Thursday, December 24, 2015

Our Holiday Open House...

... was such a special evening for the Library Ladies! The Aladdin lamps gave a beautiful glow to the Byron G. Merrill Library during our Annual Holiday Open House last week. It was a fun, festive evening with children singing and lots of neighbors visiting. We want to thank several people for their contributions to the event. Roger Daniels brought his collection of antique lamps which created a beautiful atmosphere, "Rhubarb Pie" added to the festivities with their live music, and Richard Moses read aloud "The Gift of the Magi". Children entertained us with a Christmas carol choir led by Pastor Steve Angela, and Lee Hunter gave an entertaining version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Many others helped with decorations, donating goodies, serving and more. Thank you all so much. January newsletters are out and available to pick up the next time you come to the library. We are excited to jump into the new year with a Star Wars theme to our storytime, teen craft day and family movie night.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

What's Happening in December...

Christmas Tea... Sunday!

You are cordially invited to attend the Rumney Historical Society's Annual Christmas Tea this Sunday, December 6th, at 3:00 PM at the Rumney Historical Museum, 20 Buffalo Road... a chance to relax, enjoy some quiet conversation, and celebrate the blessings of the holidays with friends and neighbors.

Friday, November 6, 2015

November... a Month to be Thankful!

Jim and I are enjoying the first part of November in rather cloudy and rainy Dallas, Texas! We really appreciate today's sunshine, comfortable temperatures, and a chance to walk and bike in the most delightful Bishop Arts district of Dallas. The other night we enjoyed pie at The Pie Emporium and last night it was Texas barbeque. We are most thankful to have the opportunity to visit our kids, Will and Anne.
And... I am thankful to Rachel and Sheila for taking such good care of our dear library... See you all soon!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Progress Continues........

Quite a few parts of the project seem to be coming to completion... the brick work on the outside is just beautiful... we're so excited to see daily progress!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Look at our Progress...

Stairs going up... Stairs going down... granite blocks being installed... and a beautiful new entry door!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

July is just around the corner and we have lots planned!!!

There’s lot happening at the Byron G. Merrill Library.... the main roof on our handicap access addition is complete and looks beautiful... the three individual rooftops line up so perfectly... looks like they have always been there! The electrical rough-in has been started as well as some of the interior masonry work. I am looking out the office window at the new entry way! In spite of five days of heavy rain, much progress has been made.
Our summer reading program, "Every Hero Has a Story" is beginning on Wednesday, July 1st at 3! You will not even want to come late as we gather for Superhero Camp. We encourage all kids in kindergarten through 5th grade to join us as we celebrate heroes of all kind this summer. If you have a school age child, please stop by, register for a library card, and take a look at the various things we have planned.
Children in grades 5 and up have started our Summer Scavenger Hunt... Children this age are invited to stop in, register, and enjoy some of our special activities.
We had great fun last Saturday as we celebrated Father’s Day... The Dads enjoyed donuts and a visit as the children fashioned beautiful King crowns for their Dads and made neat ‘How Much Do I Love You’ cards. It was a fun time for all of us.
Our next special Saturday event, A Lego Challenge, will take place on Saturday, July 11th, sometime between ten and noon. We are looking forward to ‘challenging’ our lego lovers so be sure to save this date.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

June at our Library...

The Byron G. Merrill Library is a hub of activity with lots of progress being made on the construction project. The walls are up and the window cutouts in place. The roof is framed and we can see piles of shingles nearby. We hear saws from time to time as the cuts are being made in the back wall for the lift and the new stairway. The children help me keep track of the daily changes. Former Library Trustee, Tom Wallace is keeping track of the project to see that everything runs smoothly. Please do be careful when you walk around to the back of the building to check things out since there is heavy equipment being used.
Congratulations to Rumney graduates at Russell Elementary School and Plymouth Regional High School. It is a pleasure to serve so many young people during their student years - from finding just the right book to read to helping with resources for school projects.
Now that school is over, make sure your summer plans include the summer reading program at the library! "Every Hero Has a Story" is an exciting theme which will help students continue their reading skills along with fun activities for all ages. If you have a school age child, please stop by, register for a library card, and take a look at the various things we have planned.
What do dads and donuts have in common? They will both be at the library on Saturday, June 20th. Bring your dad to the library for a special time together in honor of Father's Day the following day. There will fun, dad-related stories to read, a Father's Day craft and of course, donuts! You are welcome to bring in Dad anytime between 10 and 1.
Our open hours continue to be: Wed. 1:00-5:00pm, Thurs. 10:00am-5:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am-1:00pm. Have you ‘liked’ us on FB??? Our email is

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Progress continues...

Progress continues... today we can see where the new entry will be, the pipes for the bathroom and the hole for the staircase which will go to the lower level...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Foundation is Underway...

As you can see... we have a foundation or at least the start of one! Noisy work will be continuing this week according to the foreman Ron but it will not interfere with our being open. Just a reminder that Story Time for Big Kids will be Wednesday (tomorrow) at 3 and Story Time for Little Kids will be Thursday at 10:30. We look forward to seeing everyone and you will have a chance to look out back...very exciting!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Big Hole!

The digging has begun! Keeping a careful eye on the project is our own Tom Wallace, Owner's Representative. The dirt is being placed at the rear of the parking lot so... we spoke with Pastor Dan at the Church and offered our back lawn for parking on Sunday...

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Project Begins...

The fun has begun... the electricians are here installing a new fire alarm system... the dumpster will be arriving and tomorrow some digging begins!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

This Week at the Library...

March will soon be over and what a March it has been... we, at the library, are all in favor of some warmer temperatures and an ice free walkway! We have had a busy week as we moved a lot of stuff around upstairs and downstairs getting ready to start our big project, the handicap access. It was great having Kathy Sobetzer, Roger Daniels and my Jim here on Saturday to help... we sure made some good progress and I thank you.
Our Story Times will continue this week... Wednesday afternoon at 3 for our big kids and Thursday morning at 10:30 for our little ones. If you do FB, you might enjoy ‘liking’ us and checking out some cute pictures of our various activities.
Our Historians meet each Thursday morning at 10. This past week was a road trip as we attempt to match old pictures with current addresses... an interesting challenge! Anyone interested in Rumney’s history is welcome to join us.
Our next BIG shindig will take place on Wednesday, April 1st at 3... Can anyone guess the theme of our event??? We have several fun things planned so come along.
The Knitters will meet next on April 9th at 2 and we have a treat in store... Rachel Anderson will be demonstrating her crocheting skills and we will learn the secrets of her beautiful scarves! I think that Nancy will be bringing cookies to go with a cup of tea and we will all have a chance to stitch and visit. We invite you to join us.
Lots of new books keep coming our way... you are welcome to stop in and take a look. I just read A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler... her writing is perfection and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, an Australian writer... a fellow with no social skills navigating a relationship.. a fun read!
We wish all of you a good week and encourage you to stop by to see us. We are open on Wednesdays from 1 – 5, Thursdays from 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 – 1.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It's March here at the library....

We are crossing our fingers that supporters of the proposed handicap access at the library will be out in force next Thursday at Rumney’s annual town meeting at The Russell School on Thursday, March 12th at 7 pm. Please come and vote YES on article 2 for this very much needed update at our local library. Folks have been working hard these past few years drawing up the plans and raising funds to make this all happen. (There is still time to make a financial donation and/or purchase a brick.) It is now time to approve the final funds needed to get this project done and this needs to happen at town meeting!
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts and later attended Dartmouth College. Known for his creative, whimsical children's books, Dr. Seuss is celebrated in schools and libraries around the US as part of Read Across America each March. Join us at the Byron G. Merrill Library to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on Saturday, March 7th at 10:30am. We'll have a huge selection of Dr. Seuss books to read aloud, activities, posters to color, a bean bag toss and more Seussical silliness. We know you will like it whether you're old or you're wee, it's tons of free fun for the whole family!
Speaking of birthdays… This librarian totally enjoyed her celebration last week. The children recited poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and took part in a March of the Snowflakes Parade. We “marched’ all our hand-made snowflakes right out the door as our way of saying, “It is time for spring”. And… we thank Nancy for the delicious cake.
Looking for a good book? You don’t have to go far… as we have lots of choices… hardcovers, paperbacks, E-books, audio books. We are open Wednesdays 1 – 5, Thursdays 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 – 1. Keep up-to-date with our activities through FB, our blog, and/or The Record Enterprise. And… don’t forget town meeting… Thursday, March 12th at 7 at the Russell School… We NEED your vote!

Friday, January 30, 2015

January at BGM Library....

The Trustees and the staff at the Byron G. Merrill Library thank everyone who has made a contribution to the "Time for a Lift" Project. Your donations and support are greatly appreciated both now and in the near future when the library will be accessible to anyone who would like to come into our beautiful building. The Buy-a-Brick program saw many orders come in for the Christmas season in memory and honor of loved ones. There is still plenty of time to make a contribution or, if you prefer, to buy a brick which will become part of the new entryway. You are welcome to stop by the library for more information and to see many of the bricks which have already been purchased.
The Winter Story Time for children has begun with snowflakes and snowmen decorations getting us in the spirit for our snow theme. Special winter books are available to check out each week along with an ongoing snowman and snowflake craft. Join us on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm or Thursdays at 10:30 am for a fun time of singing, reading, activities and more. In addition, our independent readers have formed a book group and will be reading away to reach their various goals. Our Knitting Club is ongoing in spite of all the confusion over our January meeting. If you remember correctly it was extremely cold on January 8th... What a surprise to have the door open at 2 and see a lot of familiar faces come along in! We enjoyed some good conversation and a cup of tea along with our knitting but no cookies! We plan to do better next time. Our next get-together is scheduled for Thursday, February 12th at 2 and, I believe, Dottie will be bringing treats. See you all then! Rumney Historical Society workers will be meeting at the library each Thursday morning at 10am during the cold months to plan the 2015 season and sort through various historical items. It is fun to spend time together and there is always a lot of talk of the old days. Everyone is welcome! Save the date February 5th at 7. The Rumney Historical Society will be showing the film Gentleman Jim. Look for more information next week! Winter is such a good time to settle down with a good book and just feel cozy. And we have lots of good books to choose from so we hope you will stop by and select one or two. We have several of the bestsellers available including All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, and Redeployment by Phil Klay. For those of you wishing not to venture out on these cold days, you are welcome to download a free ebook or audio book right at home through the NH Downloadable book program to which we subscribe. We are open Wednesdays from 1 – 5, Thursdays 10 – 5, and Saturdays 10 -1. Keep up with our goings on through the Record Enterprise, our blog, and Facebook. Hope to see you soon!