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.
Ladies Drawing Night
Tuesday February 6th @ 6pm
Ladies Drawing Night is back! And now it’s actually at night! We will meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm. This is an informal gathering for anyone who wants to make art with friends and neighbors. Bring in your own material or feel free to use the library’s. This month we’ll be drawing flowers. Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party!
Join Our Friends Group
This is a very exciting time for the South Hero Library! If you are looking for ways to contribute or participate, join our new Friends Group! Your skills, time, and savvy are needed to help take us to the next step and beyond. We will be having an information session about the Friends Group Wednesday January 31st at 6pm. If you are unable to make this time and still want to help, just let Keagan or Penny know and we can make sure to keep you in the loop.
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 or you can order them HERE.
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!