The Rogers Free Library celebrated the opening of its new Teen Space Sunday, February 23, with a ribbon cutting and open house. Doing the honors were (from left) Aditi Mehta, Shivani Mehta, Isabella McAdam and Dylan Barone. The space – ideal for studying, gaming, crafting and socializing – was designed and furnished with input from teens.
The $325,000 Library renovation also included an additional 24-seat conference room for community use and quiet study spaces on the Library’s third floor. The six-month building project was handled by Middletown-based JPS Construction and Design.
The space renovation came about as a response to the public’s input during the Strategic Planning process. The greater Bristol community requested meeting space and a more teen friendly space. A grant from the Friends of the Rogers Free Library, a 501(c)(3) foundation, funded the project. The Friends support many of the library programs, including children’s reading programs and Lynda.com, which makes more than 14,000 video courses available to Library patrons.
We want to thank the Mt Hope Farm for allowing us a booth at their farmers’ market. We would love it if while you are buying your fresh produce and bread, you would visit our table. We always have a craft for children and the latest events calendar just for you! Thanks for your support!
Sometimes, I am so grateful for movies. I know some of us loathe the fact that books are frequently made into movies. I get it. But for me, it is incentive to pick up (or revisit) a book. And in this case, the book is Little Women.
My friend and I went to the theater to see the latest release of Little Women directed by Greta Geriwig, starring Emma Watson (of Harry Potter) and Saoirse Ronan (of Brooklyn). I was skeptical, as Little Women has been adapted several times and my loyalty remains to the 1933 version starring Katharine Hepburn. But I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this latest version was, even though there was a change at the end (which was quite satisfactory).
That got me thinking about the book. I remember reading it for school and I just loathed it, probably because I had to analyze it so much in class. As is the case with most novels I read in school. But let me tell you, I have enjoyed it immensely as an adult. I forgot how absolutely charming the girls were. As an adult I recognize and understand the themes and empathize with every character. What strikes me though, is how Alcott was able to develop such strong characters at such young ages! And all of them are likable in their own way. I laughed, I cried and I rejoiced for all the girls throughout the book. How perfect! Makes me wish I had a sister! Well, not when they burn my written pages. Please do borrow Little Women from us today!
Hello! My name is Magdalen Chianese. My friends call me Madge and I have been involved with the library all my life. When I was young, I loved reading all the Nancy Drew Mysteries series that were at Rogers Free Library! As an elementary teacher I started a program with my school and the library. Each week a different class (grades 1 -4) would walk to the library, hear a story, and then check out books for themselves. This program became very popular with the students and lasted many years.
I have been a Trustee since 1995 and I have been happy to serve in that capacity. It was exciting to be part of the process and decision making when the new library expansion was constructed. The director and library staff have always been so courteous and helpful. We are blessed to have such wonderful staff.
I have two grandchildren and I look forward to taking them to story hour and getting them involved in the summer program as my own children did when they were young.
Question: I realize the library allows a couple of renewals on books, but what if I am a slow reader? I am afraid to be late with a book. I need more time! What can I do?
Answer: Some of you may not be aware that we have a modest paperback section on the main floor. This collection is comprised of mass market books which have been donated. These items are on the honor system. They are not barcoded therefore, are not attached to your library record. We keep these so you may take your time and read at your own pace. Enjoy!
The Hollywood Book Club: reading with the stars
By Steven Rea
Once in a while, I need a quick and easy read. This was the perfect one for me. Hollywood Book Club is a good book for folks who still dream of old Hollywood and black & white pictures. Every page features a photograph of a movie star with a book in their hands. The opposite page includes a brief passage about the celebrity’s filmography along with the title of the book they are reading in the photograph. It was a neat little book!
Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. It is set in Victorian London and has an air of steampunk – although it is not explicitly that genre. There are clockwork creations and automatons, a Shadowhunter inventor that tinkers with gears and wires, but the overall setting is not one of steam powered air machines and gear-covered outfits. As a fan of the steampunk genre and aesthetic, I quite enjoyed the subtle notes of it in this series.
The clockwork automatons are intriguing, as they are made from neither Heaven nor Hell and thus the Shadowhunters have no experience dealing with them. They create a unique foe to fight against and are a greater mystery – as our heroes do not know who truly created them, or their nefarious purpose.