Sunday, February 25, 2007
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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
223-9606 or email email@example.com.
We had an overwhelming response to the first workshop– The Basics of Having a Difficult Conversation with Kathleen Moore and Ginny Sassaman. We will hold a second workshop on this topic on February 28 at 6:30pm. Whether trying to manage a delicate situation at work, talk to family members about a loved one’s needs, navigate a disagreement with a neighbor, or voice opposition regarding municipal affairs, many of us tend to avoid or stumble through these “difficult conversations”.
February 21 – Difficult Conversations with Neighbors with Brooke Hadwen
How do you talk to your neighbors about the fumes that come in your window when they leave their car running? The dog that barks each time you sit in your yard? Or the ball that keeps coming over the fence onto your garden? Learn ways to give information, ask for what you need, and negotiate differing expectations.
Space is limited so please call to register!
Friday, February 16, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The New York Review of Books is available at Kellogg-Hubbard along with about 100 other periodicals. The NYRB is, in my opinion, among the best. It’s been published since 1963, with an amazing array of writings from historians, poets, academics, scientists, and journalists. The letters to the editor can be quite entertaining as writers take reviewers to task. For example, in the current issue, Allen Orr responds to criticism of his review of Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion:
Finally, Dennett [author of the letter criticizing Orr’s review] fundamentally misunderstands my review. He seems to think that I'm disturbed by Dawkins's atheism and pointedly asks which religious thinkers I prefer instead. But as I made clear, I have no problem with where Dawkins arrived but with how he got there. It's one thing to think carefully about religion and conclude it's dubious. It's another to string together anecdotes and exercises in bad philosophy and conclude that one has resolved subtle problems. I wasn't disappointed in The God Delusion because I was shocked by Dawkins's atheism. I was disappointed because it wasn't very good.What fun!
But like almost everyone else, I'm enjoying the fantasy of having an entire day in front of our wood stove with my book. What is the library director reading right now? Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. I tend to read history books in fits and starts, but this book grabbed me about twenty pages in and it hasn't let me go since.
If we think that we know what hard times are, we'll think again when we read about the fabled pilgrims who endured an incredibly grueling voyage only to arrive in a wilderness in winter, during what was known as a "little ice age". Their efforts to find a suitable place to settle, their relationships with local tribal leaders, their efforts to govern themselves, their tragedies and successes not only make for compelling reading, but also tell us something about our country's culture. It's a far cry from the Thanksgiving story we were taught in school.
On a side note, you'll read more about the devastating plagues that all but wiped out the Indian tribes who had previously inhabited the coast. If you'd like to know more, check out another fairly recent book, 1491 by Charles C. Mann.
Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay by Mira Kirshenbaum
For anyone who is ambivalent about the relationship they are in, this is a godsend. Straight forward, helpful, I can't say enough about it.
The Gentleman from Finland by Robert Goldstein
A very humorous look at a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express in the
Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Superbly written travel memoir - Eastern Europe before World War 2.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark
(if you like Fantasy) Stick with it thru first 200 pages or so, it's worth
And someone else added "TRUTH!" the the above
The Readers' Choice book is fun to read. Take a look at the book display of recommended reads next time you're in the library. You may find a book that you wouldn't have otherwise chosen. Another place to look for good books is Recommended Reading is on our website.
So many books, so little time.<>
Monday, February 12, 2007
You’re invited to the library ….to talk about our requests for Town Meeting Day. We want to tell you how the Library funding plan is unfolding and we want to hear from you on how you think we’re doing!
Please come to any of these meetings:
Saturday Feb. 17 at 11:00 AM
Thursday Feb. 22 at 10:30 AM
Thursday Feb. 22 at 5:30 PM
Meetings will be in the Hayes room, on the first floor of the Library and will last about one hour.
If you are unable to attend a meeting but have questions about library funding feel free to call Martin Hahn at 223-3338. We want to hear from you!
Kellogg-Hubbard…. Our community library for 110 years!
We are also looking for volunteers!
Would you be willing to make phone calls to ask voters for their support of the library funding request?
Would you be willing to hold banners in front of Montpelier City Hall on Town Meeting Day?
If so, please call Rachel or Martin at 223-3338.
For more information on the state aid initiative, visit the Vermont Library Association web site.
Contact your legislators and ask them to support an appropriation for public libraries.