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January 2016

posted Jan 16, 2016, 5:19 AM by Cutler Memorial Library   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 5:23 AM ]
"Check it Out!"
the Cutler Memorial Library's occasional newsletter
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
Jorge Luis Borges

CONTENTS: Potluck invite.Teen book club. 2x Story Time. Classic Book Club. First Fridays game night. Encore naturalist talk. School vacation break offerings. Link to town report library narrative.
POST-SCRIPT: Thank you, kind people. Digital Learning Day.
** Happy 2016!
** It's going to be a great year to use the library.
What's new in 2016 at the Cutler Memorial Library?
New neighbors have moved to town since last year! Let's enjoy a community potluck & introduce ourselves to recent Plainfielders.  New to town?  Please do come to our  "Welcome, Neighbor Potluck" Sunday, January 31st from 6-8 pm.  Bring your own plate and cutlery, please, and an ingredient list for folks with food sensitivities.

We're launching a new teen book discussion series, "HACK THE FEED: Media, Resistance & Revolution." Come to an intro session on Wednesday January 20th, 3 pm & pick up your copies (to keep) of MT Anderson's FEED, Suzanne Collin's HUNGER GAMES, and John Lewis's MARCH.  The Great Stories Book Club will meet Wednesdays from 3-4:30 over several school weeks in February and March.  Participation is limited to the first ten teens to sign up, so don't wait to register!  Just email your contact phone and email, name and age to: ( .  In addition to free books, participants will have a chance to discuss FEED with the author, who lives locally!!

We're offering Story Time at 10 am and 1 pm on Thursdays now, please bring your wee ones!  We love a good picture book break.

There's nothing new about the Classic Book Club, which meets most 1st Mondays, but they have a new list of titles to discuss in 2016! February's book discussion features Cheri, by Colette, Monday February 1st at 6pm.

We have new board games for 2016!! Yes!! We invite gamers to converge for First Fridays Game Night at 6pm (February 5th); use our games or bring your own! Call 454-8504 for more information or email

SAVE THE DATE!! We've got another "not-new" for you in the new year: renowned naturalist Susan Morse of Keeping Track returns to the Haybarn at Goddard College, Wednesday March 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm to present a talk & slideshow "Animals of the North: What will global climate change mean for them?" Co-sponsored by the Conservation Commissions of Marshfield & Plainfield, the Jaquith & Cutler Memorial Libraries & Goddard College.  Donations encouraged, free and open to the public. Families welcome!

** SCHOOL VACATION PROGRAMMING: We've got hands-on bins for crafting, games, puzzles, toys & more for anyday library fun.  We'd like to offer a couple of robotics workshops and a paper/cardboard construction exploration day if enough interested kids & adults indicate an interest. Would you come to a robotics workshop? Wanna learn together how to construct objects using paper and cardboard with fellow enthusiasts? GIVE US YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION, we'll let folks know dates and times if enough people "pre-register."
It's that time of year, when we look back at how things went in the year that has passed.  We recently submitted our summary of the fiscal year 2014-2015 for the town report, which includes the estimated value of the services we provide in the community as well as some encouraging statistics about increased use of the library in Plainfield over the past five years.  For those of you who geek out on numbers, or otherwise just want the details as they've been submitted for the town report... follow this link:

Many big "THANK YOU!"s to the generous supporters who responded to the trustees annual appeal for donations. Also, thanks to Cabot Cheese, Chet & Viieu Cole, Country Bookstore, Vermont Crackers, George Bellerose, Green Mtn. Crossfit, Angela Miller, Herb Garden Lady, Friends of the Library, Maplefields, Nutty Steph, Joyce Fowler, Plainfield Co-op, Plainfield Hardware, Positive Pie, Strong Family, Vermont Sausage, Willow Moon Cheese & Wrisley Auto Care for their contributions to the Friends of the Library's Vermont Gift Basket Raffle! Congratulations Nicola Morris, this year's winner.
Seeking volunteers tech tutors & tech novices: let us connect you on "Digital Learning Day," Wednesday February 17th, 12-2pm.