Tuesday, December 14, 2010

How sweet it is!

Do you dream of sugar plums dancing in your head? Do you crave fudge, colorful frosted cookies, peppermint sticks and Turkish delight? We are surrounded by sugary treats at this time of year. Have you ever thought about where sugar comes from? Did you know that it has played a major role in history? There's a fabulous book in our collection written by Mark Aronson and Marina Budhos called Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science. Read it and you will be surprised by the sometimes not so sweet history of those colored granules atop your Christmas cupcake.

Monday, November 15, 2010

DCF Blog

Got something to say about a DCF book? Click on http://dcfbooks.edublogs.org to join in on the conversation. Your opinion counts--let yours be heard!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Teen's Top Ten

The following books have the prestigious honor of being chosen by teenagers on a national panel as their favorite books for 2010:

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
4 . Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
9. Fire by Kristin Cashore
10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Check them out (their sequels, too) at the library!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Search for Wondla

Tony DiTerlizzi has a written a book that is on the cutting edge. The Search for Wondla allows readers to explore an interactive map in 3-D Reality. Using "Wondla-Vision," better known as Augmented Reality, a reader with a web cam can watch the book come to life right on his/her computer. Give it a try. Check out the book today!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Trailee Awards

Now's your chance to vote for your favorite book trailer! To view the nominees, go to this website :
Then, vote for your favorite. You have until October 22 to make up your mind. Next step: come to the library and read the books!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Looking for something to read?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness is almost ready borrowing. In the meantime, you can watch the book trailer created by a couple of teens at

Monday, July 26, 2010

Watch us on YouTube!

Check out our movie "A Day in the Life of a Library Page."

Click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDKWRXZ2QJg

As you watch it, guess all ten characters portrayed in the movie. Drop off your entry at the library or email springfieldprograms@gmail.com now through September 7. You could win a pair of Sony wireless headphones! This contest is open to Springfield Library patrons only - one entry per person. A winner will be chosen from all correct entries. Watch for hints at the library and on Facebook!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Did you like the Hunger Games?

Read Catching Fire? Can't wait for Mockingjay? To "tide" you over, try Paolo Bacigalupi's Ship Breaker, a similar science fiction story about our dismal future. And if you like, get your name on the list to borrow Mockingjay, whose release date is August 24. Call the library at 802-885-3108 or email yaloft@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Camp Half-Blood

Do you feel the need for adventure? Do strange things keep happening to you? Is your math teacher a monster? (No, I mean for REAL!) Then come to Camp Half-Blood Tuesday, July 13 at 1:00 in the YA section of the library and explore the world of Percy Jackson and the Olympians! Go on a quest for the lightning bolt, drink nectar (tastes like chocolate chip cookies), and sample ambrosia (not too much, or you'll burst into flames). See you!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Need something to do on a hot summer day?

Try drawing; it's a nice quiet activity to keep you cool. There are lots of drawing books available for you to checkout. Consider these:
Sketching Outdoors in Summer by Jim Arnosky
DragonArt by J. Neondragon Peffer
Draw 50 Monsters, Creeps, Superheroes, Demons, Dragons, Nerds, Dirts, Ghouls, Giants, Vampires, Zombies, and other Curiosities by Lee J. Ames
How to Draw Lettering by Judy Tatchell
Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm
Drawing Words, Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel
And there's more!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Looking for a good book?

Try this website:
You can search for book suggestions that are appropriate for your reading level and taste. If we don't have the book you want to read, as to get it via Inter Library Loan.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Make Waves!

Get ready for the Summer Reading Program! Kids entering grades 6 and up can sign-up in one of three ways:

1. Sign up when you visit the library all day, any day beginning Monday, June 21.

2. NEW THIS YEAR!! You can sign-up online! Click on the Summer Reading Club blog and follow the instructions. (Click here http://srp.springfieldtownlibrary.org/ )

3. Come to Lunch at the Library on Tuesday, June 22 at noon. You can sign-up there while you eat pizza. (Be careful--don't get tomato sauce on the journals.)

The first 25 to sign up will receive a bag of goodies. Complete a Library Challenge card and win a $5 gift certificate to McDonald's or Friendly's and the chance to win a set of wireless headphones or an MP3 player.

Pick up a calendar of events the next time you are in the library or download a copy--the link is right under the photo of the books. Make special note of the Family Concert titled "African Rhythm and World Music" with instrumentalists Jay Cook and Steven Leicach on Thursday, July 8 at 6:30. Spend your summer at the coolest place in town--the Springfield Town Library!

Monday, May 17, 2010

And the Winner is

Unwind by Neal Shusterman gets the Green Mountain Book Award for 2009-2010. Second place goes to Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson and third belongs to Sold by Patricia McCormick. Books selected for the 2010-2011 list are available in the Young Adult collection now.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DCF Winner

By now you probably know that the DCF winner is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Follow it up with the sequel Catching Fire. New DCF and Green Mountain Book Award Selections are now available, and the winner of the GMB award will be announced soon.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pizza and Poetry

Two great combinations! Celebrate Poetry Month by attending Pizza and Poetry Open Mic Night Thursday, April 15, 6:30 in the Flinn Room. Bring a poem--one written by you or someone else.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Win a Scholarship to the Center for Cartoon Studies!

The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has generously donated a scholarship for a one week workshop on cartooning to the Department of Libraries! This scholarship is for anyone 16 years and over (you must be 16 years old by June 1, 2010). The workshop will take place in White River Junction July 12-16, 2010. You must provide your own transportation to White River Junction during the days of the workshop. Are you interested? Feeling lucky? Get a copy of the application at the Springfield Town Library's Young Adult Loft or at http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/cbec/ccs . Go to www.cartoonstudies.org/index.php/programs/summer-workshops/ for more information about the workshop itself. Applications must be received by May 28, 2010. This prize is worth $850!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's here...

...New Moon, the DVD.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Spring is Here!

And April is fast arriving. Celebrate Poetry Month by attending "Pizza and Poetry Open Mic Night" on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30. This program is free and open to adults and kids ages 11 and up. Hope to see you and hear a poem composed by you or someone else. Bad poetry is encouraged!!

Monday, February 22, 2010


Have fun at this website http://www.bentley.sciencebuff.org/ . Then try www.bit.ly/51J9ZM .
design your own taboggan run at www.bit.ly/6u3McP .

While you're at it, check out these books:
Field Guide to Snow Crystals by Edward R. LaChapelle
Snow Crystals by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphreys

Monday, January 18, 2010

And the Winners Are ...

John Newbery Medal:
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Newbery Honor Books:
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
The Evolution of Capurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Michael L. Printz Award:
Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Printz Honor Books:
Charles and Emma: The Darwin's Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1793 by John Barnes

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Hero Passes

If it wasn't for Miep Gies, the world would never have "met" Anne Frank. Read about this courageous woman who died recently at the age of 100:


Then check out a copy of The Diary of a Young Girl or one of many biographies we have about Anne. New to our collection is the critically acclaimed BBC broadcast of The Diary of Anne Frank.