Thursday, September 18, 2008

3rd Grade Visit

Mrs. Hinckley's 3rd grade class is studying 'community' and learning about what makes up our community of Rumney. Today the class visited our common, our historical museum, and our village library. While at the library they listened as Ms Funk read a story about a missing library book and then joined her in a few musical selections.

Most of the children have library cards and were able to select a book to check out. We hope that the remaining children will visit again soon with their Mom or Dad and sign up for a card.

The children were wonderful guests at our library and we hope they will all come again soon.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Anne Turns 100

That's right, 'Anne of Green Gables' was first published in 1908. L. M. Montgomery, as the author was known, then went on to write seven more full-length books about Anne and her family. Later, Anne even became the subject of several movies and television series.

In the first book, the spunky girl is an 11-year-old orphan who accidentally ends up with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a brother and sister who live in the imaginary town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Matthew and Marilla had planned to adopt a boy, someone to help with the farm work. Instead they got Anne, and like millions of readers, they fell in love with her much to their surprise.

Like Anne, Ms Montgomery lost her mother when she was very young. She spent many of her growing up years with her grandparents on PEI. With her vivid memories and just a touch of imagination, Anne was born. Montgomery also loved nature and she especially loved the spruce grove and the brook near the one-room schoolhouse and some of the quirks of the schoolhouse ended up in her stories.

People all over the world still adore Anne today - they read her books and visit Green Gables on Pri
nce Edward Island. For Anne's anniversary, a Canadian author named Budge Wilson wrote a prequel called 'Before Green Gables', a book about Anne's orphan years. A new television movie, 'Anne of Green Gables - A New Beginning' will be broadcast in Canada later this year. We hope that it will soon be shown in this country.

How will you celebrate 100 years of Anne? Will you dive into the new prequel or re-read some of the series? Will you introduce a young reader to this special heroine. Stop in and take a look at our Anne books.

(This information was taken from an article which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor newspaper on September 9th, 2008)