Calling All Library Lovers: National Library Week is April 9-15!

Next week, April 9-15, 2017, is National Library Week! The theme of this year’s National Library Week is “libraries transform,” reminding us of all libraries can do for and with people. Do you love your local library and want some ideas on how to celebrate National Library Week? Here are some of ours:

  1. Visit your library!

Check out what’s new at your local library. Libraries across the country are participating in the celebration, and Babcock Library will be too, complete with refreshments that will be provided by the Friends of the Babcock Library on all the days we’re open that week!

2. Show your support on social media

Follow Babcock Library on Facebook and Pinterest.

3. Check the Facebook page on Thursday, April 13

Thursday is Take Action for Libraries Day, and we’ll be posting more information on how you can help libraries sometime during the day. Libraries in CT are facing a lot of unique challenges this year, and we’d love for you to help out!

Feel free to check out the Facebook page throughout the week as well for other National Library Week events and information!

Help CT Libraries

As some may know, the governor’s proposed budget includes completely cutting the borrowITCT program. To help out, the CT Library Association is sponsoring a letter writing campaign from now until March 25. We encourage you to join us in writing letters to our legislators to keep this valuable program. If you want more information on talking points for your letters, links and emails, and more, check out the CT Library Association’s homepage for more on the campaign.

The Here & There Book Club Has Selected its Next Book!

The Here & There Book Club has selected its next book, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd:

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

The book club will be on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 PM. Join us for a great discussion and refreshments!