March 1, 2022

student lying on her back reading in the LirbaryWith first half-semester classes coming to an end on March 11, how can the library help you? Need a place to study, discuss topics with fellow students, research topics? Contact library staff for help searching databases and finding resources for papers and study purposes. Visit our page to schedule a half-hour research consultation or reach out on chat. And of course, you’re always welcome to come by in person for help.

Take a Springtime Break

Visit our library catalog and check out our fiction, nonfiction, and DVD collection. Here are some newly available items:

  • Immortal Beloved (DVD), “a mesmerizing mystery based on the tumultuous real live of Ludwig van Beethoven.”
  • Oh William, a new novel by Elizabeth Strout exploring the mysteries of marriage.
  • The Contagion Next Time, Sandro Galea’s exploration of the forces shaping societal health that left us vulnerable to Covid-19 and how to prepare for the next pandemic.
  • The 1619 Project, by Nikole Hannah-Jones. Expanding on The New York Times Magazine’s award-winning “1619 Project,” this new book weaves together essays exploring the legacy of slavery with poems and works of fiction illuminating “key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance.”
  • Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty. Investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe reveals the role of one of the richest families in the world in making and marketing OxyContin, the painkiller that was the catalyst for the opioid crisis.

Saving Daylight

This month we set our clocks an hour ahead. Do you ever wonder why?

Daylight saving time was first suggested in April 1784, by Benjamin Franklin in his essay ‘An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light’ published in the Journal de Paris. Franklin noted fuel expenses as they related to the extensive Parisian nightlife, and proposed the time adjustment so that individuals and businesses could take advantage of natural daylight in the evening and save on the cost of candle wax.

For more on daylight-saving time, read here.

Groundhog Sightings?  

Last year, the library adopted a groundhog who had taken up residence nearby. Nicknamed Clement, the groundhog was seen scurrying on the library lawn, warily emerging from culverts. Will Clement return? Let us know if you see a groundhog who seems to favor the library. And if you snap a pic, send it to us at [email protected].

Upcoming Wings of Knowledge presentation: The Secrets of Cellar Holes 

If you’ve hiked in rural New England, you may well have come across abandoned building foundations or crumbling stone walls. On March 24 from 4:30-5 p.m., author and history sleuth Adair Mulligan presents “A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes,” an exploration of the rich story behind such abandoned places.

Learn how one town has set out to create an inventory of cellar holes and how landowners are learning what to do when they discover these archaeological sites on their property. For more information, click here.