Saturday, June 16, 2018

Family Fun Fest... A HUGE SUCCESS!

A huge thank you goes out to all those who made the Byron G. Merrill Library’s Family Fun Festival a success! From those who planned the event, baked homemade goodies, dug plants for the plant sale, spent countless hours prepping books, and those who used their muscles to set everything up and take it all down again at the end of the day, and many more too numerous to mention – you all have our undying gratitude. We are also especially appreciative of all those who stopped by to shop and contribute toward the library and its endeavors. All proceeds of the sales will go toward the new flooring project in Merrill Hall in the lower part of the library.
What an event it was! The day began with the warm sun and just enough breeze to keep the bugs away. As people browsed books for sale, children were entertained by making crafts with Jane Kelso and a corn hole toss game. Betty Jo Taffe lent her gardening expertise to the plant sale and many local bakers contributed to the bake sale which was active with hungry shoppers the entire morning. Paul Ronci’s music added to the festive atmosphere and Wayne and Charlene Farnsworth’s beautifully restored Model A truck provided lots of conversation and photo opportunities. For those who may have missed the event or would like to continue shopping our book sale, come see us during Rumney Old Home Day on Saturday, August 11.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Family Fun Fest - Saturday June 9th!

Just two more days until our super exciting Family Fun Festival... it all starts at 9 am on Saturday, June 9th, here at the library with live music thanks to Paul Ronci. Carla and her team have planned a colossal book sale... hundreds of books for readers of all ages...fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, dvds, and plenty of choices for young readers. The sooner you stop by, the better your choice! Sheila and Betty Jo have been gathering some very nice plants for your garden. The plants are all locally grown (mostly by Betty Jo) and will perk up your yards. Rachel and Lorrie are planning a huge table of yummy baked goods...brownies, cookies, breads etc. It has been rumored that Rachel will be making her special cinnamon rolls and we all know that Lorrie is the best at making coffee! Jane and Candace have some fun activities planned for the little ones so be sure to bring the kids along. Looking for a fun family portrait?? Wayne will be here with his vintage auto... so bring your cameras. Our Fair will run from 9am until noon so stop by for a few minutes or plan to stay awhile... it promises to be a beautiful day. Proceeds from the day will be directed to new flooring in Merrill Hall... our beautiful room on the lower level. Donations of books, plants, and baked goods will be welcomed. We will be open Wednesday from 10 until 5, Thursday from 1 until 5, and, of course, we will all be here on Saturday. Check out Facebook for the latest updates and give us a call if you have any questions – 786-9520. See you Saturday!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Happenings at Byron G Merrill.....

Oh how we have waited for spring this year... We are all giving a big welcome to April! As you might expect, several of our events planned for this month will have a ‘spring’ theme. Please make note of our new hours... Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10 Preschool Story Times Our time together which includes stories, games and crafts will take place on Wednesday mornings with lots of fun planned for the little ones. Our April themes will focus on... Thursday, April 12th at 2 Knitting Circle We all look forward to this special afternoon when we gather around the table with our handiwork. It is always fun to see what everyone is working on. Bring your current project and stop in for a cup of tea and some good conversation. Rachel will have a little spring craft for those who are interested. Do invite a friend or two... we need more inspiration. Thursday, April 12th 4 – 5 Family Historians We invite Rumney residents interested in learning more about their family history to join us for an hour of inspiration…perhaps you have always wanted to put together a family tree or perhaps you are at a point where you need some help. Stop in and find out what it is all about. You are encouraged to bring information you have and even your laptop if you have one. Thursday, April 19 at 4 - 5 Christmas Club We celebrate the season all year long as we meet sporadically to work on little projects which make the details of the holiday easier. This month we each will be working at our own homes so do have a small project planned. One suggestion is to inventory your gift cupboard and start this next year’s list. I am going to be addressing envelopes which I know will make next December much more pleasant. Let Carrie know what you accomplished! Thursday, April 19th at 3 Art Fun Rumney (Library) Rocks! Join us for a quick Make & Not Take program as we (adults and teens) work on a fun community project together. Rachel will demonstrate some quick and easy rock painting techniques. The project involves painting a positive, inspirational word or scene on a rock, and then, come warm weather, leaving it somewhere for someone else to find, and hopefully brighten their day. We look forward to a basket full by summer. Wednesday, April 24th at 3 – Inviting our grade school readers to join us for a LEGO CHALLENGE... Carla is doing a lot of thinking and will be ready with a super challenge for all of you! Thursday, April 25th at 3 – Art Fun With Rachel – Take a break from school vacation and come get your hands dirty as we work on a 3-D modeling project... Open to school age kids and their parents... A fun time! ***Saturday, June 9th from 9 until Noon – BGM Spring Festival*** – Books, Blooms and Bake Sale with additional fun events as we raise funds for the downstairs flooring. We are looking for book and plant donations as well as baked goods and people who can help out that day. Please let us know if you can help! Mark your calendars! We do hope to see you at some of these offerings… Questions? You can call us at the library 603/786-9520, contact us by Email rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com, and follow us on FaceBook. The library is open Wednesdays from 10 – 5, Thursdays 1 – 5, and Saturdays 10 – 1. Once in a while plans change so do keep in touch! We encourage you to park behind the library where there is plenty of room and come in the rear door.

Monday, March 5, 2018

March Happenings at the Byron G Merrill Library...

The weather outside may be a bit unpredictable, but Byron G. Merrill Library continues to be a hub of activity in the town of Rumney. We have a full month planned with events for all ages and interests. As we work our way through the month of March, let’s all make an effort to get out and perhaps even try something new! Saturday, March 3rd - Dr Seuss Celebration - You are invited to stop in and read one of our Dr Seuss books aloud. Stop by anytime between 10 and 1 for lots of silliness, snacks, and more.
Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21 28 at 10 Preschool Story Times Our time which includes stories, games and crafts will take place on Wednesday mornings with lots of fun planned for the little ones. Our March themes will include Dr Seuss, St Patrick’s Day, Spring, and Easter!
Thursday, March 8th at 2 Knitting Circle We’ll celebrate March Madness with our Knitting Circle. Bring your current project and stop in for a cup of tea and some good conversation. Rachel will have a little St Patrick’s Day project for those who are interested. Do invite a friend or two... we need more inspiration.
Thursday, March 8th 4 – 5 Family Historians We invite Rumney residents interested in learning more about their family history to join us for an hour of inspiration…perhaps you have always wanted to put together a family tree or perhaps you are at a point where you need some help. You are invited to join us and find out what it is all about. You are encouraged to bring information you have and even your laptop if you have one.
Monday, March 12th at 6 - Ladies Book Club Our ladies are invited to gather at Carla’s home to enjoy a salad supper, discuss Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Vermont author, Chris Bohalian, and enjoy each other’s company. Please RSVP to Carla if you plan to attend. We have a limited number of books available to borrow.
Thursday, March 22 at 4 - 5 Christmas Club We celebrate the season all year long as we meet sporadically to work on little projects which make the details of the holiday easier. This month we each will be working at our own homes so do have a small project planned. One suggestion is to inventory your gift cupboard and start this next year’s list. Saturday, March 24 at 10 Art Fun Rumney (Library) Rocks! Join us for a quick Make & Not Take program as we (adults and teens) start a fun community project together. Rachel will demonstrate some quick and easy rock painting techniques. The project involves painting a positive, inspirational word or scene on a rock, and then, come warm weather, leaving it somewhere for someone else to find, and hopefully brighten their day. We look forward to a basket full by summer.
Thursday, March 29 at 3:30 Easter Egg Hunt – Hop over to BGM for a fun Easter Egg Hunt. Along with the main even,t there will be crafts and games to enjoy. This event is free and open to children of all ages. Don’t forget to bring your basket!
We do hope to see you at some of these offerings… Questions? You can call us at the library 603/786-9520, contact us by Email rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com, and follow us on FaceBook. The library is open Wednesdays from 1 – 5, Thursdays 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 – 1. Once in a while we have a snow day! We encourage you to park behind the library and come in the rear door as the front steps seem to keep quite icy.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

February Happenings....

The weather outside may be frightful, but Byron G. Merrill Library continues to be a hub of activity in the town of Rumney. We have a full month for February planned with events for all ages and interests. In fact we will even begin in January… that makes up for February being the shortest month! At this time of year ‘cabin fever’ settles in so let’s all make an effort to get out and perhaps even try something new!
January 27 at 10:30 Teddy Bear Tea Party This promises to be a fun time for the younger set. Carla has games, crafts, and treats planned for you and your favorite teddy bear! Please RSVP to Carla if you plan to attend.
February 7, 14, 21 at 10 Preschool Story Time Our time which includes stories, games and crafts will take place on Wednesday mornings with lots of winter fun planned for the little ones.
February 8th at 2 Knitting Circle We welcome back our knitters with a Valentines theme for the day. Come gather around the big round table for a time to work on a current project, make a Valentine with Rachel, decorate a cookie, and enjoy some hot tea and good conversation. Bring along some of your completed projects to show and inspire and perhaps a friend or two.
February 9 at 6:30 - 8 Game Night It’s Friday night Game Night at the library...Fun for all ages with cards, cribbage boards, and puzzles available… You are welcome to bring a game and some friends and join us!
February 15 at 4 - 5 Family Historians We invite Rumney residents interested in learning more about their family history to join us for an hour of inspiration…perhaps you have always wanted to put together a family tree or perhaps you are at a point where you need some help. You are invited to join us and find out what it is all about. You are encouraged to bring information you have and even your laptop if you have one.
February 15 at 6 Ladies Book Club Our ladies are invited to gather at Susan’s home to enjoy a soup and salad supper, discuss A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson, and enjoy each other’s company. Please RSVP to Susan if you plan to attend. We have a number of books available to loan.
February 22 at 4 - 5 Christmas Club You may have put away all of your holiday decorations, but the Christmas Club celebrates the season all year long. This group meets sporadically to work on little projects throughout the year which make the details of the holiday easier. Please bring your piles of Christmas cards along with you… We will have some tips on what to do with your cards and some of us might even make a collage of our photo cards for our Christmas notebooks. As this will be our first gathering since the holidays, we will talk about what worked and what didn’t quite…come prepared to share your ideas.
February 24 at 10 Art Fun Rumney (Library) Rocks! Join us for a quick Make & Not Take program as we (adults and teens) start a fun community project together. Rachel will demonstrate some quick and easy rock painting techniques. The project involves painting a positive, inspirational word or scene on a rock, and then, come warm weather, leaving it somewhere for someone else to find, and hopefully brighten their day. We look forward to a basket full by summer.
February 28 at 3 Art Fun Take a break from your Russell School vacation and join Rachel for a fun art project. This will be a fun time for our grade school kids.
We do hope to see you at some of these offerings… Questions? You can call us at the library 603/786-9520, contact us by Email rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com, and follow us on FaceBook. The library is open Wednesdays from 1 – 5, Thursdays 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 – 1. Once in a while we have a snow day! We encourage you to park behind the library and come in the rear door as the front steps seem to keep quite icy.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October News (9/30/17)

Last week, the Autumnal Equinox arrived bringing with it thoughts of reading by the fireplace, with a hot cup of pumpkin flavored coffee in my hand, as leaves blow about outside. And then the heat happened.... 90 degree temperatures at this time of year! Our thoughts completely returned to the hot days of summer.
But... we are ready for fall and just waiting for a few cool days... Our fall displays are out reminding us that it is that time of year. We have many new fall picture books for our little ones as well as a weekly story time. Our Red Sox display remains in place as we encourage our boys to cinch the pennant. Favorite authors are coming out with new books so all is good.
Our Book Sale continues as we raise the funds for new lighting in Merrill Hall... the electrician has been here, decisions are being made, and we hope to soon have the work underway.
Ongoing Event... Our Library Book Sale is continuing for the next couple of weeks during our regular library hours. Many new books have been added to the sale and we are expecting more! This is a great opportunity for you to find many good reads AND help the library earn the funds to replace the lighting in Merrill Hall... a Win-Win---------- Through Saturday, September 30th – Gallery display – Art and Poetry by local artists Edith Patridge and Terry Downs---------- Opening Wednesday, October 4th and continuing through the month of October – Gallery Display – photography by Alan Hunter--------- Wednesday, October 4th at 10 am – PreSchool Story Time with Carla. This week we will be reading the Scarecrow’s Dance then making scarecrows of our own!---------- Thursday, October 5th at 6 PM – The Ladies Book Club will be meeting at Wendy Hill’s home for a potluck supper and a discussion of this month’s selection, The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. This group is open to all!---------- Wednesday, October 11th at 10 am – PreSchool Story Time with Carla. This week we will be reading Leaves and then painting leaves to take home.---------- Thursday, October 12th at 3:30 pm – American Girl Club with Carla for girls 7-12. At this meeting we will discuss book 2 Felicity Learns a Lesson and the girls will be learning to cross stitch!---------- Thursday, October 19th at 3:30 pm – Spooky Science with Carla for ages 8 and up!---------
AF – George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl – If the name Nancy Pearl sounds familiar to you, it is because she is a frequent NPR contributor and literary critic. Now she has joined the other side and written her own book...an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. I can’t wait to get started!--------- AF – Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber - Debbie’s newest offering is a stand-alone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew. And, of course, we know that all will work out!---------- AF – Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart is the 3rd offering in the Kopp Sisters Series. Many of us enjoyed #1... reading and discussing it at our Ladies Book club... and #2 has proven popular as well.---------- ANF – What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton – The story we’ve all been waiting for... Following Clinton’s defeat in the presidential election and ten months to reflect, Hillary is sharing her thoughts, the mistakes she made and how she has coped with the loss. ---------- ANF – The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel – In the late 19th c, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as ‘human computers’ to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. Enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of a group of women who added to the field of astronomy. Ms. Sobel’s other offerings which include Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets have been popular with our readers.----------
The Byron G Merrill Library will be open on Wednesdays from 1 - 5, Thursdays from 10 - 5, and Saturdays from 10 - 1. Hope you will stop in! Have a wonderful week! Susan