Plainfield was new to this service in 2015, 5134 Vermonters were using it to download library materials. But as more and more people acclimate to handheld digital technologies (i.e. smartphones, tablets, etc.), that number has more than doubled and the demand for popular titles via this shared collection has been hard for the consortium to manage. Members who attended the 2016 Vermont Library Association conference meeting of the GMLC this May were encouraged to include curated, specific digital collection development in our overall collection development budget. In 2015, Cutler patrons borrowed 915 digital titles from Listen Up, Vermont, representing around 13% of total circulation in 2015.

To that end, we’ve added 9 audiobook titles and 14 e-book titles we expect will be popular with Plainfield area library patrons.
 

E-books:
All You Need is Love
A Cat Was Involved
Fool’s Assassin
I Saw Her Standing There
I Want to Hold Your Hand
The Iggy Chronicles, Volumes 1 & 2
Just Mercy
LaRose
Maestra
Midnight Crossroad
Santa 365
Strega Nona
Tuesday Nights in 1980
 
Audiobooks:
Arf
Cat and Jemima J
The Defenders and other stories
The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up
Maestra
The Nest
Second Variety and other stories
Upon the Dull Earth and other stories
A World of Talent and other stories
NPR Book Review Links: Looking for a critically-acclaimed novel to borrow? Try one of these…
 
FICTION
Joe Hill, “The Fireman”
http://www.npr.org/books/titles/478867853/the-fireman

“The Sympathizer,” Viet Thanh Nguyen http://www.npr.org/books/titles/398738872/the-sympathizer

Louise Erdrich, “LaRose”
http://www.npr.org/books/titles/477519320/larose

“Everybody’s Fool,” Richard Russo http://www.npr.org/books/titles/476765450/everybodys-fool

“Maestra,” L.S. Hilton
http://www.npr.org/books/titles/474663367/maestra

Helen Simonson, “The Summer Before the War” http://www.npr.org/books/titles/471494597/the-summer-before-the-war

Elena Ferrante, “The Story of a Lost Child” http://www.npr.org/books/titles/436301174/the-story-of-the-lost-child

“The Widow,” Fiona Barton
http://www.npr.org/books/titles/467124867/the-widow

Alvaro Enrigue, “Sudden Death” http://www.npr.org/books/titles/465183223/sudden-death
 
KIDS
“Raymie Nightingale” Kate DiCamillo http://www.npr.org/books/titles/474416447/raymie-nightingale
Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen, “Pax” http://www.npr.org/books/titles/466274724/pax
 
SCI-FI
 “A Gathering of Shadows,” V.E. Schwab http://www.npr.org/books/titles/467200232/a-gathering-of-shadows
Pierce Brown, “Morning Star” http://www.npr.org/books/titles/465580954/morning-star
Coming Up in July’s Newsletter:

2015-16 at the Cutler Memorial Library, by the numbers
How to Win Book Lover’s Bingo: Assemble a diverse team of readers
“Free Accessories Radio”
Local favorites: most-circulated titles in 2015-16 at the CML
Update on the Expansion Proposal
A Night Under the Stars
Google Search Box Tips & Tricks

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