Honey Bee Keeping In America with Al Avitabile


Mr. Avitabile will discuss the history of beekeeping from Jamestown, to the rise of the beekeeping industry.  Recent research in bee behavior will also be included in this presentation. Join us in the Diebold Room.


Art Opening – Colorful Memories


“Colorful Memories,” an exhibit and sale of  exquisite oil paintings by Rita Madura Frenkel will open in our community studio. This exhibit will be available for viewing, during regular library hours, when programs are not in progress, through Saturday May 30th. The library will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.

Welcome Reception for New Library Director, Teresa Roxburgh


Please join the library staff and Board of Trustees at an open house to welcome our new Library Director, Teresa Roxburgh.

Teresa was raised in South California (Pasadena specifically) and received her BA in history at the University of California, Irvine and soon after, completed her Masters of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University.

She originally intended to be an archivist and was working at the Writer’s Guild Foundation Library and Archive when she got a job as a Teen Librarian with the County of Los Angeles Public Library. From there, she became a Library Manager for a medium-sized branch library.

Teresa will fit in perfectly in Roxbury, not only because of her last name, but because she loves meeting people of all backgrounds and working in a public library allows her to do just that. While Teresa believes emerging technologies are important for the future of libraries, she firmly believes nurturing relationships with people are equally as important.

This will also be a wonderful opportunity to talk to Teresa about your ideas or your vision for future of the Minor Memorial Library.

Modernist in the Nursery: The art of legendary illustrator Leonard Weisgard


Leonard Weisgard at work


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A Roxbury resident for more than 15 years, Leonard Weisgard was a Caldecott Award winning illustrator of more than 300 books.

An illustrated lecture on Weisgard’s life and work will be presented by renowned children’s book historian and biographer of Margaret Wise Brown, Leonard Marcus.

Book Group, June 2015 “Girls of Atomic City”

GirlsofAtomicCity300px-1The next book group will meet June 1, at 5:30 PM.
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan tells the story of the young women who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a Manhattan Project secret city that was built from scratch in 1942 and home to more than 75,000 people.  Their jobs were shrouded in mystery with the penalty for talking about their work being job loss and eviction.  They knew something big was happening at Oak Ridge, but few could piece it together until the bomb "Little Boy" was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan.  
Kiernan traces the story of these unsung WWII workers through interviews with the surviving women and other Oak Ridge residents to tell the reader about the reverberations from their work there that are still being felt today.

Meet the Author: Lizzie Skurnick

•• That Should Be A WordIf you’ve ever thought to yourself, “There should be a word for that,” Lizzie Skurnick has probably already thought of it.

THAT SHOULD BE A WORD, which originated as a New York Times Magazine column, is for word lovers and social analysts alike. With sections on relationships, eating, employment, parenting, technology, and work life, THAT SHOULD BE A WORD contains hundreds of words that are absolutely necessary for the modern world.

On the surface, THAT SHOULD BE A WORD is a humorous take on 21st century life; but at its heart lies an intelligent and expansive grasp of the English language. Some words will leave you wondering why they don’t already exist:

  • fidgital – excessively checking one’s electronic devices
  • dready – a state of being always ready for the worst-case scenario
  • stressipe – a recipe that’s more trouble than it’s worth to make

Then there are the words that provide a cutting observation on distinct pop culture trends:

  • sipster – one who expresses his or her hipsterness through drinks (think indie coffee, PBR, micro-brews)
  • bitemize – to obsessively count calories (Atkins, anyone?)
  • meateor – passing high-protein fad (Paleo, maybe?)

And words that are downright ridiculous—yet equally irresistible:

  • plasticate – to mistakenly bite fake fruit
  • wirgin – one who has yet to cuss
  • drafterbirth – children taken to bars

photo by Casey Greenfield

About Lizzie Skurnick 

Lizzie Skurnick is an author, a columnist, and the editor-in-chief of Lizzie Skurnick Books, an imprint that brings back YA classics for teen-lit fans. She has also written ten books for teens. A contributor to NPR, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications, she is the author of Shelf Discovery, a memoir of teen reading inspired by her “Fine Lines” column on Jezebel.com. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Under our Skin 2: Emergence

"Under Our Skin 2: Emergence" 

Film Screening and Discussion with Drs. Carolyn Graham, ND and Alice Bell




Thursday, May 21, 2015 
7:00-8:30 p.m. 
Academy Award semifinalist "Under Our Skin" brought unprecedented awareness to the shocking story of Lyme disease, an often-chronic condition many doctors claimed was "all in your head."  Since then, the CDC has upped its estimate of annual cases by ten times, making Lyme disease more prevalent than HIV and breast cancer combined.  The sequel "Under Our Skin 2: Emergence"investigates the deepening Lyme disease crisis and follows its casualties and controversies.  

Graham and Bell, naturopathic physicians, have been diagnosing and treating patients with Lyme disease for more than five years. They work with other physicians to bring an integrative medical approach that focuses on the whole person and the myriad of symptoms that accompany Lyme disease, the Lyme co-infections, and tick-borne infections. The naturopaths use botanical medicine, nutritional therapy, and other supplements to complement treatment with antibiotics. 


Minor Memorial Library
23 South Street
Roxbury, CT  06783
Our library is handicapped-accessible

Annual Book Sale Preview Party

hodgeThe Friends of Roxbury Library's annual book sale kicks off on Friday June 19th from 5:30pm-8pm at the Hodge.

Be the first to purchase books while enjoying hor d'oeuvres, wine, lemondade, and a chinese auction featuring some amazing prizes.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the event. $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Hodge Library, 4 North St, Roxbury, CT 06783

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