Book Party: "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" by Frans de Waal

Apr. 9, 7pm

A New York Times Bestseller

What separates your mind from an animal's? Maybe you think it's your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future -all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planet's preeminent species. But in recent decades, these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we've underestimated their abilities for too long.

People often assume a cognitive ladder, from lower to higher forms, with our own intelligence at the top. But what if it is more like a bush, with cognition taking different forms that are often incomparable to ours? De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal's landmark work challenges you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal - and human - intelligence.

New England Quilts and the Stories they Tell - a Talk with Quilt Expert Pamela Weeks

Sat. Mar. 24, 10am ,
Quilts tell stories, and quilt history is full of myths and misinformation as well as heart-warming tales of service and tradition. Quilting is NOT just an American art; nearly every world culture that has cold weather uses quilted textiles. Pam Weeks weaves world history, women’s history, industrial history and just plain wonderful stories into her presentation. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing.

A Room of Her Own - Exhibit

In celebration of Women's History Month (March)
Come and see what your neighbors have been making. From clay to painting to quilting to knitting, crochet and embroidery, women in Fitzwilliam have been making a wide range of works.

Lego Clubs at the Library

We have two Lego clubs at the Library.

On Wed. afternoons at 3:30 we have an open club for all ages old enough to use regular lego bricks without too much help. Each week we have a theme chosen by the group in advance which is then creatively executed in legos. Past themes have included animals, games, Halloween and many others. The sky is the limit. This group will resume on Jan. 3 at 3:30 pm. The club last for one hour and ends at 4:30 sharp. Rhis group is finished for the school year.

On most Monday afternoons (not on the Mondays preceding 2nd Tuesdays), we offer Simple Machines. This program is limited to Grade 5 and up. Pre-registration is essential, as we have a limited number of Lego Education kits (kindly provided by the Friends of the Library). The Program constantly builds on earlier projects, so each pair of students will work together through the program. Please call to get on our waiting list or for more information. We resume on January 15 at 3:30 pm.

Read to a Dog!

Sat. April 7 - 10am
Come meet Milo and Maya, (trained therapy dogs) and read them a story! They love being read to, and don't care about long words, or pronunciation. They just want to be read to. Recurs on first Mondays.

Bring your beginning reader (child) to the Library, choose a short book to read (or bring one from home) and read aloud to the dogs for about 10 minutes. Fun for you, fun for the dog!

Kids Book Groups

Our Book Groups provide a social hour with snacks, talk and games. We emphasize the fun in reading together! Books available at the Library now! Kids can take a bus to the Library with a note.

Grades 4-6

NEW DATE DUE TO SNOW STORM - Meets Thu, Mar. 15, 3:30

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
by Christopher Healy.
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, the princes stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.

Fri. Mar. 16 at 6pm

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25"
by Richard Paul Evans
To everyone at Meridian High School, fourteen-year-old Michael Vey is nothing special, just the kid who has Tourette’s syndrome. But in truth, Michael is extremely special-  he has electric powers....

Grades K-1

Meets Tues. Mar. 27, 3:30

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider

James is a very picky eater. His dad has to get creative—very creative—in order to get James to eat foods he thinks he doesn't like.

Grades 2-3

Meets Tues. April 2, 3:30
I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
By Lauren Tarshis

No one in the bustling city of Pompeii worries when the ground trembles beneath their feet. The beast under the mountain Vesuvius, high above the city, wakes up angry sometimes -- and always goes back to sleep.

But Marcus is afraid. He knows something is terribly wrong -- and his father, who trusts science more than mythical beasts, agrees. When Vesuvius explodes into a cloud of fiery ash and rocks fall from the sky like rain, will they have time to escape -- and survive the epic destruction of Pompeii?

Winter Storytime Begins Jan. 3!

Our 8-week winter session begins on Wed., Jan. 3 at 10:30am and will continue through Feb. 21. Storytime is for preschoolers age 3-5 to begin to develop social skills as they listen together to a few carefully chosen stories and are involved in a related thoughtful craft or activity with Elaine Bieber, our Preschool Librarian. This will help your child be ready for school in a few years time! The program is free - we do ask that you preregister so that we will have sufficient materials on hand.

Book Party: "Autumn" by Ali Smith

Mar. 12, 7pm
Long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize

One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
A Washington Post Notable Book
One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Dwight Garner/The New York Times, Martha Kearney/The Guardian, Slate, Chicago Tribune, Southern Living, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, The Morning News, Kirkus Reviews

Autumn. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Two old friends—Daniel, a centenarian, and Elisabeth, born in 1984—look to both the future and the past as the United Kingdom stands divided by a historic, once-in-a-generation summer. Love is won, love is lost. Hope is hand-in-hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever.

A luminous meditation on the meaning of richness and harvest and worth, Autumn is the first installment of Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet, and it casts an eye over our own time: Who are we? What are we made of? Shakespearean jeu d’esprit, Keatsian melancholy, the sheer bright energy of 1960s pop art. Wide-ranging in time-scale and light-footed through histories, Autumn is an unforgettable story about aging and time and love—and stories themselves.

Saturday Coffee Hour

Starts Feb. 7, 10-11am Join your friends and neighbors for a good cup of coffee, goodies, and all of the news!

Mission Statement

The Fitzwilliam Town Library supports the needs and interests of our community by offering information, experiences and ideas in creative ways.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on March 3, 2014

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