December 12, 2013
The Emily Williston Memorial Library is one of the hundreds of nonprofits participating in the second annual Valley Gives Day scheduled for December 12, 2013. Valley Gives is an innovative online fundraising event that encourages individuals to donate as much money as possible in support of their favorite charities in just twenty-four hours.
Throughout the day, donors will be randomly chosen and your gift may be amplified with a Golden Ticket adding $1,200 in support of our organization (more than 80 different nonprofits will receive this bonus). At the end of 24 hours, the nonprofits that have raised the most money, and those that have the most unique donors, will be rewarded with special grants from a prize pool of $200,000.
We have less than $5,300 left to be raised to meet the goal of $7,500 to meet our challenge grant from Easthampton Savings Bank Foundation to purchase a Mobile Laptop Lab. The library plans to increase computer and technology training for patrons with this lab. All donations to Emily Williston Memorial Library given on Valley Gives Day will go towards the new laptop lab (unless you specify otherwise).
To maximize our success on Valley Gives Day, we need you to help us with these things:
- Mark 12.12.13 on your calendar and bookmark our Valley Gives page.
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and help build excitement for Valley Gives by using the hashtag: #ValleyGives.
- Help spread the word! Let your family and friends know why you support the library’s need for a mobile laptop lab, and why they should give on 12.12.13.
The library will be closing early and closed on the following dates:
Wed. November 27th – Library closes at 5 PM
Thurs. November 28th – Library Closed (Thanksgiving)
Tues. December 24th – Library closes at 2 PM (Christmas Eve)
Weds. December 25th – Library Closed (Christmas Day)
Tues. December 31st – Library closes at 5 PM (New Year’s Eve)
Wed. January 1st, 2014 – Library Closed (New Year’s Day)
Mystery writer and storyteller Michael Nethercott will be appearing at the Emily Williston Memorial Library on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6 PM as part of his ongoing book tour.
He will begin the event by telling several ghost stories, both traditional and (presumably) true—from his sprawling Irish family. Following the storytelling, Nethercott will read a short excerpt from The Séance Society, discuss the book, and field audience questions. Copies of the novel will be available and can be signed by the author.
Nethercott’s newly released novel The Séance Society is the first installment of a series set in the 1950s. The detective team featured in it, O’Nelligan and Plunkett, have previously appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and in “O’Nelligan’s Glory,” winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award. This is their first full-length novel.
The Séance Society—called “a classically styled Holmes-ian whodunit” by Publishers Weekly—is a traditional mystery a la Agatha Christie and Rex Stout. It’s 1956, and when murder intrudes on a group of ghost seekers, inexperienced private eye Lee Plunkett enlists the help of Mr. O’Nelligan, a scholarly, quirky, Irish immigrant who can freely quote Celtic poets, Shakespeare or Elvis Presley. The duo is drawn into a murder investigation involving the “Spectricator,” a machine designed to communicate with the dead. Soon, Plunkett and O’Nelligan are knee-deep in a suspect pool that includes a surly medium, a former speakeasy queen, a mysterious Spanish widow, and a slew of eccentric servants.
Nethercott’s writings have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year, Thin Ice, and Crimestalkers Casebook. In addition to the Black Orchid Novella Award, he has won the Vermont Playwrights Award and the Clauder Competition (Best Vermont Play) and is a Shamus Award nominee. He previously visited the library as part of a Sisters in Crime panel in July 2012.