April 23, 2014

THIS WEEK’S POPCORN: “Arbitrage”

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Money Troubles

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer

 

Intelligently tense and absorbing, director Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage” is about Robert Miller, an arbitrageur. That’s fancy for fancy businessman, the guys who got all the boos and hisses when the Great Recession hit a few years back. But Mr. Miller is no ordinary Wall Street profiteer spouting his lame, trickle down rationale. Rather, he is a great man.

But heed, that’s great with a lowercase g….not capital G, as in Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt or his fifth cousin, FDR. Meaning Mr. Miller, smartly portrayed by Richard Gere, has great abilities, though not necessarily dedicated to the commonweal. You knew him in high school, causing you to wonder from whence came his uncanny acumen.

But if you’re jealous of such modern Olympian gods, take heart. Whether poetically fair or just a function of an arbitrary cosmos, the great and mighty get into trouble, too. A snazzy gamble in progress could put Bob up the river for a few years. It’s but one of several puzzles the high-priced financier will share with you as his odyssey evolves.

But gosh, it seems so impossible, that this undaunted, steely general of the money wars, he who hurtles from takeover victory to venture capital glory in private jet and Maybach, might meet his Waterloo. He kind of grows on us. Maybe because he makes no excuses…no baloney about how he’s serving a crucial need. He is an enigma in progress.

Forever flirting with disaster, like the alcoholic who must drink, the gambler who must wager, or the glutton who must ingest, he is like an aberrant Columbus of the financial world, speculating himself immune from the perilous edge that so tantalizes his being. For starters, he’s borrowed $412 million to cover a gaffe, and the IRS is sniffing around.

Added to the potential tragedy of any scheme he might have hatched, as in most complex tales, also figure on the wiles of pure chance plopping themselves into the scenario. In this case, it’s a fatal car accident, with our self-made tycoon at the scene. That’s never a good place to be if one is trying to sell his hedge fund empire in order to cover its losses.

So yes, Mrs. Popper, celebrated grammar school substitute teacher that you were, indeed it was edifying when you iterated Sir Walter Scott’s, “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!” Doubtless, little Robert Miller wasn’t in class that day. Though, I have a feeling it wouldn’t have made much of a difference to him.

He relates differently, both to people and ideas. To call him antisocial is a simplification. His relationships are carefully calculated and planned, emotion being kept in abeyance like a very rare wine or a cherished secret, saved for some very precious event in some

anticipated, undefined future. In the meantime, he says the right things at the right time.

That includes his tête-à-tête with Detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth) when the savvy gumshoe comes calling; fatherly chats with his daughter, Brooke (Brit Marling), a pretty chip off the old financial block; carefully worded questions to his clever lawyer (Stuart Margolin); and some edgy negotiations with his deceased chauffeur’s son (Nate Parker).

All very nicely played, they can’t help but become embroiled in Mr. Miller’s fight for survival as push comes to shove and it looks like his hubris is about to meet its reward. And it’s here where the viewer will be asked to unconsciously make a judgment. Technically, the move he has made is illegal. Yet, somehow we don’t find him immoral.

Indeed, as the proverbial walls come crashing in on the Wall Street wunderkind who just turned sixty in the opening scene, it seems we’d be the last ones to abandon him, uncertain why, but confident there are redeeming factors forthcoming. Big shot or not, he feels superior not to his fellow man, but to the system he’s able to finagle and finesse.

So it’s rather certain which voting lever he’ll be pulling in November…if he’s not in jail. We find ourselves in guilty commiseration. After all, we’ve had the gauzy nightmare he’s living… trying to shun the equivocations lurking in the cloudy gray between right and wrong…facing our mortality and praying for a vindicating epiphany. Or is that just me?

But even if you choose not to ethically err on the side of Richard Gere’s astutely realized wheeler-dealer, the dramatic shaping of his persona as the modern bastardization of an Achilles is erudite and telling of the times. Good direction, fine acting and a caustically uncompromised perspective make “Arbitrage” a blue chip moviegoing investment.

“Arbitrage,” rated R, is a Lionsgate release directed by Nicholas Jarecki and stars Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth. Running time: 100 minutes

 

RECIPE CORNER: Apple season recipes

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By Ginger Isham

Warm up the kitchen and tickle the noses of your family with these apple recipes.

 

Gingerbread

1/4 cup Crisco (I use canola/olive oil)

1 egg

3/4 cup molasses (I find 1/2 cup works)

1 and 1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon each baking soda, cinnamon, ginger

pinch of salt

1/2 cup milk

Put all ingredients in bowl and whip until mixed well—batter will be thin. Pour into an 8×8-inch oiled baking dish. Bake 25 to 28 minutes in 350-degree oven. Serve warm with whipped cream, fresh applesauce or following sauce:

Lemon Sauce

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 cups water

3-4 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (I add a tablespoon)

Mix sugar and cornstarch in pan. Pour in water, stir and cook until thickens. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, add butter and lemon juice

 

Applesauce, Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins 

(makes 12 muffins)

1 and 1/4 cups flour

1 cup quick-cooking oats

3/4 cup wheat bran (I use 1/4 cup wheat germ and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon each baking powder, cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1/2 cup raisins (or craisins)

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup low-fat or fat-free milk

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon light corn syrup (I use maple syrup or water )

1 large egg

Mix all dry ingredients and raisins in bowl. Mix all wet ingredients and pour over the dry ingredients. Stir just until mixed and moist. Pour batter into oiled muffin pan. Bake at 375 degrees for about 18 minutes.

 

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.

HOME & GARDEN: Choosing the right insulation

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If you’re paying a lot to heat your house, new insulation in your attic could be the answer. There are three main types of insulation. Investigating the different options can help you choose the right one for your home. (Creators.com photo courtesy of Sara Mendell)

By Sara Mendell

Creators.com

As first-time homeowners, my husband and I had a lot to learn. Our first lesson came in the form of a gas bill. It was $800 for the month of January.

“How is that possible?” we asked. We had been very conservative with how much heat we used, even sleeping with extra blankets.

So we took further action, determined to drive our gas bill lower. We only kept the heat on in our kids’ rooms and proceeded to walk through the house bundled up for the month of February. Then the bill came for February: $750. What?! How could that be? We had done everything we could to use as little gas as possible. We then contacted a heating and air conditioning company, which sent people to take a look. And so our first lesson in house owning began.

First, it is more economical to set all of your thermostats to remain at the same temperature throughout the day and night. It is much more expensive to turn them off and then on again. OK, so they set our entire house to 68 degrees.

Second, and this is the most important part, our attic was not insulated properly. How should we go about resolving the problem? There are three main types of insulation: batts; blown; and sprayed.

Batts are large pieces of insulation that hold together because they’re made of long, interweaving fibers with adhesive binders. The two kinds of batts you’re most likely to encounter are fiberglass and cotton. In terms of their insulating quality, they’re pretty much equivalent. The problem with batts is that they don’t cover the entire space and are known to leave gaps or spaces.

The second type of insulation is blown. There are two types of blown insulation, fiberglass and cellulose. Cellulose comes from recycled newspapers. Fiberglass comes from sand. Whether you use cellulose or fiberglass, blown insulation is great at filling the gaps and giving you a good, complete layer of insulation.

The third major type of insulation is spray foam. This is the most expensive of the three. According to our contractor, it is the best at keeping the heat inside when it is cold outside and the hot air outside when the weather is warmer. This type of insulation comes in spray cans and is composed of resin and certain chemicals. When sprayed, the chemicals and resin create a foam that expands and solidifies in place.

Now it was time to do some price investigating. We had three different contractors come over and give us price quotes. Naturally, we went with what seemed to be the least expensive while the most capable. We used the spray foam because in the end, we would save money, even though there was a significant cost upfront.

On a Friday morning, three men came over and went to work. They took up the old wood planks that were in the attic and began filling the spaces. After about five hours, they were finished. My husband and I went up to the attic and saw the brand-new spray foam covering the floor of the attic. It looked and felt much better.

So time went on, and we anxiously waited for our next gas bill. Finally, the envelope arrived. I quickly opened it. A huge smile formed on my face as I saw the total: $200 for the month. Wow, what a huge savings. And the following month, as spring came, it was $150. At this pace, we’ll earn back our investment in insulation in no time.

HOME & GARDEN: Turn dingy basements and garages into welcoming playrooms

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Having creative storage is crucial if you want to maximize your space. (Creators.com photo courtesy of Land of Nod)

By Christine Brun

Creators.com

Weather changes signal challenges for young parents. For example, what to do with the kids on a rainy or snowy day?

Well, going up and down the stairs to the basement occupies a toddler for only so long. You can drag out the toys—and then put them away. You can read books and listen to music. My daughter-in-law knows every community indoor playgroup in her city for those cold, rainy days. She’s got a very active little boy who longs to run outside and doesn’t understand the constraints of bad weather.

Consider finishing off a part of your basement and turning it into your own rainy-day playroom. Make sure it’s mildew- and mold-free. Add good lighting and ventilation so that it becomes an inviting space.

Check out Rust-Oleum specialty chalkboard paint, which is available in green or black. You simply brush it on a properly prepared wall surface, creating a huge chalkboard that’ll occupy your little ones for hours. While you’re at the store, consider painting the floor with Rust-Oleum basement floor covering; it’s an inexpensive spruce-up. Carpet squares, such as the ones offered by FLOR modular carpet tiles, provide another relatively cost-effective way to cozy up the basement or even the garage.

Storage for toys is important, too. Stacking plastic boxes, from milk crates to clear boxes with lids, is always popular. Think about how to provide each child with a labeled box of her own, as it will provide incentive for her to practice responsibility and pick up after herself.

The pictured wood activity table features storage room for supplies for arts and crafts. The roll of butcher paper provides several children with hours of creativity in an organized way. Matching wood cubbyholes are another good way to encourage organization of books, toys and stuffed animals. If you’re on a tight budget, scout yard sales or consignment stores for a sturdy wood table, and cut off the legs so that you might duplicate the function of this wonderful idea.

And if money is an issue, remember that cleaning up and painting mainly take elbow grease and time. If nothing else, you could hang sheets up to hide unsightly walls and tack them to the studs. Folding screens also can define a play area within the larger basement.

Little girls love playing dress-up, and you might take a sturdy appliance box or a moving wardrobe box and turn it into a dressing room. Goodwill is an excellent place to pick up fun shoes, handbags, scarves and jewelry for the girls. Buy a couple of old desks so that the little kids can play “school,” and don’t forget a portable art easel.

Remember that a garage is also a potential source of extra space. Obviously, the most critical improvement is the locking-away of any and all cleaning products, paints, solvents and other potentially dangerous materials. Tools, power cords and lawn products also should be safely stowed. If you can clear out a garage and add a venting window and lights and ensure your child’s safety, you might discover extra space without adding on to your existing home.

A garage floor also can be painted or carpeted over and converted into clean space. The family that previously owned our home did just that in the double-car garage, which served as a family playroom. It’s fully finished and lined floor to ceiling with laminate cabinets, and the floor is covered in a gray industrial carpet. A large window allows natural light in, and drop-down schoolhouse lighting gives the garage an inviting look.

Flexible thinking is the most important tool in the box when it comes to finding a way to give your children the space that they need.

CVU cross-country girls score in regional test

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Champlain Valley Union High cross-country coach Scott Bliss has seen some solid performances in the Redhawks’ trips to the highly regarded Manchester, N.H. Invitational, but this year three members of his team gave the veteran mentor something special.

In a test of the regional competition Saturday, the defending New England champion Redhawks got elite division first and second place runs from Taylor Spillane and Autumn Eastman, while Julienne Devita took fourth.

Bliss said Spillane in only the second CVU harrier to win the event, the first being Molly Enman some seasons ago.

Spillane ran the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes and seven seconds, which Bliss believes is the fourth fastest girls time on the course. Eastman was 16 seconds off the winning pace.

“That was one of the best one-two performances I have ever seen there,” the coach wrote via e-mail.

Devita’s fourth was in 19:25, a run Bliss labeled as “fantastic.”

The team triumph went to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, N.Y. over CVU by virtue of a tie breaker.

South Burlington High’s Malcolm Plunkett won the elite boys competition, giving Green Mountain representatives a first-place elite sweep.

CVU returns to action Saturday morning at the Bellows Free Academy-sponsored Hardack Festival in St. Albans.Scores tough to find for CVU field hockey team

“We are having trouble scoring,” said Champlain Valley Union High Field Hockey Coach Kate McDonald Tuesday, after the Redhawks dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to Burlington High on the CVU grass.

The defeat dropped the Redhawks to 3-3-1, with Colchester High coming to the Hawks’ nest on Friday at 4 p.m.

It was a befuddling loss as CVU generally outplayed the visiting Seahorses.

“We dominated,” said McDonald, pointing to a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners and a solid 7-2 edge in shots on goal.

The lone tally came on Burlington’s second shot on goal in the contest just 90 seconds into the overtime period.

It was the fourth blanking for CVU, which still hangs on to a 5-4 advantage over the combined opposition in scoring.

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks dropped a 1-0 decision at Mount Abraham Union, They went to Middlebury Union High on Saturday and came home with a 1-0 triumph, Molly Dunphy scoring the goal with an assist from Emily O’Brien.

— Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

CVU Gridiron to face BFA

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When the Friday night lights go on in St. Albans this week, it will be 3-1 Champlain Valley Union High against the 3-1 Bobwhites of Bellows Free Academy in a football contest with serious playoff ramifications.

Coach Jim Provost’s Redhawks are coming off a 22-7 win last Saturday at St. Johnsbury Academy, which put some spring back in their steps. CVU had lost an emotional Spirit Day contest to undefeated Essex High the previous Saturday, 33-26.

While Essex went aerial on the Redhawks, BFA has a strong running game complemented by the occasional pass.

Last week, the Bobwhites got clicking in the second half to roll past Colchester High, 41-21. This was after they shellacked South Burlington High the previous week.

BFA’s lone loss was on the road to defending Division 1 champion Hartford High, 33-7.

In leading the Redhawks past St. Johnsbury, junior quarterback Steele DuBrul had another solid offensive afternoon, pounding the ground for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He also passed for another 82 yards.

Halfway through the regular season, DuBrul has racked up 1,181 yards in total offense, with 794 in rushes.

Halfback Patrick Shea made his presence felt by scoring a touchdown.

CVU had the Hilltoppers blanked until the fourth quarter, when St. J scored on an 80-yard kickoff return.

— Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

SPORTS ROUNDUP: girls soccer; boys soccer; field hockey

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CVU girls soccer team back on a winning roll 

With crucial games against talented foes on the immediate horizon, the Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team has responded to last Wednesday’s first loss of the season with two solid performances.

After being nipped 3-2 in overtime at home by Essex High, the Redhawks scored a 5-0 win at Mount Mansfield Union last Saturday and then bopped Colchester at home Tuesday to hike the season record to 6-1.

Haliana Burhans, Kate Razska. Megan Gannon and Emily Kinneston scored the goals in the Colchester contest as the Redhawks unleashed 19 shots on the Lakers’ cage.

In Saturday’s victory over the Cougars, Burhans tallied twice, while Audrey Morehouse, Bronwen Hopwood and Taylor Goldsborough added singletons.

On Friday, the Redhawks will play host to 5-1-1 South Burlington. CVU travels to 5-1-1 Burlington on Wednesday to meet the Seahorses under the lights at 7 p.m.

 

Home game Thursday for CVU boys soccer 

The Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team will perform in the friendly confines of its home field for only the second time this season on Thursday (4:30 p.m.), when Rutland High motors to Hinesburg to make up an Essex Tournament fixture that was postponed by weather.

The homefolks will get to see how well the Redhawks recover from a severe shock, Monday’s 1-0 defeat by Harwood Union in Duxbury, a team CVU zonked 8-1 at home on Sept. 12.

Coach T. J. Mead’s kicksters are 4-1-1 for the campaign, with some recent impressive victories. Last Wednesday, in a game moved to Essex High due to rain Tuesday, the Redhawks unloaded a 2-0 decision on the always-challenging Hornets.

Noah Lieberman and Max Brown found the scoring range in the second half, with assists going to Tucker Shelley and Joe Castano.

The Redhawks visited Mount Mansfield Union (5-1) Friday and handed the Cougars their first loss on a Shelley goal off a direct kick rebound in the second half. Goalie Brandon O’Connell made eight stops in administering the goose egg.

The goal-making machine misfired at Harwood, as the Highlanders registered their third win over CVU since 2010. O’Connell had seven saves, while CVU had eight shots at Harwood netminder Matt Fischer.

 

Scores tough to find for CVU field hockey team 

“We are having trouble scoring,” said Champlain Valley Union High Field Hockey Coach Kate McDonald Tuesday, after the Redhawks dropped a 1-0 overtime decision to Burlington High on the CVU grass.

The defeat dropped the Redhawks to 3-3-1, with Colchester High coming to the Hawks’ nest on Friday at 4 p.m.

It was a befuddling loss as CVU generally outplayed the visiting Seahorses.

“We dominated,” said McDonald, pointing to a 10-2 advantage in penalty corners and a solid 7-2 edge in shots on goal.

The lone tally came on Burlington’s second shot on goal in the contest just 90 seconds into the overtime period.

It was the fourth blanking for CVU, which still hangs on to a 5-4 advantage over the combined opposition in scoring.

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks dropped a 1-0 decision at Mount Abraham Union, They went to Middlebury Union High on Saturday and came home with a 1-0 triumph, Molly Dunphy scoring the goal with an assist from Emily O’Brien.

— Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

PHOTOS: Leotards for Louisiana

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Movement Center students collected new and used dancewear for Aimee’s Dance Academy in LaPlace, La. The Southern studio and its dancers lost nearly everything in Hurricane Isaac flooding. Students collected 22 pairs of dance shoes, 18 leotards and six pairs of tights.  (Courtesy photos)

LITTLE DETAILS: What might Muhammad do?

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“What would Jesus do?” This question flashes on my mental radar screen each time I witness people who call themselves Christians act in a manner I consider inconsistent with the life and teaching of Jesus. Whether spewing words of hate towards gays, forcing the issue of prayer in publicly-funded schools or challenging the science of evolution, I think to myself, “That’s not the Jesus I know.”

I am not a biblical scholar. Raised Roman Catholic, I learned a thing or two about the historical Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. From catechism classes to lecturing in church to teaching Sunday School, stories of Jesus’ life were standard fare in my life. I loved hearing Jesus’ parables about Lazarus, the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. As a child, I strove to emulate the well-behaved, yet underappreciated, son in the latter story. Jesus possessed a wonderful gift for metaphor in his teaching.

Recent outbreaks of violence accompanying the Innocence of Muslims controversy has left me wondering: “What might Muhammad do?” The video, appearing on YouTube, claims to be a trailer for a full-length film. Catching a clip, I noted weak scripting, poor acting and comic-strip quality cinematography in what (I think) is meant to be a satire of the life of the Prophet Muhammad.

What’s the big deal? The big deal is that incensed Muslims consider the clip blasphemous, a piercing attack on their faith. The low-budget trailer depicts the Prophet of Islam as a womanizer and child molester. At last count, this piece of cinematic trash ignited rioting in Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Yemen, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Australia and Tunisia.

J. Christopher Stevens, United States Ambassador to Libya, was killed during a Sept. 11 protest at the United States Consulate in Benghazi. As I write this, protests continue. Arrests, injuries and deaths mount. Witnessing events unfold — or rather, unravel — I wonder, who was this person Muhammad?

Muhammad (c. 570 – June 8, 632) was born in Mecca on the Arab Peninsula. Orphaned as a child, he was raised by an uncle who taught him the merchant’s trade. He married and, as was the culture, had multiple wives. Deeply spiritual, Muhammad was known to retreat to caves in the mountains for weeks at a time for prayer and meditation.

It was on one of these retreats, at age 40, that Muhammad received his first revelation. He emerged from the meditative exercise proclaiming that “God is one” and that faithful peoples must defer to the will of God. His message proved controversial—he lived among polytheistic pagans.

Muhammad abandoned his work, setting out on a life of preaching the faith that became Islam. He migrated to Medina in 622. He encountered harsh skepticism and endured persecution for his teachings. His followers grew in number, precipitating tensions with long-established pagan tribes.

Muhammad remained steadfast in proclaiming the faith conveyed to him by presumed Divine intervention. Soldiers of Islam destroyed pagan idols and sought to convert—or vanquish—those they considered infidels.

Does anyone hear echoes of the Christian Crusades? Sadly, more than one act of violence has been committed in the name of religion.

In my view, Jesus and Muhammad were teachers, messengers of new ways of thinking. Some may elevate them to a deity or near-deity. Others believe they were men whose lives on Earth serve as demonstrations of their humanity.

I would hope that if Muhammad were here today, he’d see the film for what it was: a low-rate, low-budget bit of mudslinging. Maybe he’d even find humor in it. Cheap attempts at character assassination are sometimes weakened when ignored.

In some ways, it’s not that different from the inaccurate political ads we are subjected to during election season. Lies and exaggerations are spewed forth like so much black, murky smoke—across parties. Political handlers hope viewers will react without stopping to consider the merits—or lack thereof—of the messages.

Neither Christianity nor Islam possesses pure, lily-white pasts. History characterizes both as victims and aggressors. I hope the current violence is an expression of extremists, loose-cannon fringes of a religion and culture that is more peace-loving than it is hateful.

Muhammad one said, “Conduct yourself in this world as if you are here to stay forever, and yet prepare for eternity as if you are to die tomorrow.”

I bet if Muhammad and Jesus were to meet for coffee in the desert, they would find much more to agree about than to disagree. Why can’t we?

 

Sources:  www.Theweek.com, www.notablebiographies.com, www.islamicrenaissance.com

Library Notes

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This Month’s Featured Database

The Consumer Reports Online database publishes test results and recommendations on appliances, automobiles, electronics, foods, health, home, personal, travel and more. The most current information is available only from the library computers. You can access information more than two months old through the Vermont Online Library from home. You will need to enter your library barcode number and type “Consumer Reports” in search bar.

Youth News

Spanish Stories & Music

Friday, Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m. Spanish rhymes, books, and songs for children (infant to age 6) and parents. Presented by Constancia Gomez. No pre-registration.

Film Screening: “Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age”

Monday, Oct. 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Film followed by Q & A session with Liz Thompson, featured in the film. Refreshments and childcare provided. Pre-register at 878-4918. Sponsored by Williston Green Initiatives and the library.

Food For Thought Library Volunteers

Thursday, Oct. 4, 4 -5 p.m. Grades 7-12 Teen Advisory Group. Community service opportunity. Teens meet for pizza, discussion, book/DVD selection and planning special events for the library. New members welcome!

Story Hour

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Stories and a craft for children ages 3-5. No pre-registration.

Toddler Yoga & Stories

Fridays, 10:15 a.m. Four-week series, Oct. 5-26. Simple yoga and books for children ages 1-5. Presented by Karen Allen. Pre-register at 878-4918.

Russian Story Time

Saturday, Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m. Stories, songs and crafts for children up to age 5. This program is presented in Russian. English speakers are welcome. Includes puppet show “Kolobok.”  No pre-registration.

Board Games!

Thursday, Oct. 11, 3-3:45 p.m. Ages 9 and up. Snacks included. Pre-register at 878-4918.

Free Early Literacy Workshop

Monday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. Parents of preschoolers learn ways to encourage children to become readers. Refreshments, childcare and a free book. Pre-register at 878-4918. Sponsored by Williston/Richmond Rotary Club and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

After School Reading Buddy Program

In this one-on-one reading program, Big Buddies (grades 4-8) read to Little Buddies for 20-30 minutes one day a week. Schedules are arranged on an individual basis. The parent/caregiver can take this time to browse for reading materials and have some quiet time. If you are interested in Big Buddies or Little Buddies, please call Susan Blair at 878-4918.

Adult Programs 

Williston Civil War Cemetery Walking Tour

Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. Presented by Williston Historical Society members Ginger Isham and Terry Macaig. Please gather at the East Cemetery located on Route 2. Call the library at 878-4918 to register. Free and open to all ages.

Shape and Share Life Stories

Monday, Oct. 15 and 29 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Prompts trigger real-life experience stories, which are crafted into engaging narratives and shared with the group. Led by Recille Hamrell.

Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, relationship with collaborators, and wry sense of humor, no matter how grisly the subject. Free and open to all.

Brown Bag Book Club 

Friday, Oct. 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Looking to meet others who love to discuss books? This month we will discuss “The Red Badge of Courage,” by Stephen Crane. Coffee, tea, juice and dessert provided.

 

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is located at 21 Library Lane in Williston, and can be reached at 878-4918. www.williston.lib.vt.us