Friday, March 28, 2014

March, Cabin Fever, and Where is Spring???

March has been another busy month with everyone stocking up on reading materials… Cabin fever has really set in as the cold temperatures and snowy days continue. One day we even had a group snuggling with Byron G Bear!
We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday and ‘Read Across America Day’ on Saturday, March 8th. Rachel had all sorts of activities planned including story time, making Dr. Seuss hats, and having a photographic session with all sorts of neat props. Here are a few of our kids…
Do hope you will stop by... call (786-9520)or email ( to find out what's happening..... April is almost here and just want to let everyone know that there will be a slight change in hours while the Director is away... We will be open Wednesday and Thursday 2 until 5 and Saturday 10 until 1.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cold, Snowy February AND What's coming up in March...

Everyone who entered the library this past month talked about the weather… snow, cold, ice and no break. We just told everyone it was a good reading month and we put out several new titles to get their attention.
• After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman – a story that explores how one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of the five women he left behind • Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner - #7 in her Detective D D Warren series • Standup Guy by Stuart Woods - #28 in his Stone Barrington series • A New England Autumn by Ferenc Mate – a trip through New England during a very special time of the year • Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen – “Quindlen has always excelled at capturing telling details in a story, and she does so again in this quiet, powerful novel, showing the charged emotions that teem beneath the surface of daily life.”—Publishers Weekly • The Circle by Dave Eggers - In his new novel, Eggers tackles a modern problem that doesn't always seem like one: our near constant hunger for communication. When Mae Holland takes a job at the Circle, a tech giant with a utopian culture and cultlike following (Eggers didn't call it Schmoogle, but may as well have), she quickly loses sight of her friends, family, and sense of self in favor of professional success and social acceptance. As her Circle star rises, Mae succumbs to the corporate code of full disclosure, eventually agreeing to "go transparent" and let the public watch--and comment on--her every move. "Privacy is theft," decrees the company motto; "Secrets are lies." It's not subtle, but neither were "Harrison Bergeron" and 1984, and in its best moments The Circle is equally terrifying. Let's just hope it's not prescient. --Mia Lipman • Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman - #29 in the series • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – Oprah’s Book Club choice, a very good read • A Year By the Sea by Joan Anderson – one woman’s journey of self-discovery… I loved it! Good writing and many ‘I need to write this down’ wonderful thoughts
We celebrated ‘Take Your Child to the Library’ day February 1st and we were delighted with the turnout… several new families as well as our favorites. The children made colorful bookmarks, listened to stories, and decorated cookies… we all had a good time. February was a good month for legos and we all had fun building ‘Wacky Winter Transports’ and creating a display which everyone enjoyed.
February 27th brought ‘Fabulous February Birthdays’ and Dottie Lalonde, Nathan Clark, and I celebrated our special day. Sheila, Jim and Heather Clark brought cakes and we all enjoyed… loved all the cards, balloons, flowers, good wishes and attention! Thank you everyone for making the day so special….
And all the good times will continue right into March as we celebrate Dr. Seuss Day this Saturday. Did you know that Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born in Springfield Massachusetts, graduated from Dartmouth College? No wonder he is extra special to us! We hope that you will all join us as we see how many Dr. Seuss books we can read! Rachel has several fun activities planned and you are welcome to stop by anytime between 10 and 1.
We have a new display at the library promoting ‘Got Lunch Rumney’… a healthy summer lunch program that will be free to all Rumney school children who are eligible for free or subsidized school lunches. You are invited to donate to this new program with a financial donation or with your time… volunteers are needed to help with the shopping, packing, and delivering. Will you help?
And last, but not least, do try to attend town meeting on Thursday, March 13th, at 7 PM at the school… the first item of business will be our proposed addition here at the library to provide handicap access and access for all to the lower level. If you have any questions you are invited to stop by the library or give us a call. Tom Wallace will be answering questions on voting day.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February 2014

January, 2014, was a strange month weather wise… days of rain followed by extremely cold temperatures… just the recipe for glare ice. I mention this because the weather very much determines our daily attendance. For the first time in ten years we had a day when even I did not venture over to the library… that was Saturday, January 11th, a very cold icy day. But our numbers for January still held up… 338 visits checking out 251 adult books, 269 juvenile books, and 101 videos/DVDs. Looking forward to what February brings.
January was a month for plugging along on our various projects. We added many new books to our collection including titles by Abi Maxwell (a NH writer), E L Doctorow, Faye Kellerman, Danielle Steel, Lisa Patton, Dorothy Benton Frank, Joshilyn Jackson, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, and Sue Monk Kidd. Two new titles by Bruce Heald have been added to the NH Room: New Hampshire and the Revolutionary War and New Hampshire and the Civil War. Several children have discovered the author Richard Peck so we have added another half dozen of his titles. I have fond memories of reading his books to my 6th graders. How they would laugh. Our featured mystery writer for January was John Dunning whose Cliff Janeway series all have a ‘book’ theme. We selected Amy Tan as our fiction writer of the month and displayed her newest book, The Valley of Amazement.
All of the Christmas decorations have been packed up and we managed to cull a few items whose time had come. Several boxes of stored books have been brought up from downstairs and we have evaluated them for our collection with the remainder going towards next summer’s book sale.
Several events have been planned for February including ‘Take My Child to the Library Day’ on the 1st, Ladies’ Knitting Club Valentine Party on the 13th, Wacky Winter Transports Lego Day/Valentines’s Day for the children on the 15th, and Nathan and Susan’s Birthday on the 27th.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

February will soon be here and several events will be taking place at the library.
Saturday - February 1st 10am - 1 pm - National Take Your child to the Library Day contact: Rachel Anderson at In honor of this special day you are invited to come to the library for free activities, snacks, and more. You will be able to sign up for your very own library card and enter our bookmark coloring contest. Fun, fun, fun! Studies have shown that people who read for pleasure have an easier time learning and understanding math, geography, history, and every other academic subject. Coming to the library might be your first step to the life you always wanted!
Wednesday - February 5th 3-4:30 - Lego Time! Contact: Susan Turbyne at All ages are invited to come and create. Our February theme will be Wacky Winter Transports.
Thursday - February 13th 2-3:30 - BGM Knitting Society Contact: Susan Turbyne at Join a group of fun knitters. Work on your projects, get advice and enjoy a cup of tea. Other needle projects are welcome. At our February get-together we will decorate Valentine's Day cookies and make a card for that "special" person in your life. Hope you can join us!
The Byron G Merrill Library, located at 10 Buffalo Road in Rumney Village is open three days a week:Wednesdays 2 until 6, Thursdays 10 until noon and 2 until 6, and Saturdays 10 until 2.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

November Story Times...

November Story times with a Thanksgiving theme will take place on Wednesday, November 13th and 20th at 3:30. Hope you can join us!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Our "Five Fantastic Senses" are the focus of the children's fall storytime at the Byron G. Merrill Library and will continue next week with the theme: "Smell It." The book featured for the day will be one from a favorite series, "Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold." What happens when Mr. Putter catches a cold and who will take care of him? Children of all ages are invited to come and find out, participate in fun activities and get crafty on Wednesday, October 9th at 3:30pm. 
The Knitting Society will meet October 10th at 2. Helen will not be able to attend… Who would like to bring cookies???
 Third Thursday in the Village continues on Thursday, October 17th at 7 pm as the Rumney Historical Society  focuses in on the Plymouth Fair. The Fair was the event of the year for rural folks in the Plymouth Area. What do you remember? Pumpkin growing contests, sulky races, Tilt-a-Whirls, stunt cars, the queen contest…. you tell us. Local historian Dick Flanders will lead us in remembering. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

10 Days til our Book Sale!

Rumney Old Home Day is almost here! Join us at the Byron G. Merrill Library for our Annual Book Sale beginning at 9am Saturday, August 10th. We have many popular fiction, non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks and more to choose from. Donations are still being accepted so clear out your previously-read books today! The library will have extended hours on Old Home Day and we invite you to browse our stacks as and have fun looking at old scrapbooks on display that have been compiled from town events over the years. 

Our final Storytime in the the series, Dig Into Reading will be held on Wednesday, August 14th at 3:30pm. Children of all ages will enjoy their time together we have a "Rockin' Good Time" learning about rocks and minerals and having a wrap-up party outside, weather permitting.

Third Thursday in the Village will be on Thursday, August 15 from 6-8pm. Come enjoy sitting by the fountain, browse through the Library, and visit the displays at the Historical Society. The Rumney Historical Society will present the program, "Stinson Lake Through the Years" at 7:00pm. Join us as several speakers present their memories of people, camps and special times on the lake in summers past.