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

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 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).