Tales and Tunes with Tots @ Latham Library
Feb 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

What: A playgroup for 0-3ish year olds and their caregivers
Where: Latham Library in Thetford, VT
When: 2nd and 3rd Sundays each month from 1-2 pm
What to know about our group:
Parents/Caregivers with 0-3ish year olds come join us at Latham Library for
short active songs and short books preceded by and followed by social/play
time. No need to leave the room if your little one is being loud (yes even
during books/songs) we don’t mind a bit. Just stay and play!
Think of it as story time for little ones that can’t sit through a board
Come hang out with an awesome group of parents/caregivers and talk about
all things baby/toddler/parenting in a playgroup environment. Come as you
are (yes really, we don’t care if you have not showered in 4 days and are
still in your pajamas)!! Messy hair? We don’t care! New and nervous? We’ve
all been there.
Our group’s primary purpose is to give adults who have littles, a tot
friendly, free and close-by place to go and be with others who are in the
same boat. The littles have fun too, of course.
See you soon!

Peabody Library Open @ George Peabody Library in Post Mills
Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Peabody After School Fun for Grades 1-4 @ Peabody Library
Feb 21 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Stories and crafts for kids in grades 1-4. Snack is served. The program runs every Wednesday that Thetford Elementary is in session for a full day, unless noted.
Email librarian@thetfordlibrary.org by the end of day on the Tuesday before each week’s program to sign up.

Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture discussion series @ Latham Library & Zoom
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture discussion series @ Latham Library & Zoom

This fall and winter, Latham Memorial Library will host the book discussion series, Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture. One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. These mouth-watering novels highlight how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are. Discussions will take place on: 10/12/2023,11/9/2023, 1/25/2024, 2/22/2024.
These sessions are free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. The discussions will be offered in person at the library and via zoom for those who prefer to attend from elsewhere. Books will be available on loan in advance. For more information, call (802) 785-4361 or send an email to librarian@thetfordlibrary.org

Thursday, February 22, 2022 – 12 noon
Paper Fish
Discussion leader Suzanne Brown

Latham Memorial Library: Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture is a Vermont Humanities program hosted by Latham Memorial Library. (Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or Vermont Humanities.)

Tech and Textiles @ Peabody Library
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tech and Textiles at Peabody! Drop in for low-key technology chats and assistance, hang out and craft. Bring your device, your crochet/knitting/felting project, both or neither. It’s a flexible space for anyone looking for company while they create, or help setting up their new tablet, or just wanting someone to explain what exactly is cryptocurrency…I don’t know all the answers, but I love digging into these topics. We can chat while we knit, click around together, and set you up with further resources. And of course, you can also check out books.

Thursdays at Peabody from 1:00-5:00pm.

Knitting Group @ Latham Library
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Knitting Group @ Latham Library

Get together with fellow knitters to knit and talk! All experience levels welcome. This program is now being held in person at Latham Library.

Storytime @ Latham Library
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Stories, songs and silliness for preschoolers, but all ages are welcome!

“Edge” art exhibit opening @ Latham Library
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
"Edge" art exhibit opening @ Latham Library

“The Edge”, an exhibit of mixed media on canvas by Giovanna Lepore, showing February 5 through March 9, 2024 in the Latham Memorial Library gallery space. There will be an opening event on February 24 from 1:00-3:00 pm. Giovanna (Jennie ) Lepore was born and raised in Gardiner Maine. Her favorite memories were exploring on her uncle’s farm Green Point on Merry Meeting Bay . This ecological gem was frequenting by Rachel Carson a friend of her uncles . Jennie was inspired by the migration birds, the meeting of the three rivers in a tidal bay and the changeable moods throughout the seasons. The lifelong love of nature was cultivated from this place.Lepore studied art at Lake Erie college and UNH graduating with a BA studio art. She taught art and horsemanship both in the US and Sicily . Her favorite teaching experience was as an outdoor educator both at Coby Sawyer College and Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School . She developed an outdoor curriculum geared to the exploration of the natural flora and fauna of the Connecticut River region of NH and VT.In addition to her love of painting and the outdoors, Lepore is an lifelong horse trainer and equestrian who competes locally in dressage on her home trained Arabian “Tiger Lily “. Her favorite activity is trail riding -observing nature are on the back of Lily .Paintings marked with an “X” are for sale . 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Canaan NH Conservation Commission. Please call the artist directly if interested 603-523-7154

Nonfiction Book Discussion @ Latham Library
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Nonfiction Book Discussion @ Latham Library

The next meeting of Thetford’s informal nonfiction book discussion group will take place at Latham Library on Thetford Hill on Tuesday February 27th at 12 NOON and on Zoom. For the Zoom link, please contact librarian@thetfordlibrary.org

We will be discussing The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman.

Why do we do science? Beyond altruistic and self-aggrandizing motivations, many of our best scientists work long hours seeking the electric thrill that comes only from learning something that nobody knew before. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, a collection of previously unpublished or difficult-to-find short works by maverick physicist Richard Feynman, takes its title from his own answer. From TV interview transcripts to his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize, we see his quick, sharp wit, his devotion to his work, and his unwillingness to bow to social pressure or convention. It’s no wonder he was only grudgingly admired by the establishment during his lifetime–read his “Minority Report to the Space Shuttle Challenger Inquiry” to see him blowing off political considerations as impediments to finding the truth.
Feynman had a fantastic sense of humor, and his memoirs of his Manhattan Project days roil with fun despite his later misgivings about nuclear weapons. Though one or two pieces are a bit hard to follow for the nontechnical reader, for the most part the book is easygoing and engaging on a personal rather than a scientific level. Freeman Dyson’s foreword and editor Jeffrey Robbins’s introductions to each essay set the stage well and are respectful without being worshipful. Though Feynman has been gone now for many years, his work lives on in quantum physics, computer design, and nanotechnology; like any great scientist, he asked more questions than he answered, to give future generations the pleasure of finding things out.

The book may be obtained from your local library, via interlibrary loan, possibly as an audio or e-book via ListenUp Vermont or in New Hampshire, New Hampshire Downloadable Books. Users need only get a barcode number from their local library to use the services. Or you can obtain the book from your favorite local bookseller, or via www.bookfinder.com, the aggregator site for booksellers both large and small from all over the world, and for books both new and secondhand.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

Peabody Library Open @ George Peabody Library in Post Mills
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm