Library Notes

This Month’s Featured Database

Vermont Online Library includes small business resources, Gale Biography, career transition assistance, Powerspeak language instruction, custom newspapers, health and wellness resources, Opposing Viewpoints and articles for general research. Go to, click the “Research” tab on top, then “Vermont Online Library.”


Youth News

Saturday Music with Raphael

Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m. Musical fun for children up to age 5 with a caregiver. Raphael also performs at the library Mondays at 10:45 a.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Limit one weekday session per week per family.

Dottie the Bookmobile

Dottie will continue to run through Aug. 30. If you miss the last week, remember that you can return bookmobile books to the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library or to the school libraries at Allen Brook and WCS. Thanks for your help restocking Dottie’s shelves!

Back to School Movie

“The Lorax,” Friday, Aug. 31, 3 p.m. Rated PG. 86 minutes. Based on a Dr. Seuss classic, this animated film tells the story of a grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Grades 1 and up. Free popcorn. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult while at the library.

Read and Win at the Fair

Read three books and go to the 2012 Champlain Valley Fair! Children in grades K-8 may stop by the library to pick up a ribbon for free admission to the fair on Kids’ Day, Monday, Aug. 27. There will be a celebration at noon at the Grandstand for all kids who participate. Freebies include a midway ride, an ice cream cone and a book giveaway. More information is available at the library or on our website.


Adult Programs 

Brown Bag Book Club

Friday, Aug. 17, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Looking to meet others who love to discuss books? This month we will discuss “Sarah’s Key,” by Tatiana de Rosnay. Copies available at library. Coffee, tea, juice and dessert provided.

So You Want to Become a Certified Therapy Dog Team? 

Monday, Aug. 20, 7 p.m. Steve Reiman, founder and president of Therapy Dogs of Vermont, will share information about the organization, the certification process, talk about how therapy dogs bring joy, offer comfort and enrich lives. Free and open to the public. No pre-registration is needed. This session is informational only; please leave your dog at home for the evening.

Shape and Share Life Stories

Monday, Aug. 27 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.


New Fiction

Secrets abound within the seemingly orderly family of a posh London neighborhood in Ruth Rendell’s latest murder mystery, “The St. Zita Society.”

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” by Maria Semple, is a witty rendition of a dysfunctional, yet loving family, set within the Microsoft world of Seattle.


New Nonfiction

Bob Spitz chronicles the moments when Julia Child warmed the heart of America and ignited its love for food in “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child.”

A restored, historical garden is remarkably displayed in Peter Hatch’s “A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello.”

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