For November's Penny Jar, we are collecting donations for Jim Caterino's family and funeral costs after his recent passing. Jim Caterino was an active member of the local community. Not only was he a coach to numerous children over the years, but a husband of 15 years to his wife, Kelly, and father of his 7th grader son, Kenny. He passed away on October 26th, unexpectedly, leaving his family and community at a loss.
For those interested in helping, we are welcoming people to donate to the Caterino family in the penny jar (found at our front counter) whilst you're shopping in our store.
For alternate contributions, there is a gofundme site set up so that you can donate online through the following link: gf.me/u/m9j7jt. You can also stop by a Passumpsic Bank and let the teller know you'd like to deposit into the "Kelly Caterino Fund" that has been set up for the Caterino family.
Now available at Little Village Toy & Book Shop!
“A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story.” —John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author The Fault in Our Stars
“Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” —CNN
“A Map of Days reveals Ransom Riggs at the peak of his powers, leaving loyal fans ravenous for more.” –NY Journal of Books
“‘Peculiar’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. Riggs’ chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies.”—People
How to Vote
Here’s how you can vote for your favorite book on The Great American Read.
Now through October 17, 2018 at 11:59pm PT, there are four methods of voting, which include:
Online: By using the voting app on The Great American Read website. You’ll have to register before your first vote, using either your email address or a Facebook login, but after that you’ll be able to vote with just a few clicks.
Social Media: By posting an original post to Facebook or Twitter using the official hashtag for your favorite book. The hashtags for each book can be found on the individual book pages in the READ THE LIST section. You can also download a PDF of the hashtag list here. You can also vote on Facebook by using the hashtags in the comments on specific posts on the Great American Read Facebook site. These posts will be clearly identified with instructions of how to vote in the post.
SMS: You can vote by sending a text message with a unique keyword hashtag for your favorite book to the Great American Read SMS short code - 97979. The unique keyword hashtags per book can be found here.
Toll-Free: A Toll-Free phone number is available for each book to vote. The phone numbers for per book can be found here.
You can place one vote for each book per voting method every day, so go ahead and vote for all of your favorite books!
All voting methods will close on October 17, 2018 at 11:59pm PT. We’ll reveal the results and announce The Great American Read winner in the Grand Finale show.
Additional Information about Voting:
Ethan's Cancer Battle
Angie's nephew, Ethan, is an outgoing and energetic young man who is attending 8th grade at Mountview Middle School in Holden, MA. Achieving excellent grades and close relationships with his friends are something that comes natural for him. Him and his group of friends can be found during the week after school at the local light department fields, trips to Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's and any other place that can feed a hungry 13 year old. Ethan's passions become part of his lifestyle, including creating and mixing music, playing and training in paintball, and well of course, eating.
In early May of 2016, a small lump was found on his right temple. It grew slightly and was brought to the doctors for a checkup. After 3-4 weeks of doctors visits, the lump developed in a large golf ball sized lump . He went in for surgery to have it removed in early September. A biopsy was performed on the tissue, and was found to be malignant. Ethan was diagnosed with Synovial Cell Sarcoma on September 19th, 2016.
Synovial Cell Sarcoma is a rare soft tissue cancer that is usually found in joints in adolescents.
It was discovered this May that Ethan’s Cancer has metastasized to his lungs, in such a way that is now incurable. This disease will now live inside of him forever. We are helping Ethan navigate thru different options as to how the treatment should go.
Have you heard all the buzz about Girls Auto Clinic?
Girls Auto Clinic is a female empowerment company that educates, empowers, and caters to women by offering automotive buying and repair resources, services, and products based on trust, education, inclusion, and empowerment.
It’s no secret most women hate their automotive buying and repair experiences because we feel misunderstood, taken advantage of, and/or mistreated. To make things worse, the automotive industry has not done much to ease concerns, anxiety, and fear despite the fact more than half their customers are women and spend $200 Billion (with a B) a year on buying and repairing their cars.
Patrice Banks was once one of these women. A self-proclaimed “auto airhead,” Patrice created a business model that supports a need in the lives of millions. Girls Auto Clinic.
Now she's written a book: Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide
Too many of us women feel powerless when it comes to their cars. Mechanic-speak sounds like a foreign language, and the auto repair bill contains a lot of unnecessary or overpriced repairs. How do you tell if you need new brakes? How often are you supposed to change your air filter? What does that light on your dashboard mean?
THE GIRLS AUTO CLINIC GLOVE BOX GUIDE has all the answers. It’s a one-stop do-it- herself guide to auto maintenance, repairs, and roadside emergencies. Author Patrice Banks, a self-described “auto-airhead,” was like many of us: she didn’t know the first thing about her car, and was accustomed to ignoring the dashboard lights because she felt so uncomfortable taking her car in. She sought out a female mechanic and found that, despite making up the majority of car owners and licensed drivers, women account for less than 2% of auto mechanics. So Patrice took her engineering degree and became a certified automotive technician, giving auto-workshops to women and girls all across the Philadelphia area. Now with THE GIRLS AUTO CLINIC GLOVE BOX GUIDE, Patrice will empower all women to take care of their cars.
"It’s simply written, it’s not condescending or cutesy, and it removes the mystery from something that many of us find a little scary. “Girls Auto Clinic” is not about how we feel about our cars; it’s about what we can learn to do. And that’s some pretty excellent roaring right there."
-The New York Times Book Review
"This comprehensive DIY guide is indispensable for everyone who owns and maintains an automobile."
-The Library Journal
"It’s quite a remarkable feat to make such an extensive automotive manual not only informative but also so relatable and entertaining. Banks’ reassuring voice and vast knowledge jumps off the page, and it feels like you’re learning from a trusted friend."
-The News Wheel
Now available at Little Village Toy & Book Shop (in the Reference section)
Spring is here... so they tell us... Thaw-out with us at Little Village Toy & Book Shop and play some games!
Here's the deal: 18+, Arrive by 5:45, games start at 6pm sharp. No entry past 6pm. RSVP here, call the shop at 603-444-4869, or swing by the shop. We'll supply a healthy snack, feel free to bring the junk food!
We have several games to choose from: Loaded Questions, Werewolf, Cards Against Humanity and Kwizniac. Tell us which one you'd choose to play!
Here's a little about each game:
Cards Against Humanity:
Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible
people. Unlike most of the party games you've played
before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and
awkward as you and your friends.
The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a
question from a black card, and everyone else answers
with their funniest white card.
In Ultimate Werewolf, you and any number of other
players (as few as 7 and as many as 75) attempt to figure
out who is a werewolf over the course of several game
days and nights. Each day you'll choose a player
(hopefully a werewolf) to eliminate.
Each night. ..the werewolves will eliminate a villager.
Fortunately for you, some of the villagers have special
powers, like the Seer, who learns the true identity of a
player each night. The game continues until only villagers.
..or werewolves. ..remain.
Kwizniac, The Trivia Countdown Game, is a twist on trivia
games designed to test your knowledge. The object of
Kwizniac is to accumulate as many points as possible by
correctly answering trivia questions with as few clues as
possible. Unlike most trivia games that give you a single
question about a subject, each Kwizniac clue card has a
set of 10 clues in decreasing order of difficulty. The more
clues it takes to answer the question, the less points you
receive. Kwizniac offers a more enjoyable trivia
experience where you’ll always get the answer-
Get ready for fun questions, ridiculous answers and
nonstop laughter, as you and your friends take turns
guessing which player wrote which answer while writing
your own personal answers to 308 suggestive, silly and
stimulating questions. With highly desirable VIP cards
awarding your efforts on every turn, Adult Loaded
Questions guarantees all players a very happy ending.
For 4-6 Players / Ages 17+
Let’s Say It’s Your Turn…
1) Flick the spinner, pick the next card, and read aloud
the corresponding question. (Let’s say the question is
“What would you NOT want to find in your partner’s
2) All other players write a personal answer for the
question on their answer sheets, which are then collected
and read aloud by the player to your right.
3) After hearing all of the answers, choose your favorite
and match which player wrote which answer. Match
correctly and pick one of the highly desirable VIP cards.
The player who wrote your favorite answer also wins one
of these cards. The first lucky player to collect 8 VIP cards
wins the game!
Looking for something for that special someone? Little Village has a variety of cards, valentines and gifts that will do the trick!
Games aren't just for kids- Venture out to the shop and play Cards Against Humanity with us! 18+,No entry past 6pm. RSVP via this event, call the shop, or swing by the shop. Space is limited to 15 players.
Story time opens up the world of books to young children. Join us on Mondays at 1pm to discover a new adventure every week. Ages: 0-6
What better way to start a new year than to focus on living a happy, balanced life?
Scandinavian countries are known for being the happiest places on Earth- what's their secret? Living mindfully, in moderation and focusing on comfort. For the Swedes it's Lagom (pronounced lah-gohm), for the Danes its Hygge (pronounced hue-guh). Lagom and Hygge are ways of living that promote wellness and mindfulness.
Hygge is a Danish word that is used to acknowledge a feeling of contentedness, charm, coziness, security, and comfort. It is also referred to as the “art” of creating intimacy and charm in everyday situations that some of us might consider boring and mundane. For instance, something a simple as taking a moment each morning to brew your favorite coffee while lighting a candle before jetting off to work, or by treating yourself to a bubble bath with epsom salts and essential oils once a week, are both ways of bringing hygge into your life. It essentially involves finding little charming moments that help break up the monotony of your day or week and help you slow down.
Lagom is a Swedish word that is similar to hygge, but with a few key differences. It comes from the phrase, “Lagom är bäst,” or “Just the right amount,” and reflects the idea of always living life in balance that doesn’t have too much of too little of one thing or another. Lagom plays a huge role in living sustainably, encouraging working with the environment in your day-to-day life, choosing natural and simple whenever possible, and shopping locally. However, the art of lagom can be applied to all areas of life, from indulging in desserts, to working, and even decor. The key to understanding lagom is “not too much, not too little” of everything in life.
Here are a few books that can help you shift gears from "go-go-go" to mindful moderation and calming coziness. Come down to the shop, grab yourself a copy & a cup of coffee and you'll be on your way to a happier life.
“ A Home Between Homes…”
The Tyler Blain House, located in Lancaster, New Hampshire, is a 4-bedroom Victorian home. It is ADA compliant and has the ability to house up to 8 individuals at a time. Shelter guests have independent access to a large eat-in kitchen, a community food pantry, laundry facilities and a common area. Food and material goods assistance are provided as needed. On-site staff provides individualized case management services to all shelter guests, including help with transportation. Staff also assists shelter guests in developing plans to meet their goals of being self-sufficient and securing permanent housing. All are welcome at Tyler Blain, except individuals who are a safety threat to themselves or others, and unaccompanied minors.
Our program mission is to “strive to make sure every resident of the North Country has access to programs that will prevent an episode of homelessness and provide the assistance needed to secure shelter should homelessness come to pass.”
Our goal is to alleviate immediate housing emergencies and to assist shelter residents with achieving independence that leads to permanent housing and ends the cycle of homelessness.
When the tragedy of homelessness occurs, people often feel disconnected from their community. At Tyler Blain, we believe that a successful approach to shelter happens in the context of a supportive community–one that focuses on including the person in a meaningful experience. For this reason, when people stay at Tyler Blain House, they are engaged in a total community living arrangement. We believe everyone heals at a different pace, and for this reason, there is not a limit on the length of time an individual may stay. We ask only that residents be pro-active in their plan for independence.
56 Prospect Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
Phone (603) 788-2344
Fax (603) 788-3700
For after-hours homeless emergencies, please dial 211 for assistance.