The Vermont FiberConnect Project is a collaboration between The Vermont Telecommunication Authority (VTA) and Sovernet Communications which has enabled our library to offer Internet speeds up to 50 times faster than typical residential broadband service. Patrons and guests bringing in laptops and other wireless devices are noticing that our wireless service streams videos and uploads content much faster and easier than before. Download and upload speeds on our public access computers have also dramatically increased.
The Project brought a gigabit network to 43 of the state’s libraries in mostly rural counties, including Windham county. FiberConnect access is not free for libraries; negotiated Sovernet rates are $200 per month. But e-rate discounts offer a 50% discount, making the service relatively less expensive.
The bottom line is service to our community; it’s your library so make use of it!
Cozy mysteries, also referred to simply as “cozies”, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. Cozies don’t usually involve a lot of gory details or explicit “adult situations,” either.
Think Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, Nancy Atherton’s Aunt Dimity, M.C. Beaton’s Hamish McBeth, Laurie B. King’s Mary Holmes, and Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Also try authors Jacqueline Winspear, Laura Childs, Susan Wittig Albert, Sarah Addison Allen. Check http://www.goodreads.com if you want more cozy mystery suggestions or stop by the library and ask!
I just finished Alan Bradley’s latest in the Flavia de Luce series titled As chimney sweepers come to dust. Flavia’s been banished to Toronto Canada only to discover, once again, a dead body, wrapped in a Union Jack and stuffed up a chimney!
Letter to the Community
Thanks to your on-going support of the Moore Free Library, we now have new public computers and wi-ﬁ hot spots via our new ﬁber optic connections. We also offer e-Books, e-Audiobooks, and Universal Class Courses through our website, which patrons can download at home. And for those patrons who either want instruction in how to access this material or want to browse the stacks in the old-fashioned way, we have expanded evening hours on Thursdays, till 7 PM.
Our professional librarian Louise Sirois is available to help patrons ﬁnd what they need, teach patrons how to access on-line materials, and schedule cultural and educational programs. On-going programs include a new art show in the Crowell Gallery each month, always opening with a public gallery celebration; a monthly writers’ group; a book group that meets every six weeks; and a story hour on Saturday mornings.
The Moore Free Library does all this – while simultaneously building and maintaining its collection of books and interlibrary loan services – without any federal, state, county or town funding. We rely entirely on the generous donations of friends like you, who support us with gifts large and small. Please donate today, so we can continue to provide our local community with this wide and growing variety of services that contribute to making Newfane such a special place.
Gifts in any amount are gladly received. Gifts can be in honor of a special someone or signiﬁcant event, legacy gifts keep the memory of loved one alive for the next generation of curious minds, and cash gifts always go to good use. Checks should be made out to The Moore
Free Library. Thank you for your generous support.
Bobbe Nemes Ragouzeos President, Board of Trustees!
Board of Trustees: Heidi Ballantine, Suzanne d’Corsey, Bob McCandless, B. Ragouzeos, Steve Squires
Books for Babies!
This book purchased to celebrate the birth of Bay, Tucker, Penelope, Aniia, Aubree, Grayson, Juniper, Hugo, Lucas, Isabella,……
MFL’s Board of Trustees earmarks money every year for the purchase of one book for each child born in Newfane and Brookline the previous year. Last year, 20 babies were born! Each book has a template with the child’s complete name and birthdate. Check out the display in the children’s room.
Robert L. Crowell Scholarships
The Moore Free Library is offering a total of $12,000 in scholarships, generously funded by the family of the late Robert L. Crowell. These awards are open to qualified students residing in Newfane, Williamsville, South Newfane and Brookline who will be entering their first year of college, trade or vocational post-secondary education this fall.
The scholarship committee will consider academics, contributions to the community, and financial need. The number of scholarships awarded and the award amounts will be determined by the applications received.
Applications should include a brief autobiography (including plans for continued study and the name of the school to which you have been accepted), high-school transcript, and a letter of reference. Completed applications should be submitted by May 1, 2015, to: Board of Trustees, Moore Free Library, P. O. Box 208, Newfane, VT 05345
Well, the wonders of Vermont living…Blizzard expected for Tuesday, Jan 27th, so the Library will not open as usual. We’ll be back to serve you on Wednesday though – snow-covered but present!
Our permanent art collection, so generously donated by Robert & Muriel Crowell in 2000, is on display in the Gallery until the end of March.
The southern Vermont artists included are Clare Adams, Eric Aho, Barbara Comfort, Janet Fish, James Florschutz, Michaela Harlow, Marcy Hermansader, Wolf Kahn, Mallory Lake, Emily Mason, Jules Olitski, Susan Osgood, John Ridgway, Rogers Sandes, Harry Saxman, Deidre Scherer, Johnny Swing, and James Urbaska.
This is an exquisite collection; don’t miss your chance to see it!