Dear Patron,

The survey is done and the votes are in! I'm sure you are dying to know the results of our poll, so here goes:

I think the library should focus on circulating materials, period.

22% Agree -- 51% Disagree -- 27% Don't know or don't care. 

I want more ebooks in Overdrive.

42% Agree -- 4% Disagree -- 54% Don't know or don't care. 

If more audiobooks were available on Overdrive, I'd be content if the library stopped buying CDBooks. 

24% Agree -- 12% Disagree -- 63% Don't know or don't care. 

DVDs that circulate are a better investment than nonfiction books that don't.

38% Agree -- 26% Disagree -- 36% Don't know or don't care. 

I just want a traditional library full of books. 

27% Agree -- 61% Disagree -- 12% Don't know or don't care. 

Browsing the shelves is more important to me than browsing the catalog.

50% Agree -- 29% Disagree -- 21% Don't know or don't care.

I don't care where my stuff comes from, I just want it on the hold shelf.

71% Agree -- 4% Disagree -- 25% Don't know or don't care.

The library's online presence is important.

87% Agree -- 2% Disagree -- 12% Don't know or don't care.

The library should focus more on regional collaboration with other libraries and networks.

51% Agree -- 8% Disagree -- 41% Don't know or don't care.

Library programs and events should mostly just be for children.

11% Agree -- 68% Disagree -- 21% Don't know or don't care.

I am happy to wait longer for bestsellers if it means the library can buy a broader range of literature. 

70% Agree -- 4% Disagree -- 26% Don't know or don't care.


Thank you,

Justin Snook
The Youngest Author in Douglas

Emily Bastien is a seven year old with a head full of ideas, and now you can read about
them yourself in her first published book,  Aqua Tales: Stories About Kids Solving Problems . Aqua Tales is a collection of short stories in which kids solve their problems. Sometimes the problems are their own, but often they are helping each other. It really illuminates how children perceive their struggles, and highlights the importance of love and honesty. Aqua Tales  is currently available on Amazon in print and as an ebook, and we have multiple copies on order for the library. 


Emily and her parents, Bridgette and Paul, can be found in the library every Tuesday evening. Emily goes to storytimes when they are in season and is currently learning how to play chess. She is a natural born writer who has penned many songs, stories, and poems, but Aqua Tales is her first published work. When I asked her where she gets her inspiration, she told me, "I have a lot of sentences inside my mind. I know a lot of people have to solve problems every day, in school, home, work and play." 

Emily aspires to be a teacher and writer when she goes up, dividing her time evenly between the two. Her favorite books are the Ranger in Time series by Kate Messner, and her favorite color is obviously aqua. She currently attends Whitinsville Christian School and lives in Douglas with her parents and her sister, Elise, to whom she dedicates her book. 
Carrick Fund

Bill Carrick passed away this past March after a long life that thoroughly enriched the communities surrounding him. He and his family were long-time benefactors of the library, and even  requested in his obituary that donations be made to the Simon Fairfield Public Library in lieu of flowers. 

Even in passing, their generosity continues. The William R. and Janet A. Carrick Fund has been established in the care of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and the library hast been listed as one of the beneficiaries. This year, $876 was awarded to the library from the fund. As always, we are very thankful to Bill, Janet, and their family. 
Upcoming Book Clubs:
Book Bunch (November 17)

November's selection is  The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin.
Puzzle-crazy, twelve-year-old Winston and his ten-year-old sister Katie find themselves involved in a dangerous mystery involving a hidden ring. Puzzles for the reader to solve are included throughout the text.

Call Debbie at the library or email dsoderman@cwmars.org for more information or to register!

Young Readers Club (December 8)

Students grades 6-8 are invited to discuss Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt at 6:00. When her sister Sylvie goes missing on a snowy morning and is never seen again, Jules refuses to believe she is gone forever, meanwhile, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born.

Call Debbie at the library or email dsoderman@cwmars.org for more information or to register!

The Greatest Book Club Ever (December 8)

Come talk about The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown's dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Intrepid Readers (December 13)

Homemade refreshments, decaf coffee, and a heartfelt conversation about Shine, Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer can be enjoyed at 6:30.