March 2019 Newsletter

Books Worth Another Look

Are you a mystery lover? A generous patron has recently purchased some new editions of classic American whodunnits for us through our Adopt-a-Book programme. Res Stout’s Nero Wolfe series of over thirty novels spans a significant part of the twentieth century – the first novel came out in 1933 and the last only in 1975. Nero Wolfe is a stout, reclusive, food-loving, orchid-growing private detective in New York City, whose cases are chronicled by his faithful friend, Archie. They’ve long been acknowledged as some of the foremost examples of American-style detective fiction. The books progress with the times, so reading them in order is a way of taking a journey through a good chunk of American social history, too.

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Next Step, Kindergarten
Help your child develop the skills needed for a successful start
in school.

A 4-week, play-based school readiness program for
pre-kindergarteners and their parents/caregivers.

We’ll have fun learning about:
· Letters
· Numbers
· Shapes and Colours
· Skills and Concepts

Saturday March 2, 10:30-11:30
Saturday March 9, 10:30-11:30
Saturday March 16, 10:30-11:30
Saturday March 23, 10:30-11:30

Please contact the library to register.
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March Break Activity!
Dorchester Memorial Public Library
Thursday, March 7th
1:30-3:00
Ages 7-13
A special STEAM program with educators from CanCode.
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Indigenous Reads Book Club

Dorchester Memorial Public Library
Across from the Bell Inn!

We’re having to have a book club for adults and older teens based around the titles from the 2018-2019 Children’s and YA/Adult Read Indigenous lists this winter.
We ask participants to each pick and read one of the books and introduce it to other members of the group as a way to get discussion going.

The final meeting date will be Thursday, March 21st, at 7 p.m.

If you’d like to take part, come by the library to take a look at the First Nation Communities Read posters and choose the book you’d like to present.

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Newsletter, February 2019

Book Launch at the Dorchester Memorial Public Library!

Joseph Koot will present the latest installment of his European adventures on Thursday, January 31st at 6:30 pm.
(Storm date, Thursday, February 7th, 6:30 pm.)

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Indigenous Reads Book Club

We’re having a book club for adults and older teens based around the titles from the 2018-2019 Children’s and YA/Adult Read Indigenous lists this winter. It meets once a month in the library.

For the February and March sessions, we’ll ask participants to each pick and read one of the books and introduce it to other members of the group as a way to get discussion going.
Upcoming meeting dates:

Thursday, February 21st, and Thursday, March 21st, at 7 p.m.

If you’d like to choose a book to read and present, come by the library to take a look at the First Nation Communities Read posters.

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Networking Techniques for Job Success

Learn helpful networking strategies for job-seeking in this free workshop!
Led by Jennifer Henry for Opportunities NB
Thursday, February 14th, 6:30-7:30 at the library.

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March Break Activity

Thursday, March 7th 1:30-3:00, Ages 7-13
A special STEAM program with educators from Can-Code!
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Music Club

Our kids and teens music group continues every Saturday from 2-3 pm. Our winter project is learning to read music notation. Come and join us! We have a couple of guitars and a piano, or bring your own instrument.
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Books Worth Another Look

Garden Design: A Book of Ideas, by Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majerus

Is this winter seeming to have gone on forever? The library has lots of garden books to help you dream of spring! One of our favourites is Garden Design: A Book of Ideas, by Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majerus. It’s full of beautiful gardens, beautifully photographed, with thoughtful essays about considerations of soil, climate, space, and different styles and approaches. A great book of inspiration for the serious gardener, this is also a lovely volume to browse through as you would an art book, for the simple enjoyment of what it contains.

The Flip Chart Music Book: Part One

We now have a Saturday Afternoon Music Club at the library, with an electronic piano and a couple of guitars. Some kids play what we have; others bring their own instruments.

Our project for this winter is to start everyone learning to read music, no matter what instrument they play. This gets tricky! Our library manager plays guitar and is staying one page ahead in the piano book, but there’s also a banjo involved. Now we are making a flip-chart music book. Those learning piano can follow along in our piano book, Play Piano! Book One, by Simon Henry, and use one of those handy charts that shows where all the notes are on the piano; we are also using a couple of copies of the Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1, by Schmid and Koch. Thank you for the generous donations that let us buy these books!

Because most of the new music learners seem to learn better from verbal instruction rather than from reading along on their own, we’re making “The Flip Chart Music Book and Banjo Addendum”, as a supplement to the books. We’ll see how that goes.

So, for all our music club kids, and anyone who wants to follow along at home, here are images of the pages I’ve made. You’ll miss out on the accompanying explanations, though.

Part one is about the notes in first position (mostly — there are small hands involved here!) on your 1st to 3rd strings on the guitar. Part two will do strings 4-6.

Counting time: whole to sixteenth notes.
Counting time: whole to sixteenth notes.
Notes on the first string of the guitar.
Notes on the first string, plus three easy chords for fun.
Notes on the second string of the guitar & three more not-too-difficult chords.
Notes on the second string of the guitar & three more not-too-difficult chords.
Notes on the third string of the guitar, plus two more chords.
Notes on the third string of the guitar, plus two more chords.

And the same notes on the banjo …

Banjo notes: EFGA (guitar first string).
Banjo notes: EFGA (guitar first string).
Banjo BCDE (guitar second string notes).
Banjo BCDE (guitar second string notes).
Banjo GAB (guitar third string notes).
Banjo GAB (guitar third string notes).

Soon (please!) we’ll be able to try playing the same piece of music all together, without the library manager having to write it out in multiple tablatures …

Newsletter book review: Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve

Whoops! Once again we forgot to post our items sent in for the Village Newsletter. Here is the review you may have missed for November. We don’t know what happened to December!

Books Worth Another Look

The Mortal Engines Quartet, by Philip Reeve

This four-book YA series, the first volume of which appeared in 2001, deserves all the attention it is getting now, with a movie coming out this winter. Set in a fantasy future in which vast Traction Cities roam the world, plundering resources and each other for survival, hunting and being hunted, the story follows two young people, Tom and Hester, they struggle to survive while unmasking a conspiracy that could change their terrible world, and not for the better. Filled with adventure, horror, and heroism, the four books — Mortal Engines, Predator’s Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain — cover two generations and the transformation of a world. And if you’ve seen the movie trailer — better come in and read the books. That city in the trailer — is that really meant to be London? London is HUGE. London is TERRIFYING. London in the book would eat London in the movie alive. Literally.