Pierson Library and Shelburne, Vermont are looking for a poet laureate, someone who lives in Shelburne and is judged excellent by a local panel of the town manager, the library director, and a local literary expert. The nomination form identifies the purpose:
…the process of community development is being seen as an art as well as a science. Part of the art is bringing people together on an emotional and spirit level to work together to solve problems. Another part is to help residents who may disagree on methods to recommit to the health and well being of their community. Poetry has the ability to transcend the structures of our language and connect with us others in a way we couldn’t otherwise.
The poet laureate will participate in public events like Town Meeting, hold poetry readers at the library and other locations, and lead events during April, National Poetry Month. The Poet Laureate will also compose a poem for the Town Report The honorarium for the two year position is $25, paid by the Town of Shelburne.
The Orwell Free Library hosted a program on 3D printing, thanks to a generous local presenter, Rod Batschelet. He is a local computer geek who owns a 3D printer and loves to get people exposed to new technology. Rod walked in one day and asked if he could work with the library to provide the event for the community. Director Kate Hunter said, YES!
Rod teaches 3D print classes at Castleton State College and also works at the Benson School. Orwell is lucky to have him in town– and doubly lucky to have a library willing to try new tech!
Rod shared his explanations with the Orwell Free Library– so here we have the actual process, from downloading software to capture voices to creating the jewelry from the 3D printer products.
In-Depth explanation of the 3D printing process that includes a section on finishing 3D prints
3D printed jewelry how-to doc (embedded in the last slideshow)
Mexican yoyos from Wikipedia
June 19, 2015, post on Facebook:
Windsor Public Library will be having a bi-weekly Yo-Yo Club for ALL ages (kids, teens AND adults!). Yo-Yo Club will meet every other Wednesday at 2:30pm starting Wed. June 24th. New yo-yo students receive a card with a trick list on it. Learn cool tricks and earn proficiencies of Novice, Expert, Master, Pro, and Grand Master! Classes are taught by our director, who also happens to be a former international yo-yo performer! Bring your own yo-yo, or let us help you purchase a yo-yo for use. Yo-yos are also available to borrow for classes and to check out through the library. Many thanks to All For KIDZ, producers of The NED Show, for their donation of yo-yos, holsters, and extra string!
There’s a lesson here: if the director has a special talent, the library can plan a whole program around it! Christine Porter offered the first workshop in February and 20 people came. Another good turnout happened in April– so the Library launched an official club as soon as school closed for the summer.
Lanpher Memorial Library invites community expression with a quick quilt idea. Add a favorite book or doodle, and build a summer exhibit! Love the participation!
Next time you stop in at the Lanpher Library, consider adding a square to our Post-it Quilt. There are doodles, quotes, titles of favorite books, stickers…let’s see what we can create!
Windsor Library staff brainstormed fundraising ideas, and came up with a traveling piggy bank. Wandering Wilbur has his own Facebook page, carrier, and pleasant personality. He raises funds for books and children’s programs, whatever his hosts want to donate. According to an article in the Claremont NH, Eagle Times, donations have ranged from 10 cents to $350.
Wilbur has been to New York, Philadelphia and Lake Sunapee– obviously this guy gets around!
Eye-catching image for a craft event, part of June Happenings at Fairlee’s Escape the Ordinary Summer Reading Program.
June 26th at 7pm
Summer Reading Program
Bring your own shoes (or anything else) you would like to decorate with comics. We will provide the comics and other supplies.