Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Election 2011: East Hampton Candidates Conversation Scheduled

Tune In or DVR the Get Real Show
East Hampton Town Council candidates will gather for a ‘candidates conversation’ on town issues on the Get Real show on Monday, Oct. 3 on [Comcast] cable channel 15 at 7pm. During consecutive Monday nights in October, council candidates will debate and share thoughts and positions on the issues effecting the town. All three political parties are slated to appear with candidates. The format of the show is free flowing and conversational between the candidates. Topics are chosen for their timeliness and impact on the community.

The Get Real Show airs each Monday at 7pm on [Comcast] cable channel 15.

This information was provided to the library as a press release from the show's producer, Josh Piteo.  Mr. Piteo is a candidate for Town Council on the Republican slate.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

See You After School 2011!!

Fall FriBrary Time
Fall Footprint Friday

The library offers a regular series of after-school programs to fourth and fifth graders (FriBrary) and to second and third graders (Footprint Friday). Check out recently announced programs in our fall series.

Coming Up at Footprint Friday
September 30 (Ivy and Bean), October 21 (Tale of Despereaux), and November 4 (Alvin Ho)
Each program focuses on a popular book or series. Activities are based on characters, settings, and events that take place inside the pages. The programs offer a great opportunity for young readers to make new friends, socialize, talk about stories, and have some some fun, too!

Coming Up at FriBrary Time

Learn about a topic in the news, explore a new skill, bring your friends and make new friends, too! Reuse/Recyle on October 14 then have some Halloween fun on October 28.  Take part in a martial arts workshop on November 18 and on December 9, build a holiday craft that takes advantage of solar power.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rethinking the Picture Book: Part Two

Brian Selznick's Latest
Autumn is near and we're sure you've seen the ever so slight change in the color of leaves. On the book front -- as in books for savvy kids -- the spectacular "colors" of great fiction arrived early.

If you enjoyed the remarkable, award-winning title, The Invention of Hugo Cabret  (soon to be a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese),  Wonderstruck offers another wild ride. Meet Rose and Ben, two kids living 50 years apart. Ben's story is told using words; Rose's story is told only in pictures.

Selznick's latest also salutes E.L. Konigsburg's 1967 classic, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Check Out the Book Trailer for Wonderstruck...

Check Out the Movie Trailer for Hugo...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Next New Museum Pass Added

Save Cash, Borrow a Pass!
If you would like to visit the Mark Twain House & Museum, located in Hartford, you can borrow a pass from the library and save money in the process. Pass admits one adult or two children with the purchase of one adult pass. Guided tours are available of this 19-room, Tiffany decorated mansion, where Mark Twain raised his family and worked from 1874-1891, writing many of his famous stories.

Also check out special events at the Twain House, many of them free or affordable.

The pass is funded via used book sales offered by and membership dues to the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library. Check out the used book sale shelves located in the library lobby for good deals on good reads! 

Shine on Brightly

Shel Silverstein
Today brought us a poetry collection by the late, great Silverstein (1930-1999).  Every Thing on It features drawings and poems from the author's extensive archive, selected for publication by his family.

Though we doubt any of you are new to the land of Silverstein's quirky, whimsical, strange, clever, and chuckle-filled poetry, don't forget to share anew the author's classic titles with your kids. Who knows? Shel's poems might very well inspire a new poet...

Surf's Up
Use the following links to read more about the author, his books and influence, courtesy of the following sources:
Shel Silverstein's official web site
NPR Morning Edition (Academy of American Poets)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Gearing Up for Halloween...

Fright-Free Events
Join us in October for holiday events featuring crafts, a workshop about healthy Halloween food choices, first in a sci-fi film series, and a fun music-filled party for families.  All events are free and open to the public.
Craft a Creepy Craft for Halloween
Saturday, October 1, 11 a.m.
What Halloween celebration would be complete without a creepy, crawly spider? Work with shapes, patterns, and mixed materials to make this spider your own. For ages 4-7; registration required.

Healthy Halloween with the Conscious Cook
Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.
Robin Glowa (right), a.k.a. The Conscious Cook, will present on how to make Halloween treats sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and urge to indulge, all without melting your molars. She'll talk about the health benefits of organic dark chocolate, natural but equally sweet alternatives to processed sugar, juicy/fruity delicacies and other fiber-licious treats.

If you are looking for a motivational boost to add "healthy" to your family's Halloween and/or are willing to share your healthy ideas with the group, please join us for DIY demonstrations and tasty samples!

Sci-Fi on the B-List
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m.
Our fall/early winter film discussion series for adults kicks off with a showing of Them!, a landmark 1954 sci-fi movie about a horror horde of giant crawl-and-crush radiation-mutated ants. Works as a just-before Halloween film, don't you think?

Plan to have some film history fun with this one.  Library staff member Phil Carr moderates the discussion.

Annual Halloween Party and Costume Parade
Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m.
Our annual Halloween shindig for little people will feature a performance by Lynn Lewis and Friends.  Plan to wear your fabulous costume (no masks, please) and prepare to sing, dance, and show off your best moves.

Good news is this year's event is open to preschool children, as well as their younger and older siblings: 6 months to 8 years.  Click here to register and join the family fun!

Monday, September 12, 2011

New England Air Museum Pass Now Available

Lockheed Electra, built
at the same time as
as Amelia Earhart’s plane
Family Fun at an Affordable Price
The latest addition to our menu of museum passes has arrived! Borrow a pass to the New England Air Museum and take advantage of discounted admission to New England's largest aviation museum. Enjoy regular exhibits and activities for families.

This pass brings the total number of library pass offerings up to 17 with three more on their way: Mark Twain House House & Museum, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and Imagine Nation Children's Museum.

Save Some Cash and Borrow a Pass!
Our pass program is funded by the Friends of the East Hampton Public Library. You can help support the program by joining the Friends; an annual family membership costs $10.  

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September 11, 2001

Ten Years Later
The anniversary of the attacks is tomorrow and calls for both remembrance and reflection. We offer links to and lists of a variety of online and print resources that may be helpful in forging a family discussion about 9/11.

Visit iCONN, a service of the Connecticut State Library. Explore links to the Connecticut Historical Society, the Library of Congress, and other digital news, photo, e-book, and oral history archives about 9/11.

The Sonic Memorial Project tells the story of 9/11 through sound. Listen to collected voice mails, home recordings, and audio clips that tell the first-person stories of WTC neighbors and neighborhoods, WTC workers, and 9/11 families.

Graphic by Kelly
The Heroes website offers information about how to talk to your child about 9/11; similar guidance can be found at the official 9/11 Memorial website. PBS offers a 9/11 timeline.
Books for discussion include:
September 11, 2001 by Wilborn Hampton
American Under Attack by Gail B. Stewart
9.11.01 by Pat Lalley
It's Still a Dog's New York by Susan L. Roth

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

One World, Many Stories : September Book Discussions

Save Your Comments for a New Day
Owing to nasty weather and its aftermath (need we say more?), our discussion of Paul Theroux's The Old Patagonian Express has moved from late August date to Wednesday, September 21.  Conversations over the front desk indicate readers have much to say about this book. Join us to share your insights and comments.

One World, Many Stories : Next Book Up
Copies of our scheduled Wednesday, September 28 discussion book, The Same Kind of Different as Me, are ready for checkout at the front desk. The book chronicles the friendship of two men from polar opposite walks of life. Find inspiration here.

Both book discussion sessions are moderated by library staff member Phil Carr. No registration is required and if you have independently read either book, please do drop in and join the conversation!  

H-Irene and Your Library

Rube Goldberg Meets Library
The library was without electrical power and the Internet service we would have used to conduct business during all of its open hours from Monday, August 29th through Thursday, September 1st.

On Thursday, the library borrowed a car battery from Public Works. Using the battery and a power inverter, a laptop and a broadband wireless air card, we connected to our online library business system.  From there we tackled the backlog of materials returned to our book and video drops while the library was closed. Interesting experience using different tools to do what seems so easy on a regular day... 

Please note no overdue fines will be charged for materials due on any of the four days the library was closed to the public.