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Monday, April 23, 2018

 

This Week @ Your Library...


This Week @ Your Library... April 24-28, 2018
All Week
Kid’s LEGO Challenge
March's LEGO challenge theme is "All About Seuss."  Build something from a Dr. Seuss book, or build your own Seuss-like creation.

Tuesday
"Ask a Muslim Anything" @ 7:00-9:00PM
Join Robert Azzi in a dialogue on what it’s like to be Muslim in America, interfaith relations, the Middle East, international affairs and related social issues. Says Azzi, "Nothing is off the table."

Check Out What Our Book Clubs are Reading...
Book of the Month Club (adults): The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
All Booked Up (adults): The Stranger in the Woods byMichael Finkel
Page Turners (grades 6-8): The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Book Bunch (grades 3-5): Benjamin Franklin's In My Bathroom by Candace Fleming

Upcoming Classes, Workshop and Events
• Ask a Muslim AnythingTuesday, April 24th @ 7:00PM
• Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of NH, Wednesday, May 9th @ 7:00PM

 

Kid's Book Group Reads Benjamin Franklin's In My Bathroom for May 16th


Kid's Book Group Reads "Benjamin Franklin's In My Bathroom" for May 16, 2018
Book Bunch reads Benjamin Franklin's In My Bathroom by Candace Fleming for their meeting on Wednesday, May 16th.  Join the group at 4:00PM for a discussion of the book and a short activity. 

Copies of the book are available in the Young Readers' Room.

About the Book
Nolan is a typical kid living in a typical 21st century American town. Ben Franklin is, well, Ben Franklin—Founding Father, inventor of the lightning rod and bifocals, and more. When, through a bizarre set of circumstances, Nolan and his little sister, Olive, find Ben in their house, chaos isn't far behind.

From introducing him to the toaster to taking him to the public library (another Ben invention) to preventing a nosy neighbor from blowing Ben's cover, Nolan does his best to be Ben's tour guide to the new world he helped form.

With tons of funny illustrations throughout—plus graphic novel-style sections interspersed—readers will love adventuring alongside this awesome threesome.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

 

This Week @ Your Library...


This Week @ Your Library... April 17-21, 2018
All Week
Kid’s Make ’n Take Craft
Stop in the Young Readers’ Room to assemble April's Splish Splash craft to take home and enjoy!  Note: This craft is not available during Story Times.

STEM Fun with Dot & Dash
Dot & Dash are available at the desk for exploration by kids in grades 1-6. Dot & Dash are brainy little robots. Dot  has several built-in games and can sense and even control Dash. Dash responds to voices and sounds, and can dance and sing.

Kid’s LEGO Challenge
April's LEGO challenge theme is "Spring has Sprung." Create something that says "Spring" to you.

Tuesday
Drop-In Knitting from 10:00AM-Noon
Bring your current project and join our group of knitters and crocheters. All skill levels are welcome.  In Stitches meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of the month.

Preschool Story Time @ 10:30AM
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

High School Drop-In Role Playing Game Night from 6:00PM-8:00PM
Led by volunteer Alex Jozitis, this drop-in fantasy/sci-fi role-play game group meets every other Tuesday.  Drop-in and check it out!

Wednesday
Preschool Story Time @ 12:30PM
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

Kid's Book Group @ 4:00PM
Book Bunchers in grades 3-5 meet to discuss Lights, Camera, COOK! by Charise Harper and complete a short activity.

Drop-In Tabletop Game Night from 6:00-8:00PM
Game lovers from age 8 thru 108 are invited to meet at the library for game night fun!  Led by volunteer Nick Ozmore, the tabletop game group meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month and involves a wide selection of games on rotation.  Note: Children under 10 years old must have a parent or caregiver age 14 or older in the building.

Drop-In Knitting from 6:30-8:00PM
Bring your current project and join our group of knitters and crocheters. All skill levels are welcome.  Unraveled meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Friday
Infant Story Time @ 10:30AM
Book Babies is a lap-sit program for infants (newborn-18 months) and their caregivers.  This 20-minute program includes simple board books, rhymes and songs.

Toddler Story Time @ 11:30AM
Tiny Tales is a lap-sit program for toddlers (18-35 months) and their caregivers, bridging Book Babies and Preschool Story Time. This program includes simple stories, rhymes, songs, and interactive fun.

Check Out What Our Book Clubs are Reading...
Book of the Month Club (adults): The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
All Booked Up (adults): The Stranger in the Woods byMichael Finkel
Page Turners (grades 6-8): The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
Book Bunch (grades 3-5): Lights, Camera, COOK! by Charise Harper

Upcoming Classes, Workshop and Events
• Ask a Muslim AnythingTuesday, April 24th @ 7:00PM
• Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of NH, Wednesday, May 9th @ 7:00PM

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Friday, April 13, 2018

 

The Stuffed Animal Sleepover Photos Have Been Posted!


Thirty-eight stuffed friends spent the night at the Library on April 5th.  Their owners sang them a lullaby, tucked them in for the night, and went home.  All went well for about fifteen minutes, after which they all jumped up and started to play.  Poor Miss Carrie-Anne had her hands full!  The stuffies played with toys, read books, colored, climbed into places they shouldn't, and much more.  

Despite being a hand-full the night before, Miss Carrie-Anne still took them on their field trip to Mel's Funway Park the next morning. They played lots of arcade games and had a great time.  There were almost no shenanigans...one stuffie did hide while the group picture was taken.  After searching high and low, the little stinker showed up in the skeeball return!

We hope you enjoy the photos taken during their adventure.

 

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Tween Book Group Reads The Apothecary for May 10th


Tween Book Group Reads "The Apothecary" for May 10, 2018
Page Turners, our book group for tweens in grades 6-8, is reading The Apothecary by Maile Meloy for their get-together on Thursday, May 10th at 2:05PM in Room 10 of the Litchfield Middle School. Page Turners begins with an after school snack, followed by a discussion of the book, and a short activity.

Copies of the book are available in the upper-level Teen area and the lower-level Young Readers’ Room.

About the Book
It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.
 
This is the first title in the Apothecary Trilogy.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

Meet the Fur Seals!


Meet the Fur Seals! | April 9, 2018
Meet Luna | photo courtesy of neaq.org
Have you met Ursula, Luna, Chiidax, and Kitovi?  They are a group of northern fur seals making the New England Aquarium their home.  Luna is the youngest.  She is 2 1/2 years old and came to live at the Aquarium when rescuers determined she was unable to survive in the wild.

Fun fact: northern fur seals have the second thickest fur in the animal kingdom. This keeps them warm as they hunt for food in the cold waters of the Northern Pacific Ocean.

Use one our daily discount passes to visit the northern fur seals at the Aquarium's New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center and see them in action.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

 

Ask a Muslim Anything on April 24th


Do you have a question you'd like to ask a Muslim?  

Join us at the library for an open forum on Tuesday, April 24th from 7:00-9:00 and meet American-Arab-Muslim Robert Azzi.

Azzi invites you to ask whatever questions you have and he will endeavor to answer as best he can from his own experience. Be it political, theological, or social, nothing is off the table.

For more on Robert Azzi, read Ask This Muslim Anything from the Portsmouth Herald and Exeter News-Letter.

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Monday, April 09, 2018

 

This Week @ Your Library...


All Week
STEM Fun with Dot & Dash
Dot & Dash are available at the desk for exploration by kids in grades 1-6. Dot & Dash are brainy little robots. Dot  has several built-in games and can sense and even control Dash. Dash responds to voices and sounds, and can dance and sing.

Kid’s LEGO Challenge
April's LEGO challenge theme is "Spring has Sprung."

Tuesday
REMINDER: No Preschool Story Time
See you next week!

Wednesday
Preschool Story Time @ 12:30PM
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

Thursday
Tween Book Group @ 2:05PM
Page Turners, a book group for tweens in grades 6-8, meets at LMS in Room 10 at 2:05PM. After a snack, they discuss Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner, and complete a fun activity, all in time to take the late bus home.

Friday
Infant Story Time @ 10:30AM
Book Babies is a lap-sit program for infants (newborn-18 months) and their caregivers.  This 20-minute program includes simple board books, rhymes and songs.

Toddler Story Time @ 11:30AM
Tiny Tales is a lap-sit program for toddlers (18-35 months) and their caregivers, bridging Book Babies and Preschool Story Time. This program includes simple stories, rhymes, songs, and interactive fun.

Adult Coloring @ 1:00PM
Rediscover the joys and relaxation of coloring. Come with friends or meet new ones! We provide the supplies, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

Check Out What Our Book Clubs are Reading...
Book of the Month Club (adults): The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
All Booked Up (adults): The Stranger in the Woods byMichael Finkel
Page Turners (grades 6-8): Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Book Bunch (grades 3-5): Lights, Camera, COOK! by Charise Harper


Upcoming Classes, Workshop and Events
 • Ask a Muslim AnythingTuesday, April 24th @ 7:00PM
 • Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of NH, Wednesday, May 9th @ 7:00PM

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Adult Book Group Reads The Stranger in the Woods for May 2nd or 4th


Adult Book Group Reads "The Stranger in the Woods" for May 2 or 4, 2018
Michael Finkel’s The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit is the chosen title for All Booked Up’s discussion on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:30PM or Friday, May 4th at 1:00PM.  Copies of the book are available in the upper level “New” room.  

About the Book
In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothing, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of his secluded life—why did he leave? what did he learn?—as well as the challenges he has faced since returning to the world. It is a gripping story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded.
The Stranger in the Woods was a LibraryReads favorite for 2017.

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April's Book of the Month is The Murderer's Daughters


April 2018's Book of the Month is "The Murderer's Daughters"
The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers is our featured title for April. Copies are available in the “New” room on the upper level of the library.

About the Book
Lulu and Merry's childhood was never ideal, but on the day before Lulu's tenth birthday their father drives them into a nightmare. He's always hungered for the love of the girls' self-obsessed mother; after she throws him out, their troubles turn deadly.

Lulu had been warned to never to let her father in, but when he shows up drunk, he's impossible to ignore. He bullies his way past Lulu, who then listens in horror as her parents struggle. She runs for help, but discovers upon her return that he's murdered her mother, stabbed her five-year-old sister, and tried, unsuccessfully, to kill himself.

Lulu and Merry are effectively orphaned by their mother's death and father's imprisonment, but the girls' relatives refuse to care for them and abandon them to a terrifying group home. Even as they plot to be taken in by a well-to-do family, they come to learn they'll never really belong anywhere or to anyone―that all they have to hold onto is each other. 

For thirty years, the sisters try to make sense of what happened. Their imprisoned father is a specter in both their lives, shadowing every choice they make. One spends her life pretending he's dead, while the other feels compelled, by fear, by duty, to keep him close. Both dread the day his attempts to win parole may meet success.

A beautifully written, compulsively readable debut, The Murderer's Daughters is a testament to the power of family and the ties that bind us together and tear us apart.

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Sunday, April 01, 2018

 

This Week @ Your Library...


This Week @ Your Library... April 3-7, 2018
All Week
STEM Fun with Dot & Dash
Dot & Dash are available at the desk for exploration by kids in grades 1-6. Dot & Dash are brainy little robots. Dot  has several built-in games and can sense and even control Dash. Dash responds to voices and sounds, and can dance and sing.

Kid’s LEGO Challenge
April's LEGO challenge theme is "Spring has Sprung."

Tuesday
Drop-In Knitting from 10:00AM-Noon
Bring your current project and join our group of knitters and crocheters. All skill levels are welcome.  In Stitches meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of the month.

Preschool Story Time @ 10:30AM
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

High School Drop-In Role Playing Game Night from 6:00PM-8:00PM
Led by volunteer Alex Jozitis, this drop-in fantasy/sci-fi role-play game group meets every other Tuesday.  Drop-in and check it out!

Wednesday
Preschool Story Time @ 12:30PM
Join Miss Carrie-Anne in the Young Readers' Room for stories, songs and fun!

Adult Book Group @ 6:30PM
Join All Booked Up as they discuss The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson.

Thursday
Stuffed Animal Story Time @ 6:30PM
Stuffies sleep over; kids go home. Everyone has a great time!

Friday
Infant Story Time @ 10:30AM
Book Babies is a lap-sit program for infants (newborn-18 months) and their caregivers.  This 20-minute program includes simple board books, rhymes and songs.

Toddler Story Time @ 11:30AM
Tiny Tales is a lap-sit program for toddlers (18-35 months) and their caregivers, bridging Book Babies and Preschool Story Time. This program includes simple stories, rhymes, songs, and interactive fun.

Adult Book Group @ 1:00PM
Join All Booked Up as they discuss The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson.

Check Out What Our Book Clubs are Reading...
Book of the Month Club (adults): TBA
All Booked Up (adults): The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson
Page Turners (grades 6-8): Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Book Bunch (grades 3-5): Class Dismissed by Allan Woodrow

Upcoming Classes, Workshop and Events
 • Ask a Muslim AnythingTuesday, April 24th @ 7:00PM
 • Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of NH, Wednesday, May 9th @ 7:00PM

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover is April 5th!


Stuffed Animal Sleepover is April 5, 2018
Looks like not all of the animals are asleep!
The 9th Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover is Thursday at 6:30PM! 

Children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring one of their favorite stuffed animals, but definitely not the one they absolutely need to go to sleep, to this special Story Time.  

Miss Carrie-Anne will read a few bedtime stories, and then the children will sing a lullaby to their animals before giving them a good-night kiss. The animals will be tucked in for the night and the children will be sent home. A week or so later you can see pictures of the animals' sleepover adventures on the library's website.  We absolutely guarantee they will have a great time!  


If your child can't make it to Story Time, but their stuffie wants to sleepover, just drop it off any time on Thursday.  


All stuffed animals should be picked up on Friday (10AM-6PM) or Saturday (9AM-Noon). 



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