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Thursday, July 02, 2015

 

High School Book Group Reads Watchmen for July


Readers of the Round Table, a high school book discussion group, reads the graphic novel  Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Giboons for their July 23rd gathering at 4:15PM. Copies of the book are available in the Teen Area on the upper level of the library. 

About the Book
In an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the cold war is in full effect.  WATCHMEN begins as a murder-mystery, but soon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to a head, the unlikely group of reunited heroes—Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias—have to test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil. 

In the mid-eighties, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created WATCHMEN, changing the course of comics' history and essentially remaking how popular culture perceived the genre. Popularly cited as the point where comics came of age, WATCHMEN's sophisticated take on superheroes has been universally acclaimed for its psychological depth and realism.

Photo credits: Alan Moore on www.blastr.com and Dave Gibbons on lewstringer.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

 

Library Closes After Tree Limb Falls During Storm


At around 6:50PM, a large limb fell from the maple tree at the Northwest corner of the property, narrowly missing the fence and bringing down electrical, phone and Internet wires. Patrons were escorted from the building and services were called.  

Road Agent Jack Pinciaro removed wires from the roadway and began cutting up the limb, which lays across the exit drive.  Full removal will take place tomorrow

Electricity is expected to be restored by morning. Internet service should be back up by 11:30AM, and phone service by 5:00PM. 

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Mercy Snow is the Book of the Month for July


"Mercy Snow" is the Book of the Month for July 2015Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker is our featured novel for June. Copies are available in the "New Room" on the upper level of the library. 

 About the Book
In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake.

June McAllister is the wife of the local mill owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property, have brought her—and the town—nothing but grief. 

June will do anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means driving the Snow family out of town. But she has never gone up against a force as fierce as the young Mercy Snow. Mercy is determined to protect her rebellious brother, whom the town blames for the accident, despite his innocence. And she has a secret of her own. When an old skeleton is discovered not far from the crash, it beckons Mercy to solve a mystery buried deep within the town's past.

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History Buffs Read Confederates in the Attic for July 28th


History Buffs Read "Confederates in the Attic" for July 28, 2015

Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz is the discussion book for the July 28th meeting of History Buffs.  This adult book discussion group meets at 10:30AM on the 4th Tuesday of each month.

About the Book
When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

Propelled by his boyhood passion for the Civil War, Horwitz embarks on a search for places and people still held in thrall by America's greatest conflict. The result is an adventure into the soul of the unvanquished South, where the ghosts of the Lost Cause are resurrected through ritual and remembrance.

In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to achieve the hollow-eyed look of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and calls for race war sparked by the killing of a white man who brandishes a rebel flag; at Andersonville, he finds that the prison's commander, executed as a war criminal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and in the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox in the company of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.'

Written with Horwitz's signature blend of humor, history, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates in the Attic brings alive old battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, country bars' where the past and the present collide, often in explosive ways. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to anyone who has ever felt drawn to the mythic South and to the dark romance of the Civil War.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

 

This Week @ Your Library...


Library Closed Friday and Saturday for the July 4th Holiday


Every Hero Has a Story: Birth - 36 Months
June 30th - August 7th

Family Story Time with Officer Bob @ 10:30AM
If you enjoy picture books and fun, bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories and songs.  Special guest Officer Bob Bennett will join us as well!

Work on Your Activity Sheet
How about reading a "nonfiction (true) book with your child" this week? Perhaps an animal book or poetry book. Or  you could "make a snack together by using a recipe"? We have many yummy recipe books!

Every Hero Has a Story: Age 3 - 5th Grade
June 30th - August 7th

Magnificent Minds Guessing Contest
Use your super mind powers to guess how many marbles are in the jar.

Family Story Time with Officer Bob @ 10:30AM
If you enjoy picture books and fun, bring a blanket and join us on the library lawn for stories and songs.  Special guest Officer Bob Bennett will join us as well!

The Rescuers: Part 1
Be a community hero. Braid fleece toys for dogs and tie fleece blankets for cats.  The toys and blankets are to be given to the Bedford Animal Rescue League. 

Play Marble Madness
Earn extra points each week by playing our marble shooting game. Don't forget to bring your point log!

Escape the Ordinary: Tween and Teens
June 30th - August 7th

Super Hero M&M Guessing Contest
Drop in and make an educated guess on the number of M&Ms in the bottles. Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Comic Coaster Craft-to-Go, all week
Select your comic graphic and create your coaster to take home and use with your favorite beverage. Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Role Playing Game Group 1 on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM
This multi-age group meets every other week. For more information, call Kerri at 424-4044.

Weekly Scavenger Hunt
Follow the clues to the prize and earn 1 raffle ticket.


Escape the Ordinary: Adults
June 16th - August 7th

Take a "Shelfie," all week thru August 21st
Take a photo of yourself in front of your bookshelf at home, or use one of ours, then drop off a copy or email it to us. Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Drop-in Knitting Group on Tuesday from 10:00-Noon
If your hobby is knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or any other kind of stitching, bring you project to the library and stitch with our group! Perfect for all skill levels. In Stitches meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month.

Adult Book Group on Wednesday @ 6:30PM
All Booked Up meets to discuss The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro.

Write a Mini Book Review
Fill out the provided review form and drop it off at the Circulation Desk.  Earn 1 raffle ticket.

Activity Pass of the Month: Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Located in Holderness, New Hampshire. Purchased up to 2 Trail admission tickets for $3.00 each and up to 4 additional admissions for $10.00 each. (This represents a discount of up to $14 per ticket.) Children 2 years old and under are free. Trail admission covers the live animal trail and all hiking trails. 


Check Out What Our Book Groups are Reading!
All Booked Up: 
The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
History Buffs:  Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz
Book of the Month:
Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
Book Bunch:  
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Page Turners:  
Super Human by Michael Carroll
Readers of the Round Table: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

 

This Week @ Your Library...


This Week @ Your Library... 6-23-15Summer Reading Sign-Up Has Begun!
Are you ready for another fabulous summer of reading, activities and performances? Sign-up has started! 

Adult Summer Reading Club thru August 21st
Get involved through pleasure reading or learning, music on the lawn, quick fun activities, and presentations by interesting people.  

Earn raffle tickets this week for reading, writing mini book reviews or attending Comics in World History on Wednesday @ 7:00PM.

History Book Discussion on Tuesday @ 10:30 
History Buffs meet to discuss Blood Royal by Eric Jager.

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Role Playing Games Group 2 on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM
This multi-age group meets every other week.  For more information, call Kerri at 424-4044.

Comics in World History and Culture on Wednesday @ 7:00PM
Marek Bennett presents a whirlwind survey of comics from around the world and throughout history.

High School Book Group on Thursday @ 4:15PM
Readers of the Round Table meet to discuss Prodigy by Marie Lu.

Kid's Drop-In Tabletop Game Night on Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM
You may drop-off** kids age 8-13 or stay and play with them!  This new drop-in group continues the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. No registration required.  **For children under 10 yrs old, a parent or caregiver 14 yrs or older must remain in the building.

Drop-in Knitting Group on Thursday from 6:00-8:00PM
If your hobby is knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or any other kind of stitching, bring you project to the library and stitch with our group! Perfect for all skill levels. Unraveled meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

Activity Pass of the Month: Charmingfare Farm
Reserve the library's discount activity pass, which allows you to purchase up to 8 Zoo admissions for $7 each, a $10 savings. Charmingfare Farm is home to many of the traditional agricultural animals you would expect to see on a farm, as well as wildlife exhibits featuring many of North America's greatest predators.  Throughout the day a variety of rides, demonstrations and activities are also offered. You can even pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the farm.


Check Out What Our Book Groups are Reading!
All Booked Up: 
The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
History Buffs:  Blood Royal by Eric Jager
Book of the Month:
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Book Bunch:  
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
Page Turners:  
Super Human by Michael Carroll
Readers of the Round Table: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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Friday, June 19, 2015

 

Kid's Book Group Reads Absolutely Almost for July 15th


Book Bunchers in grades 3-5 read Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff for their July 15th gathering at 4:00.  The book discussion will be followed by a short activity. Books are available in the Young Readers' Room on the lower level of the library.

About the Book
Albie has never been the smartest kid in his class. He has never been the tallest. Or the best at gym. Or the greatest artist. Or the most musical. In fact, Albie has a long list of the things he's not very good at. But then Albie gets a new babysitter, Calista, who helps him figure out all of the things he is good at and how he can take pride in himself.

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Movie Night @ Your Library on July 8th


Who said, "We shall hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately?" Why The Penguin, of course.

Join us on Wednesday, July 8th @ 7:00PM for a dose of old-school Batman from 1966, starring Adam West, Burt Ward and Lee Meriwether.

Make yourself comfortable in one of our Adirondack chairs, or bring your own fold-able chair.

About the Movie
The Dynamic Duo faces four super-villains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 

Join Us for Comics in World History and Cultures on June 24th @ 7:00PM

Join Us for Comics in World History and Cultures on June 24, 2015 @ 7:00PM
Marek Bennett presents a whirlwind survey of comics from around the world and throughout history, with special attention to what these vibrant narratives tell (and show) us about the people and periods that created them. 

Bennett discusses sample comics representing cultures such as Medieval Europe, Feudal and modern Japan, the United States in the early 20th century, and Nazi Germany during World War II.

Bennett also explores the variety of techniques used to create and read of comics varies from culture to culture. 


About Marek Bennett
As a NH-based cartoonist, musician, and educator, Marek Bennett leads discovery-based comics workshops for all ages throughout New England and the world beyond.  His comics work includes the local history webcomic LIVE FREE AND DRAW!, the graphic novel travel memoir, SLOVAKIA: Fall in the Heart of Europe, the long-running Xeric Award-winning weekly newspaper strip “Mimi’s Doughnuts”, the travel webcomic Coffee+Dumpling+Komiks, and more.

 

This program is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

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We Have a "Super" Summer Planned for You!


Superheroes are invading the library this summer!  Think Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and Ninja Turtles. And don't forget our communtiy heroes: Firefighters, Police, Soldiers, K-9 dogs and animal rescuers.

We hope you are prepared for another super summer of fabulous reading, activities, performances and prizes.  Sign-up begins this week for all 4 of our summer reading clubs and runs right through the last day.  It's never too late to join in!

Every Hero Has a Story 
for Kids age 0 thr 2
June 30 - August 7 

Designed for our youngest "readers" and their parents or caregivers, this easy program has lots of fun little activities to enjoy on your own, plus Baby and Toddler Tales on Friday mornings.
Every Hero Has a Story 
for Kids age 3 thru 5th grade
June 30 - August 7 

For the Preschool and Elementary School crowd, we have more of what you love: reading, crafts, contests, games, performers, science, animals and ice cream.  Help your kids beat the "summer slide," by encouraging them to read this summer.
Escape the Ordinary 
for Tweens and Teens in grades 6 thru 12
June 30 - August 7

Our discerning Tweens and Teens can fill their calendars with lots of Superhero fun including movies, munchies, reading for enjoyment, crafts-to-go and a Superhero Cos-Play photo shoot! Beat summer boredom at the library this summer.
Escape the Ordinary 
for Adults
June 16 - August 21

Whether you're a parent of young children, on summer break from college or paying a mortgage, you should spare a bit of time for the library.  This summer we have a number of opportunities for you to get involved through pleasure reading or learning, music on the lawn, quick fun activities, and presentations by interesting people.  Don't be left out!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

 

Tweens Read Super Human for July 9th


Tweens Read "Super Human" for July 9, 2015
Page Turners' July selection is Super Human by Michael Carroll. The 6th-8th grade book discussion group meets up on Thursday, July 9th at 2:30PM. Copies of the book are available in both the Teen Area and Young Readers' Room.

About the Book
Four thousand years ago the world's first super human walked the earth. Possessing the strength of one hundred men, skin impervious to attack, and the ability to read minds, this immortal being used his power to conquer and enslave nations. Now plans are in motion that will transport this super human to the present, where he'll usher in a new age of tyranny unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Determined to stand against them, using powers they've only just begun to master, is a ragtag group of young heroes. For them this first test may be their greatest . . . and last.

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This Week @ Your Library...


This Week @ Your Library... 6-16-15
Summer Reading Sign-Up Begins!
Are you ready for another fabulous summer of reading, activities and performances? Sign-up begins this week!

Drop-In Knitting Group on Tuesday from 10:00-Noon 
If your hobby is knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, or any other kind of stitching, bring you project to the library and stitch with our group! Perfect for all skill levels. In Stitches meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of each month.

Kid's Make 'n Take Craft, all week
Stop in for this month's elephant craft to take home and display!

Fantasy/Sci-Fi Role Playing Games Group 1 on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00PM
This multi-age group meets every other week.  For more information, call Kerri at 424-4044.

Kid's Book Group on Wednesday @ 4:00PM
Book Buncher's in grades 3-5 meet to talk about Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood and complete a short activity.

Activity Pass of the Month: Charmingfare Farm
Reserve the library's discount activity pass, which allows you to purchase up to 8 Zoo admissions for $7 each, a $10 savings. Charmingfare Farm is home to many of the traditional agricultural animals you would expect to see on a farm, as well as wildlife exhibits featuring many of North America's greatest predators.  Throughout the day a variety of rides, demonstrations and activities are also offered. You can even pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the farm.


Check Out What Our Book Groups are Reading!
All Booked Up: 
The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
History Buffs:  Blood Royal by Eric Jager
Book of the Month:
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Book Bunch:  
Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood
Page Turners:  
Super Human by Michael Carroll
Readers of the Round Table: Prodigy by Marie Lu

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