Full STEAM ahead: Geek Week is coming!


We are hosting two great events at Aldrich this coming week in partnership with Vermont Makers.

Squishy Circuits: Tuesday, August 5th, 1pm

Build playful and colorful sculptures using conductive playdough. Using jumbo LEDs and batteries we’ll build parallel and series circuits and then use these patterns to build unique sculptures that light up! Circuitry has never been so fun and accessible to young kids (and adults!). Recommended for ages 3 and up.


Creative Creatures: Friday, August 8th, 1pm

Make amazing glowing creatures! 

Learn to light up colorful LEDs in basic circuits with solar energy. Our solar powered LEDs will then light up the creatures or containers we craft from repurposed plastic packaging. Inspiration will come from marine biology, the lifecycle of plastics and our own imaginations. The newly invented glowing creatures may even turn into characters for stories! Recommended for ages 11 and up.

All events are free and open to the public. Remember that we serve free lunch for anyone 18 and under in the children’s room at noon, so you can feed both body and brain next week! Please call 476-7550 and ask for Sarah or email yalibrarian@aldrichpubliclibrary.org with questions.

This program is sponsored by the Vermont Makers and made possibly by a Vermont Community Foundation Innovations and Collaborations Grant. For a full list of project partners, go to steam-e-zine.com.

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Authors at the Aldrich, August 6th: Poet, Essayist, and Translator David Hinton

Hunger Mountain

David Hinton has translated many volumes of classical Chinese poetry, and he is the first translator in over a century to translate the four seminal masterworks of Chinese philosophy: Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu, Analects, and Mencius. Most recently he released Hunger Mountain: A Field Guide to Mind and Landscape (2012). Hinton lives with his family near this mountain and regularly climbs the peak for the purposes of solitude and reflection. His translations have earned him a Guggenheim fellowship, numerous NEA and NEH fellowships, the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation from the PEN American Center.

The Authors at the Aldrich series is sponsored by the Barre Learning for Life Committee and funded by the Friends of the Aldrich Library, with additional support from the Northfield Savings Bank.

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Authors at the Aldrich – Outdoor Educator Jen Lamphere Roberts, July 30th, 6pm

Best Day Hikes in Vermont
This Wednesday, we are pleased to welcome Outdoor Educator Jen Lamphere Roberts, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont. Jen has spent most of her adult life on trails: hiking, skiing, biking, and paddling them; building them; and leading young people on them to learn about the backcountry. This is one of the best times of year for getting outside in Vermont, and Jen’s book offers hikes for the whole family at varying lengths and levels of difficulty. Vermont Today calls her book “nothing short of a gem”. Come hear about some great ways to get out and enjoy our beautiful state with our own Vermont hiking expert!

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Authors at the Aldrich, July 23: Poet Jody Gladding


Translations From Bark Beetle (2014) is Jody Gladding’s third full-length collection of poetry. The diverse collection of objects she uses in writing her poems make them both curious and exhilarating to read, reflecting both her work as a translator of French literature and her recurring interest in nature. Her other books include Rooms and Their Airs (2009) and Stone Crop (1993) . Her poems have appeared in ecopoetics, Orion, Terrain.org, and other journals. Gladding has taught at Cornell University, was Resident Poet at the Frost Place, has received a Whiting Writers Award, and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. She lives in East Calais, Vermont.

This week’s sponsor is Mark Alexander/Alexander Rare Books. Light refreshments to follow author talk.

Missed the author’s visit? Here’s the video from her presentation:

Authors at the Aldrich: Jody Gladding, Poet, “Translations from the Bark Beetle: Poems” from Central Vermont Television on Vimeo.

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Authors at the Aldrich, July 16 2014: Fermentation Revivalist Sandor Katz


Sandor Katz is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Art of Fermentation”, which received the James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship;Wild Fermentation; and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements. He has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond. The Tennessee author is spending the summer teaching and talking throughout Vermont. Join us in the Milne Room at 6pm. Light refreshments to follow.



Missed the author’s visit? Find the video of their presentation below.

Authors at the Aldrich Sandor Katz from Central Vermont Television on Vimeo.

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August  2014
Events on August 4, 2014
  • Washington County Democrats
    Starts: 5:30 am
    Ends: August 4, 2014 - 6:30 am
    Location: Milne Room
Events on August 5, 2014
  • Children's Program - Squishy Circuits
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: August 5, 2014 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Create playdough creations that light up using conductive and non-conductive dough and simple LEDs! Learning about circuits has never been so fun or easy.
Events on August 6, 2014
  • Authors at the Aldrich
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: August 6, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
Events on August 7, 2014
  • Children's Program - Movie and Popcorn
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: August 7, 2014 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Milne Room
Events on August 8, 2014
  • Creature Creations
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: August 8, 2014 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Creative Creatures
Events on August 12, 2014
  • Children's Program - More "FUN"damntals with Erin Malloy - Boats!
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: August 12, 2014 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Milne Room
Events on August 13, 2014
  • Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: August 13, 2014 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Authors at the Aldrich
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: August 13, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
Events on August 14, 2014
  • Children's Program - Fizz Boom Read Party!!!
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: August 14, 2014 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Milne Room
Events on August 19, 2014
  • Book Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: August 19, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Conference Room
Events on August 26, 2014
  • Alzheimer's Assoc.
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: August 26, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
    Description: Alzheimer support group
Events on August 27, 2014
  • Community Service Awards
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: August 27, 2014 - 6:15 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Greater Barre Democrats
    Starts: 5:15 pm
    Ends: August 27, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room

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