"August has passed, and yet summer continues by force to grow days. They sprout secretly between the chapters of the year, covertly included between its pages" -Jonathan Safran Foer 

The summer has been hot and hopping. Summer Reading Program and Summer Storytime bring a lot of additional traffic into the library. It is also when the municipal fiscal year turns over and when our Annual Report Information Survey (ARIS) is due to the Massachusetts Board of the Library Commissioners. Add a website redesign in, and you can see why we may seem a little frazzled right now. There just isn't enough time in the day to read or binge-watch our favorite TV shows.

When there isn't enough time for binge-watching, you have to space out your episodes more judiciously. It can take a while to finish a whole season, and this can be a problem if that whole season is on a library item with a 7 day loan limit. And since we have a lot of TV series at the library, we are extending the loan time on DVDs and Blurays to 14 days. For those who don't read these walls of text and just look for the highlights, let me say that bigger:

DVDs and Blurays now circulate for 14 days!

Now you can pace yourself a bit more when watching Star Trek, which ought to give you time to complete the #whatsyourfour challenge on facebook or twitter.

Summer isn't over yet, though! Summer Storytime continues until August 9, and the last Summer Reading Program finale picnic will be August 10. Don't forget to put your name in the raffle to win a Kindle Fire if you haven't already. All you have to do is read and return a book.

Thank you,

Justin Snook
It's Chess Time!
Remember when Professor Jerry Williams whooped everyone at chess during Octoberfest? He'll be back at the library on August 16th! All school aged kids are invited to join us for pizza at noon and an afternoon celebrating the game. We will have lots of boards, so you can play each other when not challenging or observing the champ. Please call or email to sign up!
Upcoming Book Clubs:
  • August 9 @ 6:30: The Intrepid Readers will be Rita May Brown's High Hearts. Geneva Chatfield marries her love five days before the South secedes from the Union. Rather than parting, she masquerades as a man, calls herself Jimmy, and goes off to war with him. While her husband is horrified by the realities of war, she becomes invigorated by the chase and the fight. When their major develops an inexplicable attraction to "Jimmy," what will happen next? Coffee and snacks are provided.
  • September 15 @ 6:30: Josh Tetreau's Greatest Book Club Ever will be coming back from their summer hiatus to discuss Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Written in 1997, it tells the story of W. P. Inman, a wounded Confederate deserter during the American Civil War, whose journey home mirrors that of Homer's Odysseus. Made into a feature film in 2003, this award-winning novel will keep you enthralled. Almost as enthralled as Josh's hair-raising coffee!
Epic Movie Night:
July's Epic Movie Night was a hit. We have opened up the event to everyone over 16, so we had a mix of adults and kids. We're continuing on August 18 at 6:00. We'll be watching a German film from between the World Wars that captures many of the social and political concerns of the period. One of the first science fiction feature films ever made, it was named the second best film of the silent era by Empire magazine in 2010. It is also one of the most visually appealing films you'll ever see, as the entire production is influenced by Wiemar period expressionist art. Art Deco fans will dig this.