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Memorial Day

Posted by Ardyce on 18th May 2009

The Memorial Day display here at the Pember was put together by Mike Smith.

He had this to say:

“Our nation was created and has endured through war. The British, with Colonial help, wrested control of the colonies from the French and their Native American allies in the French and Indian War. The fledgling Colonial Army under George Washington then defeated the ‘greatest army on earth’ during our Revolutionary War. Most of the deciding battles in both wars occurred within 100 miles of Granville NY.

“The American fighters in these two wars were, for the most part, farmers, woodsmen, and tradesmen who felt strongly enough in their beliefs of freedom and independence to take up arms and be willing to die for those beliefs. This traditional willingness to fight and die for one’s beliefs created the bedrock on which this great nation of ours has endured throughout the last two centuries.

“Today, America finds itself as the lone superpower on earth. We, as a nation, survived the bloodiest internal conflict (Civil War) any surviving nation has ever endured. We were the deciding factor in ending the ‘war to end all wars’ (WWI). The total human effort of all the citizens of this great nation led to the ultimate defeat of the greatest axis of evil this world has ever known (WWII).

“The one common denominator throughout our history has been the willingness of American men and women to fight and, unfortunately, die for their belief in our way of life. This Memorial Day take the time to listen, or read some of the selections presented here to try to understand the sacrifices our veterans have made to insure the freedoms we all enjoy.”

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We the People

Posted by Ardyce on 18th April 2009

Pember Library awarded We the People Bookshelf Collection from National Endowment for the Humanities

Granville, NY – The Pember Library is one of 3,000 libraries across the country selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to received free hardcover editions of 17 classic books from the first We the People Bookshelf. The theme of this year’s bookshelf is “Created Equal.”

The We the People Bookshelf on “Created Equal” contains the following books:

  • Grades K-3: “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Anderson, “The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln, and “Pink and Say” by Patricia Polacco.
  • Grades 4-6: “Elijah of Buxton” by Christopher Paul Curtis, “Give Me Liberty! The Story of the Declaration of Independence” by Russell Freedman, “Lincoln: A Photobiography” By Russell Freedman, “Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom” by Virginia Hamilton, and “Lyddie” by Katherine Paterson.
  • Grades 7-8: “Saturnalia” by Paul Fleishman, “Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott” by Russell Freedman, “Abraham Lincoln the Writer: A Treasury of His Greatest Speeches and Letters” edited by Harold Holzer, and “Breaking Through” by Francisco Jiménez.
  • Grades 9-12: “Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution” by Natalie S. Bober, “That All People May Be One People, Send Rain to Wash the Face of the Earth” by Nez Perce Chief Joseph, “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, “Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography” by William Lee Miller, and “Amistad: A Novel” by David Pesci.

The award is part of the NEH’s We the People initiative, which supports projects that strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. Selected public and school libraries in all 50 states each will receive a set of the 21 books (including Spanish translations of four of the titles), posters, bookmarks, bookplates from the NEH and the ALA, “History in a Box” resource materials on Abraham Lincoln from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and access to online planning and promotional materials.  Participating libraries will present programs on the theme of “Created Equal” for their students or library patrons.  The Pember Library will present story hours using stories to help children understand those searching for their place in society. We will also have stories and book displays about the search for equality in several segments of our American history. Discrimination has been based on gender, religion, race, sexual orientation.

For more information about We the People Bookshelf programs at the Pember Library contact Ardyce Bresett, (518) 642-2525, For more information about the We the People Bookshelf project, please visit

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Hello, Spring

Posted by Ardyce on 4th March 2009

March 21, 2009
10:30 amto11:30 am

Linda will provide stories, crafts and more during the Saturday morning program to welcome spring.

It’s about time!

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February is Responsible Pet Owner’s Month

Posted by Ardyce on 3rd February 2009

In honor of the pets we all consider family members, the Pember Library will have a display of books about pets.

There will be a drawing contest for the kids with the prize being a long-arm bobcat.
For the adults, there is a contest to see how well you know us here at the Pember. The person with the most correct answers will win a copy of the book Dewey by Vicki Myron. In case of a tie, there will be a drawing from all the correct entries.

Both contests run through February 27.

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Linda’s Program

Posted by Ardyce on 20th December 2008

Linda has rescheduled her Saturday Holiday program to take place on Tuesday December 23 at 10:30. Look forward to snacks, activities and a story.

The library will be open Saturday, December 20.

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