At the Library
Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St. 673-2288, library@ amherst.lib.nh.us, amherst library.org.
HARRIET TUBMAN’S CIVIL WAR
The Amherst Town Library presents the living history performance of Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti portraying Harriet Tubman in "I Can’t Die But Once – Harriet Tubman’s Civil War" at 7 p.m. July 9 in the Main Reading Room. This program is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is the second program of the adult summer series at the library called "Minds Wide Awake." Quezaire-Presutti’s characterization of Tubman is a well-researched biography about the remarkable life of an enduring warrior. As Tubman, she weaves a tale of truth, pain, courage and determination in the quagmire of racial exploitation. Free. Registration required.
‘A NIGHT OF OLD-TIME STRING MUSIC AND SONG’
The Amherst Town Library invites you to "A Night of Old-Time String Music and Song" at 7 p.m. July 15 in the Main Reading Room. In this third program of the adult summer series at the library called "Minds Wide Awake," live music is brought to us by Sarah Jane Nelson and Woody Pringle. Multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jane Nelson loves nothing more than to fiddle and sing and she will be joining musical forces with instrumentalist Woody Pringle to present a concert of Appalachian string music and song. This event and all programs in the summer long series Minds Wide Awake are free and open to the public. However, registration is required for each program. Other upcoming programs for adults in the "Minds Wide Awake" series include: "Iran: Persian Glory and Islamic Revolution" at 7 p.m. July 22; "Hiking the John Muir Trail" at 7 p.m. July 29; and, "Mindful Eating with Chef Liz Barbour" at 6:30 p.m. July 30.
‘IRAN – PERSIAN GLORY AND ISLAMIC REVOLUTION’
The Amherst Town Library presents the intriguing program, "Iran – Persian Glory and Islamic Revolution," at 7 p.m. July 22 in the Main Reading Room. Presenter Barry Pell traveled nearly 4,000 miles in Iran last year through the country’s magnificent landscape, visiting historic cities and monuments, and meeting with Iranian people who openly shared opinions about their lives and relations with America. This program is accompanied by Pell’s photography. This is the fourth program in the Library’s adult summer reading program called Minds Wide Awake. This event and all programs in the summer long series "Minds Wide Awake" are free and open to the public. However, registration is required for each program because of space limitations. Other upcoming programs for adults in the Minds Wide Awake series include: "Hiking the John Muir Trail" at 7 p.m. July 29; and "Mindful Eating with Chef Liz Barbour" at 6:30 p.m. July 30.
‘HIKING THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL’
The Amherst Town Library presents "Hiking the John Muir Trail" at 7 p.m. July 29 in the Main Reading Room. This is the fifth program in the library’s summer series for adults, "Minds Wide Awake." Presenter Alison Nadler set out in July 2014 to complete a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail, a 220-mile footpath that leads from Yosemite National Park to the tallest summit in the lower 48: Mount Whitney. See photographs from her journey, learn what she did to prepare for a solo 15 day high-altitude hike of the Sierra Nevada, and hear what it was like to walk all day, every day. This event and all programs in the summer long series "Minds Wide Awake" are free and open to the public. However, registration is required for each program because of space limitations. The final program of the series is "Mindful Eating with Chef Liz Barbour" at 6:30 p.m. July 30.
COOKBOOK BOOK CLUB
The Friends of the Amherst Town Library Cookbook Book Club offers its members an opportunity to enjoy good food, stellar company and inspiration for better cooking. Each month, members pick a new cookbook or cookbook theme to try. Club members will each select a recipe to prepare and bring to the meeting to share (stove and oven available for warming your recipe.) Then members will review the cookbook(s) used. New members are welcome and encouraged. You do not need to be a member of the Friends of the Amherst Town Library to join. For information or to sign up: Kim Ayers at kimberlyayers@ comcast.net or 249-9108.
J.A. Tarbell Library, 136 Forest Road, 654-6790, jatarbelllibrary.org.
The library is open noon-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 1-6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m.- noon Saturdays.
SUMMER IDEAS AT THE LIBRARY
With summer here, remember the museum reimbursement plan, online e-books and audiobooks; the telescope can be borrowed; and HeritageQuest Online as well as Ancestry Library Edition are available.
ARTS, CRAFT AND COLLECTIONS
The library is inviting people to show their artwork, quilts, crafts and collection at the library. This summer we will install a lock on the display cabinet in the community room to secure any collection. We will display for six to 12 weeks. Details of quilts this quarter and paintings the next or seasonal themes of various media are being ironed out. We plan on having an opening with the start of the display. Please contact the library if you are interested in sharing your treasures.
"Postcards From Pluto": NASA’s New Horizon will fly by Pluto on July 14. We plan on getting together to see the actual photos when they are available. Date to be determined. Watch Facebook or website for details.
Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.: "Black Bear Happenings in NH" with New Hampshire Fish and Game Department fish and wildlife stewards.
Edie Clark, a longtime writer for Yankee magazine, will be joining us for an evening this fall sponsored by the N.H. Humanities Council.
Books for sale in the basement Mondays and Wednesdays during library hours. Museum reimbursements are available. The library telescope is available to patrons over age 18. Knitting and Crafts meet at 1 p.m. Fridays in the community room. Contact the library if you’re are interested in an evening group. The Heritage Commission meets the last Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. The library board meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. The Talespinners, a group of women writers more interested in improving their techniques in all types of writing than in publishing, meets at 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in the community room. New members welcome. The Wilton-Lyndeborough Significant Trees Group identifies and records all memorial trees or otherwise significant trees in Wilton and Lyndeborough. It meets at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month.
Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., 249-0645, email@example.com, wadleighlibrary.org. Registration required for all programs.
The library will be closed Sundays through Labor Day weekend.
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
The History Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 15 to discuss "The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington" by Jennet Conant. Newcomers welcome. Copies of book available at Main Desk.
‘ESCAPE THE ORDINARY’
Our Adult Summer Reading program runs through Aug. 12. This summer’s challenge is to "Escape the Ordinary" by exploring heroes, superheroes, and extraordinary people, places and activities. Who we define as a hero depends on who we are and how we see the world. Challenge yourself to read books you wouldn’t normally read. Sign up at the main desk and fill out a raffle ticket to win a prize.
3-D PRINTER AT THE LIBRARY
The library now has a 3-D printer on the premises – a Makerbot Replicator 2.
TEEN TECH SQUAD
Lost in the technology zone? Don’t know how to use your iPhone or Android? Drop in at the library Mondays between 3 and 5 p.m. to get help from students in the Milford High School technology program.
ONGOING ADULT PROGRAMS
Ongoing adult programs at the Wadleigh Memorial Library include a Spanish Conversation Group (Tuesdays); the Knit 1, Crochet 2 group (1st and 3rd Mondays); Social Networking 101 (Wednesdays); and e-book services. Contact the library for details.
BUILDING MARBLE ROLLER COASTERS
What’s the science behind those roller-coaster loops? We’ll be building mini roller coasters for marbles to see if we can make a marble go fast enough to travel upside down through a loop without falling. All materials provided. Held 3-4 p.m. July 9.
‘PAINTING WITH THE SPEED OF LIGHT’
Create cool art with light using a smartphone or tablet and an app. We will have three iPads for use, or bring your own device. Held 3-4 p.m. July 16.
TEEN COMMUNITY HEROES
On July 20 at 2:30 p.m., we’ll be making a blanket for Project Linus, a national charity organization that donates blankets to children in hospitals, shelters and social service agencies. Our project will involve crocheting granny squares to form an afghan. If you already know how to crochet, great! If not, we will teach you. Help make a difference and be a community hero. For grades 6-12. Donations of yarn and any size crochet needles would be much appreciated.
VILLAIN ACADEMY: MAKE YOUR OWN SLIME
Do you want to be a supervillain or criminal mastermind one day? Learn the basics of making your own slime, the perfect weapon for any proper evil genius, on July 28 from 3-4 p.m. on the library lawn (back by the library Annex). All materials provided. Rain date: Aug. 18. For teens in grades 6-12. Registration recommended.
BOOK HEDGEHOGS: SUPERHERO EDITION
Make a cute hedgehog out of a discarded book and decorate it to look like your favorite superhero! All materials provided. 3-4 p.m. July 30.
TEENS & TWEENS PROGRAMS
Ongoing Teens & Tweens programs include a Pizza & Pages Book Club (grades 5 and up); a Dr. Who Fan Club; Teen Craft Thursdays; Geeks R Us Anime Club; Teen Gaming: Wii Wednesday; the Teen Advisory Group; Young Adult Writers’ Group. Contact the library for details.
PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
If you have registered for any children’s program and are unable to attend, please let the library know as soon as possible so they can free up the space for another child.
LADYBUG GIRL PARTY
Join us from 1-2 p.m. July 13 as we explore the wonderful world of Ladybug Girl; sipping tea with buttercup fairies in the secret garden, canoeing over the underwater castle searching for mermaids, picnics and jungle expeditions, finding lost unicorns and discovering fireflies, all concluding with a painted ladybug craft and candles on chocolate cupcakes. Registration required. For children ages 4-7.
JUGGLER BRYSON LANG
Prepare to be amazed by the world-class juggling of Bryson Lang. Seating is first come, first served for this event, held 6-7 p.m. July 15 at the Amato Center, 56 Mont Vernon Road.
From 1-2 p.m. on July 20 we will be listening to some hilarious stories, enjoying amazing music and being dazzled by the drawings of Keith Munslow. Seating is first come, first served. Ages 5 and older.
HEROES OF MYTHOLOGY
Welcome to Camp Halfblood! Come join Katie and Miss Trina from 1-2 p.m. July 22 for a Percy Jackson party. We will be sorting you into cabins, playing games, completing a craft and eating a blue snack or two. Registration required. For students entering grades 3 through 8.
VILLAIN TRAINING ACADEMY
Join us at 6 p.m. July 27 to brush up on your supervillain powers! Registration required starting July 13. Ages 4 and older. Children must be able to separate from their caregivers.
HERO TEA PARTY
Join us for tea and crumpets with your hero from 2-3 p.m. July 29. Children attend our tea party with one adult hero (for example, Mom, Dad, aunt, uncle, teacher, adult friend). And what is a tea party without games, crafts and a story! Registration required. Please sign up your child and their one adult hero to accompany them. Registration opens July 15. For ages 4 and older.
Ongoing children’s programs include a Lego Party; Art Afternoon (grades 2-5); Read to Your Librarian; Mad Science (grades 2-5); Grades 4-5 Book Group; Grades 2-3 Book Group; PAWS to Read (sign up to read to a certified therapy pet); Wadleigh Writer Wednesdays (grades 4-6); Storytime at 10 a.m. Mondays; and Family Storytime at 11 a.m. Fridays. Contact the library for details.
Baby Lapsit, for newborns to 18 months, meets 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays. No registration required. Family Storytime with Miss Tanya meets 10- 10:30 a.m. Mondays. For ages 6 and younger. No registration required. Storytime in the Park is held 11 a.m.-noon Fridays at Keyes Memorial Field. Join us for books and fun, followed by some outdoor play.
Daland Memorial Library, 5 North Main St., 673-7888, dalandlibrary.wordpress.com.
PINS AND NEEDLES
Join Ana Barrett from 6:30- 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month for a night of communal crafting with the Pins and Needles knitting and crafting group. Adults and children 8 and older are welcome.
TAG: TEEN ADVISORY GROUP
Mont Vernon teens in grades 9-12 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Group and have their voices heard. Members will be involved in book collection development for the young adult section and teen programming. TAG will meet 6-7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month. Information: 673-7888.
Passes to these museums are available to Daland Memorial Library patrons. Three are free and one has a small co-pay. Passes may be checked out for one week. Late returns will incur a $5 fine. Call the library or stop by to reserve a pass. Passes available: Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, Peterborough; Currier Museum of Art, Manchester; SEE Science Center, Manchester; Museum of Fine Arts. Some special exhibits require an additional charge.
Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Road, 654-2581, wiltonlibrarynh.org.
SIGN UP FOR SUMMER READING
The Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library has for programs for children and one for adults this summer. School-age kids can make their superhero passport, complete with secret identity, and embark on a mission to create and learn with our "Every Hero Has A Story" program. Opportunities to learn, play and connect are packed into our six-week program for infants, toddlers and teens.
Superhero Training Camp meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays through Aug. 1. Join other superheroes-in-training at our weekly summer reading activity. Children will practice important physical elements of being a superhero, as well as listen to stories and create part of their super persona costume. Registration is required. Ages 4 and older.
Tunes for Tots with Miss Christina meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Join us as we read, dance, sing and play instruments. This program is designed to spark the imagination and foster a love of reading, literature, and music in children up to age.
Discovery Buddies Preschool Stories and Crafts meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Ages 3-5. Team up with your preschooler to read together and enjoy creative activities.
PAWS to Read meets the third Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. Children can read to Caro, the therapy dog, for 15 minutes. Registration required.
Unmask! Summer Reading Teen Craft meets 2-4 p.m. Thursdays through July 30. There will be materials and a planned craft available, or do something completely new! Check in for what we have coming up, or email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilton Dungeons & Dragons United meets Thursday afternoons at 3 p.m. Teens are welcome for this drop in gaming event every week.
Lego Club meets at 3 p.m. Fridays. Come create Lego structures – just bring your imagination. All ages welcome. Parents of children younger than 9 must be present. Lego creations will be on display at the library until the next meeting. No registration required.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY ROOMS
The Historical Society rooms at the library are open Thursdays from 1:30-5 p.m.
ONGOING ADULT PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
Ongoing programs and events include the Historical Society rooms; computer instruction; e-reader drop-in sessions; the Tuesdays @ 2 Writers Group; Stony Brook Poetry Group; English as a second language; Mango Languages; a Knitting Group; and Stony Brook Poetry Group. Contact the library for details.
THURSDAY MORNING FREE COFFEE
Drop in at the library and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while reading the library’s newspaper and magazine collection. Free coffee and cookies from 9:45 a.m.-noon.
UNMASK! SUMMER READING TEEN CRAFT
Calling all teens to come participate in craft activities. There will be materials and a planned craft available, or do something completely new! Check in for what we have coming up, or email your ideas to wiltonlibrarynh@gmail. org. Held 2-4 p.m. Thursdays through July 30.
Wilton Dungeons & Dragons United meets at 3 p.m. Thursdays. Teens are welcome for this drop-in gaming event every week.
Ongoing children’s events include: Tunes for Tots with Miss Christina at 10 a.m. Tuesdays; Discovery Buddies Preschool Stories and Crafts, 10 a.m. Thursdays; and Lego Club for all ages (parents of children younger than 9 must be present), 3 p.m. Fridays. Time Travelers History Program meets at 3:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Registration required. The Young Explorers Club meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays. Science-themed craft and lesson each week. Registration required. PAWS to Read, in which children can read to a certified therapy pet for 15 minutes, is held at 3:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. To register, contact the library.