Thursday, December 20, 2012

Everyone coming into the library this week is talking about what a wonderful time they had at the Christmas Tea which was held next door at the museum – Thanks to Robin Bagley and Stacie Winsor for chairing this annual event, to all of the folks who brought delicious cookies, to Roger Daniels for decorating the Christmas tree and bringing his oil lamps, and to Pat Giebutowski for the festive decorations. It was a lovely afternoon. A large group gathered later that day at the Common for the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree. In spite of unasked for rain everyone enjoyed singing carols and sipping hot chocolate – Thanks to Kathy Wallace and her committee who made this happen. Next up will be a Holiday Open House at the library on “Third Thursday”, December 20th from 6 until 8. We have several things planned including music by Rhubarb Pie, a cookie swap, new books on display and holiday goodies. John Allen will be reading “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas. Hope you
can join us!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dream Big Read...

Our Dream Big, Read summer reading program was a great success with over 20 children enrolled. Each week we highlighted a book based on our nighttime theme and followed with games and crafts. We made spaceship launchers, owls, dream catchers and more. We even got to eat ice pops on the lawn on one particular hot day thanks to one of our moms
. As we wrapped up our program each child got a goodie bag to take home. As a special event for our reading program kids and the community we had naturalists from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center present "Creatures of the Night". It was a fun and informative night as they showed us an opossum, a porcupine, and an owl. At least 70 people survived the heat that night and were refreshed with owl s'mores snacks afterwards. A huge thank you for all those who made the event possible. Stay tuned for more details on our upcoming fall reading program.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What Have You Been Reading?

I would love to hear what you are reading this summer, so I can put together a list for our community. They can be novels, nonfiction, biography, anything. Drop me a line through my email at and tell me title(s) and why you would recommend the book or not. EASY! I'll even include some staff picks for you in the same list. Thanks for your help. Susan

We've had a busy summer...

It's hard to believe that we are in the midst of August and that September is right around the corner. We've had a busy summer here at BGM with our Summer Reading Program, Dream Big READ in full swing. Almost 700 items were borrowed in July and 535 people visited our building. If you haven't visited us lately, take a look at our blog , ‘friend’ us on Facebook, and stop by for a visit. We'll look forward to seeing you. Susan Turbyne Library Director

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Creatures of the Night !

The Byron G. Merrill Library's special family event is here! Join us Thursday, August 2nd at 7pm as the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents: "Creatures of the Night". You don't have to stay up late to learn about elusive nocturnal animals. See some creatures of the night up-close and find out about specific adaptations that make these animals so well-suited for life at night. This event is free and fun for the whole family.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Ice Cream Social is tonight! Hope you can come...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Your Local Library - It's not just for books!

This very interesting article appeared in the Christian Science Monitor weekly news magazine. Just click on the link below...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our Ice Cream Social will take place this Saturday, July 14th from 7 - 8:30PM in front of the Rumney Historical Museum at 12 Buffalo Road. Tour the library and museum, enjoy delicious cake and ice cream and listen to the acoustical music of "Rusty Bones". This is a free event, sponsored by the Rumney Historical Society and Byron G. Merrill Library, for the folks of Rumney young and old. We hope you will join us as we celebrate living in Rumney!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

You are invited...

You are invited to our annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, July 14th, from 7 until 8:30. Partake of some delicious cake and ice cream as “Rusty Bones” entertains us with their acoustical music. The Rumney Historical Museum and the Byron G Merrill library, sponsors of this event, will both be open. This fun event for the whole family will take place on Buffalo Road and it is free. Bring your blanket and enjoy a fun summer evening.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

New E-Book Titles Available

Monday, April 23, 2012New eBook Purchases for the NH Downloadable Books Program New eBooks Purchased on April 20, 2012 Title Author(s) 4th of July James Patterson, Maxine Paetro Adam Canfield of the Slash Michael Winerip American Sniper Chris Kyle, Scott Mcewen The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton Miranda Neville Another Jekyll, Another Hyde Daniel Nayeri, Dina Nayeri Barefoot Season Susan Mallery The Beginner's Goodbye Anne Tyler Billy Boyle James R. Benn Boston Jane Jennifer L. Holm Calico Joe John Grisham The Captain's Dog Roland Smith Coal Black Horse Robert Olmstead Confessions From an Arranged Marriage Miranda Neville The Cove Ron Rash The Darkest Whisper Gena Showalter Daughter of Joy Kathleen Morgan The Dead of Night John Marsden Defensive Wounds Lisa Black Delirium Lauren Oliver Dexter Is Delicious Jeff Lindsay The Doomsday Key James Rollins The Earth Moved Amy Stewart Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret Liz Kessler, Sarah Gibb Everneath Brodi Ashton Evidence of Murder Lisa Black Explosive Tales for Children Conn Iggulden Fifty Shades of Grey E L James The First Wave James R. Benn French Kids Eat Everything Karen Le Billon Gabe Lori Foster The Garden of Happy Endings Barbara O'Neal The Girl Who Was on Fire Leah Wilson The Good Liar Laura Caldwell A Great and Terrible Beauty Libba Bray The Great Cake Mystery Alexander Mccall Smith Heart of Darkness Gena Showalter, Maggie Shayne, Susan Krinard The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire, Book 4 Francesca Simon, Tony Ross The House of Velvet and Glass Katherine Howe Ice Hunt James Rollins Imperfect Jim Abbott, Tim Brown Into the Dark Gena Showalter Island of the Lost Joan Druett Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer Megan McDonald, Peter H. Reynolds Lady of Light Kathleen Morgan Lady's Revenge Tracey Devlyn A Land More Kind Than Home Wiley Cash Land of Promise Michael Lind Last Romanov Dora Levy Mossanen Lessons After Dark Isabel Cooper Like No Other Lover Julie Anne Long Lost & Found with Bonus Excerpt Jacqueline Sheehan The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks More Like Her Liza Palmer Mr. Darcy Forever Victoria Connelly Murder in the Marais Cara Black Murder on the Ile Saint-Louis Cara Black The Mysterious Benedict Society Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis No Mark upon Her Deborah Crombie The Obsidian Blade Pete Hautman Paris in Love Eloisa James Perla Carolina De Robertis Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone Dene Low A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving Pretty Crooked Elisa Ludwig Quiet Susan Cain A Reliable Wife Robert Goolrick Royal Assassin Robin Hobb Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes Lauren Child, Lauren Child Sacré Bleu Christopher Moore Sandstorm James Rollins The Secret of Everything Barbara O'Neal Sex at Dawn Christopher Ryan Shatter Me Tahereh Mafi The Shoemaker's Wife Adriana Trigiani The Singing Alison Croggon So Pretty It Hurts Kate White Supernaturally Kiersten White Swordspoint Ellen Kushner The Tattooed Girl Joyce Carol Oates Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus R. L. LaFevers, Yoko Tanaka Unnatural Selection Mara Hvistendahl Wanting What You Get Kathy Love Warrior Cardio Martin Rooney The Weight of Water Anita Shreve What the Butler Winked At Eric Horne Wild Cheryl Strayed Wrath of the Bloodeye Joseph Delaney The Wyverns' Treasure R. L. LaFevers, Kelly Murphy

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Librarian Tips & Tricks for the Kindle Fire The Kindle Fire is an entertainment tablet sold by Amazon for $200. The device can be used to watch movies, browse the web, play games, read eBooks, and more. Getting familiar with the Kindle Fire The Fire’s power button is located on the 1/2” wide bottom edge of the device. Press the button just long enough for the screen to light up. Unlock the screen by dragging the orange “arrow” from right to left directly across the screen. All of the device settings are accessed by tapping the small cog-looking symbol at the upper-right corner of the screen. A feather-light tap works best with the sensitive touch screen. Once finished with the settings, another light tap to the cog symbol will hide the settings menu. Turning on the Fire’s wireless Tap the small cog in the upper-right corner of the screen, tap “Wi-Fi” from the new menu. When the “On” is orange, the wireless is on. If the device has never been connected to the library’s wireless network, allow the device to scan for a network. Tap the desired network name to connect. If a password is required to join, you’ll be given a choice of encryption options and small text entry box. Tap the small cog to get out of the settings and wait for the wireless symbol to display in the upper-right corner of the screen. If there is a small “x” next to the wireless symbol, it means that the connection has been lost. Sometimes if the device has been idle for a while, the connection will be dropped. Visiting a website might make it reconnect to the wireless. The Kindle Fire’s Browser The Fire has a color web browser. The browser is opened by tapping the word “Web” on the upper-right corner of the home screen. Many websites are optimized for smaller, mobile screens. It is possible to set the Fire to always detect a mobile site or the desktop version of a website. Or it can be set to determine the best version for each site you visit. These settings are found within the web browser itself. Open the web browser >> Tap the small settings icon at the bottom-center of the screen (it looks like a small box with three horizontal lines) >> Tap the word “Settings” from the pop-up menu >> Scroll down the page of settings (by dragging your finger upwards) >> “Desktop or mobile view.” For our purposes, the Fire works best in the “Desktop: Optimize for desktop view.” See the following blog post for more instructions and screenshots: Using the Kindle Fire with NHDB The Kindle Fire is officially only compatible with the Kindle Books in our collection, but so long as it is possible to load the OverDrive Media Console mobile app to the device, it can also unofficially be used to read Adobe EPUB titles and directly download MP3 audiobooks. This tablet can be used to browse the NHDB site, check out a Kindle Book, Adobe EPUB eBook or an MP3 audiobook. This device cannot be used to download or play WMA audiobooks. Although it can do all of the above, it won’t work with all of these formats without a few tricks. Let’s work through what goes wrong: The NHDB collection isn’t available to browse on the Kindle Fire The patron is unable to browse the collection of Adobe EPUB eBooks, Kindle Books, or MP3 audiobooks. Perhaps the only format they see is the free collection of “Public Domain eBook Titles.” What’s the problem? The Fire’s web browser is picking up the mobile version of the site. This can be fixed by changing the browser settings to find the desktop versions of websites and force the browser to see the full desktop version of the site. View the complete instructions for changing the browser settings: Forcing through the desktop version of the site can be tricky on the Kindle Fire. It involves making very minor changes to the site’s URL on the very touchy touch screen.  Tap the NHDB logo on the screen. This will bring you to the home page where the URL is a little better to work with.  Tap the URL at the top of the page. This brings you to a new screen where the entire URL is highlighted in orange. While the whole URL is selected, if you accidentally tap the keyboard, the whole URL will disappear. If this happens, press “Cancel” to the right of the URL and get back to the live webpage. Tap the URL again to get back here.  Tap the URL in the screen once to deselect (or remove the orange highlighting from) the URL.  Find the [.../40/20/en...] in the URL. You’ll need to change the URL from 40/20 to 10/411. This won’t be the easiest thing to do. Use the small “guides” under the URL to select the numbers, delete the numbers, and type in the correct (10/411) numbers. If you make a mistake, press “cancel” and start over.  Press “Go” on the keyboard or the button to the right of the URL to force through the full site.  If you get an error message, check the wireless connectivity. You might have lost the internet connection. Tap the refresh icon (it looks like a circle made of two arrows) just to the right of the URL.  If you get a funky message “Invalid Page Request” on the screen, don’t panic. Tap the NHDB logo to get to a better screen.  Now the full desktop version of the site will display. Your patron will have access to all of the formats.  Note: The Fire cannot download and open Adobe EPUB eBooks without an additional application: The OverDrive Media Console. The Kindle Fire can never play WMA audiobooks. Update: It is also possible to clear the cache on the Kindle Fire. This will be an easier solution for most people than the instructions above.  Open the Web browser on the Kindle Fire.  Tap the small “Settings” box at the very bottom of the screen. (It looks like a square with three lines running through it.)  Tap “Settings” from the new menu that popped up.  Find the section on “Saved Data.”  Now, tap both “Clear all cookie data” and “Clear cache.”  Taking these steps might remove saved passwords! Webpage errors The Kindle Fire has some spotty internet connectivity and drops the signal at times. This can make browsing the site and checking out items problematic. If your patron gets an error when adding a title to their cart, reload the page or back up a page. Also remember to check “My Cart” for the item before assuming that it’s been lost. The title is probably in the cart. Logging into the Amazon account Once the Kindle Book is checked out, there is a “Get for Kindle” button on the NHDB screen (also found through My Account >> Currently Checked Out Items). Tapping that button opens a new browser tab directly to Amazon. The user must log into the same Amazon account used to authorize the Kindle Fire they are using. If the Amazon account is different, they won’t be sending the title to the correct device. They must know their Amazon account information. If necessary, recommend that they work from a desktop computer to try multiple passwords or reset their password. It would be frustrating to do all of that on the sensitive touch screen. The download button that appears after the successful wireless transfer A large and inviting “Download” button appears on the screen after the Kindle Book has been successfully transferred wirelessly to the Kindle Many people are compelled to start downloading the file to the Fire or computer (whichever they are using to checkout the Kindle Book at the time). This is not necessary. Instead they should be directed to visit the home screen of the Kindle Fire and tap on “Books.” The library loan isn’t loading to the Kindle Fire Sometimes the Kindle book loaned from the library takes a while to reach the device. You can speed up the download by syncing the Fire. Tap the cog in the upper-right corner of the screen >> Sync >> the library loan should start downloading immediately. If not, check for internet connection problems. The patron checked out a Penguin title that can only be transferred via USB cable to the Kindle Fire The Kindle Fire must be connected to a computer to transfer the Penguin title – but the Fire does not include a USB cable! The good news is that any computer can be used to make the transfer (no “mama computer” needed) and any UBS cable from another Kindle can be used. I’ve also heard that any micro USB cable will work for the transfer. Many phones use this type of cable; ask the patron to try using the cable that they use to charge their phone for the Kindle USB transfer. (Oftentimes the electric plug part of the cable disconnects to form a micro USB to USB cable.) Instruct your patron to log into their Amazon account and find the “Manage Your Kindle” page. Find the library loan from the list of title in their account, and from the “Actions” button, download the Kindle Book to the computer, preferably somewhere you can easily find the title again. (This is an important step! I like to save it to the desktop, since it makes the next step even easier.) If the file containing the Kindle Book keeps getting lost or automatically downloaded to an unknown location on the patron’s computer, your remote tech support can get frustrating very quickly! If the patron is using Internet Explorer 9 or Firefox, the download location can be easily changed! (The same cannot be said for earlier versions of Internet Explorer.) IE 9 Instructions: Firefox Instructions: Tools menu >> Options >> General tab >> Downloads >> Save files to… Chrome: Click the “Tools” button >> Options >> Under the hood >> Downloads >> Download Location Note: If the title isn’t listed in the “Manage Your Kindle” page yet, they might need to revisit the NHDB site >> My Account >> My Currently Checked Out Items >> “Get for Kindle” button and try downloading the title once again to their computer. Find the [title of the book].azw file on the computer. Plug in the Kindle Fire to the computer and, using Windows Explorer, find the “Downloads” folder in the Kindle Fire. Copy the .azw file and paste it into the Downloads folder. Safely disconnect the Kindle. See the following blog post for complete instructions and screenshots: The library loan appears on the Fire, but in filled with “blank” pages This is a new error to me. I have not encountered it personally, but another librarian reported it recently. Unfortunately, OverDrive’s tech support did not have an answer and directed the patron to contact Amazon’s tech support. Browsing through Amazon’s discussion forum, some people have had luck restoring the book by either deleting the title from their Fire and doing a hard reset of their device (hold down the power button until it restarts) and resending the book from the “Manage Your Kindle” page. And others have been successful by connecting the Kindle to their computer and deleting all of the content in the “Books” folder (not the Books folder itself). Note that all books would have to be resent to the device from the “Manage Your Kindle” page. The patron cannot return the Kindle Book The eBooks in our collection are returned differently depending on the format. The Kindle Books are always returned through the “Manage Your Kindle” page in the user’s Kindle/Amazon account. This can be found by logging into Amazon >> Your Account >> Digital Content >> Manage Your Kindle >> Find the library loan and place the mouse over (or tap on) the “Actions” button >> Return borrowed item. After the page reloads, the title is still in the account. To delete the title: Tap the “Actions” button >> Delete Title. For a screenshot of the “Manage Your Kindle” page, see: (Page 5) The eBook is not available in Kindle format Some of the eBooks in our collection are not immediately available in Kindle format. However, so long as Amazon allows apps from unknown sources to be installed on the Fire, the OverDrive Media Console app can be used to read the Adobe EPUB titles. It is necessary to follow all of the steps in the following blog post, including turning on a setting to allow the Fire to install apps from unknown sources, downloading and installing the OMC app, and finally viewing the full desktop version of the site to browse the EPUB titles. See the following blog post for complete instructions and screenshots: Watch for more updates in the NHDB blog!

NH Downloadable Books: Returning eBooks Early

NH Downloadable Books: Returning eBooks Early: Unlike audiobooks, which cannot be returned early, the eBooks in our collection can be returned early. This is great news for both speedy r...

NH Downloadable Books: Returning Kindle Books Early

NH Downloadable Books: Returning Kindle Books Early: The Kindle Books in our NHDB collection are yours for two weeks, but what if you are a fast reader and want to return the book early? You ar...

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Upcoming Events...

We are thinking spring in spite of the calendar – all’s it takes are a few warm days and a muddy driveway. On Saturday, March 17th, wear your green and join us as we decorate cookies and listen to some Irish tunes. Just a reminder, on Saturdays we are open for three hours, from ten until one.

The new assortment of dvds from our cooperative has arrived and includes some great titles. These dvds will be available until the end of April.

The following is a “Heads Up” for our younger readers: Our Spring Reading Challenge will get underway next week. On March 21st, 22nd, and 24th to mark the official start of spring, children are invited to stop in, create a kite and check out our new assortment of spring picture books.

The BGM Ladies Knitting Society will meet next on Thursday, April 12th at 2 PM. Bring your projects for show and tell.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Home from Spring Training

Just back from a visit to Ft Meyers to see the Red Sox in their new spring training facility, JetBlue Park. The place is awesome! We took a tour, watched a morning practice, saw the Sox play Northeastern University in a very long game, and were there for the opening game on Sunday against Minnesota. The Sox look good - many old faces and lots of new ones too. I am looking forward to a fun season, their 100th!

Red Sox fans will enjoy checking out "Fenway 1912" by Glenn Stout which tells of how Fenway came to be and its remarkable first season. We also have "Fenway Park, The Centennial" which is filled with memories from the epic feats of Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Ted Williams to the jubilation of the recent runs to the championship.

It's spring when we look forward to "Play ball!"

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Story Time at BGM

Fun time at story time today - we read First Dog by J Patrick Lewis and Beth Zappitello which tells the story of how Dog came to live at the White House with the Obama Family. Everyone then worked on 3-dimensional stars as we celebrated Presidents' Day. What a great group of young library patrons!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli

Many stories have come out of the war in Vietnam but few from a woman's perspective. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist and the main character in this book, is scarred by her time there and learns empathy and compassion.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Join us for Saturday Story Time...

The winter story time program has been very successful at the Byron G. Merill Library. Children have listened to winter-themed stories, made snowflakes and decorated cookies. Our recent focus has been on books by one of our favorite author/illustrators: Jan Brett. Last Saturday the children got to act in their own play as different animals in the story, "The Hat". What could be next? Come and find out on Saturday mornings from 10:30 - 11:00am. You never know what Mrs. Anderson has planned for our fun time together!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Informative Databases with EBSCO

Have you noticed that our library might not have older editions of magazines and newspapers in the library? It doesn’t mean that you can’t find the article you need! Instead of keeping (and storing) hundreds or thousands of magazines on the shelves, the articles are available to you through the New Hampshire statewide subscription to EBSCO and Newsbank.

These websites require a username and password. Please contact the library for your login information.

Full Suite of EBSCO Databases

Access to All EBSCO Resources Our subscription to EBSCO offers a wide range of information. You can do everything from find information for homework assignments to read the latest article in your favorite magazine!

Consumer Reports from EBSCOBrowse full text PDF copies of Consumer Reports by date!

Fiction from EBSCO

NoveList: Your Guide to FictionLove to read? Check out NoveList to see book reviews, get read-alike suggestions, and learn more about fiction.

NoveList for Kids!Visit NoveList K-8 to find read-alikes, series lists, and recommendations for kids books!

Newspapers from NewsBank

Read the full text articles for free from the Concord Monitor (10/2002-current) and Union Leader (1/1989-current) from our NewsBank subscription.

Homework Help from EBSCO

Student Research CenterNeed to find magazine, journal, or newspaper articles for a homework assignment? Make the Student Research Center your first stop for finding just what you need.

Searchasaurus: Information for Young StudentsInformation for the youngest students can be found through the colorful Searchasaurus site.

Kids Search: Homework Help for Elementary & Middle School StudentsCheck out Kids Search for magazine and newspaper articles for the younger student.

MAS Ultra School EditionWow! MAS Ultra for high school students contains full text articles for 500 high school magazines and 360 reference books, 85,670 biographies, and a half-million photos.

Health from EBSCO

Health Source: Consumer EditionLooking for health information? Health Source contains full text for nearly 190 journals including Consumer Reports on Health and Men’s Health.

Consumer Health CompleteHave a medical question? Consumer Health Complete is a full text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, and more.