martha canfield library

PO Box 267 • 528 East Arlington Road, Arlington, VT • 05250
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  • Tuesday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Wednesday — 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Thursday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Friday — 2:00PM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday — 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Russell Collection

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Tuesdays or by appointment

Martha Canfield Library E-news

Welcome to the late October/November 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. We will be closed Thursday, November 27, Thanksgiving Day.

Dessert Party and Silent Auction
Our dessert, silent auction and live auction party was a great success. It was a fun afternoon to visit with friends and neighbors and we raised just over $6000.00 toward the increasing expenses of our budget. Many thanks go to all of you who planned, volunteered, baked goodies, and donated items, as well as all who attended and bid on things. We appreciate your support of our great community resource.

Genealogy Programs
The Russell Vermontiana Collection is sponsoring three upcoming genealogy programs in the Library meeting room. The programs will be presented on Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00.
On October 19 there will be a two hour "Introduction to Genealogy" for those interested in beginning and organizing their family history research. On November 2 the subject will be "Timelines in Family History," and will focus on the use of timelines to solve problems and bring family history to life. The final program in the series will be "Proof Positive – Proving your Family Research." This will be presented on November 16.
The presenter is Bill Budde, curator of the Russell Vermontiana Collection and a professional genealogist. Bill was recently invited to present at the Celtic Connections Conference held at Bentley College in Waltham, MA, and at the annual Scottish History, Genealogy and Culture seminars at the New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival held in Lincoln, NH. For information contact the Library.

A Case of Identity
In the deepest stratum of a large tin box discovered in the ancestral vaults of Cox & Co., at Harrington House, Craig's Court, London, lay the photographic archive of Sherlock Holmes. Amongst the daguerreotypes, tintypes and cartes de visite, was a bundle of eight photographic cases bound with ribbon and sealed in red wax with the Holmes family crest.

The largest of these was a full leather case containing a beautifully hand colored whole plate photograph of a woman in her mid-thirties. Who she was and why she was kept with the seven other photographs of those closest to Holmes is what A Case of Identity sets out to discover.

In what is the fourth in a series of illuminated monographs chronicling the contents of the Harrington House cache, David Houle skillfully applies Holmes's method in examining the photographic evidence and in an astonishing revelation - worthy of the Master himself - identifies who the woman was and her relationship to Sherlock Holmes. Please join us on Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 for A Case of Identity.

The Art of the Game
What is the first known board game manufactured in America? What was America's first "travel" game? What game brought the US Congress to a standstill? What was the most important game during WWII? What games have been made in Vermont?

These are just a few of the interesting facts about board games that will be discussed on Saturday, November 15, the day designated by the American Library Association as Play a Game @ Your Library Day. The program will start at 3:00.

Martha Folsom has been collecting and playing games all her life. For fourteen years she was the owner of a specialty game store. She is a member of the international organization, The Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors, and served 5 years as president of the organization.

She will discuss the history of board games, and their makers, and how our culture and history is depicted by the art on game boards and boxes. After the presentation please stay and learn to play some very interesting games.

Business Cards Wanted
We are collecting business cards from Sunderland, Arlington and Sandgate businesses for a welcome packet we are developing to hand out to new residents of our three towns. If you have a card you would like included, drop it off at the Library or mail it to us at PO Box 267 in Arlington. The packet will include information about the three towns, services, businesses, maps and a library card application.

Russell Vermontiana Collection
The Russell Collection is looking for the following items:

Sunderland Town Reports, between 1895 and 1904.
Sandgate Town Reports, 1904 and 1905.

Stapler, heavy duty, up to 20 page capacity.
Hole punch, heavy duty, 5 to 10 page capacity.

Fiber and More
Mark your 2014 calendar for our Fiber and More meetings and join us. Bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery or other fiber arts. We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 1:00 to 3:00. On October 22, we'll try knitting with homestead yarn. On November 12, we'll be knitting hats and mittens for students at Fisher Elementary School who need warm things for winter. However, we won't be meeting November 26, the day before Thanksgiving. We'll meet again on December 10 to plan projects for 2015 and work on active projects. For questions or more information call Tricia at 802-375-2219.

Beading Group
We're thinking of starting a beading group to learn bead stringing, bead weaving and wire wrapping. Participants of all skill levels would be welcome, and we could exchange tips or even trade some beads. If you are interested, please let us know a day and time that would be convenient for you.

Canfield Gallery
No Reservations: Contemporary Ceramic Tableware features the latest work of local artist Jessica Putnam Phillips. Jessica's one-of-a-kind ceramic work will be on view through October 30.

For this exhibition Jessica is showing her functional hand-carved ceramics along with her more controversial US servicewomen series. Jessica explains this thought provoking work, "As a reflection of my own military experience, I explore the juxtaposition of US service women in combat with the domestic and decorative nature of heirloom ceramic tableware. Using the notion of "serving" I create objects associated with serving a meal depicting military women serving their country, combining military iconography with traditional elements of transfer-ware patterns. This re-imagining subverts the once benign decoration while creating a personal narrative and contemporary social commentary. Through non-traditional imagery I seek to challenge the entrenched ideas of domesticity and gender roles while exposing the social and cultural issues faced by military women."

Jessica Putnam Phillips was born and raised in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and served in the United States Air Force. She received her B. A. in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and her M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Lesley University. Jessica's work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationwide including the Boston Young Contemporaries 2013 Exhibition and the New England Collective at Galatea Gallery, Boston. In 2014 three of her ceramic pieces were selected to be part of the Transformation 9 Exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. In addition to her studio work, Jessica is the director of the Canfield Gallery and teaches ceramics for CCV and the Vermont Art Exchange in North Bennington.

And in November, we will be featuring our 16th Annual Arts and Crafts Show, opening on Saturday, November 15. We will have knitted and crocheted goods, pottery, jewelry, wooden items, ornaments and many more unique crafts suitable for gift giving. If you are a crafter and would like to exhibit some of your work, contact Phyllis. The show will be open during our regular library hours through December 31.

Book Sale
Only a few more weekends to stock up for your winter reading! Our book sale in the Community House will be open Fridays 1:00 to 4:00, Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00 and Sundays 10:00 to 4:00, through the weekend before Halloween. Starting November 1, we will be open only on Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00, until November 22, and then we'll close for the winter. But if you run low on reading material, you can always check our book sale corner in the Library or borrow from our regular shelves.

Volunteer Opportunities
We have several volunteer opportunities available. If you enjoy working with people and have some computer skills, we have an opening at the front desk on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00. The main tasks involved are checking books in and out, issuing new library cards, answering the phone and shelving books. If you like planning special projects, our Advocates are looking for you to help plan and carry out fund-raising ideas. The Advocates meet in the Library the second Friday of every month at 10:30. Or, if you prefer to work more behind the scenes and know books, we need people to help sort book sale donations. Stop in and see Phyllis or Wolf.

New Books
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian
Power Play, by Catherine Coulter
A Colder War, by Charles Cumming
Memorial Day, by Vince Flynn
Queen's Gambit, by Elizabeth Fremantle
The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
Something Blue, by Emily Giffin
The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness
The Matchmaker, by Elin Hilderbrand
Goodnight June, by Sarah Jio
Sight Unseen, by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
The City, by Dean Koontz
River Road, by Jayne Ann Krentz
Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber
The Assistant, by Bernard Malamud
Until We Touch, by Susan Mallery
The Arsonist, by Sue Miller
Harbor Island, by Carla Neggers
Little Bird of Heaven, by Joyce Carol Oates
Private Down Under, by James Patterson and Michael White
Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, by Lisa Patton
The Lost Island, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The Red Wolf Conspiracy, by Robert V. S. Redick
Justice, by Karen Robards
Cast in Peril, by Michelle Sagara
Cast in Sorrow, by Michelle Sagara
The Heist, by Daniel Silva
Sunshine on Scotland Street, by Alexander McCall Smith
All Necessary Force, by Brad Taylor
Enemy of Mine, by Brad Taylor
Now and In the Hour of Our Death, by Patrick Taylor
The Illusionists, by Rosie Thomas
Swan Point, by Sherryl Woods
Cut and Thrust, by Stuart Woods

Angelica's Smile, by Andrea Camilleri
Live to Tell, by Lisa Gardner
The Neighbor, by Lisa Gardner
Remains of Innocence, by J. A. Jance
The Last Word, by Lisa Lutz
The Blackhouse, by Peter May
The Night Searchers, by Marcia Muller
L. A. Outlaws, by T. Jefferson Parker
The Long Way Home, by Louise Penny

Large Print
A Perfect Life, by Danielle Steel

Wilson, by A. Scott Berg
Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen, by Carlyn Berghoff and Sarah Berghoff McClure
Col. William Marsh: Vermont Patriot and Loyalist, by Jennifer S. H. Brown and Wilson B. Brown
Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal, by Abigail Carroll
Hard Choices, by Hilary Rodham Clinton
Natural Beekeeping, by Ross Conrad
The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America, by Gregg Easterbrook
The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, by William Ferris
The Vermont Difference: Perspectives from the Green Mountain State, edited by J. Kevin Graffagnino, H. Nicholas Muller III, David A. Donath and Kristin Peterson-Ishaq
Knit to Flatter, by Amy Herzog
Dreams of Other Worlds: The Amazing Story of Unmanned Space Exploration, by Chris Impey and Holly Henry
Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years, Jim Kacian, editor-in-chief
Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power, by Kevin Peraino
Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen, edited by Christopher Phillips and Louis P. Masur
The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry, by Mark Ribowsky
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg with Neil Scovell
Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century, by Orville Schell and John Delury
In the Kingdom of Ice, by Hampton Sides
Beginning Programming, by Matt Telles

Audio CD
Terminal City, by Linda Fairstein
The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
The Corsican Caper, by Peter Mayle
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

Ivanhoe, with James Mason, Anthony Andrews and Sam Neill
Lara Croft, Tomb Raider, with Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight
Timeline, with Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, Gerard Butler and Billy Connolly

Young Adult
In the Company of Thieves, by Kage Baker
The Elite, by Kiera Cass
The One, by Kiera Cass
The Selection, by Kiera Cass
Slaves of Socorro, by John Flanagan
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
Changeling, by Philippa Gregory
Fool's Gold, by Philippa Gregory
Stormbringers, by Philippa Gregory
Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina, by Rodman Philbrick
What I Was, by Meg Rosoff


The Water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Spellbound, by Anna Dale
A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, by Wendy Mass
A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass
Thea Stilton and the Ghost of the Shipwreck, by Thea Stilton

Easy Readers
Olivia Goes to the Library, adapted by Lauren Forte
Today I Will Fly, by Mo Willems

Picture Books
If I Were Your Father, by Margaret Park Bridges
Sticky, Sticky, Stuck!, by Michael Gutch
Froggy Bakes a Cake, by Jonathan London
Froggy Gets Dressed, by Jonathan London
The Pigeon Needs a Bath, by Mo Willems

New Books

for all ages


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