Halloween 2019

Keeping busy during stick season with events and new non-fiction!

Lots of things happening at the library to help beat the stick season blues! Tonight, the Warren Library is the place to be for Halloween fun! We’ll be serving up the warmth with hot cider and a fire in the fire pit, weather permitting. The library will be open from 5-7pm if friends and families need a warm, dry place to meet and gather.


This Sunday we’ll be celebrating International Games at Your Library Week with Magic: The Gathering starting at 2pm and more tabletop games (Catan, Pandemic, Carcassonne, and more) starting at 3pm.


Last Wednesday, we held our first Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program class. This low-impact physical activity program is proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness and will be held on Wednesdays from 2-3pm. My thanks to Anna Colavito at the Central Vermont Council on Aging for getting this class off the ground. Free and open to all abilities.


For more information on any of these programs, please call (496-3913) or stop by the library or visit our website warrenlibrary.com.


Spotlight on new non-fiction:

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff. A collection of stories based on over 500 oral histories taken over the last 17 years by Graff, other journalists, and historians. The way Graff has stitched these stories together brings that day back vividly and the “oral history” format flows in a way that makes it very compelling to read. For those who prefer audiobooks, it is available to download from Overdrive and uses a cast of 45 people and includes an interview with Graff.


For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity by Liz Plank. At its core, the premise of For the Love of Men is that while we can shatter stereotypes for women and girls (and have made strides to do so), until we also change society’s expectations and definition of “masculinity,” we won’t reach true gender parity. Toxic masculinity is toxic not just to women but also to men. Lots of research included but plenty of anecdotes to make it readable. Plank’s look at gender roles and toxic masculinity will get you thinking and hopefully start important conversations no matter where you fall on the gender spectrum.

Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool by Clara Parkes. Fiber lovers will enjoy following Parkes’ journey as she purchases a 676 pound bale of wool and follows it from shearing to skein. This behind-the-scenes look at the yarn industry will satisfy anyone who has looked down on their needles and wonders how that yarn came to be. A perfect companion to visiting our local Mad River Fiber Mill!

October 2019

Fall Flurry of Books

The book releases are coming fast and furious these days. Some highlights of recent books to hit our shelves:


Against the Wind by Jim Tilley. High school sweethearts Lynn and Ralph reconnect decades later as one is fighting against a wind farm development and the other is a corporate lawyer who has made a career of defending the wind power industry. With some of the story set in Quebec, separist sentiments are thread in as well. Lynn and her husband are also raising their transgendered grandson, a budding engineer. The story of their relationships intertwined with the politics of wind farms, raising a transgendered child, and the separatist movement in Quebec makes for quite a story.


Bomber’s Moon by Archer Mayor. The 30th Joe Gunther book is sure to please Mayor fans. Joe Gunther, of the fictitious Vermont Bureau of Investigation, is back to investigate the murder of a drug-dealer but, as with others in the series, things are far more complicated the farther you get into the book. In addition to the usual suspects, Mayor introduces some newer characters - private investigator Sally Kravitz and newspaper reporter Rachel Reiling - to add some freshness to the series.


Gallows Court by Martin Edwards. Acclaimed British crime writer Edwards is new to the Warren Library shelves. His work evokes the Golden Age of Detection (Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers) but in Gallows Court the story is a bit darker and grittier. Crime desk reporter Jacob Flint who pursues an interview with amateur sleuth Rachel Savernake, a wealthy judge’s daughter. As the bodies pile up, Jacob begins to question how innocent Rachel is. Period mystery lovers - this one’s for you!


Some programming highlights:


On Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30pm, we welcome author Mary Dingee Fillmore for her talk  Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do? Fillmore will examine the choices made by the Dutch people during the Holocaust: Why did some people ignore the situation while others felt compelled to resist? What can we learn from them as we face the humanitarian crises of our time? This talk is a Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event hosted by the Warren Public Library.


Through a partnership with the library, the Senior Medicare Patrol of the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) will be at the MRV Senior Center, Evergreen Place, on Thursday, October 17 at 12:30pm to give their presentation on Medicare Facts and Fraud. Learn how to keep yourself from becoming a victim of Medicare fraud.

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