Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00pm, Brian Hawthorne of Fisheries and Wildlife will speak about Hunting and Fishing in Massachusetts. The season is approaching and now is time to learn about these skills.
These programs are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Come in out of the rain and join us for this informative program!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Hotwire by Alex Kava
This book is described as a thriller and is apparently the 9th book by Kava featuring Maggie O'Dell as an FBI profiler. I haven't read any other of the novels featuring O'Dell but I plant to do so after reading this one. She is skillfully drawn as a talented, intelligent and resourceful character which is of course, requisite. However, just a skillfully revealed are her "ordinary" qualities- her anxiety about her life partner, the mistakes she realizes she has just made, her confusion while sorting out a bizarre case of electrocuted teens and so she is more readily perceived as a regular person. The mystery she is working on is interwoven with the case her FBI partner is working on, a deadly pathogen showing up in school lunches, and this leads to a USDA corruption scandal. Sound too predictable? I can guarantee there are enough well thought out twists and sub-plots in Hotwire to keep you interested!
Lot's Return to Sodom by Sandra Brennan
This book begins with Liv Bergen visiting her family in their hometown territory in the Black Hills of South Dakota while recuperating from the injuries she received in the 1st book of this series, "In the Belly of Jonah". During Liv's visit, her brother's girlfriend is murdered during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which draws over 500,000 bikers to the Black Hills each summer. I liked that it is a stand alone book, and that I didn't feel as though I was missing something by not having read the first book. You are drawn into the story and that she ended up in the middle of this particular investigation is smoothly handled. Puzzling out who the killer was and in the end having the killer be both surprising and someone who was woven into the action all along makes this a great read for those who loves the suspense novels.
A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
Jackson takes you on an interesting journey as she builds the story in A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. It is multi-generational, though Ginny, the oldest is only 45, and bases the narrative on the fact that every 15 years some kind of trouble up ends her life. One story line is about her daughter Liza, and her daughter Mosey, whose blood connection comes into question when a grave with an infant's skeleton is found in Ginny's back yard. Another is about Ginny's relationship in the past with the love of her life, who was married (but separated!) at the beginning of their relationship and is now divorced. A third story line is about Liza, and who fathered her child, and who now is recovering from a stroke. Each story line is well thought out, holds hidden information that gets revealed with excellent timing and weaves in with the other story lines pretty seamlessly. You get attached to the characters immediately and can't wait to see how everything works out.
Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard
This book works well for readers of history and readers of fiction as well. Taking the facts of the assassination attempt on President Garfield, Millard narrates a totally believable story about Garfield, elected president by acclamation, an office he attempted to avoid. It was clearly a loss to the nation, a bad case of what might have been had he lived, that rises up off the pages. What was even more horrific is that Garfield, shot by a deranged man within weeks of taking office, is basically killed by his own doctor. I was cringing every few pages as the story reveals his medical care from the moment he fell to the floor of the train station right up to his final moments because I knew how much was going wrong based on medical knowledge today. What is tragic is that the idea of germs, of keeping things sterile, and finding the exact location of the bullet within Garfield were all just newly known then but not accepted at all. And so a possibly great President died a painful and tragic death. Since I do not, as a rule, read non-fiction history books, the combination of fact and story was quite appealing and informative.
The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams
This is a terrific thriller with an extremely talented serial killer as the focus. Of course you immediately root for Keye Streete, the ex-FBI profiler who has been getting by on small investigative jobs after getting sober. As she gets closer to the killer, the killer seems to be making attempts to keep her out of the way of the investigation, which confuses things of Keye. A decent amount of solid red herring work, a twist near the end that works even though it seems to come out of no-where, a stupid ex-husband and a current but unacknowledged love interest provide a fully fledged book that intrigues right to the last page.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
EDIBLE PERENNIAL GARDENING AND LANDSCAPING
Saturday August 27
4:00pm at the
Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping is a comprehensive introduction to the variety of delicious vegetables, fruits, and nuts that can be grown in the Northeast, including both traditional and novel planting selections. This presentation includes basic gardening tips for establishing perennial herbs, vines, shrubs and trees that will yield abundant crops year after year throughout the growing season with minimal maintenance. Participants learn how to integrate the needs of plants, beneficial insects and soil organisms using organic gardening techniques. Everyone is offered samples of edible perennial fruits and nuts for tasting. Handouts with resources for further study and recommended sources of seeds and plants will be available.
This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
This Thursday, August 18 at 10:30, we will host the Summer Reading Party with DJ, Into the Groove. This year our reading program, One World, Many Stories, has partnered with Heifer International. The more books read, the more money will be donated to provide an animal through Heifer's "Read to Feed" program. If you want to help them out, the kids have made a donation can which is on the circulation desk.
Last, but not least, coming up next Saturday, August 20 from 3 - 6pm is a workshop on Mushroom Log Inoculation. In this hands on workshop, we will be drilling oak logs and inoculating them with edible mushroom spore. Participants will be able to take home a log (as long as they last) and grow their own delicious mushrooms. Local mushroom enthusiast, Martin Bridge will be conducting this workshop.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Let's not leave out the adults! Novel Destinations is the theme as we embark on new horizons. This month's book club pick is The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie King. Pick up a copy of this Holmesian mystery at the library. Our discussion is Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 pm.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Also written for juniors is a very informative series on weather. The series title is Science of the Skies and it has such titles as Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Clouds and Snow. The six books of this series have phenomenal photographs and clear, scientific explanations.
In junior fiction, my favorite is The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens. At first, I thought this might be another of the children save their parents or the world books so popular after the Harry Potter series came to an end. While The Emerald Atlas begins in a similar fashion to the His Dark Materials series by Pullman, this first book in The Books of Beginning quickly shows a greater depth to its characters and much more challenging twists of fate for the children to navigate. I found myself thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading; only very compelling characters crawl into my head when I am not watching. I eagerly await the next book in the series. Make sure you put this one on your list, too.
On the adult shelf, look for Faith by Jennifer Haigh and Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda:
Faith by Jennifer Haigh
What could be more intriguing than a family drama where the much beloved son and brother, Art, a priest, is accused of molesting the son of his housekeeper. And in this case, he is innocent. With the news coverage still tracking molestation cases, and the outrage many of us feel about them, it is easy to forget that not all those accused are guilty. The characters all ring true; their strengths and foibles make you want to have everything work out in the end. It does, but not in any way that is predictable.
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
The stories of the adoption of children from other countries by parents from the United States is a popular topic these days, from totally fictional accounts to memoirs. The challenges of a couple from different cultures and countries has also been thoroughly explored. Secret Daughter wrestles with both of these situations in a deft and interesting way. In some ways, there is a degree of predictability- the couple in question sadly underestimated how undermining their family of origin traditions are to their relationship and neither of the pair seem to have a clue. Weave in the strand of raising their daughter, who is of the same nationality as her father, and it is obvious that her mother becomes the odd one out. However, there is a subtlety, almost a sneakiness, to the degree of denial all three main characters indulge in and as things unwind you find yourself talking to the characters aloud, wanting them to shape up. An important lesson that is being offered here is the cost of unconsciously living your life on autopilot and then making some choices to wake up.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Berkshire Museum thanks to the Friends of the Library
Historic Deerfield thanks to the Worthington Historical Society
The Clark Art Museum thanks to the Clark (this pass activates in June)
Plan your vacation to include one of these outstanding museums. The library has information about upcoming shows or you can check out their websites.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Our next movie is The Lion in Winter showing April 14 at 7:oopm. We hope to make our movie nights more attractive to more people by adjusting time of day and day of the week, so if you have a preference, please let us know at the library. Coming attractions will include some of the newest films available. Put your selection on our queue!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
This program is part of our study of The Omnivore's Dilemma and is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The Worthington Library would like to invite you to join us for a celebration of MAPLE DAY. We encourage you to enjoy yourself at our local sugar houses on Saturday March 26. The sugar houses are listed below with their hours of operation. Tell them the library sent you!
High Hopes Farm Sugar House
Karen and Brian Rowe
11232 Huntington Road
413 238 5919
Sat and Sun: 7:00AM – 2:00PM
Justamere Tree Farm
JP and Marion Welch
413 238 5902
The Red Bucket Sugar Shack
LeAnn and Jeff Mason
584 KinneBrook Road
413 238 7710
Sat: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Sun: 8:00AM – 3:00PM
David Gage and Paul Sena
151 Buffington Hill Road
413 238 5922
OPEN HOUSE: 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Free hot dogs and 2 new maple soda flavors
Sam Hill Road
413 238 5378
Sat and Sun: 8:00AM – 3:00PM
Call for extended hours
After you have eaten your fill of delicious pancakes and local maple syrup, head for the Cummington Community House where Sarah Stockwell-Arthen is presenting the Earth Hour Concert beginning with a Kid’s Dance at 5:00pm, a potluck at 6:00pm and Sarah’s concert at 7:30. Lights go out for an hour at 8:30 to celebrate Earth Hour around the world – bring a candle in a jar! If you have been attending the Library’s events related to Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, you know how wonderful a performer she is!
On Sunday, March 27 at 2 PM, a video titled "KARIN AND BOB COOK: SURVIVING
INDEPENDENTLY IN A MODERN WORLD" will be shown publicly for the first time
at the Worthington Historical Society. This tribute to the Cooks is part of the WHS's
ongoing oral history project. It was created by Helen and Ed Pelletier of Berkshire Hills
Productions, and includes interviews by Kate Ewald and Pat Kennedy. The project was
funded, in part, through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The video is about an hour long, two parts, and focuses on the story of the Cooks' arrival
in Worthington in the early 1970s and their decision to live off the land as simply as
possible. They describe their maple syrup business, their wreath making and wood
harvesting ventures, raising their kids off the grid with almost no modern conveniences
(they powered their single lamp at night with a car battery) and Karin's life as an artist.
Join us during this weekend to celebrate local sustainability. We’ll see you there!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The Worthington Library will host
JAMES BOWLES, THE KITCHEN GARDENER
A free clinic featuring
Strategies for coping with climate change, disease, pests and other challenges
Create beautiful, bountiful organic gardens on your property
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Friends of the Library's Midwinter BOOK SALE will be held on Saturday the 12th at the Town Hall from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Early birds may shop starting at 9:00am for a fee. If you have books to contribute, take them to the Town Hall Stage during the week. To volunteer to help set up or take down the book sale, call Laurie at 238-4229 or Susan at 238-0047.
The first discussion group for The Omnivore's Dilemma will be held on Wednesday the 16th at 7:00pm at the library. We will be discussing the first meal - an industrial agricultural model based on corn.
On February 26 at 4:00pm stop by the library to hear James Bowles, The Kitchen Gardener, speak about creating kitchen gardens and growing vegetables year round.
These last two programs are part of the On the Same Program which is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. All programs are free of charge. Refreshments will be provided.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Worthington Historical Society
The Worthington Library presents
Come to the heart of Worthington for a free winter evening of music and community! Refreshments will be served.
Pick up a copy of the Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen and get On the Same Page! Discussions start soon.
This program is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.