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Environmentally friendly adult holiday crafts program

If you’re an adult who likes to plan ahead for the holidays, join us next Thursday, September 16 from 10-11 a.m. for a free hands-on, environmentally friendly craft experience called Homemade Holiday Jumpstart. Materials and resources will be provided, and you’ll be able to make crafts using low-cost items. You’ll also have the opportunity to browse numerous craft and cooking books.

Inspiration for the crafts in this session comes from a book called “Eco Craft: Recycle, Recraft, Restyle” by Susan Wasinger. She specializes in reusing household items like cans, bottles and plastic bags that would normally end up in a landfill to create home accessories or gifts. Adult services librarian Tessa Michaelson Schmidt will focus on helping you make decorative vessels.

No registration or fees are required. Just show up, bring your creativity and share your inspiration.

Free Lego contest

Next Saturday, Sept. 18, your library is hosting a free Lego contest to give kids a chance to display their creativity and building skills. Your completed structure must be set up between 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Judging will take place at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to view the entries between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., after which time you need to take your structure home.

This contest is limited to 18 participants and you must pre-register by Wednesday, Sept. 15. Prizes will be awarded for each of three age categories: age 7 and under, ages 8-11, and ages 12-17. There will also be a Judges’ Choice prize. Entries will be judged on general appearance and design, use of color, neatness and care of construction, and degree of difficulty.

For more information, more details on the rules or to register, contact Kristine MacNeill, youth services librarian, at the library or at 264-2209.

Request for Legos

We’re looking for donations of used Legos and Duplos for the library so that we can start a Lego Club, because there is so much interest in Legos among our community’s youth. Youth services librarian Kristine MacNeill is your contact if you can help.

Craft Circle

Our regular monthly Craft Circle, an informal needlecraft get-together, takes place from 1-3 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 17.

Books on CD

“Shadow Zone” by Iris and Roy Johansen is a thriller about a legendary underwater city similar to Atlantis. “Veil of Night” by Linda Howard features wedding planner Jaclyn Wilde. “The Postcard Killers” by James Patterson and Lisa Marlund is a murder mystery set in Rome; it also is available in hardcover. “Burn” by Nevada Barr is the latest in the series featuring National Park ranger Anna Pigeon. “The Vigilantes” by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth is a Badge of Honor novel. “Star Island” by Carl Hiaasen is a humorous mystery.

Mysteries and thrillers

“I’d Know You Anywhere” is a psychological thriller by Laura Lippman. “The Murder Room” by Michael Capuzzo features the three greatest detectives working on unsolved murders. “Death on the D-List” by Nancy Grace is set in Manhattan. “Three Stations” by Martin Cruz Smith is the latest in the Arkady Renko suspense series. “It All Began in Monte Carlo” by Elizabeth Adler is a romantic mystery set in the South of France.

Other new novels

“Turbulence” by Giles Foden is a blend of fact and fiction relating to the D-Day landings. “Day After Night” by Anita Diamant is based on the true story of the 1945 rescue of more than 200 prisoners from an internment camp in Haifa. “The Obama Diaries” by Laura Ingraham is a humorous look at the Obama White House based on alleged diaries written by the president, his family and associates.


“Let’s Take The Long Way Home” by Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell is a memoir about her friendship with fellow writer Caroline Knapp. “Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man” by Bill Clegg is a harsh and honest look at a young man who let his addiction to crack cause him to lose his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life. “Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.” by Sam Wasson is the story of Audrey Hepburn and the making of the movie, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Quotable quote

“Man does not live by words alone despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.” — Adlai Stevenson, mid-20th century politician, diplomat and Democratic presidential nominee.

Thanks to our donors

Our gratitude to Ethel Poma and Emma Shock for their generous donations in memory of Ruth Schutz. For books and materials this week, we thank John Baker, Alicia Brodner, Veronica Johnson, Sue Kehret, Anita King, Claudia Matzdorf, Lisa Austin, Mary Ellen Saltsman and Susan Shaffer.


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