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!

Holiday Readings @ online via Zoom
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Holiday Readings @ online via Zoom

A holiday tradition! Join us via Zoom on the Winter Solstice to hear Peter Blodgett read holiday stories from many cultures and traditions.  To sign up, please email Librarians@thetfordlibrary.org.

Dec
23
Wed
December New Yorker Magazine Discussion Groups @ Online via Zoom
Dec 23 @ 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.

Jan
4
Mon
Young Children’s Book Discussion @ online via Zoom
Jan 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Young Children's Book Discussion @ online via Zoom

Book discussion for 7 & 8 year olds. Discussion of “Nim’s Island” by Wendy Orr. Books are now available to borrow. All are welcome!

Jan
11
Mon
Winter Reading Challenge @ Online
Jan 11 – Feb 28 all-day
Winter Reading Challenge @ Online

The Vermont Winter Reading Challenge is open now through the end of February! The new year is a time for reflection and reinvigoration. What better way to do that than to cozy up with inspiring books this winter? The challenge is open to readers of all ages. Participants can read books of their choosing, log minutes, and earn digital badges. Register on the Vermont Department of Libraries’ Beanstack platform by clicking here. Please select Latham Library as your library of choice when registering. Five participants will be selected to win a prize at the end of the challenge!

Jan
25
Mon
How to Use OPALS @ online via Zoom
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
How to Use OPALS @ online via Zoom

The third in our series of online “how-to” classes offered through Zoom. Join us to learn the basics of how to use OPALS, our new full-function online catalog accessible through our website. Email Librarians@thetfordlibrary.org to sign up and receive the Zoom link.

Jan
27
Wed
New Yorker Articles Discussion Group @ Online via Zoom
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
New Yorker Articles Discussion Group @ Online via Zoom

Have you ever felt lonely?   Isolated?   Both?    While they can be associated with depression and anxiety, loneliness and feelings of isolation can occur by themselves.   We can appear to be doing well and even be happy, but still feel lonely.   

 Even before Covid and social distancing, there has been a loneliness epidemic in this country.  Surveys indicate that almost half of Americans feel lonely, and a similar number feel socially isolated.   With the pandemic, how has almost a year of social distancing affected you?   

Please join Latham Library’s New Yorker discussion group for this month’s topic about loneliness and isolation.  How do these human conditions affect the body, mind, and spirit?   What can be done to alleviate these feelings?   How do we cope in the coming months with prolonged social distancing?  

To receive a Zoom invitation, PDF’s of the assigned articles, and links to supplemental materials about the topic, please email  Nyarticles.Latham@gmail.com.    This group will meet on Wednesday, Jan 27, 4 PM on Zoom.

Feb
1
Mon
Middle Grade Book Discussion @ online via Zoom
Feb 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Middle Grade Book Discussion @ online via Zoom

Discussion of “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day” by John David Anderson. Books are now available to borrow. All are welcome!

Feb
12
Fri
Book Launch Party – “Just to the Right of the Stove” by Elisabeth Horan @ Online via Zoom
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Book Launch Party - "Just to the Right of the Stove" by Elisabeth Horan @ Online via Zoom

Join us as we launch Thetford poet Elisabeth Horan’s latest book, “Just To the Right of the Stove”, being released on February 12 by Twist in Time Press of Philadelphia. Elisabeth’s new collection of poetry is an ode to Sylvia Plath. It is “a deep, sometimes dark, always sincere imaginary dialogue with her much lauded peer, is proof that one’s suffering can be anesthetised with art. It is a collection that could only be written from a survivor’s perspective; deeply introspective and brutally honest, Horan leaves no layers left unpeeled…Just to the Right of the Stove captures the voice of a long dead literary hero, captures the voice of survivors worldwide, and captures the voice of a poet at the peak of her powers.”
To register for this event please email librarians@thetfordlibrary.org 

Feb
17
Wed
Latham Seed Saving Library @ Latham Library
Feb 17 – May 28 all-day
Latham Seed Saving Library @ Latham Library

The Latham Seed Saving Library was launched in the fall of 2020, so this is our first growing season! That means that we don’t yet have a large selection of seeds to share. Over the coming years, with help from you and others, we will be able to build our library’s stock and diversity. If you are successful in your gardening and seed saving and can return seeds to the library to pass on to future gardeners, you will be helping us to fulfill our goal of building a growing, thriving community seed library. For more info visit the Seed Library page on this website.

Available Seeds Spring 2021 (all grown in Thetford):
Anise Hyssop
Bean-“Kentucky Wonder” Pole
Bean-“Norma” Pole
Black-eyed Susan
Buckwheat
Calendula
Cosmos-“Tango”
Dill
Decorative Corn
Gerber Daisy
Foxtail Millet
Sunflower

You may request one packet of each type of seed by emailing Librarians@thetfordlibrary.org . We are currently using curbside service out of the box on the front porch of Latham Library for seed pickup.