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The Hunter Family Challenge

The Board of Trustees of the Mark Skinner Library is honored to announce the generous donation of $1 million to the Manchester Community Library’s Capital Campaign by the James and Irene Hunter Charitable Fund. The first $500,000 has been donated, while the remaining $500,000 is offered in the form of a community challenge. The Hunter Family Community Challenge is led by Susie Hunter, Honorary Chair of the Capital Campaign. Challenge donations will be matched dollar for dollar by the Hunter Family until $500,000 has been raised. This match creates an opportunity for donors to see their gifts doubled, and together with the Hunter Family, raise $1.5 million for the new library.
Susie Hunter, in speaking on behalf of her siblings, noted, “We have chosen to support this project because of the terrific planning that has gone into it. The new Manchester Community Library has precisely the broad community benefit that our parents always supported. We hope that our fund’s challenge will bring the remaining donors to the table in a meaningful way.” The Challenge supports the community meeting and event space in the new facility. This large, multi-use room will be used for library programs and events – including lectures, movies, concerts, performances, seminars, chamber mixers and other education and enrichment activities. The room will also be available for rental to community businesses, individuals and non-profit organizations. “When Susie proposed the concept of a community challenge, we were immediately on board with the idea”, said Christine Miles, Chair of the Campaign. “This is an exciting opportunity for our community to support the library. The new library facility will act as the crossroads of our community- it will be the center of information, education, cultural experience, and the place where people of all ages connect. It’s so much more than books.” Donations to the Hunter Family Community Challenge can be paid over a period of up to 18 months with the first installment due by June 30, 2014. The minimum pledge to the Hunter Family Community Challenge is $5,000 and all donors will be honored in a naming plaque. “We’re so thankful for the support we have already received from early supporters in the community. We are half-way to our goal, and we are now asking the community to join us to fulfill the challenge”, added Hunter.   Betsy Bleakie, Library Executive Director, explained that there are a variety of options to make a pledge to the campaign, including online through www.mclvt.org, and stock donations. A brochure with more information on the Hunter Challenge which also includes a pledge form is available at the library front desk. Stop by or call the library at 362-2607 for more information.

April is Financial Literacy Month

Come to the library and check out our displays. Click on the link below to find out 20 things kids need to know to live financially smart lives. http://moneyasyougrow.org/
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The World We Want: Lecture Series on the United Nations

“The World We Want: Goals and Challenges in Peace and Development in the United Nations” lecture series will be presented by distinguished UN officials and moderated by Yvonne Lodico, Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). 

The free three-part series takes place on Sundays at 4 p.m. at Maple Street School, 322 Maple Street in Manchester Center, VT. (April 13, May 18, May 25)

This monumental series kicked off on April 13, when Neil Pierre, Chief of Policy Coordination at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will present “Leaving No Nation Behind: Putting Poverty and Sustainable Development at the Center.” The series will continue on May 18, when an Ambassador and Permanent Representative  to the United Nations, will present “The Call for Peace and Security”. It will conclude on May 25 when Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations will discuss ”Women, Peace and Security". More information will follow on these talks at a later date. The views expressed during the lecture series are not necessarily those of the UN or UNITAR. The series is presented by Mark Skinner Library and sponsored by the Equinox Village, Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning, Maple Street School, and Northshire Bookstore. It is free and open to the public. Reservations recommended. Please call Adult Programming Coordinator Cindy Waters at 802-549-4577 or email events@markskinnerlibrary.org.
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Let’s Talk Shop! in Manchester Center Features Leading Community Projects

Common Good Vermont’s first regional Let’s Talk Shop! Mixer this year will be at the brand new Manchester Community Library on Thursday, April 24th from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Not only will you have the opportunity to catch up and mingle with your colleagues, you’ll get a sneak peek at this brand new community learning center, slated to open to the public in September 2014. For more information and to register online click on the link below. http://blog.commongoodvt.org/2014/03/lets-talk-shop-manchester-library-manchester2020/      

Listen Up Vermont! eBooks for Free With Your Library Card

Get books right from your house with your Library card. Click on the link below: http://www.listenupvermont.org/  

Need help with ebooks for your device? Watch a video on how to download on your device, click on the link below: http://help.overdrive.com/

3SquaresVT: Putting healthy food on your table!

3SquaresVT helps Vermonters stretch their food budgets and put three square meals a day on their tables. With a new name and expanded eligibility, more Vermonters than ever may qualify for 3SquaresVT.

Eating healthier food is good for you and benefit dollars are good for Vermont’s economy.

3SquaresVT is a federal USDA program administered in Vermont by the Department for Children and Families, Economic Services Division - putting healthy food within reach.

3SquaresVT is for everyone who qualifies, including individuals, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Click on the link below: http://www.vermontfoodhelp.com/

Kids of All Ages

 Create stories, games, and animations!

  Click on the link below: http://scratch.mit.edu   Have fun!


Sprechen sie deutsch? Parlez-vous français? Habla espanol?

Brush up on your foreign language conversation skills at Mark Skinner Library. Burr and Burton Academy, Maple Street School, and MSL are teaming up again to host conversation groups in German, French, and Spanish.Please note the following schedules:

German: one meeting per month October - May. First Tuesday of the month. 7- 8p.m. Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 6

Spanish: one meeting per month - October - May. First Friday of the month.  3p.m - 4p.m. Oct. 4, Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, May 2

French: two six-week sessions, one meeting per week. Thursdays, 7- 8p.m. Session 1 - starts October 10 Session 2 - starts in February

BBA foreign language teachers Barb Miceli, Michelle Emery, and Sue Ritchie keep the meetings lively along with teacher Lizzy Lindenberg from Maple Street School.