Fine amnesty at Rock Library; ‘Bourne Legacy’ at FOLA; French, Italian classes at Misty Valley; Whiting Library extends hours

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Jan. 2: Food for Fines at Rockingham Library

The Rockingham Free Public Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls will offer a modified fines amnesty from Thursday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 31. During the month, the library will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books. Each non-perishable item will waive up to $2 off library fines.

Food will be accepted for payment of overdue fines for items currently in circulation, and may be applied toward existing fines. Food donations will not be accepted for the replacement costs of lost or damaged materials and Inter-Library Loans.

Food items that are especially needed include kid-friendly healthy snacks, 100 percent fruit juices, shelf stable milk, coffee, tea, fruit in 100 percent fruit juice or light syrup, canned meats, chili, baked beans, peanut butter and jelly and low-sodium soups. Also needed are diapers (size 3 and 4), toothpaste, shampoo, soap and cleaning supplies.

All donated items will go to Our Place in Bellows Falls for the area needy. For more information call the library at 802-463-4270, email, or go online to

the-bourne-legacy-03-470-75Jan. 4: ‘Bourne Legacy’ is first FOLA film of 2014

Friends of Ludlow Auditorium will open its 2014 movie season at 7 p.m., Jan. 4 with The Bourne Legacy. The film continues the Bourne series. In this film, Jeremy Renner, pictured right, plays a new hero whose  life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three movies.

The Ludlow Auditorium is located at 37 Depot St. in Ludlow. Film admission is free but donations are appreciated. The Berkshire Bank will supply the popcorn.

For information call 802-228-7239 or go to the FOLA web site at

Jan 6: Misty Valley Books offers French, Italian classes

Luci Fortunato

Luci Fortunato will teach Italian at Misty Valley Books.

Misty Valley Books will offer French and Italian classes beginning the week of Jan. 6.

The Learn French courses will run for six weeks. Intermediates will meet on Monday evenings, beginning Jan. 6, and beginners on Tuesday evenings, beginning Jan. 7. Bill Reed, co-proprietor of the shop, will instruct both levels of classes. They are open to students of high school age and older and the fee is $100 for the six sessions, which includes materials. Workbooks and dictionaries will be available for sale.

MVB is introducing Italian courses this year. Luci Fortunato, a former professor at Bridgewater State University, will teach beginner and intermediate levels of the language. The beginner course, which will begin Jan. 8, is designed for individuals with no or minimal experience with Italian. The intermediate class starts Thursday, Jan. 9 and will integrate spoken Italian with an attention to grammar.

All classes run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and meet at Misty Valley Books shop, on the Chester Green next to the Fullerton Inn.

Register by calling Misty Valley Books at 802-875-3400 or e-mail

Jan. 8: Whiting expands library hours

Chester’s Whiting Library will be open later on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 8. The library, located at 117 Main St., will be open an additional two hours on Wednesday evenings. New hours will be Monday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Whiting Library’s staff and trustees also thank everyone for their support in 2013 and look forward to continuing to meet the needs of their patrons in 2014.

– Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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