Thursday Morning Story Hour December 18th

The Varnum Library’s last Thursday Morning Story Hour in 2014 is hosting Special Guest Mick Comstock. He will read “Favor Johnson” a book about neighborliness and generosity by Vermont Author Willem Lange. Mick’s rich voice complements this warm Vermont story sharing the spirit of the season in a special way.

Please join us Thursday December 18 at 10:00 a. m. All are invited to this free event.

The Varnum Celebrates the Holidays

It has become a tradition for a growing number of in our community to join us on the third Thursday in December to share treasured readings and memories with each other. This year will be no different! Please join us on December 18 beginning at 6:30 for refreshments, readings, and great cheer. If you would like to read a short piece or share a holiday memory, please do so. If you would like to listen to what others share, please join us! We look forward to seeing you there!

Changing of the Guard

We received with no small measure of sadness, Jennifer Bartlau’s resignation. Jen was offered a full time position outside of the library services field and decided it was an important move for her to make. Each librarian has left her mark and Jennifer is no different.

During her tenure, Jennifer focused on ensuring we met the state Library Standards and became an active liaison to the broader library community. As a result, she brought back different ideas and perspectives, the majority of which we implemented. While Library Director, she earned her Public Librarian certificate. The interlibrary loan program was beefed up. The Vermont Collection found its own special space. The Young Adult collection expanded and the pee wee crowd were given easier access to books through the use of the book bins. Jennifer’s passion for genealogy was a draw as many people sought her expertise as they researched their ancestries. With a little rearranging, our fireplace was rediscovered and the area became a welcoming spot for folks to gather. She brought together members of the community to integrate their vision of the library with the strategic plan.

With Jennifer’s departure, arose another opportunity. Assistant Librarian Linda Cannon-Huffman accepted the position of Librarian effective December 5. Linda has worked at the Varnum Memorial Library for over one year. She earned her Masters of Library Science and applied her knowledge to the betterment of the library. Folks of all ages have made the library one of their destinations on Friday afternoons or Saturdays to visit with Linda. Whether it was engaging in far-ranging discussions with adults or asking children to assist her in checking out books, Linda’s special touch was noticed and appreciated. In her new role as Librarian, we know that Linda will build on the achievements of her predecessors and anticipate the evolving needs of our community.

Varnum Memorial Library Hosts the Seven Deadly Sins

Sin! What could be a more provocative subject and hosted by the library, no less! The Cambridge Arts Council in conjunction with the Vermont Humanities Council and Varnum Memorial Library is sponsoring the fourteenth season of the Cambridge Book Group. This year, the community voted on the seven deadly sins series. Join us as we explore: What makes the 7 sins so deadly? Who decided which sins qualify? Is avoidance of sin rising or falling in today’s society? You need to read only ~40 pages of short stories for each of 5 fun, stimulating discussions. The writers are the best: William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor on Pride, Edith Wharton on Envy, Anton Chekhov on Sloth, Rudyard Kipling on Anger, D.H. Lawrence on Greed, and Raymond Carver on Gluttony—plus more. Don’t forget Lust—a sin that feeds whole industries.

Bring a friend to learn a little and laugh a lot with facilitator Linda M. Bland (author and Vermont Humanities Council leader of reading groups in 8 towns).

• December 13: Pride and Anger
• January 10: Sloth and Greed
• February 14: Gluttony and Lust (of course—it’s Valentine’s day).
• March 14: Discuss how the stories and our discussion changed our perception and opinions about sin.

Copies of the books will be available through the Varnum Memorial Library. As always, refreshments are served. We look forward to seeing you!

For further information, please contact April Tuck at 644-6632 or the Varnum Memorial Library at 644-2117.

2014 Vermont Parks & Sites Passes, plus other venues

Park and Site Passes:
Pass is good for up to 8 people in one vehicle for the State Parks, and up to 8 people in the group for Historic Sites.  Calling us first to see if we have them is a good idea, since we cannot place holds on passes.

We also have ECHO, Shelburne Farms, and Shelburne Museum passes, so plan a great day with the family! Call the library at 644-2117 for availability and other information.