Thursday, March 26, 2009

Have you read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson?

Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson and published by Houghton Mifflin in September 1962. The book is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement.
When Silent Spring was published, Rachel Carson was already a well-known writer on natural history, but had not previously been a social critic. The book was widely read (especially after its selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club and an endorsement by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas), spending several weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, and inspired widespread public concerns with pesticides and pollution of the environment. Silent Spring facilitated the ban of the pesticide DDT in 1972 in the United States.
The book documented detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly on birds. Carson said that DDT had been found to cause thinner egg shells and result in reproductive problems and death. She also accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting industry claims uncritically.
Silent Spring has made many lists of the best nonfiction books of the twentieth century. In the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Nonfiction it was at #5, and it was at #78 in the conservative National Review. Most recently, Silent Spring was named one of the 25 greatest science books of all time by the editors of Discover Magazine.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult's latest book, Handle with Care, has arrived!

Can being too good a mother make you a bad mother? Charlotte's young daughter was born with a rare disease that causes her bones to break easily. But Charlotte's driving need to protect her child at all costs tears apart the other relationships in her life. In her trademark style, Picoult weaves together multiple plot twists with heart-wrenching insight into the power and fragility of love.

You may email us to reserve this book.

(This paragraph was from Family Circle magazine April 1 2009)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Looking for something to do???

PSU & Silver Center for the Arts Concerts & Events
Plymouth State University

Plymouth (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869

Thursday, March 12, 7pm - Reading: Women of Words
As a part of Women's History Month, the Women of Words, a local writing group, will read poems inspired by artwork of local women artists. A Women's History Month Event.
Call for free tickets. At Smith Recital Hall

Thursday, March 12, 7pm - Hanover Chamber Orchestra performs A Little Night Music
Program includes "Eine kleine Nachtmusic" by Mozart, "Verklärte Nacht" by Schoenberg, "Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky" by Arensky and "Divertimento (1930)" by Bartok.
At Hanaway Theatre

Monday, March 23, 7pm - Faculty Piano Recital
Pianist Carleen Graff is professor of music at PSU, where she teaches piano performance and pedagogy. She has performed solo and chamber recitals in New England, the Midwest and Germany. Call for free tickets. At Smith Recital Hall.

Tuesday, March 24, 8pm - Sidore Lecture Series: The US-Mexico Border: Chasing Cross-Border Activism
Guadalupe Luna says that rather than see viable alternatives, the US Congress continues to adopt an increasingly slippery slope of punitive measures that are difficult to reconcile with domestic law and international human rights principles. She will discuss the border fence that is under construction in the US southern border region. All Sidore events are free and open to the public; advance reservations are recommended. Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments.

Wednesday, March 25, 4pm - Artist Panel: The State
In some creative and artistic circles, "craft" is a bad word; in others it's absolutely essential. PSU and the Fuller Craft Museum present a panel discussion that looks at craft in the context of contemporary academia, theory and practice, as part of a regional discussion. At Heritage Commons. Free.

Saturday, March 28, 8pm - Silver Series: Sam Bush Band
Sam Bush, a master of the mandolin, fiddle and guitar, is considered to be an American bluegrass virtuoso. He is also an accomplished composer, singer, standout performer and multiple Grammy Award winner. Bush has toured as the leader of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers, and more recently with Lyle Lovett, Bela Fleck, Mark O'Connor and David Grisman. Hanaway Theatre.

Tuesday, March 31, 5pm - Student Concert: All New England Jazz Festival
PSU Jazz Band and guest artists perform with high school musicians from throughout the region.

Happenings at D Acres Farm
D Acres of NH Organic Farm & Educational Homestead
218 Streeter Woods Road, Dorchester (603) 786-2366
Friday, March 13, 2-4pm - Northern Forest Pruning
With Josh Trought & S. Tyler Durham, focusing on fruit and nut trees.
Friday, March 13, 3pm - Open Trails
Snowshoe or cross-country ski in the winter, hike in the summer.
Friday, March 13, 6-9pm - Full Moon Potluck
Bring a dish to share with neighbors. Join us after for a talk about Climate Change led by Sam Miller. Free
Saturday, March 21, 1-3pm - Maple Sugaring
Join Neil Dominieki in the Sugar Shack to learn how D Acres creates maple syrup from trees tapped on the property. Sliding scale suggested donation.
Saturday, March 21, 6pm - Wood Carving Demonstration
Learn the basics of wood carving with Barbara McAllister in conjunction with Soup Night.
Saturday, March 21, 6-8pm - Equinox Saturday Soup Night
Sliding scale donation for all-you-should-eat organic farm soup.
Friday, March 27, 10am-12noon - Writing Group with Ivy Page
All levels and styles are welcome; emphasis is currently on poetry and short-stories. Beginners are certainly welcome. Preregistration is required.
Friday, March 27 - Last Friday Open Mic Night
8-10:30pm is the scheduled Open Mic (sign up when you arrive); 10:30pm-12:00am is the Open Jam... join right in. Free. Potluck drinks and snacks are welcome.
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm - Yoga with Sarah Hall

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Programs & Events
23 Science Center Road, Holderness (603) 968-7194
Saturday, March 14, 9:30-11:30am - Opening the Gates to Winter
Come find out what happens at the Science Center during the long, cold winter months. Be ready to snowshoe; snowshoes available at no extra fee. All ages.
Saturday, March 21, 6-9pm - Celebrate Night
Join staff at the Science Center for a night of family fun to shake off the winter blues and welcome the spring season. There will be several activities to choose from including a campfire with storytelling, night sky watch (weather permitting), night hikes, and a "Creatures of the Night" live animal program. All ages.
For a complete list of programs and for registration information, call or visit the website.

Byron G Merrill Library Happenings
Tuesday, 2-8pm; Thursday, 10am-12noon & 2pm-5pm; Saturday, 10am-12noon
10 Buffalo Road, Rumney (603) 786-9520
Tuesday, March 17, 2:30-3:30pm or 7-7:45pm - Rumney Genealogists
Are you interested in getting your family tree? We will explore various ways for doing this as well as how to research on the internet using Third Tuesday of each month.
Tuesday, March 31, 2:30-3:30pm or 7-7:45pm - Rumney Rudolph Club
Do you find Christmas sneaking up on you each year? Join the Rudolph Club and start planning now! Stop by and find out what this is all about. You are welcome to join us in the afternoon or evening.
Thursdays, 3:30pm and Saturdays, 10:30am - Byron G Bear Story Club
Themed storytimes and activities for preschool and primary age children Visit for more information.

Pease Public Library Programs & Events
Monday-Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Thursday & Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm
1 Russell Street, Plymouth (603) 536-2616
Tuesday, March 17, 7pm - Wordless Books
David Berona will discuss the first wordless books, and show slides of woodcut artists from the early 20th century featured in his book, Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels, recently chosen as one of the winners of the 2009 New York Book Show. Book signing and reception to follow.
Thursdays, 7pm - Winter/Spring 2009 Lecture Series: Modern China
An exploration of the tumultuous political and cultural landscape of 20th century China.
March 19, 7pm - Chinese Holidays and Pastimes, with Ying Xia Peterson
March 26, 7pm - China Under Mao and After, with Dr. Xiaoxiong Li, PSU
Thursday, April 2, 7pm - Beauty and Meaning in Chinese Art, with Bruce MacLaren, Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at Peabody Essex Museum
All events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Young Ladies Library Association Endowment Fund in cooperation with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.
Mondays, 10am - Toddler Time for parents and children up to 36 months. Sessions, with stories, singing and movement, followed by playtime.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10am - Preschool Storyhours for ages 3 to 5
The program will consist of stories, music, arts & crafts and a snack.

Events at Plymouth Regional Senior Center
Old Plymouth Railroad Depot
8 Depot Street, Plymouth (603) 536-1204 or (603) 536-9639 or (603) 536-2090
The center is open every day, with a continuous and full schedule of activities. All welcome.
Mondays, March 23-April 27, 1-3:30pm - Powerful Tools for Caregivers
This is a 6-week educational program for caregivers at Speare Memorial Hospital. For more information, call Jane Conklin at (888) 634-9412 or Fran Olsen at (603) 744-8395.
Wednesday, April 1, 1pm - Monthly Writing Class
First Wednesday each month
Mondays, 9am-12noon - Wood Carving Class
Beginners are welcome. Bring your own tools or come by and see what it's all about.
Mondays, 9:45-11am - Tai Chi and Dao Yin
Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:15am - Yoga
Wednesdays, 9am - Central New Hampshire Artists
Wednesdays, 9am - Computer Classes
Thursdays, 9-11am - Crafters, Knitters, Crocheters, Cross Stitchers & Rug Hookers
New and experienced crafters welcome. Bring ideas and work to be completed. Materials will be provided. If you have available frames & hooks to loan, bring them in.
Thursdays, 10:30am - Memoir Writing Workshop
Each year our goal has been to finish up with a small book utilizing the combined stories of all participants. All are welcome.
Thursdays, 1pm - Quilting Class
Fridays, 10:15am - Country Line Dancing
Join Joan Randlett, who will show you some kick-up-your-heels moves. All ages are welcome

Monday, March 9, 2009

Rumney Knitters

I am looking forward to seeing the Rumney Knitters tomorrow - we'll have two sessions, one at 2 and another at 7. I will bring my scarf - looking forward to seeing your new projects.