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.