April 2023

"Spring is the time of plans and projects"

-Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

New Book Spotlight

Birnam Wood is on the move-

A landslide has closed the Korowai Pass on New Zealand’s South Island, cutting off the town of Thorndike and leaving a sizable farm abandoned. The disaster presents an opportunity for Birnam Wood, an undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic guerrilla gardening collective that plants crops wherever no one will notice. For years, the group has struggled to break even. To occupy the farm at Thorndike would mean a shot at solvency at last.

But the enigmatic American billionaire Robert Lemoine also has an interest in the place: he has snatched it up to build his end-times bunker, or so he tells Birnam’s founder, Mira, when he catches her on the property. He’s intrigued by Mira, and by Birnam Wood; although they’re poles apart politically, it seems Lemoine and the group might have enemies in common. But can Birnam trust him? And, as their ideals and ideologies are tested, can they trust one another?

When veteran war reporter Benjamin Hall woke up in Kyiv on the morning of March 14, 2022, he had no idea that, within hours, Russian bombs would nearly end his life. As a journalist for Fox News, Hall had worked in dangerous war zones like Syria and Afghanistan, but with three young daughters at home, life on the edge was supposed to be a thing of the past. Yet when Russia viciously attacked Ukraine in February 2022, Hall quickly volunteered to go. A few weeks later, while on assignment, Hall and his crew were blown up in a Russian strike. With Hall himself gravely injured and stuck in Kyiv, it was unclear if he would make it out alive.

This is the story of how he survived—a story that continues to this day. For the first time, Hall shares his experience in full—from his ground-level view of the war to his dramatic rescue to his arduous, and ongoing, recovery. 

William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him—so when he meets the spirited and ambitious Julia Padavano in his freshman year of college, it’s as if the world has lit up around him. With Julia comes her family, as she and her three sisters are inseparable: Sylvie, the family’s dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book; Cecelia is a free-spirited artist; and Emeline patiently takes care of them all. With the Padavanos, William experiences a newfound contentment; every moment in their house is filled with loving chaos.

But then darkness from William’s past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia’s carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters’ unshakeable devotion to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations. Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most?

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Bingo Night at the Ivoryton Library!

Let's play Bingo in the library and have some fun!

Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00pm



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Interested in learning Italian?

Join a new Beginning Italian class

Tuesdays at 9:00am starting April 11

with instructor John LaDonne

$5/class, payable to the teacher.

Class uses the book: Learn Italian the Fast and Fun Way by Marcel Danesi, available at Amazon

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#OwnVoices Book Discussion

NEW DATE: Monday, April 24, 6:30

Join us to discuss

We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders

By Linda Sarsour

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"That is one good thing about this world... there are always sure to be more springs."

Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Music with Ms. Martha

Get ready for movement and musical instruments!

Wednesday, April 5 at 10:30 in the Children's Room

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Weekly Storytimes:

Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30

In the Children's Room

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Spring Break Week!

Drop-in fun April 10-13

Monday: Butterfly Garden Club 1st meeting - 10:30

Tuesday: Seed Starter Make & Take

2:30 - 4:30

Wednesday: DIY Origami Make & Take, while supplies last

Thursday: Tissue Paper Bouquet Make & Take 2:30 - 4:30

After School Craft for Earth Day!

Thursday, April 20

Drop-in 2:30-4:30

Use recycled items to make a craft for your garden

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2023 Nutmeg Book Award Nominees announced!

Elementary --- Intermediate --- Middle School --- High School

Book Clubs

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April 18

3:30 pm

Travels With Charley

by John Steinbeck

April 24


We Are Not Here to be Bystanders

by Linda Sarsour

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April 21


Twenty-One Days

by Anne Perry

Book List of the Month:

The best books that put the fun into dysfunctional families

Scroll down that page for more unique lists

“On soft Spring nights I'll stand in the yard under the stars - Something good will come out of all things yet - And it will be golden and eternal just like that - There's no need to say another word."

Jack Kerouac, Big Sur