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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!


The gift-giving season is fast upon us.  By linking to Amazon Smile when you shop at Amazon, part of your every purchase will be donated to Tenney Memorial Library.  At all times of the year we appreciate all of your support. Peaceful holiday wishes to you all from the Trustees and Librarian at TML.

Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0194410 and Amazon donates to Tenney Memorial Library Inc.

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   ***     “Peace on Earth to men of good will.”   ***

                                 KINDLE RAFFLE at the Tenney Memorial Library

      We are raffling a basic Kindle that would make a lovely gift and help the library, too.  Tickets are one dollar each.  We will draw the winning ticket on next Saturday, December 16th, in plenty of time to be wrapped for holiday giving.

                     NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNERS

                               on The Mantle in the Reading Room

We have moved the Noble Award winner, Kazuo Ishiguro’s books, (Remains of the Day) back on the shelves to make room for the new National Book Award winners. (Copies of these books will arrive in about a week and will be displayed on the mantle in the Reading Room)

      Look for :

Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, this year’s fiction winner.  In addition, we will have her Salvage the Bones for you.

Masha Gessen’s non-fiction winner is The Future is History.

Robin Benway’s YA novel, Far From the Tree is the winner in this category (I read that if you are a fan of “This Is Us”, you will love this book.)

                             New Books for You!

 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.

NEW NOW:  We are just cataloging Lawrence O’Donnell’s book, Playing  With Fire (The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics), and Chris Matthew’s new book, Bobby Kennedy (A Raging Spirit).  We also have Alexander Horowitz’s newest, Being a Dog

New Fiction: John Grisham’s Rooster Bar, a collection of OUTLANDER fiction, Lee Child’s newest Jack Reacher, The Midnight Line, and News of the World, a National Book Award finalist.  In addition, we are pleased to offer you The Best American Short Stories of 2017.


           “IT’S CRIMINAL” – A Tale of Prison & Privilege

                                  What’s Next ?

              Over 50 people came to the library to view this award winning documentary film.  The audience also had a chance to question two of the woman in the film who were incarcerated and worked with Dartmouth students in a newly developed program to try to help inmates, and the Dartmouth professors who designed this program.  Probably the most shocking thing that the audience learned was the huge disparity between the sentencing of the rich and poor for the same offenses. These woman were in jail while wealthier people who had committed the same crimes, or worse, were doing community service and had been given misdemeanor charges instead of felony charges.

               Handouts are available at the library if you would like to learn more about this topic, complete with reading and DVD suggestions.  If you wish to become active in helping, there are also many organizations for you to contact .  You can make a difference in creating a more equitable justice system.


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 – If you have not had a chance to read this year’s Vermont Humanity’s Council pick, Brown Girl Dreaming, you may want to borrow this book from either of your Newbury libraries.  This was a very popular pick.  Enjoy!

             (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.  Meanwhile, get outdoors and enjoy VERMONT!


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

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

 Every Thursday at  5:00 to 6:00.  All beginners are welcome at the library to begin your journey in  learning a new language.  No experience necessary.  This will be a low stress, supportive class. 


Your librarian just returned from the Red Clover Conference held at Lake Morey in.  It was all about the newest trends in young children’s books.  It was a great opportunity to meet with librarians from across Vermont, too.

     As a REWARD for attending the conference I was given the ten award winning books for 2017 for our library.  We are processing these books and they will be ready for your young readers (5 and up) to check out soon.  I think you will find the illustrations, as well as the stories excellent, entertaining, and educational, too.  You will be surprised to find that a number of these books are in the non-fiction category.  Hope to see you soon!

                                             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. Librarian, Mary Burnham, recently attended the Red Clover Book Conference and brought back the 10 Red Clover Award winners to share with our youngest patrons.  Adults will enjoy these books , too.

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 Monday 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 Discussion Group

                 1st Thursday of the month – December 7th at
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Lilly King’s book , Father of the Rain, was chosen for November’s discussion.

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

 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 making a recurring donation using our Paypal account located here in our website!  Don’t forget 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