Author Dennis Fowler to Attend 11/16 Author Panel!

Also joining our panel of authors on Saturday, November 16 will be Dennis Fowler!

A freelance writer for over 40 years, Dennis Fowler has written novels for adults and numerous articles for computer publications and short fiction on the Internet under various pen names. Earth’s Song is his debut young adult novel.

From the book:

I’ve seen the shapes of endless space,
The boundless curves of midnight lace
That cradle stars in soft embrace,
That guide the spheres and set their pace.

I’ve danced the Milky Way’s bright path,
In time with Terpsichore’s math,
I’ve braved the comets’ baleful wrath,
Climbed the joyous spectral lath.

To save civilizations a girl with an angelic voice learns to fly faster than light.

The panel will run from 1pm-3pm on Saturday the 16th and there will be time for you to buy books that interest you and have them signed by the authors–a great opportunity to support local talent! If you’d like to check out Earth’s Song fore the event, pop over to this link:

Earth’s Song

A Bit More about Panelist Deb Blake’s Recent Works

Author Deborah Blake joins us for our Author’s Panel November 16 from 1pm-3pm.

Here’s a bit about one of Deb’s most recent books, Wickedly Unraveled:

Another resounding hit.

The characters, the story-line,

everything about this book

keeps me wanting more.

 

“…an absolutely awesome story.

Barbara Yager is used to traveling alone as she tends to her duties as a Baba Yaga. She sometimes brings Babs, the adopted daughter she is training, but her sheriff husband stays behind.

This trip, though, she has made an exception. After all, the task seems so simple, and shouldn’t take long to accomplish. When it is done, the three of them can indulge in a long-overdue family vacation. What could it hurt? Quite a lot, as it turns out. What Barbara thought was a minor problem ends in a violent magical confrontation she never expected. The resulting backlash sends them all into a warped timeline where Barbara and Liam never got together, and only Barbara and nine-year-old Babs remember the truth. Liam is still trapped in his grief and all the good they’ve done together in the past few years has come undone.

Even worse, her Baba Yaga sisters, Beka and Bella, don’t believe her, and the wicked Brenna is still out there, planning who knows what kind of mischief. The children stolen by the rusalka Maya are trapped in the Otherworld and she is loose in this one and up to no good. It is up to Barbara, Babs, and their faithful dragon-dog companion Chudo-Yudo to knit together the unraveled timeline and make things right again, before it is too late and Barbara loses her one true love forever.

In a completely different vein, Deb also writes nonfiction about witchcraft and magick, including The Little Book of Cat Magic and The Witch’s Broom.

A bit about The Little Book of Cat Magic:

Learn about cats throughout history as well as the myths, folklore, and deities associated with them. Explore spells for living with cats, improving their health, and saying goodbye when their nine lives have run their course. You’ll also enjoy crafts and divination techniques involving cats as well as paw-some advice from Deborah Blake’s extraordinary familiar, Magic the Cat.

A bit about The Witch’s Broom:

Take a magickal flight into the history, tradition, and modern uses of broomsticks. Whether sweeping the floors or helping with spells, rituals, and crafts, the broom is a more versatile tool than you ever imagined.

Join Deborah Blake on a journey through the ages, exploring why broomsticks and witches have always been an inseparable pair. Enjoy broom lore, insights from well-known witchy authors, and instructions for buying or making your own for special occasions. From besoms to broomcorn, The Witch’s Broom is the perfect guide for adding a new facet to your magickal practice. Have a nice flight!

 

Our panel runs from 1pm-3pm and includes time for questions, and for you to buy books from your favorite local authors and have them signed!

Author Alice Lichtenstein is Coming to the 11/16 Author Panel!

We are very pleased to announce that author Alice Lichtenstein will be attending our Author Panel on Saturday November 16!

Alice Lichtenstein graduated from Brown University and received her MFA from Boston University where she was named the BU Fellow in Fiction. She has received a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction and has twice been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony.

Her first novel, The Genius of the World (Zoland Books, 2000), a Booksense 76 selection in paperback fiction, received favorable reviews, most notably in The New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio. Lost (Scribner, 2010) received rave reviews, including: The Boston Globe, The St.-Louis Dispatch, The Buffalo News and Good HousekeepingPeople Magazine touted Lost as a “Great Read”; Alan Cheuse, reviewing for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” called Lost,a novel that delivers much reading pleasure.”  Lost appeared in audio-book and e-book formats and was translated into Chinese among several other languages. In 2011, Lost was a long-list Finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

The Crime of Being, Alice’s third novel, is forthcoming from Upper Hand Press in November, 2019. Pre-publication reviews have called The Crime of Being, “a story for our divided times.”

In 2012, Lichtenstein received the Barbara Deming Memorial Grant Award for Fiction based on a submission from The Crime of Being.

Additionally, Lichtenstein’s short stories have appeared in several literary journals, including: Revision (Narrative Magazine Winter 2018 Story Finalist and “Story of the Week”); Dead Friends, Post Road (Winter, 2010) and White Ladies, Short Story (Spring, 2010). The above stories were nominated for Pushcart Prize Awards.

Alice lives in Oneonta, New York, where she teaches fiction-writing at Hartwick College, and in Surry, Maine.

The panel on the 16th will run from 1-3pm and will include a book sale and book signing, so you can do some holiday shopping that supports our local artists!

 

 

If you’d like to look at (or order) one (or all) of Alice’s books, here are the links for you to investigate!

The Genius of the World

Lost

The Crime of Being

 

Author Deb Blake is Attending Our 11/16 Author Panel!

November 16 from 1pm-3pm we’re hosting an author panel, book sale, and book signing and Deborah Blake will be there!

Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga Series from Berkley (Wickedly Dangerous, Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Powerful), the Broken Rider Series, and has published eleven books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide.

When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.

Deb will have select copies of her books available for sale (and she’ll sign them on the spot so you can take care of some holiday shopping, too),

but, if you’d like to preview her books or buy them ahead of time, or follow her online, here are some links!

To check out the books online, click one of these:

Amazon |Llewellyn|Barnes & Noble

To find her online and learn about her process, Patreon, and publications, you can click on any of these links:

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/deborahblake

Newsletter: http://dld.bz/dWEQs

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/deborahblake

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deborah.blake

Blog: http://deborahblake.blogspot.com/

Website: http://deborahblakeauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/246753.Deborah_Blake

10/29/19 Free Home Health Education Services Food Tasting and Cooking Demonstration

Have you wanted to try healthier foods on the way to living a healthier lifestyle, but don’t know where to start?

Join Neida Suto for a free demonstration and sampling of healthy plant-based foods on Tuesday, October 29 at the Harris Memorial Library’s Harris House from 4pm-6pm!

The program will touch on lifestyle-related diseases and how to achieve healthy living practices, being a combination of health seminar plus cooking class designed to motivate and educate on the power of healing by natural laws of health. Neida will emphasize the importance of a wholesome plant-based diet and nutrition to achieve prevention, treatment and reversal of lifestyle diseases. She will also demonstrate recipes to show that plant-based foods are delicious and easy to prepare. And, at the end of the session, there will be food samples for the attendees.

There will also be related books available to look at and consider purchasing, and attendees will receive a sample of recipes to take and try at home!

New Fall Hours

That’s right! It’s nearly fall, many kids are headed back to school, and, to accommodate our town’s people better, we’re adjusting our hours!

We are CLOSED Labor Day, and closed regularly on Fridays and Sundays. In September we will also be closed Wednesday the 11th, and Thursday the 12th to focus on 4 County automation.

 

We will be OPEN:

Mondays 12pm-5:30pm

Tuesdays 12pm-7pm

Wednesdays 11am-4pm

Thursdays 10am-3pm

Saturdays 9am-12pm

 

This means we’re open an additional hour AND that kids can pop in for books or homework help after school Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Library Director Shannon will gladly help you succeed in the new school year if she can!

Hours for the Rest of August

As many of you are aware, our hours are variable as the seasons change, and public needs and interests arise. To be as up-to-date as possible, please check our Facebook page at @harrislibrary (which will include any sudden changes in the schedule such as delays and closings, too).

Through August our hours will remain the same they’ve been since February:

 

Mondays: 12pm-5:30pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am-3pm

Wednesdays: 1pm-7pm

Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 9am-12pm

Sunday: CLOSED

Bring the Family to Our End of Summer Celebration August 12th from 6pm-9pm

Are you ready for some exciting magic and memory tricks, and to enjoy a visit from Animal Adventure? We sure hope so because we’re winding up our Summer Reading Program with a visit from The Amazing Great AND some of the curious creatures from Animal Adventure. We’ll have games in the backyard, stargazing, and popcorn,  so bring the family! And, if you participated in our Summer Reading Program make sure and turn in your Intergalactic Passport by noon on Saturday the 10th so Shannon can tally your points and award you prizes. So much will be happening @ YOUR little but lively library we hope you ALL can be a part of it!

We have so many Summer Reading Program prizes this year that EVERYONE who participated can win at least a couple cool things!

The fun starts at 6pm, so make sure you’re ready to join us!

Digging Roots Genealogy 101 Workshop

Laura Lee presented a great workshop for people interested in learning about their family’s past–and and she did it all for free! She came with great resources to share with attendees, and a level of knowledge that impressed Shannon (even though Shannon only had time to pop in and out of the room briefly!).  She talked about how to start your search, genealogical research scams and pitfalls, and gave some information on some of the hurdles in history (like the Orphan Trains) that people encounter in their quest to dig into their roots.

In fall Laura Lee hopes to come back to Harris Memorial Library to present about the emerging information DNA research can add to a person’s genealogical research. If you have any questions about your family’s past, or how to better research your family members’ histories and mysteries–you’ll definitely want to check out Laura Lee’s upcoming workshop.

If you’d like to reach out to Laura Lee with a question (or maybe you need a family tree done but don’t have the time) you can stop by the library for a card with her contact information.

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant

 What a fun day!

We started our Ezra Jack Keats mini-grant project at the library. Director Shannon had participants close their eyes and imagine the images used to illustrate the story “Kitten for a Day” while it was read aloud. Then the kids were handed storyboard worksheets with the text from the story they’d just heard and encouraged to illustrate (or describe in words) their interpretation of the action. They had fun (and spent a good amount of time thinking) as they devised their own illustrations. Shannon was impressed by their curiosity and their willingness to give it a try. After they spent some time working on their own interpretation of EJK’s words, Shannon read the book again, this time showing them the pictures, and they discussed what they thought they’d gotten “close” and what they’d envisioned much differently. It was neat to hear what they thought the words meant! Shannon stressed to them that having different ideas or different interpretations isn’t bad or wrong–it just means they imagine things differently. She even pointed out that in problem-solving having more (and different) ideas is really helpful so you come to the best answer possible. Then the group got journals to write and draw ideas in–maybe story ideas, maybe character ideas…pretty much anything they like! Shannon can’t wait to see the group again Monday for the next step in their book-making.