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"Holiday Season" 2015 Newsletter

posted Nov 29, 2015, 11:59 AM by Cutler Memorial Library

'Tis the Season

Spread Joy

It's that time of year.  For some it's religious, for others more a cultural tradition.  For some, it's a nightmare of oversweetened commercialism fraught with family issues, financial circumstances, and other peoples' Martha Stewart lives.  No matter which description suits you better, the LIBRARY is here for you.  Holiday craft ideas?  We've got it, and even some crafting tool kits you can borrow!  Coping with personal grief?  We've got it (how-to books, literature & films to relate to or retreat with).  Need a film you can watch with your cousins AND their aunt and uncle (your folks)? We've got some.  Need an audiobook to listen to during your holiday travel? We've got some of those too. Looking for a workshop to make a gift for that someone who has everything?  (WGI, see below.) Hoping to gather with some other interested souls to discuss classic literature as an antedote to all things t00-much-too-soon-already? You guessed it; it's on the calendar.
Also, all year round, you can just come here and curl up in a corner with a book, a tablet or a magazine or newspaper and just chill out for a while. Bring your tablet or smartphone in for a 1:1 lesson on how to use it to access library content! Bring your kids to play in our children's area while you find the perfect instruction manual or cookbook or biography...  It's "where neighbors meet and everyone is welcome!"

"Basic ESL Online" logo

We've also got a new digital resource, BASIC ESL ON-LINE to share with non-native speakers! Use the web site tagged "Basic ESL: Learn English OnLine" link on this page:
"Hack the Feed" book group bookmark

We're pleased to announce that Plainfield was one of 50 communities sponsored to host a special teen book club starting this winter: "HACK THE FEED: Media, Resistance & Revolution" will meet 4 or 5 times over 4 months, probably at 4 pm on Wednesdays. Please let us know if you're an interested teen since we've not yet set the schedule; each reader will receive a free copy of each book featured, MT Anderson's FEED, Suzanne Collins' HUNGER GAMES and John Lewis' MARCH, volume one (a graphic novel), thanks to sponsorship of the Great Stories Club project by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Teens who participate for the whole series will be invited to a pizza party at the library with one of these authors!!  Send your contact info to or call 454-8504 to let us know you're interested in signing up.  

Waking in Oak Creek film screening poster

"Waking in Oak Creek," a short film screening & discussion.  Watch how another American town overcame a terrorist ask and then let's discuss how people overcome and prevent terrorist attacks. 11/29 from 6 until 7:30 pm. This film was produced by the US Department of Justice as part of the Not in Our Town project.

The Classic Book Club will discuss 

"The Country of the Pointed Firs" 
by Sarah Orne Jewett for December's meeting, December 7 at 6 pm at the library.  They meet most 1st Mondays, but to confirm before your first meeting, please call Amba at 793-0418.  In January, they'll be discussing Alexander Pushkin's EUGENE ONEGIN.

custom framed gifts
"YOU'VE BEEN FRAMED!" Join us at the library as we explore the myriad techniques and styles you can choose from to create a custom gift in-a-frame: use our paper arts bin tools, the color printer and take home up to three free simple wood and glass frames to complete your creations for your loved ones who "have everything." Friday, December 11 at 5 pm, with librarian Loona Brogan.

photo: Skip O'Rourke, St. Petersburg Times
Special THANK YOU to Susan Green, Liza Earle-Centers, Anne Miller and Sarah Norton of the Jaquith Library and Marshfield Conservation Commission and Sarah Albert of the Plainfield Conservation Commission, and Paul Shper and Meg Hammond of Goddard College for being willing partners with the Cutler Memorial Library in bringing Keeping Track Founder Susan Morse to Goddard's Haybarn auditorium for an excellent natural history and wildlife habitat presentation focussed on the return of BIG WILD CATS to New England.  Big thanks to Sue Morse and her team, too!! Plans are in the works to bring her back in late March to present on a different topic, using the money collected at the door of last Thursday night's talk.  Stay tuned!   

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