Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Arts and Humanities of Thailand

Student Laura Chrisinger will share slides and photos of the arts in Thailand from her recent trip sponsored by The Upward Bound program of Vermont, The Experiment in International Living, and The South East Council for the Arts. The program starts at 7 pm. For more information please call the library at 885-3108.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Book Discussion "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson Wed Nov 15th @ 7pm

Please join us for our monthly book discussion the 2nd Wednesday of each month. This month's book is titled, Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson. On December 10th we will be discussing, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Pick up your copy today!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Register To Vote @ the Library!

On Tuesday October 21 & 28 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm you may register to vote at the Springfield Town Library. You may also register at the Town Office, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Deadline to register: October 29th.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

NEW! Writer's Group

The Springfield Town Library Writer's Group welcomes people with a whole range of writing experience - from absolute beginners to established authors. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month from 7 - 8:00 pm and are open to adults 18 and over. For more information please contact the library.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Got Audiobooks? We do!

Along with our in house collection of books on CD and books on tape we have another collection housed online! As part of the Green Mountain Library Consortium your digital library is available to you any time day or night. This service is offered through Overdrive digital media service and Listen Up! Vermont. To access downloadable audio books, click the green "audiobook download" tab on our web page www.springfieldtownlibrary.org or scroll down this blog page and on the right side of the page you'll see a link to "download audio books".

Audio books can be downloaded to your computer then transferred to an MP3 player. Some titles may also be burned to CDs. Soon, (sometime this fall) some titles will be available for transfer to an IPod. Need assistance getting started? Call or drop by the library. We have a computer station available to help get you started and assistance from the library staff is available.

There is something for everyone at the Listen Up! Vermont site. I decided to try it for myself and downloaded a beginner's Spanish audiobook (I figured I could learn something during my drive to and from the library each day.) I downloaded the Overdrive software (took about 2 minutes) then downloaded the Beginner's Spanish two parts at a time. I found that this is quicker than trying to download all parts of the book at the same time. Next I inserted a CD into my CD drive and clicked on "Burn". Each CD holds one part of the audio book. Nine CDs later, and I have the whole book on beginner Spanish.

Young adult books, children's books, language audios, adult fiction (classics, as well as new fiction) and non-fiction. Just click on the link and explore the "hidden" collection at your library!

Nancy Tusinski
Adult Services Coordinator

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Adult Programs this Fall!

Discuss a popular book, take part in the Vermont READS program and learn more about Robert Frost, visit with a local author, learn about a great artist, find out how you can reduce Global Warming, join a lively short story discussion group, see and hear about the mystery of crop circles, watch a demonstration of acupuncture, and Take a Bite out of Poetry.

Our Adult Book Discussion group meets the second Wednesday of each month. On September 10th at 7 pm we will be discussing the New York Times bestseller, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Pick up your copy today! Friday Morning Pageturners, a short story discussion group meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month from 10:30 - 11:30 am. Copies of the stories are available at the library. Play Scrabble on the 2nd and 4th Saturday this fall - drop in anytime between 11:00 am and 3 pm.

The Vermont READS program at the library features: Take a Bite Out of Poetry on Wednesday, September 15 at 6:30 pm. Share your worst vampire poem as we take a bite out of poetry and pizza. On Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 pm Jim Schley, Executive Director of The Frost Place in Franconia, NH will present The Endurance of Robert Frost, for middle school ages and up. And on October 23 at 7:00 pm discuss the Vermont READS 2008 book by Natalie Bober, Robert Frost: A Restless Spirit. Copies of Bober's book are available at the library.

Art historian Bob Manning's slide presentation and lecture on Georgia O'Keefe promises to be both beautiful and informative on Saturday September 20, at 1:00 pm. Learn more about acupuncture and watch a live demonstration with Deb Sykes, licensed practitioner on Thursday October 2, at 7:00 pm and save the date on Thursday November 6 at 7:00 pm for an intriguing program titled, "The Mystery and Majesty of Crop Circles" with naturalist John Root.

Watch for more detailed information or call the library for more information at 802-885-3108.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Springfield Author Annette Bromley Thursday, July 31 at 7pm

Black River Used Books and The Springfield Town Library welcome local author Annette Bromley on Thursday July 31, at 7 pm in the Flinn Room of the library. Annette will talk about her first book, Run Away Home. What happens when a brother and sister find themselves in an intolerably abusive situation and run away? Can a fourteen-year-old and a five year old avoid being caught and survive the rigors of the elements and the darkness of the world? This story will make you laugh, make you cry, make you stand up and cheer and make you think more about life and this world in a way you may never have thought about it. (from back cover) Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Reminder—Book Sale This Saturday (July 12)

Don't forget, the Friends of Springfield Town Library annual book sale is this Saturday (July 12).

At the National Guard Armory on Fairground Rd. in North Springfield, from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

$3.00 per bag after 3:00pm. Lots and lots of books!

For more information, please stop in or call the library at 885-3108.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


Volunteers are needed to help with The Friends of The Springfield Town Library Annual Book Sale.

  • sorting books before sale
  • setting up
  • selling books on the day of the sale - Saturday, July 12
  • clean up

Please call (885-3108) or stop by the library if you are interested. Volunteer for a half an hour, or several hours - whatever works for you and be one of the first to take a look at all the wonderful books that have been donated to the sale!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Annual Book Sale--July 12

The Friends of Springfield Town Library will be holding their annual book sale at the National Guard Armory on Fairground Rd. in North Springfield, on Saturday, July 12, 2008 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. For more information, please stop in or call the library at 885-3108.

Lots and lots of books!

Note: Thursday, July 3 is the last day that we will be accepting additional books for this year's booksale.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Library Closed, July 4 Weekend

The Springfield Town Library will be closed Friday, July 4 through Sunday July 6 for Independence Day. The library will reopen for it's regular hours on Monday July 7, at 9:00am.

Enjoy the Holiday!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Simple Living Display June and July

The Vermont Earth Institute's Simple Living Lending Library is visiting for June and July. Included are books and tapes on simple and sustainable living. Put your house on The Home Energy Diet by Paul Scheckel, take home the appliance watt meter and find out how much energy your individual appliances are using, or use the simple tips in the More Fun Less Stuff Starter Kit by Betsy Taylor. The Vermont Earth Institute educates and supports Vermonters to reduce consumption and adopt environmentally sustainable practices in their homes, workplaces and communities. The Vermont Earth Institute offers seven discussion courses in workplaces, homes and faith communities: Voluntary Simplicity, Choices for Sustainable Living, Deep Ecology, Discovering a Sense of Place, Globalization and Its Critics, Healthy Children - Healthy Planet, and Global Warming: Changing the CO2urse. The courses are 7 or 8 sessions long except for Global Warming, which is 4 sessions. For more information on VEI visit http://www.vtearthinstitute.org/ and stop by the library to check out this collection!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Vote Tuesday, June 10 -- School Budget, 3rd Try

Please remember to vote on Tuesday, June 10, on the revised school budget. The polls will be located (as usual) at the Riverside Middle School Gymnasium. Polls open at 8:00am and close at 7:00pm. For more information or for an absentee ballot, please call the Springfield Town Clerk's Office at 885-2104.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Friday Morning Pageturners - A Short Story Discussion Group

Twice a month on Friday mornings you may hear laughter and spirited conversation coming from the second floor of the library. Those sounds are coming from The Friday Morning Pageturners, a short story discussion group! We get together on the 2nd and 4th Friday mornings of each month from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

At each meeting we discuss a different short story, chosen by a member of the group or the discussion moderator, Nancy Tusinski the Adult Services Coordinator at the library. Stories are provided by the library, you may join anytime, and come as often as you are able. This may be once a month, once every couple of months, or every time we meet! If you'd love to be part of a book discussion group, but don't have the time to read a book each month, the Friday Morning Pageturners might be the group for you. Pick up a story at the Main Desk and join in!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Closed for Memorial Day Weekend

The Springfield Town Library will be closed Saturday, May 24 and Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day weekend. The library will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, May 27 at 9:00am.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Computer Tutor @ the Library

Do you know someone who would like to learn basic computer skills? How to use a mouse, save a document on Word, set up an email account or learn to surf the Internet?

The Springfield Town Library now offers a Computer Tutor half hour every Wednesday morning at 10:00 am. A library staff person will teach basic computer skills in three sessions. Call or drop by the library to sign up for a half an hour session. The next openings are in July.

Has your friend or neighbor never used a computer? Not a problem, we'll start at the beginning.

Monday, May 05, 2008

400 Miles Down the Connecticut River with Michael Tougias - Thursday, May 15

There’s something for everyone in this slide presentation on Thursday, May 15th at 7pm, as Michael Tougias takes the audience on an incredible voyage down the entire 410 miles of the Connecticut River. Discussion of the Native Americans, log drives, steamships, canals, wildlife, and environmental issues are included with natural history, adventure and more. Practical tips will be given including his favorite sections of the river to paddle, fish and camp. Tougias’ slides will also help the viewer find the best spots for photographing wildlife such as moose and bald eagles. Humor is woven throughout the talk as Tougias describes some of his misadventures on the river. For more information visit the author's website, http://www.michaeltougias.com/ .

Vote Tuesday May 13, 2008 – (Regarding Park Street School)

Please remember to vote Tuesday May 13 on the question of the continued use of Park Street School. Polls are at Riverside Middle School Gymnasium and open at 8:00am and close at 7:00pm. For more info please call the Springfield Town Clerk's Office at 885-2104.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hungrytown Concert Friday April 25 - 7:30pm

Enjoy a welcome back to spring concert at the library Friday night April 25th. The musical duo of Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, originally from Manhattan, now live in West Townshend and are happy to be back in Vermont after spending the winter touring. Their music covers a broad range of styles; old time folk balladry, bluegrass, Celtic, classic country and retro pop - enriched by the thousands of miles they have traveled, performing around the US and Europe.

Rebecca has won numerous songwriting awards and has a knack for penning tunes that sound like time tested classics. She has been dubbed, "a new folk classicist" by the Boston Herald. Ken, the producer of the new CD also titled Hungrytown, plays multiple instruments throughout the recording, including drums, B3 organ, harmonica, bass and guitar as well as harmonizing the duo's elaborate vocal arrangements.

This free concert is made possible by the generous support of The Friends of The Springfield Town Library. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the performance will begin at 7:30 pm. Stop by the library and listen to a track from the CD Hungrytown or visit the band's website at http://www.hungrytown.net/.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

How to Protect Your Identity

This morning, Laura Dobos from the Vermont Attorney General's office presented a program on Identity Theft and Telemarketing Scams. Laura gave us some general tips for dealing with telemarketers, and ideas on how to protect our documents, credit card information, and other personal information. For those of you who may have missed this program, Laura has left some handouts which are available at the library. The presentation was also taped for SAPA TV and will be aired later this spring. We've asked Laura to do a repeat of this program on a Saturday in the Fall if we have enough interest, so let the folks at the main desk know if you'd like to attend a program on protecting your identity.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Reminder to Vote — Tuesday, April 8

Please remember to vote next Tuesday, April 8, on the revised budget for the Springfield School District. Voting will take place at Riverside Middle School Gymnasium — Polls will open at 8:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. For more info, please call the Springfield Town Clerk's office at 885-2104.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Celebrate Women's History Month at the Library!

We have two special March events sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. On Thursday, March 20th at 6:30pm historians Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith will be discussing the medical adventures of frontier women. This program places these women within the context of 19th century medical practice and invites discussion of parallels between folk remedies of yesteryear and alternative medicine practices of today. Please join us in the Flinn Room of the library for this exciting program!

Our second event takes place on Saturday, March 29th at 1pm - Susan B Anthony - The Invincible! will come to life circulating petitions, getting arrested and challenging legislators when she appears at the library courtesty of the VT Humanities Council and co-sponsored by The Springfield Art and Historical Society.

Anthony was an abolitionist and women's rights advocate, fighting for equal pay and property rights, but she is best known as the foremost leader of the woman suffrage movement.

Sally Matson has been touring the country as the fiesty activist for five years, appearing at such diverse venues as Time Warner, Raytheon, the Army Corps of Engineers, Portland State University in Oregon, the Warren Library in Vermont, and the Arthur Brisbane Child Treatment Center, New Jersey.

A graduate of Northwestern University School of Communication, Matson studied writing at the University of Virginia and Manhattanville College. She has been acting and directing for thirty years. Matson performed in a Department of Defense show in the pacific and has been a writer and interviewer on CT Cable TV.

Letters, speeches and diaries are used in the play to reveal both her wit and her fury. Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison, Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many other contemporaries are mentioned in the show. Her words transport the audience to the time of the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, fights over the Constitutional Amendments, and Westward expansion.

"I am on the road now and that is exactly what she did," said Matson, whose current touring somewhat mirrors Anthony's road trips in the 1800s. "Anthony's influence still resonates in our society; women and minorities continue to fight for equity. I am spreading her story, her mission."

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

American Precision Museum Presentation and Slide Show - March 11 6:30pm

Ann Lawless, the Executive Director of the American Precision Museum will bring this first ever off site program to the library on Tuesday evening March 11th at 6:30pm. You'll get a "behind the scenes" look at the collections care project, preview new exhibits for this year and take a look and ask questions about ongoing projects.

Ann will give us a special preview of an innovative partnership with River Valley Technical Center and the working machine shop exhibit to open in May 2008. Come see some of Precision Valley's local history right at the library!

Monday, March 03, 2008

We Now Have Downloadable Audio Books

The Springfield Town Library is pleased to announce that we are now offering downloadable audio books. These books are offered in conjunction with other member libraries of the Green Mountain Library Consortium.

Currently, 276 titles are available, covering many topics and genres (both fiction and non-fiction). These are available at:


A "Quick Start Guide", "Guided Tour", and other information is available at that address. In short however:

  • To download a book, you will need a computer running Windows (98-SE or later), with Windows Media Player 9 or higher.
  • You will also need to install player software that can be obtained at: http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/download.asp
  • Items are checked out for 7 days, and 2 items may be checked out at one time. Items return themselves at the end of this period — No overdues to worry about.
  • Once downloaded, items can be transferred to an Mp3 player, and many can be burned to CD (for personal use only).
  • To check items out, or place a hold, you will need your library card number (entered with no spaces).
  • If you still have questions or comments, please call the Springfield Town Library at 885-3108.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Volunteer Tax Preparation Assistance

The Springfield Town Library is pleased to announce that we will be offering assistance with tax form preparation. In cooperation with the AARP (http://www.aarp.org/) we will have two trained volunteers to help with preparing federal and Vermont state personal income tax forms, as well as Vermont state property tax and renter rebate forms.

Assistance will be by appointment only. Currently two appointment dates have been set, Tuesday, March 4 (appointments from 3:15 to 7:00) and Thursday, March 6 (8:15 am to noon). To schedule an appointment, please call or stop in at the Springfield Town Library (885-3108). While additional dates will be announced, appointments are limited, so please call early.

When you come for your appointment, please bring the following (as applicable):

  • Current year's tax forms and preparation booklet.
  • Copy of last year's tax return.
  • W-2 forms from each employer.
  • Unemployment compensation statements.
  • SSA-1099 form if you received Social Security.
  • All 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, etc.) showing interest and dividends, and documentation showing purchase price of sold assets.
  • 1099-R if you received a pension or annuity.
  • 1099-misc for any miscellaneous income.
  • All forms indicating federal income tax paid.
  • Dependent care provider information (name, employer ID, Social Security number).
  • All receipts and cancelled checks if itemizing deductions.
  • Social Security cards or other official documentation for you, your spouse and any dependents.
  • Property tax bill.
  • Landlord Certificate.
  • Any other relevant documents.
Note: Our staff members will be happy to assist you in finding needed forms -- however, if you need assistance with their preparation, you will need to arrange an appointment with one of our volunteers, as our staff is not trained to provide such advice.

Please Remember to Vote — Tuesday, March 4 — (Town Meeting and Presidential Primary)

Please remember to vote in the Town/School District Meeting and Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 4. Polls open at 8:00 am and close at 7:00 pm. Voting will be at its usual location, the Riverside Middle School gymnasium. If you live outside Springfield, please call your local clerk's office for time and polling place information. For absentee ballot information, please call the town clerk's office at 885-2104.

The actual meeting part of the Town and School District meeting will be held the preceding evening (Monday, March 3) at 7:30 pm, and will take place at the Springfield High School cafeteria.

Copies of the Annual Town and School District Report, as well as the Tech Center Report are available at the Springfield Town Library and at the Springfield Town Clerk's Office.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Crooning Tunes at Your Library - Feb 28th

The popular barbershop quartet, The Top Drawer Four will perform in The Flinn Room at the library on Thursday evening February 28 from 6:30-7:00 pm. Take a musical stroll down memory lane during this family friendly event!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Nutrition Program Postponed

New Year's Nutrtion with Dianne Lamb of Univ of VT extension, February 13th at 10:00 am has been postponed due to expected bad weather. Look for this program again in March or April. We'll keep you posted!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Phineas P. Gage, the Railroad Worker and the Person

On Tuesday, February 12 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Tom Sabo will present a program on the history, environment & conditions of the 1848 railroad worker. Phineas Gage was born July 9, 1823 in Lebanon, New Hampshire and was a railroad worker in Cavendish, VT, when an accident happened causing a tamping iron to be blown through Gage's head. After passing through Gage's head, the iron landed almost 30 yards behind him. This was the landmark case for traumatic brain injury.

The program will include railroad history, railroad contract workers, tools, black powder, blasting, location site, accident cause, symptoms/behaviors, support groups and consequences then and today. On display now through March 1 in the Flinn Room: Phineas Gage artifact photos, photos of the 150th Anniversary Festival 1998, and a tamping iron replica.

As an introduction to the program, at 6:30 pm Tom will play classical guitar music and railroad music. Join us for a very interesting and entertaining evening!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Program Cancelled Due to Weather

Tonight's program, Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting with Susan Clark has been cancelled due to weather. We hope to reschedule the program later in the spring, so keep checking our Adult Program calendar.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Authors and Birds and Town Meeting...Wow

Wednesday, January 30 – 7:00-8:30 pm A BIG READ EVENT! Vermont mystery author – Nancy Means Wright will discuss “The Maltese Falcon” and her popular mystery books. There will time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Saturday February 2 - 1:30 pm Winter Birds in Your Yard, with Hugh and Bunni Putnam from the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society.

Wednesday February 6 - 6:30pm Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting & Community, 6:30 pm with Susan Clark, co-author of the book, All Those in Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting & Community.

For more information on programs, call the library at 885-3108 or visit www.springfieldtownlibrary.org

Monday, January 14, 2008

Calling all green thumbs, and not so green thumbs

On Saturday, January 26th from 1 - 3 pm, Ron Krupp will be here at the library to give us advice on germination mixes, potting soils, seed starting dates, grow lights vs. sunlight, containers, the use of cold-frames, greenhouses and more. Please bring your garden questions! Ron is the author of The Woodchuck's Guide to Gardening, founder of the Brattleboro Farmer's Market in 1972, and Vermont Public Radio's garden commentator for the past 10 years. This is a hands-on workshop, so let's get ready to plant some seeds!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Tax Forms

Once again this year, The Springfield Town Library has a supply of income tax forms. We currently have 1040, 1040-A, and 1040-EZ forms and instruction booklets, as well as a number of other forms. We will put out additional forms as they come in. Note: We are still waiting for Vermont forms, but hope to have them soon. Update: The Vermont forms are now in as well.

Most forms may also be printed from the IRS or Vermont Dept. of Taxes websites. In addition, they may be requested by phone at 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676, federal forms), or 1-866-828-2865 (Vermont forms).

Federal Tax Forms: http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html?portlet=3

Vermont Tax Forms: http://www.state.vt.us/tax/forms.shtml

While the library is happy to supply tax forms, our staff is not trained to provide tax advice or assistance. The Springfield Senior Center is offering tax assistance on Fridays (9:00 am to 3:30 pm) starting in February. Assistance is by appointment only, please call the Senior Center at (802) 885-3933 to sign up.

For Tax questions, you may also call the IRS at 1-800-TAX-1040 (1-800-829-1040), Mon-Fri 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, or the Vermont Dept. of Taxes at 1-866-828-2865 (in Vermont), or 1-802-828-2865 (outside Vermont).