Thursday, December 29, 2011

11/22/63 by Stephen King



The horrormeister's new novel tells the story of Jake Epping who is let in on the secret existence of a time-travel portal inside a Maine diner. The diner's owner Al, who is dying, asks Jake to go back in time and complete one very important task: Stop President Kennedy from being assassinated.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New Year!



Happy New Year from the Byron G. Merrill Library! We invite children and the young at heart to come in for some great books to get you through the long winter ahead. For children we have a large selection of winter-themed books and for adults we have many brand new titles that Santa just delivered. We have just the title for your entertainment on a cold, winter night! Another way to keep warm is to join our knitters group which will meet again on Thursday, January 12th at 2:00pm. Whatever your skill level, feel free to join us for a chat and cup of tea while we work on projects together.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Holidays!



The ladies at the Byron G. Merrill Library would like to send Christmas greetings to all our patrons, friends and neighbors and let everyone know that we will be open during all our regular hours throughout the holiday season. Come on in for a lively greeting and some goodies to keep you energized during your last-minute shopping and bring in the kids during vacation to check out some entertaining books as well.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Deck the halls...



Merry Christmas from the Byron G. Merrill Library! We invite children and the young at heart to come in and decorate a cookie during our open hours on Dec. 14th, 15th and 17th. Decorate your cookie to bring home and leave out for Santa or eat it yourself! During your Christmas preparations we hope you'll stop by for a yummy treat and a Christmas greeting on December 21st, 22nd and 24th. During the whole month of December we have Christmas ornaments available for children to decorate and take home. The ornaments also make great gift tags. While you're here check out our selection of Christmas-themed books and movies for every age level. We have just the title for your entertainment on a cold, winter night!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween Everyone!



We hope that a lot of ghosts and goblins will stop by the library tonight between 5 and 6 o'clock!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Exploring New Hampshire...



Just in time for fall foliage trips, the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has added an interactive
map of the state's historical highway markers to its website, www.nh.gov/nhdhr.
Visitors to the website can use Google Maps technology to easily navigate a map of New Hampshire and find
locations of the state's 200+ historical highway markers. A photo of each marker, along with its GPS coordinates
and a search feature to find nearby landmarks and attractions, can be accessed by clicking on a marker's location.

New Hampshire's historical highway markers illustrate the depth and complexity of our history and the people
who made it, from the last Revolutionary War soldier to contemporary sports figures to poets and painters who
used New Hampshire for inspiration; from 18th-century meeting houses to stone arch bridges to long-lost villages;
from factories and cemeteries to sites where international history was made.
"Historical highway markers form a trail of the state's heritage from Pittsburg to Hinsdale and Seabrook,:"
said Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and state historic preservation officer.
"Each marker is initiated by a group of local advocates; the program reflects what people in New Hampshire
feel is important and unique about our history."

The New Hampshire historical highway marker program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical
Resources and the N.H. Department of Transportation.
Any municipality, agency, organization or individual wishing to propose a historical highway marker to commemorate
significant New Hampshire places, persons or events must submit a petition of support signed by at
least 20 New Hampshire citizens. They must also draft the text of the marker and provide footnotes and copies
of supporting documentation, as well as a suggested location for marker placement.
New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, The "State Historic Preservation Office," was established
in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are
among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding
and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New
Hampshire's citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.

Stop by and take a look...



For 11/3/11

The holiday season has begun… the Thanksgiving books are out and ready to be enjoyed. We’ve added a dozen new titles to our selection. Speaking of Thanksgiving, come and build with us! We have many sizes and kinds of LEGO blocks, you just need to bring your imagination. The theme is Thanksgiving. All ages welcome!

We have a new look in our video/reading/gathering room! The videos have been rearranged and two comfy chairs have been added. Stop by and take a look!

The BGM Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet here at the library next Thursday, December 10th at 2. Helen will be bringing some yummy treats to go with our cup of tea. Hope you can join us.

December 10th will be a busy day as Craig Bixby will be removing our outside doors to refinish them. We will be boarded up and the library closed until the doors are reinstalled. We hope to re-open on Wednesday, November 16th if all goes well.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New ebooks Titles Available

New eBooks for October 21, 2011
Title Author(s)
1225 Christmas Tree Lane Debbie Macomber
The Accidental Courtesan Cheryl Ann Smith
Aleph Paulo Coelho
Angels of Darkness Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook
Anna's Gift Emma Miller
The Beach Trees Karen White
Black Wind Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
Bride for a Night Rosemary Rogers
Cemetery Girl David Bell
The Color of Light Karen White
The Confessor Daniel Silva
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat Sofie Kelly
Dead Over Heels Charlaine Harris
Dearly, Departed Lia Habel
The Death Cure James Dashner
Death in the City of Light David King
Die Trying Lee Child
Double Dexter Jeff Lindsay
Drums of Autumn Diana Gabaldon
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Carnival Crime Donald Sobol
The English Assassin Daniel Silva
The Floor of Heaven Howard Blum
The Kill Artist Daniel Silva
The Kingdom of Childhood Rebecca Coleman
The Lost Stories John Flanagan
The Mark of the Assassin Daniel Silva
The Memory of Water Karen White
The Murder of the Century Paul Collins
The Name of the Star Maureen Johnson
An O'Brien Family Christmas Sherryl Woods
On Folly Beach Karen White
Proof By Seduction Courtney Milan
Seduction of a Highland Lass Maya Banks
A Simple Winter Rosalind Lauer
The Unlikely Spy Daniel Silva
Vanishing Act Thomas Perry
The Weight of Silence Heather Gudenkauf
Zone One Colson Whitehead

New Audio Books Titles Available

For our patrons using our 'Downloadable Audio Books' program, we are pleased to announce these new titles that are available.

New Audio Books for October 21, 2011

Title Author(s)
The Abduction John Grisham, Richard Thomas
The Affair Lee Child, Dick Hill
The Cat's Table Michael Ondaatje, Michael Ondaatje
Comfort and Joy India Knight, Anne Flosnik
The Dark Half Stephen King, Grover Gardner
Dearly, Departed Lia Habel, Kim Mai Guest, Various
Double Dexter Jeff Lindsay, Jeff Lindsay
Heart of Ice Lis Wiehl, Devon O'Day
Lethal Sandra Brown, Victor Slezak
The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenides, David Pittu
The Medusa Plot Gordon Korman, David Pittu
The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern, Jim Dale
The Night Strangers Chris Bohjalian, Alison Fraser, Mark Bramhall
An O'Brien Family Christmas Sherryl Woods, Christina Traister
Rip Tide Kat Falls, Keith Nobbs
Seriously...I'm Kidding Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen DeGeneres
A Simple Winter Rosalind Lauer, Cassandra Campbell
The Son of Neptune Rick Riordan, Joshua Swanson
Stranger in My Arms Lisa Kleypas
Where Dreams Begin Lisa Kleypas
A Wicked Snow Gregg Olsen, Kevin Foley

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Read-a Thon on September 29th!



For 10/20/11

We’re looking forward to our very first Read-a-thon’ on Saturday, October 29th from 4 until 5:30 pm. This free event promises to be a fun one for our young readers ages 8 to 12. Advance registration is a must – call, email or stop in! Pizza, reading, fun – what is there not to like???

The knitting ladies are knitting up a storm! We are getting a jump start on warm, cozy hats for our students at the Russell School. The cold days are on their way and we want all the children nice and warm as they go out on the playground. You are welcome to join our knitting group or just knit on your own. We have patterns and plenty of yarn right here at the library. Won’t you help? The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet on Thursday, October 27th, at 2 and again on November 10th. You are welcome to join us.

Are you remembering that our hours have changed? We are open Wednesdays 2 until 6, Thursdays 10 until 12 and 2 until 6, and Saturdays 10 until 1.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How To Read More: A Lover's Guide by Leo Babauta



Reading a good book is one of my favorite things in the world. A novel is a time machine, a worm-hole to different dimensions, a special magic that puts you into the minds and bodies of fascinating people, a transporter that lets you travel the world, a dizzying exploration of love and death and sex and seedy criminal underworlds and fairylands, a creator of new best friends. All in one.

I read because I love the experience, because it is a powerful teacher of life, because it transforms me. I am not the world’s most prodigious reader, but I do read daily and with passion. Lots of people say they want to read more, but don’t know how to start. Read this. It should help.

1. Don’t read because you should — read for joy. Find books about exciting stories, about people who fascinate you, about new worlds that you’d love to visit. Forget the classics, unless they fit this prescription.

2. Carve out the time. We have no time to read anymore, mostly because we work too much, we overschedule our time, we’re on the Internet all the time (which does have some good reading, but can also suck our attention endlessly), and we watch too much TV. Pick a time, and make it your reading time. Start with just 10 minutes if it’s hard to find time — even 10 minutes is lovely. Try 20 or 30 if you can drop a couple things from your schedule.

3. Do nothing but read. Clear all distractions. Find a quiet, peaceful space. It’s just your book, and you. Notice but let go of the urges to do other things instead of read. If you must do something else, have some tea.

4. Love the hell out of it. You’re not doing this to better yourself. You’re doing it for joy. Reading is magic, and the magic will change everything else in your life. Love the experience, and you’ll look forward to it daily.

5. Make it social. Find friends who love to read, or find them online. There’s a world of readers on the Internet, and they’d be happy to make recommendations and talk about the books you’re all reading. Try a book club as well. Reading is solitary, but is also a social act.

6. Make it a habit. Pick a trigger in your daily routine, and consistently read exactly after that trigger each day. Even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes. The more consistent you are, and the longer you keep the streak going, the stronger the habit will become.

7. Don’t make it a chore. Don’t make it something on your to do list or schedule that you have to check off. It’s not part of your self-improvement plan. It’s a part of your Make Life More Awesome Plan.

8. Give up on a book if it’s boring. Reading isn’t something you do because it’s good for you — it’s not like taking your vitamins. You’re reading because it’s fun. So if a book isn’t fun, dump it. Give it a try for at least a chapter, but if you still don’t love it, move on.

9. Discover amazing books. I talk to other people who are passionate about books, and I’ll read reviews, or just explore an old-fashioned bookstore. Supporting your local bookstores is a great thing, and it’s incredibly fun. Libraries are also amazing places that are underused — get a card today.

10. Don’t worry about speed. Speed reading is fine for some, but slow reading is great too. The number of books, and the rate of reading them, matters not a whit. It’s not a competition. You’re reading to enjoy the books, so take your time. It’s like enjoying good food: better savored, not rushed.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Our Hours Have Changed!



Our hours have changed – Fall/Winter hours are now in effect – We are open Wednesdays from 2 until 6, Thursdays from 10 until 12 and 2 until 6, and Saturdays from 10 until 1. We hope that this makes it easier for everyone to drop by the library.

Attention all people ages 8 to 12 who like pizza, reading and fun… We have a special day planned towards the end of October – October 29th from 4 until 5:30 to be exact – when we will host our very first ‘Read-a-Thon’. We will do some reading, eat some pizza, and perhaps play a game. Space is limited so… if you would like to come please let us know ASAP!

Cool days, crisp apples, colorful leaves – the best part of living in New England for many of us! Those who agree might like to check out a fun link – http://www.travel-new-england.com/fall-fall-foliage-in-new-england/ - for a great list of activities just right for the season. Children might like to check out our fall picture books here at the library.

New issues of Ranger Rick and National Wildlife (Thank you Joy!) have just arrived. Ranger Rick has a neat article about beavers with lots of pictures. National Wildlife has many interesting articles including one on wild turkeys (they are quite tasty!) and another on wildflowers to attract migrating butterflies and hummingbirds.

The Ladies Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet on Thursday, October 13th at 2 pm. We are making winter hats for our school children and can use some help. We have patterns and yarn available at the library. The cold temperatures are coming so we aim to be ready!

Thursday, September 15, 2011



The American Library Association and public libraries around the country have celebrated Library Card Sign-UP Month every September since 1987. Our library is taking part by reminding our community that the return on your library investment is huge when you take advantage of our services and resources. We offer books, magazines, dvds, videos, downloadable audio and ebooks, inter-library loans, and an internet based foreign language program.

We also want to remind parents that a library card is a very important school supply and the smartest card a student can own! If your child is in first grade or more, come in with them and get them a library card and learn how we can help your student

Library cards need to be renewed every two years. Is your library card up-to-date???

Upcoming Events: The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet for tea and conversation on THURSDAY, October 13th, at 2 PM –Please notice the change in day - all are welcome!

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: rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com, Website: www.rumneylibrary.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New E-Book Titles Available...

Oodles of new e-books are currently available to download to your e-book readers. Have you signed up for this popular program at our library???

Title Author(s)
1968 Mark Kurlansky
3rd Degree James Patterson, Andrew Gross
Allies Christie Golden
Almost Perfect Brian Katcher
The American Girl Monika Fagerholm, Katarina Tucker
The Angel in My Arms Stefanie Sloane
Anna and the French Kiss Stephanie Perkins
Ashtown Burials N. D. Wilson
Bearers of the Black Staff Terry Brooks
Becoming Marie Antoinette Juliet Grey
Black Ice Anne Stuart
Blood Promise Richelle Mead
Bloodlines Richelle Mead
Bloodshot Cherie Priest
Blue Smoke Nora Roberts
The Bride Julie Garwood
The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka
Burning Down the Spouse Dakota Cassidy
Buttercream Bump Off Jenn McKinlay
A Chesapeake Shores Christmas Sherryl Woods
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness Alexandra Fuller
Cod Mark Kurlansky
Crave J. R. Ward
Die for You Lisa Unger
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight Alexandra Fuller
Dragonfly in Amber Diana Gabaldon
Falling in Love with English Boys Melissa Jensen
Flirting with Disaster Sherryl Woods
The Food of a Younger Land Mark Kurlansky
Frostbite Richelle Mead
Girls in White Dresses Jennifer Close
Happy Birthday Danielle Steel
The Help Kathryn Stockett
I Don't Know How She Does It Allison Pearson
The Ideal Man Julie Garwood
In Malice, Quite Close Brandi Lynn Ryder
The Invisible Bridge Julie Orringer
The Keeper of Lost Causes Jussi Adler-Olsen
Knit One, Kill Two Maggie Sefton
The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Last Coyote Michael Connelly
Last Sacrifice Richelle Mead
The Ledge Jim Davidson, Kevin Vaughan
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie Jennifer Ashley
Mama Rides Shotgun Deborah Sharp
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron Jennifer Ashley
Matched Ally Condie
The Measure of the Magic Terry Brooks
Next to Love Ellen Feldman
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
Reckless Anne Stuart
Rotters Daniel Kraus
The Secret Julie Garwood
The Secret Mistress Mary Balogh
The Secret to Seduction Julie Anne Long
Shadow Kiss Richelle Mead
Shelter Harlan Coben
Spirit Bound Richelle Mead
Victory and Honor W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
Waking Up in Charleston Sherryl Woods
Ways to Be Wicked Julie Anne Long
Would-Be Witch Kimberly Frost
You Are So Undead to Me Stacey Jay
1105 Yakima Street Debbie Macomber
The 5th Horseman James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Ambitious Monica McKayhan
Another Kind of Dead Kelly Meding
The Ask and the Answer Patrick Ness
Back Spin Harlan Coben
Backseat Saints Joshilyn Jackson
Becoming Marie Antoinette Juliet Grey
Blood Bound Rachel Vincent
Blood Rules Christine Cody
Bloodlands Christine Cody
Bloodlines Richelle Mead
Bloodroot Bill Loehfelm
Blue Smoke Nora Roberts
A Bone to Pick Charlaine Harris
Breathless Anne Stuart
The Buddha in the Attic Julie Otsuka
By Grace Possessed Jennifer Blake
Cherished Kim Cash Tate
A Chesapeake Shores Christmas Sherryl Woods
Club Dead Charlaine Harris
Covet J. R. Ward
Craving the Highlander's Touch Michelle Willingham
Dead Angler Victoria Houston
Death in Show Judi McCoy
An Echo in the Bone Diana Gabaldon
The Fiery Cross Diana Gabaldon
Getting Old is a Disaster Rita Lakin
Good Girls Don't Victoria Dahl
Greywalker Kat Richardson
Heir of the Dog Judi McCoy
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Home Improvement Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P Kelner
Hounding the Pavement Judi McCoy
An Ice Cold Grave Charlaine Harris
In Bed with a Highlander Maya Banks
The Invisible Bridge Julie Orringer
Julia London Historical Romance 2-Book Bundle Julia London
Juliet Immortal Stacey Jay
The Julius House Charlaine Harris
The Keeper of Lost Causes Jussi Adler-Olsen
Kind of Blue Miles Corwin
The King's Courtesan Judith James
Kiss of Death Rachel Caine
Knee High by the 4th of July Jess Lourey
The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness
The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Last Sacrifice Richelle Mead
Lord and Lady Spy Shana Galen
Love Come to Me Lisa Kleypas
Mama Does Time Deborah Sharp
The Many Sins of Lord Cameron Jennifer Ashley
Mice Gordon Reece
Miracle Beach Erin Celello
Mistress by Marriage Maggie Robinson
Monsters of Men Patrick Ness
Murder Past Due Miranda James
Neighborhood Watch Cammie McGovern
Nightshade Andrea Cremer
No Proper Lady Isabel Cooper
No Time For Goodbye Linwood Barclay
A Parfait Murder Wendy Lyn Watson
Pleasure Unbound Larissa Ione
Plugged Eoin Colfer
Poltergeist Kat Richardson
The Postmortal Drew Magary
Raising Stony Mayhall Daryl Gregory
Ready Player One Ernest Cline
Redeeming the Rogue Donna MacMeans
The School of Essential Ingredients Erica Bauermeister
Second Son Lee Child
The Servants of Twilight Dean Koontz
Seven Years to Sin Sylvia Day
Shameless Anne Stuart
Silent Enemy Thomas W. Young
Slow Love Dominique Browning
The Sookie Stackhouse Companion Charlaine Harris
Spiral Paul McEuen
The Square Root of Murder Ada Madison
Storm's Heart Thea Harrison
The Stranger You Seek Amanda Kyle Williams
Succubus Blues Richelle Mead
Succubus On Top Richelle Mead
Succubus Revealed Richelle Mead
Succubus Shadows Richelle Mead
The Third Victim Lisa Gardner
Treasuring Emma Kathleen Fuller
The Twelfth Enchantment David Liss
The Vow Juliana Garnett
Vowed in Shadows Jessa Slade
Voyager Diana Gabaldon
Waking Up in Charleston Sherryl Woods
We the Animals Justin Torres
The Wedding Julie Garwood
The Wedding Affair Leigh Michaels
What Is Left the Daughter Howard Norman
When the Wind Blows James Patterson
Where Demons Fear to Tread Stephanie Chong
A Whisper of Peace Kim Vogel Sawyer
White Heat M. J. McGrath
Working Stiff Annelise Ryan
You Dropped a Blonde on Me Dakota Cassidy

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Author Sara Gruen's Favorite Reads...



Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants has become one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of our time. Readers fell in love with Water for Elephants and its story of Jacob, a young man tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, and Rosie, the untrainable elephant. This instant #1 New York Times bestseller has over 3 million copies in print worldwide. The movie version, starring Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz, and Robert Pattinson is playing nationally.

We are currently displaying Sara's favorite reads: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, the Brief Wondrous Life of oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, and The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

School has started!


The Byron G. Merrill Library sends well-wishes to all Rumney students as they head back to school. Whether looking for a special book for school or doing online research on one of the computers we can help students during our evening and Saturday hours.

The library was packed to the gills on Wednesday, August 10 as a wrap-up party for the summer tic-tac-toe reading program was held. Seventeen children plus parents were in attendance. A short program was held outside in the shade of the maple trees just as the rain clouds cleared. The time consisted of a song, a story of what happens when Farmer Brown goes on vacation, a game of duck, duck, goose, awards and the favorite of all - ice cream! A fun time was had by all. The tic-tac-toe program helped introduce a variety of books to children over the summer and helped prepare them for school as well.

As cooler weather comes an invitation goes out to local knitters to join us for our knitting club held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 2pm. If you are unable to attend you may still help us with our special project of knitting hats for the children of Russell Elementary School. Skeins of yarn and a pattern is available at the library if you would like to help with our project.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New E-Books Available to Download...

Just copied the list of new e-books available to our patrons - Do you have an ereader? You might like to check out these titles...

Title Author(s)
Abyss Troy Denning
Against All Enemies Tom Clancy, Peter Telep
Among the Wonderful Stacy Carlson
Books Can Be Deceiving Jenn McKinlay
City of the Sun David Levien
Conquistadora Esmeralda Santiago
Dead Is So Last Year Marlene Perez
Delirious Daniel Palmer
Demonic Ann Coulter
The Devil in Disguise Stefanie Sloane
Don't Look Back Karin Fossum
Ecstasy Unveiled Larissa Ione
First 60 Seconds Daniel Burns
A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
Ghost Town Rachel Caine
The Girl in the Steel Corset Kady Cross
Grave Sight Charlaine Harris
The Help Kathryn Stockett
Hourglass Myra McEntire
Incognito David Eagleman
An Indecent Proposition Emma Wildes
Keeping the House Ellen Baker
Let's Play Dead Sheila Connolly
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen Susan Gregg Gilmore
Lye in Wait Cricket McRae
The Magician Michael Scott
Maine J. Courtney Sullivan
A Matter of Class Mary Balogh
May Day Jess Lourey
One Bad Apple Sheila Connolly
Passion Unleashed Larissa Ione
A Perfect Evil Alex Kava
Pleasure Unbound Larissa Ione
Real Murders Charlaine Harris
Runaway Hit Lara Bergen
The School of Essential Ingredients Erica Bauermeister
The Secret Between Us Barbara Delinsky
The Secret to Seduction Julie Anne Long
Seducing the Highlander Emma Wildes
Sex on the Moon Ben Mezrich
Shakespeare's Landlord Charlaine Harris
Shattered Karen Robards
The Shelters of Stone Jean M. Auel
The Silent Girl Tess Gerritsen
The Sinner Who Seduced Me Stefanie Sloane
Slightly Married Mary Balogh
Smokin' Seventeen Janet Evanovich
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Lisa See
A Summer to Remember Mary Balogh
The Vanishing Violin Michael D. Beil
A Weekend with Mr. Darcy Victoria Connelly
Where the Dead Lay David Levien
The Winter Sea Susanna Kearsley

Thursday, August 4, 2011


On August 30 and 31, 2011 The Library of Congress Gateway to Knowledge Travelling Exhibition will be at the New Hampshire State House (107 North Main Street, Concord, NH) and will be open for visitors from 10am-6pm each day.

The exhibition outlines the history of the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson's role in re-establishing the Library after the burning of the U.S. Capitol in 1814, and his classification system of Memory, Reason, and Imagination. These three categories define the organization of the content inside the exhibition.

The visit is being co-hosted by the New Hampshire State Library and Concord Public Library.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Fun at the Library


With just a few short weeks left of summer, it's not too late to join our summer Tic-Tac-Toe Club at the Byron G. Merrill Library. All ages can play along by reading the various types of books listed in each square. As they mark off squares on their tic-tac-toe card not only will children be fulfilling their school reading requirements for the summer, but they'll also earn an extra treat to keep them cool. One of the squares asks children to read a "how-to" book. The library has many books for children to learn new things such as crafts, skateboarding, and even how to make balloon animals. You never know what you'll learn at the Byron G. Merrill Library!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Join Us for a Busy Summer!


Rumney children are invited to join our summer Tic-Tac-Toe Club at the Byron G. Merrill Library. All ages can play along by reading the various types of books listed in each square. As they mark off squares on their tic-tac-toe card not only will children be fulfilling their school reading requirements for the summer, but they'll also earn an extra treat to keep them cool. One of the squares asks children to read a Caldecott Award book. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year. The award was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The Caldecott and the Newbery Medals are the most prestigious American children's book awards. The Byron G. Merrill Library has many well-loved Caldecott Award books to read and borrow.

Highlighting other local libraries, "Saving the Mountains, New Hampshire and the Creation of National Forests" will be presented at the Margret & H.A. Rey Center, Waterville Valley on Friday July 15th at 8 p.m. In 2011, New Hampshire and the nation are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, the law that created the eastern national forests. Marcia Schmidt Blaine of Plymouth State University will present the lecture.

Upcoming Events: The Rumney Historical Society will host their annual Ice Cream Social on the lawn next to the museum on Saturday, July 23rd at one o’clock. Music, cake and ice cream, and a chance to visit will be the agenda for the day. This event is free and open to the public. We hope that you will join us!

The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet for tea and conversation on Wednesday, August 10th, at 2 PM – all are welcome! Our next project is to make warm winter hats for the students at the Russell School. Patterns will be available.

The Library Annual Book Sale will take place on Saturday, August 13th, Old Home Day, from 9 until noon on the lawn in front of the library. It will be a ‘contribution’ sale and the proceeds will benefit the children’s collection. Book donations are welcome at the library during our regular hours.

The Byron G Merrill Library offers books, magazines, dvds, videos, downloadable audio books, genealogy sources, interlibrary loan, and an internet- based foreign language program – stop by and ask. 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: rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com, Website: www.rumneylibrary.blogspot.com

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Rumney Ladies Knitting Society....


It was a busy and rather noisy afternoon as the ladies of The Rumney Ladies Knitting Society turned out for their monthly event. Patterns were shared, gossip exchanged, and Helen's cookies were enjoyed by all with our usual cup of tea. We talked about knitting up some winter hats to give to the Russell School when the temperatures start to drop in the fall. We have children who come daily to school without warm winter wear so we think that this might be a good project for us to take on. Our next gathering will take place on Wednesday, July 13th at 2 pm here at the library. Everyone is invited to join us!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thinking Ahead to Summer...



Have fun reading this summer at the Byron G. Merrill Library. The library has a wide variety of children's books for all ages and skill levels. Whether reading for fun or working on a project for school over the summer, our staff can help your child find just the book they need. This is also a great time to bring your child in for their very own library card. For adults we have a large selection of paperback books for patrons to borrow or keep. They're just right for taking with you on your summer vacation to the beach!

Wherever you go you can take the library with you. Byron G. Merrill is a member of New Hampshire Downloadable Books, a website which allows library card holders to download audio books right to their computers, mp3 players, smartphones, and digital readers. All that's needed is an account set up by the library for you to be able to download the proper software and then browse for an audio book. Minimal technical skills are all that's needed to be able to enjoy all that's offered at "http://nh.lib.overdrive.com".

Spring reading continues for children who visit the library. Many of the specially-themed books have been checked out and enjoyed. Children are invited to read the books and check them off their list for a special treat at the end of the season.

Rumney resident Paul Beaulieu, will be offering free Tai Chi lessons on June 9th and 16th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on the Common. This is an opportunity to work with a certified instructor and “try out” this centuries old exercise routine. (Paul can be reached at 603/502-8764 and/or taichipaul.beaulieu@gmail.com)
Upcoming Events: The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet for tea and conversation on Wednesday, June 8th, at 2 PM – all are welcome!

The Byron G Merrill Library offers books, magazines, dvds, videos, downloadable audio books, genealogy sources, interlibrary loan, and an internet- based foreign language program – stop by and ask. 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: rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com, Website: www.rumneylibrary.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tax Relief at last!


It is time again for New Hampshire’s Low and Moderate Income Homeowners Property Tax Relief program and we at Byron G. Merrill Library can help. Last year more than 17,100 New Hampshire residents were recipients of this tax relief program, many of whom contacted their local library for assistance. These forms are not distributed through town offices and are not being mailed to last year’s recipients. In an effort to serve our community the BP-8 forms will be available through June 30 during library hours.

The Spring Reading Club continues with children signing out our spring-themed books and checking them off their lists for a treat at the end of the season. One book in particular is great reading right now as local flowers have finally started blooming. Secret in the Garden, inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale, is a peek-through picture book which will capture young imaginations as they look through it to find each secret.

Do you have a long commute to work? Would you like a little distraction from your daily chores? Audio books are a great way to multitask! We have a wide variety of books on CD and audio cassette available to our patrons. Whether you like classics such as Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca or recent best-sellers by John Grisham, an audio book will bring more enjoyment to your day.

Upcoming Events: The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet for tea and conversation on Wednesday, June 8th, at 2 PM – all are welcome!

The Byron G Merrill Library offers books, magazines, dvds, videos, downloadable audio books, genealogy sources, interlibrary loan, and an internet- based foreign language program – stop by and ask. 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: rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com, Website: www.rumneylibrary.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Library Happenings



The Ladies Knitting Society and Yarn Club met yesterday here at the library. Helen brought some delicious treats and it was fun seeing the projects she has been working on - she has embroidered a tea towel and the stitching does not show on the back side!!!

Visitors to the Byron G. Merrill Library will be pleased to know of three new books that have been added to our shelves. "Friendship Bread" by Darien Gee is a novel about three women whose lives are changed by a simple act of kindness - an unexpected gift of homemade Amish Friendship Bread, a moving tale of triumph and hope. Debbie Macomber adds number eight to her Blossom Street series with " A Turn in the Road." This book tells the story of three women, three generations, on a cross-country road trip and their own emotional journeys along the way. Local writer, Jodi Picoult has released "Sing You Home", a complex morality tale told with honesty and dignity from the viewpoints of all three main characters. It's sure to be a hot-button topic for her fans. Whether you're looking for a new release or classic book, the Byron G. Merrill Library has just the book for you.

Spring reading continues for children who visit the library. Many of the specially-themed books have been checked out and enjoyed. Children are invited to read the books and check them off their list for a special treat at the end of the season.

Upcoming Events: The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet for tea and conversation on Wednesday, June 8th, at 2 PM – all are welcome! Thank you Helen for our wonderful treats!

The Byron G Merrill Library offers books, magazines, dvds, videos, downloadable audio books, genealogy sources, interlibrary loan, and an internet- based foreign language program – stop by and ask. 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: rumneylibrary@roadrunner.com, Website: www.rumneylibrary.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Magazines Galore!



Are the cost of magazine subscriptions getting you down? Stop by the Byron G Merrill Library and read your favorite magazines at our spacious reading table. We carry a wide variety of magazines from Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living to National Wildlife and Smithsonian. The popular women’s magazines will give great ideas for spring cleaning, new recipes and more. Armchair explorers will enjoy National Wildlife for its focus on animals around the world and Yankee Magazine as a perfect guide to all things New England. Smithsonian will take you around the world with its treasures and artifacts featured in world-wide museums. All these magazines and more are great reading and all but the latest issues may be checked out.

Upcoming Events: The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet for tea and conversation on Wednesday, May 11th, at 2 PM – all are welcome!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

New Books from Baldacci and Woods!



New to the Byron Merrill Library this week are "The Sixth Man" by David Baldacci and "Bel-Air Dead" by Stuart Woods. "The Sixth Man" is number five in a series featuring the characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell and follows the duo as they investigate an alleged serial killer. Without giving too much away, they encounter their first glitch when the lawyer of the case is found dead before their first meeting. In "Bel-Air Dead" best-selling author, Stuart Woods continues with the 20th Stone Barrington series. Stone is called out to California to help with a friend's stockholder meeting and finds himself in a high-stakes game with the rich and ambitious. If you are a David Baldacci or Stuart Woods fan, or if you are looking for a new suspense series, be sure to check out these newest editions.

Children are invited to be a part of our Spring Reading Club by choosing a book from our Spring-themed selection, then checking them off a reading list for a special treat at the end of the season. One of our spring books is "Ducklings and Pollywogs" by Ann Rockwell and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell. This book tells the story of a little girl and her father as they visit the local pond. When the ice has melted a fascinating world unfolds among the wild things that live and grow there. Check out this book and more when you stop by!

Upcoming Events: The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet for tea and conversation on Wed, May 11th at 2 - All are welcome!

Thursday, April 21, 2011


In addition to shelves filled with new books, we have a section devoted to very old books, books that were part of the library collection in 1909! We have a wonderful catalog entitled "Catalogue of the Books in the Byron G Merrill Public Library, Rumney, New Hampshire 1909" which lists the library's holdings in that year. It reminds us of the long history of our library and how grateful we are to Adelaide Merrill for giving the library building to the town of Rumney over one hundred years ago.
Umbrellas, boots and flowers decorate our area designated for children's spring-themed books. Among the display is the book entitled, "The Bear That Heard Crying" which tells the true story of little Sarah Whitcher who lived near Warren, NH in 1783. You will be enchanted by the storytelling of author, Natalie Kinsey-Warnocki and by the beautiful illustrations by Ted Rand. Children can check off this and other titles from their reading list cards for a special treat at the end of the season.
Upcoming Events: The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet for tea and conversation on Wed, May 11th at 2 - All are welcome!

Sunday, April 3, 2011



The children are continuing to enjoy the large, new assortment of hardcover picture books from the Libri Foundation Grant and have had fun making their selections. Sam, Julia and Josiah particularly enjoyed 'Pigs to the Rescue' by John Himmelman. The pictures are cute and the pigs are all so helpful - a fun read! The librarians' favorite is 'Dog Loves Books' by Louise Yates. If you change the book store setting to a library it is just like us! Again, we thank everyone who supported our book sale which made this matching grant possible.
At last we feel that we can safely end our 'Winter Reading'. Certificates are ready and waiting for everyone who participated. Congratulations to Kieran who read sixteen books! We have selected twenty picture books for 'Spring Reading' so we invite everyone to join in and start feeling spring!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What's Happening...


Our new books have arrived! Over 80 new picture books are now on display thanks to the Libri Foundation who matched our seed money 2-to-1! The Libri Foundation was established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children's books they could not otherwise afford to buy. The Foundation has donated over $4,600,000 worth of new children's books to more than 3,000 libraries across the country. Thank you to everyone who supported our Old Home Day Book Sale which provided the seed money and to the Libri Foundation for their vision.

We are very pleased to offer the Mango Language System here at our library. Mango is an internet based program that you can use at home for learning foreign languages. Through membership in our local cooperative we are able to offer six languages to our patrons at no charge - French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. The comments from users have all been positive and we have been told the service is similar to the popular, but expensive, Rosetta Stone system. Mango will be helpful for the traveler, the high school student needing extra support for the language they are studying or the independent-learner who forgot all the high school Spanish they thought they knew. A Rumney Public Library card and a password are required to use Mango. You are welcome to stop by and we will help you get started. Bonjour!

Upcoming Events: The Byron G Merrill Knitting Society and Yarn Club will meet for tea and conversation next on Wed, April 13th at 2 - All are welcome!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

We're in the News - March 3rd



New Hampshire has a rich tradition in camping which extends back more than 100 years! Our state continues to be the location of some of the finest camps in America. Our beautiful mountains, lakes, forests and weather are ideally suited for every camping activity imaginable. Whether you are looking for a camp to attend or a summer job, you might like to check out www.nhcamps.org. All camps listed on this website are licensed by the State of NH and inspected annually by the NH Dept of Environmental Services.

Fans of James Patterson and Stuart Woods will be pleased to know that their latest books have arrived. 'Tick Tock' is #4 in Mr Patterson's Michael Bennett series - New York City is again in trouble and it is Detective Bennett to the rescue. 'Strategic Moves' is #19 in Stuart Woods' very popular Stone Barrington series - It is New York City again but this time it is the rich and powerful that need Mr Barrington's help. Call or email and we will put your name on the list.

New Hampshire Healthy Kids is a private, non-profit organization that provides access to low-cost and free health and dental coverage for NH's uninsured children. Cost is based on family income and size. If you might be interested you are welcome to stop in for more information.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Find Your Ancestors!


Find your ancestors — at the Byron G Merrill Library!

How much do you know about your family history? Is your family new to New Hampshire, or have you been here for decades—or even for centuries? Where did they come from originally? When and where were they born? What did they do for a living?

Now you can find out.

Through a program initiated by the New Hampshire State Library, public libraries throughout the state, including the Byron G Merrill Library, now have access to Ancestry.com’s Library Edition, which includes more than 7,000 databases that deliver billions of records using censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, maps and more.

Ancestry.com’s Library Edition is available only at participating libraries; you cannot log in from home. Patrons with laptops can access the information on site at libraries with wireless internet access.

The service is easy to use: to get started, all you need is a name. Ancestry.com’s Library Edition then searches its databases to find everyone with that name, or even names that are similar. The more information you have—country, state, year of birth, etc.—the more Ancestry can filter its databases to help you narrow down your search.

You can learn not only about people’s birth, marriage and death dates, but also their jobs, how long they went to school, who lived with them and other interesting facts. You can even view enlistment records and, in some cases, find the streets they lived on or learn their phone numbers.

New content is always being added, so you can keep coming back to discover more about your ancestors—or even others.

Saturday, January 8, 2011



We are very pleased to offer the Mango Language System here at our library. Mango is an internet based program that you can use at home for learning foreign languages. Through membership in our local cooperative we are able to offer six languages to our patrons at no charge - French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. The comments from users have all been positive and we have been told the service is similar to the popular, but expensive, Rosetta Stone system. We have never been able to keep up with the demand for foreign languages so we're hopeful this service suits the many requests we receive from our community. Mango will be helpful for the traveler, the high school student needing extra support for the language they are studying or the independent-learner who forgot all the high school Spanish they thought they knew. A Rumney Public Library card and a password are required to use Mango. You are welcome to stop by and we will help you get started. Bonjour!
T