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Booksale!  Booksale!  Booksale! 
The Friends have been very busy sorting and storing all the great donations that come our way. The Friends Member Preview is on Friday, Sept. 20 at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the public sale is on Saturday, 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The sale continues on Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-8:00 pm.  Want to be a booksale insider? Volunteers make it all possible! People are needed to heft, set up, sort, help out on sale days and clean it all up. Sign up at the Library or contact Beth Myers at 468-2992.  Thank you!
Author Talk: Wednesday,
Sept. 11, 7:00-8:00 pm.

Barbara Kent Lawrence has crafted her first fiction novel.  "In 1958 a summer girl is not allowed to love a year-round boy, son of a fisherman. She returns to Maine as an adult, and struggles to come to terms with traumatic events the past.

Islands of Time is a moving story of loss, pain, and growth, but also of unexpected forgiveness and love that celebrates the people and places of Downeast Maine."

In This Issue
Teens: PSAT & College Aid
Children's Room
Book Clubs
First Fridays series
CW 150 & Community Read
Ongoing programs

The Great Gatsby

Saturday, Sept. 7

1:00-3:30  [PG-13] 


Bless Me, Ultima

Friday, Oct. 4

3:00-4:50  [PG-13] 

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Teen News
The next Teen Think Tank meeting is on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6:30-7:45.

Free Kaplan PSAT Testing
Saturday, Sept. 28, 10:00 am-1:00 pm.  A full-length proctored PSAT practice test shows students what to expect in a test-like environment. Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance from Kaplan, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses.  Pre-register for this opportunity at the Reference desk, or call 978-468-5577, or email Kim Claire at kclaire@mvlc.org.
Bring a pencil and a calculator to use during the test.

College Financial Aid Workshop Thursday, Oct. 17, 7:00-8:30. Presented by Certified College Planning Specialist Jim Femia, for parents and students. There are billions of dollars available in need-based and merit-based aid available every year to assist students in paying for college. In order to receive financial aid however, the proper paperwork must be submitted accurately and on time. Many of these forms, FAFSA, CSS Profile, Institutional Forms, etc. can be longer and more complicated than the federal tax forms. This workshop is designed to introduce the financial aid process and provide helpful hints to potentially increase your financial aid eligibility.

Children's Room  
There were 404 reading participants in the 2013 Summer Reading program - everyone did a great job keeping up their reading skills over the summer. 
Dads & Donuts Saturday, Sept. 14, 11-11:30. Join us for stories, followed by coloring and donuts. The theme today: Hats! This program is designed for ages 2 and up, no registration necessary, open to the public. (Moms are welcome, too.)
Fall Storytime & Craft Saturday, Sept. 21, 11-11:30.  Listen to stories celebrating the season, then create a craft to take home.  This program is designed for ages 2 and up, no registration necessary, open to the public.

The fall schedule of the weekly storytimes and classes has just been released, view the whole 2 pages of offerings on the blog or pop in to pick up the schedule.  New to the lineup is Mythological Mayhem on Wednesdays: 'Mortals Welcome'.  Registration begins on Wed. Sept. 25, please see the flier for details.

Questions?  Stop by, or call 468-5577 x13, or email Lorraine Der, Children's Librarian at lder@mvlc.org.  
stack o books
Book Clubs  
Mystery Mayhem meets on the 2nd Tuesday at 10:30. Join us to discuss mystery & suspense books & see if you can solve the mystery of the day. The group resumes Sept. 10 with the theme Death in Venice & Other Travel Hot Spots: A Death in Vienna by Frank Tallis, Trouble at High Tide by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain, and Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon. 
Literary Luncheon meets on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 11:30.  Bring your brown-bag luncheon, beverages and dessert are provided. Defending Jacob by William Landay is up for discussion. There are audio versions, too. October's title is Ashenden by Elizabeth Wilhide.
The Monday Night Book Club meets on Sept. 30 at 7:15 pm. The featured book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. October's title is Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian.
'First Fridays' series
(Formerly Koffee Klatch) Join us on the first Friday of the month at 10:30 for a guest lecturer, performance, or special event.  
Abolitionists, Sanitary Commissioners and Writers: North Shore Women of the Civil War Friday, Oct. 4 at 10:30.  Presented by women's history scholar Bonnie Hurd Smith.  Hear the stories of the North Shore women who worked and did their part to leave behind a legacy of honor and service.  Funded by a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Meet Julia Child! Friday, Nov. 1 at 10:30. A live performance featuring Delvena Theatre Company's Lynne Moulton as Julia Child doing what she did best. Learn more about her life - from her privileged childhood in California when she had no interest in food, except for eating what the family's private chef prepared - to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time. The audience will have the opportunity to view Julia on the set of The French Chef television show, an amusing and fun experience! After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding Julia Child. Thanks to the Hamilton-Wenham Cultural Council for funding this performance.
Hammer and Anvil cover
7th Annual Community Read
Honor the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with 2 traveling panel exhibitions, 10 events and a community read book. Full details are located on our website, or stop by to pick up a brochure of events.  The exhibitions are on view from Oct. 7 - 27. Some events featured are:
Beyond Pension Files! Discover Your Civil War Ancestors in Federal Publications and Documents Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:00 pm.
Local Boys off to War Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:00
Looking Deeper: Panel Discussion Wed. Oct. 16 at 7:00. Moderated by Kevin O'Reilly, featuring Gordon College's David Goss and Salem State University's Bethany Jay.
Letters of Ira P. Knowleton Tues. Oct. 22 at 7:00. Presented by historian Annette Janes and Butch Crosby, President of the Hamilton Historical Society.
Lives of Civil War Soldiers and Civilians presented by South Coast Historical Associates, Wed. Oct. 23 at 3:00. For ages 10+ and adults.
Special Extended Hours: Sunday Oct. 27, 1:00-4:00 last chance to view the exhibits, also John Wojtowicz presents Civil War Photography in 3-D 2:00-3:00 on Sunday Oct. 27.
These events have been funded by a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The Community Read book, The Hammer and the Anvil, is a graphic novel, which contains a vast amount of visual material which highlights the parallels between the two men.
Word Bubbles and Thought Balloons: The Graphic Novel as an Art Form Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 presented by Montserrat College of Art professors Adam Miller and Blyth Hazen.
and our keynote speaker:
Dwight Jon Zimmerman, author of The Hammer and the Anvil
at Gordon College's Ken Olsen Science Center,
Thursday, Nov.7: reception at 6:30, lecture at 7:30 (please note: the Library will close at 5:00 to convene at Gordon College.)
Community Read events have been generously funded by the Friends of the Library.
Ongoing Programs
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Toddlers Group-  Mondays 11-1
Knitting- Mondays 12-2.
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Infants Group- Wednesdays 10-12
Cribbage- Thursdays 10-12
Bridge- Wednesdays 10-12, and Fridays 1:30-4 (some exp. required)