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Out & About: Newbury, Vt.’s Tenney Memorial Library holds book sale

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Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 9/23/2020 9:58:07 PM
Modified: 9/23/2020 9:58:02 PM

NEWBURY, Vt. — As soon as Tenney Memorial Library reopened in July, the questions started.

Patrons repeatedly asked, “Are you having a book sale?” library director Mary Burnham recalled in an interview.

The question was twofold: People were anxious to buy books as well as donate ones they had culled from their collections during stay-at-home orders put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those donations will be available for the public to look through and purchase during a book sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the library located at 4886 Main Street South in Newbury, Vt. More information is available at tenneymemoriallibrary.org.

“We have a ton of World War II books and there’s a lot of people who are interested in that era,” Burnham said. “We have some wonderful kids books and a lot of them look like they’re brand new.”

When the library was closed, patrons could still borrow books through curbside pickup. Burnham (and her husband) also delivered materials to people throughout the village.

“We kept up a good circulation because of being able to do curbside,” Burnham said.

Additionally, more people turned to e-books that they could borrow from a statewide collection using their library cards.

“They have time. More than anything they have time, even if they’re working from home, they seem to be able to do it quicker,” Burnham, a former English teacher, said of the increase in reading she has noticed. “And frankly, many people want to get away from all the political, all the upsetting things that are on the news. Books provide you with a safe way to explore.”

“I hope they keep the habit.”

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Here’s a look at other Upper Valley-based events that are coming up over the next few days.

Thursday

■ Join Hartland Public Library children’s librarian Amy McMullen each week as she reads a new fable via Facebook Live from 1-1:30 p.m. Facebook: Hartland Public Library.

■Use Kilton Public Library laptops and print documents from 2-4 p.m. during an Outdoor Tech Lab at the Kilton Green Space, behind the library at 80 Main St. in West Lebanon. Librarians will be on hand to answer questions. leblibrary.com/node/4535.

■View Angst, a film about anxiety, during a virtual screening hosted by the Mt. Ascutney Prevention Partnership at 7 p.m. The screening is follow by a panel discussion featuring community mental health experts. Email elizabeth.kelsey@mahhc.org for link.

■CNN anchor, journalist and author Jake Tapper will discuss the film adaptation of his 2012 book The Outpost at 8 p.m. during a chat on YouTube. Register at hop.dartmouth.edu.

Friday

■Make a reservation and pick up a free Harvest Festival to Go kit from the Enfield Shaker Museum from 2-5 p.m. The kits will include crafts, Shaker recipes and other items. Visit shakermuseum.org to request a kit.

■Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Lyman Point Park in White River Junction to watch Big from 6:45-9:45 p.m. Social distancing guidelines available at hartfordrec.com.

Saturday

■Canaan’s Town Wide Yard Sale takes place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Maps will be available at the Village Green (1206 Route 4), where vendors will also be set up. nanarocke@netzero.net.

■The Hartford Tree Board is having a Tree and Shrub Sale from 9 a.m.-noon outside Hartford Town Hall (171 Bridge St., White River Junction). All proceeds go to planting trees in public spaces. Items cost less than $50. Cash and checks accepted.

■There will be a Pop Up Flea Market from 9 a.m.-noon at Springfield, Vt.’s Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse (21 Fairground Road), weather permitting. Vendors can reserve space by emailing uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com.

■Mascoma Valley Preservation is looking for volunteers to help clean up (social distance style) the Grafton Center Meetinghouse from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Facebook: Mascoma Valley Preservation.

■Learn to preserve your harvest during a virtual workshop directed at beginners and taught by Chef Emery Gray from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Gray will teach participants the process of canning tomatoes, and then making and preserving applesauce and apple butter using the water bath method of canning. Hosted by Billings Farm & Museum. $10-$15. Register at billingsfarm.org.

■Stop by the Fairlee Town Common from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for a yard sale fundraiser hosted by the Fairlee Community Church. Masks required.

Books for children and adults, movies on DVD, audiobooks, and games and puzzles are among the items available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Latham Memorial Library’s (16 Library Road) book sale. The sale will take place in the library’s parking lot. COVID-19 safety protocol will be in effect, including masks and sanitizing of hands required upon entrance, and social distancing. Rain date Oct. 10. thetfordlibrary.org.

■Join Weathersfield Conservation Commission members Roy Burton and Ryan Gumbart at Goulden Ridge Road and Morningside Drive in Weathersfield from 10-11:30 a.m. for a walk to raise awareness of the emerald ash borer. The duo will explain ash tree identification, signs and symptoms of the beetle and the local, regional and global impacts of the infestation. Visit weathersfieldvt.org for more information.

■Help out the Upper Valley Land Trust from 10 a.m.-noon by doing trail work at Zebedee Wetland in Thetford (Houghton Hill Road Trailhead). The day begins with a short trail work lesson. Participants will then head out onto the loop around the wetland to put trail maintenance skills to the test. Email Paul.Blazevich@UVLT.org to RSVP. COVID-19 guidelines available at uvlt.org.

■It’s Revolutionary War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4 (267 Springfield Road, Charlestown). Activities, including military demonstrations and tours, will take place from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $8-$12, children 5 and under, free. fortat4.org.

■BarnArts Center of the Arts will present an outdoor staged reading of It Can’t Happen Here from 2-3:30 p.m. at Fable Farm Orchard (1544 Royalton Turnpike Road, Barnard). Tickets cost $5-$25 and can be purchased at barnarts.org.

■Stop by Charlestown’s VFW Hall (365 Lover’s Lane) for a takeout spaghetti dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Includes trademark homemade sauce over spaghetti, homemade rolls, homemade buttermilk dressing over a garden salad and a selection of homemade desserts. $10 adults; $5 child; $30 family. mspilsbury@myfairpoint.net.

■Pentangle Arts in collaboration with North Universalist Chapel, will screen the film Good Will Hunting at the North Chapel Back Lawn (7 Church St.) at 7 p.m. as part of the September Film Series. Free, donations accepted. Patrons required to observe social-distance and mask-wearing guidelines. Advance reservations required. pentanglearts.org.

Sunday

■It’s Revolutionary War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4 (267 Springfield Road, Charlestown). Activities, including military demonstrations and tours, will take place from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $8-$12, children 5 and under, free. fortat4.org.

■BarnArts Center of the Arts will present an outdoor staged reading of It Can’t Happen Here from 2-3:30 p.m. at East End Park (54 Maxham Meadow Way, Woodstock). Tickets cost $5-$25 and can be purchased at barnarts.org.

Editor’s note: Submit Upper Valley-based events to the Valley News at calendar.vnews.com.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.




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