New Oxford Library Project Update:

Contractors interested in bidding on our project please go here: http://tinyurl.com/zgy6zks for the updated bid package and drawings. Any questions can be answered by attending the site visit for Bidders, which will be held on 9/19/2016 at 10AM to 12PM at 50 Great Oak Road in Oxford. Attendance is highly recommended.

Adult Programs:   Adult Book Discussion: 

blueberet“The Girl in the Blue Beret” by Bobbie Ann Mason on Thursday, September 15th at 6:30pm

It is 1980, and commercial airline pilot Marshall Stone, having just turned 60, has been forced into retirement. A widower with grown children, Marshall heads to France to retrace his World War II experiences there; as a flight engineer, he was shot down over Belgium. Now, Marshall wants to reconnect with the Resistance members involved in his rescue. He remembers a young woman, partial to a blue beret, and Robert, a brave freedom fighter. Finding them will be difficult, as code names and cryptic passwords were used to protect identities. Flashbacks of his days at the English airbase follow Marshall as he searches for his rescuers and the chance to come to terms with his place during a horrific time. Renowned American author Mason (In Country) based this haunting novel on her late father-in-law’s wartime experiences, and the rich setting, detail, and intimate character nuances ring true.

Adult and Teen program:barry-pirro-ghost-hunter_origghosthuntpic

For ages 12 and up, an exciting chance to meet a real ghost hunter! Join us and paranormal investigator Barry Pirro of ConnecticutGhostHunter.com , who will share chilling stories from recent investigations, play recordings of real ghosts, and share ghost hunting tips. Ask questions and share your own ghost stories as well! Explore his site for a taste of what to expect-view his research and get more info on Barry-this lecture is not to be missed! ghostpic

ctvalleytobaccobkAdult Author talk: Monday October 17th 6:00pm

Register in the library or call us to attend this fascinating look at our local history. Cigar tobacco runs in the blood of Connecticut River Valley farmers. Delve into the surprising history of the region’s most iconic crop, all the way back to early Native American uses and the boom of the Civil War. Though fashionable in the 1950s, the popularity of cigars declined a decade later, nearly destroying the region’s tobacco industry. A resurgence in the 1990s brought new life to the crop, and the reopening of Cuba in 2015 added a new chapter for cigar tobacco. Brianna Dunlap, author and the director of the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum(and Miss Robyn’s cousin!), provides a guide to important tobacco landmarks from East Haddam to Brattleboro, featuring stunning photography from Leonard Hellerman. It is the story of the people―the farmers and field hands―who made tobacco the soul of the valley. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Brianna E. Dunlap is a museum professional who has been at the Connecticut Valley Tobacco Museum in Windsor since June 2013. Besides directing the museum, she is finishing her last year as a graduate student in public history at Central Connecticut State University. When she is not working or studying, she enjoys two conflicting interests: running and copious amounts of chocolate.

 Check out these new reference links:
Find A Topic-Newsbank
Newsbank-Find A Topic
America’s News
Connecticut Post Newspaper
Waterbury Republican-American Newspaper

DONATIONS:  Please contribute to the Friends of the Library in Oxford. Every dollar you donate to the Jane D. Weiss Family Foundation will be matched to double the donation to the Friends of the Library in Oxford. More information can be found here.

Donations of $25 and over with your name and address will be acknowledged as a charitable tax deduction. Thank you for your continuing support.

Kindle Titles available! Please check out our 2 Kindles donated by the Friends of the Library in Oxford. We just added numerous titles to both machines — the newest in fiction and nonfiction bestsellers are available. Come by the library to check them out! See title list.

WE NEED YOU! Interested in helping us improve our new library space? We are looking for volunteers to help our Friends.  If interested, please call or come in to sign up to help.

drawing of new library exterior

The view of the New Library from Lily Park on Great Oak Road.

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