North Pownal, Vermont
Twelve-year-old Grace and her best friend, Arthur, must leave school to work as doffers in the mill. But Grace is left-handed. Replacing full bobbins with empty ones is a right-handed job, and every mistake Grace makes costs her family precious pennies.
Grace knows that Arthur is hatching a desperate plan to get himself out of the mill. She begs him to wait. Something will come along to change their lives.
That something turns out to be Lewis Hine, a reformer with a camera, who finds his way into the mill so that he can take pictures of kids like Grace and Arthur next to the enormous spinning frames that beat out the rhythm of their twelve-hour days. Boldly, Grace becomes Hine's secret ally.
Elizabeth Winthrop gives un an unforgettable character in Grace, who is so full of fierce energy, humor, and integrity that the reader never gives up hoping she will make a better life for herself.
Join us on Thursday, March 6th at 6:30 to discuss this excellent book and enjoy some snacks.
Every year in February, Alice Rice travels from Wisconsin to Sanibel Island, Florida with her parents.
Returning to the beach cottage---a cottage named Scallop---where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice.
Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? What will have stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?
Alice's friends are returning, too. And she is certain her parents have the best party planned for her. Alice can't wait. If Alice is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky this year?
Read this entertaining novel to find the answers to these questions, then join us for the book discussion and birthday cake. We will meet on Thursday, February 6th from 6:30 to 7:30 in the youth department.
For all of her nine years, fragile Elizabeth Ann has heard her Aunt Frances refer in whispers to "those horrible Putney cousins." But when her aunt can no longer care for her, Elizabeth Ann is forced to leave her sheltered life in town, to live in the wilds of Vermont with distant relatives.
In the beginning, Elizabeth Ann is shocked by country living---pets are allowed to sleep in the house and children are expected to do chores! But with country living comes independence and responsibility, and in time Elizabeth Ann finds herself making friends and enjoying the company of her newfound family. When, after a year, Aunt Frances comes to get her niece, she discovers a healthier, prouder girl with a new name---Betsy---and a new outlook on life.
Read this delightful book and join the discussion on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:30 in the evening. Snacks will be served.
Who would leave a world-famous pie recipe to a cat?
When Alice's Aunt Polly, The Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous piecrust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo...and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.
Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat. Everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, and it's making them pie-crazy. It is up to Alice and her friend Charlie to put the pieces together and discover the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship. Family. And the pleasure of doing something for the right reason.
Join us on Thursday, December 12th at 6:30 in the evening to discuss this entertaining novel and enjoy some pie.
Register at the youth desk and pick up a copy of the book. Or call the youth desk at 886-6335, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Ida B," Mama said to me on one of those days that start right and just keep heading toward perfect until you go to sleep," when you're done with the dishes, you can go play. Daddy and I are going to be working until dinner."
"Yes, ma'am," I said back, but I said it like this,"Yes, MAY-uhm!" because I couldn't wait to get on with my business. I could already hear the brook calling to me through the back door screen. "C'mon out and play, Ida B. Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up." I had three places I wanted to visit, six things I wanted to make, and two conversations I hoped to have before dinnertime.
Mama was washing, Daddy was drying, and I was putting away the dishes from lunch. And I knew the moment I set the last pan in its place, I was free. But the way those two were chatting and laughing and acting like we had till next week to finish up, I could see it was going to be a while.
My insides started itching and my feet started hopping, one then the other, because they were ten minutes past being ready to go. So I decided to speed things up a bit.
Daddy'd hand me a dish, I'd sprint to the cupboard and put it away, race back again, and put my hand out for the next one, with my right foot tap, tap, tapping the seconds that were ticking by.
"Hold your horses, Ida B," Daddy told me. "There's plenty of time to do whatever you're planning." And he passed me a plate, slow and easy.
Well, that stopped me in my tracks. Because what Daddy said might have seemed all right to him, but it was sitting about two miles beyond wrong with me. I wasn't going to be able to put away another tiny teaspoon till I set things straight.
"Daddy," I said, and I waited till he was looking at me before I went on.
"Yes, Ida B," he answered, turning toward me.
And staring right into his eyeballs I told him, "There is never enought time for fun." (Katherine Hannigan).
Read this excellent book, and then join us for the discussion and some snacks on Thursday, November 21st at 6:30 until 7:30.
Copies of the book are available at the youth desk. Stop in to register and pick up a book.