This week @ Aldrich

Monday, 4-6pm: Knit 2gether Fiber Arts Group.  All ages and experience levels welcome!

ScrabbleFriday, 4-7pm: Game Night – Games both new and classic.  Bring a favorite to share or discover something new!  We’ll have pizza and plenty of great games to play.  All ages welcome.  Sponsored by the Aldrich TAC and the Friends of the Library.

As always, all events are free and open to the public.

Our after school programming resumes in the Teen Room this week as well, with free snacks, homework help, and internet access for students in 7th-12th grade!

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Do you know someone who has made Barre a better place?

If you know someone who’s made Barre a better place, consider nominating them for the Barre Joint Service Clubs Community Service Recognition Award. Just fill out this application and submit it to a member of the Barre service clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary), or place the form in an envelope addressed to the Joint Service Clubs and deposit it in the blue book drops behind the Aldrich Public Library or inside at the library’s main desk. The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 25.

The 2014 Joint Service Clubs Community Service Recognition Dinner will be held Wednesday, October 8th, at the Canadian Club.

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Authors at the Aldrich: Thriller Writer Jennifer McMahon, Wed. 8/13, 6pm


Jennifer McMahon is the author of six novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Island of Lost Girls (2008) and Promise Not To Tell (2007). Her most recent novel, The Winter People (2014), is set in rural Vermont. Booklist says “this myster-horror crossover is haunting, evocative, and horrifically beautiful, a triumph…”

Jennifer graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA writing program at Vermont College. She currently lives in an old Victorian house in Montpelier with her partner, Drea, and their daughter Zella.

This week’s sponsor is Caroling Earle. 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 support from the Northfield Savings Bank.

Did you miss the author’s visit? Watch the video of her presentation below:

Authors at the Aldrich: Jennifer McMahon, Literary Thriller Writer “The Winter People” from Central Vermont Television on Vimeo.

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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 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

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August  2014
Events on August 29, 2014
  • Conference Room reserved
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: August 29, 2014 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Conference Room
  • Game Night
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: August 29, 2014 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Milne Room

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