Saturday, March 21, 2015

This Week at the Library...

March will soon be over and what a March it has been... we, at the library, are all in favor of some warmer temperatures and an ice free walkway! We have had a busy week as we moved a lot of stuff around upstairs and downstairs getting ready to start our big project, the handicap access. It was great having Kathy Sobetzer, Roger Daniels and my Jim here on Saturday to help... we sure made some good progress and I thank you.
Our Story Times will continue this week... Wednesday afternoon at 3 for our big kids and Thursday morning at 10:30 for our little ones. If you do FB, you might enjoy ‘liking’ us and checking out some cute pictures of our various activities.
Our Historians meet each Thursday morning at 10. This past week was a road trip as we attempt to match old pictures with current addresses... an interesting challenge! Anyone interested in Rumney’s history is welcome to join us.
Our next BIG shindig will take place on Wednesday, April 1st at 3... Can anyone guess the theme of our event??? We have several fun things planned so come along.
The Knitters will meet next on April 9th at 2 and we have a treat in store... Rachel Anderson will be demonstrating her crocheting skills and we will learn the secrets of her beautiful scarves! I think that Nancy will be bringing cookies to go with a cup of tea and we will all have a chance to stitch and visit. We invite you to join us.
Lots of new books keep coming our way... you are welcome to stop in and take a look. I just read A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler... her writing is perfection and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, an Australian writer... a fellow with no social skills navigating a relationship.. a fun read!
We wish all of you a good week and encourage you to stop by to see us. We are open on Wednesdays from 1 – 5, Thursdays from 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 – 1.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It's March here at the library....

We are crossing our fingers that supporters of the proposed handicap access at the library will be out in force next Thursday at Rumney’s annual town meeting at The Russell School on Thursday, March 12th at 7 pm. Please come and vote YES on article 2 for this very much needed update at our local library. Folks have been working hard these past few years drawing up the plans and raising funds to make this all happen. (There is still time to make a financial donation and/or purchase a brick.) It is now time to approve the final funds needed to get this project done and this needs to happen at town meeting!
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts and later attended Dartmouth College. Known for his creative, whimsical children's books, Dr. Seuss is celebrated in schools and libraries around the US as part of Read Across America each March. Join us at the Byron G. Merrill Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on Saturday, March 7th at 10:30am. We'll have a huge selection of Dr. Seuss books to read aloud, activities, posters to color, a bean bag toss and more Seussical silliness. We know you will like it whether you're old or you're wee, it's tons of free fun for the whole family!
Speaking of birthdays… This librarian totally enjoyed her celebration last week. The children recited poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and took part in a March of the Snowflakes Parade. We “marched’ all our hand-made snowflakes right out the door as our way of saying, “It is time for spring”. And… we thank Nancy for the delicious cake.
Looking for a good book? You don’t have to go far… as we have lots of choices… hardcovers, paperbacks, E-books, audio books. We are open Wednesdays 1 – 5, Thursdays 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 – 1. Keep up-to-date with our activities through FB, our blog, and/or The Record Enterprise. And… don’t forget town meeting… Thursday, March 12th at 7 at the Russell School… We NEED your vote!

Friday, January 30, 2015

January at BGM Library....

The Trustees and the staff at the Byron G. Merrill Library thank everyone who has made a contribution to the "Time for a Lift" Project. Your donations and support are greatly appreciated both now and in the near future when the library will be accessible to anyone who would like to come into our beautiful building. The Buy-a-Brick program saw many orders come in for the Christmas season in memory and honor of loved ones. There is still plenty of time to make a contribution or, if you prefer, to buy a brick which will become part of the new entryway. You are welcome to stop by the library for more information and to see many of the bricks which have already been purchased.
The Winter Story Time for children has begun with snowflakes and snowmen decorations getting us in the spirit for our snow theme. Special winter books are available to check out each week along with an ongoing snowman and snowflake craft. Join us on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm or Thursdays at 10:30 am for a fun time of singing, reading, activities and more. In addition, our independent readers have formed a book group and will be reading away to reach their various goals. Our Knitting Club is ongoing in spite of all the confusion over our January meeting. If you remember correctly it was extremely cold on January 8th... What a surprise to have the door open at 2 and see a lot of familiar faces come along in! We enjoyed some good conversation and a cup of tea along with our knitting but no cookies! We plan to do better next time. Our next get-together is scheduled for Thursday, February 12th at 2 and, I believe, Dottie will be bringing treats. See you all then! Rumney Historical Society workers will be meeting at the library each Thursday morning at 10am during the cold months to plan the 2015 season and sort through various historical items. It is fun to spend time together and there is always a lot of talk of the old days. Everyone is welcome! Save the date February 5th at 7. The Rumney Historical Society will be showing the film Gentleman Jim. Look for more information next week! Winter is such a good time to settle down with a good book and just feel cozy. And we have lots of good books to choose from so we hope you will stop by and select one or two. We have several of the bestsellers available including All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and Redeployment by Phil Klay. For those of you wishing not to venture out on these cold days, you are welcome to download a free ebook or audio book right at home through the NH Downloadable book program to which we subscribe. We are open Wednesdays from 1 – 5, Thursdays 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 -1. Keep up with our goings on through the Record Enterprise, our blog, and Facebook. Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Open House...December 18th... 6-8 PM... Hope You Can Come!

The decorations are hung and the Byron G. Merrill Library is looking festive for the holiday season. Our Annual Christmas Open House will be held on Thursday, December 18th from 6-8pm. Come, enjoy live music by "Rhubarb Pie", a Christmas reading by John Allen, yummy homemade goodies and our special punch. We hope you and your family can join us as the library is bursting with good music and good cheer!
As you make your gift list this season, you might consider purchasing a commemorative brick in honor of a loved one to help support our Lift Project. These bricks will be placed at the new entry way once our project has been completed. We have a variety of bricks on display and brochures that detail the "Buy a Brick" program are available at the library. For more information pick up a brochure or you can order online at We had grand intentions of reading a lot of Christmas stories with our young patrons this month but the weather has not been cooperative. We did have fun last week decorating gingerbread people... we had good workers who left with some very yummy looking cookies! Take a look at FB or our blog at to see some fun pictures.
The Ladies Knitting Society was cancelled last week because of the weather. Rumor tells us that one of our members is in the hospital and we all send our good wishes her way. Our January get-together will be on January 8th at 2. This is also a good opportunity for anyone who would like to get started knitting but doesn’t know where to begin. Newcomers are always welcome.
Our Winter Hours continue... Wednesdays 1 – 5, Thursdays 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 -1. The library will be closed December 24, 25 and 31st as well as January 1st. We always enjoy seeing and helping our patrons. Have you ‘liked’ us on FB?? Please do!
The Byron G. Merrill Library is soliciting bids through its Construction Manager for subcontract work related to the planned addition and alterations to make the library accessible to the disabled. Bids to the CM are due on December 23, 2014. If approved by the Town at the March 2015 meeting, it is planned that construction will begin this Spring and be completed over a three month period. The project consists of a 1,200 square foot wood framed entry addition with masonry veneer and associated interior renovations to add a platform lift for ADA access to the library. Conneston Construction, Inc. (CCI) of Gilford, NH is the Construction Manager for the project. The Library encourages local bidders to submit bids for work on the project. For more information regarding submitting bids, contact Jeff Downing or Jon Healy at CCI (524-3776).

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Have you bought a brick???

Friends and supporters of the Byron G. Merrill Library continue the "Time for a Lift" campaign to fund the long-needed accessibility building project. This addition with a ground-level entrance, lift, restroom and stairs will ensure that the library is accessible to everyone, and utilize the building to its fullest for many years to come.
New brochures that detail the "Buy a Brick" program can be picked up at the library. There are five choices of bricks ranging from a 4" x 8" brick for $50 to a granite paver at $1000.00
Buying a personalized, engraved brick is an option for donations to be made in memory of a loved one or cherished community member. These can also leave a permanent record of your own personal or business contribution. Direct donations are encouraged and checks can be made payable to the Byron G. Merrill Library. For more information pick up a brochure or or you can order online at

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Winners Have Been Selected...

What fun we have had this past month welcoming new patrons to the Byron G Merrill Library and all the services we have to offer... the latest books, shelves of mysteries, movies, computer access, wifi, e-books to name a few. Everyone was invited to enter a drawing and the winners have now been selected... Mike Manning will be enjoying a coffee and treat at the Common Café and Heide Allen will have her choice of yummy desserts at Rumney Rocks Bistro. A big thank you to our local eateries.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

It is Happening at the Library!

That reminds me of a story... Join us for an evening with Rebecca Rule at the Rumney Historical Museum on Monday, October 6 at 7:00pm. NH author Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what’s special about this rocky old place. She’ll tell some of those stories – her favorites are the funny ones – and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own. This will be a fun, free community event with refreshments (pies, lots of homemade pies!) and time to socialize with your neighbors. And did we mention, pies?!
Our Lady Bug story time will continue Thursday afternoon (October 2nd) at 3:30 with two more of this year’s special books. We will read the final two selections on October 9th and then the voting will begin. This last week we read If I Built a House... what a lot of ideas we came up with for our own homes! All of the Lady Bug books are available at the library... if you missed any you are welcome to stop in and catch up.
The Byron G. Merrill Library's Buy-a-Brick program is off to a great start. Excitement has been building since the kick-off at Rumney Old Home Day in August. For a variety of contribution levels you can buy a brick paver with the proceeds going to the lift (elevator) expansion project to make the library handicap accessible. There is also an option of having your name or business engraved on the brick to show your support of the library meeting the needs of the community. Forms are available at the library or bricks may be purchased online at
This week will be your last chance to enter our “September is Library Sign-Up Month” drawing for a coffee & muffin at the Common Cafe or dessert from Rumney Rocks Bistro. Winners will be drawn on Saturday, October 4th. You won't want to miss out on a local, tasty treat!
Many new books are being added to the library collection including: This week’s new books include The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (#10 in the Three Pines series, Found by Harlan Coben (#3 in the Mickey Bolitar series), and The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry (#9 in the Cotton Malone series).
The library is open on Wednesdays 2 – 6, Thursdays 10 – noon and 2 – 6, and Saturdays 10 – 1 each week. Be sure to check out our blog at and ‘like’ us on Facebook for all the latest happenings.