Book Sale a HUGE SUCCESS!
Many thanks to all who donated, sorted, lugged, displayed, and purchased books for our annual book sale. We’re still counting up the total take but it looks like a banner year this year! Special thanks to Nancy Daniels and Jane Richards-Jones, co-chairs of the book sale, who went above and beyond in their duties. We couldn’t have done it without them and the many volunteers they recruited to help. Thank you all so much!
The First Tuesday Book Club is now the First Wednesday Book Club but will not meet until October 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Daniels Room. All are welcome to join at any time for any length of time. October’s book will be Deception Point by New Hampshire author Dan Brown. Copies of the book will be available in early September.
Saturday September 1st – 11 am – 12:30 pm
Combat Cane: Defensive Tactics with a Cane
Join Sensei Marc Mosher in a class devoted to learning how to use your cane as a defensive weapon. We all know that anyone at anytime could become dependant upon a cane to help them get around, no matter age or physical condition. The cane is the only self-defense weapon that can be carried anywhere in all 50 states, including airplanes and courtrooms. The cane is an easy but effective weapon that all ages can learn. Marc’s Defensive Cane Class teaches simple, basic, and effective strikes and blocks that will keep any person of any age safe and confident. Please register by calling the library at 525-4411. This class is free and open to all.
Thursday September 6th 8:30 – 9:45 am
Kripalu Yoga with Margaret Gurney
Join us for beginning yoga with Margaret Gurney. Gentle, relaxing class – you’ll feel better afterward! Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and a blanket. Cost is $10 per session. Register by calling the library at 525-4411.
Thursday September 6th at 7:00 pm
A Midwife’s Tale with Carol Leonard
Carol Leonard is a New Hampshire certified midwife and a writer. She was the first midwife licensed to practice legally in New Hampshire. She is the author of the best-selling memoir, Lady's Hands, Lion's Heart, A Midwife's Saga, which was awarded the Mother's Naturally award of excellence for Outstanding Book, 2008. (The library has a copy to lend if you’d like to read it before the program.) Leonard's new book, Bad Beaver Tales, Love and Life on a Sustainable Homestead in DownEast Maine, chronicles her and her husband Tom Lajoie's informative and funny journey building their dream homestead on 400 acres of wilderness in Ellsworth, Maine. Bad Beaver is a tree farm where they are doing sustainable harvesting and Tom has a saw mill and a 19th century shingle mill there. Carol and Tom are also raising about a hundred beavers which they argue about on a daily basis.Ms. Leonard will be reading excerpts from both books. This program is free and open to all.
Thursday September 27th at 7:30 pm
The Hourglass Readers Present The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The Rivals was Sheridan’s first play. First performed in 1775, the play is a satire on the sentimentality and didactic moralizing that had come to characterize the plays of comic writers and that had inspired Oliver Goldsmith to write She Stoops to Conquer. Sheridan and Goldsmith wanted to return comic writing to its old purpose of teaching by laughter. The Rivals has the distinction of being one of only three plays written in the 18th century that are still read with delight and revived with success in our own time (the other two being She Stoops to Conquer and Sheridan’s later play School for Scandal). The Hourglass Readers is dedicated to performing readings of classical works in abridged versions, allowing actors and audiences to explore works not often performed. The Hourglass Readers is a performing partner with The Edge Ensemble Theatre Company of Keene. All performances are free and open to the public.
From the Children's Room
Rennie Timm, Children’s Librarian
THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR ‘DREAM BIG’ SUMMER READING PROGRAM
This year’s summer reading program was a huge success. Enrollment was up over 50% from last year, with 69 children participating. Over 773 hours were read by all. Awesome!!!
We had a number of new programs this summer; Archery, Theatre and a Parenting Course co-sponsored with The Grapevine. Programs were well attended and enjoyed by all. Our final performance by ‘Norman Ng the Magician’ broke our all time record with 107 in attendance.
Just arrived are plenty of new books for all ages. Come in and check out the new titles.
SAVE THE DATES FOR UPCOMING PROGRAMS IN OCTOBER.
First Tuesday of the month at 3:15–4:15pm
Join us for an afternoon snack and let your imagination run wild. Hands-on learning opportunity for children to explore how things work. LEGO® bricks are provided by the library. No registration required, feel free to drop in anytime.
Every Thursdays at 10:30am
Laptop Toddler Storytime
Walking and talking, this toddler story time is an interactive program for all pre-schoolers and their parents or care providers. We’ll share books, rhymes, songs, finger play & movement. Our goal is to foster an early love of books and literacy. At the end of the program, there will be playtime for parents and caregivers to share books, puzzles, or other literacy activities with their toddler. Dress comfortably as we will be sitting on the floor in the Children’s Room. No registration required, feel free to drop in anytime.
Wednesday, October 17 at 3:15 - 4pm
Arts and Crafts
Creative fun crafts for all ages to make and take. Enjoy a snack and embrace the spirit of the season. Recommended for elementary and middle school students. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun with younger children. Registration at Children's Room desk. Last minute drop-ins welcome.
Friday, October 26 at 7pm
Halloween Family Entertainment to be announced.
Wednesday, October 31 at 2:30-4pm
Halloween Activities to be announced.
Requesting donations of gently used puppets, wooden puzzles, board games, or toys for toddlers. Please drop off in the Children’s room.