Saturday, March 3, 2012
By Leslie DeLooze, Special to The Daily News
BATAVIA — Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., has a calendar full of events for March.
March in western New York can be a gloomy month at the end of a long winter. For this reason, March was chosen 10 years ago as the culminating month for “A Tale for Three Counties,” the community reading project for Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. During this month, many book discussions take place, and the author speaks in four locations in our three counties.
“The Call” by Yannick Murphy is this year’s selection for “A Tale for Three Counties.” It was chosen by the Tale Council for its portrayal of rural family life, for the positive reviews it received, and for the abundance of topics to discuss. It is a deceptively simple little book, beautifully packaged with its bright orange cover and a silhouetted cow that appears throughout the book in spare seasonal designs.
The book is written in the form of a veterinarian’s call log, and the journal format allows the reader to see into the daily lives of his family, the fears he faces with the serious injury of his son, and the random, far-reaching thoughts as he tries to puzzle out a few mysteries in the story.
This year, there are some special events. They include:
TUESDAY: Jen Reardon leads “The Call Craft Challenge Pouch Class” at 6 p.m. at the library. The challenge was Jen’s as she was invited to come up with a craft related to this year’s book. She created an original pouch for carrying small items with a design inspired by the book’s cover. The 2-hour class for adults will teach how to hand-sew and applique the pouch. Cost is $5 at the time of registration.
THURSDAY: Veterinarian Keith Carlson will present a talk at 1 p.m. in Room T119 at Genesee Community College, 1 College Rd., Batavia, called “A Day in the Life: Tales from a Large Animal Veterinarian.” Like the narrator of “The Call,” Dr. Carlson’s practice at Attica Veterinary Associates focuses on large farm animals. This talk is free and open to the public.
MARCH 12 and 21: Book Discussions are scheduled at Richmond for 7 p.m. March 12 and 7:45 a.m. March 21. Anyone who has read “The Call” is welcome to attend.
MARCH 22: Author Yannick Murphy will speak at the library at 7 p.m. It is one of four talks and book signings planned for Tale.
Other activities at the library this month include:
Computer Classes for Adults on Tuesday.
Make Super-Simple Knitted Fingerless Mitts for Teens on Wednesday and March 14.
eBook classes for Nook and Kindle on March 10.
Woolly Bookworms Discussion Group for grades 3-5 on March 10.
Traditional Irish Music with Rich Conroy at 7 p.m. March 13.
Make a Beaded Bracelet for Teens on March 21.
Reel Discussions film series at 6 p.m. March 29.
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