News from the Pierson Library

Become a Pierson Library patron and choose a free book!  In honor of National Library Card sign up month, the Friends of the Pierson Library are donating a free gently used book or DVD to each new Shelburne resident who obtains a library card this month. There is no charge for the card. Not only will your card allow you to check out materials of all kinds from the Library, it will also give you access to a wide variety of databases on our website. With your library card, you can download free e-books and audiobooks, take on-line courses, learn a new language, do research, stream movies, and much more. Sign up now and choose your free gift from our special shelves.
Healing the Body with Whole Food:  Dr. Suzy Harris, Clinical Nutritionist and owner of the Cedar Wood Natural Health Center in South Burlington, will provide an in-depth look at the numerous benefits of a whole food based diet, as well as helpful tips and recipes to keep you on track and energized!  She will also discuss Nutrition Response Testing and will give complimentary nutritional screenings on request for attendees.  Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7pm for Dr. Harris’ presentation.
Writing Group/Poetry Slam:  Calling all aspiring writers and poets! Sue Black, a poet, writer, songwriter, playwright, journalist, and TV host will lead this open forum on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 3pm. Join with others to share ideas, focus your thoughts, and finish your poem, song, short story, memoir, or novel. If enough patrons are interested, this may become an on-going group, so please show up if you are at all interested. Sometimes peer group support is the best way to make progress.
Musical Storytime:  No child is too young to enjoy musical storytime every Thursday morning at 10:30am. Join Inger Dybfest in songs and stories the very young, and the young at heart, can enjoy.
Reception for Champlain Valley Quilters Guild:  We are honoring the 10 gifted artisans who created the “Inspired by Color” quilts on display at the Library through October. These were produced for a 2013 show where quilters were asked to express their concept of color.  Two of the quilters, Cyndy Hall and Ruth Whitaker, are from Shelburne.  Come meet them and their colleagues on Thursday night, September 25 at 6:30 pm.
In honor of our special exhibit, we have a display of books on “the magical world of quilting” in the new book area. Be inspired to take up quilting as your hobby when the winter comes in.
Alzheimer’s talk with Vermont author Mary Ann Fuller Young.  Join us on Saturday, Sept. 27 at 10:30am when Mary Ann Fuller Young will discuss her recently published memoir “Plainly & Simply” which describes the challenges she faced when her loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  She does not shy away from the reality of the disease, but rather reveals true insights into the daily efforts involved in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.  Copies of her book will be on sale. This event is co-sponsored with the Charlotte Library.
Indieflix Independent Movie Night.  Join us on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:45 pm when we live-stream the 2009 film “Picking for Picasso.” This movie is based on one man’s fascinating true story of a life spent as a “picker,” the term used for treasure hunters of the art world. Follow his ups and downs on the road in his endless search for the “big find.” A short discussion will follow. Indieflix is a streaming movie service that provides unlimited access to award-winning shorts, feature films, television shows, and documentaries from around the world. You, too, can access this service with your library card.  Look for the link on the Pierson Library webpage (www.piersonlibrary.org).
The 50th Annual Friends of the Pierson Library Annual Book Sale: Mark your calendars for Columbus Day weekend.  The Book Sale will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday, Oct. 12 from 10am to 3:30pm in the Shelburne Town Center Gym. If you are a member of the “Friends of the Pierson Library,” or join before Sept. 30, then you are eligible to attend the Friends Preview on Friday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 7pm.
If you have gently used books or DVDs to donate for the sale, please drop them off at the Library by Tuesday, Sept. 30. We will not be accepting donations after that date until further notice, except for music CDs for the Library’s new collection.
Summer Reading Program for Youth: Our summer program was a great success and inspired one of our teen patrons to write some reviews of books he’s recently read. We thought this would be of interest to other of our teen patrons who are looking for a good book. Here is his first review!
The True Meaning of Smekday
By Adam Rex
Reviewed by Zachary Richardson
You may have heard of the upcoming movie “Home’’ which is scheduled for release on March 27, 2015. There’s no way to know if the movie’s any good yet, but there is one sure thing, the book it was based off of, “The True Meaning of Smekday,” is amazing. I mean it. Anyone with half a mind should just put this review down and go buy/check out the thing already. You need a reason? Here are a few. The story starts out after the planet is taken over by aliens. Surprisingly, the story is less about a world-shattering invasion, and more about a cross-country multi-species road trip, the main focus being on the narrator, Gratuity Tucci. Gratuity is part of why the book is great. It’s written in the form of an essay, which Rex uses to overflow the story with Gratuity’s unique voice and worldview. Throughout the “essay” there are (amazingly drawn) photographs taped in and diagrams hand-sketched by the protagonist, which add a sense of realism to the tale. There’s even the occasional comic, drawn by J.Lo the alien (not the pop-star), which I consider to be the some of the funniest parts of the book. On that note, TTMoS is outrageously funny. From Gratuity’s rambling asides, to the comics, to the hilarious situations and settings Adam Rex has masterfully crafted, this book is a very funny read. It’s not all laughs and jokes though, there are some really well done character moments that I didn’t expect in a book aimed at younger audiences. The story (which I’m not at liberty to spoil) has some wild twists and turns, but it never feels like they came out of nowhere. The only flaw I can possibly come up with is that the message is made painfully obvious, but that can be forgiven in a kids book, and doesn’t detract from the story at all. TTMoS is one of the best books I’ve ever read, no hyperbole. Read this book.