Mar
20
Wed
Celtic Music for St. Patrick’s Day @ Peabody Library
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Celtic Music for St. Patrick's Day @ Peabody Library

Hark! … Are those the tones of dulcimer and accordion I hear flowing through the air..?? Well, then, Spring cannot be far away, if Samantha Moffatt and Klemens will be returning to the Peabody Library with their songs, dances and tunes played on hammered dulcimer and accordion. They will call forth the robins and the green grass with reels and airs from Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Greece and France–for your listening pleasure, and in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Mar
25
Mon
Equinoxes & Eclipses: a spaced out night at the library! @ Latham Library
Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Equinoxes & Eclipses: a spaced out night at the library! @ Latham Library

Celebrate the Spring Equinox and get excited for the upcoming solar eclipse with Latham Library and local NASA scientist Tara Tomlinson! Tara is a planetary scientist and Dartmouth PhD candidate who specializes in public outreach and community education. This all-ages talk will cover the celestial movements that give us equinoxes, solstices, and eclipses, as well as the natural and cultural importance of these events from the ancient past to the present. Bring your questions and your enthusiasm for a spaced out night at the library!

Apr
8
Mon
Solar Eclipse Party! @ Latham Library
Apr 8 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Solar Eclipse Party! @ Latham Library

Join us on Monday, April 8 from 2:30-4:00 to celebrate and watch the solar eclipse at Latham Library on Thetford Hill! Free eclipse viewing glasses will be available, plus food, music, and activities for kids. This event will be held outside in the library’s back parking lot; please park at Thetford Elementary School and use the path to walk around the school and over the bridge to the library.
Food will be provided by donation by Friends of Thetford Academy Robotics. Help send the Thetford Academy Robotics team travel to Dallas, TX, April 24th-28th for the 2024 VEX Robotics High School World Championship!

Apr
10
Wed
Local Author Dean Whitlock reads “Deep Blue Jump” @ Peabody Library
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Local Author Dean Whitlock reads "Deep Blue Jump" @ Peabody Library

**Rescheduled due to weather – new date April 10**

On Wednesday, April 10 at 7:00 p.m., the Peabody Library will host Thetford author Dean Whitlock, who will read the opening scenes of “Deep Blue Jump”, his latest novelette, which has been included on the Recommended Reading List for 2023 by Locus Magazine. Founded in 1968, Locus has become the de facto Publishers Weekly of the SF&F genre, the place fans, editors, and agents go to for reviews and news, so it’s a big honor to be included on this annual list. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session with Whitlock, following which he will finish reading the story to those who wish to stay. (An uninterrupted reading would take about an hour.)

“Deep Blue Jump” was published in the September/October 2023 edition of Asimov’s SF Magazine, and the editors have now made it available to read online for free (along with the five other 2023 stories Asimov’s published that made it onto the Locus list).

Most people know Whitlock for his Middle Grade and Young Adult novels, but “Deep Blue Jump” deals with serious adult themes, including human trafficking and substance abuse. Parents should know that it is appropriate for older teens in their final years of high school but not for younger ages.

Copies of Whitlock’s books, including his story collection, Iridescent Dreams, will be available to purchase at the event. Unfortunately, the collection was published a year before “Deep Blue Jump” was written, but his other stories have all been well received.

The reading will also be available via Zoom. Email librarian@thetfordlibrary.org for the link.

Apr
13
Sat
Littles at the Library: a Week of the Young Child Event @ Latham Library
Apr 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Littles at the Library: a Week of the Young Child Event @ Latham Library

Littles at the Library is an event geared toward young children and their families to celebrate the “Week of the Young Child”, a fun-filled week all about early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. The theme of the day is the sun, planets, and all things space to honor the recent solar eclipse!
Please join us to make a space themed craft, enjoy a snack and activity stations around the library, and receive a free book at our children’s book giveaway. There will also be a space storytime from 1:00-2:00.
This event is sponsored by both Peabody and Latham Libraries. There will be another Week of the Young Child event happening out on the Green right in front of the library that day. Check it out! …

Week of the Young Child Family Picnic Event organized collaboratively by
Maple Leaf and Creative Spirit Children’s Center
When: 11am to 2pm, Saturday April 13th
Where: The Green on top of Thetford Hill
Pack a picnic lunch, bring your blanket, and join us to paint kindness rocks to take and hide, spreading awareness to the needs of young children and their families, also recognizing early childhood programs and services that meet those needs!
All paints and rocks will be provided, along with a sweet treat before you leave!
Several picnic tables will be available to accommodate those who wish to come but may find it difficult to sit on the ground!
NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) first established the Week of the Young Child® in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 😎 lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child® is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

Apr
16
Tue
Senior Movie Morning @ Latham Library
Apr 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Senior Movie Morning @ Latham Library

Latham Library and the Thetford Elder Network invite you to the lower level Community Room for a free Senior Movie Morning.

Large screen presentation, warm and well-ventilated room. Meet some neighbors to enjoy a good movie, to chat and to laugh! No registration, just come!

This month’s title: Green Book

Need a ride? TEN may be able to help! Call (802-785-4361) or email librarian@thetfordlibrary.org and we’ll put you in touch.

Apr
18
Thu
Unplugged Game Night @ Latham Library
Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Unplugged Game Night @ Latham Library

Come play one of our board games or bring your own!  All ages are welcome.  Pizza will be served.  If you would like pizza, please RSVP by 3:00 pm on the day of the event to librarian@thetfordlibrary.org

Apr
24
Wed
In Focus: Living Better with Vision Loss @ Latham Library
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm
In Focus: Living Better with Vision Loss @ Latham Library

**Rescheduled due to weather – new date April 24!**

Learn more about how you can “Live Better with Vision Loss”!

Co-sponsored by Thetford Community Nurse Sunny Martinson and Latham Library

Dan Norris will discuss adaptive strategies and devices that can help a person with low vision to adapt their hobbies and activities of daily living to compensate for vision loss. The strategies will include adaptive lighting, magnification, contrast, and electronic solutions to accomplish your desired goals.

Librarian Holly Lague will be on hand to discuss the resources available in Thetford and through the wider Vermont library network.

About the presenter
Daniel Norris has served as the Director of Adult Services with the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired since 2012. Dan has been with the agency since 2004. He is also the Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Program Coordinator and Methods Instructor for UMass Boston since May of 2014. He received his master’s degree in Education: Special Education from Portland State University. While working as a TVI, Dan returned to graduate school at UMass Boston, to became both a Certified Orientation Mobility Specialist & Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist. He also participated in a five-year project with the Vermont Sensory Access Project to become a Deafblind Consultant. Dan Norris services on several national committees dedicated to improving services for seniors with vision loss. Dan Norris is visually impaired himself, having developed a juvenile form of Macular Degeneration at the age of eight. In this role he has acted as a mentor and role model for many transition aged children in the state of Vermont and elsewhere.

May
3
Fri
Book Tasting @ Latham Library
May 3 @ 6:00 pm
Book Tasting @ Latham Library

The Latham Memorial Library Trustees invite you to kick off Latham’s Annual Appeal with a Book Tasting.

Enjoy elegant hors d’oeuvres and thematic mocktails as you sample a menu of books. Break out of your comfort zone and try a new genre without the commitment of borrowing the book.

A suggested donation of $20 will help toward this year’s fundraising goals, but all are welcome with or without a donation.

For more information about the Annual Appeal, please see https://donorbox.org/latham-2024-appeal.

May
13
Mon
Honoring the Plants and Pollinators with Carol McGranaghan @ Latham Library
May 13 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Honoring the Plants and Pollinators with Carol McGranaghan @ Latham Library

Carol McGranaghan of Orange, VT, will give a presentation and slideshow about wild plants, how they were traditionally used by the Abenaki as food, medicine, and in making items and how they can be used today.  She will talk about the Abenaki as the original inhabitants of N’Dakinna (Vermont) and a bit about land acknowledgment and rematriation. Carol will have copies of her Elder/Mentor Carol Irons’ book “Vermont Abenakis: A Brief History of the People of the Dawnland, Vermont’s First Inhabitants” for sale for $6 each. The presentation will also include a question and answer session and samples of wild plant foods.