Join us every Thursday at 3:00pm for Mah Jongg. Starting September 14th.
Mah Jongg (or Maahj, as it is often called) is a fascinating, rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. The game originated in China but its exact origins are shrouded in story and myth. Some claim it was the game of Chinese royalty, played in secret to keep the knowledge to themselves. Others claim it was invented by a Chinese General to amuse his troops during long months of battle. More recent investigations point to early versions of this popular tile game appearing as recently as 150 years ago in China as a variant of card games. Whichever story you choose, there is general agreement that the game we play and love originated in China, and popularized in the United States by Joseph Babcock at the beginning of the 20th century.
Photoshop for All
Tuesday November 28th @ 3pm
Photoshop is an incredible photo editing tool. Anyone can learn to use it, but it can be a little intimidating if you’re just starting out. We’ll go over all the basics to get you started editing your own photos at home or in the library (two of the library computers have Photoshop installed and are open to the public). Please call or email the library to reserve your spot in this free introductory class.
Stephen King Raffle TicketsAre you a fan of Stephen King? Collect valuable first editions? Just want to support the South Hero Library? We have just the ticket for you! A raffle ticket. 200 of them in fact, for only $10 each.
The South Hero Library is raffling off signed first editions of Stephen King’s “Bill Hodges Trilogy.” Stephen King called this series, which include Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of the Watch, his first hard-boiled detective work. The first in the trilogy was published in 2014 and won the Mystery Writers of America’s 2015 Edgar Award for Best Novel. These books have been on the New York Times bestseller list. The first, Mr. Mercedes, has been made into a TV mini series starring Brendan Gleeson.
Raffle tickets will stay on sale until they are all sold. Take your chance at this trilogy valued at easily $1,000 (each alone could be worth over $500!), and make an investment in our community. The proceeds from this raffle will go toward the building campaign for South Hero’s new Library. Tickets will be available from board members and at the Library.
This raffle is part of the overall Campaign for South Hero’s New Library. Since the public kick-off in July, many people have stepped forward and donated almost $50,000, bringing the total raised to date close to $1.2 million of the $1.5 million goal. Curious about the plans for the new building? Stop in the Library to view them. A list of naming opportunities is also available. Your contribution of $2,000 or more can be used to honor or remember someone by adding their name to that of our major benefactor, Ed Worthen.
Ed Worthen was an educator and long-time South Hero resident. He lived his later years on the property his grandmother purchased at the turn of the 20th century. In addition to a wide and varied collection of books, Ed also collected historical artifacts and other items. A selection of these will be for sale in an upcoming event at Snow Farm Vineyard, where you will get a chance to own something unique that represents a “piece of Ed.”
Ed left the bulk of his estate to the Library with the stipulation that it be used to build a new, free-standing library to provide full access to all that today’s libraries have to offer to our community. Thanks to his generosity, we are close to meeting our goal of building this resource without asking taxpayers for funding to complete the building. You can help put us over the top with your gift today!