The Friends of the DRML will meet Wednesday, July 12th, at 10:30 a.m.
The Board of Trustees will meet Thursday, the 20th at 7:00 p.m.
The silent auction item for the month of July is six pies from Poorhouse Pies! The high bidder will receive six certificates to use at any time. Thank you Poorhouse Pies for your generous donation! Bidding ends July 29th at 2 p.m.
Our art for the month of July will showcase the 2016 AIAVT Excellence in Architecture Design Awards. This exhibit displays the submissions and award winners of the annual Excellence in Architecture Design Awards hosted by the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAVT). The entries shown in the exhibit are recently completed projects either in Vermont, or designed by Vermont-based architectural firms. The seven award-winning projects were chosen by a jury of five architects from AIA Colorado, who judged the excellence of the designs based on factors such as aesthetic appeal, sustainability, functionality, and social importance. Please stop in and see these architectural standouts.
Reading Frederick Douglass : “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro” at Essex Free Library, Wednesday, July 5th, 6:30 – Deborah Rawson Memorial Library joins Essex Free Library and Brownell Library to present a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’s fiery 1852 speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro.” On July 5, 1852, Douglass, a former slave and leading abolitionist, begged the “race question” at an event in Rochester, NY, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “Fellow-citizens,” he began, “why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” By our hosting such events during the celebration of this nation’s independence – its freedom from Great Britain and its tyranny – we invite thought and discussion about race and citizenship now, more than a century and a half later. The shared reading will be followed by discussion and light refreshments. Members of the community are invited to take part in the communal reading. Please consider partaking – we hope to have many participants, both young and old and hope that many will join us, as readers or as listeners. The text of this speech, as well as accompanying materials, is available online at the Vermont Humanities Council website, www.vermonthumanities.org. The three presenting libraries join the Vermont Humanities Council in this statewide effort.
Mah Jongg – Due to the Fourth of July holiday, this month we have a couple of changes to our regular playing schedule. In July, we’ll play on the second Monday evening of the month (the 10th) at 6:30 and then our usual third afternoon (the 17th) at 1:00. Additionally, we are adding an impromptu afternoon get-together on the afternoon of Thursday, July 6th. Please note: that afternoon’s get-together will not start until 1:30. Remember, all are welcome – always happy to see, and teach, new players.
Deborah Rawson Book Lovers (DRBL) – Tuesday, July 11th, 7:00 p.m. – DRBL is an adult book discussion group that meets monthly at the library. This month’s selection is “The Curiosity” by Stephen P. Kiernan. New members are always welcome to drop in on any meeting, which is always the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected]
Presentation on Precontact Native American History – Wednesday, July 12th, 6:30 – State Archaeologist Jess Robinson will present an overview of Chittenden County’s Precontact Native American history from the arrival of its first inhabitants approximately 13,000 years ago through to their contact with Europeans. A question and answer session will follow.
Mystery Book Group – The mystery book group is meeting on Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 to discuss “Summer’s Lease” by John Mortimer. Please join us!
Our Expanding Solar System: Astronomy & Myth – Friday, July 28th, 6:30 – In preparation for our eclipse viewing in August, we have planned a couple of programs and speakers to help us prepare for and get excited about all things having to do with our solar system. On July 28th, Kelley Hunter will present her on talk on the many newly discovered planetoids in our far solar system. Many are named for indigenous creator gods and goddesses from around the world. This slide show will introduce many of them, getting us up to date with our new neighbors and their stories. We’ll also consider a different answer to the question: Is Pluto a planet? Coloring pages from the new Planetary Gods & Goddesses Coloring Book will be shared, with pencils and crayons on hand. Family-friendly. Kelley Hunter, Ph.D., is a longtime astrologer, mythologist and stargazer, who also enjoys visual and theater arts. She is the creator of the Planetary Gods & Goddesses Coloring Book. After 18 years in the Virgin Islands, showing star-struck visitors the tropical night sky, she is back living in Calais, Vermont.
Want to learn how to use that gizmo? – Clif Hamel is offering one-on-one technology help for that piece of electronics you want to understand and he will work with you to help you learn its ways. Bring your gizmo and meet Clif at DRML for a one-hour session, from 3:00 to 4:00 on any Wednesday. Reservations required for these free sessions. Please call the library, 24 hours in advance, 899-4962.
Explore Vermont’s libraries with the Vermont Library Association’s Passport to Vermont Libraries! From June 1st to September 1st, 118 Vermont public and academic libraries will be handing out passports in the 3rd annual Passport to Vermont Libraries program, encouraging Vermonters and visitors alike to visit some of Vermont’s unique, beautiful and creative libraries. Local libraries will stamp your passport and some offer small prizes. Four patrons statewide (adult, young adult, child and one wild card) will receive Vermont Library Ambassador awards for visiting the most libraries. This is also second year of the award for the librarian who visits the most Vermont libraries. Patrons are encouraged to post pictures and stories on the VLA’s Facebook page, http://facebook.com/vermontpassport More details about the program are available at http://vermontlibraries.org/passport Let’s come together to celebrate and enjoy our great public institutions this summer. Stop by Deborah Rawson Memorial Library to pick up your passport and start exploring!
Did you know that on August 21, 2017 there is going to be a solar eclipse? In our area it will only be a partial eclipse but our library has been chosen to receive 1,000 special solar glasses. These glasses, made available to us by StarNet, will make it possible for you to view the eclipse safely. We have several programs and speakers scheduled to help us prepare for this exciting event, including Kelley Hunter’s July 28th presentation, “Our Expanding Solar System: Astronomy & Myth” and a speaker in August from the Vermont Astronomical Society. For adults and kids alike, join us as we gear up for the eclipse that’s happening on August 21st. And if you want to have some NASA fun, visit this webpage: https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/
For Children and Families
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – This library program encourages all Jericho/Underhill families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter kindergarten. Register at the circulation desk for more information, and pick up a reading log with stickers. Recommended for all children younger than Kindergarten age.
Bedtime Math – Summer of Numbers – Research shows Bedtime Math improves children’s math skills! Pick up a flyer and chart. Every time your child solves a math problem, they add another star to their chart. Recommended for children ages 4 to 11.
Build a Better World Take Home Activities – During the Summer Reading Program, worksheets will be available in the children’s room with themed activities that can be done at home. New activities will be made available each week. Recommended for children ages 4 to 11.
Build a Better World Builders Corner – Materials will be made available in the children’s room with a weekly suggested craft to build. Stop by at your leisure and build your own creation! Recommended for all ages.
DRML celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Favorite Story Quilt – Create a quilt square that displays your favorite story! This is a take-home activity that you can do anytime. You will receive a bag with the quilt square and fabric markers. We ask that you commit to doing the quilt square and returning it by July 20. Then, the quilt squares can be joined into a quilt that will be hung next to the original in the program room. These kits will be made available first-come-first-served.
StoryHour – Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:30 on June 28, 29, July 5 (only one story hour this week), 12, 13, 26 and 27 – Drop in for stories, songs, and projects with the theme Build a Better World, and a nutritious snack! No registration required. Recommended for preK – grade 2.
Explorer’s Backpack – Bring a snack or picnic lunch to enjoy with a themed backpack you can check out for an outing. Each of the 3 themed backpacks – Bugs, Birds, and Gardens – can be checked out for the day. Backpacks include a blanket, binoculars, Mills Riverside Park map, journal, pencil and sharpener, and items specific to each pack’s theme: bird ID book, bug book ID book, flower ID book, hand lens, and a variety of picture books exploring the joys of bugs, birds and gardens. All ages.
StoryWalk® – StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children, and adults, to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Simple maps available on the DRML events bulletin board. All ages.
Summer Reading Program Events:
All events are FREE and some require advance registration at the library hosting the event. When registering, use the grade the child will be attending in the fall. Please inform in advance if any special accommodations are needed to attend events. First day of registration is limited to Jericho and Underhill families. Sorry, no phone sign-ups on that day. After Registration Day, call, email, or stop by to sign up!
Build a Better World with Architecture 101! Presented by Karen Norwood of Preservation Burlington on Tuesday, July 5th, 1:00 – 2:00 – How are buildings actually designed? What are the best materials with which you can build? Karen Norwood, of Preservation Burlington, will present this workshop where participants will learn about historic building materials from a hands-on artifact exploration, learn about building design, and have a chance to design their own building as an architect! This program is suitable for children ages 8 to 12. Registration required.
Very Merry Theater presents “The Phantom Tollbooth,” at the Jericho Village Green! Thursday, July 6th at 12:00 – The Very Merry Theater returns to Jericho to perform their version of, “The Phantom Tollbooth.” An unsuspecting boy is transported to a magical land when he drives his toy car through a mysterious tollbooth. All ages. No registration required.
“Tangled” on Friday, July 7th, 10:00 – 11:45 – Rapunzel experiences the world and defeats villains after escaping the tower that has been her prison since as long as she can remember. Join us for this twist on a fairy tale classic, the movie “Tangled.” You can go the Jericho Town Library right after the movie to enjoy Pizza Friday! This movie is rated PG. No registration required.
Build a Better Hula Hoop with Sydney Pientka! Saturday, July 8th, 12:00 – 2:00 – Sydney is back! She will work with participants to design their own hula hoops and learn some hula tricks with a hoop that can they can take home. Please note change: this program is suitable for children ages 8 to 14. Registration required.
Build a Better Taco on Taco Tuesday! Tuesday, July 11th, 10:00 – 11:00 – We will be making tacos and all the trimmings including making our own soft tortilla shells using a tortilla press. And of course we will snack on tacos when it is all done! This program is suitable for children ages 8 – 13. Registration required.
Build a Better Earth: Celebrating Nature with Storytelling, Song and Dance with Michael Caduto on Tuesday, July 11th, 1:00 – 2:00 – Children of all ages are invited to join in the songs, storytelling chants and a circle dance in this celebration of caring for the natural world. Using guitar, native instruments and a range of entertaining voices and expressions, award-winning storyteller and singer-songwriter Michael Caduto creates a host of humorous and dramatic animals and human characters. Michael introduces the audience to the great Circles of Life and each participant strings a necklace of wooden beads that symbolize living in balance with Earth. Michael will share participatory stories from traditional cultures around the world—including Africa, Europe, North America, Central America and more. Includes original Earth music from Michael’s CD All One Earth: Songs for the Generations, as well as stories from his CD’s: The Rainbow Garden and The Wisdom of Nature. This program is suitable for children ages 4 +. Registration required.
Build a Better Future Using Examples from the Past: Archaeology with Vermont Division of Historic Preservation State Archaeology Jess Robinson! Wednesday, July 12th, 1:00 – 3:00 – Be an archaeologist for a day! Participants will join Jess Robinson, Vermont State Archaeologist, to learn how archaeologists use the clues they find to understand how people lived in the past. Participants will gain an understanding about why learning about the past helps us today and in the future. This program is suitable for children ages 8 to 14. Registration required.
Build a Better Fairy House! Thursday, July 13th, 1:00 – 2:00 – Design and decorate your own fairy house you can take home. This program is suitable for children ages 8 to 11. Registration required.
“Night at the Museum” on Friday, July 14th, 10:00 – 12:00 – A newly recruited security guard battles an ancient curse in a natural history museum. Join us for the movie “Night at the Museum.” You can go the Jericho Town Library right after the movie to enjoy Pizza Friday! This movie is rated PG.
Origami for a Better World with Maya Parry! Tuesday, July 18th, 10:00 – 11:00 – Maya Parry will be at DMRL to teach participants how to make origami animals. If you already dabble in origami or have always wanted to learn, please join us for this fun workshop! This program is suitable for children ages 8 to 14. Registration required.
Build a Better LEGO Creation! Tuesday, July 18th, 1:00 – 3:00 – You will have the opportunity to attempt a building challenge and/or you can build your own independent creation. You’ll have the opportunity to create, construct, and share your works with other LEGO builders. All ages welcome. Children under the age of 8 need to be accompanied by a caregiver. No registration required.
Build a Better Garden with Susan Adams! Wednesday, July 19th, 10:00 – 11:00 – Spend an hour with Master Gardener Susan Adams to enjoy activities related to gardening and just enjoy being outdoors! This program is suitable for children ages 6 to 10. Registration required.
Transition to Kindergarten Party, Friday, July 21st, 10:00 – 11:30 – This is a special get-together just for Underhill and Jericho children entering Kindergarten in the Fall of 2017 (and their families!). Meet other families, get a DRML library card and enjoy snacks! Please register by Friday, July 14th.
2017-2018 DCF Party! Friday, July 21st, 5:30 – 6:30 – We will learn about all the books on the DCF list this year, snack on awesome food and enjoy the company of fellow book lovers. This program is designed for children entering grades 4 through 8. Please register by Friday, July 14.
Build Better Ice Cream! DRML Summer Reading Program Final event, Thursday, July 20th, 1:00 – 3:00 – Yes, you can make ice cream in a Ziploc baggie! Come celebrate the end of the DMRL Summer Reading Program with friends and family by making ice cream, enjoying crafts and outdoor summer fun (if the weather cooperates)! No registration required.
YA Book Groups! There are three book choices this summer for YA Book Groups, Stuck in Neutral, by Terry Trueman, Nothing But the Truth, by Avi, and a 2017 Green Mountain Book Award nominee, My Sister Rosa, by Justine Larbalestier. If you are interested in learning more about the books or are interested in joining a book club, please contact Kristine B. Caldwell at [email protected].
Deborah Rawson Memorial Library
8 River Road
Jericho, VT 05465