Join us this Blue Moon for a socially-distanced, fun Halloween!
With not-too-spooky music playing within these old walls, we’ll be in costume handing out 50 treat bags. Per tradition, the Mr. Ding-a-Ling ice cream truck will be here. We’ll also be distributing cards bearing amazing bat facts that explain why bats aren’t to be feared, but celebrated. Be sure to stop in the library between now and 7 PM Halloween night to enter a FREE drawing for a lovely, framed bat portrait/print by Gina Ellis inspired by the work of Merlin Tuttle, world renowned bat conservationist.
That’s not all! For those of you who follow us here on Facebook and are enamored by Gatsby, the Great Dane, he and Kiki Maples (his owner/library volunteer) will be on the green. You might just get a glimpse of Gatsby in his lobster costume!
And, of course, we’ll have our best and creepiest Halloween books for all ages displayed and ready to borrow.
Can’t wait to see you!
Thank you for voting for our first-ever mascot; here’s your choice!
We are very excited and can’t wait to create our new logo along with some wonderful fund-raising merchandise that will help support upcoming programs and the procurement of new resources.
First Annual Annie Huyck Day/Our 76th Anniversary Celebration
On October 12, 1944, resident Annie Huyck donated to Wells a beautiful structure that was originally a Universalist Church. Her only stipulation was it exclusively and in perpetuity be used as a public library. Ever since, the one-room building on the town green has been known as Wells Village Library.
“We believe Annie, renowned for her kindness and sense of community, would be thrilled to know how grateful the town remains for her profound act of giving. By all accounts, she was a beloved benefactress. We want to ensure her legacy lives on,” explains librarian, Gina Ellis. “To that end and made possible through a Stewart’s Shops donation, we are planning a multi-faceted 76th Anniversary Celebration for Saturday, October 17th from 2 PM until 4 PM.”
In Huyck’s honor, the library’s activities will focus on kindness and giving. New on-topic books will be available for all ages. Borrow a book, get a free treat from the ice cream truck on location. The library will distribute twenty-five art kits containing new pastels and multi-media sketch pads for families to artistically interpret what Annie’s philanthropy and traits like generosity and kindness mean to them. There will also be informational packets about Annie and the library’s history given to the first twenty-five families in attendence. A new video highlighting historic footage of the library’s 1944 dedication ceremony is in the works and will be uploaded for all to view through the library’s new YouTube channel. On a special note, the library is planning its first mascot. Attendees will have a chance to vote for one of several designs submitted by local artists. The new mascot will be named “Nan,” which was Annie Huyck’s nickname. Those who vote will receive a lapel badge declaring, “I voted for our Nan mascot.”
Finally, to provide families the opportunity to experience firsthand kindness and giving, the library will be gifting twenty-eight “Giving Muffins.” These are specially designed coupons for participants to give to someone else thereby gifting a free muffin from The Wells Country Store. “Without providing the opportunity for participants to themselves engage in giving, the event seemed incomplete. We are excited to offer folks the chance to give coupons for what we locals know are the best muffins in all of New England,” said Ellis.
The library timed its celebration to complement Modern Woodmen’s Chicken and Biscuit Take-out Dinner, also in Wells. The dinner benefits the Wells, Rupert and North Granville fire departments and begins at 4:00 PM. “Families can start their afternoon at the library, relax on the green, take a drive around Lake St. Catherine, then head to Modern Woodmen for dinner,” encourages Ellis, “It will be a great day rain or shine.” You can reach Modern Woodmen by calling Annie Rathbun at 518-641-9283. Those attending either/both events should social distance, wear a mask and observe all COVID-related protocols.
The most beautiful little library in the world is for the first time going to have a MASCOT. We want YOU to be involved! The mascot’s name will be “Nan,” which was Annie Huyck’s nickname. We love this wonderfully gender-neutral name and how it represents our enduring love for Annie. Check out our website’s history tab if you need a refresher on the wonderful Mrs. Huyck.
Here are two of Gina’s mascot ideas: a chipmunk (our very first patron upon reopening our doors in June was a little chipmunk), and a fox (because they just seem so well-read).
What are YOUR ideas? Let’s see them! Submit your design by Friday, October 9th and we’ll have a community-wide vote on Annie Huyck Day/Our 76th Anniversary (see details above for Annie Day, which is Saturday, October 17th). There will be several ways to vote (on-line and in-person). Voting in person will get you a lapel badge that reads, “I Voted for Our ‘Nan’ Mascot.”
Tell your local artist friends! No age limit! Please spread the word. We are SO excited to see what you create!
Once we have a mascot, we will have fund-raising merchandise (including t-shirts). The artist whose design is picked will get a free t-shirt!
(Chipmunk and fox art by Gina.)
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First Annual Annie Huyck Day
Thanks to everyone who made Flora Fond a success!
🌸🌸NEXT: Flora Fond — A Farewell to Summer Home Study Activity🌸🌸
Dried flower art just in time for the equinox. This activity is more than initially meets the eye! Only 15 slots, so you must register. Don’t worry, we’ll have more programs throughout the school year.
Introduction: Every day since the library re-opened on June 7th, Gina has had a flower bouquet on her desk and one at the front door. As one bouquet loses its luster, she replaces it with a fresh one and places the old flowers in a basket to dry. This has resulted in a beautiful bunch of petals and stems just right for dried flower art.
Here’s the Activity: The library is putting together 15 kits including a packet of dried flowers, matt or cardboard and an 8” x 10” frame. As a gift, you will receive a packet of Forget-Me-Not seeds for next spring and a beautiful vintage-style flower bookmark. You will supply tweezers, glue and toothpicks. Each kit will come with instructions. When you’re finished, you’ll have original dried flower art to display and will have discussed some interesting and educational topics!
Home Study Learning Prompts: This is a fun and creative activity replete with opportunities for discussion: the seasons, transition, the equinox, life cycles, plants, preseveration, appreciation, best and highest use principles, visual composition, spacial reasoning, and whatever else arises from your imagination while engaged in the activity. Specific questions designed to prompt conversation will be included with each kit.
How to Participate: Because there will be a limited number of kits, interested Wells’ families should register for this program by emailing the library at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 802-645-0611 or by filling out the registration form below. You can also register through Messenger on Facebook by visiting our page, Wells Village Public Library (link above). You will be officially registered upon receiving confirmation from Gina.
How to Obtain Your Kit: The week of the autumn equinox is September 21st. You may pick up your kit that week during our open hours, or we can arrange for local Wells delivery.
Registrants Automatically Entered to Win: Gina is putting together a lovely gift basket that includes Botanical Inspirations – a lovely inspirational deck with an accompanying book, several vintage-style floral bookmarks, a book to share with the kids entitled, Flowers: Explore Nature with Fun Facts and Activities, a poetry book called, The Language of Flowers, and – finally – some extra Forget-Me-Not seeds. The drawing will be held Tuesday, September 22nd. Watch our Facebook page (see link above).
Books & Ice Cream Event WAS A SUCCESS! Thank you, everyone! 📚🍦
A big THANK YOU to artists, donors and bidders! Our first virtual Art Auction Fundraiser was a success! We raised $1,430 for programming and the acquisition of new resources. We couldn’t be more excited! Take a look at who won each beautiful piece and what great deals were had:
Use Your Imagination was a success! 25 Hodgepodge Bags were gone in one hour! Scroll for the first creations that’ve come our way, then watch for upcoming collages showcasing all those for which we receive photos!
Don’t forget our Art Auction Fundraiser coming up August 1st on Facebook. More details below!