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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September is 'Sign Up for a Library Card' Month

Have you applied for (or renewed) your library card?? September is ‘Sign Up for a Library Card’ and we are encouraging our fellow townspeople to do just that! Lorrie Eaton has put together a lovely drawing to entice you to come in... The Common Café has provided a gift certificate for coffee and a muffin and Rumney Rocks Bistro has donated a gift certificate for one of their desserts... we love our local eateries! Now it is up to you to come in and enter. And, as a bonus, you can use all the services our library offers.... the latest in bestselling novels, downloadable eBooks, dvds and the list goes on and on...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September... Library Sign-Up Month!

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Byron G Merrill Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.
“Our library provides all types of students a welcoming atmosphere where they can explore, discover and create,” says Susan Turbyne, Library Director. “Students learn in a variety of ways, thanks to the resources available at the library we can meet the needs of all ages and types of learners. Whether that is through homework help, reading clubs, or to access print and e-books, the library has something for everyone – all with a free library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is the most important school supply of all.” Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities. On Saturday, September 13th from 10 until noon we will be offering free muffins to anyone signing up for a new card and we know some very good cooks.
It is easy to sign up for a library card... we need something that shows you live in Rumney and children need a parent or guardian with them. If you have any questions you may email Susan at or call 786-9520