April 2014 Newsletter
Welcome to the April 2014 edition of the Martha Canfield Library's e-newsletter. If you have any suggestions, you can email them to our hotmail account or leave them in our suggestion jar on the front desk.
News from the Vermont Library Association President Amber Billey
April 8, 2014
The Vermont Library Association joins American Library Association President Barbara Stripling in rebuking the budget plan by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI). This budget plan seeks to eliminate federal funding for multiple programs dedicated to the public good that directly benefit Vermont libraries and their patrons.
Ryan's budget resolution effectively calls for the dissolution of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency that administers grants to libraries and museums, including the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) state funding program. In Vermont, LSTA funds represent approximately 25% of the state's $3.8 million Department of Libraries budget for fiscal year 2014.
President Stripling writes, "Libraries depend on the support they receive from IMLS to help patrons learn new skills, find job opportunities and access reading materials that they otherwise could not afford. More than $180 million has been appropriated to the Institute for Museum and Library Services through September 2014 to help libraries make information and services available to the citizens they serve. In Rep. Ryan's own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities."
Vermont libraries serve the same critical role in ensuring equitable access to the Internet, books, and other educational materials. In Vermont LSTA funding has allowed libraries to create summer reading programs, offer adapted resources to blind and physically disabled patrons, provide Vermonters with reliable access to online databases, enhance public programs, train librarians, and much more.
The Vermont Library Association commends Vermont's Congressional delegation for their unanimous support for LSTA. Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and Congressman Welch all signed on to "Dear Colleague" letters in support of the program.
Ryan would like to make similar cuts in federal funding to agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Public Broadcasting Service, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a move that would result in the loss of cultural heritage on an epic scale. In Vermont, the NEH has funded $1,118,552 toward identifying and preserving nearly 1,000 historic Vermont newspaper titles through the Vermont Newspaper Project. Most recently NEH funded digitizing over 200,000 pages through the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project.
Vermont Library Association President Amber Billey says, "In a budget that also proposes the elimination of community block grants and the drastic reduction of anti-poverty measures such as food stamps, perhaps it should be no surprise to see such disregard for America's libraries. Vermont's most recent libraries statistics indicate widespread use of services – nearly 4 million visits to our facilities, over 20,000 public programs offered, and 4.5 million items such as books circulated. Paul Ryan's budget would seriously impact our ability to provide these critical services to Vermonters."
Book discussion series
The Library will present "Booker Prize Winners", a free book discussion series sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council, at 2 pm on Sundays in April and May. Established in 1968, England's Booker Prize is awarded annually to a citizen of the U. K., the Commonwealth, Ireland, Pakistan or South Africa who has written the year's best novel according to a panel of critics, writers and academics. Graham Swift, who won the Booker in 1996, singled it out as the finest accolade a writer can receive, "It's the one which, if we're completely honest, we most covet." The discussions will be led by Helene Lang of the Vermont Humanities Council. The program is free and open to the public.
The books featured in the series will be discussed as follows:
April 13 – The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
April 27 – The Life and Times of Michael K. by J. M. Coetzee
May 11 – The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
May 25 – The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
Copies of the books to be discussed are available to borrow in advance at the library.
The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more about VHC or to find out about other events in your area, visit www.vermonthumanities.org or call 802-262-2626.
The Library will host a special program on "Miniature Antique Cars and Trucks" on Tuesday, April 15 at 7 pm. Kevin Kees of Shaftsbury will speak about his collection of antique cars and trucks in miniature and show examples. Kees focuses primarily on plastic model cars and trucks. He will also present a short history of model collecting and describe how he got started in the hobby in the 1960s. Currently Kevin is involved with the Toy and Model Show in Bennington, now in its 17th year in this area.
Dreaming of Spring? Longing for your garden? The Library has the answer. You may not be able to plant yet but you can plot and plan with our "Gardening Book Bundles" – individual assortments of books on gardening. There are hardcover and paperback books in each bundle and a few surprises. There are anywhere from 6-10 items in a bundle and the cost is only $3.00 each - quite a bargain price for a head start on the growing season.
Come for a special "Train" story time on Saturday, April 26, at 1:30 pm. We'll hear some train stories and learn about the different types of railroad cars, signals and track. We'll hear a CD of real train sounds and end with a craft to take home.
Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am for a preschool story-time. We'll read a few stories, and perhaps do a craft, listen to a song or play with a puppet.
From April 3 – 29, the Canfield Gallery will feature a solo exhibit of North Bennington artist Judith Kniffin's most recent watercolor landscapes. This body of work focuses largely on patterns and spatial ambiguities arising from figure-ground and color relationships. There is an overall sense of nature's multiplicity—bodies of water, plants, trees, clouds—jostling with each other's spatial needs. These are not relaxing landscapes; they exude energy. Judith Kniffin's work, in both oil and watercolor, has been exhibited widely in Southwestern Vermont. Kniffin is a member of the NAACO Gallery in North Adams, MA.
You are invited to an artist's reception on Saturday, April 12, from 3 until 5 pm.This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. A portion of all art sales benefits the Library
We'll be getting ready for the opening of our summer book sale on Memorial Day weekend. If you are doing spring cleaning and need a place to donate your gently used books, games, puzzles and DVDs, bring them to the Library during our regular hours. Please make sure any items are clean and in good condition, we can't use books with mold, mouse dirt or insect damage.
Do you enjoy reading to children? Would you be interested in reading at our pajama story time on the first Tuesday of the month? Contact Phyllis about taking a turn.
If you have read a good book lately that you would like to recommend to your neighbors, we'd love to have a review to put in this newsletter. E-mail it to Phyllis at our hotmail account.
A Matter of Class, by Mary Balogh
Transition, by Iain Banks
When She Came Home, by Drusilla Campbell
The Song Before It Is Sung, by Justin Cartwright
Mirage, by Clive Cussler
The Double Game, by Dan Fesperman
Where We Belong, by Emily Giffin
The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman
The Museum of Extraordinary Things, by Alice Hoffman
Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan
Killer, by Jonathan Kellerman
Dream Eyes, by Jayne Ann Krentz
The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Winter People, by Jennifer McMahon
Cider Brook, by Carla Neggers
Carthage, by Joyce Carol Oates
Private L.A., by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan
Still Life with Crows, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Clover, by Dori Sanders
Storm Front, by John Sandford
The Forever Girl, by Alexander McCall Smith
The Wily O'Reilly, by Patrick Taylor
The Martian, by Andy Weir
Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch, by Nancy Atherton
Death of a Policeman, by M. C. Beaton
The Beggar's Opera, by Peggy Blair
The Merry Misogynist, by Colin Cotterill
A Friendly Game of Murder, by J. J. Murphy
Concealed in Death, by J. D. Robb
Hunting Shadows, by Charles Todd
Skype for Dummies, by Loren Abdulezer and Howard Dammond
iPad for Dummies, by Edward C. Baig and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus
Macs for Dummies, by Edward C. Baig
Taking Charge of ADHD, by Russell A. Barkley (3rd ed.)
HTML and CSS, by Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop
Protecting Your Internet Identity, by Ted Claypoole and Theresa Payton
Raising Financially Confident Kids, by Mary Hunt
George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women, by Barbara Seaman
Outsmarting Anger, by Joseph Shrand, MD, with Leigh Devine, MS
Philomena: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty-Year Search, by Martin Sixsmith
Time Reborn, by Lee Smolin
Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, by Joseph Tychonievich
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, by Alan Bradley
A Wolf at the Table, by Augusten Burroughs
The Songs of Willow Frost, by Jamie Ford
Winter's Tale, by Mark Helprin
The Wily O'Reilly, by Patrick Taylor
The Burden of Proof, by Scott Turow
Call the Midwife, by Jennifer Worth
The Impossible Knife of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Friends, by Kazumi Yumoto
Young Adult Audiobooks
This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, by Esther Earl, with Lori and Wayne Earl
The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson
Lost in Babylon, by Peter Lerangis
The Magician's Tower, by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Hunted, by Maggie Stiefvater
Big Nate from the Top, by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate Makes the Grade, by Lincoln Peirce
Big Nate Out Loud, by Lincoln Peirce
Millions, Billions and Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers, by David A. Adler
Things That Float and Things That Don't, by David A. Adler
Star Wars: Science Fair Book, by Samantha Margles
The Deer Watch, by Pat Lowery Collins
Ribbit!, by Rodrigo Folgueira
Water in the Park, by Emily Jenkins
Sleep Like a Tiger, by Mary Logue
Brush of the Gods, by Lenore Look