Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September is 'Sign Up for a Library Card' Month

Have you applied for (or renewed) your library card?? September is ‘Sign Up for a Library Card’ and we are encouraging our fellow townspeople to do just that! Lorrie Eaton has put together a lovely drawing to entice you to come in... The Common CafĂ© has provided a gift certificate for coffee and a muffin and Rumney Rocks Bistro has donated a gift certificate for one of their desserts... we love our local eateries! Now it is up to you to come in and enter. And, as a bonus, you can use all the services our library offers.... the latest in bestselling novels, downloadable eBooks, dvds and the list goes on and on...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September... Library Sign-Up Month!

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Byron G Merrill Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.
“Our library provides all types of students a welcoming atmosphere where they can explore, discover and create,” says Susan Turbyne, Library Director. “Students learn in a variety of ways, thanks to the resources available at the library we can meet the needs of all ages and types of learners. Whether that is through homework help, reading clubs, or to access print and e-books, the library has something for everyone – all with a free library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is the most important school supply of all.” Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities. On Saturday, September 13th from 10 until noon we will be offering free muffins to anyone signing up for a new card and we know some very good cooks.
It is easy to sign up for a library card... we need something that shows you live in Rumney and children need a parent or guardian with them. If you have any questions you may email Susan at rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com or call 786-9520

Friday, August 8, 2014

Buy-a-Brick and give Our Library 'a Lift'

Rumney resident Kathy Wallace is leading the effort to raise funds for some much needed changes at the Byron G Merrill Library. Our beautiful library, given to the town in 1904, has served us well but now we want to make our library services available to all of our townspeople with the addition of a handicapped access.
As a first step to raising the needed funds we invite you to participate with a Buy-a-Brick donation. You can buy a personalized engraved brick to contribute to a new entrance patio. Orders can be placed online at www.polarengraving.com/rumneylibrary. You are also welcome to request an order form and place your order directly with the library.
Buy-a-Brick will help us make our library accessible to everyone. It will leave a permanent record of the contribution made by you and/or your family and it will allow you to honor a loved one or a cherished member of the community.
For further information, please contact Kathy Wallace at 786-2617.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lots Happening...

We are all enjoying these beautiful summer days and seeing our seasonal residents on a regular basis. Each day is like ‘Old Home Day’. Several more children have joined our Summer Reading program and have set their summer reading goals. It is never too late to register!
Summer is time to FIZZ BOOM READ at the Byron G Merrill Library. Reading over the summer lets children explore new ideas and use new skills. The children have been studying the many kinds of scientists and discussing all sorts of future employment ideas! Sam, who loves to build things, thinks he might like to be a physicist. Caleb loves everything old and can now very correctly pronounce paleontologist. Do you know what a paleontologist does? We are displaying all sorts of science books filled with much to learn and ideas for things to do... Hope you will stop in and take a look.
The Rumney Ladies Knitting Society will meet next on August 7th at 2 here at the library. Beth Kleiner has volunteered to bring a treat and Sheila will be brewing a pot of tea. Whether you are trying to finish a scarf for Grandma or are a complete beginner, you are welcome to join us.
Our Annual Book Sale will take place on Old Home Day, August 9th. Proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit our handicap access project, which will involve installing a lift as well as new stairs enabling us to use the lower level. Might you have some books that you would like to contribute??? You are welcome to bring them to the library or arrange to have them picked up.
One wonderful patron heeded my call and mailed a large box of LEGOS to the library. What fun the children had opening up the box. We still need more! We have plans for the fall to build some spectacular items so we will still keep trying to build our collection. Can you help?
The library continues to be open on Wednesdays (2 – 6), Thursdays (10 – noon and 2 – 6) and Saturdays (10 -1).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

'It's Alive' is our upcoming theme...

We are all enjoying these beautiful summer days and seeing the return of our seasonal residents. Each day is like ‘Old Home Day’. Several more children have joined our Summer Reading program and have set their summer reading goals. It is never too late to register!
The world of living things is full of marvels and mysteries. From bizarre sea creatures to mystifying plants it's a source of never-ending fascination and wonder. Young biologists can come to the Byron G. Merrill Library next week to observe biology in all its diverse glory! Our theme will be "It's Alive" with Story Time for the younger kiddos on Wednesday, July 23rd, at 3:00 and will be followed by an Activity Time for grades 2 and up at 3:30. Learn about the many branches of science that study animals and plants all wrapped up in a book and fun activity. The tweens and teens will have some messy fun with gross-out science on Thursday, July 24th, at 4:00pm. Please bring a glass jar with a lid for an "egg-citing" experiment.
It was fun having the Knitting Ladies with us last week. They will meet again on August 7th at 2. Whether you are trying to finish a scarf for Grandma or a complete beginner, you are welcome to join us.
Our annual book sale will take place on Old Home Day, August 9th. Proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit our handicap access project, which will involve installing a lift as well as stairs to both floors in the back of our building and a handicap rest room. Might you have some books that you would like to contribute??? You are welcome to bring them to the library or arrange to have them picked up.
The library continues to be open on Wednesdays (2 – 6), Thursdays (10 – noon and 2 – 6) and Saturdays (10 -1).

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Goings On at BGM

The 4th of July has come and gone which means we are seriously into our Summer Reading Program. This individualized program is in full swing with boys and girls deciding their summer goals, selecting from our huge assortment of great books, and logging their success. There is still time to join so we invite all young people, particularly going into grades 2 – 8, to stop in and register. Miss G (one of our favorite readers) gave Cress by Marissa Meyer 5 out of 5 stars...Cress is the third volume in the Lunar Chronicles which is based on some of our favorite fairy tales. Stop by and check out this series and see our book reviews.
We will be entertaining the Knitting Ladies today at 2. This delightful group meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2 here at the library. Whether you are an expert knitter or just starting out, you are most welcome. We knit and visit and enjoy a cup of tea.
We are busy gathering books for our annual book sale which will take place on Old Home Day, August 9th. Proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit our handicap access project, which will involve installing a lift as well as stairs to both floors in the back of our building and a handicap rest room. Might you have some books that you would like to contribute??? You are welcome to bring them to the library or arrange to have them picked up.
The library continues to be open on Wednesdays (2 – 6), Thursdays (10 – noon and 2 – 6) and Saturdays (10 -1).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Muriel Kenneson

Muriel B. Kenneson, 94, of Rumney, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Wolfeboro Bay Center, in Wolfeboro after a brief illness.
Born on December 22, 1919, in Hebron, NH, she was the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Merrill) Barnard. Muriel and her husband Donald raised their two children and ran the Kenneson Poultry Farm - a family endeavor. Muriel was the Byron G. Merrill Library (Rumney) Librarian for almost 40 years and enjoyed the many patrons of all ages that frequented the library. She was part of a number of organizations including the Grange, where this year marked her 70th year of membership; a singing group called the “Stardusters”, that sang music from the 40’s and 50’s; a part of the Rumney Baptist Church’s Earnest Workers group, as well as a Sunday school teacher and choir member for many years. She also enjoyed her friendship with the “Christmas Club Girls” for more than 60 years. Muriel was also a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Muriel was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald G. Kenneson, in December, 2003. She is lovingly survived by her two children, son, Guy Kenneson and his wife Carol, of Plymouth, and her daughter, Gail Carr and husband William, of Rumney; four grandchildren, Sheryl Pratt and husband David, of Goffstown, Jeff Kenneson, of Burlington, VT, Melanie (Carr) Smith and husband Jeff, of Berlin, and Bethany Carr, of Rumney; three great-grandchildren, Taylor Kenneson Pratt, of Goffstown, Emily and Allison Smith, of Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Muriel’s memory to the Byron G. Merrill Library, C/O Susan Turbyne, 10 Buffalo Rd., Rumney, NH 03266.