Friday, February 26, 2010

Library Events for March 2010

Story & Craft Time for Preschoolers and Kindergartners ended in February, but we'll look forward to starting up again later this year, after Miss Britton has her baby (she's due in late March). Stay tuned for our next session!

Tuesday March 2nd, 3:15 - 4:15
LEGO CLUB for Elementary School Students

Drop by and build something! Snacks provided.

Note to Lego Club Parents: The Library will need volunteers to run LegoClub on Tuesday, April 6th and Tuesday, May 4th. If you are interested in volunteering for either session, please talk to Britton or Amy. Thank you!

Tuesday March 2nd at 7:00 pm
First Tuesday Book Club

We'll be discussing the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Next month's book is Waterborne by Bruce Murkoff. Join us!

Beginning Wednesday March 3rd, 3:15 - 4:15

Join Harris Center Naturalist Susie Spikol and Hancock Children's Librarian Britton Kennedy in creating small worlds drawn from children's books and your own imagination. These tiny worlds created by your own hands and creativity will be tucked into the nooks and crannies of the town library for all visitors to find. Bring the Littles to life, breath life into the Borrowers, or make up your own tiny cosmos in this hands-on design and creation program. For students in grades 1 through 4 who like working with details and hand crafts. HES students can take the bus to the library. Co-sponsored with the Harris Center. Call 525-3394 to register. Cost is $40 for Harris Center members, $60 for non-members.

Sunday March 7th at 3:00 pm
Town Candidate Forum

Please come to the TOWN OFFICE MEETING ROOM (note change in venue) to meet the candidates running for town offices. Let them know what's important to you!

Saturday March 13th, 10:00 - 11:30
Second Saturday Arts with Melody Zahn Russell

Art classes for ages 5-10 are offered in the Daniels Room on the second Saturday of the month through June by Melody Zahn Russell. Every class will have a story and demonstration before the actual art doing. There will be a mixture of drawing, watercolor painting and collage. The atmosphere is creative, playful and fun! Sign up today at the library (or call us at 525-4411). There is a $15.00 materials fee.

Mondays beginning March 15th at 6:00 pm
STEP Parenting Class

A Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) class will meet at the library on Mondays from 6 to 8 pm beginning March 15th. This 7-session class is facilitated by Ann Falby, former Teaching Director of Happy Valley School. In this course participants will learn listening and communication skills that will help enhance their child's self-esteem and self-motivation and learn and practice skills, including giving logical and natural consequences in response to misbehavior, avoiding conflict struggles, and expressing feelings in a respectful way. The cost of the workshop is $65 (thanks to Ann and the library) and includes the workbook. Partial scholarships are available through The Grapevine if the fee is a hardship. Call the Grapevine at 588-2620 to register.

Thursday March 18th at 7:00 pm
Something We All Take For Granted with Rebecca Harris

What if you couldn't just hop in your car and go whenever you need to get someplace? Imagine what life is like for those who can't. Come find out how our community members are doing something about it.

Contoocook Valley Transportation Company (CVTC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in 2008 in response to a surveyed need for alternative transportation in the Eastern Monadnock Region, especially among seniors, people with disabilities, and people with low income. CVTC volunteer drivers take people to medical appointments and other needed destinations, while the CVTC Rideshare Program helps people form carpools to work, shopping, and social events. Find out how CVTC works with communities to help them address their transportation needs.

Friday March 19th at 7:00 pm
The Public Outrage over Female Oratory: Frances Wright's Lectures in 1820s New York with Carolyn Eastman

In 1829, the reformer Frances Wright delivered almost sixty public lectures in cities throughout the Northeast U.S. Despite her radical ideas -- she attacked the institution of marriage and the Christian church, for example -- Wright regularly packed theaters with auditors. In opposition, a group of New York editors developed a series of criticisms of her-but rather than criticize her arguments, they mocked her femininity: her hair, her unattractive hands, her "unnatural boldness." This lecture examines this event and considers the long-term consequences of women appearing as public and political figures.

Carolyn Eastman teaches at the University of Texas and is the author of A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public After the Revolution. She lives in Austin but visits the Monadnock region frequently to see her parents.

Beginning Thursday March 25, 3:00 - 3:45
Yoga for Young Children (ages 4-6) with Sarah Aborn

On Thursdays, beginning March 25th, Sarah Aborn will offer a Yoga Class for Kids, ages 4 through 6 from 3:00 til 3:45. Yoga fosters well being on many levels, improving balance and coordination as well as strengthening self-esteem and confidence. It gives children tools to handle stressful situations such as transitioning or starting school, and can help with sleep patterns. With plenty of games, songs, creative play, and of course, yoga poses! Yoga will improve social skills as well as sense of self.

Sarah Aborn has been faithfully enjoying yoga for 17 years, and became certified to teach grown-ups two years ago. She has been working with children steadily for 20+ years and recently became certified to teach them Yoga. She is very excited for the opportunity to offer children this priceless gift of Yoga. Session runs 6 weeks. Fee is $55-$75, sliding scale. Contact Sarah at 603.930.0127 to register.

Thursday March 25th at 7:00 pm
Trials and Triumphs in creating a Humanitarian Medical Program with Fletcher Wilson, MD

Hancock resident Fletcher Wilson MD will give a multimedia presentation entitled Trials and Triumphs in creating a Humanitarian Medical Program. The talk chronicles the development of a medical program in Ethiopia. It is an informative and entertaining take on some of the cultural, logistical and political problems that one faces in working in the developing world and how those challenges are met. Dr. Wilson is the chief of surgery at MCH and the voluntary chairman of the medical advisory comittee for Wide Horizon's for Children.