Newsletter : May 2016


The Library is pleased to announce that the two Library Clerk positions have been filled. Please welcome Williamstown residents, Monique Hayden and Tim Betts as our newest employees.

“I have always found the library to be a magical place of entertainment, learning and even the occasional ah-ha moment. I have been involved in manufacturing most of my life and still work part time as a project engineer for a company in South Burlington. This opportunity at the Library is a totally new and exciting venture for me,” says Tim Betts. Tim likes mysteries and crime novels. He will be working Tuesdays from 2-6pm and Saturdays from 10am-12pm.

Monique has volunteered at the library and has served on the Board of Trustees in the past. She likes to read non-fiction books and travel. She is excited to join the Library staff and help the Library to stay organized. Monique will be working Wednesdays from 12-6pm.


We will continue to offer Storytime weekly on Wednesdays from 10am – 11am, where we sing songs, read stories and do a craft. No registration is necessary. Storytime will also be offered on Saturdays, starting on May 14th from 10am – 11am. This Storytime is geared for all ages. The theme for May is gardening. We will plant seeds together, read stories and more.


The Williamstown Readers will be discussing the book In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson. There is no need to read the whole book in order to participate in their discussions. They meet Wednesday, May 25th from 7-8pm at The Gardens. The group is lead by local resident, John Taylor. No registration is necessary, just show up at The Gardens. Books are available at the library, stop in and get a copy.


Have you ever noticed the beautiful painted table in our youth room? Artist Fran Goulet is the artist who originally painted the table in 2000. She recently came back to add some fresh touch-ups. Come in and view for yourself and see if you can spot one of the new animals she added.


May is the kickoff of our exciting new service to patrons called Listen Up! Vermont. This service is free of charge; all you need is a library card.

Ainsworth Public Library has partnered with ListenUp! Vermont and The Green Mountain Library Consortium to bring you eBooks and eAudiobooks for eReaders and mobile devices. Apps are available for Android and iOS devices. This service is provided through OverDrive and is available to Ainsworth Public Library cardholders.

To get started with this new service, click on the “Borrow eBooks and audiobooks” image on the right hand side bar of the website.


The Vermont Department of Libraries donated 80 new youth books to add to our collection this month! Come in and explore some of the wonderful titles.


The library has received a grant from High Mowing Seed Company to start a seed library. Starting the second week of May, we will have seed packets available for you to pick up for free. You can also leave seeds that you don’t need for another person. To celebrate, we will have local farmer Misse Axelrod from Roxbury, at the library on Saturday, May 21st at 11:45am to give a talk on how to best utilize your seeds, get the most from them, and preserve seeds for next year’s crop.


Can’t make it to one of our Storytime’s this month at the library? Join us at the Farmer’s Market on Friday, May 27th from 5-6pm. We will sing songs, read stories and have some fun!


An annual tradition, the Book & Cookie Sale coincides with the Williamstown Memorial Day Parade, which begins at 11am on May 21st. The sale will include novels, home & garden books, coffee table books, history books, memoirs, children’s books, and more, both donated and from the library collection. You’ll also find cookies and other tasty treats baked by volunteers. Jennifer Cummings, Co-Chair of the Friends group, described the pricing: “The cost for everything in this sale is by donation. We want to find homes for the books. People can take as many as they want and pay whatever it is worth to them.” More than a fundraiser, the Book & Cookie sale is a social and literary event for book-lovers and the sweet-toothed of our region.


Thanks to the generosity of the Library’s Friend’s group, we will have all of the Red Clover, Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Green Mountain Book Award nominees for 2016-2017. Check our website for more details on these wonderful awards and what it means for our community.


Diana Weggler, Editor and Jacque Day, Featured Editor of the The Norwich Record provided a delightful intimate evening at the Gardens, with lots of information on the Norwich Namesakes calendars as well as The Record. Diane and Jacque were wonderful presenters and there was much give and take learning. The Ainsworth family, Laura Ainsworth in particular, was very generous to both Northfield and Williamstown communities. There generosity is particularly important to the Library because the Ainsworth family donated the building that the library is in.


Wednesday, May 4th from 10-11am: Story Time at the Library
Monday, May 9th from 6-7 pm: Friends of the Library, at the Library
Wednesday, May 11th from 10-11am: Story Time at the Library
Thursday, May 12th from 6-7 pm: Board of Trustees Meeting, at the Library
Saturday, May 14th from 10-11am: Story Time at the Library
Wednesday, May 18th from 10-11am: Story Time at the Library
Saturday, May 21st from 9-1pm: Book and Cookie Sale
Saturday, May 21st 11:45 am: Misse Axelrod local farmer presents “How to Plant and Care for seeds”
Wednesday, May 25th from 10-11am: Story Time at the Library
Wednesday, May 25th from 7-8 pm: Williamstown Readers’ Group at The Gardens
Friday, May 27th from 5-6 pm: Storytime at Williamstown Farmer’s Market
Monday, May 30th all day: Library Closed. Happy Memorial Day