SHOULD I READ IT OR WATCH IT?

These are the best of times for library patrons: information technology has transformed our lives tremendously. We can inform, educate and entertain ourselves in so many ways that it’s a wonder we ever get around to doing anything else. With all that’s available to us, it’s also a miracle that we manage to leave the library once we’ve entered it: we can pick and read books and magazines right there and then, or wait till we’re back home to dig in; we can upload one among many of these into an eReader; or we can turn toward the library’s extensive … Continue reading SHOULD I READ IT OR WATCH IT?

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!

  It’s the stuff of dreams: squirreled away in a small space—in Stephen King’s case when he wrote Carrie, it was the laundry room— a man or woman sits in front of a computer screen after work, or at lunch break, or late at night when everyone’s asleep and the house is quiet, writing the book they just know they have inside them. A GREAT book. And then, one, three, five, ten years later, it’s written and sent off to publishers, and a devilish voice inside the writer’s head says “I hope you’re ready for the rejection slips”—JK Rowling received loads … Continue reading NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK!

WINTER-2017-PROGRAM

Everyone is invited and admission is free. Reservations are not taken unless specified.  CRAFT KNITTING with Janet Callary and Geneviève Lussier  Discover the art of knitting or perfect your technique. Bring your questions and tell us all about ongoing and … Continue reading WINTER-2017-PROGRAM

THE PLEASURE OF TREASURE

(SHOULD I READ IT OR WATCH IT?) Where my inspiration for these blog posts comes from isn’t always clear to me, but this time, it may be thoughts of upcoming Easter egg hunts. For younger children, it doesn’t get any better than the search for and discovery of egg after precious chocolate egg, until the basket is full. And though our definitions of treasure may change through the years, the idea of hunting for a hidden trove appeals to us all, I think, and its seed is planted early. Whether it’s hidden in a cave, sunken or buried, where there’s … Continue reading THE PLEASURE OF TREASURE

TEACHING IS DRAMA!

(SHOULD I READ IT OR WATCH IT?) Novelist Meg Wolitzer wrote that: “Being a teacher at a restaurant in the town where you lived was a little like being a TV star…” It might sound goofy, but many teachers, especially grade school teachers―though I’ve see it happen to teachers at every level―have experienced that strange moment of encounter with a student outside of the confines of school: the student’s stunned recognition at the shopping mall, or the cinema, or even the doctor’s waiting room; the spontaneous smile (thank goodness for that!) and then the: “Hey! Hi Mr. or Mrs. So-and-So!”; … Continue reading TEACHING IS DRAMA!

ARMCHAIR STORM CHASERS

(SHOULD I READ IT OR WATCH IT?) I was so relieved when I went to bed last Sunday (January 4th) and was able to turn the light off because there was no power failure!  I honestly don’t know how my family made it to Monday unscathed, but we did―sixty year-old maples and all. Still, I spent most of the day with a knot in my stomach, because I was having such feelings of déjà vu.  Did anyone notice that last Sunday’s freezing rain storm coincided with the date of the official first day of the 1998 Ice Storm? I couldn’t … Continue reading ARMCHAIR STORM CHASERS

IT’S DECEMBER: BE INSPIRED!

(SHOULD I READ IT OR WATCH IT?) This is the right time of year to write about books and movies that inspire, don’t you think? With the Holidays a few weeks away, we feel drawn to stories that remind us that though life may be tough, it’s also essentially wondrous, and change is always possible. In December, the first story of change and redemption that pops to mind is of course Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that most of us know from having watched it rather than read it. No matter its flaws, I love the story and can’t help … Continue reading IT’S DECEMBER: BE INSPIRED!

VROOM! VROOM!

(from the SHOULD I READ IT OR WATCH IT? category) November seems to have settled over us like a cold damp blanket. Suddenly, driving a car is more complicated, more hazardous and a lot less fun. A hassle, plain and simple. Cars lose all their glamour and appeal in winter: they get crusted over with slush and salt, and they sound and feel arthritic when the deep cold causes them to groan and moan and creak. And yet, they’re such beautiful machines. Emblems of the 20th century. They’re about travel and speed and escape and human inventiveness and freedom. Cinema … Continue reading VROOM! VROOM!