June 24, 2019

Library Notes

Observer contributed photo Allison Benkwitt recently joined the staff of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library as the technical services librarian. Benkwitt earned a master’s degree in library science at Indiana University in Bloomington.  Her most recent experience includes working as a librarian at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She has also worked at SUNY-Plattsburgh.

Observer contributed photo
Allison Benkwitt recently joined the staff of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library as the technical services librarian. Benkwitt earned a master’s degree in library science at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Her most recent experience includes working as a librarian at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She has also worked at SUNY-Plattsburgh.

All programs are free. Call 878-4918 for information or to register. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library. Hearing assistance devices are available for events in the library’s community room. Find more information at williston.lib.vt.us.

For Youth

After-school Tuesdays:

LEGO Club: May 2, 2-3 p.m. Build your own creations using the library’s LEGO collection. All ages.

Movie: May 9, 2 p.m. An orphaned boy living alone in the woods befriends the forest’s most mysterious resident, a dragon. Rated PG.

Drop-in craft: May 16, 2-3 p.m. All ages.

Game day: May 23, 2-3 p.m. Grades three and up.

Food For Thought Teen Group

Thursday, May 4, 4-5 p.m. Grades 7-12, Teen Advisory Group. Pizza, discussion and library projects for teens. Help plan activities for the Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World.”

Spanish Musical Playgroup

Saturday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. Spanish rhymes, books and songs with Constancia. For children birth to age 5. Non-Spanish speakers welcome. Includes a craft activity and snack. Sponsored with Building Bright Futures.

Preschool Music

Mondays, 11 a.m. and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. (Except May 18 and 29). Second Thursday of each month: Spanish Music with Constancia. For up to age 5.

Thursday Preschool Playtime

Thursdays, 11 a.m. – noon. Join an informal play time following our preschool music program. For birth to age 5. Sponsored with Building Bright Futures.

Multi-age

Read to a Cat

Thursday, April 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Bring a book and read to Van Gogh, a certified therapy cat with the “Love on a Leash” Foundation. Pre-register for individual reading sessions. All ages welcome.

Technology Night

Wednesday, May 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ken Bernard of Vermont Tech offers a learning technology program on the second Wednesday of each month. This month’s focus will be: “How To Effectively Browse the Web.” Bring your own device. Open to all ages.

For Adults:

Adult Coloring

Saturday, May 6, 11-12:30 p.m. Take time to recharge your emotional self with an adult coloring session. Books and colored pencils are provided.

Shape & Share Life Stories

Monday, May 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Build connections between generations by engaging in the art of story sharing. Join Recille Hamrell and learn how to.

Brown Bag Book Club

Friday, May 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Meet others who like to discuss books. This month we will discuss “Deas Wake” by Erik Larson. Books available at the front desk. Beverages and dessert provided.

New Adult Fiction

“The Stars Are Fire” by Anita Shreve: Based on the historic fires throughout Maine after a drought in 1947. A young mother and her toddlers survive the fire that wipes out their town by huddling in the sea overnight. They emerge from the sea at dawn to find their lives changed forever.

“Bear Town” by Fredrik Backman: The author of “A Man Called Ove” brings you a story of a dying small town, the boys’ hockey team who could save the town by winning the national semifinals and all the residents whose hopes are pinned on the win.

New Adult Nonfiction

“The Gift of Anger and Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi” by Arun Gandhi: Each chapter focuses on a lesson learned from the author’s grandfather, including self-discovery, identity, anger, depression, loneliness, friendship and family.

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann: In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation because of the oil beneath their land. After more than 24 wealthy tribe members were murdered, the newly created FBI steps in to find the killers.

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

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