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February Newsletter

New Series of Evening Talks
Another reason to love your library! As we look forward to mud season, sugaring, and spring, we invite you to join us for a series of informative and fun evening programs at the library. Thursday evenings from February 18th through March 17th will feature a variety of local speakers and topics. Mark your calendars!

February 18th, 7pm

Making Tax Season Easier: A Free Workshop with Kerry Claffey of CopperHill Tax Services
Get Ready for Tax Season! This free workshop is filled with tax preparation tips for everyone - from the novice to the expert. Topics include gathering the tax information you need to get started; finding paper IRS forms and instructions; the IRS Free File (online) program; choosing the right tax software or right tax preparer; money-saving tax credits; and the "complicated Vermont tax forms," like homestead declaration, property tax and renters rebates, paying use tax, and other Vermont income tax oddities.

February 25th, 7pm
The World of Russian Fairy Tales with Yuliya Ballou
Ballou is a Vermonter who is half-Russian and half-Ukrainian and an enthusiastic lover of Russian fairy tales and folk stories. Very few of these tales or characters are known world-wide but they reflect a rich culture and history of Russian story-telling. Join Yuliya for a humorous and enlightening presentation full of fascinating illustrations that bring these stories to life.

March 3rd, 7pm
An Evening with Local Authors

Isa Oehry, Under a Blue Moon
Kate George, Crazy Little Thing Called Dead, California Schemin', Moonlighting in Vermont

Join local authors for a personal introduction to their books and insight into their writing process.

March 10th, 7pm
Coloring Night for Adults

Coloring books for grown-ups have become a popular activity for relaxing and reducing stress while being creative! We will have a quiet space, beautiful patterns, coloring pencils, and light refreshments while we enjoy a peaceful hour of coloring. If you have your own coloring books and supplies, bring them! We ask for no children at this event, grown-ups only! Invite friends and feel free to bring a snack to share.

March 17th, 7pm
Mimi Baird discusses her book, He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him
“An extraordinary Möbius strip of a book…Autobiography, biography, science, history and literature all in one, as instructive as any textbook and utterly impossible to put down…The text of Dr. Baird’s manuscript is haunting. The reader can almost watch the circuits in his brain surge and dim just as, Ms. Baird reports, the handwriting in the manuscript morphed from disciplined to disorderly and back again.”
—The New York Times

"Extraordinary...Perry Baird emerges as thoughtful and at times eerily aware of his condition as well as his inability to elude either its symptoms or the primitive treatments for them…The elder Baird’s narrative is cinematic, featuring Ratched-like nurses and an escape scene straight out of The Fugitive… [Dr. Baird] never really knew his daughter — or her achievement in telling this story.”
—The Washington Post

Light refreshments will be served.

Exploration Station

February is National Children's Dental Health Month! Join Pam Levasseur on Saturday, February 13th at 10:30am for educational and fun activities related to teeth and dental health. There will be free toothbrushes and coloring books for all children who attend! (Donated by NorthEast Delta Dental and the Children's Healthy Smile Project.)

Exploration Station is a science program for young learners. Designed for preschoolers through 3rd grade, this program introduces themes related to science and the natural world. Free and open to all. There is no registration required.


Library brings books to the Senior Center

Once a month, the library's Assistant Director Pam Levasseur brings a selection of large print books and a laptop to the South Royalton Area Senior Citizens Center at the Royalton Academy Building. Over the course of lunch patrons can check out books and have computer questions answered. Specific book requests are also taken. These monthly visits provide valuable resources for patrons who might not otherwise be able to come to the library themselves.
Winter Book Club
The Winter Book Club is starting soon! Mark your calendars and join us! Books will be available for check out from the library.
  • Monday, February 22 – discuss: A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent
  • Monday, March 7 – discuss: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • Monday, March 21 – discuss: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • Monday, April 4 – discuss: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Monday, April 18 – discuss: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Above: The Dancer, by Gisèle Mac Harg.

February 13th is the last day to view the "SoRo Fiber Crafters" exhibit.

For a meaningful legacy of learning and opportunity for future generations, please consider the Royalton Memorial Library when estate planning.

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