Bancroft Memorial Library Newsletter
March 2008

From the Library:

What's New?
What are the new books, movies, and music at the library?

Blog Link Fixed
Hey everyone! It was noted that the link to our blog wasn't working on the website. The problem has been solved and the link is working again! We'd love to see your support!

From the Director's Desk!
3rd Annual Town Wide Book Discussion
It’s that time of year to announce the title for this year’s Town Wide Book Discussion.  Each year when the choice of a title is made I try to find a title that recognizes Hopedale’s unique history or character.  The theme of all of our choices is “A Place for Difference; A Different Kind of Place”.  Each title has demonstrated how Hopedale incorporates that theme.

Just what are the titles?
Our first title was “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” by Mark Haddon.  This novel focused on the personality of a 14 year old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome.  Our second title was a classic, “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.  
This year’s title, “The Runaway Quilt” by Jennifer Chiaverini will explore the use of quilts during the mid 1800’s to assist slaves fleeing north along the Underground Railroad.  Hopedale was believed to have been a “station” on the Underground Railroad during that time period.  My hope is that by reading this book and sharing the legend of the use of quilts, that more of Hopedale’s unique history will become known to our residents.

Where? When?
As usual, books may be borrowed from the Bancroft Memorial Library by requesting them from other libraries or en masse by book groups who want choose this title for their monthly programs.  There will be Book Discussions featuring the title at the Bancroft Memorial Library on Monday, March 24th @ 7 p.m. and also on Wednesday, April 23rd @ 7 p.m.  Please call the library to register for these discussions.  
Additional events are planned to tie in with the topic of the Underground Railroad and Quilts.  Watch for the Friends of the Library program in April with “Abby Kelley Foster”, abolitionist and woman’s suffragette.  
Pick up your “Runaway Quilt” button at the library when you pick up your book.

~Merrily Sparling, Library Director

From the Intern:

So I've been working very hard on a game in Flash this month, and it's coming along pretty well! It's a puzzle game called Picross where you fill in squares based on numbers. I'll leave a link for a preview of it below. There is a tutorial if you need to learn how to play.

Unlike me updating it constantly, though, I am at a point where I am going to update it once it is complete. I don't want to ruin too much of the surprise!

...of course this does come at the cost of "The Library Trip" production...though I have been able to produce a couple more panels!

Told ya I'd have something for you this month!

This month's release:
~"DeRoze Picross" (5 x 5 puzzles only) (game) Rated G
~"The Library Trip" (first seven panels) (comic) Rated G

~Paul S. Washburn

Upcoming and Ongoing Events:

Comedy Hour! ^_^

On Wednesday March 5, David Shikes will be performing comdey at 7:00 pm, but it is meant for adults.
No registration is required, so come on in!

Soap Making Demo
On Wednesday March 19 at 7:00 pm., Ann Fisher will be coming to show us all a demonstration on how to make soap!
This is sure to be a clean act!
Preregistration is required (508-634-2209).

There's an ongoing book sale!

That's right! The Friends of the Hopedale Library are sponsoring an ongoing book sale at the library! Books that can be purchased are on a cart to the right of the front door. It's cheap, too! Prices range from ten cents to two dollars.

However, due to so many books, the library cannot accept any donations to this sale until further notice...

Knovel Knitters

Meetings are every Wednesday night at 7 pm in the children’s room. Knitting, socializing...what could be better?

"Brown Bag" Book Discussion
On the first Wednesday of each month at noon, there will be a book discussion at the Community House in the Lady's Parlour!


               March 5, 2008
Abigail Adams, by Edith B. Gelles


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