News from the Pierson Library: Jan. 9, 2014

Pierson Library LogoThank you for your patience! We apologize for any inconvenience to our patrons due to our closing last Saturday and early this week. A water pipe in the ceiling in the fiction section burst overnight on Friday, Jan. 3, destroying more than 800 books, and causing a great deal of water damage. We needed to close while dehumidifiers and fans dried out the carpeting to prevent mold and mildew.

Today! Thursday movie afternoon at 3:15 pm: Enjoy a newly-released movie and popcorn with friends. The movie today is about a band of heroes of the tiny blue variety as they set off to rescue a comrade who’s been kidnapped by the nefarious Gargamell.  This move is rated PG and runs for 105 minutes.

Daytime Book Club: Wednesday, Jan.15 at 10:30 am.  Come join in the discussion of “The Hunger Games,” and pick up a copy of “The Book Thief “by Markus Zusak, the selection for the February meeting.  “The Book Thief” of the title is a young girl in Germany in 1939 whose love for reading leads her to steal books whenever she can.  This #1 New York Times bestselling book was recently made into a movie.

A New You for the New Year: Young patrons, age 10 and older, are invited to join us at 3:30 pm on the next three Wednesdays of the month to learn how to create beauty and health products.  On Wednesday, Jan. 15, participants will make homemade lip balm to soothe chapped lips. Call 985-5124 to register in advance.

Healing Democracy Action Circle: This new monthly discussion group will meet at the Pierson Library beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 6-8 pm, following an optional potluck at 5:30 pm.The ideas for the Action Circle are inspired by a recent book by Parker Palmer called “Healing the Heart of Democracy:  The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Heart.” Similar Action Circles are happening in various locations around the country. It’s not a book discussion group, but free copies of the book will be provided to all participants. The basic intention is to create a safe space for focused conversations with a diverse group of people around issues related to reconnecting to our communities and re-humanizing our democracy in these fractured times. The facilitators hope it enlivens everyone involved through provocative questions, fun experiences in citizenry, and renewed communities of people who may disagree about any number of things but who all want our politics to reflect the true dignity of the human spirit. The focus is on the “pre-political” relationships that begin “right here,” between friends, neighbors, and colleagues.

Co-facilitators for the sessions are Holly Wilkinson from Richmond who works for the Career Center at UVM, and Shelburne resident David Leo-Nyquist, a former high school teacher and St. Michael’s College education professor. The format for the Action Circle will be monthly 2-hour conversations that continue for six months from January through June on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm, with each session preceded by an optional potluck at the library at 5:30 pm.  There is no cost for these events, and participants are asked to commit to all six sessions. The proposed dates are Jan. 29, Feb. 19, March 19, April 30, May 28, and June 18. For more information, or to reserve a spot in the Action Circle, please contact David Leo-Nyquist at 233-5565 or or Holly Wilkinson at 922-1425 or

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