Wednesday, July 17, 2019

July Happenings.....



July at last and all the warm weather we have been waiting for has arrived. Warm temperatures mean summer and summer means Summer Reading! Why do we run a Summer Reading program here at the library??? Teachers, parents, studies all tell us that children are more successful in school when they do not take a long summer break from reading! Our goal is to keep it happening! We are pleased to collaborate with Russell Elementary School to engage the children of Rumney in fun reading and learning experiences throughout the summer. This summer's theme is A Universe of Stories which is all things space-y as NASA celebrates the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon mission.

The summer activities continue this next week as the middle school students come together at 1:30pm on Wednesday, July 17th, for some fun activities and at 3:00pm that same day, elementary ages will meet to continue Trekking Across Our Universe. Preschool Storytime for the little ones, birth through age 5 will be on Tuesday July 30 at 10:00am in the lower level where children will enjoy a time of sensory play along with themed books, crafts and music. (The library is not open on Tuesdays so we ask you to come in the back door) We encourage visiting/vacationing families to join us!

Summer reading programs help students continue learning and avoid the typical summer reading slump which in turn gives them a jump start for the coming school year. Come on in with your child and join a program designed just for them!

BGM historians gather once again on Thursday, July 18 to work on Rumney scrapbooks. What a fun walk through time to see and read what has happened in town over the years. You are welcome to join in the paper-cutting and reminiscing fun.

Our open hours are: Wed & Thurs. 1pm-5pm, and Saturdays 10qm-1pm. For the latest info on events and happenings just like us on Facebook and follow our blog at: rumneylibrary.blogspot.com.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Summer Reading for All Ages - A Universe of Stories



BYRON G. MERRILL LIBRARY has joined more than 16,000 libraries across the country to participate in the summer learning program, A Universe of Stories. The Collaborative Summer Library Program has created a virtual launch pad filled with many STEAM resources, activities, and training opportunities that libraries can utilize to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. This summer learning program will coincide with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.

This will be a great opportunity for our community to celebrate space science, with fun, hands-on and multimedia activities.

Byron G. Merrill Library will offer a range of public programs each Wednesday afternoon throughout the month of July to bring the excitement of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) to children of all ages. For a full schedule of events, visit us on Facebook at rumneylibrary or contact us during our open hours.

“We are proud that our Rumney Library will participate in this national program and pleased with the plans our children’s librarian, Carla Demer, has put in place.,” said director, Susan Turbyne. “We have partnered with Russell Elementary School to help our community prepare for this amazing summer program. We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find A Universe of Stories and the 50th Apollo anniversary to be an experience they will remember the rest of their lives.”

Byron G. Merrill Library is located at 10 Buffalo Road, Rumney, NH. Our summer learning programs are free and open to the public during library hours, W-TH 1-5 and SAT 10am-1pm.

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Happenings - June 15 2019


What a joy it is to live in the town of Rumney where we, at the Byron G Merrill Library, receive so much support for our various programs. This past weekend was no exception as we hosted our 2nd Annual Family Fun Fest. Assistant Librarian, Rachel Anderson, hosted our gala event and was so pleased with the help we received.


Thank you to the set up and take down helpers: Katie Gausch, Emmit Nossaman, Wendy Hills, Armand Girouard, Steve Daniels, Stacie Winsor, Robin and David Goldstein. Thank you to Sheila O’Meara and her helpers for gathering plants and manning the area. New this year was a rummage sale run by Lorrie Eaton, Andrea Sutherland, and Deanna Lussier. Our local bakers, including Sheila from the Rumney General Store, filled our food table with the yummiest of goodies and thank you to Louise Randall for helping at the table. Lots of people cleared their shelves at home and donated all sorts of books which resulted in six very full tables! Pat Reynolds and Mary Barnes kept the tables neat and helped many folks with their selections. Our children’s librarian, Carla Demler, decorated the children’s tables with all sorts of goodies from our upcoming Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories. Jane Kelso set up a table with lots of fun art activities for the little ones and provided sidewalk chalk for our artists. Many folks enjoyed a close up of several antique cars belonging to Brad Eaton, Dean Gray, and Wayne Farnsworth. Whew! Without a doubt we have missed a few of you but am sure appreciative of everyone’s help. Just a reminder… our next book sale will take place on Old Home Day… just love moving books!


The Turbynes then headed south to Goffstown to attend their granddaughter’s high school graduation party… Perfect weather, lots of food and kids, and a good time was had by all. Catherine Grace Wentz will be attending the University of North Texas in Denton this coming fall where she will major in communication design. Her grandparents are looking forward to a few football games and her uncle and aunt are looking forward to her being in their neighborhood!

This morning TJ, Jordan, and Theo arrived to clean the window above the checkout desk… TJ vacuumed, removed the plexi, and vacuumed again. Jim and Will joined him to help wash the very dirty plexi. Good news is everything is back in place and looks great. We’re all set until next spring! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!


The library will be open our regular hours the next few weeks and on June 26th we’re inviting our families to our back yard for a camp fire as we celebrate the start of our summer program. We’re hoping that it will be a good night for ‘early’ star gazing! Please keep checking back for exact dates and times of various upcoming events.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Family Fun Festival - Saturday, June 15th 11 til 2



Got stuff?! The staff at the Byron F Merrill Library are seeking donations now of books of all types, local plants, and gently used clothing as we gear up for our annual Family Fun Festival - it all starts at 11am on Saturday, June 15 here at the library. All these items and more will be sold with the proceeds going toward some special maintenance projects around the building.


Carla and Sheila have perfectly organized their book sale with lots of books for all readers – fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, and more, plus choices for young readers. Jane Kelso will have some fun crafts and activities planned for the little ones, and Wayne Farnsworth and Brad Eaton will entertain vintage car enthusiasts with their tales of restoring old vehicles – Photo ops available so bring your camera. Local bakers are already planning what they’ll bring for the bake sale – you can be sure it’ll be yummy! Save the date and let us know how you’d like to help. Contact Rachel Anderson at the library at 786-9520 or 726-6895.


All donations may be dropped off during our open hours of Wednesday - Thursday, 1pm-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-1pm.

Monday, October 8, 2018

It's Happening in October!

Byron G. Merrill Library is jumping into fall with lots of activities for everyone. Preschool through third grade children are reading the 2018 Ladybug book selections and will be voting on their favorite. The Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books and is chosen by a vote of New Hampshire children. We invite our young readers to stop by for a fun read and keep track of your reading progress with our custom-made bookmarks. When you have read all ten books, you are invited to cast your vote for your favorite!
Storytime with Carla for our preschoolers is each Wednesday morning at 10:00am and includes reading from a fun picture book, and hands-on crafts and activities for the little ones. This week's selection is How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor. We will be exploring the inside of a pumpkin! Moms, Grandparents, and caretakers are invited to bring their 3, 4, and 5 year olds to this program each Wednesday morning.
Rachel has been hard at work setting up a new book display. Check out our new Spooky Center with themed books especially selected for the month of October for readers of all ages. The choice will be constantly changing as books are checked out and then returned. With the shorter days, falling leaves, and thoughts of Halloween… we find this the perfect time to curl up with a tingly read!
The Ladies Knitting Society is invited to join us on Thursday, October 18th from two until four at the library. We welcome back our knitters as the weather cools and we take out our warm, snuggly projects. Come gather around the big round table for a time to work on a current project and enjoy some hot tea and a decadent and delicious treat along with some fun conversation. Bring along some of your completed projects to show and inspire and perhaps a friend or two. Knitters and non-knitters are invited to join us for a pleasant afternoon.
Elementary children are invited to join us for an Old Fashioned Fall Fest on Thursday, November 1st from 3:00-4:00. We understand that there will not be school that afternoon so we hope to see you! We miss you! Carla and Rachel are busy planning a fun afternoon and we will have more details in the weeks ahead. The library is open each Wednesday from 10 until 5, Thursday from 1 until 5, and Saturday from 10 until 1. We invite you to stop in!