Friday, August 8, 2014

Buy-a-Brick and give Our Library 'a Lift'

Rumney resident Kathy Wallace is leading the effort to raise funds for some much needed changes at the Byron G Merrill Library. Our beautiful library, given to the town in 1904, has served us well but now we want to make our library services available to all of our townspeople with the addition of a handicapped access.
As a first step to raising the needed funds we invite you to participate with a Buy-a-Brick donation. You can buy a personalized engraved brick to contribute to a new entrance patio. Orders can be placed online at www.polarengraving.com/rumneylibrary. You are also welcome to request an order form and place your order directly with the library.
Buy-a-Brick will help us make our library accessible to everyone. It will leave a permanent record of the contribution made by you and/or your family and it will allow you to honor a loved one or a cherished member of the community.
For further information, please contact Kathy Wallace at 786-2617.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lots Happening...

We are all enjoying these beautiful summer days and seeing our seasonal residents on a regular basis. 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!
Summer is time to FIZZ BOOM READ at the Byron G Merrill Library. Reading over the summer lets children explore new ideas and use new skills. The children have been studying the many kinds of scientists and discussing all sorts of future employment ideas! Sam, who loves to build things, thinks he might like to be a physicist. Caleb loves everything old and can now very correctly pronounce paleontologist. Do you know what a paleontologist does? We are displaying all sorts of science books filled with much to learn and ideas for things to do... Hope you will stop in and take a look.
The Rumney Ladies Knitting Society will meet next on August 7th at 2 here at the library. Beth Kleiner has volunteered to bring a treat and Sheila will be brewing a pot of tea. Whether you are trying to finish a scarf for Grandma or are 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 new stairs enabling us to use the lower level. 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.
One wonderful patron heeded my call and mailed a large box of LEGOS to the library. What fun the children had opening up the box. We still need more! We have plans for the fall to build some spectacular items so we will still keep trying to build our collection. Can you help?
The library continues to be open on Wednesdays (2 – 6), Thursdays (10 – noon and 2 – 6) and Saturdays (10 -1).

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 free...so 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 it...you 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 rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com or give us a call during our regular hours at 786-9520.
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