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This past year I have been so busy with posting on the library’s page on facebook, and building the new site at Voluntown.gov, that I have badly neglected the library’s blog page. We have recently revamped the library’s circulation area with a  “new” desk (courtesy of Bridgeport Public Library), and a new storage unit for staff use. Then on the emergency end, the library had to close a few days in January due to a lack of heat, and most recently our newly installed main doors were damaged by the wind, and cannot be used at the moment, and the library basement flooded. Now, on to the events that are of interest to you…

Events at Voluntown Public Library

Library Holiday Closings: Monday, May 31, 2010 (Memorial Day); Monday, July 5, 2010 (Independence Day Observed)

Library Board of Trustees Meetings Thursdays March 10, April 8, May 13, June 10, 2010 @ 6 p.m.

Young Writer’s Group – Wednesday March 3, 2010 @ 5 p.m. For teens and young adults.

Nutty about Knitting, Crazy about Crochet   

 ~ Tuesdays March 30, and April 13, May 4, 2010 @ 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Bring your needlework, and enjoy a social time of chat,and needlework. Future dates for 2010 to be discussed. This group enjoys creating gifts, as well as items to donate (such as blankets for the Project Linus). In January, feel free to bring your Linus blanket projects to work on.

Story Time – Story Time Tuesdays @ 10: 30 a.m. (Social time 10-10:30 a.m.) March 23, April 6, 2010. Ages 2 and up. Space limited to 12 children. Spring Story time begins April 27, May 11, May 25, and June 8, 2010.

Connecticut Author Eileen Kaplan 

Author Eileen Kaplan

“Laughter is the Breast Medicine” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday March 16, 2010. Eileen is a breast cancer survivor and an Awareness Advocate who mentors women dealing with health and physical issues associated with breast cancer and its aftermath. Throught her diagnoses and treatments for breast cancer, she discovered that Laughter is the Breast Medicine. Laughter helped her to heal her body and her mind. Call the library for information.

Writer’s Group, Wednesday, March 24, April 28, May 26, 2010 @ 7:15 p.m. Group meets the last Wednesday of the month at the Voluntown Public Library. Do you dabble in poetry? Do you journal, or are you working on a story? Interested I meeting other aspiring writers? Writers of all ages are welcome to attend.

Call 860-376-0485 for more information.

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Voluntown Library is one of 200 libraries in the nation to receive this collection of 50 translated books including fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, historical, and Manga. We are one of 6 libraries in Connecticut receiving this grant. The others are Franklin, Canterbury, Hartford, Rowayton, and Suffield. They should arrive at Voluntown Library soon.

Click here for more  information about the Japanese books we are receiving through the grant from ALA and Toyota Corporation. There is a list of the libraries receiving the books, and a pdf link for the book titles we will receive.

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Voluntown Library presents Extreme Community Quilt
Voluntown Library presents Extreme Community Quilt

(L to R) Cheryl T., Janice S., Sharon G. (VPL Staff), Deborah Fleet (Library Director), Melanie C.

Just a quick update on the quilt. Wednesday evening several women met together to tie the quilt and to blind stitch the binding at Voluntown Public Library in Voluntown, Connecticut. We completely finished by 9 p.m. Wednesday evening, having begun planning the previous Saturday morning. I spoke once more with Billy Roberts, Design Producer for Extreme Makeover, and was told to call Thursday morning. Due to the Extreme busy-ness of finalizing everything at the build, I could not reach him, so a small entourage of the quilters joined me to walk to the site. We waited in the icy rain, sloshed about in the mud, then were moved to the VIP tent. While standing in the VIP tent, I met (the late) Thom Girard’s sister, Elaine, and so I told her the particulars and details about the quilt and its conception so she can share it with Carol Girard after all the excitement. A couple times we were moved on to the garage, only to be forced back to the tent due to filming. Eventually, I was the last one holding the bag with the quilt, so I waited in the laundry room, amidst the painters touching up, and caught glimpses of Ty and the crew, and got to scream in the background “Wow, look at that chair!” and similar such things as furniture was moved in. I wore the mandatory white hard hat propped on my signature red beret!
After speaking with several different people, I was finally sent to bring the quilt into the Master Bedroom, but as we went in, Ty was being filmed, and we were again sent out to wait in the laundry room. I did see a couple Voluntown locals volunteering, but they couldn’t help me, until one of the volunteers, Kara Giroux, who also worked on the quilt with the group, came by. Thus, I commited the quilt into her hands as she set off to find the designer. Failing that, she approached Ty Pennington himself by the Master Bedroom, and told him the story of the quilt and the community quilters. He personally took the quilt!
There have been a number of people still wanting to sign the quilt, but it is out of our hands, and in the hands of the Girard family at this time.
This has been an exciting an interesting project that was initiated with social networking tools – mainly facebook, and its instant messaging potential, e-mail to some extent, and telephone calls. I am amazed at how this project brought together a bunch of people from the community who never cross paths at the library, and also drew people who do not typically use the library. Well over 100 people signed the backing, and 23 various women created quilt blocks, planned, laid out the pieces, trimmed squares, tied and finished the quilt. Several plan to continue meeting with our “Nutty about knitting, Crazy about crochet” group. In early 2009 we plan to harness the power of the group to create warm cozy quilts and afghans for Project Linus! Who knew that creating such a positive community collaboration would also strengthen programs and outreach at the library! This has been a highly appreciated, exciting  and rewarding collaborative effort of women of the community of Voluntown.

Deborah Fleet, Library Director

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Saturday Morning, after speaking with Christelle Lachapelle, and then Billy Roberts, Design Producer for Extreme Homemakeover at Voluntown for the Girard Family Extreme Makeover, I initiated an effort for an extreme community quilt for the Girard Family. I was given the go ahead by Mr. Roberts after being given a color scheme for a bedroom, and began meeting with interested women at the library. As of Tuesday night, the quilt top is complete. Photos available on my facebook – Deborah Fleet threadbee@sbcglobal.net.

Here is the link for the article in the Norwich Bulletin this morning: Exteme Community Quilt Project

Today, Terry Allard is laying out the quilt face, the fill, and the signed backing at the Voluntown Town Hall to baste the piece together so that we can begin and finish tying the quilt/coverlet Wednesday evening (tonight) when the library closes at 6 p.m. til ?

Deborah Fleet, Library Director, Voluntown Public Library

 

Quilt Top - Finished! ready to make "Quilt sandwich"

Quilt Top - Finished! ready to make "Quilt sandwich"

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