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From this site you can search our online catalog, track your reading history, and even renew books. With just a few clicks you can download audio and e-books from Listen Up Vermont, access free online classes at Universal Classes, and find out about our services and upcoming programs and events!

Patron’s Picks

Kathy Gale is our new Patron’s Picks sponsor.  Be sure and examine her favorite adult and children’s books. ….an eclectic assortment. Yes, you may check the books out to read.

        Thank you, Kathy.

Borrowing or Renewing Books

BTW- Books may be borrowed for an initial two week period. If you would like to renew your books , you do not have to come into the library.  Please call or email me to renew books.  You may renew three times, but I can over-ride this if you need more time.

 SAVE the DATEs :



   TML & NES Summer Reading BINGO Activities & Prizes – From LAST day of school until August 23rd.  Names  drawn for prizes at VINS Live Raptors’ Program   on Saturday August 25 at Town Hall



Newbury Elementary & Tenney Memorial Library Summer Reading Bingo – Grades 3-6

Instructions:     Complete 4 in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) OR any 6 on the card AND FILL OUT THE BACK to win!

Read the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.  Think about what it means to you. Borrow a book from the Public Library. Which book did you borrow?


Draw a 3-panel comic (like Marek Bennett taught us) about a summer adventure. Take  or mail it to Tenney Library to share. What did you draw about?
Go for a walk! Discover an animal, insect, tree, flower, or place that you can learn more about with an adult. What did you learn more about?
Read a recipe and make it with a grown-up.
What did you make?___________________
Practice your typing skills!  Can you get to 15 wpm? Use your log-in to Typing.com and take a one minute test! Verified by:


Get a jump on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher program. Read a nominee from a public library. Which book did you read?


Send a handwritten letter to someone through the mail. Who did you write to?
Talk with a relative about your family history. What countries did your ancestors come from?
Interview someone who served in our Armed Forces. Thank them for their service!  Why did they serve?
Come to VINS’ “How Raptors Communicate” on August 25th at 2:00 pm in the NES Gym.

Sponsored by Tenney Library.

Listen to a podcast. Which podcast and episode did you listen to?


Write and illustrate your own story. Bring to Tenney Library to be displayed! Title of your book:


Write a letter to your favorite book character explaining why you think you would be great friends. Who did you write to?
Read a book to a relative. Who did you read to?


Write a 2-3 sentence book recommendation. Email it to Mrs. Williams lwilliams@nesvt.org.

Include the title, the author, and why your friends should read it!


Instructions:     Complete 4 in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) OR any 6 on the card AND FILL OUT THE BACK to win!


Bring/mail your completed cards to: Tenney Memorial Library 4886 Main Street South, Newbury, VT 05051

Hours: Tuesdays 10 am to 5 pm

Thursdays 2 pm to 8 pm

Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm


Questions?     Email Mrs. Williams at lwilliams@nesvt.org or

Mary Burnham, Tenney Library Director, at tenneylibrary@gmail.com or call 802-866-5366

Completed Bingo cards will be put into a drawing for gift certificates to Star Cat Books in Bradford, VT. There will be a Grand Prize as well!


Drawing will be held at VINS’ “How Raptors Communicate” (featuring live raptors!) on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 pm in the Newbury Town Hall (also known as the NES Gym). This event is sponsored by Tenney Library.


Write one sentence for each of the four (or six) bingo squares you crossed off.  What was your favorite part of the activity?


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Student Name:        _______________________________________

Parent Signature:       ______________________________________



First Book Sale of 2018 on

Saturday, July 28th from 10:00 to 2:00. 

Although our most excellent book sales take place in July and late September of the yea, we are HAPPY to accept donations all year round. No textbooks or “smelly” books, please.  This year, in addition to keeping up our collection, we have a number of things that need attention in our beautiful building.  Roof tiles, plaster problems, front and side doors need restoration, painting in a few spots indoors and out, etc.  Successful Book Sales can help defer these expenses.  We appreciate all of your support.

JULY 21 at 2:00PM Saturday


Woof! What is the Dog Saying?

This flagship lecture series was launched in 2014, with a dozen lectures each year.  It has been presented for/at: UVM’s esteemed Olli Lecture Series (in several locations), Middlebury College, the Helyn Kerr Humane Education Series (Chittenden County Human Society), libraries across Vermont, and many community educational programs throughout New England.

Is a yawn always just a yawn? Why does a dog shake off even when it’s not wet? Why is a growl a good thing? Is a tail wag always friendly? This popular, long-running dog communication and safety lecture is a mu lti-media extravaganza of fun where the audience also gets to test their “dog reading” skills. We’ll demystify dog communication, reveal some common dog-human misunderstandings, and explore how we can all live safely and happily together.  At the end of the presentation, the audience engages in several fun, interactive exercises to practice reading dog body language. (Shhhhh…this is for humans only; please leave the pups comfortably at home!)

  At the request of the presenter we ask that only 14 and above ages attend due to the content.

Continuing Our Exploration of the 1912

Bread and Roses Strike in Lawrence , MA

August 5th, Sunday at 4:00pm

To continue our learning about the Bread and Roses strike, Dr. Robert  Forrat from UMASS Lowell will be speaking to us about the 1912 strike which took place in Lawrence, MA. ( He is brought to us with the support of the both the Tenney and Baldwin Memorial Libraries.)

Here is what Dr. Forrat wrote to me about his talk:

” The 1912 Bread & Roses Strike captured the imagination of the country like no other strike before then because of its ‘children’s crusade’. Immigrant strikers adapted a European tactic to a U.S. strike by finding safe homes for their children for the duration of the 1912 strike. Hundreds of children found a safe haven during February and March of 1912, with approximately 40 of them finding their way to Barre, Vermont. The publicity generated by the ‘children’s crusade’ led to widely covered Congressional hearings, at which several Lawrence children testified. The lecture will discuss the history of the 1912 strike, with a particular focus on young people and their roles in the strike.”




To Celebrate the End of our Summer Reading Program

Saturday August 25th at 2:00pm

          — at the Town Hall

VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science)

will present a program called:

” How Raptors Communicate,” with live raptors!

The Vermont Department of Libraries has given us a grant to support this program.  All are welcome.

    Notice that this is a Saturday, not Sunday.

NAMES  will be DRAWN FOR PRiZES FOR THOSE who have read, filled out forms, and had parents verify with a signature.


 Adult Art Classes at TML-

Continuing from April 26, Thursday through the summer

We are pleased to support local Artist/Artisan Karl Neubauer who  is offering a drawing skills class for beginner and intermediate adults at the Tenney Memorial Library  on Thursdays from 10:45am until @11:00 am-ish.  Instruction will include landscape drawing, perspective drawing,  figure drawing,  portraiture, and observational drawing.  You will experiment with many different media:  graphite, charcoal, pen and in and maybe just a hint of color.    Adult classes are $15.00 per person/per session-materials included.  You can go to fb.me/karlsartschool for more information.  Please contact Karl at 802 866-9094 to register.  All participants must be registered before attending classes.                         email karl@karl-art.com  

Moving from NES to TML until June 22nd: classes will be at TML from3 to 3:45ish.

THEN for the SUMMER: Every other Friday- July 6th & 20th, August 3rd & 17th -3 to 3:45ish.


                 Tenney Memorial Library T- Shirts

Historic 1896 Building Drawing on the Front

Thoughtful Quote on the Back


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A Green Mountain Monogram Original


As President Harry Truman said,” Not every reader is a leader, but every leader MUST be a reader.”
                     Let’s all try to become leaders in some fashion this year.


EVERY Thursday at 6 o’clock, you are welcome to come to the library  to enjoy a lively game of Scrabble.  Exercise your brain and get out of the house.  For more information contact Elizabeth Burnham: redburn70@gmail,com. (We have multiple boards and a SCRABBLE dictionary should any disputes arise.) All are welcome to join this low stress group.

   New Books for You!

Many new LARGE PRINT books have arrived.  For now, we have placed the newest LP books on the table in the Reading Room.  Enjoy! (Of course, we have a large section of LP books on the shelves.)

 New books arrive every week chosen from the Best Seller lists of the NY Times, suggestions from NPR, and, of course, Oprah’s picks.  Patrons’ requests also figure highly in choosing the books we order.

 Tenney also is very active in the inter-library loan system in Vermont, now called CLoVER. We are happy to  get you just about any book you desire.

                             VERMONT READS – 2018


      COPIES of Bread and Roses, Too are waiting to be picked up at the front desk.

Tenney Memorial Library has been awarded a grant to support Vermont Reads 2018!

The 2018 book has been chosen! It is Vermont’s own Katherine Paterson’s Bread and Roses, TooThis is the true story of the time Vermonters took the children of the striking mill workers from Lawrence, MA into their homes to protect them from the violence that their parents were subjected to as they protested to get better working conditions and higher wages.  This story makes us proud to be Vermonters. (We will again be collaborating with the Newbury Woman’s Club and the Baldwin Memorial Library to sponsor these programs, as well as the Newbury Historical Society).

** Thanks to the librarians at the Bradford Public Library, Katherine Paterson,the author, will be speaking about her book at the Bradford Academy on May 31st at 6:30PM.    (Bread and Roses, Too will be available for you to read before Paterson’s talk.)

                           OSIP   (Oxbow Senior Independence Program)

Can you give 1 hour on a Tuesday at 1:00 PM to read to these seniors?  A “chapter book” that could be continued each week would be great.  Your librarian, Mary Burnham, can help with suggestions. (Volunteers must pass a background check.)

Family Outdoor Adventure Group is taking a vacation.  Look for information in the future.  If spring/summer ever comes back. Meanwhile, get outdoors and enjoy VERMONT!

  **** BEGINNING: Spanish Conversation Group***

        ***NOTE CHANGE OF DAY through MAY***

This class is for beginners. WEDNESDAYs from 5:00 to 6:00ish


APRIL 25th through JUNE at  5-6:00

  All beginners are welcome at the library to start & continue your journey in  learning a new language.  No experience necessary.  This is a low stress, supportive class. 


                                Pre-School Story Time

1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10:30am

The preschoolers of “Watch Them Grow- Newbury” walk over two Tuesdays a month with their teachers to enjoy stories read by the librarian or community members. You never know who will attend these story times. (One time two goats visited the children.) All are welcome.

We have been expanding our collection of children’s books and have lots of new ones to pick from.  I especially like the reworking and parodies of some old favorites.  We have “The Seals on the Bus” instead of “The Wheels on the Bus”, for example.  Pretty funny!

NEW! NES After School Program “Books & Reading”

We are welcoming the After School Program on two Tuesday each month to partake in USSR (Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading) and some Book Talks at Tenney.


The Circle of Presence Meditation Group

7:00 – 8:30 pm

In an effort to live mindfully and light-heartedly, we come together on Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. to enjoy some wisdom and participate in both sitting and walking meditation. Join this new mindful group. Bring your cushion if you like; chairs provided

                Newbury Book DiscussioGroup                                 1st Thursday of the month –

July 5th at 7:00 – 8:00 pm

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith was chosen for the next book discussion.

The Newbury Book Discussion group is sponsored by the Newbury Woman’s Club and meets on the first Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

 Pin and Needles Group

9:30 – 11:30 am

The Newbury Woman’s Club “Pins and Needles” group meets on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 AM. Everyone is welcome! Bring whatever handcraft you are currently working on – knitting, embroidery, felting, quilting, crewel, counted cross stitch, mending, and crochet – anything!  New  people are always welcome.

REMEMBER! We have PUBLIC COMPUTERS for your use, as well as WiFi, and a printer!


Please Support the Tenney Memorial Library

Dear Friends of the Tenney Memorial Library,

                   Be on the lookout for this year’s Tenney Memorial Library fund raising letter.

We are so grateful for your generosity.
Your support has made this a remarkable year.

Your generous donations enable us to continue offering library services, as well as special programs that benefit our entire community.

With your help 2018 will be an even greater year.

You can help us achieve our goals by using Amazon Smile which makes a donation to the library each time you make a purchase from them.

With gratitude,
Library Director and Trustees

Newbury Arts is participating in the V


t Crafts Council Open Studio Tour