Art Show- Caleb Massin

Opening Reception - Sat. May 21 - 9:30-11:30

An exhibit of paintings by local resident Caleb Massin, From Abstract to Classical, will open on Sat. May 21st at the Library. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Sat. May 21st from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Light refreshments will be served.

Caleb studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where his interests included graffiti and abstract art. He then worked for a number of years as a scenic painter on such television shows as "Prison Break", "Dallas" and "The Good Guys" and movies including "Twelve Years a Slave" and "Beautiful Creatures".

After his return to Fitzwilliam several years ago, he developed a passion for Classical Realism which he has been able to develop at the Pulido Studio in Hancock, NH.

The exhibit will feature his recent classical and contemporary portraits, as well as several earlier abstract paintings.

The show will run for four weeks through Sat. June 18th.

Shake Scene I with Actor Stephen Collins

May 4, 7pm

portraitThere is no better way to celebrate the close of April as National Poetry Month and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death than by joining the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Town Library for a one-man Shakespeare performance by actor Stephen Collins.

No one has had a more lasting effect on the English language than William Shakespeare. Stephen Collins makes Shakespeare's words come alive for an audience. From the evil machinations of Richard III, to the philosophical bantering of Falstaff, to the brilliant oratory of Brutus and Antony, Stephen brings the Bard's words to life. Shakespeare's tragedies, comedies, histories, and Sonnets are all represented in this exciting show. The show conveys an understanding of the impact and reactions of the characters to their respective times, giving the audience not just a performance but an experience.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Town Library, this event is free and open to the public.

Long-Range Plan

After a little more than 2 years of hard work, the Library has written and adopted a long-range plan. Meant to guide development of Library services and practices over the next five years, this document is the result of research in the form of looking at the long-range plans of other local libraries, surveying the population of Fitzwilliam, critically considering the Library's current strengths and weaknesses, and thoughtfully compiling a series of 18 goals (in four areas) for this valuable shared community resource.

Attaining our goals will not be easy, and we can't do it alone. We hope that as the public becomes familiar with our plan, that individuals may see areas that they would be interested in helping us to achieve. We welcome any and all offers of assistance in achieving this somewhat ambitious program. Please drop into the Library or write to us to discuss any of these initiatives any time.

For now, we hope you will read the plan, enjoy the pictures, and think about what more the Library can offer to the Town over the course of the next five years.

1000 Books before Kindergarten

The single most important thing you can do to prepare your children to read is to read to them every day. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently. Reading to children will increase their vocabulary and their listening and narrative skills. Reading with children will also help to instill in them self-awareness, confidence and an understanding of their place in the world.

HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS? It’s easy! One book a day for three years=1000
Three books a day for one year=1000
Ten books a week for two years=1000

WHAT COUNTS? Everything! Every book you read counts every time you read it! Books your child hears in Storytime count. Books that others read to your child count. It all counts!

WHERE CAN I SIGN UP? Sign up at the Library. We will give you sheets to help you keep count of the first 100 books. When you finish reading 100 books, come back to the library for another set of sheets and a prize (We have beautiful book bags with this deer on them). We will celebrate all who finish reading 1000 books with a special event.

WHEN: Today! Register anytime when your child is between birth and five years old.

It’s one of the best gifts you will ever give your child…and yourself!

NH Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service

Newly available, this free service can help you decide if you need a lawyer, and if so, help find you one. More information .

Kids' Book Groups at the Library

How does it work?
Come in any time before the book group meeting date, pick up a copy of this month's book, read it, and then come to the meeting for snacks, discussion, games or crafts.

Who is it for?
We have two books for two groups. Children can choose the book they would rather read. We try to choose shorter books to keep it fun!

When is it?
Second Tuesday of the month (May 10)for a slightly more challenging book, fourth Tuesday (May 24) for an easier one. The time for both is 4:00. Children can come to the Library directly from school on the bus. The program lasts about 1 hour.

Books are available FREE at the Library. Come in and pick one up TODAY, so you can start reading!
February's Choices.

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai. Meets May 10.
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerizzi. Meets May 24.

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

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

Fitzwilliam Film (and Food) Fest "The Lady in the Van" (UK, 2015)

Friday, April 22 at 7:00

Based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins “temporarily” parks her van in Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings) London driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.Acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett to create this rare and touching portrait.
In English!

Book Party: "The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

For Adults (Book Party on Mon. May 9, 7pm)

A profound, startling, and beautifully crafted debut novel, The Sympathizer is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties.

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

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