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Paintings" will be on display in our

library gallery through the end of

Bernie Lambek, a Montreal native
who is currently living in Montpel-
ier, visited the library on August
23rd to share his new legal mystery,
Uncivil Liberties, as well as his writing
process drawn from his experience
as a lawyer. Lambek’s book is cur-
rently available at the library if you
are interested in checking it out.

Librarian’s Note: David Rosane and the Zookeepers, a
literary nerd rock band that splits its
So much has happened in the last time between Vermont and Paris,
few months! We had a fantastic made a stop in Chelsea on August
summer reading program, thanks to 25th during their fundraiser tour of
Toni Gildone. Participants in the Vermont libraries. We are excited
reading challenge read close to to host them once again next year!
1,000 books in eight weeks! And Stay tuned for a date.
because of a generous grant from
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, we were Liam Hogan, who has recently
able to raise 25 cents per book read moved back to Chelsea from Ha-
and donate the total funds raised to waii, has been leading Tech Nights
the Chelsea Food Shelf. Sandy at the library once a month. These
Densmore read 85 books, making nights are opportunities for individ-
her the adult with the most books uals to ask any question they may
read. Alice Craft read 46 books, have about computers, tablets,
leading the children participants. phones, the internet, etc. Feel free
to bring in your own laptop or de-
We have had the pleasure of host- vice for a user-friendly tutorial!
ing Mark Dixon’s photography ex- Liam has experience working with
hibit, Flea Market Finds, for the past computers from a young age, and
two months. And rounding out the currently owns Hogan Computing,
rest of 2018, Julia Pavone is our a repair and web development com-
current featured artist. Her exhibit, pany. Our next Tech Night will be
"Mixing it Up: Encaustic, Cold scheduled shortly.
Wax, and Found Object
The Friends of the Library hosted a
night of mischief and mayhem that
even Filch would have enjoyed; the

Harry Potter Mystery Dinner was a
great success thanks to the amazing Librarian’s Note ...............................2
efforts of the Friends and teen vol-
unteers who participated in and New Arrivals .....................................4
helped organize this event. (see page Book Review .....................................7
Word Around Town .......................9
Our new Youth Coordinator, Ashley Historic Chelsea ............................ 12
Jamele, has also held fun Story
Hours in the last few months, since Youth Coordinator’s Note .......... 14
she started in August; they recently
Editor’s Note ................................. 15
made hedgehogs, painted pumpkins,
and helped make a sorting hat and
floating candles for the HP Mystery
Dinner. She also organized a Doro- Susan Morse, Chair
thy’s List episode on VPR. Check
out the library website if you missed Megan Campbell, Co-Chair
it! Be sure to stop by and say ‘hi’ if Mark Lembke, Chair at Large
you have not had the opportunity to
meet Ashley, yet. Or come to Story Phyllis Hayward, Treasurer
Hour, 10 AM on Saturdays! Sarah Caouette, Secretary

As always, remember you can re-
Elizabeth Morrison, Library Director
quest a book through interlibrary
loan if there is something we don’t Ashley Jamele, Youth Coordinator
have in the collection you would like
to read. We are looking to start an
adult book group soon, so let us
know if you are interested in getting
involved. Information about next
year’s, Spring speaker series will be
advertised soon.

Best wishes,

Elizabeth Morrison, Director
Participation on VPR’s Dorothy’s List and local
reading material brings out all kinds of cleverness in
our young patrons.

The Magic Misfits, By Neil Patrick Harris
Nevermore: The Trials of Morrigan Crow,
By Jessica Townsend
Not Quite Narwhal, By Jessie Sima
Now, By Antoinette Portis
Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature of the
Pines, By Adam Gidwitz & Hatem Aly
When’s My Birthday?
By Julie Fogliano & Christian Robinson
You Don’t Want a Unicorn,
By Ame Dyckman & Liz Climo

Juvenile Fiction
All Are Welcome,
By Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kauf-
All’s Faire in Middle School,
By Victoria Jamieson
Be Kind, By Pat Zietlow Miller & Jen Hill
The Book With No Pictures, By B.J. Novak
The Boy and the Whale, By Mordicai Gerstein
Juvenile Non-Fiction
Bravelands #1, By Erin Hunter
Bravelands #2, By Erin Hunter The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the
World’s Most Adventurous Kid, By Dylan
CatStronauts: Race to Mars,
Thuras & Rosemary Mosco
By Drew Brockington
Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, By Dav Pilkey
Like an Inventor, By Temple Grandin
Dragonwatch, By Brandon Mull
Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, By Stacy
The First Rule of Punk, By Celia C. Pérez McAnulty & David Litchfield
Goose Girl, By Shannon Hale First Animal Encyclopedia, By DK
Hurricane Heroes in Texas (Magic Tree House),
By Mary Pope Osborne If You Were a Kid Aboard the Titanic, By Josh
Gregory & Sebastian Serra
Llama Llama Loves to Read,
By Anna Dewdney & Reed Duncan

YA Non-Fiction
57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the
Crime That Changed Their Lives, By Dashka
California Dreaming: Cass Elliot Before the
Mamas & the Papas, By Pénélope Bagieu &
Nanette McGuiness

Adult Fiction
All We Ever Wanted, By Emily Griffin
YA Fiction Bury the Lead, By Archer Mayor
The Backstaggers Vol. 1, Dear Mrs. Bird, By AJ Pearce
By James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh
Every Breath, By Nicholas Sparks
Black Witch, By Laurie Forest
Florida, By Lauren Groff
Bone Witch, By Rin Chupeco
Hotel Silence, By Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir &
Breakout, By Kate Messner Brian FitzGibbon
Cinder, By Marissa Meyer Kindred, Damian Duffy, By Octavia Butler &
A Court of Mist and Fury, By Sarah J. Maas John Jennings

Dear Martin, By Nic Stone The Kiss Quotient, By Helen Hoang

Dread Nation, By Justina Ireland My Ex-Life, By Stephen McCauley

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, The Outsider, By Stephen King
By Mackenzi Lee The Perfect Couple, By Elin Hilderbrand
Leah on the Offbeat, By Becky Albertalli The Refugees, By Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Long Shadow, By Beth Kanell A Spark of Light, By Jodi Picoult
Long Way Down, By Jason Reynolds Texas Ranger, By James Patterson
Love and Luck, By Jenna Evans Welch There There, By Tommy Orange
Map of Days, By Ransom Riggs Transcription, By Kate Atkinson
Midnight at the Electric, Transit, By Rachel Cusk
By Jodi Lynn Anderson
Unsheltered, By Barbara Kingsolver
What if It's Us, By Becky Albertalli & Adam
Silvera Us Against You, By Fredrik Backman
When Life Gives You Lululemons,
By Lauren Weisberger
Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
The Word is Murder, Anthony Horowitz

Large Print
Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea
Alaskan Holiday, By Debbie Macomber Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year
Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man,
Something in the Water, By Catherine Stead- By Lynn Vincent & Sara Vladic
man Tailspin & Sandra Brown
I See Life Through Rosé Colored Glasses: True
Stories and Confessions, By Lisa Scottoline

Letter to a Young Farmer: How to Live Richly
without Wealth on the New Garden Farm,
By Gene Logsdon and Wendell Berry

New DVDs
Avengers: Infinity War
The Disaster Artist
Adult Non-Fiction Gift of Love
Greatest Showman
Calypso, By David Sedaris
Halloweentown I & II
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Compa-
ny that Addicted America, By Beth Macy I Can Only Imagine
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Fear: Trump in the White House, Bob Woodward
Frederick Douglas: Prophet of Freedom, Jumanji
By David W. Blight Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Going Up Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Murder on the Orient Express
Freaks, and Radicals Moved to Vermont, Peter Rabbit
By Yvonne Daley & Tom Slayton
Sherlock Gnomes
How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Sur- Solo: A Star Wars Story
vival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7,
By Joanna Farber and Julie King Super Troopers 2
This is Us Season 2
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive
Search for the Golden State Killer, Westworld Season 1
By Michelle McNamara Won’t You Be My Neighbor
A Wrinkle in Time

Book Review
The thrill of discovering audio-
Audiobooks books
Born a Crime, Trevor Noah (Read by author) By Dian Parker

Far From the Tree, Robin Benway (Read by Julia I have been a voracious reader all my
life, but it is only in the last year that
Florida, Lauren Groff (Read by author) I discovered audio books.

Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (Read by Stef- Listening to a book felt a bit like
an Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison) cheating. Being a writer, I felt a book
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli deserved to be read word for word,
and Francesca Cavallo (Read by a full cast) along with seeing the words on the
page, as the writer had laid them out;
The Magic Misfits, Neil Patrick Harris and Alec punctuation, paragraphs, chapters–
Azam (Read by Neil Patrick Harris)
all those things a writer spends end-
Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan (Read by less hours revising, tweaking, getting
Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, and Vin- just right. But a good friend who
cent Piazza) lives in Montreal and visits Vermont
regularly, urged me to try, “You drive
The President is Missing, Bill Clinton and James
Patterson (Read by Dennis Quaid, et al) a lot like I do. Listening to books on
tape is so much more interesting and
Renegades, Marissa Meyer (Read by Rebecca Soler) stimulating than listening to the ra-
Stranger in the Woods, Michael Finkel (Read by dio. You’ve got to listen to Michael
Mark Bramhall)
Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table first,
There There, Tommy Orange (Read by Darrell read by the author. His voice is spell-
Dennis, et al) binding.”
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets Chelsea Library had the audio book
World, Shannon Hale and Dean Hale (Read by
Abigail Revasch and Tara Sands) and I listened, and when I got to the
end I started in again and listened to
the book all the way through. Next
came Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, based
on his life, read by Sean Penn. I lis-
tened to that all the way through.
Twice. Patti Smith reading her M
Train was also twice through (there
is something so delicious in listening

Book review continued...
to an author read their book out while driving in my car.
Driving has become a pleasure instead
I was hooked. of a drudgery to get over with, as
quickly as possible. Now I am eager
I’ve listened to The Immortal Life
to get in the car and listen to where I
of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca
last left off. The words penetrate.
Skloot, who also read the audio book.
Their meaning resonates. The author
(I learned so much about cell division,
lives with me organically. Alive.
the way medical research operates,
gene mapping, black families in the
south, and so much more.) The Chelsea Public Library has a great
collection of audio books for every-
one’s taste, as well as a stash of young
Willa Cather’s My Antonia has al-
adult books. Check it out next time
ways been on my must read list, but I
you’re in the library. I bet you find
never seemed to get around to it. Lis-
that book you’ve been meaning to
tening to her book vividly conjured
listen to your whole life.
the vast plains of the Midwest and
country life from another era. All I love our library!

Kite Flying
By Lucy Mize

Kite flying was his last pleasure left.
When April winds gusted,
he could stand at his pond and soar the kite
to a diminishing point on the horizon.
No need for running out the string,
for the breathless exertion of a younger man.
He loved the swoop and tug,
the knotted brown twine once used for grocery parcels,
but now holding his kite steady over Vermont skies.
He even loved the tattered blue and white tail
that always snagged the willow tree;
all precious now as his knees ached and breath too short,
when still there were
so many adventures he wanted.

In loving memory of David Mize


The River Room hand-hewn frames, holding memories,
and histories,
Camp stove hissing, beauty and tragedy.
propane blue flame,
coffee warming, And all we need for this place to
and the neighbor’s dog chewing on become so warm,
our freshly-planted phlox— is the compression of your chest,
mercilessly, digging up dahlia bulbs to against my cold fraught shoulders—
bury in the leaves with the that loving clutch you give on frosty valley
wild riverbank ramps. mornings.

They will come as a surprise, Is it just another day of me pointing out
to be discovered again, that the tulips are up,
after another shift and thaw. as you secure another piece of our home?
This season we call spring, Is it the vision of sun-painted walls?
with a wish to start anew.
This is a life not fabricated:
Beneath my fingernails, there’s soil from the minutes we eek out,
a whole lotta late-day weeding; until the day recedes, and
the kind of naturally, acceptable filth that we pay reverence to each blessing
honors working hands. and lesson,
But the soul’s so clean— we derive from old ghosts.
so possible and full,
calm and collected;
like lavender herb.

The river pushes on—
pushing melt behind our barn,
as a trio of mallards rise in flight,
before the rapids.

We’ve subscribed to this alternate reality
that runs parallel,
even though two grooves in wood, eventually
merge over time.

What we do know is a house of
rainbow-stained glass and worn floors,


The Continuity of a Poet’s Words
Cora Vail Brooks, longtime Chelsea Main Street
resident, passed away on October 16, 2018. She was
77 years old.
Cora was a poet, teacher, peace activist and nonvio-
lent protestor. She wrote and spoke aloud many
poems, for many occasions.
In her final decades she explored painting, though it
will be in her exquisite poems that Cora will live on.
Three books of poetry by Cora were hand-set at The
Acorn Press in Chelsea, in the brick building that
was originally a bank, and most recently, housed
Dixie's restaurant. Here are two poems from one of
those books:

Paintings by Cora Vail Brooks

Contributed by long-time friends,
Tracy Penfield & Helen Heslop
A big thanks to Cheryl McCarty, for baking 10 beautiful apple and
Suzanne Turner, and Janet Battey pumpkin pies!
for transforming the Town Hall
into the Great Hall for a Hallow- And thank you to the wonderful
een Harry Potter Mystery Dinner. cast of characters who brought our
The decorations were incredible! favorite Harry Potter characters to
There were floating candles, a life; Tommy Amber (Ron Wea-
brick wall separating platform 9 ¾ sley), Charles Champney (Harry
from the Great Hall, house ban- Potter), Deirdra Driscoll (Luna
ners, and house pins, just to name Lovegood), Makenzi Edwards
a few of the amazing details of the (Hermione Granger and emcee of
night. There were also fabulous the evening), Wyndham Lee
prizes and items for sale thanks to (Neville Longbottom), Austin
Cheryl McCarty, Janet Battey, Me- Letourneau (Draco Malfoy), Katya
gan Campbell, Ashley Jamele, Sprague (Bellatrix Lestrange), Ma-
Solenne Thompson, and Deb rina Sprague (Narcissa Malfoy),
Quayle. Deb Quayle (Sybill Trelawney),
Peter Quayle (Bertie Botts Every
Thank you to Solenne Thompson, Flavor Beans), Katie Waterman
Cheryl McCarty, Lynette Sherman, (Moaning Myrtle). This team really
Debbie Williams, Megan Campbell worked well together well and eve-
and Ryan Morrison for making ryone was so thoroughly im-
salads, breadsticks, shepherd’s pies pressed with the leadership skills
strawberry rhubarb pie, and for and creativity that were put into
organizing a donation of Phish making the script a believable and
Food ice cream from Ben & Jer- interactive performance.
ry’s (thank you to Will’s Store for
housing the ice cream for us)! Finally, thanks to all who attended
and came in costume! It truly was
Thank you to Phyllis Densmore a magical night.


A Little TLC for the Chelsea Wind Harp Trail
Contributed by Brookhaven

This past summer, the Brookhaven other people are going to get to
students and staff challenged use this."
themselves to take on a task that
would benefit the whole communi- Clearing nearly ½ mile over five
ty of Chelsea—the Wind Harp weeks, the Brookhaven students
Trail. The trail had been in need of and staff made great headway dur-
clearing after becoming overgrown ing the summer of 2018. With
with pine trees, honeysuckle bush- markings alongside the trail, visi-
es, and other plants that had taken tors can mark their hiking pro-
over the path in the span of dec- gress. It is the overall goal to make
ades. These challenges made the the trail longer, and have branches
trail's accessibility difficult, since its that connect back to the main trail.
earliest years of heavy use when This Wind Harp Trail was a chal-
the trail was first blazed nearly lenging task, but one that brought
twenty-five years ago! great pride.

The Brookhaven students learned Even though the famous wind
logging and landscaping skills, as harp is gone, the Brookhaven stu-
well as tool safety. The crew dents and staff are making sure the
chopped large chunks of wood trail in its namesake carries on,
with a splitting maul, trimmed back brining joy to those from far and
branches with clippers and snips, wide.
and cut down saplings with bow
saws. Despite the intense heat,
boys persevered as a team to tackle
the trail strategically with staff in
segments working from ground to
canopy, North to South. Students
and staff were excited to use the
various tools, including one partic-
ular camper that loved raking. This
camper stated, "I love working on
the trail. It makes me happy that

Chelsea Wind Harp: 1969
In 1969, high on a hilltop above Aircraft, and the top 900 lb. hori-
Chelsea, Ward McCain crafted zontal member was cut to resem-
this 30’ high Aeolian wind harp. ble a Kingfisher crane. A her-
The harp took two years to com- ringbone design of steel petals
plete. At the time, the land was was welded onto this steel plate.
owned by Warren Mattoon. The “string holders” were indi-
vidually hand-forged into the
No nails or electricity were used shapes of Fiddleneck ferns.
in the harp’s construction. The
frame of the structure was a sim- Depending on the velocity of the
ple, Japanese design—two wind, lower or higher strings
12’x12’ beams pinioned together vibrated and created humming
with eight, solid bronze bolts. sounds audible, at times, miles
The sounding box frame was away. It attracted thousands of
made of straight-grained maple, visitors, and was eventually dis-
and lapped with redwood. mantled and rebuilt in Maine.

Stainless steel aircraft/alloy
strings were a gift from Boeing

All Art Leads to Chelsea
No one could have predicted the re-
ception the Barn Quilt Project has had
in the Chelsea community. On Satur-
day, September 29th more than eighty
residents came out in support of the
community arts initiative and to cele-
brate the 80 plus barn quilts that now
adorn homes and businesses around
A slideshow of all the completed
quilts to date was shown throughout
Youth Coordinator’s Note:
the evening, while Doug Perkins
played acoustic tunes, and Chicken
The last few months in the chil-
Wiggle served up a tasty dinner. The
dren’s corner of the library have
word on the street is that a couple
been a lot of me getting acclimat-
neighboring towns are looking to
ed to library life, and I’ve abso-
adopt this project, which would ex-
lutely loved it! I’ve been meeting
tend the trail throughout Orange
the kids and adults (and all the
books, of course!), learning what
If you haven’t had a chance to follow they love and trying my best to
the trail, stop by the library or Town put it into practice through story
Hall for a map and scavenger hunt, or time. I’ve been having a lot of fun
visit to download and I hope the kids have been too!
and print your own. You can also
view the updated slideshow of all the Early in October, we did Doro-
quilts on the website. thy’s List, a VPR program explor-
ing the books on the Dorothy
Canfield Fisher award list. A few
kids in Chelsea read Family Game
Night and Other Catastrophes by
Mary Lambert and had the oppor-
tunity to ask the author questions
when they finished the book. If
you missed us on the radio, you
can find the audio, as well as, a
write up of the experience on
VPR’s Dorothy’s List website.
Also, don’t forget to check out
our ever-growing collection of
DCF books on the mantle in the
library , and tune into Dorothy’s

List on VPR the last Monday of Editor’s Note:
every month at the tail end of Ver-
mont Edition around 12:40 and Every year, about this time, as the
7:40pm. season of giving thanks approaches,
I tend to reflect on how I could’ve
November’s story times are a cele- been more grateful, more gener-
bration of writing and the creative
ous, more compassionate in my
process, with a healthy dose of giv-
ing thanks thrown in. November is day to day actions.
National Novel Writing Month, and Of course, there are plenty of ex-
I challenge the kids (and adults!) of
cuses I could come up with for my
Chelsea to try to write 50,000
words by the end of November. apathetic behavior: disconnection,
cynicism, the focus on ‘self’—it is
Come into the library Fridays and
Saturdays for information, or sign easy enough to crawl into a com-
up at I can’t wait to fortable place to shelter from the
see how many words Chelsea writes world. Admittedly, moving to Ver-
in 30 days! mont was appealing to me and my
husband in this way, because it felt
Be sure to look at our library chalk-
board, Facebook page, and postings just far enough away.
within the library building for new Though, recently, while attending a
events. I’m hoping to get a book community-building event, I was
club started for the third through
eighth graders and I want to have a asked during an ice-breaker activi-
card making/movie/holiday store ty, what are some of the positive
again for Christmas. See everyone things in my life that ground me
at the library! when I am feeling uncertain about
the current state of affairs.
A sense of community and my family
Ashley Jamele
Youth Coordinator were the two answers that instantly
popped into my head, and which I
chose to share with the group. And

Tom Batey accepts funds raised through Read to
Feed summer reading program, on behalf of the
Chelsea Food Shelf. Check presented by Toni

come to find out, I wasn’t alone in For those who may not have family
my experience, either. Many of the or a community to ground them,
individuals participating in the who then do they have? And what
evening’s networking and discus- about those who are wandering,
sion, expressed similar sentiments lost, or looking for a place to call
about family and community— home? Displaced from wild fires,
how they felt purpose and defini- civil unrest, violence, pollution,
tion in their lives, because of the inequitable systems…
relationships they had.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I
How fortunate we all were, we would like to share a reading list of
thought, warmly smiling at one New American immigration stories
another across the room. It felt that focus primarily on finding
good to be among so many hopeful community.
and spirited people; it was a won-
Sometimes it is the simple act of
derful connection to have.
stepping outside oneself and seeing
Still, it got me thinking about those a different perspective that offers
who may not have, or don’t feel guidance in our valuation of things.
they have, such integral supports to
- Sarah Caouette,
turn to, particularly in times of dis- Editor
ruption, displacement, difficult
challenges, isolation and loneliness.

1. The Book of Unknown Americans, By Cristina Henriquez
2. Brooklyn, By Colm Tóibín
"The greatness of
3. Middlesex, By Jeffrey Eugenides
a community is
4. Everything I Never Told You, By Celeste Ng (*ILL) most accurately
5. What is the What, By David Eggers measured by the
6. Americanah, By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (*ILL) compassionate
7. The Buddha in the Attic, By Julie Otsuka actions of its
members." –
8. The Joy Luck Club, By Amy Tan
Coretta Scott King
9. American Born Chinese (graphic novel), By Gene Luen
10. The Arrival (graphic novel), By Shaun Tan

*Available through inter-library loan