November Penny Jar Proceeds Will Go To....


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: 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.

June Penny Jar Proceeds will go to...

Ethan's Cancer Battle

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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.




Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide

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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)

Happy Living

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.

January Penny Jar Proceeds will go to...

“ 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.