Read a book to someone you love.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Moments of the Day

photo of Jeannette, owner of Sugarmill Farm, in Barton Working as a volunteer this past Saturday for the Onion River Century Ride brought great moments throughout the day. Jan Schlosser and I staffed the second food stop in Barton at the Sugarmill Farm. Jeannette, the owner, is incredibly friendly, helpful and generous. Her grandson's dog, Tucker, was a big hit with the riders this year. Although he wasn't suppose to eat our food (due to allergies) he stayed close at hand to clean up any crumbs that hit the ground.

photo of the barn at Sugarmill Farm in Barton by Rachel SenechalThe surroundings at Sugarmill Farm are really beautiful like this big, red barn. It makes a great backdrop for the cyclists.
The cyclists are a fun and varied crew, too. I especially enjoyed the riders who suggested that we have contests among the food stops next year. Which food stop is the most fun - contest. We got points for having Tucker the dog, and for holding an umbrella over the riders when we had a few raindrops. Many riders commented on the vast array of good food. We aim to please!

Memorable moments: Watching Mary Hooper, Montpelier's Mayor ride 113 miles! Kudos to you, Mary. Watching Nina Otter ride 113 miles after very little training! Watching Jacob Klein ride 60 miles - his first time out on his bike this year! Tom celebrating his 50th birthday by riding 113 miles! Two of the riders doing head stands at each food stop to drain the blood from their feet! (Click here to see photos of the headstands from the Montpeleir Matters Blog.)

photo of Jacob Klein in Barton, by Rachel Senechal

We stopped to save a 10 inch turtle in the middle of the road. Others saw a moose on Rt12.

Carol, Ruth, and a rider relaxing at the Elmore Food Stop, by Rachel Senechal

The camaraderie among the cyclists and volunteers was great to behold! Volunteers -get your bid in for which food stop you want at next year's Century Ride! I call the Barton Food Stop!

ORS Century Ride Raffle Winners

The winners of the Onion River Century Ride Raffle are:

Jay Kimberley - Onion River Sports Car Rack System
Joel Page - Capitol Plaza Hotel - One overnight for 2 people with movie passes
Bob McCullough - Sarducci's Restaurant - $40 gift certificate
Meg Scherbatsky - Bear Pond Books - $35 gift certificate
Matthew Lavey - Julio's Cantina - $25 gift certificate
Cameron Cope - Coffee Corner $25 gift certificate
Gerrie Dennison - Buch Spieler $20 gift certificate
Seth Dunn - Capitol Video $10 gift certificate
Kerrin Kritchmar - Rhapsody $10 gift certificate
Dell McDonough - Lake Elmore State Park two half day boat rentals.

Congratulations to these winners! Please support these local businesses!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Haiku. Do you?

Okay, so I like making up haiku. We all have failings. They're really fun, though: short and, once you get the rhythm down, easy to compose. [De-composing? That's harder.] Here's how they go:


Are five, seven, five
Syllables, that is. Titles?
You just make 'em up

A Strange Library Meteorological Phenomenon Observed

Rain pours down. Thunder
roars, lightning crackles overhead.
Must get videos.

And on a mostly unrelated note I'm reading Little Heathens. It's a memoir of growing up on an Iowa farm during the Depression years by a woman named Mildred Kalish and it's wonderful.
She writes of old family recipes and cures, of favored animals and relatives, and of the sheer joy to be had from working hard and living simply. AND she's a listmaker on the level of E.B. White, which I find quite enjoyable. The book's available here at the library and there's only one person after me on the hold list. Reserve your copy now...


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Library fundraising report

This is the latest update on our local fundraising. (Remember, a secure donation to Kellogg-Hubbard can be made online.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Summer Reading Grand Slam at the Mountaineers!

The Barre Altrusa International Club's Summer Reading Grand Slam Vermont Mountaineers Night was rained out on July 9th. The good news is that the rain date is Monday, July 23 and kids still have time to participate in this fun event. Kids get in free with their completed list of nine books read (one book for each inning), receive a free book from the Altrusa Club, and get their names entered into a drawing for six $50 gift certificates from local book stores. The kids should arrive at the Montpelier Recreation Field at 6:00 pm with their list in hand. They will go out onto the field to be recognized when the Mountaineers players' names are called. To get your reading list form click here. You even get to meet some of the players!

AmeriCorps VISTA position at Kellogg-Hubbard

Kellogg-Hubbard seeks a motivated and creative person for an AmeriCorps VISTA position. The position is available mid-August and lasts for one year.

The A*VISTA member will have three primary responsibilities. (1) Assist program and development coordinator with an active and exciting array of library events for the public. (2) Assist library outreach coordinator with start-up tasks for a new program of outreach and home delivery to underserved populations in the community. (3) Research sources of financial support for the library.

This will be a rewarding position at a great library! The full position description is available here (this will download a MS Word file). Follow this link for information on the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Questing in Montpelier

photo from Valley Quest website

Questing: Discovering Hidden Treasures in Your Town!
On Tuesday, July 17 at 2:00 PM at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
Hiding in our communities are special places and hidden stories: Want to discover treasures? Learn how to create treasure hunts that map Montpelier’s treasures. With Steven Glazer from Valley Quest. Check it out! For people ages 8 and up. For more information you can call the children's library at 223-4665.

*Updated July 14, 2007: This program is co-sponsored by the VT Department of Libraries. DOL also co-sponsors the Summer Reading Program, "Get a Clue"!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Creating a Natural Garden

photo courtesy of Judith IrvenJudith Irven, of Outdoor Spaces Landscape Designs in Goshen, Vermont will be presenting a gardening program on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 7pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in the Hayes Room. Vermont’s spectacular rural landscape—with its mountains, farms and canopied forests-- inspires gardens that reflect these surroundings. In this talk, using a rich mix of photographs, we explore the influences of the rural landscape on creating a natural garden. These range from design aesthetics and sustainability to plant selection and cultural practices. Co-sponsored by the Washington-Orange Chapter of the Vermont Master GardenerProgram.