Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Open House...December 18th... 6-8 PM... Hope You Can Come!

The decorations are hung and the Byron G. Merrill Library is looking festive for the holiday season. Our Annual Christmas Open House will be held on Thursday, December 18th from 6-8pm. Come, enjoy live music by "Rhubarb Pie", a Christmas reading by John Allen, yummy homemade goodies and our special punch. We hope you and your family can join us as the library is bursting with good music and good cheer!
As you make your gift list this season, you might consider purchasing a commemorative brick in honor of a loved one to help support our Lift Project. These bricks will be placed at the new entry way once our project has been completed. We have a variety of bricks on display and brochures that detail the "Buy a Brick" program are available at the library. For more information pick up a brochure or you can order online at We had grand intentions of reading a lot of Christmas stories with our young patrons this month but the weather has not been cooperative. We did have fun last week decorating gingerbread people... we had good workers who left with some very yummy looking cookies! Take a look at FB or our blog at to see some fun pictures.
The Ladies Knitting Society was cancelled last week because of the weather. Rumor tells us that one of our members is in the hospital and we all send our good wishes her way. Our January get-together will be on January 8th at 2. This is also a good opportunity for anyone who would like to get started knitting but doesn’t know where to begin. Newcomers are always welcome.
Our Winter Hours continue... Wednesdays 1 – 5, Thursdays 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 -1. The library will be closed December 24, 25 and 31st as well as January 1st. We always enjoy seeing and helping our patrons. Have you ‘liked’ us on FB?? Please do!
The Byron G. Merrill Library is soliciting bids through its Construction Manager for subcontract work related to the planned addition and alterations to make the library accessible to the disabled. Bids to the CM are due on December 23, 2014. If approved by the Town at the March 2015 meeting, it is planned that construction will begin this Spring and be completed over a three month period. The project consists of a 1,200 square foot wood framed entry addition with masonry veneer and associated interior renovations to add a platform lift for ADA access to the library. Conneston Construction, Inc. (CCI) of Gilford, NH is the Construction Manager for the project. The Library encourages local bidders to submit bids for work on the project. For more information regarding submitting bids, contact Jeff Downing or Jon Healy at CCI (524-3776).

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Have you bought a brick???

Friends and supporters of the Byron G. Merrill Library continue the "Time for a Lift" campaign to fund the long-needed accessibility building project. This addition with a ground-level entrance, lift, restroom and stairs will ensure that the library is accessible to everyone, and utilize the building to its fullest for many years to come.
New brochures that detail the "Buy a Brick" program can be picked up at the library. There are five choices of bricks ranging from a 4" x 8" brick for $50 to a granite paver at $1000.00
Buying a personalized, engraved brick is an option for donations to be made in memory of a loved one or cherished community member. These can also leave a permanent record of your own personal or business contribution. Direct donations are encouraged and checks can be made payable to the Byron G. Merrill Library. For more information pick up a brochure or or you can order online at

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Winners Have Been Selected...

What fun we have had this past month welcoming new patrons to the Byron G Merrill Library and all the services we have to offer... the latest books, shelves of mysteries, movies, computer access, wifi, e-books to name a few. Everyone was invited to enter a drawing and the winners have now been selected... Mike Manning will be enjoying a coffee and treat at the Common Café and Heide Allen will have her choice of yummy desserts at Rumney Rocks Bistro. A big thank you to our local eateries.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

It is Happening at the Library!

That reminds me of a story... Join us for an evening with Rebecca Rule at the Rumney Historical Museum on Monday, October 6 at 7:00pm. NH author Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what’s special about this rocky old place. She’ll tell some of those stories – her favorites are the funny ones – and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own. This will be a fun, free community event with refreshments (pies, lots of homemade pies!) and time to socialize with your neighbors. And did we mention, pies?!
Our Lady Bug story time will continue Thursday afternoon (October 2nd) at 3:30 with two more of this year’s special books. We will read the final two selections on October 9th and then the voting will begin. This last week we read If I Built a House... what a lot of ideas we came up with for our own homes! All of the Lady Bug books are available at the library... if you missed any you are welcome to stop in and catch up.
The Byron G. Merrill Library's Buy-a-Brick program is off to a great start. Excitement has been building since the kick-off at Rumney Old Home Day in August. For a variety of contribution levels you can buy a brick paver with the proceeds going to the lift (elevator) expansion project to make the library handicap accessible. There is also an option of having your name or business engraved on the brick to show your support of the library meeting the needs of the community. Forms are available at the library or bricks may be purchased online at
This week will be your last chance to enter our “September is Library Sign-Up Month” drawing for a coffee & muffin at the Common Cafe or dessert from Rumney Rocks Bistro. Winners will be drawn on Saturday, October 4th. You won't want to miss out on a local, tasty treat!
Many new books are being added to the library collection including: This week’s new books include The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (#10 in the Three Pines series, Found by Harlan Coben (#3 in the Mickey Bolitar series), and The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry (#9 in the Cotton Malone series).
The library is open on Wednesdays 2 – 6, Thursdays 10 – noon and 2 – 6, and Saturdays 10 – 1 each week. Be sure to check out our blog at and ‘like’ us on Facebook for all the latest happenings.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September is 'Sign Up for a Library Card' Month

Have you applied for (or renewed) your library card?? September is ‘Sign Up for a Library Card’ and we are encouraging our fellow townspeople to do just that! Lorrie Eaton has put together a lovely drawing to entice you to come in... The Common Café has provided a gift certificate for coffee and a muffin and Rumney Rocks Bistro has donated a gift certificate for one of their desserts... we love our local eateries! Now it is up to you to come in and enter. And, as a bonus, you can use all the services our library offers.... the latest in bestselling novels, downloadable eBooks, dvds and the list goes on and on...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

September... Library Sign-Up Month!

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Byron G Merrill Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.
“Our library provides all types of students a welcoming atmosphere where they can explore, discover and create,” says Susan Turbyne, Library Director. “Students learn in a variety of ways, thanks to the resources available at the library we can meet the needs of all ages and types of learners. Whether that is through homework help, reading clubs, or to access print and e-books, the library has something for everyone – all with a free library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is the most important school supply of all.” Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities. On Saturday, September 13th from 10 until noon we will be offering free muffins to anyone signing up for a new card and we know some very good cooks.
It is easy to sign up for a library card... we need something that shows you live in Rumney and children need a parent or guardian with them. If you have any questions you may email Susan at or call 786-9520

Friday, August 8, 2014

Buy-a-Brick and give Our Library 'a Lift'

Rumney resident Kathy Wallace is leading the effort to raise funds for some much needed changes at the Byron G Merrill Library. Our beautiful library, given to the town in 1904, has served us well but now we want to make our library services available to all of our townspeople with the addition of a handicapped access.
As a first step to raising the needed funds we invite you to participate with a Buy-a-Brick donation. You can buy a personalized engraved brick to contribute to a new entrance patio. Orders can be placed online at You are also welcome to request an order form and place your order directly with the library.
Buy-a-Brick will help us make our library accessible to everyone. It will leave a permanent record of the contribution made by you and/or your family and it will allow you to honor a loved one or a cherished member of the community.
For further information, please contact Kathy Wallace at 786-2617.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lots Happening...

We are all enjoying these beautiful summer days and seeing our seasonal residents on a regular basis. Each day is like ‘Old Home Day’. Several more children have joined our Summer Reading program and have set their summer reading goals. It is never too late to register!
Summer is time to FIZZ BOOM READ at the Byron G Merrill Library. Reading over the summer lets children explore new ideas and use new skills. The children have been studying the many kinds of scientists and discussing all sorts of future employment ideas! Sam, who loves to build things, thinks he might like to be a physicist. Caleb loves everything old and can now very correctly pronounce paleontologist. Do you know what a paleontologist does? We are displaying all sorts of science books filled with much to learn and ideas for things to do... Hope you will stop in and take a look.
The Rumney Ladies Knitting Society will meet next on August 7th at 2 here at the library. Beth Kleiner has volunteered to bring a treat and Sheila will be brewing a pot of tea. Whether you are trying to finish a scarf for Grandma or are a complete beginner, you are welcome to join us.
Our Annual Book Sale will take place on Old Home Day, August 9th. Proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit our handicap access project, which will involve installing a lift as well as new stairs enabling us to use the lower level. Might you have some books that you would like to contribute??? You are welcome to bring them to the library or arrange to have them picked up.
One wonderful patron heeded my call and mailed a large box of LEGOS to the library. What fun the children had opening up the box. We still need more! We have plans for the fall to build some spectacular items so we will still keep trying to build our collection. Can you help?
The library continues to be open on Wednesdays (2 – 6), Thursdays (10 – noon and 2 – 6) and Saturdays (10 -1).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

'It's Alive' is our upcoming theme...

We are all enjoying these beautiful summer days and seeing the return of our seasonal residents. Each day is like ‘Old Home Day’. Several more children have joined our Summer Reading program and have set their summer reading goals. It is never too late to register!
The world of living things is full of marvels and mysteries. From bizarre sea creatures to mystifying plants it's a source of never-ending fascination and wonder. Young biologists can come to the Byron G. Merrill Library next week to observe biology in all its diverse glory! Our theme will be "It's Alive" with Story Time for the younger kiddos on Wednesday, July 23rd, at 3:00 and will be followed by an Activity Time for grades 2 and up at 3:30. Learn about the many branches of science that study animals and plants all wrapped up in a book and fun activity. The tweens and teens will have some messy fun with gross-out science on Thursday, July 24th, at 4:00pm. Please bring a glass jar with a lid for an "egg-citing" experiment.
It was fun having the Knitting Ladies with us last week. They will meet again on August 7th at 2. Whether you are trying to finish a scarf for Grandma or a complete beginner, you are welcome to join us.
Our annual book sale will take place on Old Home Day, August 9th. Proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit our handicap access project, which will involve installing a lift as well as stairs to both floors in the back of our building and a handicap rest room. Might you have some books that you would like to contribute??? You are welcome to bring them to the library or arrange to have them picked up.
The library continues to be open on Wednesdays (2 – 6), Thursdays (10 – noon and 2 – 6) and Saturdays (10 -1).

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Goings On at BGM

The 4th of July has come and gone which means we are seriously into our Summer Reading Program. This individualized program is in full swing with boys and girls deciding their summer goals, selecting from our huge assortment of great books, and logging their success. There is still time to join so we invite all young people, particularly going into grades 2 – 8, to stop in and register. Miss G (one of our favorite readers) gave Cress by Marissa Meyer 5 out of 5 stars...Cress is the third volume in the Lunar Chronicles which is based on some of our favorite fairy tales. Stop by and check out this series and see our book reviews.
We will be entertaining the Knitting Ladies today at 2. This delightful group meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2 here at the library. Whether you are an expert knitter or just starting out, you are most welcome. We knit and visit and enjoy a cup of tea.
We are busy gathering books for our annual book sale which will take place on Old Home Day, August 9th. Proceeds from this year’s sale will benefit our handicap access project, which will involve installing a lift as well as stairs to both floors in the back of our building and a handicap rest room. Might you have some books that you would like to contribute??? You are welcome to bring them to the library or arrange to have them picked up.
The library continues to be open on Wednesdays (2 – 6), Thursdays (10 – noon and 2 – 6) and Saturdays (10 -1).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Muriel Kenneson

Muriel B. Kenneson, 94, of Rumney, passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Wolfeboro Bay Center, in Wolfeboro after a brief illness.
Born on December 22, 1919, in Hebron, NH, she was the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Merrill) Barnard. Muriel and her husband Donald raised their two children and ran the Kenneson Poultry Farm - a family endeavor. Muriel was the Byron G. Merrill Library (Rumney) Librarian for almost 40 years and enjoyed the many patrons of all ages that frequented the library. She was part of a number of organizations including the Grange, where this year marked her 70th year of membership; a singing group called the “Stardusters”, that sang music from the 40’s and 50’s; a part of the Rumney Baptist Church’s Earnest Workers group, as well as a Sunday school teacher and choir member for many years. She also enjoyed her friendship with the “Christmas Club Girls” for more than 60 years. Muriel was also a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Muriel was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald G. Kenneson, in December, 2003. She is lovingly survived by her two children, son, Guy Kenneson and his wife Carol, of Plymouth, and her daughter, Gail Carr and husband William, of Rumney; four grandchildren, Sheryl Pratt and husband David, of Goffstown, Jeff Kenneson, of Burlington, VT, Melanie (Carr) Smith and husband Jeff, of Berlin, and Bethany Carr, of Rumney; three great-grandchildren, Taylor Kenneson Pratt, of Goffstown, Emily and Allison Smith, of Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Muriel’s memory to the Byron G. Merrill Library, C/O Susan Turbyne, 10 Buffalo Rd., Rumney, NH 03266.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fizz, Boom, Read!

School is out! We’re gearing up for our favorite time of the year and most busy season, the annual Summer Reading Program begins! The librarians at the Byron G Merrill Library care about your children. We have planned programs to keep your children reading and learning all summer long. Children who join the Summer Reading Program and track their reading will keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed. Fizz, Boom, Read! Let’s get started! Stop in and register.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Spring has arrived.... at last !

What a beautiful time of the year to be in the middle of Rumney Village! Lilacs are in bloom up and down the streets and the warm sun shines right in through our front door. Many patrons are returning from their winter travels and coming in to see what’s new: in books and in local happenings..........
The last five weeks have been fun with many children coming in for Lady Bug Club. Each year the 'best' ten picture books are selected by librarians and educators here in the State of New Hampshire. We are fortunate to have all ten books and the children have loved reading them and working on various projects and crafts which accompany each book. Our final book selection was Creepy Carrots and after listening to the story the children made and decorated their own carrots.
We are keeping Dads in mind with Father’s Day coming soon. Come in on Wednesday, June 11th at 3:30pm for our “Fab Dads” program. Children of all ages will hear a fun story about Dads, see some funny photos of when Mrs. Anderson was a kid with her father, and then create a one-of-a-kind card for their own Dad. If you can’t make it, come in anytime during our open hours for resources to take home.
With school just about over let’s not forget that reading helps students retain their skills over the summer months. The Byron G. Merrill Library cares for your children and has books for all levels and interests. Let one of our friendly librarians assist you in finding just the right ones. We will be taking on science in a big way this summer with the Collaborative Summer Library Program: Fizz, Boom, Read! Readers of all ages will explore all kinds of science topics as we get together for our weekly events beginning in July. Look for more details to come soon.
Mystery readers and fans of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club will be pleased to know that #13 entitled Unlucky 13 is on the shelf...happy new mother Lindsay Boxer receives a photo of a killer from her past and Lindsay knows no one will be safe while this person is much for lazy mornings home with the baby. Blossom Street fans will welcome Debbie Macomber’s 10th book in this popular series entitled Blossom Street Brides. I took it home last week and loved are welcome to place your name on the reserve list. We also have Emily Giffin’s latest, The One and Only... an extraordinary story of love and loyalty and an unconventional heroine struggling to reconcile both. And, these are only three of our many new titles!
The library is open Wednesdays (2 until 6), Thursdays (10 until 12 and 2 until 6) and Saturdays (10 until 1). All Rumney residents are invited to stop by....see you soon! Questions? You can email us at or give us a call during our regular hours at 786-9520.

Friday, March 28, 2014

March, Cabin Fever, and Where is Spring???

March has been another busy month with everyone stocking up on reading materials… Cabin fever has really set in as the cold temperatures and snowy days continue. One day we even had a group snuggling with Byron G Bear!
We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday and ‘Read Across America Day’ on Saturday, March 8th. Rachel had all sorts of activities planned including story time, making Dr. Seuss hats, and having a photographic session with all sorts of neat props. Here are a few of our kids…
Do hope you will stop by... call (786-9520)or email ( to find out what's happening..... April is almost here and just want to let everyone know that there will be a slight change in hours while the Director is away... We will be open Wednesday and Thursday 2 until 5 and Saturday 10 until 1.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Cold, Snowy February AND What's coming up in March...

Everyone who entered the library this past month talked about the weather… snow, cold, ice and no break. We just told everyone it was a good reading month and we put out several new titles to get their attention.
• After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman – a story that explores how one man’s disappearance echoes through the lives of the five women he left behind • Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner - #7 in her Detective D D Warren series • Standup Guy by Stuart Woods - #28 in his Stone Barrington series • A New England Autumn by Ferenc Mate – a trip through New England during a very special time of the year • Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen – “Quindlen has always excelled at capturing telling details in a story, and she does so again in this quiet, powerful novel, showing the charged emotions that teem beneath the surface of daily life.”—Publishers Weekly • The Circle by Dave Eggers - In his new novel, Eggers tackles a modern problem that doesn't always seem like one: our near constant hunger for communication. When Mae Holland takes a job at the Circle, a tech giant with a utopian culture and cultlike following (Eggers didn't call it Schmoogle, but may as well have), she quickly loses sight of her friends, family, and sense of self in favor of professional success and social acceptance. As her Circle star rises, Mae succumbs to the corporate code of full disclosure, eventually agreeing to "go transparent" and let the public watch--and comment on--her every move. "Privacy is theft," decrees the company motto; "Secrets are lies." It's not subtle, but neither were "Harrison Bergeron" and 1984, and in its best moments The Circle is equally terrifying. Let's just hope it's not prescient. --Mia Lipman • Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman - #29 in the series • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – Oprah’s Book Club choice, a very good read • A Year By the Sea by Joan Anderson – one woman’s journey of self-discovery… I loved it! Good writing and many ‘I need to write this down’ wonderful thoughts
We celebrated ‘Take Your Child to the Library’ day February 1st and we were delighted with the turnout… several new families as well as our favorites. The children made colorful bookmarks, listened to stories, and decorated cookies… we all had a good time. February was a good month for legos and we all had fun building ‘Wacky Winter Transports’ and creating a display which everyone enjoyed.
February 27th brought ‘Fabulous February Birthdays’ and Dottie Lalonde, Nathan Clark, and I celebrated our special day. Sheila, Jim and Heather Clark brought cakes and we all enjoyed… loved all the cards, balloons, flowers, good wishes and attention! Thank you everyone for making the day so special….
And all the good times will continue right into March as we celebrate Dr. Seuss Day this Saturday. Did you know that Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born in Springfield Massachusetts, graduated from Dartmouth College? No wonder he is extra special to us! We hope that you will all join us as we see how many Dr. Seuss books we can read! Rachel has several fun activities planned and you are welcome to stop by anytime between 10 and 1.
We have a new display at the library promoting ‘Got Lunch Rumney’… a healthy summer lunch program that will be free to all Rumney school children who are eligible for free or subsidized school lunches. You are invited to donate to this new program with a financial donation or with your time… volunteers are needed to help with the shopping, packing, and delivering. Will you help?
And last, but not least, do try to attend town meeting on Thursday, March 13th, at 7 PM at the school… the first item of business will be our proposed addition here at the library to provide handicap access and access for all to the lower level. If you have any questions you are invited to stop by the library or give us a call. Tom Wallace will be answering questions on voting day.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February 2014

January, 2014, was a strange month weather wise… days of rain followed by extremely cold temperatures… just the recipe for glare ice. I mention this because the weather very much determines our daily attendance. For the first time in ten years we had a day when even I did not venture over to the library… that was Saturday, January 11th, a very cold icy day. But our numbers for January still held up… 338 visits checking out 251 adult books, 269 juvenile books, and 101 videos/DVDs. Looking forward to what February brings.
January was a month for plugging along on our various projects. We added many new books to our collection including titles by Abi Maxwell (a NH writer), E L Doctorow, Faye Kellerman, Danielle Steel, Lisa Patton, Dorothy Benton Frank, Joshilyn Jackson, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, and Sue Monk Kidd. Two new titles by Bruce Heald have been added to the NH Room: New Hampshire and the Revolutionary War and New Hampshire and the Civil War. Several children have discovered the author Richard Peck so we have added another half dozen of his titles. I have fond memories of reading his books to my 6th graders. How they would laugh. Our featured mystery writer for January was John Dunning whose Cliff Janeway series all have a ‘book’ theme. We selected Amy Tan as our fiction writer of the month and displayed her newest book, The Valley of Amazement.
All of the Christmas decorations have been packed up and we managed to cull a few items whose time had come. Several boxes of stored books have been brought up from downstairs and we have evaluated them for our collection with the remainder going towards next summer’s book sale.
Several events have been planned for February including ‘Take My Child to the Library Day’ on the 1st, Ladies’ Knitting Club Valentine Party on the 13th, Wacky Winter Transports Lego Day/Valentines’s Day for the children on the 15th, and Nathan and Susan’s Birthday on the 27th.