Oct
31
Sat
Trick-or-Treat for a Book at Latham Library @ Latham Library
Oct 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Trick-or-Treat for a Book at Latham Library @ Latham Library

We will be giving away books (one per child, please) on the front lawn of Latham Library on Halloween Night. Books will be spread out on the lawn…please only touch the book you are choosing, observe social distancing, and wear a mask. Thanks!

Nov
13
Fri
Young Children’s Book Discussion Group @ online through Zoom
Nov 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Young Children's Book Discussion Group @ online through Zoom

Book Discussion Group for 7&8 Year-Olds: Discussion of “Ramona Quimby, Age 8” by Beverly Cleary, date and time TBA. Books are now available to borrow! All are welcome. Please email Emily at librarians@thetfordlibary.org to sign up.

Nov
19
Thu
Seed Saving Workshop for Children and Families @ Online via Zoom
Nov 19 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Seed Saving Workshop for Children and Families @ Online via Zoom

Latham Library will be starting up a Seed Library to be made available to Thetford Libraries patrons in the spring of 2021! With your library card, you will be able to “check-out” seeds grown locally…you are welcome to simply use them in your garden, or you may choose to complete the circle by harvesting the seeds from your plants and giving them back to the Seed Library. In preparation for our new venture we are offering a Seed Saving Workshop for kids and families. Join local growing gurus Cat Buxton and Claire Lafave over Zoom as they explain the basics of seed saving. A packet of supplies will be sent home beforehand to make this a hands-on class! Please register by emailing librarians@thetfordlibrary.org. All ages welcome, though young children will need an adult helper.

Nov
25
Wed
New Yorker Articles Discussion Group @ via Zoom
Nov 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
New Yorker Articles Discussion Group @ via Zoom

Hello!  Need a rest from pandemic and other worries?  Why not join us on Wed, Nov 25, at 5 PM to talk about Thanksgiving?  This month we are reading 3 different New Yorker articles.  Curious about what one does to cook this very American holiday while living abroad?  You can read what it was like for journalist Jane Kramer in “Pilgrim’s Progress, Thanksgiving without Borders.”  Ever want to know what’s in a tofurkey and how this food came to be?  Read about it in Jonathan Kauffman’s “Where Does Your Tofurky Come From?”   For the more serious side of Thanksgiving, learn about what really happened on that first Thanksgiving in Philip Deloria’s “The Invention of Thanksgiving.”

For these articles and other matters, please email nyarticles.latham@gmail.com or call Latham Library at 785-4361.

Nov
30
Mon
Middle Grade Book Discussion Group
Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
3
Thu
Local Author Reading with Dean Whitlock @ Online via Zoom
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Local Author Reading with Dean Whitlock @ Online via Zoom

Join Thetford author Dean Whitlock over Zoom as he reads from the Carver’s World series, to be released as a boxed set next month. The audience will vote to choose which book in the trilogy Dean reads from! See below for blurbs about each book. Dean will also give a sneak preview of his forthcoming novel, The Bell Cannon. To sign up and get the Zoom link, please email librarians@thetfordlibrary.org.

Carver’s World: the Compelling Fantasy Triptych
Three friends are drawn together by one’s misfortune, but each has wrongs to right and a story to tell.

Sky Carver: Carver, a talented self-taught sculptor in wood, is trapped in the shadow of his father’s painterly genius and his mother’s rough talent as a seer. Though they are long gone downriver, presumed dead, Carver is forced to follow his father’s trade, until he suddenly shows rare talent as a weather mage. Befriended by a bemagicked girl in raven form and bond boy tending fire on a cruel baron’s steamboat, he travels downriver in search of a mentor. Fleeing the baron, they hide among outcasts in a city of filthy canals and spewing workhouses, where mages are hunted and magic refuses to work. Finally, lured by a living picture, they arrive at the magic apparatus of the great mage Krimm. There, Carver must confront the enchantments of the mage and the images of his missing parents to save his friends and choose the best use for all his talents.

Raven: Hardly a year since meeting Carver – and four long years since running away from cruel Baron Cutter – Raven risks recapture to return to Cutter’s estate. She’s an experienced bird mage now, but the memory of her escape haunts her. Did her mother abandon her that night, or did Raven desert her mother in her hour of need? What she discovers rekindles a buried rage and confronts her with two bad options: keep running away or help the mother who’s as strong-willed and sharp-tongued as she is, and has just born the baron’s heir. With unexpected and often clumsy help from Fireboy’s impetuous little brother, aptly nicknamed Hero, Raven must outsmart the minions of two Barons, cross wild highlands booby-trapped with magic, and learn to control her own erratic talent and temper on an unwanted quest, finally looking beyond magic – and herself – to save what is most important.

Fireboy: After a hard year working on the stinking canals of Dunsgow, Fireboy’s skill with steamboats has earned him barely half the money he needs to pay off his mother’s bond. Only then can he reunite his family on the clean waters of the River Slow. A chance meeting with a seer inspires him to gamble everything by hauling a cargo for Baron Miner – who holds his mother’s bond – a chance to free her in one trip. With a wily juggler and a half-human water sprite as unlikely companions, Fireboy journeys to the tangled, bemagicked rapids of the highest reach of the land. Caught between the mind-binding spells of a demented mage and the binding lies in the Baron’s campaign to destroy magic on the Five Rivers, Fireboy desperately risks losing his new friends and his own free will, unless he can discover which bonds really matter.

Dec
4
Fri
Young Children’s Book Discussion Group @ online via Zoom
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Young Children's Book Discussion Group @ online via Zoom

Book Discussion Group for 7&8 Year-Olds: Discussion of “Bunnicula”
by James Howe. Discussion will be via Zoom on Friday, December 4 at
4:00pm. Books are now available to borrow! All are welcome. Please
email Emily at librarians@thetfordlibary.org to sign up.

Dec
9
Wed
December New Yorker Magazine Discussion Groups @ Online via Zoom
Dec 9 @ 6:38 pm – 7:38 pm
December New Yorker Magazine Discussion Groups @ Online via Zoom

Readers who enjoy good writing, history, travel, foreign culture, and food in general would find this series interesting. The discussion group will meet on the following December Wednesdays at 4:00pm:
Week 1: December 9 – “Baking Bread in Lyon” by Bill Buford
Week 2: December 16 – “Raw Faith: the nun and the cheese underground” by Burkhard Bilger
Week 3: December 23 – “The Chocolate Scented Air” by Joseph Wechsberg and “Extreme Chocolate: the quest for the perfect bean” by Bill Buford

Register for articles and Zoom invitation at Nyarticles.Latham@gmail.com.
Call 785-4361 or email librarians@thetfordlibrary.org for print copies.

Dec
16
Wed
December New Yorker Magazine Discussion Groups @ Online via Zoom
Dec 16 @ 6:38 pm – 7:38 pm
December New Yorker Magazine Discussion Groups @ Online via Zoom

Readers who enjoy good writing, history, travel, foreign culture, and food in general would find this series interesting. The discussion group will meet on the following December Wednesdays at 4:00pm:
Week 1: December 9 – “Baking Bread in Lyon” by Bill Buford
Week 2: December 16 – “Raw Faith: the nun and the cheese underground” by Burkhard Bilger
Week 3: December 23 – “The Chocolate Scented Air” by Joseph Wechsberg and “Extreme Chocolate: the quest for the perfect bean” by Bill Buford

Register for articles and Zoom invitation at Nyarticles.Latham@gmail.com.
Call 785-4361 or email librarians@thetfordlibrary.org for print copies.

Dec
21
Mon
Middle Grade Book Discussion @ online via Zoom
Dec 21 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Middle Grade Book Discussion @ online via Zoom

Discussion of “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” by Tom Angleberger.
“It takes the wisdom of Yoda to survive the sixth grade. Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him ‘Captain Dwight.’ But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that’s when things get mysterious. Origami Yoda can predict the future and suggest the best way to deal with a tricky situation. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth grade is lining up with questions.”
Books are now available to borrow!