Bookworm Schedule — January 2014

Reading is fun!“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

— Stephen King

We’re starting a whole new year! A good New Year’s Resolution might be to read more! We’re also pleased to introduce another new Bookworm this month! Mrs. Lander will be at school on Thursday, January 23rd… help her find her way around!

Thursday, January 2 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, January 7 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, January 9 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, January 14 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, January 16 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Monday, January 20 – No School! Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 21 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, January 23 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, January 28 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, January 30 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

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from Jim and Mary, Kevin and Sunny, Opal, Walter & Janice, Carolyn, Bob and Linda, Tim, Chris, Barbara and Robert, Brita, Herb, Pat, Sherry, Elizabeth, Karen and Richard, Rod, Bonnie, Harriet, Dennis and Becky, Susan, Roger and Judy, Stub and Nena, Dora, Carolyn and Richard, Brian and Cindy, Joan, Lynn, Dodie, Deb, Karen, Don and Eileen, Roberta, Jane, Mike, Lois, and Betty… and the many, many others who are such an important part of what we do!

Aren’t you the person who…?

newspapersStu Hedstrom, reporter from the Piscataquis Observer, jokes that he has attended so many Valley Grange Dictionary Presentations he could probably fill in for me if for some reason I couldn’t make it. Well, it seems the kids agree with him. Stu emailed this morning to tell me that he was waiting for Santa to arrive in Dover Foxcroft last night and a young boy also waiting approached him with the question, “Aren’t you one of those guys who gives out the dictionaries?” Stu  says he explained his role and notes that he was pretty impressed with the young fellow’s memory and the fact he
got it “almost right.”

There’s a lot to learn from this little incident. One, even the little things we do with and for kids are appreciated and remembered by them. We may not arrive in a sleigh with eight tiny reindeer, but the kids do remember the “gift of words.”

Two, we might learn how fortunate we all are to have “community” — including a “hometown newspaper” with an interest and commitment to our communities. I think Stu is one of the guys who gives out the dictionaries, because he–along with untold others who help in some way–are part of the program and make it possible. As the kids might say, that’s pretty awesome.

Santa gets the credit for a lot what happens at this time of year, but let’s not forget our communities are filled with good people who are not just nameless faces going through the motions of life. They are people who give of their time and energy to help others and make so many of the things we have and enjoy possible.

This morning I find myself thinking that third grader really had it right. He recognized Mr. Hedstrom, but he didn’t just smile and say “Hello.” He saw that Mr. Hedstrom fit into something that happened and had meaning in his young life. That he saw it is important.

Maybe we should follow his example–start looking for those people who fit into our lives in some way. While Stu was being greeted by his friend in Dover, I was standing by the bonfire in Guilford waiting for Santa as well, enjoying the warmth not only of the fire but of the friendship. I now realize I could have walked up to more people at the tree lighting and asked some questions like:

  • Aren’t you one of those people who helped put up the town’s tree?
  • Aren’t you one of those people who baked the cookies to go with the hot chocolate?
  • Aren’t you one of those guys who kept the bonfire going?
  • Aren’t you one of the kids who came to sing Christmas songs?

The list gets longer once you get started, doesn’t it? I think one of the things we love about Christmas is watching people’s — especially kids’ — faces light up when they receive a gift or hear that Santa’s coming. And yet there are thousands of “gifts” being given in our communities every day–gifts of time, energy, compassion and friendship. We need to discover them. We need to give them. And we need to let our faces light up when we do.


At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer

Bookworm Schedule — December 2013

Reading is fun!“Do give books for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.”

— Lenore Hershey

Welcome back from Thanksgiving vacation! There’s lots to do to get ready for Christmas, but Bookworms will continue to wiggle their way to school… We’re never too busy to read!

Tuesday, December 3– Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, December 5 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Saturday, December 7 – Bookworms, Grangers, and friends will meet at the Valley Grange Hall at 8 AM for a potluck fellowship breakfast!

Monday, December 9 – Mr. Boomsma will be at PCSS for a Pirate Special on Broadcast Journalism.

Tuesday, December 10 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to ready, 9 AM.

Thursday, December 12 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, December 17 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Wednesday, December 18 – Elementary Holiday Concert for grades K-6. The K-3 portion will start at 5:30 pm followed by a brief intermission before the 4-6 portion starts at 6:15 pm.

Thursday, December 19 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Friday, December 20 – Holiday Vacation starts with an early dismissal! We hope everyone has a great holiday that includes lots of reading! See you next year!

Candy Canes