Plumb Library News

The Friends of Plumb Library will be holding their annual book sale on Saturday, September 7 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the First Congregational Church of Rochester’s Fellowship Hall. Highlights of the sale include:

• Friends’ Preview Sale: Friday, September 6, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Memberships can be sold or renewed at the door.

• Buck-a-Bag Sale: Saturday, September 7, 2:00 to 3:00 pm.

Donations can be left at the library during open hours, or can be picked up by calling the library at 508-763-8600. We do not accept magazines (except for knitting, quilting or cooking magazines), encyclopedias, text books, books in bad condition (torn, moldy or dirty), Readers Digest condensed books or videos.

Has your library card gone astray? Has it been chewed by the dog, guinea pig or garbage disposal? Have you never ever gotten a library card? Well, September is the right time to get a new one or get one replaced. During the month, we will be waiving the normal $2 fee to replace lost library cards. Children signing up for their first card will receive a small prize. There is so much you can do with a library card. Get yours today!

Summer Reading Program results:

• Number of participants: 280; Adults: 54; Children grades Pre-K – 4: 109; Teens/Tweens: 117

• Total hours logged: 10,136; Adults: 4,113; Children: 2,331; Teens/Tweens: 3,692

• Total reviews posted: 225; Adults: 27; Children: 66; Teens/Tweens: 132

• Top reader hours: Adults: 300; Children: 173; Teens/Tweens: 158.75

Major sponsors: Friends of Plumb Library; Massachusetts Library System; Boston Bruins; Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners; Mayflower Bank; Rochester Lions Club; Rochester Cultural Council; First Congregational Church of Rochester.

Supporters: Pawtucket Red Sox; Capt. Bonney’s Creamery; No Kidding Toys; Book Warehouse; Plumb Market; USS Constitution; Flagship Cinema Wareham; Matt’s Blackboard; Wareham Gatemen; Shirt Shack; Market Basket; Plumbleina (Angela Weigel); Bev Pierce; Louisa Medeiros; The McCollester Family; The Winters Family; The Feen Family; The Jeppson Family; The Root Family; The Smith Family; The Farias Family; The Mackin Family; Andrea Lovett; Carla Marrero; Nancy Rocha, Diane Finn; Scott Blagden; SaraBeth Morrell; Kathy Brunelle; and especially the Junior Friends of Plumb Library.

• Just the Facts, the nonfiction book discussion group, will be reading Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach. Have you ever wondered how astronauts live in the International Space Station? What happens to a human being when they can’t walk for a year, smell flowers, or digest normally? Is it possible to survive a bailout in space? These questions and many, many more are answered in this informative and humorous book. From a space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule, Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space. We will be discussing this book on Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk.

• Café Parlez’s selection for September is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school. But now he’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep. Auggie’s an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face. Can he convince his classmates that he’s just like them, despite his appearance? This book delves into bullying, acceptance of those with differences, and society’s notion of what makes a person “beautiful.”  We will be discussing this book on Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy. Café Parlez is sponsored by the Friends of Plumb Library.

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