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,
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 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.