Upcoming Events: Handmade Cards and Wakeup Calls

Handmade Cards with Pat Carstensen

Part of our Living & Learning series

Sunday 11/2 1-3pm
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Would you like to spend a couple hours "unplugged", enjoying a hands on experience of creating truly unique greeting and note cards? Using a variety of materials, Pat will provide ideas and inspiration to make your own personalized cards. Bring along images or items that you might like to include in your project; all other materials included.

Pat is a card maker and paper projects enthusiast who lives and works in Montpelier.

Wakeup Calls with Fred Cheyette

Part of our Senior Day series

Wednesday 11/5 1:30pm
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After decades of ignoring the mysterious things that happened to him, Fred Cheyette began paying attention to and speaking of these events. He discovered that he wasn’t alone. Friends and strangers shared their own true stories of unexplainable experiences. Light refreshments to follow.

Fred is the author of "Wakeup Calls: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Events."

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Autumn Authors: Katherine Paterson, Thursday, October 23, 6:30pm

katherineKatherine Paterson, known around the globe for her many award-winning books for young people, and a long-time resident of Barre, will be the Aldrich Library’s honored guest on Thursday October 23 in the Milne Community Room. Paterson will be the honoree at a celebration of the publication of her newest book, which is entitled “Stories of My Life.” The new book is a series of vignettes from Paterson’s fascinating life, beginning with her childhood in China and leading on to the moment she won her first National Book Award. Throughout the pages of the book, she shares the personal stories that have inspired her children’s books.

Told with her trademark humor and heart, Paterson’s stories reveal details about her early years abroad with her missionary parents, to life as a single woman in Japan, to raising four children in suburban Maryland with her husband, the late Reverend John Paterson. Read about the origins of such familiar characters as Leslie Burke and Janice Avery from Bridge to Terabithia, and go behind the scenes to the moments Katherine found out she won her many awards. Filled with personal photos and letters, this funny, heartwarming history from a legendary writer lets fans in on the making of literary classics.

“Sometimes I can’t believe my own life,” writes Paterson in these autobiographical stories about her missionary parents, her childhood in China and the U.S., and her career—first as a missionary herself and, after marriage and motherhood, as one of the most decorated authors in children’s literature. Fans of her novels will enjoy learning about the real-life places and events that inspired her work: the family farm that became the setting for Park’s Quest, the similarities between her mother and Susan Bradshaw in Jacob I Have Loved, and the death of her son’s best friend that led to Bridge to Terabithia. Written in a conversational style, these “kitchen sink stories” will perhaps be received best by professional adults and readers who grew up with her books; much of what she recounts is about the distant past, courtship, and motherhood. What absolutely shines through is Paterson’s warm, self-effacing humor, and the extraordinary humility of a writer who has won two National Book Awards, two Newbery Medals, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, and the Astrid Lindgren Award. Like Mark Twain, to whom she is distantly related, Paterson is a true American treasure.

At the library, Paterson will share some of the tales recounted in Stories of My Life and sign copies of the book which will be available for purchase, thanks to Cynthia Duprey of Next Chapter Books. Light refreshments will be served. The public is cordially invited to attend this special presentation which is free of charge.

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Barre Reads 2014 Community Writing Contest

Contest entry form available here.
Barre Reads VHC 2014 writing contest

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Authors at the Aldrich: Douglas J. Gladstone with Lou Del Bianco, Sunday 10/12 6:30pm

Carving a NicheCarving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore

Not many know the name Luigi Del Bianco, but author Douglas J. Gladstone and Luigi’s grandson Lou are out to change that.  Luigi grew up in Meduno, Italy, and worked in the Barre granite quarries from 1908-1915 but left to fight for Italy in World War I.  He returned to America after the war and eventually became chief carver on Mount Rushmore.  He is not often credited as such, however, possibly due to his Italian heritage.  Gladstone and Del Bianco explore Luigi’s life and work while critically examining the role of Italians in American history and working to give credit to the Italian-Americans who shaped our nation – and our national icons.

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Upcoming events

October  2014
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Events on October 1, 2014
  • Central VT Homeschoolers
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 1, 2014 - 11:00 am
    Location: Milne Room
  • Senior Day
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: October 1, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Carol Dawes reads Edgar Allan Poe
  • Greater Barre Democrats
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: October 1, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • Service Club Mtg.
    Starts: 5:15 pm
    Ends: October 1, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Vermont Room
  • Pre-Diabetes Prevention Program
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: October 1, 2014 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Conference Room
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Events on October 2, 2014
  • WRAP Program
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 2, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Autumn Authors - Paolo Battaglia
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 2, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience
    by Linda Barrett Osborne, Paolo Battaglia, Mario Mignone and Antonio Canovi; published Oct 16, 2013
    Paolo Battaglia is an Italian author of illustrated history books such as Un Italiano nella Cina dei Boxer (2000) a photographic account of the Boxer rebellion in China; Frammenti di Guerra (2005) the photographic history of World War II in northern Italy; and New York In & Out (2008) on a 1912 photographic journey to New York.
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Events on October 4, 2014
  • The Barre Writers
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 4, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Conference Room
  • Magic: the Gathering tournament
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 4, 2014 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Teen Room
    Description: An informal tournament in the Teen Room happening every 1st and 3rd Saturday each month.
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Events on October 5, 2014
  • Invasive Plants in the Landscape-
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: October 5, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: What makes a plant invasive?
    Why should we care?
    Are you a concerned citizen, landowner, gardener?
    This presentation will cover identifying plants, control methods and impacts to local ecosystems .
    Presented by Washington Co. Forester, Dan Singleton
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Events on October 6, 2014
  • Knit 2gether Knitting and Craft Group
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: October 6, 2014 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Vermont Room
    Description: Work on projects, socialize and share advice. All experience levels and ages welcome!
  • Share's Caring Hearts
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 6, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Conference Rooms
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Events on October 9, 2014
  • Washington County Retired Teachers
    Starts: 8:30 am
    Ends: October 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • WRAP Program
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 9, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
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Events on October 10, 2014
  • Teen Movie Night
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: October 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Description: Free screening, free popcorn. Call 476-7550 for movie title and rating info. Hint: you'll want to see this second movie in the trilogy before Mockingjay Part 1 hits theaters next month.
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Events on October 12, 2014
  • Autumn Authors - Douglas J Gladstone with Lou Del Bianco
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 12, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: “Carving a Niche for Himself: The Untold Story of
    Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore” by Douglas Gladstone; April 2014

    In his book, Gladstone criticizes the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service for not recognizing Del Bianco — who lived and worked in Barre from 1907 through 1915 — even though the Italian-American immigrant served as chief carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial from 1933 through 1940.

    Rushmore sculptor and designer Gutzon Borglum’s correspondence in the Library of Congress indicates that Del Bianco was the glue that held the project together, the author says. But Del Bianco has never received the credit in scholarly publications or documentaries on the creation of the memorial that many today believe he is due.
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Events on October 13, 2014
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Events on October 14, 2014
  • Story Time in East Barre
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 14, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: York Branch Library
    Description: Stories and songs for kids of all ages.
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 14, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Katherine Paterson Children's Room
    Description: Stories, songs, and crafts for infants through preschool-age children.
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Events on October 15, 2014
  • Vt Legal Aid
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: October 15, 2014 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Game Night
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: October 15, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Join us in the Milne Room for games of all sorts, snacks, and lots of fun. This is where we fill the room with games ranging from the classic (Monopoly, Scrabble) to the crazy (Apples to Apples, Headbandz) and you come meet new people, catch up with friends, play, and eat. Feel free to bring a favorite game of your own! This event is free and open to all ages.

    Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Aldrich TAC (Teen Advisory Council).
  • Book Group
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Barre Reads Book Discussion in East Barre
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Location: York Branch Library
    Description: The Vermont Reads 2014 book is "Wonder" by R. J. Palacio. This heartwarming tale of kindness and acceptance of others' differences is getting rave reviews from readers of all ages. Copies are available now at both library branches.
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Events on October 16, 2014
  • WRAP Program
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 16, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
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Events on October 17, 2014
  • Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Aldrich Library
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: October 17, 2014 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Great books at great prices. All proceeds support library programs.
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Events on October 18, 2014
  • Magic: the Gathering tournament
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 18, 2014 - 1:00 pm
    Location: Teen Room
    Description: An informal tournament in the Teen Room happening every 1st and 3rd Saturday each month.
  • Vermont Mensa
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 18, 2014 - 1:00 pm
  • Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Aldrich Library
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 18, 2014 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Great books at great prices. All proceeds support library programs.
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Events on October 19, 2014
  • Farewell Party for Adrianne Scuccess, retiring Children's Librarian
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: October 19, 2014 - 4:00 pm
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Events on October 20, 2014
  • Board Room Reserved
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: October 20, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 20, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Katherine Paterson Children's Room
    Description: Come to the Katherine Paterson Children’s Room on Monday and Tuesday at 10:30AM to read Tomie dePaola book “The Vanishing Pumpkin,” learn some pumpkin songs and rhymes, and create a Jack-O-Lantern craft to decorate that refrigerator for Halloween!
  • Knit 2gether Knitting and Craft Group
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: October 20, 2014 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Vermont Room
    Description: Work on projects, socialize and share advice. All experience levels and ages welcome!
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Events on October 21, 2014
  • Board Room Reserved
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: October 21, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Story Time in East Barre
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 21, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: York Branch Library
    Description: Stories and songs for kids of all ages.
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 21, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Katherine Paterson Children's Room
    Description: Come to the Katherine Paterson Children’s Room on Monday and Tuesday at 10:30AM to read Tomie dePaola book “The Vanishing Pumpkin,” learn some pumpkin songs and rhymes, and create a Jack-O-Lantern craft to decorate that refrigerator for Halloween!
  • "Wonder" Book Discussion
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 21, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Conference Room
    Description: Everyone who has read Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, and would like to join this Barre Reads 2014 book discussion is encouraged to attend! There are two others in the community this fall--the Barre Senior Center on Oct. 9th @ 1:00pm and the York Branch of the Aldrich Library on Oct. 15th @ 6:30pm. Copies of the book are available at all three locations.
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Events on October 22, 2014
  • Osher
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: October 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Bobby Farlice-Rubio: Astronomy
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Events on October 23, 2014
  • Barre City Elementary & Middle School
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: October 23, 2014 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • WRAP
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 23, 2014 - 2:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Autumn Authors - Katherine Paterson Book Signing
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: October 23, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: "Stories of My Life"-- Release date: October 16th

    "In a volume that could just as easily have been titled Becoming Katherine Paterson, the award-winning author offers personal stories of special interest to “the people I care about, a lot of whom are the readers of my books........Paterson's legions of fans, young and old, will welcome this peek into her life and process." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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Events on October 24, 2014
  • Poetry Slam
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 24, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: It's Slam Master Geoff Hewitt in the Milne Room for another great slam! Bring two 3- minute poems if you'd like to perform or come if you just want to listen-- we need you to help judge! Pizza is at 6:00pm followed by the Slam at 6:30. Use the back entrance into the library.
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Events on October 25, 2014
  • Vt Alliance of Retired Americans
    Starts: 8:00 am
    Ends: October 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • Barre Writers
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: October 25, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Conference Room
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Events on October 27, 2014
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 27, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Katherine Paterson Children's Room
    Description: Stories, songs, and crafts for infants through preschool-age children.
  • Knit 2gether Knitting and Craft Group
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: October 27, 2014 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Vermont Room
    Description: Work on projects, socialize and share advice. All experience levels and ages welcome!
  • Central Vermont Regional Planning Comm
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: October 27, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
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Events on October 28, 2014
  • VOKAL Catalogers Group
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: October 28, 2014 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • Story Time in East Barre
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 28, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: York Branch Library
    Description: Stories and songs for kids of all ages.
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: October 28, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Katherine Paterson Children's Room
    Description: Stories, songs, and crafts for infants through preschool-age children.
  • Paletteers
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: October 28, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • Alzheimer's Assoc.
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: October 28, 2014 - 7:00 pm
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Events on October 29, 2014
  • Osher
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: October 29, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Rick Winston: McCarthy in Bethel
  • Joint Service Club Meeting
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: October 29, 2014 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Board Room
  • Greater Barre Democrats
    Starts: 5:15 pm
    Ends: October 29, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
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Events on October 30, 2014
  • S & R Cleaners
    Starts: 7:30 am
    Ends: October 30, 2014 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
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Events on October 31, 2014
  • Paletteers
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: October 31, 2014 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Milne Room
 

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