After a 3 month hiatus, the RCML book club came together on 9/23 at The Clear River Tavern to discuss 3 books we rotated among 5 members. We read 3 non-fiction books called: What Remains, by Carol Radziwill, The Education of an Idealist, by Samantha Power, and Freedom Summer(the Mississippi Summer Project in 1964), by Bruce Watson. We had a lively discussion for sure and now we are ready for a novel. Our gathering included a new member, Melissa, & we hope to meet 3 more new members at our October 21st meeting, which should take place at The Clear River Tavern at 6pm. Our new book is called Big Lies in a Small Town, by Diane Chamberlain. It's a novel of chilling intrigue, a decades-old disappearance, and one woman's quest to find the truth. Both events take place in North Carolina, one in 1940 and one in 2018. Get in touch with Erica, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Micheline, email@example.com for more info.
Halloween is coming! To celebrate our favorite spooky holiday, the Library is putting together some frightful crafts that you can make at home! We'll provide bags full of supplies and instructions to make scary (but cute!) ghosties, pumpkins made of foam plates, and bats that will stick to anything! Perfect for children ages 2 (with adult help) and up. RSVP by 10/13 to reserve your bag. Please indicate # of children. Pick up your bag during the week of 10/19. Call 746-4067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's a rainy Thursday, so how about an indoor scavenger hunt? This one is geared toward kids. Once you find all the items, send me a photo (email@example.com) and you'll win an ice cream treat on the Library, from the Swiss Farm Market right here in Pittsfield. Have fun!
Indoor Scavenger Hunt
A blue crayon
A piece of fruit
Something you consider a treasure
A paper airplane
A puzzle piece
Here's the Second Scavenger Hunt! This one is geared toward kids, and things kids can find in their outdoor environment. If you find everything, you win an ice cream treat from the Swiss Farm Market! Post your photos of found items on our Facebook page, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org . Have fun! And many thanks to the Swiss Farm Market!
Backyard Scavenger Hunt
My wonderful sons helped me install Pittsfield's first StoryWalk today! Come on down to the Library, and walk your way through the delightful Over in the Forest, Come and Take a Peek, by Marianne Berkes, a sweet counting book featuring forest dwellers. Maybe you'll see some as you stroll! Enjoy the adventure of tracking down the next page, and marvel in the wonder of outside exercise while you read!
Please wear masks and maintain 6 feet of distance in the presence of others not of your household, and please refrain from touching the pages.
This is a lovely spot in our beautiful capital city, Montpelier. Here are their words, from the website:
"For 22 years North Branch Nature Center has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild within our capital. North Branch Nature Center has become an integral part of outdoor recreation and learning in central Vermont, serving 10,000 visitors annually. Our 28-acre preserve of forest and fields is nestled in a gentle bend of the North Branch of the Winooski River, just two miles from downtown Montpelier. North Branch is firefly light sparkling in a child’s eye. It is a lecture hall where we learn the secrets of warblers and willows and weather. And it is a quiet place to walk or ski, swim or sit, or simply to do nothing beside the river."
If you don't want to drive to Montpelier, they've greatly expanded their online presence during the pandemic. Check out their whole website, full of great information, here:
TODAY IS THE DAY, Library Community! Welcome to the Scavenger Hunt! Here are the easy rules: Find everything on the list and post photos of your finds over on our Facebook page:
If you find everything, you win an ice cream treat from Swiss Farm Market!! Creativity is encouraged: convince me that what you find fits the bill, if it's not obvious. You have until next Thursday, 8/20, to complete. Open to all. Call me with any questions, 746-4067. Have fun!
I'll be posting new Scavenger Hunts each Thursday for the next several weeks.
Many thanks to the good folks at Swiss Farm Market!
Stay-at-Home Scavenger Hunt
1. Empty toilet paper roll
2. 10 or more plastic strips or pull tabs from milk or juice jugs
3. Overstretched hair tie
4. Singleton sock
6. Broken plastic storage container
7. Crayon or pencil shorter than one inch
8. Holiday or seed catalog
9. Broken glasses or sunglasses
10. Blue rubberband
11. 2019 calendar
12. Something older than you
13. Candle more than 75% burned
14. Blurry printed photo
15. Dead plant
16. Take-out ketchup packs
17. Yeast or sourdough starter
18. Your pandemic hobby
20. Take-out menu from a local restaurant
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