The Hurricane of ’38

The Hurricane of ’38 by Steve Long

Thursday, September 13 — 7:00PM

AT UNION HALL, West Street, Newfane  FREE

(Co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Windham County and the Moore Free Library)

A hurricane will never surprise us again. But that’s just what happened to the people of Long Island and New England on September 21, 1938.   In his book, The Hurricane of ’38, author, Steve Long, chronicles how the hurricane of ’38 transformed New England, bringing about social and ecological changes that can still be observed these many decades later.

In 1938, not a single living person had ever experienced a hurricane in New England. The previous one had been so long before that people in the Northeast believed that hurricanes only happened down south. Florida, Texas, maybe North Carolina. Not Vermont. Then, without warning,  the most destructive weather event to ever hit the Northeast blasted its way through all the way to Quebec.

It killed hundreds of people in the Northeast and destroyed roads, bridges, dams, and buildings that stood in its path. Maintaining 100 mile per hour winds into Vermont and New Hampshire, it uprooted and knocked down forests across a region totaling 15 million acres. City streets and rural roads were criss-crossed with a tangle of trunks and limbs, all of which had to be removed with axes and crosscut saws.

On the 80th anniversary of the Hurricane of ’38, The Historical Society of Windham County and the Moore Free Library bring this timely program featuring Steve Long, writer, founder and editor of Northern Woodlands magazine for 17 years.

There is no admission fee for this program.

 

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Interesting, Library Update, Programs

Gene Parulis Reception this Saturday!

Don’t miss the Opening Reception this Saturday, September 1st in the Crowell Art Gallery.  Gene Parulis will be there from 1pm to 3pm to talk to you about his amazing photographs of Romania.  His exhibit will be up for the month of September.

    

Leave a comment

Filed under Crowell Art Gallery, Interesting, Library Update, Photos

The Hurricane of ’38

Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England

Thursday, September 13 at 7:00PM  — Union Hall in Newfane Village  

On the 80th anniversary of the Hurricane of ’38 almost to the day — Steve Long will present how the ’38 Hurricane transformed New England, bringing about social and ecological changes that can still be observed these many decades later.

A hurricane will never surprise us again. But that’s just what happened to the people of New England and Long Island on September 21, 1938.   In 1938, not a single living person had ever experienced a hurricane in New England. The previous one had been so long before that people in the Northeast believed that hurricanes only happened down south. Florida, Texas, maybe North Carolina. Not Vermont. Then, without warning,  the most destructive weather event to ever hit the Northeast blasted its way through all the way to Quebec.

To call it “New England’s Katrina” might be to understate its power. On Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, the “Long Island Express” killed hundreds of people and destroyed roads, bridges, dams, and buildings that stood in its path.

Not yet spent, the hurricane then raced inland, maintaining 100 mile per hour winds into Vermont and New Hampshire and uprooted more than a half million acres of forest. It knocked down forests in patches large and small across a region totaling 15 million acres. City streets and rural roads were criss-crossed with a tangle of trunks and limbs, all of which had to be removed with axes and crosscut saws.

Steve Long is the founder of Northern Woodlands magazine and was its editor for 17 years.   Copies of his book Thirty Eight  will be available for purchase.  The program is sponsored by both the Historical Society of Windham County and the Moore Free Library.   Admission is free.

Leave a comment

Filed under Interesting, Library Update

Online Catalog Helpful Hints

NEW CATALOG LINK :

If you use our online catalog to check our library’s collection, the user interface has changed to Verso by Autographics.  You can now not only check our collection but also what is available in other Vermont libraries.  You can modify your patron information and renew your checkouts online as well.  If you need assistance, please contact us and we will gladly help you – either by phone, email or in person!

The difficulties that most patrons are encountering are these:

1 – logging in to a patron account

2 – searching for items on the online catalog

3 – renewing items checked out to a patron account

Here are some helpful hints and instructions:

1 – When you first attempt to log in to the online catalog, you must use the default password that the site assigned to all patrons.  That default password is userpass.  The system will immediately require you to change that default password to one of your choosing, one that is unique to your patron account.  Once you have established your account and can log in and out easily, you will be able to view and change your patron information such as telephone number, email address, etc.  You will be able to reserve items from our library – just be sure to check at the library to see if the item has been retrieved from our shelves and is being held for you.  You will also be able to renew items – see #3 below.

2 – Patrons have come in and asked for a book that they found in the online catalog but cannot be found on our shelves.  How does this happen?? If you search the online catalog before logging in to your patron account, the search results will show items in libraries throughout Vermont. When you log in to your own account (thus establishing that you are a Moore Free Library patron) and then search for a book, the search results will only show what is in the Moore Free Library collection. You can change the search parameters to include other Vermont libraries by tapping on the cylinder-like icon to the left of the search well and clicking the box labelled CLOVER (=Collaborative Libraries of Vermont)

3 – Do you have a bunch of items checked out and you want to renew them? You can do it!  Once you are logged in to your account, click on the little arrow to the right of your name, click on Items Out and then click on Renew Item.

Leave a comment

Filed under Library Update

Library Director job opening

The Moore Free Library and Crowell Gallery is seeking a dynamic and forward thinking Library Director for our small private library serving the communities of Newfane, Brookline, South Newfane, and Williamsville Vermont. Well used by our community, this library houses a comprehensive general collection,  an art gallery, 2 special collections and a community meeting space.

The ideal candidate will foster strong community relationships, work well with all ages, plan engaging programs, work on long-range planning and oversee the running of Crowell Gallery.

The candidate must have:

  • strong communication and organizational skills
  • experience training and supervising volunteers
  • Effective information technology skills
  • be warm, welcoming, and have a great sense of humor

The library director is responsible for day-to-day operations, managing the library budget, working with the Friends Group and the Board of Trustees.  A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program or VT Library Certification is preferred but not required. This is a part-time position, 24 hrs per week.  Begin August 15th or when position is filled.  Compensation commensurate with experience.

The Moore Free Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.   Submit resume, cover letter, and references to the Board at MooreFreeLibraryBoard@gmail.com or Moore Free Library, PO Box 208, Newfane VT 05345 Attn: Board of Trustees.

Leave a comment

Filed under Interesting, Library Update

Moore Free Library & Vermont Institute of Natural Science present

Screech and Hoot – The Science of Bird Communication

Friday, June 29th from 7pm to 8pm   FREE !

Why do owls hoot? What are those hawks talking about? How do scientists find out what birds are saying? Meet some of these talkative hawks, falcons and owls up close! We’ll practice identifying raptors by their calls, learn what these vocalization might mean and how they are made. You’ve never heard bird song like this!

This FREE program is open to all ages, is part of Moore Free Library’s Summer Reading Program and is sponsored in part by by Vermont Department of Libraries.  Call 802-365-7948 for more information. The library is located at 23 West Street in Newfane.

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Interesting, Library Update, Programs, Summer Reading Program

Libraries Rock!

MOORE FREE LIBRARY Summer Reading Program 2018

Libraries Rock! :  music, sound, communication

Register at the library, fill in your reading log and get prizes!

Program runs from June 18 to Aug 18.

Free Programs:

Friday, June 29th. 7pm  – Vermont Institute of Natural Science “Screech & Hoot” – animal sounds

Saturday, July 7, 10am to noon  – Storytime & Activity Tent

(during the Community Tag Sale on the Commons) : Create didgeridoos & rain sticks!

Saturday, July 28, 10am to 11:30am – Woof! What is the Dog Saying? Lecture by Deb Helfrich of Gold Star Dog Training

TBA – Ukelele Jam! In the gallery, bring your ukulele and jam with other adults and youth

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized