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 Café. 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.

Monday, October 3, 2016

It's October at the BGM Library and there is a lot going on!

October is already off to a fast start for those of us at Byron G Merrill Library while we are still wondering what happened to summer! Everyone seems happy to get back into the fall schedule including our school children. We have several fun activities planned here at the library to tie into this next season.
First up will be the Ladies Book Club... Interested ladies are invited to join us at the Common Café on Tuesday October 11th starting at 7. Brian, our host, has three lovely new dining areas and we are all looking forward to a night out. Some of us will even be having supper. Please come ready to tell us about some of your recent reads... our ladies are always looking for a suggestion on what to read next. Carla and Susan will bring a bag or two of our new selections from the library all ready for you to check out! And we will make a plan for the months ahead.
Our Knitting Ladies will be having their monthly gathering on Thursday, October 13th at 2. All area handiworkers are invited to join us as we show off our current projects and share a cup of tea. Beth Kleiner, a wonderful baker, has volunteered to bring her famous coconut cake! Interested in learning to knit... just come along!
The Children’s Literacy Foundation, known as CLiF, will be hosting a special event for our young readers of all ages on Wednesday, October 19th at 10 am. All homeschooling children are invited to be our guests for a fun hour of storytelling, a tour of the library, and an introduction to the many services our library has to offer. Sure hope you can join us! The children at Russell School will be enjoying a similar event during their school day.
Monsters big and small are invited to our story times on Wednesday, Oct. 26 with Little Ones meeting at 10 am and Big Kids meeting at 3 pm. There are sure to be fun stories, crafts, activities and snacks for all. Costumes are encouraged. Stop by the library for a treat on your way around the village during trick-or-treat on Halloween, October 31st between 5 and 7. You might even see a ghoul or two hanging around the place!
As you can see, we have a lot going on and hope that you find something of interest. We always have new books available to check out. Have you read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead or Before the Fall by Noah Hawley or A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny?? We have these and many, many more just waiting for you! The Byron G Merrill Library, located at 10 Buffalo Road in Rumney Village, is open three days a week: Wednesdays from 1 until 5, Thursdays from 10 until 5, and Saturdays from 10 until 1. Hope you visit us in October!

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.