Thursday, July 29, 2010

Plymouth Record - August 5, 2010

We have just one more week until Old Home Day and the Library Book Sale. The sale will start at promptly at 9 am and run until noon. We will have tables set up on the lawn filled with books and videos looking for new homes. Won't you stop by and take a look? Proceeds from this annual event will be put towards a matching grant for children's books. The library will be open from 10 until 3 on Old Home Day and we will set out some of the old scrapbooks to peruse. Stop by, say hello and enjoy a glass of lemonade.

We are looking for some old photographs from the early 1940's for a project we are working on jointly with the Rumney Historical Society. Our program theme this year is 'Rumney - The Home Front during WWII.' We hope to find some photos which will show Rumney during this time as well as some of the folks who were living here. Can you help?

Attention students - get a jump start on your language courses before school starts by trying out our on-line language programs. It is fun and it is easy to get started. Email us and we will send you your password. French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese - we have them for you.

Daniel Silva's 'The Rembrandt Affair', the 10th novel in the suspenseful Gabriel Allon series and a great summer read, just arrived. Who will be the first to claim it?

Upcoming Event: The Rumney Knitters will meet on Wednesday, August 11th at 2. It is always fun to see what everyone is working on. You are invited to stop by for that hour and enjoy a visit along with a cup of tea and a sweet - a pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

News from BGM

Our young patrons are reading up a storm this summer. Two of the children earned free tickets to a Fishercats baseball game and will be taking their Dads on August 3rd. The readers will be invited out on the field at mid-game and recognized for their reading achievement.Several other children are trying to figure out the mystery of 'The 39 Clues'. Our little ones are part of the 'Ladybug Club' and tracking the books they read. It has been a fun summer for all of us.

Our computers are busy most of the time. In addition to our regular users we have grandparents here with their grandchildren. As one patron says, 'I am getting an education', as we learn all sorts of new games.

Two more weeks until Old Home Day and the library book sale. We are busy putting together boxes of discarded books and videos so we will be ready for the big day.We are applying for a grant for new children's books and the profit from the book sale will be put towards the matching part of the grant.

Upcoming Events: Wednesday, August 11th at 2 - Rumney Knitters. A dozen of our ladies took up the challenge and have knitted liners for helmets to give our soldiers comfort and warmth during the winter months in Afghanistan. "We enjoy knitting and supporting our troops", said one of the members of our group. As of last month we have sent fifty-eight of the liners to the troops and we plan to continue this project into the fall. (We would appreciate monetary contributions from our non-knitting friends to put towards the cost of the yarn - we use the 'superwash wool' which is more expensive than regular yarn.) The group, which includes Helen Keniston, June Winsor, and Nancy Kolb, gets together the second Wednesday of each month at two for an hour of knitting, visiting, and enjoying a cup of tea and a sweet. Our ladies are good bakers as well as knitters. Won't you come join us? No experience needed!

The Byron G Merrill Library offers books, magazines, dvds, videos, downloadable audio books, interlibrary loan, and an internet-based language program - stop by and ask. Located at 10 Buffalo Road, the library is open on Wednesdays 2-8, Thursdays 10-12 and 2-5, and Saturdays 10-12. Phone:786-9520 - Email: - Web:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Book Review: Before You Know Kindness

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian (2004)

For ten summers, the Seton family --- all three generations --- met at their country home in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, to spend a week together playing tennis, badminton, and golf, and savoring gin and tonics on the wraparound porch to celebrate the end of the season. I thought that I would really like these people but, with the exception of 10-year-old Willow, I did not.

In the eleventh summer, everything changed for the Seton family when a hunting rifle with a single cartridge left in the chamber wound up in exactly the wrong hands at exactly the wrong time, and led to a nightmarish accident.

Before You Know Kindness is a family saga that is timely in its examination of some of the most important issues of our era, and timeless in its exploration of the strange and unexpected places where we find love.

As he did with his earlier masterpiece, Midwives, Chris Bohjalian has written a novel that is rich with unforgettable characters --- and absolutely riveting in its page-turning intensity, NOT. Hope some of our readers will disagree with me.