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 The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, a collection of previously unpublished or difficult-to-find short works by maverick physicist Richard Feynman, takes its title from his own answer.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
Tech and Textiles @ Peabody Library
Feb 29 @ 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 29 @ 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.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library! @ Latham Library
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Library! @ Latham Library

STUFFED ANIMAL SLEEPOVER! Does your stuffie need some excitement over the school break? Bring it to Latham Library on Thursday, February 29 at 6:00 pm for a pajama storytime with milk and cookies. Then, leave your stuffie for an overnight at the library! When you pick it up (on Friday morning at 11:00 storytime or anytime after that) we will share some photos with you of the adventures your stuffie had at its sleepover!

Storytime @ Latham Library
Mar 1 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Mar 2 all-day
Peabody Library Open @ George Peabody Library in Post Mills
Mar 6 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Peabody After School Fun for Grades 1-4 @ Peabody Library
Mar 6 @ 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.

Latham Library Board of Trustees Meeting @ online via Zoom
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm