Archive for the ‘Platt Library’ Category

Platt Thanks All For Successful Appeal & Event

February 11, 2007

The building committee’s recent annual appeal has been a great success. We thank all of you who generously make us a part of your annual giving and we are delighted that so many new folks have joined our list of supporters. In a recent meeting we set priorities for the upcoming year. They are to:

  1. identify and secure financial commitments from major donors in our area,
  2. explore all options for grant funding, and
  3. continue to host a variety of community events aimed at both fund raising and “fun-raising.”

Our most recent community event called “Broadway, Bubbles and Bon Bons” was held on Sunday, February 4. Guests were treated to a lovely afternoon of outstanding music performed by Broadway vocalist Bill Carmichael, and accompanied by pianist Chuck Miller and bassist Andy Smith. The concert of jazz and Broadway tunes held in the comfort and intimacy of the Shoreham Inn was made especially enjoyable by the abundance of chocolate desserts and bubbly Champagne. We’d like to extend special thanks not only to the musicians, but to Molly and Dominic, Chris Murphy, Shannon Bohler-Small and Champlain Chocolates who all helped to bringing this event to life.

Please help support the Platt Memorial Library’s expansion and renovation efforts by attending our bake sale to be held in conjunction with the annual book sale and our second annual plant sale, both to be held later this spring. Anyone interested in helping with the building project should stop by the library and talk with Renee or Brie.

[J.Stevens, Platt Memorial Library Building Committee]

Movies at The Platt

February 11, 2007

Young Adult Book/Movie Group (for 6th–9th graders)

We are getting ready for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by re-reading the series and watching the movies together. Pick up a copy of the book at the Library to read for the discussions, then enjoy the movies!

Thursday, February 155–7:30PM: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling.

Thursday, March 155–7:30PM: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling.

Contact Renee or Brie at the Library for more info or visit the Library’s website.

Bubbles, Broadway, & Bon Bons!—A benefit event for the Library Building Fund

January 26, 2007

On Sunday, February 4, the Shoreham Inn is hosting a benefit for the Platt Memorial Library Building Fund. Join us from 4 to 6PM for champagne, a chocolate buffet, and a great selection of Broadway music presented by Bill Carmichael Walsh with Chuck Miller and Andy Smith, all for just $20!

Bill Carmichael Walsh has appeared in a number of Broadway and New York productions including Les Misérables, Cats, Peter Pan, Forbidden Broadway (original cast), La Bohème, and Mamma Mia!. Los Angeles and national tours include Ragtime (USA premiere), City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, Forever Plaid and Phantom of the Opera. Most recently, he performed in A Christmas Carol at the Boston’s North Shore Music Theatre. Bill and his wife, Sue, own and operate the Emerson Guest House in Vergennnes.

Many thanks go to Bill, Chris Murphy, and our generous Innkeepers, Molly & Dominic Francis for sponsoring this delectable benefit!

Shoreham Festival—Saturday, September 2

August 27, 2006

The Festival is almost here! Events begin at 9 AM and conclude with fireworks some time after 8:30 PM. The full schedule and other details are on the Festival’s page. Some quick notes follow:

  • Tag Sale items should be left at the Firehouse on Friday. Saleable items only, please! Tag sale runs from 9 to 1; prices are $2 per bag of goods, $4 per box—all proceeds benefit the Fireworks Fund.
  • Parade is at 2:00; stage behind Seedway at 1:00. Everyone is welcome to march (or drive) in the parade, so don’t be shy!
  • The Classic Car and Motorcycle shows will be near the school; register on-site. Join the parade!
  • Contests and games are ongoing around the Common all day
  • Cake-eating contest at 2:30
  • The Platt Library is celebrating its 100th birthday with a birthday cake judging at 4:00—all cakes will find their way to the Selectboard Supper at 4:30. Check out the Library’s page for details on their Book Sale, face painting, henna tattooing, and to register your cake for the judging.
  • Selectboard Supper—4:30 at the Firehouse. Tickets will be available at the door ($10/adult; $5/5-12 yrs; under 5, no charge); The menu is spit-roasted beef, with pot-luck side dishes and desserts (plus those birthday cakes!). Everyone is encouraged to bring a bit of pot-luck, whatever’s your favorite that would be good with roast beef. Contact Denise Gibeault if you need inspiration or to find out specifics. All proceeds go to the Fireworks Fund.

If you want to lend a hand, contact Heidi, we can always use help getting folks parked, or cleaning up after the supper.

Platt Needs New Board Member

June 1, 2006

Platt Memorial Library has an immediate opening for a board member. Work with fun and energetic community members who are interested in serving our community by supporting and expanding our Library. Interested parties should contact the Library or Erin Whitaker-Freitas  for information.[Platt Library 897-2647]

Speaker At The Platt—“Travels to Bhutan”

June 1, 2006

June 21 at 7pm—Liz Fitzsimmons will give a travel talk and photo show on her recent trip to Bhutan. Join us for an interesting evening! [Platt Library 897-2647]

Library Book & Bake Sale—Update

May 25, 2006

Saturday, May 27—The Library's Building Committee will be marking out the outline of the proposed addition so you can get a better sense of what the plans are. Copies of the architect's drawings will be available for your inspection. Book Sale is 9 AM to 4 PM (proceeds benefit the Library & programs), Bake Sale is 9 to 1 (proceeds benefit the Building Fund). Come, feed your mind and your body, and check out the addition plans, both on-the-ground and on paper.

Platt Offers Summer Programs

May 22, 2006

Saturday, June 17 is a busy day! Our 4th Annual Pet Show at 12:30 with loads of fun and prizes, and a great Plant Sale in the morning from 8 to noon to benefit the building fund.

Bed Time Story Hour—something new this summer! Monday evenings from 7 to 7:40PM on June 26, July 3 & 17, August 7 & 21—Families come to the library in PJs for bedtime stories and quiet songs, then drift off home to bed.

Saturday Afternoon Movie Matinee, 12–2PM—The movies will be announced; the dates are: June 24, July 22, and August 12.

Saturday, August 19th—"Jennings and Ponder" come for a family picnic on the library lawn. These performers are great! They do original treatments of world folktales, accompanying their live Celtic music with harp and concertina.

In addition to the above programs and events:

  • the Adult Reading Group continues to meet monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 7PM. The selection for the current reading can be picked up at the library.
  • The Young Adult Reading Group meets on July 3, 17, and August 7 for a newer take on the King Arthur legend. There are three books in the series by Kevin Crossley-Holland that we'll be reading: The Seeing Stone, At The Crossing Places, and The King of Middle March.

Programs for Primary Grades:

  • Monday, July 10Mad Hatter Tea Party, 1 to 2:30. Make crazy hats, have a tea party with treats, fun teacup races.
  • Monday, July 24Chess Tournament, 1 'til done. We will NOT be following official rules, but there will be structure so it mimics a real tournament. In addition there will be instructional time for beginners.
  • Monday, August 14Medieval Day, 1 to 2:20. There will be three activity tables at this program: make "Stained Glass" from construction paper and tissue paper; make a Medieval Village—small wading pool with sand and lots of things for building a "traditional" castle and keep; make Rubbings of different items.

For more info on any of our programs, call the library: 897-2647, Mon. 11-8, Weds. 2-8, Thurs. 3–7, Sat. 9-12. [Renee Ursitti]

Library Information Night—March 28

March 17, 2006

The plans for the addition come out of a lot of discussion between the committee, the library board and the librarians. We did not take on the task lightly—we want to make sure that the addition will serve the needs of the community for years to come. To that end we have included space for Renee’s children’s programs (including a work sink for those really great messy ones!) as well as twice as much shelf space for DeeDee’s very cramped fiction and non-fiction sections. The addition will include quiet spaces to read, a Vermont room, a meeting area, a proper circulation desk and a librarian’s workroom with storage space. Most importantly, the library will become handicap accessible with a new entrance and ramped walkway. There are more details to share with the Residents of Shoreham so we invite you to an Information Night on Tuesday, March 28th at the Firehouse. Ralph Nimtz, from NBF Architects of Rutland, the designers of the addition, will be there with us. We’ll also have details about upcoming events, ways you can help, and goodies to snack on. [Shoreham News, Winter 2006; L.Fitzsimmons]

Library Building Committee Update

February 28, 2006

Although 70% of Shoreham has library cards at the Platt Memorial Library, not everyone knows about our plans for an addition to the building! The Building Committee, founded a number of years ago by Barb Kivlin and Judy Stevens, has found new life and excitement with the addition of several members. Leslie Goodrich, Karen Shackett, Peter Wimmer, Shannon Bohler-Small, and Joyce Morgan have been researching grants and fundraising and meeting with our new architect. It is indeed true that we have hired NBF Architects of Rutland to design the library addition. NBF comes with a stellar reputation and a history of designing beautiful, functional public buildings. They have put additions on the Wallingford and Chester libraries, as well as renovated the Paramount Theater and St. Peter Church in Rutland. Our architect, Ralph Nimtz, has been designing buildings in Vermont for over 30 years.

We invite you to an Information Night on Tuesday, March 28th at the Fire House. We will have Ralph there with us. For us here at the Platt there are few things more important than the sharing of knowledge and information with all the members of a community— especially one as great as ours! [Shoreham News, Winter 2006; L.Fitzsimmons]