T he snow has melted, spring is here and another cycle in the library year is well T hose of you possessing an environmentally conscious nature will recognize the book sale underway. A season of growth and great as a large scale recycling project. Culled from promise, spring is also the time of year when library or private collections and donated to the library volunteers, board and staff, gather together library, all materials have been removed from to begin preparations for the library’s Annual basements and bookshelves, diverted from the Bookfest. local landfill, and placed in appreciative hands. D onations have been arriving since last July and volunteers, many of whom return year after year, have been sorting through E arly spring is an optimal time to review your own personal collection in advance of the sale. Do you have older books in good condition boxes and bags of donated books and videos in that you are no longer interested in or have room preparation for the big event. The basement is to store? If so, put them to good use, raise literacy filling up with sale items, all neatly categorized and in the community and support the library. boxed, in anticipation of the move to the Baptist Church. There is still much work to be done, however, and I hope you will consider joining us Books and Volunteers needed for Book Fest in this worthy effort. Wanted: T Clean books in good condition here are many reasons Bookfest continues Volunteers to help with sale year after year. First and foremost, Bookfest How Do I? promotes literacy in our community by placing Sign in - at the Circulation desk books, videos and other materials into the hands Call - the Library at 442-9051 Email Rose – firstname.lastname@example.org of interested readers for very little cost. The library has a noteworthy collection but also P limitations in capacity, and the sale provides an roceeds from the sale finance library opportunity to purchase unique, out-of-print or operations, pay for the summer reading well-loved titles, not readily available program and children’s room activities, otherwise. Serendipity rules and you are sure to purchase technology equipment such as new find something to delight and engage you while public access computer terminals and software; in browsing the sale tables. short, allow the library to keep pace with our community’s needs. As customer, donor, or volunteer, your support of library programs and services is recognized and greatly appreciated. Hope to see you soon! Page 2: Letter from the Director, Caregivers Workshops First Baptist Church Page 3: Wall Works, Bennington Garden Club Main Street - Bennington Page 4: Page 5: Wish List Donors, National Library Week, Memorials 2010 Volunteer List May 13 – 14, 2011 Page 6: Insert: Calendar of Events Support Your Library, Children’s Room activities Bennington Free Library Page 2 Letter from the Director….. The library has been busier than usual this spring. The library’s administration assumed responsibility for organizing this years’ BookFest; and though it represents a huge commitment of time and effort, the importance of this community event cannot be denied. BookFest has grown each year – in reputation, the amount of money raised in support of library services, and the number of books distributed to the community. All because a small group of individuals understand the important role of the library, and are willing to work to support it. BookFest is truly a community event and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of supporters, who give generously of their time and resources to ensure the library’s continued success. Thank you all. The library is still in need of donations for the sale, as well as volunteers to sort, set up book tables, assist with sales Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon. Volunteers may serve as cashiers, help maintain the sale tables, answer questions and clean up after the sale. No experience is needed, just a commitment to help. Participating in BookFest is one way to support our library, contributing to the Annual Fund is yet another. Each year proceeds from the Annual Fund subsidize the library’s fixed operating expenses: keeping the library cool in the summer and warm in the winter, paying for the electric current which lights the rooms and keeps our computer terminals up and running, and much, much more. Your donation, in any amount, influences the culture and quality of our community. Many of you have already donated to the Annual Fund, and deserve our sincere thanks. To those of you who have not, there is no time like the present. Please consider forwarding the enclosed form with your tax deductible contribution to the library. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated. Consulting our calendar, there are programs and events aplenty to keep you and your family entertained throughout the spring. On April 27th the Children’s Room will host an International Fair, and two Home Caregivers workshops are scheduled for May 5 and June 9. Museum ABC’s will feature a Teddy Bear Picnic on May 19th, and Jehkula, an African Drum and Dance Troupe, will kick off the Summer Reading program on June 28th. Please consult our Calendar of Events on page 6 for listings and times of these and other upcoming programs and events the Library. See You at BookFest! …..Lynne Fonteneau McCann, Director Be a part of the Library’s “Go-Green Campaign” Receive your newsletter via email Sign up at email@example.com Change your email address: please let us know Bennington County Caregivers Coalition Announces Spring Programs May 5th: Competency, Compassion and Control with Guest Speaker: Dr. Susan Wehry June 9th: Advanced Directives (Speaker details forthcoming) All workshops begin at 5:00 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is recommended and a light supper will be provided. Free Bennington F Library Page 3 ALL WOR WA : t the ry RKS: Art at t Librar lation of th Library’s Wall Wor exhibit: The next install he s rks f Visions of New Eng gland w photograph by Stuar DuBoff, M.D will feature p hs rt s Stuart is an Ophthal thwestern Ve lmologist on the medical staff of Sout ical ermont Medi Center annd rth R the Nor Adams Regional Hosp es on, t, pital. He live on a farm in Benningto Vermont with his wiife d als Shelli, an artist, and more anima than he can name. Ph has een hotography h always be one of hiis rite n nd m nity ure favor pastimes and living in New Englan gives him an opportun to captu its beauty through his le All phot t ens. tographs are printed on A relle Archiva paper. Arches Aquar al . Wall Works is an ongoing exh ks, hibit of local artist’s work and will ch ghout the yea hange throug ar. mal Please join us for an inform artists’ re eception on S ne to Saturday, Jun 4 from 1 t 3 p.m. ry e Our Librar has been serving the Bennington n ty Communit since 1865 5. onsider ma Please co cy aking a legac bequest to the Library. Your donatio will bene Y on efit ons generatio to come. . of Members o the Bennnington Gaarden Club for e were responsible f the festive day holid decorations enjoyed by y l December. all throughout D ured from left to right are: Pictu ft : bitt, a Karen Trub Cyntthia Van Vlaan nderen, Nancy Edw wards, Betsy E d, Ehrenfreund Joyce ne Hall, June King, Jan Childs, Co onsie West, Eliza abeth Luca. KKneeling: Pre esident Ann Jackkson 24 Check Out” th Library’s boo durin Mayf “C O he oth ng fest Bennington Free Library Page 4 2010 Holiday Wish List Donors Bennington Bookshop – Rick and Ellen Havlak Jo and David Berry (In Honor of our Library) Ray and Ruthie Bolton (In Honor of the Schneski Family, the King Family and the Kokoras Family) Joseph and Barbara Cancellieri, Jr. (In Honor of Dana Griffiths, Grandmother of Joey and Alison) Emmalene and Juliana Gabriel Anita Gauthier (In Memory of George Allard, Meg Viereck, Harvey Kevorkian) and (In Honor of Lucas Koa Young-Joe Ha) Pankaj Goswami (In Memory of Elizabeth Goswami) Heidi Humphrey (In Honor of Elizabeth Benedict) Dylan and McKenzie Krawczyk Marie Miller Patricia R. Ogilvie Emmely Parks (In Memory of Ruth Wasco) Charlotte L. Parrott David and Marsha Pilachowski Larry and Sharon Stepp Sharon Stewart (In Memory of Jimmy Stewart) Grace Suberu Robert and Sally Sugarman Lili and Chloe Zens NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK N ational Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate. National Library Week is being celebrated @ Bennington Free library from April 10-16 so visit your library – in person or online. “Create your own Story @ your library” A message brought to you by the American Library Association’s Campaign for America's Libraries and the Bennington Free Library In Memoriam We note with sorrow, the loss of the following supporters and friends of the Library: Andrew Anderson, Jr. Joy Bischof Jack Cleary Helen Cleary Arthur Faris Grace Gilbert Isabel Henry Iola Jarvis Gracemary Jones Eugene Keegan Gene Kosche Ruth Kosche Roald Reid Bennington Free Library Page 5 NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2011 April 10 - 16 1786 Volunteer Hours donated at the Bennington Free Library in 2010 Thank you for all you do! The Bennington Free Library is fortunate to have many wonderful volunteers. In 2010 they donated time in Technical Services, the Children’s Room, Adult Reference Services, Circulation, Interlibrary Loans, Administrative Services, in the Vermont History Room, during Bookfest, in the Friends of the Library group, and as Directors and Trustees* on the Library’s Board. Alex Grimsley Cynthia Maisonet & Donna Raymond Susan Armstrong Mary Hall CRJ Youth Deena Ruege Gabrielle Bailey Joe Hall Lisa Mandella David Reyes & 204 Vi Baker Mary Harrington Barbara Marino Depot students Barbara Barney Julie Haupt Leo Marrs Jill Rivers Alice Bennet Shelby Haynes Dale Maturski Barbara Roan Andrew Billings Melissa Hepler MAU Interact Club Geraldine Rochon Rachella Bolton Fran Hendricks MAU International Club Alicia Romac* Ray Bolton Sue Hoffman-Ogier Michael McCann Rebecca Romac Dottie Bondone Winifred Holland Kathy McClure Amelia Royce Doris Bourgeois Nancy Hopkins Susan McKenna Rebecca Rupp Anne Bugbee Michael Horwitz Vince McLean Brenda Schramm Christine Bushee Diane Howard Norma McShane* Pearl Schramm Terri Bullington Ann Humphrey Marianna Medvedev Ruth Schueler Jim Bump Frances Hunt Victoria Medvedev Leah Schultz Claire Cabiles Doreen Hurley Mary Mollica Ben Sears Heidi Carroll Leona Hynick Jane Moriarity Karoline Sears Gabriele Caras Ahmed Jaafar Melissa Morrison* Josie Shepard Terry Casse Annette Jenks Christine Morrissey * Fronia Simpson Linda Chaffin Debbie Jennings Christopher Moyer Marc Simpson Joyce Charbonneau Kathy Kaiser Bill Murray Constance Smith Lorna Cheriton Laura Kaiser Carol Murray Ida Snow Alison Young Eun Cho Sharron Kaiser Ruth Ann Myers* Julie Snow Inez Colon Susan Katz Viola Myers Katie Snyder Jim Cook & Dept. of Bruce Kennedy Dave Newell* Barbara Spies Corrections Emily Kennedy Lea Newman Russell Spies Courtney Cowan Rachel Kinney Ann Nolan Dorothy Standish Elizabeth Criss Anne Knapp Donald Nolan Peter Starlitt Kristina Criss Lise Knapp Leslie Noyes Nancy Steffen Denise Cranston Charlotte Knighton Sue Nutting Tom Steffen Rosemary Czerwinski Kalina Korzec Chris Oldham* Sharon Stepp Pat Dailey & Sacred Heart Patty Korzec Emily Ostler Gano Stevens Outreach Group Michelle Krane Hannah Outwater Robin Stromgren Vivian DeMercado Scott Kreutz Meg Outwater Milt Surdam Dottie DePollo Charlotte Lampron Barbara Payne Deborah Teller Tom DePollo Aline LaFlamme Rachel Payne Claire Thompson Amy Dobson Adrian Lane Emmely Parks Lori Tolle Deanna Donza Luke Lapean Marianne Peters Hamilton Topping Linda Douglas Peg Leake Audrey Pietrucha Isabelle Tutko Robert Ebert Lou Leamon Krystianna Pietrezak Audrey Upton Nancy Edwards Adel Lefebvre Lisa Pietrezak Barth Vander Els* Adele Finger Rebecca Lefebvre Marsha Pilachowski Joan Vargo Dorothy Flanigan Satchel Lefebvre Jane Pinsonneault P.J. Venti* Helena Fletcher Steven Lefebvre Rita Pinsonneault Jean Wassick Eileen Flynn Cindy Locklin Sara Poggi Margaret Wehruing Anne Fort Geoffrey Locklin Edith Prandini Abby Whitman Jill Fortney Sandy Loiterstein Ethel Pratt Polly Wilson Jerry Fressola Amanda Loomis Chuck Putney Bill Wolfe Marge Galvin Maureen Loy* Frankie Ralbovsky Rose Wolfe Linda Goertz Chelsea Lutz Michael Rancourt Jane Wright Tom Goertz Linda Lyons Kristen Zens Jon Goodrich* Kevin Gorry Diana Griffiths Al Ray Annual Volunteer Brenda MacDonald Ginny Reception Appreciation Ray Wednesday – April 13 – 3:00 p.m. Bennington Free Library Page 6 Bennington Free Library 101 Silver Street Non-Profit Bennington, VT 05201 Postage Paid 1-802-442-9051 Permit # 10 http://benningtonfreelibrary.org Newsletter funding provided – in part - by the Friends of the Library CALENDAR OF EVENTS April 5, 12, 19, 26: Baby Rhyme Tyme: Tuesdays at 9:30- May 4, 18, 25: Pre-school Story Hour: Wednesdays at 10:00. Babies 4-18 months. Use night entrance. 10:30-11:30. Children 3-5 years old. April 5, 12, 19, 16:: Story Rhythms for Toddlers: Tuesdays at May 5: Bennington County Caregivers Coalition Workshop: 10:30-11:00. Children 18-36 months. “Compassion, Competency, and Control” featuring: April 6, 13, 20, 27:: Pre-School story Hour: Wednesdays at Dr. Susan Wehry, 5:00-7:00 10:30 - 11:30. Children 3-5 years-old. May 13: BookFest Preview: First Baptist Church, Main April 10-16:: NATIONAL VOLUNTEER & NATIONAL Street, Bennington. 6:00 – 9:00, $10.00 admission LIBRARY WEEK May 14: BookFest: First Baptist Church, Main Street, April 13: VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION RECEPTION Bennington. 10:00– 4:00. Free Admission. 3:00 P.M. Library closes at noon. May 14: Children’s Programs at BookFest: Time TBA April 18: Kevin O’Hara, Author of A Lucky Irish Lad and May 19: Museum ABC's – Teddy Bear Picnic: A gallery Last of the Donkey Pilgrims. Reading and book signing. experience at the Bennington Museum for preschoolers and Co-sponsored by the Bennington Bookshop. Books their parents or caregivers. Includes stories and hands-on available for purchase. Refreshments. 7:00. art exploration. 1:30-2:30 April 21: Museum ABC’s – Kids Collect: A gallery experience May 28: Mayfest: Visit the Library’s booth at the Bennington Museum for preschoolers and their June 4: WallWorks Reception: Dr. Stuart DuBoff’s “Visions parents or caregivers. Includes stories and hands-on art of New England” 1:00-3:00 Free and open to the public exploration. 1:30-2:30 June 9: Bennington County Caregivers Coalition Workshop: April 27: International Fair: Meet international students “Advanced Directives” 5:00 - 7:00 and members of the MAU International Club, activities, June 27: Sign up begins for Summer Reading Program: food and fun in the Children’s Room. 3:30-4:45. “One World Many Stories”12 noon - Children’s Room. May 3, 17, 24: Story Rhythms for Toddlers: Tuesdays at June 28: JEHKULA, African Drum and Dance Troupe: 10:30-11:00. Children 18-36 months. Use Night entrance. Kick-off event - Summer Reading Program, 7:00 in the library Courtyard on Union Street.