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Archive for September, 2013

The Value of Blogging for Business

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Business Blogging Program Presenter - Heidi White

This Event Has Already Taken Place. See the Video at:


The Business Effectiveness Series

Come to the Norman Williamson Library to learn about how blogging can help to increase exposure for your business. More importantly a blog can help you to attract and engage your ideal customer.

Program Date: Tuesday, October 1st

Time: 5:15 PM

Location: Norman Williams Library Mezzanine

Heidi White will conduct a free 45 minute program on the Value of Blogging for Business. She will share some instructional stories with you that will help you improve your blogging or inspire you to get started.

Here is a link to an interview with Heidi.



What Is On Your Nightstand? The Not-A-Bookclub- Bookclub

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Do you know what tsundoku means?  How about the “ottabeea” word libracide (leebracide)?  Those who came to the September gathering of  What is On Your Nightstand know.  Our time was spent sharing summer delights – both literary and cultural.  Oddly enough, several members read books about life endings which prompted some lively spirited discussions which didn’t end there – several members came in the next day to continue the conversations.  So see?  Our discussions are too lively to end!  BTW,  tsundoku:  a Japanese word (n) buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands.  Check out the world renowned OTTABEEA Word Dictionary on another of NWPL’s  blog for definition of Libracide


What’s new on the shelf?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

This blog lists new adult books available to library patrons.  In the biography section, John Sugden has written a definitive work about Admiral Horatio Nelson of the British Navy, entitled Nelson, Sword of Albion. In Westerns, Philipp Meyer’s The Son is a multi-generational tale of a Texas family and the ambitions the father imposes on his sons.  In All the Land to Hold us, Rick Bass writes about greed, regret, and redemption, as illustrated by the lives of several people in a small Texas town.  Ivan Doig’s latest novel is called Sweet Thunder, set in 1920s Montana, recounts the conflict between copper miners and their employer through the efforts of the local newspaper’s editor.  For general fiction offerings, there is All the Dead Yale Men, by Craig Nova, a sequel to his immensely popular novel The Good Son, which recounts Chip’s life and the consequences of bowing to his father’s social ambitions by giving up the love of his life to marry for money and connections.  Chevy Stevens has written Always Watching, the tale of a psychiatrist whose life is deeply affected by the similar life experiences of a patient.  Firebird, by Susanna Kearsley, is a sequel to The Winter Sea, and tells a tale of parallel lives in modern times, and in Russia during the construction of St. Petersburg.  J. M. Coetzee has written an allegory called The Childhood of Jesus.  Rhys Bowen’s latest volume in the Royal Spyness series is on the shelf, called Heirs and Graces.  And Louise Penny’s latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel is called How the Light Gets In.  More new items appear on the shelves daily, so come in and find something to enlighten and entertain you.

Vermont Standard eEdition is now available at NWPL

Friday, September 13th, 2013
The Vermont Standard eEdition is now available at NWPL !!!!
All Norman Williams Public Library patrons can access the full content of The Vermont Standard from January 2012 through the current edition by accessing the Internet from any public computer in the library. 
Here’s how: Go to the online version: www.thevermontstandard.com, which has only a selection of the published articles and click on the yellow logo in the upper right hand corner of the page. Here you can read every story and see every photo of what appeared in the current and archival editions.
To view an article, simply click the navigation arrows or choose a page from the dropdown menu.  The eEdition offers many features including a search function by keyword, increased type size, and text to speech where you can listen to an article.
If you have any questions, please ask a librarian.


Wednesday, September 11th, 2013




Norman Williams Library and The Vermont Standard have teamed up to form Youth Voices.


The idea of Youth Voices is to provide an opportunity for local area youth to have a voice, to be heard by the community through print, video, online text, art and photos. We want to honor youth voices in new ways. We want to affirm and support them as they give witness to their thoughts.

In order to achieve this goal NWL and the Standard would like to work with area school and local parents.


Content Types:


Artwork, Book Reviews, writing/poems (written/video), photography, cartoons, etc.


Content Submission:


Content should be submitted to the Vermont Standard via email youthvoices@thevermontstandard.com or in a “dropbox” set up with your school.

It also can be dropped off at the Norman Williams Library.


Publication and Public Exposure


The Print Edition of the Vermont Standard:

A monthly page of submitted content from area school will be printed. The page will clearly state that the printed articles, photos, video (image captures) and artwork are part of a collaborative community project by local youths.



The website of the Vermont Standard will host video and photo slideshows, as well written articles/stories that were both published in the paper or those that didn’t make it in due to space constraints.


The Vermont Standard eEdition

The Vermont Standard eEdition is available for any school to use in their classrooms or library for Free. The eEdition is an electronic version of the complete printed paper.

To see previous editions containing YOUTH VOICES see:




For more information on this program please contact:

Kat Fulcher at The Vermont Standard at 802-457-1313, kfulcher@thevermontstandard or Jennifer Belton at The Norman Williams Library at Jennifer@normanwilliams.org.

What’s new on the shelf?

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

This blog lists new bookss in the adult collection, linked by the theme of life during and after wartime.  Thomas Keneally, the author of Shindler’s list, has written The Daughters of Mars, about 2 Australian sisters who work as nurses during World War I.  Children of the Jacaranda Tree, by Sahar Delijani, tells a multi-generational tale of life in Iran centered around the revolution of 1979, political activism, government sponsored political murder.  Sparta, by Roxana Robinson, tells of a well educated young man who spends 4 years fighting in the Iraq War, then returns to the “unique estrangement that modern soldiers face as they attempt to rejoin the society they’ve fought for.”  This is an exceptional book, and may well become the classic war story of the Iraq-Afghanistan conflict. The First Rule of Swimming, by Courtney Brkic, is a multi-generational saga of a Croatian family during World War II, and the legacy of secrecy and betrayal that has been inherited by the present day generation.  Ru Freeman’s On Sal Mal Lane is a novel of life in Sri Lanka, in the early 1980s, on the verge of civil war.  Scott Anderson’s Lawrence in Arabia, currently on the New York Times bestseller list, recounts the exploits of 4 foreigners in the Middle East during World War I, and shows how their actions contributed to the Middle East of today, rife with conflict.  Even if war stories are not your favorite reads, there is plenty to delight.  Come by and browse.

Sidney Schwartzman’s Art Featured

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Sidney Schwartzman is the selected artist for display in the Library Mezzanine for the month of September, 2013. Background on the artist is provided by his son, David Schwartzman:

Sid lived and worked in Woodstock from 1948 until 1959, when he went to California and then on to Ajijic, Mexico in the late 60′s, where he lived until his death on March 27, 2002.

Sid painted in an impressionistic – expressionistic style from the start of his professional career. He was infatuated with color theory and was considered a painter’s painter.

The show, which will feature major works as well as some drawings, will be divided into two parts and the second part will go up about September 18, 2013.

There will be a discussion of the works and the artist, led by his son David, at a time to be announced.


What’s new on the bookshelf?

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

This blog highlights new murder mysteries in the adult collection.  Alex Grecian offers the second volume in his series called Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad: The Black Country, which concerns murders in the coal mining country of the British Midlands region in the 1890s.  Green-Eyed Lady, by Chuck Greaves, describes the investigation of a man framed for murder and theft of a valuable painting.  No Regrets, Coyote by John Dufresne is a noir fiction about a detective whose personal life is troubled, investigating the murder of an entire family, set against extensive public corruption and organized crime.  For those who like their serial murder mysteries with a bit of paranormal ability and ghosts, there is Darynda Jones’ Fifth Grave Past the Light.  Lindsey Davis offers another twist in murder mysteries with The Ides of April, set in ancient Rome, involving a woman investigator.  In modern day Rome and Tuscany, Katherine Page’s latest Faith Fairchild mystery, The Body in the Piazza, recounts the Fairchild’s vacation, interrupted first by murder and then sabotage of their friend’s cooking school.  David Mark has penned Original Skin, about a serial murder investigation linked to underground erotic groups, drug trafficking, and political corruption.  If that isn’t enough, stop by the library; there is more murder and mayhem arriving daily!