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Booksigning with Judge Martin: Thursday 11/6, 6:30pm

Orville's Revenge

The story of Orville Gibson, a Newbury farmer whose frozen body was found in the waters of the Connecticut River on March 26, 1958, has remained controversial for over half a century. The investigation into Gibson’s death and the subsequent trials and acquittals have made the case one of Vermont’s most famous murder investigations.

In his new book on the case, retired judge Stephen B Martin of Barre offers the fullest account of the events leading up to the victim’s disappearance and death, including the individuals involved, and the expert testimony that was brought to light during the court proceedings. The story, he points out from the start, is one of conventional wisdom and how it is created, then overthrown. Where were the investigators with open minds? Why did they twist the facts to suit their theories instead of relying on observation to draw inferences based on what they observed?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story The Problem at Thor Bridge bears a striking similarity to the Gibson case. In Martin’s view, the murder of Orville Gibson could have been solved without arousing controversy by a detective of intelligence and method like Sherlock Holmes.

Judge Martin’s new book Orville’s Revenge: The Anatomy of a Suicide, will be presented to the public at a booksigning here on Thursday, November 6 at 6:30 pm in the Milne Community Room. The book is dedicated to the late Richard E Davis of Barre, the distinguished trial lawyer who handled the Gibson case. Davis’ son Richard E Davis Jr will provide the introduction. Judge Martin will read from the book and explain the details of the case. He will show how Davis was able to convince the jury that a man who had been found in the river with his hands and feet bound had been able to commit suicide.

A sixth generation Vermonter and a 1959 graduate of George Washington University Law School, Stephen B Martin practiced law with Richard E Davis in Barre for 10 years. In 1970, while he was a member of the House of Representatives, he was elected a Superior Court Judge by the Vermont Legislature. In 1985, the Vermont Supreme Court appointed him to the post of Administrative Judge for the Trial Courts. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1998.

Copies of Orville’s Revenge will be available for purchase at the booksigning, courtesy of Next Chapter Books of Barre. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.

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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
Fred

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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The Main Branch will close at 4pm on Wednesday 11/26 for Thanksgiving and will reopen Saturday 11/29 at 10am. The York Branch will be closed Wednesday 11/26 and Saturday 11/29.

Main Branch
Monday: 12 - 8
Tuesday: 12 - 8
Wednesday: 12 - 8
Thursday: 10 - 6
Friday: 12 - 6
Saturday: 10 - 4 (winter)

York Branch
Tuesday: 9 - 12
Wednesday: 1 - 5
Saturday: 10 - 1

November  2014
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Events on November 1, 2014
  • Paletteers
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: November 1, 2014 - 12:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • Magic: the Gathering tournament
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: November 1, 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 November 2, 2014
  • Handmade Cards and Tags with Pat Carstensen - Living and Learning
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: November 2, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: 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 be include in your project, all other materials included.
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Events on November 3, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 4, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 3, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Katherine Paterson Children's Room
    Description: Winter is coming, and the bears are getting ready for hibernation. What do brown bears, marvelous hats, and magic tricks have in common? To find out, come to Story Hour in the Katherine Paterson’s Children’s Room on Monday and Tuesday at 10:30AM. We’ll read some funny tales about bears, sing a song about waltzing with these furry creatures, and make a fuzzy craft! I can bearly wait!
  • Knit 2gether Knitting and Craft Group
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 3, 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: November 3, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Conference Rooms
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Events on November 4, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 5, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Story Time in East Barre
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 4, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: York Branch Library
    Description: Stories and songs for kids of all ages.
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 4, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Katherine Paterson Children's Room
    Description: Winter is coming, and the bears are getting ready for hibernation. What do brown bears, marvelous hats, and magic tricks have in common? To find out, come to Story Hour in the Katherine Paterson’s Children’s Room on Monday and Tuesday at 10:30AM. We’ll read some funny tales about bears, sing a song about waltzing with these furry creatures, and make a fuzzy craft! I can bearly wait!
  • Matthewson School Committee
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: November 4, 2014 - 6:30 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Barre Reads Film Festival - Mask with Cher, Sam Elliot, and Erik Stoltz
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: November 4, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
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Events on November 5, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 6, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Extra Story Hour with special guests
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 5, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Bring your kids to our extra story hour to see a performance from our special guests, dancers all the way from Nicaragua! Our guests are members of the organization Planting Hope. Additionally, we will be reading a story about holiday customs around Halloween time in Nicaragua, making spooky Q-tip skeleton crafts, and munching “sugar skull” cookies! Hope to see you there!
  • Senior Day: Wakeup Calls with Fred Cheyette
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: November 5, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: 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."
  • Paletteers
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: November 5, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • Write In for NaNoWriMo
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: November 5, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Vermont Room
    Description: November is National Novel Writing Month, and Aldrich is your Central Vermont Write In location! Come find inspiration, meet other writers, grab some brain food, and find moral support to get that book written. More information about NaNo at http://www.nanowrimo.org.
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Events on November 6, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 7, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • TAC Meeting
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 6, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Judge Martin Book Signing
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 6, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Judge Martin will be signing copies of his new book "Orville’s Revenge: The Anatomy of a Suicide". The book is dedicated to the late Richard E Davis of Barre, the distinguished trial lawyer who handled the Gibson case. Davis’ son Richard E Davis Jr will provide the introduction. Judge Martin will read from the book and explain the details of the case. He will show how Davis was able to convince the jury that a man who had been found in the river with his hands and feet bound had been able to commit suicide.
    Copies of Orville’s Revenge will be available for purchase at the booksigning, courtesy of
    Next Chapter Books of Barre. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public.
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Events on November 7, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 8, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on November 8, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 9, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on November 10, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 11, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 10, 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: November 10, 2014 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Vermont Room
    Description: Work on projects, socialize and share advice. All experience levels and ages welcome!
  • Millstone Trails Annual Mtg.
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: November 10, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
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Events on November 11, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 12, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 12, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on November 12, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 13, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Osher
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: November 12, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Gwen Hallsmith: State Bank
  • Write In for NaNoWriMo
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: November 12, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Vermont Room
    Description: November is National Novel Writing Month, and Aldrich is your Central Vermont Write In location! Come find inspiration, meet other writers, grab some brain food, and find moral support to get that book written. More information about NaNo at http://www.nanowrimo.org.
  • Paletteers
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 12, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
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Events on November 13, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 14, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Central Vermont Quilt Show
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • Barre Reads Film Festival -- Forrest Gump
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: November 13, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise and Sally Field.
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Events on November 14, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 15, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on November 15, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 16, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Magic: the Gathering tournament
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: November 15, 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 November 17, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 18, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Vt Fiber Connect
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: November 17, 2014 - 12:30 pm
    Location: Milne Room
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 17, 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: November 17, 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 November 18, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 19, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 18, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Katherine Paterson Children's Room
    Description: Stories, songs, and crafts for infants through preschool-age children.
  • Story Time in East Barre
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 18, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: York Branch Library
    Description: Stories and songs for kids of all ages.
  • Greater Barre Reads Closing Event
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: November 18, 2014 - 8:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Award Ceremony for the Community Writing Contest will be held with readings from the winning entries. Reception to follow.
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Events on November 19, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 20, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Osher
    Starts: 12:00 pm
    Ends: November 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Hilari Farrington/Benedict Kohler: Irish
  • Game Night
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: November 19, 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: November 19, 2014 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Conference Room
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Events on November 20, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 21, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on November 21, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 22, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Teen Movie Night
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: November 21, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room
    Description: Hazel and Augustus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they meet and fall in love at a cancer support group.

    Call 476-7550 for title and rating information. Free screening and free popcorn!
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Events on November 22, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 23, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on November 24, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 25, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 24, 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: November 24, 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 November 25, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 26, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Story Time in East Barre
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 25, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: York Branch Library
    Description: Stories and songs for kids of all ages.
  • Story Time
    Starts: 10:30 am
    Ends: November 25, 2014 - 11:30 am
    Location: Katherine Paterson Children's Room
    Description: Stories, songs, and crafts for infants through preschool-age children.
  • Alzheimer's Assoc.
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: November 25, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
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Events on November 26, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 27, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Closing early today at 4
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 27, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on November 27, 2014
  • Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 28, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on November 28, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 29, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Closed
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 29, 2014 - 12:00 am
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Events on November 29, 2014
  • Art Show - Paletteers
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: November 30, 2014 - 12:00 am
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