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The legislature has now been in session for five weeks. Committees have been meeting and formulating ideas for bills. At this point most bills have been introduced and assigned to a committee. It appears there may be around 1200 over the two year biennium. That is about 1,000 more than we ne…

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Sylvia Miller, a young Amish woman, is thinking about her parents’ upcoming twentieth wedding anniversary. She loves her parents but she would like to know more about her father’s life before his marriage, since he was not Amish but a convert to their faith. While she is in his carpenter’s o…

Heather Armstrong is one of the premier mommy bloggers. Her website, dooce.com was created in 2001. In it she shares her thoughts on motherhood, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and her frequent bouts with depression.

Sylvia Miller, a young Amish woman, is thinking about her parents’ upcoming twentieth wedding anniversary. She loves her parents but she would like to know more about her father’s life before his marriage, since he was not Amish but a convert to their faith. While she is in his carpenter’s o…

Heather Armstrong is one of the premier mommy bloggers. Her website, dooce.com was created in 2001. In it she shares her thoughts on motherhood, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and her frequent bouts with depression.

Told over the course of a single night, this novel tells the life story of eighty-four-year-old Maurice Hannigan. In true Irish style, he sits at a bar in his hometown hotel, but this is no ordinary night. Each drink has been carefully planned, and with each he raises his glass in a toast to…

In the quiet town of Painters Mill a peaceful Amish community in Ohio, a grandmother pics nuts from her trees with her granddaughters. She goes back into her house for a minute but is confronted with an intruder who attacks her with a knife. He is so savage in this attack that she only manag…

This first book of the Neapolitan Novel series opens in 2010 with Elena beginning to write the story of her friendship with Lila. Her memory takes her back to Naples during the 1950s when the two young girls first became friends. Their vibrant but impoverished childhood neighborhood is the b…

Lara Prescott’s debut novel is a page turning dual narrative. During the height of the cold war Sally and Irina start working for the CIA’s secretarial typing pool. Their Intelligence and the ability to keep secrets evolve into other responsibilities and they are ultimately trained as spies.…

Anna Clark, a Detroit journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times and The Washington Post, uncovers the complex and unnatural disaster that caused the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan beginning in the spring of 2014. This is when the city’s water sour…

Deb Hamlin, Speech & Language Pathologist at Malletts Bay School (MBS)When did you realize you wanted to teach?

After Cinderella marries the prince and lives happily ever after, her younger stepsister, Isabelle, has her own dark tale. Now short a heel, Isabelle’s life is even more tragic than it was when Cinderella lived with her. People cross the street to avoid her, market sellers raise their prices…

‘When the mist rises, and the smiling man comes walking, you must avoid large places at night. Keep to small.’

Funding from OneCare Vermont – the organization leading the state’s “all payer” experiment in health-care reform — is keeping an innovative and proven system of support for vulnerable Vermonters called SASH (Support and Services at Home) operating in all corners of Vermont.

Upcoming Winter Programs with Colchester Parks & RecreationNew year, new programs! The Colchester Parks & Recreation 2020 Winter/Spring Activity Guide was released on Dec. 20 and registration is open to all Colchester residents for the next season of programs. Registration is availab…

While sailing on the Mediterranean Sea, a vacationer decides to check on his home in Arizona via his online security-camera and as he scans each room he begins to feel that something is amiss. When he looks at the bedroom he sees a body. He notifies the police and then the FBI is brought int…

An Oedipal myth, a search for identity, a love story, a murder mystery, talking cats, an enchanted forest, music, philosophy…it’s all here.

You may have heard that timing is everything. And in many walks of life, that may be true – but not necessarily when it comes to investing.

Like a master weaver, Barbara Kingsolver writes about two families, one in the 19th century and one in the 21st century, both living in the same corner house in Vineland, New Jersey. The current family, Willa Knox and her husband, wonder how they have worked so hard for so little-losing jobs…

Self-discovery on a road trip across America is a classic theme in American literature. This first novel about what happens when strangers take a tour of the USA from New York to Los Angeles was a delight to read. The unlikely quartet thrown together by chance reminded me of characters from …

Our creative patrons enjoyed a quiet afternoon needle-felting holiday ornaments to keep or give as gifts. Some were trying out the craft for the first time and were proud to have a unique ornament or two to display at the end of the class. Fluffy colorful fleece was transformed into stars, g…

Over thirty years ago two doctors wrote a paper arguing that opioids were a safe treatment for pain. A movement in the medical field soon began laying fertile ground for what became known as the 5th Vital Sign. Pain, even after a major surgery or an injury, was expected to be treated to the …

Will, his stepbrother Drew, and the gorgeous Monica are all anxiously awaiting the end of school and the start of The Plan when they all go to college together: Drew on his basketball scholarship, Monica on something, and Will for science. Hilariously, Will spends his time hanging out with t…

Have you thought about your New Year’s resolutions for 2020? When many of us make these promises, we focus on ways we can improve some form of our health. We vow to get more physically healthy by going to the gym, or we promise to improve our mental health by learning a new language or instr…

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Let it Glow! Our glow-in-the-dark story time at our Halloween party in October was a huge hit so we decided to offer it again as its own program. On Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m., an enthusiastic group of children aged 2-8 years old and their adults painted, hopped, danced and listened.

Young lawyer Daniel Pitt is visiting his sister Jemima and her husband Patrick who have arrived on a visit back in London from their new home in Washington D.C. Patrick a policeman, who was promoted and now works in the D.C. area where he has been assigned to look into an incident involving …

A rebellious concubine, a shape-shifting djinn and a magical mapmaker are the central characters in this historical fantasy. It is set in 1491, in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. After seven centuries of Muslim rule, the empire of Al Andalus is about to be taken over by Christian conque…

What better place than your public library to read periodicals/magazines? The Paris Review is a publication that contains fiction, poetry, interviews, and art all in one place. This summer edition contains the short story Nothing to Declare by Richard Ford. For those familiar with The Sports…

The library website is getting a makeover! As we gear up for the change, things have been a bit confusing, and we apologize. But there are exciting new features to look forward to in just a few short weeks!