Friday, December 29, 2006

New Year's Closings

We will be open
Saturday, December 30, 2006.

The Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington, CT
will be closed on

Sunday, December 31, 2006 and Monday, January 1, 2007.


Thursday, December 28, 2006

Amy Rogell visited the library on Dec. 28, 2006

Animated Amy visited the Lucy Robbins Welles Library Thursday Morning December 28. She had the kids singing, clapping and moving with her entertaining music.


Sam Pasco's Orchestra is playing right now!

I am in the collection management office enjoying the tunes from Sam Pasco's Orchestra.

Here are some pictures from their concert this afternoon.


While our webpage is down...

While our webpage is down you can still check your holds, review what you have checked out, renew materials and search our catalog. Look to the top of this blog and at the column to the right and you will see links to search the catalog, renew materials and review you account.

We are still talking with our web host about getting our site up an running.


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Bubble-Mania Friday, Dec. 29 @ 2:00 p.m.

Join Casey Carle at the Newington Senior and Disabled Center (new venue) for a unique program.

Free tickets for family members 5 to 95 are available at the children's department.

Casey Carle advised Cirque du Soleils' on the bubble sequence in their new Beatles show.

Read about Casey's book Bubbleology.

Watch videos of Casey's act for a preview of Friday's performance.


Magic the Gathering 2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Magic the Gathering!
Here at Lucy Robbins Welles Library on Saturday, December 30, 2006.
The program is free but call to register at 665-8700. Open to all kids in grades 7-12. Experienced or newer players welcome. We will learn from each other and from Jack Aveline.

Webpage Repairs in Process

You may have noticed our webpage is down. We do apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Our webpage host is working on the problem and we should be up soon.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Library Closings

The library will be closed over Christmas Weekend.
We will close at 5:00 p.m. Friday December 22 and reopen on Tuesday December 26 at 10:00 a.m.

You can access many of the library services at our webpage


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Web Forms are Down

The forms on our web page are not working correctly. We are not receiving contents of the forms. So if you have filled out a form for an interlibrary loan, a meeting room, a reference question or an assignment alert and have not heard back from us, please call the library at 665-8700.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

We are trying to solve this problem as soon as possible.

As usual you may email us with questions or book requests. Or try our new Info Anytime for reference assistance.

Thank you for your patience.


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Magic the Gathering

Take part in a fantasy role playing card game open to teens in grades 7 -12. You can learn more about Magic the Gathering here.

Experienced and newer players are welcome. Prizes and refreshments will be provided.

The program is free, but registration is necessary. Sign up at the Adult Information Desk or by calling 665-8700.

Sue S.

Henna Tattoos for Teens

Attention all Teens!

Join local Mehndi artist, Smita Dave, on Tuesday, December 26th for an afternoon of learning and fun. Have Ms. Dave design a henna tattoo for you, choose a design you like from a book, or create your own!

Materials and refreshments will be provided.

Sign up at the Adult Information Desk, or by calling 665-8700. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sue S.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Technical Difficulties Solved

Our technical difficulties with the blog feed to the webpage are solved.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Pre-Wrapped Gifts at the Friends Corner

This year the Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library have pre-wrapped gifts, their cookbook, the Book Lover's Calendar and the Friends note cards.

The cookbook, Friends' Favorites - Food For Thought, has many interesting features. Look in the back for many helpful tips. Did you know that soaking a potato in salt water for 20 minutes makes it bake more rapidly? Thyme thrown on the coals shortly before the meat is finished grilling adds a nice flavor? Dip a spoon in hot water before measuring oil or shortening and it will slip off more easily? Learn to fold a napkin into a rosette.

Cyndi just said "Are you going to highlight some of the recipes?" "How about Hot Cranberry Punch? That's very festive!" Mexican Pizza only takes about 20 minutes to cook with refried beans for the sauce. Or try Grandma Lil's Plum Cake.

Technical Difficulties

We are experiencing technical difficulties with the feed to our webpage today. If you are reading from our webpage cut and paste this address into your browser window to read our events blog.

we hope to have the problem fixed in the next day or two.


Saturday, December 09, 2006

Create your own invention!

Read Brainboy and the DeathMaster by Tor Seidler - the last nutmeg book. Then come to the library and discuss it on Wednesday December 13 @ 7:00 p.m.

You'll create your own invention or conduct a science experiment!

Call 665-8700 to register!


Thursday, December 07, 2006

What's RSS?

What is that orange rss button on the bottom of the Library News and Events section of the webpage?

RSS is a feed to a news reader. ok yes what is a news reader! A news reader will collect all the blogs you read together on one webpage. It scans your favorite blogs and indicates that there is a new posting on the blog. Then you only have to go to one website to keep up with all your blogs.

How do I add the Library News and Events Blog to a news reader?

Click on the orange rss button on the webpage.
Choose one of the news readers.
Follow the instructions to subscribe.
Visit the website once or twice a day to keep up with the latest info in your blogs.


Library Updates Webpage

Sue Schneider and Vicky Chase have recently finished the update to the library webpage.

We wanted to put more of the features of our webpage at your finger tips. Across the top of the page we added links to popular sections of the site. You can now directly search the catalog, review your account or renew materials from every page on our site. And we added some bells and whistles that we hope make the page more functional for you - the users.

Take a look and let us know what you think at Survey Monkey.


Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Red Hatters Visit LRW Library

The Red Hat Society visited the Lucy Robbins Welles Library on
Thursday November 30 for the French Chocolate Creations Program.

Chocolatier Maria Poirier Brandriff demonstrated the art of making the truffle. Everyone, including the library staff after the meeting, enjoyed samples!


Monday, December 04, 2006

Nutmeg Books

Are reading the Nutmeg Books?

If so get ready for January when we bring in a voting machine. You can go to the children's department during the month of January.

Check to see if we have any copies on hand.

Grades 4-6

Becoming Naomi León by Ryan, Pam Muñoz
The boy who saved baseball by Ritter, John H
Brainboy and the Deathmaster by Seidler, Tor
Gifts from the sea by Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie
Granny Torrelli makes soup by Creech, Sharon
Half and half by Namioka, Lensey
Kensuke's kingdom by Morpurgo, Michael
Macaroni boy by Ayres, Katherine
Thunder from the sea by Harlow, Joan Hiatt
The Warriors by Bruchac, Joseph

Grades 7-8

Airborn by Oppel, Kenneth
For freedom : the story of a French spy by Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Inventing Elliot by Gardner, Graham
Jumpman : rule #1: don't touch anything by Valentine, James
Mortal engines by Reeve, Philip
Milkweed by Spinelli, Jerry
Mississippi trial, 1955 by Crowe, Chris
Say yes by Couloumbis, Audrey
Under the same sky by DeFelice, Cynthia C
Vampire High by Rees, Douglas

Thank You, Friends!

A big thanks to the Friends of the Lucy Robbins Welles Library for purchasing us a PowerShot A530 Digital Camera. Most of the pictures you see on this blog were taken with this generous donation.

This is one of the ways the Friends uses your donations and the money from the book sales.


An Inconvenient Truth

It's really exciting to be showing An Inconvenient Truth here at the library on January 30 @ 6:30 p.m. Dr. Barbara Nicholson, Associate Professor of Biology at CCSU, is joining us to lead what I hope will be a lively discussion after the film. In case of snow, we'll be gathering on February 6 instead. Look for more details as we get closer to the date.


Are Libraries Obsolete?

Saturday on Morning Edition the director of UMass Amherst's library was interviewed. Listen to this thoughtful discussion about the value of libraries in the age of the internet.

My experience here at LRW Library and at the other libraries I have worked in is that the library is a meeting place either in the academic world or in the town. There will always be a need for community gathering places and the library is a warm and welcoming place for that to happen.


Friday, December 01, 2006

Brown Bag It with a Film

Bring a bag lunch and join us for a biography of Maureen O'Hara on Tuesday, December 5 @ noon. Then come back on Tuesday, December 19, @ noon for that holiday classic, staring Maureen O'Hara - Miracle on 34th Street.

Dessert and drinks will be provided.