Category Archives: Children’s Books

Weston Book Sale This Weekend

The Friends of Weston Library is holding its 4th book sale from Friday, Nov. 6th- Sunday, Nov. 8th. The public will have an opportunity to see and purchase over 8000 hard covers and paperback books in 40 categories as well as DVDs, audio books and 1000 music CDs. All fiction categories are alphabetized by author. This fund raiser has gained a reputation for its very good to pristine quality of donations at really great prices! The sale will take place in the library’s Community Room at 56 Norfield Road.

Most hard covers are $1-2.00, trade paperbacks are $1.00 with mass market paperbacks at 50 cents. Adult and children’s DVDs are $3.00, music CDs are $1.00 and audio books start at $3. There are many coffee table books marked at $3.00 and up. Young adults can find lots of current titles and popular series. There is a huge collection of children’s books with 26 popular series books separated for easy recognition. Many individual pristine books and book sets are worthy of holiday gift giving. Jigsaw puzzles, journals, brain busters, and computer games are also available.

Of particular interest are numerous collectibles, including Norman Rockwell: America’s Illustrator, signed by the artist, first editions and scarce rare books known as “Specials”.

Book Sale Schedule
Friday, Nov. 6, 8:00-9:00am early entry fee $10.00. Open to general public with free admission 9:00am to 6:00pm. All items priced as marked.
Saturday, Nov. 7 9:00am to 5:30pm. All items priced as marked.
Sunday, Nov. 8 10:00am to 5:30pm. All items half price until 3:00pm, then standard grocery bag full of items for $5. Bags will be provided.

Only cash and checks with ID will be accepted. No credit cards. Monetary donations will also be accepted. For more information, contact Deanna Whittredge, weekend librarian and Book Sale Chairman, at 203-256-8968 (leave a message, and she will call you back ASAP).

Westport Public Library Book Sale – Mar 17-20

Friends Winter Book Sale
Saturday, Mar 17, 2012 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM through Tues, Mar 20

Hardcover & trade paperback (fiction only, including mysteries, science fiction & fantasy)
Mass market paperbacks, fiction and non-fiction
Children’s books for $1 or less
Vinyl records, video and audio cassettes

Details at Westport Library or Westport News

Tractor Mac Book Signing (Weston) – 2/18

Tractor Mac Author and Illustrator Billy Steers to visit the Winter Farmers Market at Norfield Grange on February 18 for a book signing

Tractor Mac Book Signing
WHEN: 10 AM to 2 PM, Saturday, February 18, 2012
WHERE: Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road, Weston, CT 06883

Billy Steers, creator of the popular children’s book series Tractor Mac, will be at the Winter Farmers Market at Norfield Grange on February 18 for a book signing of his popular children’s book series Tractor Mac.

With nine titles now in the series, the books have sold over 150,000 copies. The books were inspired by bedtime stories Steers created for his sons when they were young, which told of the adventures of their red toy tractor. Characterized by brightly colored, detailed illustrations and absorbing stories that are ideal for young readers preschool to age 7, the Tractor Mac books now include a dynamic cast of characters: Tractor Mac; Sibley, the work horse; Farmer Bill; Sam, the ram; Fetch, the dog; Walter, the goat; Margot, the cow; and Plane Jane, the plane. Books in the series include Tractor Mac Arrives at the Farm, Tractor Mac Learns to Fly, Tractor Mac You’re a Winner, Tractor Mac Builds a Barn, Tractor Mac Harvest Time, Tractor Mac Saves Christmas, Tractor Mac Parade’s Best, Tractor Mac Farmer’s Market, and his latest Tractor Mac Tune Up.

At the Winter Farmers Market at Norfield Grange, families can defy winter while purchasing farm fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, goats milk cheese and yogurt, handmade soap and body products, natural beef and pork, wild-caught seafood, eggs, baked goods, prepared foods, and more. Visit our Crafters’ Corner, and support local artisans with beautiful hand-knit hats, hair accessories, boxwood wreaths and trees, live orchids, soy candles, pint-sized couture, artwork, pottery, jewelry, and much more! The Market is open every Saturday, from 10am to 2pm at the Norfield Grange, 12 Good Hill Road, Weston, CT 06883.

About the Author

Mr. Steers, who grew up on a farm in Roxbury, Connecticut and has been a self-described “chronic doodler” since childhood, is now a commercial pilot with American Airlines. He studied geography and cartography at the University of Utah and was a cartoonist for the school newspaper. After serving as a pilot in the United States Air Force, Mr. Steers apprenticed with a well-known children’s book author and illustrator, where he contributed to more than 40 titles before he published his first Tractor Mac book with Golden Books. He has since taken over publishing his own books in Roxbury, where he lives with his wife and three sons.
http://www.wintermarket-ct.com

http://www.tractormac.com

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First Annual Bring Your Child to the Library Day 2/4

Our library is participating in this event from 10 am to 4 pm. Join Miss Joy for stories, prizes, crafts, and more. Children 5 and older who can print their name can get their own library card. Be sure to grab this photo op.

Weston Library February Events

There are lots of programs this month at the library, so mark your calendars and join us. All are free and open to the public.
Reservations are not required, but for planning purposes, the Friends would appreciate your letting them know if you are coming to their events by emailing them at friendsofthewestonlibrary@gmail.com

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 4

The Weston Public Library will participate in the first annual Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 4. Join our Children’s Librarian, Miss Joy, throughout the day for crafts, activities, and prizes. Over 100 libraries across the state and beyond will participate in this event, which is designed to highlight the many services libraries have to offer children. Families are encouraged to stop by and explore the resources available at the Library. Weston children age 5 and older can sign up for a free library card.

Meditation Classes
Thursday, February 2nd and 9th at 9:30 AM

Weston Senior Center and Friends of the Weston Public Library present Dr. Paul Epstein,ND is a Naturopathic Physician, mind-body therapist, mindfulness meditation teacher and speaker specializing in mind-body integrative medicine. Paul has been teaching ongoing mind-body health classes at the Westport Center for Senior Activities for the past 7 years. Paul travels world-wide speaking and teaching workshops and maintains a private practice in Westport. He recently authored the book, Happiness Through Meditation, the focus of this event. He will be teaching a two part series at the Weston Library.
Class #1 – February 2nd at 9:30-10:30 – Happiness Through Meditation

As we are present in our lives and conscious of our power to choose how to be, we cultivate greater happiness in everyday life. What is happiness? Where does it come from? How is it achieved?

Class #2 -February 9th at 9:30-10:30 -Train your Mind, Change your Brain—through Optimal Fitness.
Be here now.. Experience health, happiness, Peace and Healing through Meditation
Through lecture, discussion, group support and guided meditation we will explore, cultivate and experience mindfulness and qualities of being leading to inner peace, health, happiness and healing. Learn to be with things as they are with acceptance and compassion and awaken gratitude and joy. The present moment is where life can be found; if you don’t arrive there you miss your appointment with life.The latest studies in neurobiology and neuroplasticity show that mindfulness practice trains the mind and changes the brain for optimal fitness and functioning while slowing the aging process. Come and practice and live the power of now. Let’s face the music and dance!

Sign up by calling the Senior Center (203) 222-2608 or the Weston Library (203) 222-2650.

Thursday Morning Book Club – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Thursday, February 9th at 10:30 AM

“A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves.”
Some have expressed concerns about the violence in the book. This is a thriller with many political and social themes, so please feel free to read/or not read sections that make you feel uncomfortable.

Wednesday Evening Book Club – Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 PM

“Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermom in Welmont, the affluent Boston suburb where she leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband Bob, faithful nanny and three children…A self-confessed balloon about to burst, Sarah miraculously manages every minute of her life like an air traffic controller. Until one fateful day, while driving to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road a second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to s screeching halt.

A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah must pay close attention to the details surrounding her, including her formerly absent mother. Without an awareness of the food on the left side of her plate or even her own left hand, she is forced to search for answers in the void of this strange hemi-world – both about the past and her uncertain future.” From the book jacket

Movie Night – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 (PG-13)
Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30 PM
This month’s film is The Twilight Saga:Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1. It is showing on Wed., Feb 15 at 7:30 PM in the Community Room. Come and enjoy the movie!

Genealogy Program

This program is being sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Public Library and the Weston Senior Center. It is 5 sessions being led by Woody Bliss, starting on February 10. The class size was limited and it is already filled. It is possible that we will have a second session and will start a wait list. Watch future newsletters for further information.

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