Month Day, 2015

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." -Nathaniel Hawthorne  

Autumn is an inspiring season, a creative season, and by far the best season in which to be a New Englander. This Saturday, we are celebrating the season by transforming our reading room into an art gallery of work created by our own local artists at the Senior Center. We also have an exciting line-up of programs for children and adults coming up to wrap up the month of October and see us through November. We're especially excited about our Young Scientist STEM program and our new Coloring Club for adults (read about them below).

As many of you may have noticed yesterday, however, the first snowflakes have officially fallen. Winter is coming. If you are cold, we highly recommend that you come to the library and check out a book. Our new fiction collection is brimming with the latest and most highly reviewed titles, and our nonfiction collection just got a major update of books on American history, politics, and current events thanks to funds supplied by the Mone family. You'll still be cold, but at least you'll have a book.
Upcoming Stuff For Adults:
Thursday, November 5 @ 6:30pm

This month, Josh Tetreau's Greatest Book Club Ever will be reading Stephen King's The Shining. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so come on up to the library for lively discussion about a classic book that was adapted into a classic film.
Tuesday, November 10 @ 6:30pm

In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the most brutal nor'easter in years raged off the shores of Cape Cod, two oil tankers found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic's mercy. The Finest Hours, by Michael Tougias, is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. Get a copy from the library today and come talk about it with our adult book club!

Note: This book group always some homemade snacks. They also drink coffee, but I must warn you that it is decaf.

Monday, November 16: 


Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
 -George Bernard Shaw
Tuesday, November 17 @ 6:00pm and
Thursday, November 19 @ 10:00am 

Need to relieve some stress before the week of Thanksgiving? Come color with us! We will have an assortment of colored pencils, crayons, markers, and gel pens you can use to bring color into the world however you choose. Come Tuesday night, Thursday morning, or both.

We will have a variety of grownup coloring pages to choose from, or you can bring your own pages or books. We also won't discourage anyone from starting from scratch with a blank page. Staying in the lines can be so limiting!
Upcoming Stuff For Kids:
Fall Storytimes will continue until October 28th:

Monday - 10:00 AM ages 15 mos. - 2
Monday - 1:00 PM ages 3 - 5 
Tuesday  - 4:00 PM ages 5 - 7
Tuesday - 6:00 PM ages 3 - 5
Wednesday - 10:00 AM ages 2 - 4
Call the library for more information.
Pre-registration is required.
Thursday, October 29 @ 6:00pm

Everyone is invited to join us for Sir George and the Dragon, a colorful tale full of puppet characters, audience participation, live voices, and sound effects presented by Pumpernickel Puppets. Costumes are encouraged, parking in the Webster Federal Credit Union lot is not. :)
Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, & 24 @ 11:00am 

Young Scientists
During the month of November, we will be hosting a hands-on enrichment program for kids ages 3-5 (accompanied by a parent or caregiver) with STEM activities and a story-time. This program is co-sponsored by the YMCA Family and Community Partnership, and is a great way to get preschoolers interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Space is limited and pre-registration is required, so call 508-476-2695 or email for more information. Younger siblings are welcome!
Thursday, November 5 & December 3 @ 6:00pm 

Our first program with Cooper the retired greyhound was a resounding success, so we are making it a monthly feature! Kids get to pick out books to read to him on the first Thursday of every month.  Right now there are 3 time slots available each month that students can sign up for: 6:00, 6:20, and 6:40.  As Cooper adjusts to his new assignment, a 4th time slot will be added.  Sign-ups are on a first come first serve basis.  If Cooper's schedule is full for the current month we can/will sign you up for the following month. Call 508-476-2695 or email for more information or to register.

Thursday, November 12 @ 6:00pm

The Young Reader's Club this month will be talking about Frostborn by Lou Anders. Anders has created a vivid, lived-in world rivaling the greatest fantasy authors. The heroine is a half-human/half-frost giant. The hero is obsessed with a fantasy board game. This book is, to put it professionally, a hoot and a half. Pre-registration is required, so call 508-476-2695 or email to let us know who is coming!
Thursday, November 19 @ 6:00pm

The Book Bunch is reading Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder this month.
What is a 12-year-old from the Shenandoah Valley supposed to do after the Civil War? With his entire family taken by conflict, Will Page has to move in with relatives he has never met--one of whom refused to fight for the Confederacy. Will's definitions of honor and courage must evolve if he is going to come to terms. Pre-registration for this group is required, so please call 508-476-2695 or email to let us know you are coming!
Renovation Project Update:
We're on our way!

Since the beginning of September, we have received an outpouring of support from local individuals and businesses. We have raised $1,639.40, bringing the grand total in our building fund to $26,543.92. Only $2,344,981.08 to go! We are extremely grateful to our generous donors so far, and can't wait to honor them on a donation wall when we finally get to renovate our building.

We remain hopeful that we can attain quite a bit more funding before we ask the town for the remainder of the project's cost. Numerous grant applications and letters of inquiry are out, and we are seeking out donors who would be willing to donate large sums in order to have new rooms named after them.

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Librarian's Letter:
The first issue of the Douglas Way went out to 48 people. This one is going out to 676. Thank you all for subscribing and spreading the word!

The library has been a quiet place recently, even for a library. While the peace and quiet are nice, I would really like to re-capture the energy and excitement that accompanied Octoberfest and make it an ongoing phenomenon. One of the things I have been doing to work towards that goal is spiffying up the space. It isn't ideal by any stretch of the imagination, but we've done what we can with what we have to make the library less cramped and more usable.

Now we need reasons to come, and one thing I want to focus on in the upcoming months is building up adult programming. Deb already does an amazing job with children's programming, and the teens seem to be organizing themselves. Adults currently have two book clubs per month. I'd like to expand adult programming so that we have at least one recurring event per week. This month I'm going to try a coloring club and see how that works. Future possibilities could be board game nights, knitting groups, film clubs... If you have any ideas for low-cost weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly programs that would go over well in town, please share them with us! Or if you currently are part of such a group and would like to open it up to more people, please consider us as a permanent venue!

I'd like to end this month's letter by thanking those who have generously sponsored our upcoming renovation by donating to our building fund! A sincere, heart-felt thanks goes out to Mary E. Sughrue-Yacino, the Guimond-Sullivan Family, Webster First Federal Credit Union, East Douglas Insurance Agency, IPG Photonics, Brandi Van Roo, Susan T. Perkins, Bruce A. Martin, Geraldine Herman, Sheila A. Brown, Slovak Catholic Sokol Assembly 28, Dennis Salatiello, Eben & Ellie Chesebrough, BettyAnn & Donald McCallum, Dawn & John Ghiorse and Robert J. Welch.

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Thank you so much,

Justin Snook
Douglas Public Library