Thursday, July 10, 2014

'It's Alive' is our upcoming theme...

We are all enjoying these beautiful summer days and seeing the return of our seasonal residents. Each day is like ‘Old Home Day’. Several more children have joined our Summer Reading program and have set their summer reading goals. It is never too late to register!
The world of living things is full of marvels and mysteries. From bizarre sea creatures to mystifying plants it's a source of never-ending fascination and wonder. Young biologists can come to the Byron G. Merrill Library next week to observe biology in all its diverse glory! Our theme will be "It's Alive" with Story Time for the younger kiddos on Wednesday, July 23rd, at 3:00 and will be followed by an Activity Time for grades 2 and up at 3:30. Learn about the many branches of science that study animals and plants all wrapped up in a book and fun activity. The tweens and teens will have some messy fun with gross-out science on Thursday, July 24th, at 4:00pm. Please bring a glass jar with a lid for an "egg-citing" experiment.
It was fun having the Knitting Ladies with us last week. They will meet again on August 7th at 2. Whether you are trying to finish a scarf for Grandma or a complete beginner, you are welcome to join us.
Our annual book sale will take place on Old Home Day, August 9th. Proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit our handicap access project, which will involve installing a lift as well as stairs to both floors in the back of our building and a handicap rest room. Might you have some books that you would like to contribute??? You are welcome to bring them to the library or arrange to have them picked up.
The library continues to be open on Wednesdays (2 – 6), Thursdays (10 – noon and 2 – 6) and Saturdays (10 -1).

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Goings On at BGM

The 4th of July has come and gone which means we are seriously into our Summer Reading Program. This individualized program is in full swing with boys and girls deciding their summer goals, selecting from our huge assortment of great books, and logging their success. There is still time to join so we invite all young people, particularly going into grades 2 – 8, to stop in and register. Miss G (one of our favorite readers) gave Cress by Marissa Meyer 5 out of 5 stars...Cress is the third volume in the Lunar Chronicles which is based on some of our favorite fairy tales. Stop by and check out this series and see our book reviews.
We will be entertaining the Knitting Ladies today at 2. This delightful group meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2 here at the library. Whether you are an expert knitter or just starting out, you are most welcome. We knit and visit and enjoy a cup of tea.
We are busy gathering books for our annual book sale which will take place on Old Home Day, August 9th. Proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit our handicap access project, which will involve installing a lift as well as stairs to both floors in the back of our building and a handicap rest room. Might you have some books that you would like to contribute??? You are welcome to bring them to the library or arrange to have them picked up.
The library continues to be open on Wednesdays (2 – 6), Thursdays (10 – noon and 2 – 6) and Saturdays (10 -1).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Muriel Kenneson

Muriel B. Kenneson, 94, of Rumney, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Wolfeboro Bay Center, in Wolfeboro after a brief illness.
Born on December 22, 1919, in Hebron, NH, she was the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Merrill) Barnard. Muriel and her husband Donald raised their two children and ran the Kenneson Poultry Farm - a family endeavor. Muriel was the Byron G. Merrill Library (Rumney) Librarian for almost 40 years and enjoyed the many patrons of all ages that frequented the library. She was part of a number of organizations including the Grange, where this year marked her 70th year of membership; a singing group called the “Stardusters”, that sang music from the 40’s and 50’s; a part of the Rumney Baptist Church’s Earnest Workers group, as well as a Sunday school teacher and choir member for many years. She also enjoyed her friendship with the “Christmas Club Girls” for more than 60 years. Muriel was also a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Muriel was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald G. Kenneson, in December, 2003. She is lovingly survived by her two children, son, Guy Kenneson and his wife Carol, of Plymouth, and her daughter, Gail Carr and husband William, of Rumney; four grandchildren, Sheryl Pratt and husband David, of Goffstown, Jeff Kenneson, of Burlington, VT, Melanie (Carr) Smith and husband Jeff, of Berlin, and Bethany Carr, of Rumney; three great-grandchildren, Taylor Kenneson Pratt, of Goffstown, Emily and Allison Smith, of Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Muriel’s memory to the Byron G. Merrill Library, C/O Susan Turbyne, 10 Buffalo Rd., Rumney, NH 03266.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fizz, Boom, Read!

School is out! We’re gearing up for our favorite time of the year and most busy season, the annual Summer Reading Program begins! The librarians at the Byron G Merrill Library care about your children. We have planned programs to keep your children reading and learning all summer long. Children who join the Summer Reading Program and track their reading will keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed. Fizz, Boom, Read! Let’s get started! Stop in and register.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Spring has arrived.... at last !

What a beautiful time of the year to be in the middle of Rumney Village! Lilacs are in bloom up and down the streets and the warm sun shines right in through our front door. Many patrons are returning from their winter travels and coming in to see what’s new: in books and in local happenings..........
The last five weeks have been fun with many children coming in for Lady Bug Club. Each year the 'best' ten picture books are selected by librarians and educators here in the State of New Hampshire. We are fortunate to have all ten books and the children have loved reading them and working on various projects and crafts which accompany each book. Our final book selection was Creepy Carrots and after listening to the story the children made and decorated their own carrots.
We are keeping Dads in mind with Father’s Day coming soon. Come in on Wednesday, June 11th at 3:30pm for our “Fab Dads” program. Children of all ages will hear a fun story about Dads, see some funny photos of when Mrs. Anderson was a kid with her father, and then create a one-of-a-kind card for their own Dad. If you can’t make it, come in anytime during our open hours for resources to take home.
With school just about over let’s not forget that reading helps students retain their skills over the summer months. The Byron G. Merrill Library cares for your children and has books for all levels and interests. Let one of our friendly librarians assist you in finding just the right ones. We will be taking on science in a big way this summer with the Collaborative Summer Library Program: Fizz, Boom, Read! Readers of all ages will explore all kinds of science topics as we get together for our weekly events beginning in July. Look for more details to come soon.
Mystery readers and fans of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club will be pleased to know that #13 entitled Unlucky 13 is on the shelf...happy new mother Lindsay Boxer receives a photo of a killer from her past and Lindsay knows no one will be safe while this person is much for lazy mornings home with the baby. Blossom Street fans will welcome Debbie Macomber’s 10th book in this popular series entitled Blossom Street Brides. I took it home last week and loved are welcome to place your name on the reserve list. We also have Emily Giffin’s latest, The One and Only... an extraordinary story of love and loyalty and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both. And, these are only three of our many new titles!
The library is open Wednesdays (2 until 6), Thursdays (10 until 12 and 2 until 6) and Saturdays (10 until 1). All Rumney residents are invited to stop by....see you soon! Questions? You can email us at or give us a call during our regular hours at 786-9520.

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.