News from the Pierson Library

Pierson-Tile-Logo-4cBook Club reads: The Pierson Library evening book club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 pm to discuss “Serena” by Ron Rash, and the morning book club will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10:30 am to discuss “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. Would-be participants are cordially invited to enjoy either discussion, or wait until next month and pick up a copy of the November selections next time you are at the Library. The evening group will be reading “The Dinner” by Herman Koch and the daytime group will be reading “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barbery.

Databases: The Pierson Library offers a variety of electronic resources that you may not have explored yet. Do you need to research a subject for a school project? Are you trying to fill out the branches of your family tree? Interested in learning a new subject without having to go to class? The databases available on our website can link you to appropriate resources. Using your library barcode number, you can sign in to our online databases and access millions of documents – quality information that’s safe for the whole family – covering any subject you can dream up.  These include:

  • WorldBook Online: Encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, homework help, study aids, and curriculum guides.
  • NewsBank: Over 150 million articles and documents.
  • InfoTrac: Access to 100s of online periodicals and academic journals
  • HeritageQuest: A comprehensive collection of American genealogical sources, including primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.
  • Universal Class: Provider of online, self-paced continuing education courses (offered free through the State of Vermont).

Which did you prefer, the book or the movie? We are starting a new monthly discussion group for those interested in sharing their thoughts and reactions to how well some books are transformed for the big screen. Some people form such strong visual images of key characters in a book that seeing the movie version can be a jarring experience since on the on-screen characters don’t match up with their own visualizations; for other readers, the movie can bring the book more vividly to life. Hollywood producers almost always have to cut the story short, omitting key scenes or subplots a reader may think were crucial, and sometimes even change the story to have more dramatic and cinematic appeal. This can offend some readers who want the “pure” version of the book, while others enjoy seeing a different take on the same theme. What are your thoughts?  Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 pm for our very first Book vs. Movie discussion. We will be talking about “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. Copies of the book are available at the front desk. A copy of the audiobook version and a DVD of the movie are also available.

Reception for Quilt Art Display: Community members are cordially invited to attend a reception for the artists who created the beautiful quilts on the theme of “Vermont Traditions” currently on display at the library. The reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 pm in the library.

Is your house haunted? With Halloween fast approaching, we were wondering if any of our patrons live in a haunted house and would like to share their ghost stories with other patrons or participate in a ghost walk on Halloween. If you’re “haunted” or interested, please let us know.

Join us for Tuesday Tea: Our first Tuesday Tea was held on Oct. 8 and our second is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 3 pm to discuss the popular British comedy series, “Keeping Up  Appearances.” If you haven’t happened to see this show, check out one of our DVDs and join us for tea. White gloves are optional!

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