DANVILLE — You Asked For It!

Suffering from screen fatigue? Sick of television, computers, and phones? Looking to meet some new friends? Are you a fan of games? Why not join us for Tuesday Game Nights starting February 18 at 7:00 p.m.?

This group will meet every first and third Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. to play Scrabble, Cribbage, Texas Hold ‘Em and other games. The initial game will be Scrabble and members will decide on future games. Please contact Assistant Director Tom Billbrough if you are up for the challenge!

Presidents’ Day

The library will be closed on Mon., February 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Calling all Poets!

Do you write poetry? Perhaps you keep a notebook of writing about nature or random things but don’t really think of it as poetry. Poems don’t have to adhere to form or structure. Let your creativity shine! Whether you are a published poet or a casual participant in the craft we need you to help us celebrate Poetry Month in April. We are planning a coffeehouse/open mic night on Wed., April 15 for anyone - children, teens and adults –willing to share their poetry. We are also planning a poetry writing workshop. Please contact Library Director Ann Massoth if you are interested in helping with the workshop.

School Vacation Week & Global Art Project

A Global Art Project and other programs are featured for school vacation week starting Mon., February 24. The Global Arts Project For Peace, in its 14th year, aims to “connect people around the world who chose to create and share a vision of world peace.”

Art projects will be created in libraries, schools, and community centers around the world. Projects will then be exchanged in what organizers envision as “peace simultaneously encircling the earth.” Our projects, Stars for Peace and a Paper Peace Quilt, will travel to a partnering location for display in April. In turn, we will display our partner’s project.

The Global Arts Project has matched over 155,000 participants on seven continents.

In addition to our regular Thursday story hours, we will offer the following programs during vacation week:

Mon., February 24 – 2:00 p.m. Make Your Own Birdfeeder! (all ages; registration required.)

Tues., February 25 – 2:00 p.m. "Frozen" themed STEAM program. Build Elsa’s castle or an igloo. (all ages; registration required.)

Wed., February 26 – LEGO Club. (Elementary age.)

Thurs., February 27 – 2:00 p.m. Global Arts Project, Stars for Peace - grades 3-8.

Sat., February 29 – 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Global Art Project, Peace Quilt Squares for Toddlers – Grade 2; activities and coloring for all. Drop-in all day, no registration.

Please contact Carolyn or Nancy for more information or to register for any of these events.

Time is Running Out

The deadline for our Twitter Raffle is approaching. A winner will be chosen on Sat., February 29. Follow us on Twitter @colbymemorial for the latest announcements and information. If you tweet us using the hashtag #Ifollowcolby, you will be entered into a raffle for a $20.00 gift card to BeanTowne in Hampstead. The gift card was donated by the Friends of the Library.

Save the Date – All Community Read

Stay tuned for details on an all-community read of the historical fiction novel “Hotel on Bitter and Sweet” about Japanese internment camps during World War II. We will discuss the book on May 7 at 7:00 p.m. Young readers and parent/guardian group will discuss “Dash, Dogs of World War II” on April 27 at 6:30.

These discussions will be held in conjunction with a Timberlane Regional High School and Plaistow Public Library initiative “Bitter Injustice: The Japanese American Internment of World War II.” All area libraries will take part in the program.

Additional Book Clubs?

The Colby Memorial Library already has a successful Mystery/Thriller Book Club and a group for parents and young readers but we don’t want to leave out fans of other genres. We are interested in launching Literary Fiction and Non-Fiction groups and would like to know if anyone is interested.

Please be in touch with Ann Massoth for the Literary Fiction group and Tom Billbrough for Non-fiction. Stop by to see us or call 603-382-6733.

Regular Programming Notes

Story Hour

Children will love the stories, songs, and crafts at our weekly StoryTimes for toddlers and up on Thursdays, Toddlers at 10:00 a.m. and Preschool at 11:30 a.m. No registration required. Parents must accompany children.

Parent and Child Book Club

Windows and Mirrors a 4th-6th grade adult/child book club meets the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

This group of children and their parents/guardians read about children's experiences both familiar and not so familiar, talk about what they read, do a craft/activity, and have a snack.

Copies of February’s book, “Roller Girl” by Victoria Jamieson, are available at the library. Registration is required. Call, stop in, or email us to register. Contact: Nancy Sheridan.

Mystery & Thriller Book Club

Join friends and neighbors at the Mystery Book Club meeting on the first Thursday of the month. On Thurs., March 5 members will discuss “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towle at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Carolyn Killian if you would like to join. Books are available at the library.

April’s read is “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” by Ian Flemming. Books are available.

The Cookbook Club

This month’s meeting will be Sat., February 15 at 11:30 a.m. The theme is Valentine’s Day Desserts! Come check out our cookbooks and culinary magazines for a great recipe and then bring your creation on the 15th to share with new friends and neighbors.

Each month the Cookbook Club decides on a theme and the library provides the cookbooks for guidance. March is Maple-themed recipes.

Knitting & Handcrafters Club

Stuck with a project or looking for inspiration? Join former Library Director Dottie Billbrough and other knitters and crafters each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

Monthly Meetings

The third Saturday of the month is typically meeting day at the Colby Library. The Friends of the Library meet at 10:00 a.m. and the Library Board of Trustees meets at 12:30 p.m.

Please call 603-382-6733 for questions regarding any of these events.




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