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:

http://www.listenupvermont.org/

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.