Saturday, June 28, 2008

Our Very Own Home Town Holiday

Another Glorious Celebration It Shall Be!
The start of our town's annual Old Home Day Celebration is less than 10 days away and we sure are hoping you are expectant and jazzed. We sure are!

Take a spin through the Old Home Day Association's web site and learn about how you can participate in and enjoy three days of free musical entertainment, great cost-saving and freebie opportunities, PLUS the largest parade in Middlesex County!

Watch for the Old Home Day Association's 2-page informational ad in the July 3rd holiday edition of the Rivereast News Bulletin. Save some gas and plan your Home Town Holiday weekend, in your hometown.

Above logo designed by Red Barn Studios, East Hampton CT

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Farmer's Cow Family-Owned Dairy Farms

Take a Deep Breath and Moooo!
While visiting the library, pick up a copy of the local calling card of The Farmer's Cow, a group of six Connecticut, family-owned dairy farms. The farms offer 'udderly' delicious products and their calling card also features a schedule of summer-through fall events sure to be fun/educational for the whole family!

Support Farmer's Cow and CT-based agriculture! All moooriffic farms are within reasonable driving distance from East Hampton: Coventry, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Franklin, and Woodstock.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summer Fun, Summer Crafts @ your library

Summer Craft Adventures
Read Your Way to Olympic Gold this summer but also take time out to explore your creative side! Summer craft programs are open to children entering grades 1-3 in fall 2008.

Tuesday, July 8th @ 2 p.m.
Let’s all celebrate the 4th of July with a homemade American flag, complete with bells to ring in the summer. After that, decorate your own summer journal to write all about your summer adventures! Register online or give us a call at 267-6621.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Farmer's Markets In Our Area

New Brochure from the CT Department of Agriculture
While visiting the library, pick up a copy of the Connecticut Farmer's Market 2008 brochure published by the CT Department of Agriculture. The brochure features information about well over 100 farmer's markets operating statewide from June through October 2008. Almost all of the markets listed in the brochure are WIC Certified; several are EBT Food Stamp Certified.

Here's a listing of farmer's markets operating in Middlesex County:
Clinton, Chamard Vineyards Farmer's Market
Deep River Farmer's Market
Durham Farmer's Market
Essex Farmer's Market
Middletown Farmer's Market

For the online crowd, you may also download the Farmer's Market brochure as well as many other useful publications by visiting the CT DOA's web site.

Monday, June 16, 2008

EHHS Summer Reading Made Easy

Summer Reading Central
The EHHS summer reading lists were recently released. One list is for 9th and 10th grade; the other for 11th & 12th.

You will find books included on the EHHS lists centrally located on center island in the middle of the library's main reading room. The library has multiple copies of each book included on each list.

For quick online browsing, click here for 9th and 10th grade selections or here for 11th and 12th grade selections. Based on your demand for listed titles, we'll add copies so speak up on the listed titles that interest you!

We'll also be here all summer long to recommend other titles. Though you're only required to read two books, we're sure we can match you up with many other great books you'll love, that will make you laugh and think, and which will make your summer all the more enjoyable!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Child Meets World

Resources for Parents
The library regularly and actively purchases books of interest to parents with children at different stages of development. A few of the latest additions to our collection are shown above.

Parenting books cover a broad spectrum of issues and approaches: maternity and birth, "boot camp" or how to, medical, educational -- all related to the long-term and healthy growth of your child. If you don't quickly find what you are looking for, please ask us -- that's why we're here.

For the web-savvy crowd, we also recommend free access to highly credible online resources found at ICONN, our state's online information portal. ICONN features access to health and wellness resources, Medline, CT Physician Profiles, CT Consumer Health information, and much, much more!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Poet of the Month

June's Featured Poet
William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) holds the distinction of probably having the greatest single influence on poets writing in the U.S., attracting a greater following than Yeats or Eliot in the latter half of the 20th Century. He was a close and accurate observer of real life who tried to make language new, disregarding rhyme and meter. A full-time practicing physician who had his feet on the ground, he often wrote of patients, and of flowers and paintings which he loved. Here’s an example of the latter:

The Dance

In Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess,
the dancers go round, they go round and
around, the squeal and the blare and the
tweedle of bagpipes, a bugle and fiddles
tipping their bellies (round as the thick‑
sided glasses whose wash they impound)
their hips and their bellies off balance
to turn them. Kicking and rolling about
the Fair Grounds, swinging their butts, those
shanks must be sound to bear up under such
rollicking measures, prance as they dance
in Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess.

Above: The Kermess by Pieter Brueghel the Elder

Further Reading: Selected Poems, by William Carlos Williams ; edited with an introduction by Charles Tomlinson, 1985, available at our library. The Collected Stories of William Carlos Williams ; introduction by Sherwin B. Nuland, 1996, is also available at our library.

Coming in July: Rita Dove

Content developed by local resident and poet Leland Jamieson.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Booming Books

Feeling Old, Feeling New, Books to Borrow, All About You!
Those of us in the baby boom generation haven't found it easy to ignore the plethora of new books aimed at helping us feel and look younger. We don't know about you but the publishing world's opinion of us does give us pause....

This being said, however, there certainly is something for everyone looking for choices to help make our mid-life selves happier, healthier and better looking inside and out. Here's a sampling of new books on the subject.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Hostess with the Mostest

Stephenie Meyer Tackles the Adult Sci-Fi Market
Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga vampire series books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse) were all very difficult to put down. The fourth and final book in the series, Breaking Dawn, is sure to be another runaway bestseller and is due out on August 2nd. Twilight, the movie, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson is also due out December 12th.

While you are waiting for the Twilight Saga's last chapter to morph into summer reader madness, try Meyer's new adult sci-fi book, The Host. The plot centers on a fairly typical sci-fi book theme: alien society takes over humankind. Yet Meyer folds in rip-roaring adventure story and (sigh) just the right amount of romance.

The Host is nothing short of another great book from the Hartford-born(!) Meyer. Enjoy.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Fill 'er Up?

Latest Fuel Economy News from the U.S. EPA
Our Consumer Reports print magazine collection -- as well as the online version available through our statewide ICONN online services portal -- have certainly been getting a workout of late. Automobile comparisons seem to be much on your minds.

We recommend another consumer tool offered by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection. The EPA web site features a Green Vehicle Guide which may help you get a handle on how well a vehicle performs in our age of rising gas prices. Fill in and submit the form, which will deliver information about fuel economy and emissions.