Fall Story Time Returns

Story time returns this fall starting October 14 can continuing on Wednesdays at 10:30am through November 18.  Each week we’ll start off with a story and then do a craft project.

This should be a fun time for both pre-schoolers and parents so mark your calendar:

Fall Story Time

Wednesday’s 10:30am

Oct. 14 – Nov. 18

Williamstown Readers Group New Books Are In!

balzacThe discussion title is ‘Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress” by Dai Sijie. During China’s Cultural Revolution two young men are sent to the country for ‘re-education.’ In their exile they met the little seamstress and find a cache of fobidden western books including the works of Balzac. This gives perspective on this time in recent Chinese history but also shows that people were still people even in the midst of upheaval.

Copies are available at the Library – discussion is September 30.

Find out more on The Readers Group Page.


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Vermont 2013/14 Awards Books

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Red Clover Book Award nominees, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominees

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Poetry 180

The Readers Group and students from WMHS met to discuss 2013 ‘Vermont Reads’ book Poetry 180 edited by Billy Collins.  We had all read the book at the pace of a poem or two a day.  Most of us were not regular poetry readers before tackling this book.

Each member of the discussion came with a favorite poem of those we had read.  Some read the poem even though that wasn’t a requirement.  You only had to tell what made that poem stand out to you.

The students were given an additional assignment by teacher Kim Deslaurier.  They took a line from one of the poems in the book and made their own poem based on it.  Several also prepared displays of both poems with illustrations.  The members of the readers group agreed that the student written poems were very impressive.

Following the discussion, the participants enjoyed refreshments provided by the students.

100 Years of Service

APL Celebrates Turning 100 with a Centennial Reception

Emcee Susette Bollard welcomes over 130 guests to the Centennial Reception.

The Centennial Reception for the the Ainsworth Public Library was held on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at the Williamstown Middle High School.  Willem Lange was the Key Note Speaker with Susette Bollard, Superintendent Orange North Supervisory Union, acting as Master of Ceremonies.  Musical entertainment was provided by Adam Boyce and Ben Koenig.

You can view some photos of the event in our photo gallery.

State Librarian Martha Reid gave out the awards to the winners of the elementary school bookmark contest “What Reading Means to Me…” with APL Librarian Flora O’Hara and PTA co-chair Kathleen Ducharme.  The students of Kim Deslaurier’s eighth grade class read poetry about Williamstown of their own composition.  Also on display were models of notable Williamstown buildings.  Students from the ninth grade history classes of Carl Williams displayed family genealogy projects and a time-line of Williamstown from 1911 to 2011.  State Senator Mark MacDonald presented long-time members of the APL’s Board of Trustees Florence Winters and Ann Hegarty with a Governor’s Proclamation naming December 17, 2011, as Ainsworth Public Library Centennial Day.

The Vermont Authors Silent Auction of 24 books by 21 autographed books donated by Vermont authors and the Vermont Gift Raffle Basket filled with over $700 worth of goods and services donated by Vermont businesses and crafters received a great deal of attention with bidding wars and bundles of raffle tickets sold.  The program culminated with the announcement of the winners of the Raffle and the Silent Auction.

Click for the article in The Northfield News on the APL’s Centennial Reception

The Centennial Celebration Committee thanks the following individuals and businesses whose generosity contributed to making the centennial celebrations such a tremendous success:

Susette Bollard, Willem Lange, Adam Boyce, Ben Koenig, Martha Reid, Sen. Mark MacDonald, Julia Alvarez, Mary Azarian, Russell Ashe, Howard Coffin, Alexis P. Dexter, Gerald Hinckley, Gloria Kamen, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Edward Koren, Madeleine Kunin, Sydney Lea, Archer Mayor, Bill McKibben, Burr Morse, Katherine Paterson, Capt. Richard Phillips, Willard Sterne Randall, Edward Smith, Amy Sprague, Paul Zeller, Woodbury Mountain Toys, Sarducci’s, Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Poulin Lumber, Routhier’s Car Care, Behind the Scenes Cafe, South Barre Bond Auto Parts, Danforth Pewter, Vermont Smoke & Cure, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Morse Farm, Gabriel Glassworks, Spiderweb Farm, Handmade Basket, Graham Farms Maple, Sundara Day Spa, Red Hen Bakery, Pat Oparowski, Bill & Bea Bruzzese, Peter Oparowski, The Arts Bus, Stillwater Graphics, Hunger Mountain Coop, Shaws Supermarkets, Drexel Godfrey, Drew Emory, Annie Kramer, Dana & Cecile Barber, Susan Gilmore, Georgeanne Baker, Jeremiah Kellogg, Deb Melvin, Hannafords, Cindy Donahue, Jenny Cummings, Flowers by Emslie, John Taylor, Sky Charnoe, Karen Cox, Kim Deslaurier, Carl Williams, Lisa Buckton, Mrs. Bessette, Al Portico, Dan Boomhower, the Custodial Staff at the Williamstown Middle High School, The Northfield News, the Times Argus, the Mark Johnson Show, the many Student Volunteers, the members of the Ainsworth Pubic Library’s Board of Trustees and the Friends of Ainsworth Public Library.