Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Parent Recognition Month

February is Parent Recognition Month. The NH Children's Trust Fund (NHCTF)is looking to honor and recognize parents throughout communities in NH and would like to include parents from Rumney. If you know of some special parents(or grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents or adoptive parents) that should be honored, take a few minutes and write a paragraph or two on why you believe they should be nominated. Please contact Julie Day at with questions or nominations. Nominations need to be submitted by January 15th, 2010.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Merry Christmas!

We gave ourselves an early Christmas present with the addition of three National Book Award for 2009 winning books. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann was the fiction winner - In this book, McCann offers different perspectives on Phillippe Petit's famed high-wire walk between the World Trade Center twin towers. The nonfiction winning book is The First Tycoon, The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T J Stiles - This biography tells the story of Cornelius Vanderbilt who established a transportation empire that would sustain our fledling nation and lay the foundation of modern capitalism. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose won the award for literature for young people. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of a major, yet little-known, civil rights figure whose story provides a fresh perspective on the Montgomery bus protest of 1955-56.

We will be maintaining our regular hours during the Christmas/New Year season. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

New Book! Champlain's Dream by David Hackett Fischer

With Champlain's Dream, historian David Hackett Fischer reconstructs what little is known of Samuel de Champlain's life and his vision for New France in North America. Not only was he an explorer, cartographer, and soldier, but he was also the administrator of the French settlement. His efforts included befriending Indian tribes (which angered those tribes' enemies) and trying to keep the peace. While he was tolerant of Protestants within New France, he also imposed an autocratic rule keeping tight rein over the settlers. Champlain's Dream has received mostly positive reviews with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel saying, "Champlain's Dream is an important addition to the debate over the European settlement of the Americas, and an inspiring and bittersweet 'what if' in the history of colonial subjugation and exploitation."

Snowing but we are here!

Yes, we are open! The snow is sure coming down and my husband is very happy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New ! John Irving's New Book!

Dear Readers

Last Night in Twisted River is my twelfth novel. Only once before in The World According to Garp which was my fourth novel have I been able to insert the title of the novel into the last sentence. I don't always try to do that; I don't force it. But it’s usually an idea in the back of my mind, and if it works, I don't hesitate to do it.

I always begin with a last sentence; then I work my way backwards, through the plot, to where the story should begin. The last sentence I began with this time is as follows: He felt that the great adventure of his life was just beginning as his father must have felt, in the throes and dire circumstances of his last night in Twisted River. And there’s the title, waiting for you at the end of the story Last Night in Twisted River.

I was born and grew up in New Hampshire. My uncle was in the logging business, in the northern part of the state. When I was a teenager, there were big log drives on the Ammonoosuc and Androscoggin rivers.
My cousin Bayard is still a timberland man; he manages the Kennett Company in Conway, New Hampshire. He has taught me a lot about logging and lumber. When I was a teenager, my cousin Bayard also taught me how to walk on floating logs. (I wasn’t very good at it; Bayard was better.)

Part One of Last Night in Twisted River starts with a log drive in Coos County, New Hampshire, in 1954.
John Irving

Monday, November 23, 2009

Smithsonian Magazine

The December issue of Smithsonian arrived today - Lots of interesting articles including one entitled 'Hallelujah'. Handel's Messiah, a musical rite of the holiday season, still awes listeners 250 years after the composer's death. His music is certainly a part of our Christmas celebration.

This magazine subscription is a gift to the people of Rumney from Judith Knight of Tilton.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

National Wildlife has arrived

the December/January 2010 issue of National Wildlife arrived today and has several interesting articles.

'Birding in a War-torn Nation' tells how our US soldiers are cooperating with local scientists and conservationists in an effort to protect Iraq's rich wildlife heritage.

Photography buffs will be interested in Deborah Richie Oberbillig's article entiitled 'Blindsiding Wildlife with a Camera'. At a number of refuges and other locations across the country, permanent blinds provide photo enthusiasts with unobstructed opportunities to get close to wildlife. Two of these blinds are located in eastern Massachusetts.

This issue showcases the 2009 photo contest winners - what beautiful pictures!

Thank you to Joy Sobetzer for giving the Byron G Merrill Library a subscription to this magazine.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Ladybug Books are IN!

The Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. A committee of children's librarians from around the state selects 10 picture book titles early in the year. Then, during November, New Hampshire children from preschoolers to those in third grade choose the award winner. The winning picture book is announced at the end of the year. The author and illustrator of the winning book will receive a crystal award created by Pepi Herrmann Crystal.

To be considered for nomination, a picture book must meet the following criteria:

* be published within the last three years
* be in print
* have either the book's author or illustrator from the US
* possess strong child appeal
* have artistic quality with text that supports the illustrations
* not be a title previously nominated

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Muriel is having a Birthday!

Our former Director, Muriel Kenneson, will be celebrating her 90th birthday this year! Family and friends are invited to Gateway Alliance Church in Plymouth on Saturday, November 21st from 2 until 4 to help honor this very special lady. She would certainly enjoy a shower of cards to help mark this special time.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

We Look Spiffy!

We certainly look spiffy here at the library! The floors in the office and Young Adult/Computer room look wonderful. Bob Caristi of Bristol sanded the floors and then applied four coats of a tough new finish. Most of the furniture is back in place and we are waiting a few more days before laying down the rugs. Stop by and take a look. Thank you to Sam and Griffin Coes for moving furniture and to the Reed girls for all their very much needed dusting.

We have been busy this year updating our patron information. As of November 1st, 196 people have joined or renewed their library membership. We look forward to seeing the remaining Rumney residents during the months of November and December.

Rachel Funk will be making a guest appearance on Saturday, November 21st. She will be leading a story time at 10 am and is looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces.

Sadly, it is amazing how many of us have been affected by suicide and how few have connected with fellow survivors and support. We have received several copies of the 2009 NH Survivors of Suicide Newsletter which is written for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. You are welcome to stop in and pick up a copy or go to the website at . Saturday, November 21st is the 11th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day with gatherings planned in Concord, Durham, Lancaster, Merrimack, Portsmouth, and Westmoreland. For additional information you may call 1-800-242-6264 and you may also watch the webcast online from your home computer. Register by going to

New books include True Blue by David Baldacci, The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, and Her Fearful Symmetry by The Time Traveler's Wife author, Audrey Niffenegger.

Upcoming Events: Story Time - Saturday, Nov 21st at 10am; Ladies Book Club - Wednesday, Dec 2nd at 6:30; Knitters - Wednesday, Dec 9th at 2. All of our events are open to all.

Located at 10 Buffalo Road, the library is open on Wednesdays 2-8, Thursdays 10-12 and 2-5, and Saturdays 10-12. Phone:786-9520 - Email: - Web: See you at the library, Susan.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Change in Hours

The open hours at the Byron G Merrill Library are changing! Our new hours will be: Wednesdays 2pm until 8pm, Thursdays 10am until noon and 2pm until 5pm, and Saturdays 10am until noon. As we have become more involved with 'Interlibrary Loans' we have decided to change our schedule to fit the schedule of the book loans. Requested books will arrive early on Wednesday and thus be quickly available for pickup on either Wednesday or Thursday .We feel that this will help us to offer more prompt service to the readers of Rumney. The new hours will begin on Wednesday, September 23rd.

‘Interlibrary Loan’, administered by the State Library, is a wonderful program that supplements our offerings by allowing our patrons to borrow books from other libraries in the state of New Hampshire. We regularly request and receive books and occasionally even loan a book to others. Our patrons may request a book when they are in the library or can email a request to . Let us know if this system is working for you.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A New Kind of Library

Welcome to the library. Say goodbye to the books.
Cushing Academy embraces a digital future

ASHBURNHAM - There are rolling hills and ivy-covered brick buildings. There are small classrooms, high-tech labs, and well-manicured fields. There’s even a clock tower with a massive bell that rings for special events.

Cushing Academy has all the hallmarks of a New England prep school, with one exception.

This year, after having amassed a collection of more than 20,000 books, officials at the pristine campus about 90 minutes west of Boston have decided the 144-year-old school no longer needs a traditional library. The academy’s administrators have decided to discard all their books and have given away half of what stocked their sprawling stacks - the classics, novels, poetry, biographies, tomes on every subject from the humanities to the sciences. The future, they believe, is digital.

“When I look at books, I see an outdated technology, like scrolls before books,’’ said James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing and chief promoter of the bookless campus. “This isn’t ‘Fahrenheit 451’ [the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel in which books are banned]. We’re not discouraging students from reading. We see this as a natural way to shape emerging trends and optimize technology.’’

Instead of a library, the academy is spending nearly $500,000 to create a “learning center,’’ though that is only one of the names in contention for the new space. In place of the stacks, they are spending $42,000 on three large flat-screen TVs that will project data from the Internet and $20,000 on special laptop-friendly study carrels. Where the reference desk was, they are building a $50,000 coffee shop that will include a $12,000 cappuccino machine.

And to replace those old pulpy devices that have transmitted information since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 1400s, they have spent $10,000 to buy 18 electronic readers made by and Sony. Administrators plan to distribute the readers, which they’re stocking with digital material, to students looking to spend more time with literature.

Those who don’t have access to the electronic readers will be expected to do their research and peruse many assigned texts on their computers.

“Instead of a traditional library with 20,000 books, we’re building a virtual library where students will have access to millions of books,’’ said Tracy, whose office shelves remain lined with books. “We see this as a model for the 21st-century school.’’

Not everyone on campus is sold on Tracy’s vision.

They worry about an environment where students can no longer browse rows of voluptuous books, replete with glossy photographs, intricate maps, and pages dog-eared by generations of students. They worry students will be less likely to focus on long works when their devices are constantly interrupting them with e-mail and instant messages. They also worry about a world where sweat-stained literature is deemed as perishable as all the glib posts on Facebook or Twitter.
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Liz Vezina, a librarian at Cushing for 17 years, said she never imagined working as the director of a library without any books.
Cushing library goes bookless
Cushing library goes bookless

“It makes me sad,’’ said Vezina, who hosts a book club on campus dubbed the Off-line Readers and has made a career of introducing students to books. “I’m going to miss them. I love books. I’ve grown up with them, and there’s something lost when they’re virtual. There’s a sensual side to them - the smell, the feel, the physicality of a book is something really special.’’

Alexander Coyle, chairman of the history department, is a self-described “gadget freak’’ who enjoys reading on Amazon’s Kindle, but he has always seen libraries and their hallowed content as “secular cathedrals.’’

“I wouldn’t want to ever get rid of any of my books at home,’’ he said. “I like the feel of them too much. A lot us are wondering how this changes the dignity of the library, and why we can’t move to increase digital resources while keeping the books.’’

Tracy and other administrators said the books took up too much space and that there was nowhere else on campus to stock them. So they decided to give their collection - aside from a few hundred children’s books and valuable antiquarian works - to local schools and libraries.

“We see the gain as greater than the loss,’’ said Gisele Zangari, chairwoman of the math department, who like other teachers has plans for all her students to do their class reading on electronic books by next year. “This is the start of a new era.’’

Cushing is one of the first schools in the country to abandon its books.

“I’m not aware of any other library that has done this,’’ said Keith Michael Fiels, executive director of the American Library Association, a Chicago-based organization that represents the nation’s libraries.

He said the move raises at least two concerns: Many of the books on electronic readers and the Internet aren’t free and it may become more difficult for students to happen on books with the serendipity made possible by physical browsing. There’s also the question of the durability of electronic readers.

“Unless every student has a Kindle and an unlimited budget, I don’t see how that need is going to be met,’’ Fiels said. “Books are not a waste of space, and they won’t be until a digital book can tolerate as much sand, survive a coffee spill, and have unlimited power. When that happens, there will be next to no difference between that and a book.’’

William Powers, author of a forthcoming book based on a paper he published at Harvard called “Hamlet’s Blackberry: Why Paper is Eternal,’’ called the changes at Cushing “radical’’ and “a tremendous loss for students.’’

“There are modes of learning and thinking that at the moment are only available from actual books,’’ he said. “There is a kind of deep-dive, meditative reading that’s almost impossible to do on a screen. Without books, students are more likely to do the grazing or quick reading that screens enable, rather than be by themselves with the author’s ideas.’’

Yet students at Cushing say they look forward to the new equipment, and the brave new world they’re ushering in.

Tia Alliy, a 16-year-old junior, said she visits the library nearly every day, but only once looked for a book in the stacks. She’s not alone. School officials said when they checked library records one day last spring only 48 books had been checked out, and 30 of those were children’s books.

“When you hear the word ‘library,’ you think of books,’’ Alliy said. “But very few students actually read them. And the more we use e-books, the fewer books we have to carry around.’’

Jemmel Billingslea, an 18-year-old senior, thought about the prospect of a school without books. It didn’t bother him.

“It’s a little strange,’’ he said. “But this is the future.’’

David Abel can be reached at
© Copyright 2009 Globe Newspaper Company.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Smithsonian Magazine, Sept Issue

The September issue of Smithsonian magazine arrived today with all sorts of interesting articles - Frances Mayes, author of a celebrated memoir about life in Tuscany explores the storied cities of Krakow and Gdansk in Poland - Journalist Paul Theroux fulfills a a boyhood dream and drives across America in the spirit of Kerouac, Steinbeck and other poets of the open road

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pulitizer Prize Fiction

We've just started a new project! We're finding and labeling books that have won the Pulitzer Prize for best fiction. The Pulitizer Prize was established in 1904 by Joseph Pulitizer, a 19th century journalist. Administered by Columbia School of Journalism, the Pulitizer Prize is awarded each year "for distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life." We are displaying these books in the main lobby.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Book Review: That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

"Following Bridge of Sighs—a national best seller hailed by The Boston Globe as “an astounding achievement” and “a masterpiece”—Richard Russo gives us the story of a marriage, and of all the other ties that bind, from parents and in-laws to children and the promises of youth.

Griffin has been tooling around for nearly a year with his father’s ashes in the trunk, but his mother is very much alive and not shy about calling on his cell phone. She does so as he drives down to Cape Cod, where he and his wife, Joy, will celebrate the marriage of their daughter Laura’s best friend. For Griffin this is akin to driving into the past, since he took his childhood summer vacations here, his parents’ respite from the hated Midwest. And the Cape is where he and Joy honeymooned, in the course of which they drafted the Great Truro Accord, a plan for their lives together that’s now thirty years old and has largely come true. He’d left screenwriting and Los Angeles behind for the sort of New England college his snobby academic parents had always aspired to in vain; they’d moved into an old house full of character; and they’d started a family. Check, check and check.

But be careful what you pray for, especially if you manage"

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Old Home Day, 2009

Old Home Day has come and gone - what a wonderful day it was for all of us. We enjoyed having friends, old and new, stop by to say hello. The scrapbooks received a lot of attention as well as Nancy MacDonald's beautiful photos of Rumney.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our book sale a wonderful success. Thank you to Toni and Anne who spent the day tending the sale - it was scheduled to end at noon but we kept very busy until after three! Thank you, too, to my daughter who came to help and to the gang who helped set up Friday night - Tom, Pat, Mike, Patrick, Adam, and Jim. And, of course, everyone who helped to clean up.

Our farewell party for Rachel was very well attended. Thank you to Pat for getting the cake here and to the Reed Family for serving the cake and ice cream. I was very sad to have Rachel leave but know that her new job will be a wonderful challenge for her - I look forward to visiting her soon in Stowe, Vermont.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Baker River Water Quality Workshop

The Rumney Natural Resources Network will again offer a workshop to assess the diversity of insect life, a measure of water quality, in the Baker River in Rumney. Led by Rumney resident and PSU Professor Emeritus Larry Cushman, we will gather, categorize, and analyze aquatic insects in a stretch of the Baker River. Participants will meet at 9 AM on Saturday, June 13 (rain date: 9 AM, Sunday, June 14. We will be wading on rocky river bottom, so wear appropriate footwear - all other equipment is provided.

Organized by the Rumney Natural Resources Network, this workshop was well-received by thirteen hearty souls who participated in June two years ago. This, the 10th workshop offered in our home town, in addition to teaching participants how to identify aquatic insects, will also use results of the study to determine water quality at the site, of use to the Baker River Watershed Association to which Professor Cushman belongs.

This year’s outing will again be held at the State Rest Area on Rte. 25 in West Rumney. Families with kids welcome. Please, no pets! Signs for the workshop will be posted at the rest area.

For additional information, contact Ted Giebutowski at, or Northam Parr at

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rumney Baker River Recreation and Conservation Area

The town of Rumney welcomes all citizens to visit and enjoy the new river front property purchased by the town. The property was purchased in the fall of 2007 and consists of 21.8 acres in West Rumney. It is located east of the corner of Rt. 25 and Sand Hill Road and borders 25 and the Baker River with over 2,200 ft. of river frontage. The purchase was approved at the 2006 Town Meeting. The Rumney Selectboard would like to thank Foreco for their contributed survey of the property and help during the process of purchasing this property.
The property offers conservation, recreation, and educational opportunities. It has a mix of open fields and wooded areas as well as natural beaches. Near Sand Hill Road, Creamery Brook crosses the property as it flows into the Baker River. There are two fields on the property, a small 1-2 acre field near Sand Hill Road and a large 5+ acre field near the center of the property where the access driveway and parking area are located. The fields contain a mix of native grasses and wildflowers including milkweed and goldenrod that provide nesting and feeding habitat for several birds, notably turkeys and grouse. Please keep in mind that dogs must be on a leash during bird ground-nesting season, March15 through July 15.
The remainder of the property consists of forests along the banks of the Baker River. There are many sugar maple, butternut, white ash, black cherry and birch trees that will provide for a shady walk on a sunny day. A walk through the marked trails might allow you to sight a bluebird or perhaps a wood turtle or other wildlife found along the river, fields or woods. Plans for the 2009 season include a small mowed parking lot near the access driveway off Route 25, field mowing, a seasonal Porta potty, walking trails and beach access for swimming/wading. The driveway access should be ready around Memorial Day.
This past winter you may have travelled across a corner of the small field on the existing snowmobile trail which will continue to cross the property there. Traditional non-motorized recreational uses are also encouraged.
The town of Rumney is looking for suggestions for a name for this beautiful land. Please send your recommendations to the town office (786-9511) by June 1.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy

Looking to get away??? Escape to Ireland with this gentle read . . .Whitethorn Woods is the latest entry in Maeve Binchy’s lengthy and bestselling career. The book is essentially a collection of interconnected short stories that take place in a small town in Ireland. By turns sweet and somber, the overall tone of Whitethorn Woods is uplifting, and will please Binchy’s fans looking to revisit her unique depiction of today’s Ireland.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Have you read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson?

Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson and published by Houghton Mifflin in September 1962. The book is widely credited with helping launch the environmental movement.
When Silent Spring was published, Rachel Carson was already a well-known writer on natural history, but had not previously been a social critic. The book was widely read (especially after its selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club and an endorsement by Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas), spending several weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, and inspired widespread public concerns with pesticides and pollution of the environment. Silent Spring facilitated the ban of the pesticide DDT in 1972 in the United States.
The book documented detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly on birds. Carson said that DDT had been found to cause thinner egg shells and result in reproductive problems and death. She also accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation, and public officials of accepting industry claims uncritically.
Silent Spring has made many lists of the best nonfiction books of the twentieth century. In the Modern Library List of Best 20th-Century Nonfiction it was at #5, and it was at #78 in the conservative National Review. Most recently, Silent Spring was named one of the 25 greatest science books of all time by the editors of Discover Magazine.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult's latest book, Handle with Care, has arrived!

Can being too good a mother make you a bad mother? Charlotte's young daughter was born with a rare disease that causes her bones to break easily. But Charlotte's driving need to protect her child at all costs tears apart the other relationships in her life. In her trademark style, Picoult weaves together multiple plot twists with heart-wrenching insight into the power and fragility of love.

You may email us to reserve this book.

(This paragraph was from Family Circle magazine April 1 2009)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Looking for something to do???

PSU & Silver Center for the Arts Concerts & Events
Plymouth State University

Plymouth (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869

Thursday, March 12, 7pm - Reading: Women of Words
As a part of Women's History Month, the Women of Words, a local writing group, will read poems inspired by artwork of local women artists. A Women's History Month Event.
Call for free tickets. At Smith Recital Hall

Thursday, March 12, 7pm - Hanover Chamber Orchestra performs A Little Night Music
Program includes "Eine kleine Nachtmusic" by Mozart, "Verklärte Nacht" by Schoenberg, "Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky" by Arensky and "Divertimento (1930)" by Bartok.
At Hanaway Theatre

Monday, March 23, 7pm - Faculty Piano Recital
Pianist Carleen Graff is professor of music at PSU, where she teaches piano performance and pedagogy. She has performed solo and chamber recitals in New England, the Midwest and Germany. Call for free tickets. At Smith Recital Hall.

Tuesday, March 24, 8pm - Sidore Lecture Series: The US-Mexico Border: Chasing Cross-Border Activism
Guadalupe Luna says that rather than see viable alternatives, the US Congress continues to adopt an increasingly slippery slope of punitive measures that are difficult to reconcile with domestic law and international human rights principles. She will discuss the border fence that is under construction in the US southern border region. All Sidore events are free and open to the public; advance reservations are recommended. Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments.

Wednesday, March 25, 4pm - Artist Panel: The State
In some creative and artistic circles, "craft" is a bad word; in others it's absolutely essential. PSU and the Fuller Craft Museum present a panel discussion that looks at craft in the context of contemporary academia, theory and practice, as part of a regional discussion. At Heritage Commons. Free.

Saturday, March 28, 8pm - Silver Series: Sam Bush Band
Sam Bush, a master of the mandolin, fiddle and guitar, is considered to be an American bluegrass virtuoso. He is also an accomplished composer, singer, standout performer and multiple Grammy Award winner. Bush has toured as the leader of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers, and more recently with Lyle Lovett, Bela Fleck, Mark O'Connor and David Grisman. Hanaway Theatre.

Tuesday, March 31, 5pm - Student Concert: All New England Jazz Festival
PSU Jazz Band and guest artists perform with high school musicians from throughout the region.

Happenings at D Acres Farm
D Acres of NH Organic Farm & Educational Homestead
218 Streeter Woods Road, Dorchester (603) 786-2366
Friday, March 13, 2-4pm - Northern Forest Pruning
With Josh Trought & S. Tyler Durham, focusing on fruit and nut trees.
Friday, March 13, 3pm - Open Trails
Snowshoe or cross-country ski in the winter, hike in the summer.
Friday, March 13, 6-9pm - Full Moon Potluck
Bring a dish to share with neighbors. Join us after for a talk about Climate Change led by Sam Miller. Free
Saturday, March 21, 1-3pm - Maple Sugaring
Join Neil Dominieki in the Sugar Shack to learn how D Acres creates maple syrup from trees tapped on the property. Sliding scale suggested donation.
Saturday, March 21, 6pm - Wood Carving Demonstration
Learn the basics of wood carving with Barbara McAllister in conjunction with Soup Night.
Saturday, March 21, 6-8pm - Equinox Saturday Soup Night
Sliding scale donation for all-you-should-eat organic farm soup.
Friday, March 27, 10am-12noon - Writing Group with Ivy Page
All levels and styles are welcome; emphasis is currently on poetry and short-stories. Beginners are certainly welcome. Preregistration is required.
Friday, March 27 - Last Friday Open Mic Night
8-10:30pm is the scheduled Open Mic (sign up when you arrive); 10:30pm-12:00am is the Open Jam... join right in. Free. Potluck drinks and snacks are welcome.
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm - Yoga with Sarah Hall

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Programs & Events
23 Science Center Road, Holderness (603) 968-7194
Saturday, March 14, 9:30-11:30am - Opening the Gates to Winter
Come find out what happens at the Science Center during the long, cold winter months. Be ready to snowshoe; snowshoes available at no extra fee. All ages.
Saturday, March 21, 6-9pm - Celebrate Night
Join staff at the Science Center for a night of family fun to shake off the winter blues and welcome the spring season. There will be several activities to choose from including a campfire with storytelling, night sky watch (weather permitting), night hikes, and a "Creatures of the Night" live animal program. All ages.
For a complete list of programs and for registration information, call or visit the website.

Byron G Merrill Library Happenings
Tuesday, 2-8pm; Thursday, 10am-12noon & 2pm-5pm; Saturday, 10am-12noon
10 Buffalo Road, Rumney (603) 786-9520
Tuesday, March 17, 2:30-3:30pm or 7-7:45pm - Rumney Genealogists
Are you interested in getting your family tree? We will explore various ways for doing this as well as how to research on the internet using Third Tuesday of each month.
Tuesday, March 31, 2:30-3:30pm or 7-7:45pm - Rumney Rudolph Club
Do you find Christmas sneaking up on you each year? Join the Rudolph Club and start planning now! Stop by and find out what this is all about. You are welcome to join us in the afternoon or evening.
Thursdays, 3:30pm and Saturdays, 10:30am - Byron G Bear Story Club
Themed storytimes and activities for preschool and primary age children Visit for more information.

Pease Public Library Programs & Events
Monday-Wednesday, 10am-8pm; Thursday & Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm
1 Russell Street, Plymouth (603) 536-2616
Tuesday, March 17, 7pm - Wordless Books
David Berona will discuss the first wordless books, and show slides of woodcut artists from the early 20th century featured in his book, Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels, recently chosen as one of the winners of the 2009 New York Book Show. Book signing and reception to follow.
Thursdays, 7pm - Winter/Spring 2009 Lecture Series: Modern China
An exploration of the tumultuous political and cultural landscape of 20th century China.
March 19, 7pm - Chinese Holidays and Pastimes, with Ying Xia Peterson
March 26, 7pm - China Under Mao and After, with Dr. Xiaoxiong Li, PSU
Thursday, April 2, 7pm - Beauty and Meaning in Chinese Art, with Bruce MacLaren, Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at Peabody Essex Museum
All events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Young Ladies Library Association Endowment Fund in cooperation with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.
Mondays, 10am - Toddler Time for parents and children up to 36 months. Sessions, with stories, singing and movement, followed by playtime.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10am - Preschool Storyhours for ages 3 to 5
The program will consist of stories, music, arts & crafts and a snack.

Events at Plymouth Regional Senior Center
Old Plymouth Railroad Depot
8 Depot Street, Plymouth (603) 536-1204 or (603) 536-9639 or (603) 536-2090
The center is open every day, with a continuous and full schedule of activities. All welcome.
Mondays, March 23-April 27, 1-3:30pm - Powerful Tools for Caregivers
This is a 6-week educational program for caregivers at Speare Memorial Hospital. For more information, call Jane Conklin at (888) 634-9412 or Fran Olsen at (603) 744-8395.
Wednesday, April 1, 1pm - Monthly Writing Class
First Wednesday each month
Mondays, 9am-12noon - Wood Carving Class
Beginners are welcome. Bring your own tools or come by and see what it's all about.
Mondays, 9:45-11am - Tai Chi and Dao Yin
Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:15am - Yoga
Wednesdays, 9am - Central New Hampshire Artists
Wednesdays, 9am - Computer Classes
Thursdays, 9-11am - Crafters, Knitters, Crocheters, Cross Stitchers & Rug Hookers
New and experienced crafters welcome. Bring ideas and work to be completed. Materials will be provided. If you have available frames & hooks to loan, bring them in.
Thursdays, 10:30am - Memoir Writing Workshop
Each year our goal has been to finish up with a small book utilizing the combined stories of all participants. All are welcome.
Thursdays, 1pm - Quilting Class
Fridays, 10:15am - Country Line Dancing
Join Joan Randlett, who will show you some kick-up-your-heels moves. All ages are welcome

Monday, March 9, 2009

Rumney Knitters

I am looking forward to seeing the Rumney Knitters tomorrow - we'll have two sessions, one at 2 and another at 7. I will bring my scarf - looking forward to seeing your new projects.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

An Interesting Website

I came across 'Simple Living' several years ago and have enjoyed the email newsletters ever since. I honestly believe that we need to change some of our ways and find lots of good ideas on this website. You are welcome to check it out (, and if you are interested, you can sign up for their free newsletter.

What Is Simple Living?

Simple living — aka voluntary simplicity — has just about as many definitions as there are individuals who practice it. Simple living is not about living in poverty or self-inflicted deprivation. Rather, it is about living an examined life — one in which you have determined what is important, or "enough," for you, discarding the rest.

"Living in a way that is outwardly
simple and inwardly rich."
— Duane Elgin

There are many "flavors" of simplicity.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Come Join Us . . .

January Events

January 13th at 2:30-3:30 or 7-7:45 – Rumney Knitting Group.
Join experienced and beginner knitters alike for a session of conversation and shared interests. Bring your current project.
Come in the afternoon or early evening – whichever works best for you!
All ages are welcome.

January 20th at 2:30-3:30 or 7-7:45 – Rumney Genealogists
Are you interested in getting your family tree in order?
We will explore various ways for doing this as well as how to research on the internet using Ancestry.Com
We are offering two sessions so come at your convenience.

January 27th at 2:30-3:30 or 7-7:45 – Rumney Rudolph Club
Do you find Christmas sneaking up on you each year? Join the Rudolph Club and start planning now! Stop by and find out what this is all about.
You are welcome to join us in the afternoon or evening.

A Delightful Story

How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can't even begin to answer those questions until you hear the charming story of Dewey Readmore Books, the beloved library cat of Spencer, Iowa.

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next nineteen years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility, (for a cat) and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

As his fame grew from town to town, then state to state, and finally, amazingly, worldwide, Dewey became more than just a friend; he became a source of pride for an extraordinary Heartland farming town pulling its way slowly back from the greatest crisis in its long history.