Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn A Talk with Thomas Hubka Thurs. July 16 at 6pm (not 7 as stated in the Newsletter)

Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England
Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Thomas Hubka’s research in his award-winning book, "Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England", demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America, who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat.

Summer Reading is for Everyone, Ages 3-100


This year's theme, "Every Hero Has a Story",, is for everyone who wants to add bit of fun to their regular summer reading. We have programs, prizes and fun for all ages. Each program emphasizes keeping track of reading, rewards, and a bit of extra fun.

Preschool Children (age 3-5, not reading independently)
Kids and adults read books together and record their reading. For each 10 books read, kids choose a prize. Additional activities are good for even more prizes! July 8 through August 5, there will be Storytime activities on Wed. afternoons at 3:30 to coordinate with the older children's programs.

Grades 1-6(reading independently)
Kids contract for a certain number of titles or minutes read. When they complete their contract, they win our unique t-shirt. In addition, they can win extra prizes for special activities and drawings of book reviews.

Wednesday Programs

June 24, 6pm- Superhero Extravaganza! Costumes encouraged, movies, make a mask, prizes, free ice cream.

July 8, 3:30pm- Design a Superhero! Choose your powers, your story, and make badges, tools/ weapons, and we will post all of our heroes in the Library!

July 15, 3:30pm- Visit from the K-9 Unit from Keene. See real police dogs at work.

July 22, 3:30pm - Robin Hood! Make a hat and a working bow and arrows.

July 29, 3:30pm - Olympic Heroes We will make Olympic medals, and then have Olympic events on the Common.

Aug. 5, 3:30pm - Monkey Superheroes from Asia - a special program from the Mariposa Museum with stories, real artifacts and more!


Teens contract for a certain number of pages. When their goal is reached, they win a prize. For each 100 pages read they get a chance at our $35 gift certificate to the Toadstool Bookshop. Additional activities are also good for raffle tickets. We have two special programs for teens:

July 13-15, 5-8pm - iPad Movie Camp!
On July 13th, 14th, and 15th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM, students in grades 6-12 can sign up to make iPad Movies with Jeremy VanDerKern at the Fitzwilliam Public Library.

During this 3-day iPad Movie Camp, Jeremy will introduce students to storyboarding, scripting, camera techniques, and editing techniques all using the iPad. The Fitzwilliam Library will have plenty of props, costumes, Legos, puppets, and clay on hand! Just bring your ideas!

Space is limited. So, please sign up by emailing or calling 585-6503.

Aug. 14, 6pm Finale Party and Cupcake Wars!. Details to come.


Adults keep track of their reading and get a raffle ticket to the Toadstool Bookshop for every 100 pages read, as well as for completing extra activities.

Summer Reading Kickoff for All Ages!

Program Flyer

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!

Upcoming Events for Kids

Tues. May 19, 3:45pm Craft- Make Fairies out of felt! Please sign up in advance!

Tues. June 2, 3:45pm Jr. Book Group- The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander. Party for the last jook group of the year! Discussion, GAMES! and fun. Books are available at the Library.

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

Weather advisory- If the schools are closed, it is the Library's policy to close as well.

Fitzwilliam Film (and Food) Fest "Rain" (Bahamas, 2008)

Friday, July 17 at 7:00

Determined to reconcile with the mother who abandoned her when she was just a toddler, a Bahamian adolescent boards a local mail boat and sets sail for Nassau in director Maria Govan's intimate family drama. Rain has lived a sheltered life on Ragged Island, but now the death of her grandmother has forced her to get out and explore the world on her own. Upon arriving in Nassau the young girl is overwhelmed by the sights of the big city, and soon finds her idealistic illusions shattered when she witnesses firsthand just how deviant and destructive her mother's lifestyle has truly become. Stranded in a an unfamiliar environment that fills her with dread and confronted by a mother she has never known, Rain searches deep within herself to summon the strength needed to find her own place in the world. Caribbean Refreshments!

Book Party: "No Place to Hide" by Glenn Greenwald

For Adults (Book Party on Mon. July 13, 7pm)
Books available at the Library. In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency's widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden's disclosures.

Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA's unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.

Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation's political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens--and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state. Read the New York Times' review of this book here. Refreshments!

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