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 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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lots happening in January!

Happy New Year... We’re looking forward to a great year in 2017 full of learning, growth and good books as we celebrate Rumney’s 250th year. We have several things happening in January and we hope that you will join us! • Tuesday, Jan 10th at 6;30... Ladies Book Club will meet at the Common CafĂ©. Come ready to eat, visit, and discuss our current selection Rules of Civility by Amor Towles... a special guest will be joining us so don’t be late! • Wednesday, Jan 11th – 2 Story Times with Carla... Toddlers at 9:30 and Preschoolers at 10 • Thursday, Jan 12, 19 and 26 from 10 until noon... Historians, Clippers, and Obiters • Thursday, Jan 12th at 2 – Our Ladies Knitting Group • Thursday, Jan 12th at 3:30 – Science Club for ages 8 and up • Tuesday, Jan 24th at 7... Our Little Christmas Club • Wednesday Jan 25th at 10... PreSchool Story Time with Carla • Wednesday Jan 25th at 3... Snowflake Extravaganza! Join us for a fun wintery craft with Rachel • Thursday, Jan 26th at 10... Toddler Story Time with Carla Looking for something to do or a way to help our community??? Check out these events and hopefully join us! .............................................................................................................................................. Did you get a kindle or ebook reader for Christmas??? Stop in, get a pass code, and find out how easy is to borrow ebooks from the NH State Library.... hundreds of selections and they are free.
New Books at our library! • Beatlebone by Kevin Barry • The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr Elizabeth Blackburn • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsells • Private Down Under by James Patterson • Damaged (a Rosato and diNunzio Novel by Lisa Scottoline The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer • Belichick and Brady: Two Men, the Patriots, and How They Revolutionized Football by Michael Holley • Sex, Lies, and Serious Money by Stuart Woods • Escape Clause by John Stanford • The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines • Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple • The Wrong Side of Goodbye (a Harry Bosch Novel) by Michael Connelly • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett • The Performance of Becoming Human by Daniel Borzutzky • Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi • March, a Graphic Trilogy by John Lewis • News of the World by Paulette Jiles • No Man’s Land (John Puller Series) by David Baldacci • Night School by Lee Child ............................................................................................................................... Merrill Hall... Work continues on our downstairs room. A crew of volunteers have cleaned and painted... next up new lighting! Such fun seeing this project come a long
1000 Books Before Kindergarten... Pepper just completed the 900 step! Stop in and see all our young readers and give them an encouraging word! .............................................................................................................................. Well... Here’s to January... snow, ice, and all the financials to complete to finish out 2016... but I’m still smiling! Susan Open Wednesdays 1-5, Thursdays 10-5, and Saturdays 10-1 Have a question?? Email me at

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lots happening in December!

The Byron G. Merrill Library is aready abuzz with holiday excitement! The building is being beautifully decorated by volunteers and plans are in place for the Christmas season. Have you taken a look at our December calendar? The library is the place to be for Knitters, children's Story Times, and even our Annual Open House! (Calendars are available at the library and the events are summarized on our blog)
Storytime for the kiddos will take place on Wednesday, December 14 and 28, at 10:00am for preschoolers and at 3:00pm for the bigger kids. We will feature Christmas and New Year's books and activities for children of all ages. We have LOTS of Christmas books on display... stop in soon for the best selection. Just want to give you a heads up... a toddler story time will be starting in January!
We’re looking forward to our annual Holiday Open House for all residents of Rumney here at the library on Wednesday, December 21st from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Snack on home-made baked goodies and enjoy a cup of punch while you listen to live acoustic music and greet your neighbors. We encourage you to park at the rear of the building and follow the brick-lined walk through our new entry. A special story time, music, and craft for children will be a highlight for all the little ones. We hope to see you there.
The Byron G Merrill Library is located at 10 Buffalo Road in Rumney Village and is open Wednesdays from 1 -5, Thursdays from 10 – 5, and Saturdays from 10 -1. We hope that you will stop by and use our services.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Lots happening in November! Please join us...

The weather is getting cooler and the beautiful leaves are now in piles, as the Byron G. Merrill Library continues to be a hub of activity in the community. Several activities are planned as we wind our way through November. Storytimes for the Little Ones (toddler-preschool) is an active time with fun stories and crafts to keep little hands busy. The Little Ones will gather on Wednesday mornings, at 10:00 am November 2nd, 16th, and 30th. Perhaps you know of a pre-schooler or young mom who might enjoy time with others. Big Kids Bookworm Club is also an active time for bigger kiddos in school. What a great time to get the school wiggles out with games, a good book, and more. Bookworm Club will be on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm November 2nd and 30th. Youth ages 8-14 are invited to come for some science-y experiments with Carla on Wednesday, November 16 at 3:00pm. We'll try not to blow up the library Our October Knitter's group was quite a success with lots of handiwork being done around the big table along with yummy cake and hot tea being served. Join us again on Thursday, November 10th at 2:00pm. You are welcome to invite a friend. Get in the Christmas spirit on Monday, November 14th by being a part of a cookie swap. Bring two dozen of your favorite cookies to share along with the recipe and enjoy a sweet treat as you prepare for the weeks ahead. This fun activity is sponsored by our very own Christmas Club members and is a great chance to check out some new recipes. The Ladies Book Club will meet at the Common Cafe in the newly-opened dining room on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00pm. We will give you a heads up when our next book arrives. We will have a special menu for a light supper or treat with tea. Looking forward to a thoughtful discussion! We have begun work freshening up Merrill Hall, our large room on the lower level. The room has been emptied and the carpet removed. The next step is to get ready for paint. We are having a work session Tuesday, Nov 1st from 10 am til noon and we hope that you can lend a hand. A few items still need to be removed from the walls, the windows need to be washed, the window casings need to be cleaned, and paint needs to be scraped in a few places. Jim and Carla will be ready with drop cloths and tools! See you then! The Library Ladies wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. We will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and open again on Saturday Nov. 26 for all your reading needs.