Thursday, October 31, 2013

November Story Times...

November Story times with a Thanksgiving theme will take place on Wednesday, November 13th and 20th at 3:30. Hope you can join us!

Thursday, September 26, 2013



Our "Five Fantastic Senses" are the focus of the children's fall storytime at the Byron G. Merrill Library and will continue next week with the theme: "Smell It." The book featured for the day will be one from a favorite series, "Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold." What happens when Mr. Putter catches a cold and who will take care of him? Children of all ages are invited to come and find out, participate in fun activities and get crafty on Wednesday, October 9th at 3:30pm. 
The Knitting Society will meet October 10th at 2. Helen will not be able to attend… Who would like to bring cookies???
 Third Thursday in the Village continues on Thursday, October 17th at 7 pm as the Rumney Historical Society  focuses in on the Plymouth Fair. The Fair was the event of the year for rural folks in the Plymouth Area. What do you remember? Pumpkin growing contests, sulky races, Tilt-a-Whirls, stunt cars, the queen contest…. you tell us. Local historian Dick Flanders will lead us in remembering. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

10 Days til our Book Sale!



Rumney Old Home Day is almost here! Join us at the Byron G. Merrill Library for our Annual Book Sale beginning at 9am Saturday, August 10th. We have many popular fiction, non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks and more to choose from. Donations are still being accepted so clear out your previously-read books today! The library will have extended hours on Old Home Day and we invite you to browse our stacks as and have fun looking at old scrapbooks on display that have been compiled from town events over the years. 

Our final Storytime in the the series, Dig Into Reading will be held on Wednesday, August 14th at 3:30pm. Children of all ages will enjoy their time together we have a "Rockin' Good Time" learning about rocks and minerals and having a wrap-up party outside, weather permitting.

Third Thursday in the Village will be on Thursday, August 15 from 6-8pm. Come enjoy sitting by the fountain, browse through the Library, and visit the displays at the Historical Society. The Rumney Historical Society will present the program, "Stinson Lake Through the Years" at 7:00pm. Join us as several speakers present their memories of people, camps and special times on the lake in summers past.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's Happening at the Library!



The excitement is building for Rumney Old Home Day on Saturday, August 10th! Join us at the Byron G. Merrill Library for our Annual Book Sale beginning at 9am. We have many popular fiction, non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks and more to choose from. Donations are still being accepted so clear out your previously-read books today! The library will have extended hours on Old Home Day and we invite you to browse our stacks as and have fun looking at old scrapbooks on display that have been compiled from town events over the years. 

Our 5th Storytime in the the series, Dig Into Reading will be held on Wednesday, August 7th at 3:30pm. Children of all ages will enjoy their time together as we read about fairies and fantasy. Wednesday, August 14th will be our 6th and final summer storytime and we will have a "Rockin' Good Time" learning about rocks and minerals and having a wrap-up party outside, weather permitting.

The knitting group continues through the summer and meets again on Thursday, August 8th at 2:00pm. Folks of all ages and abilities are invited to come with their current projects and enjoy the conversation, tea, and goodies.

Third Thursday in the Village will be on Thursday, August 15 from 6-8pm. Come enjoy sitting by the fountain, browse through the Library, and visit the displays at the Historical Society. The Rumney Historical Society will present a special program on Stinson Lake Through the Years at 7:00pm. Join us as several speakers present their memories of people, camps and special times of summers past on the lake.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Join Us for Summer Reading...

Reading is a family affair and we encourage parents to help maintain their child’s skills by having them read over the summer. The library is working with Russell Elementary School by offering reading incentives and specialized book lists. Children going into grades one through five can come in to complete a list of activities, and middle school students (grades six through eight) have a list of several books to choose from as well as many “just for fun” books. The following are examples of how parents can encourage reading over the summer months: Let your children see you reading, read to young children daily, read a chapter book to your school-age children by reading aloud one or two chapters every day, encourage your children to spend time reading and looking at books, and talk with your children about what they are reading. We at the library will be happy to find books that are just right for your child......... “Dig Into Reading”, the 2013 summer reading program will begin Wednesday, July 10th at 3:30pm and will continue each Wednesday until mid-August. Children of all ages are invited to learn more about the wonders at our feet—buried treasure, evidence of ancient civilizations, dinosaur bones and more. Books, activities and crafts will be used to make new discoveries this summer. The first story time on July 10th will have the theme “Dirt Movers and Shakers.” Here’s a hint for the activity of the day: plan to get dirty! Children should wear play clothes so we can get our hands dirty with a special fun, rainy or sunny day project........ July 18th is ‘Third Thursday’ and the Annual Ice Cream Social! The library and the museum next door will be open until 8 pm. In addition to exploring the Museum and checking out books at the library, you can enjoy an outdoor musical concert by Rusty Bones on the Turbynes’ lawn. Bring a chair or a blanket, settle in, listen to the music and partake of some delicious ice cream. This free event, for the folks of Rumney, is sponsored by the Rumney Historical Society and we welcome all ages to join us. It starts at 6 PM and will run until 8.......... Just a reminder to the Knitting Ladies… our next get-together is Thursday, July 11th at 2. I wonder what kind of cookies Helen will be making! Come and find out!........ July already! The library will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, July 3rd and will be closed on July 4th. We wish everyone a safe and fun holiday with lots of reading time!.........
Our regular hours are Wednesdays 2-6, Thursdays 10-12 and 2-6, and Saturdays 10-1.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Big plans are underway for the Children’s Summer Reading Program, “Dig Into Reading” at the Byron G. Merrill Library. The first storytime of the summer will begin on Wednesday, July 10 at 3:30pm and the theme will be “Dirt Movers and Shakers.” Here’s a hint for the activity of the day: plan to get dirty! Children should wear play clothes so we can get our hands dirty with a special fun outside project. Children entering grades one through five at the Russell School this fall will be completing a list of activities. We will be tracking their progress so stop in soon to get started. Children entering grades six, seven, and eight have a suggested reading list. We have books for the required school reading and lots more books “just for fun” – we encourage all kinds of reading for growing imaginations! June is rapidly coming to a close and the July holidays will soon be here. The library will close at 5 on July 3rd and be closed all day July 4th. We wish everyone a safe, fun holiday with lots of time to spend with a good book! July 10th at 3:30 – Children’s Summer program, July 11th at 2 – Ladies Knitting Group. Our regular hours are Wednesdays 2 to 6, Thursdays 10 to 12 and 2 to 6, and Saturdays 10 to 1.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Summer Fun!

Readers of all ages will explore all things underground this summer as the Byron G. Merrill Library presents “Dig Into Reading” for our summer reading program. Activities will include digging for dinosaur bones, construction equipment, ancient Egypt, caves, rocks and more. The 2013 reading program is open to children, preschool through grade 5 with weekly story times, activities and crafts on Wednesdays at 3:30pm from July 10 – August 14. Join us as we unearth some great books this summer! An added bonus for Russell Elementary School Students: bring in your Dig Into Reading game sheet to be stamped, and when completed receive a surprise........ Going perfectly with our summer reading theme is the Touch –A-Truck event on Sunday, June 23 from 12noon-3:00pm at the Plymouth Municipal Airport. Come meet your local heroes and more! Experience fire truck, police cruisers, diggers, and airplanes close up. There will also be a collection of canned goods for donation to the local food pantry. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dig into Reading this Summer!

Summertime involves all sorts of digging: planting in the garden, searching for special shells and other treasures, learning more about creatures who live underground, and other exciting exploring. Libraries are great places to start digging around for all kinds of information, activities and fun. This summer, children’s librarians across New Hampshire are participating in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program by creating special summertime programs based on this year’s slogan, “Dig Into Reading.” Readers of all ages are encouraged to visit our library in Rumney and make crafts, foods and music related to what can be discovered when you start to dig. It all starts July 7th!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Summer Routines... An Idea from Confident Mom

Moms of school age children, have you started to think about your summer routine? It can be hard to transition from the structured school year routine of fast paced mornings to the slower paced “no-where to go” kind of morning. I can remember when my kids were small that some days it was past noon before we got our act together. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are days when that is great – but make sure you are planning to have a ‘lazy day’ at home instead of just letting it happen because of lack of routine. You will end up wasting a lot of precious time that can be used in a more constructive way.......... Kids do better with routine. Creating a simple morning routine for your family can be just that – SIMPLE! First, jot down the few self-care tasks that need to happen in the morning: Eating breakfast Cleaning up dishes Brushing teeth Making beds Showering/bathing Combing hair Getting dressed.......... Next determine a good time to expect everyone to be up by. If 8 AM is good then determine the first tasks to be completed. Then break those tasks down into time increments and then evaluate your time chart. For example, it might look like this: 8:00 – 8:30 Relax, Snuggle, Free-time 8:30 – 9:00 Eat Breakfast & Clean Up 9:00 – 9:45 Shower, Get Dressed, Brush Teeth, Comb Hair, Make beds.......... If your child needs more time for these tasks, then adjust it to fit the needs of your family. Perhaps if you have older children, you might set a time that all these items need to be finished by. After you have evaluated the time increments, then post this list in a place where everyone can see it and refer to it. Have fun creating a big poster board complete with pictures if you have children who cannot read........... By setting up an expectation for your children to be held accountable and have some responsibility you will be helping them create routines that will help them do better during the day. This will create a mom who is happy and less stressed. You won’t be the mom nagging and yelling all morning to ask if everyone has brushed their teeth yet or made their bed before they shoot outside to play........... Providing this routine and consistent follow through with the expectation will create a standard where your household ends up running itself in the morning – really!.......... We, at the Byron G Merrill Library hope that your “weekly routine’” will include a visit to see us!.......... Thank you to Confident Mom for sharing this idea!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Next Week is National Library Week!

Next week, April 14 – 20th, the Byron G Merrill Library will join libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries. Libraries today are more than repositories for books. We see our library as the heart of our community and we are deeply committed to serving the people of Rumney. Libraries are trusted places where everyone can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape our community. We encourage residents of Rumney to celebrate National Library Week by stopping in at the Byron G Merrill Library, 10 Buffalo Road, looking at what we have to offer, and becoming a patron. We will be open Wednesday, April 17th, from 2 until 6, Thursday, April 18th, from 10 until 8, and Saturday, April 20th, from 10 until 1 so hope you will be able to come by. Thursday evening 6:30 - 8 is game night. You are welcome to join us for a game of cribbage or whatever else you might enjoy, a sweet, and a chance to visit with like-minded folk.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Sweet Tooth (2012) by Ian McEwan

... "Sweet Tooth" is a new offering by award winning British author Ian McEwan who also wrote the award winning books "Atonement", "Amsterdam", and "The Child in Time". Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence service. The setting is London and the year is 1972, a time of economic disaster, terrorism and the Cold War. And thus begins a story of betrayal and intrigue, love and the invented self. As usual McEwan's prose is effortlessly seductive. And he does a good job too of describing London in the 1970s — with its economic woes, worries about I.R.A. bombings and uneasy assimilation of the countercultural changes of the ’60s. These aspects of “Sweet Tooth” keep the reader trucking on through the novel to its rather predictable conclusion.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

National Library Week is almost here!

April is a busy month here at the library with National Library Week taking place April 14th through 20th and we like to celebrate ‘our’ week. There is a lot happening as we complete our spring cleaning and do our final planning for making everyone’s visit to the library that week extra special. Our hours that week will be: Wednesday 2-6, Thursday 10-6, and Saturday 10-1. You are invited to stop by for a visit and check out all your library has to offer. You can also visit us on Facebook and join the conversation there. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The ladies of The Rumney Knitting Society and Yarn Club gathered at the library this afternoon for fun and fellowship... Helen brought delicious raspberry squares to go with our traditional cup of tea. What a surprise to look outside and see it snowing again! Our group meets each month on the 2nd Thursday at 2 PM and everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What fun we had today celebrating Saint Patrick's Day during our 'Story Time'. By the time we were done, we had lots of little Saint Patricks walking around!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Library Services in the Digital Age

The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of patrons who rely on more traditional resources. In a new survey of Americans’ attitudes and expectations for public libraries, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age. “In the past generation, public libraries have reinvented themselves to become technology hubs in order to help their communities access information in all its new forms,” noted Kathryn Zickuhr, Research Analyst at the Pew Internet Project, and co-author of a new report on the survey findings. “While many patrons appreciate being able to access new digital resources at libraries, they also say they value having print books and other traditional resources at libraries and still want a personal connection with library staff. Many libraries are torn between expanding their digital offerings on the latest platforms and still providing quality resources for patrons who may lack experience with technology or the means to own the latest devices.” What thoughts do you have?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

You are all invited to 'Take Your Child to the Library' day on Saturday, February 2nd at the Byron G Merrill Library. We have some special activities planned between the hours of ten and one and hope that you will be able to join us. We're excited to participate, along with other libraries across the country and Canada,
as we celebrate this special event.