Friday, September 9, 2016

September Happenings...

What's cooler than cool? Having your own library card at Byron G Merrill Library, of course! Just a reminder that September is Library Sign-up Month across the country. We hope that you will stop in, see what we have to offer, and become a happy patron!
Just need to brag a bit about our young summer readers... 1st Place this year goes to Emmit Nossaman who checked out stacks of books throughout the summer. Emmit is able to ride his bicycle to the library so he was a frequent visitor. Julia Markey came in 2nd...Julia has been a busy reader throughout the year and was our 1st Place Winner last year. 3rd Place went to Finn Bellamy. Finn is just catching on to how much fun reading can be and found a lot of books to like here at the library. Congratulations to our three winners and to all who participated!
International Dot Day will be celebrated all day long on Thursday, September 15th with fun activities for all ages. Do stop in and see what it is all about. On Wednesday, September 21st at 3 we will be enjoying the very funny poems of Shel Silverstein and Rachel is making a very special cake! Lots happening... hope to see you!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ranger Rick + Animal Olympics = A Good Time!

Thanks to the Plymouth Record for this wonderful article about our Ranger Rick Club. Contributor Donna Rhodes visited our library and then wrote this story. Thank you Donna!
Boys and girls at Rumney’s Byron G. Merrill Library had an “award winning” time last Thursday afternoon when they took part in Animal Olympics, an afternoon filled with competitive games, lots of nature education and most importantly of all, chocolate. Library Assistant Carla Demler, wife of N.H. Fish and Game Officer Jonathan Demler, began the Ranger Rick Club a few months ago to focus on outdoor fun, safety and education. More than a dozen children between the ages of three- and twelve-years-old have since signed up for the monthly club meetings that are highlighted by special guest presenters and entertaining activities.
Last week however, it was time to get down to some fun-filled competition between themselves and the natural world as Animal Olympics got underway. Demler presented the group with a number of amazing talents possessed by creatures great and small then challenged the children to try to match those skills. Starting off the day was an Emperor Penguin egg race. Each child was given a hardboiled egg that they had to carry between their feet, much like the world’s largest penguin would. They then had to pass it off to a partner who was then challenged to bring the egg back to the finish line without cracking it.
Next up was a foot race after Demler explained to the children that a cheetah was capable of running up to 120 mph. “We’re going to see who our cheetahs are today,” she said as she divided the group by age for two race heats. The next animal world trivia was focused on tongues and Demler asked who could guess which creature in the natural world had the longest tongue. After learning a chameleon held that distinction, she had them all stick out their own tongues to see who would win the title of being the Ranger Rick Club’s very own chameleon. They then moved on to see whose arms were as long as a gibbon and who could jump as high as a spittle bug. Other nature trivia they learned during the Animal Olympics was that the giraffe is the tallest land animal and the smallest is the microscopic Fairy Bug.
The most important thing however was that in the end all participants walked, hopped or raced away winners when they were presented with large, gold foil-covered chocolate medals. Seven-year-old Declan said he’s been a member of the Ranger Rick Club since it started this summer and joined because it just sounded like a lot of fun. Eleven-year-old Colin said he has learned a lot through the club and really enjoyed taking part in the Animal Olympics. “The chocolate medals were the best though,” he confessed with a grin.
Prior to the August meeting the children have had visits from Demler’s husband who taught them animal tracking skills, then they themselves got to be tracked at the next meeting. “Bob Mancini of N.H. Fish and Game brought in their Search and Rescue K9 Ruger last month. The kids got to take turns hiding outside then Ruger would go out and find them. They all had a great time,” said Demler.
Next month club members will learn about the all-important Hike Safe rules everyone should bear in mind when heading off into the great outdoors. Those interested in participating in the ranger Rick Club or other special programs offered by the staff of the Byron G. Merrill Library are asked to visit their Web site, drop by the library at 10 Buffalo Road in Rumney or contact them at 786-9250 for more information.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ice Cream Social at the Museum on July 10th ! POSTPONED...

This event has been postponed and a new date will be announced soon... Family oriented fun and good music, along with cake and ice cream, are all on the agenda for the Rumney Historical Society’s annual Ice Cream Social scheduled for Sunday, July 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Historical Society building at 20 Buffalo Road in Rumney Village. The event is free and open to the public and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blanket and picnic supper. The Society’s Museum will be open from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. In addition, games and activities for all ages will be available; or just sit and enjoy the live music provided by local band “Rusty Bones”. Cake and ice cream served at 7:00 pm.
The Rumney Historical Museum is now open through Labor Day weekend on Saturday’s from 10 am to 2 pm. Also, self-guided walking tours of Rumney Village are offered free of charge. Walking Tour Guides are available at the Historical Society Museum and the Byron G. Merrill Library.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mark Your Calendars for June!

Stop in for a June flyer and see what is happening at the Byron G Merrill Library this month. We are gearing up for the Books, Blooms & Bake Sale which will take place this Saturday, June 18th from 10:00am 'til 1:00pm, a fund-raiser to benefit refurbishing our lower level. Stop by and browse the huge assortment of gently used books: hardcover and paperback, children's, popular fiction, cookbooks, DIY, history and more. We’ll also have beautiful, local plants to add to your garden and baked goodies for a treat will be on sale as well. We'll have something for everyone! And... the Polar Caves have offered free admission on June 18th to our good customers... so... make it a day. Shop at our sale for a coupon and then enjoy the rest of the day at our fun, local, Polar Caves! Bookworm Club,for school age children, will be meeting on Wednesday June 22nd at 3 pm. We just finished reading ‘Horrible Harry and the Green Slime’ and did some fun activities to go with each chapter. A brand new club for this same age group will start on Thursday, June 23rd at 3. The Ranger Rick Club will be exploring all things nature and we will have a NH Game Warden as our special guest. The Ranger Rick Club will continue once a month throughout the summer. Our Preschool Story Time will meet on Wednesday morning at 10 am on June 29th. This past week it was all circles as we read stories, completed art projects and blew bubbles! The little ones had a great time and it was a fun time for the Moms to visit... hope you can join us! And to our 1000 Readers... Bring your journals! Lots of plans are in the works for our Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set, Read which will start in July. Sign up has started for all ages! For more information on these programs, events and all that the library has to offer stop by during our open hours and pick up a monthly calendar. Open: Wednesday 1-5pm, Thursday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm. Email us at rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com and check out our blog at www.rumneylibrary.blogspot.com

Monday, June 6, 2016

Library Fund Raiser - Saturday, June 18th...

We're eagerly looking forward to our Books, Blooms, and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 18th from 10 until 1 here at the library. Please plan to come and invite your friends. Money earned will help us get started on our downstairs renovation... Also... we could use your help!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

April Happenings at the Library... Part 2

• Most Thursday mornings from ten until noon, local historians and members of the Rumney Historical Society meet to work on our programs, displays and memorabilia. If you have an hour or two perhaps you will join us.
• The Merrill Theater's Family Movie Night will be showing Princess Bride on Friday, April 8th at 7:00pm and Charlie Brown on Saturday, April 16th at 1. Popcorn will be provided; please bring your own beverage. These will both be fun family times and a good excuse to relax after a busy week.
• Teens and tweens will Get Crafty on Saturday, April 23rd at 10. Come hang out and craft together. You may even enjoy learning a new hobby!
• Our Christmas Club will meet on Friday, April 22nd at 2. Our challenge this month is to collect a few memories and photos so we are prepared when it is time to write THE Christmas letter! Carla will bring treats and Sara will have a small craft for us to complete. Little steps will result in big strides! You are welcome to join us.

April Happenings at the Byron G Merrill Library...

Our April Calendar is full of events for all ages at the Byron G. Merrill Library. The Week of April 10 – 16 is celebrated as National Library Week and we invite you to stop in and say hello. We hope that you will take a look at our upcoming events and select an activity or two or three that might appeal to you. We are always looking for new ideas so be sure to share your thoughts with us.
• Calling all school age readers.......This month the ‘Big Kids Story Time’ is becoming the Book Worm Club and will offer a variety of reading challenges and, of course, a lot of fun. It will be a time to talk and think about the books we read and enjoy some neat games and crafts. The group will meet on most Wednesday afternoons at 3 but we will help you keep up with the challenges at any other time. Be sure to check FB for schedule updates.
• Little Kids Story Time is scheduled for April 6th (repeated April 9th and April 14th at 10) and April 20th at 10 am ... again...watch for FB announcements. Ms. Carla will be presenting and will offer stories, crafts, games, and lots of fun. We will work on colors, letters, and rhymes.
• Our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program continues... Olive, Dominic, Hanna, Caleb and Clara are reading (listening!) up a storm. We have an April handout with 30 suggestions to help parents and grandparents interact with little ones.
• The Knitters will gather on Thursday, April 14th at two... It is such fun to see what everyone is working on and just have a chance to visit with others with a common interest. Won’t you join us??