At the Library

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AMHERST

Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St. 673-2288, library@amherst.lib.nh.us, amherst
library.org.

FALL LIBRARY BOOK SALE

The annual Fall Library Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the Amherst Town Library and offering more than 14,000 books, CDs and DVDs, will be held 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Amherst Congregational Church across from the Amherst Village Common. Doors open at 8 a.m. for members (become a member at the door starting at 7:30 a.m. for as little as $10 or enroll/renew online at amherstlibrary.
org/friends-library) and at 8:30 a.m. for the general public. Prices are $1 for most adult books and 50 cents for children’s books. After 1:15 p.m., books are priced at $5 per grocery bag full (bags provided at the door). At 2:30 p.m., approved charities and SAU 39 teachers are invited to take any books they would like for free. Contact Kim Ayers at kayers@amherstlibrary.org if you are interested in preregistering your charity.

AN EVENING WITH BOB RYAN’

The Amherst Town Library presents "An Evening with Bob Ryan, Sportswriter for the Boston Globe" from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Main Reading Room. Ryan has been active in sports coverage since his first day as a Boston Globe summer intern in 1968 (when he first encountered a fellow sports nut named Peter Gammons) up to the present day. We are delighted to have Ryan "kick off" and "throw the first pitch" of our new series of programs for adults at the library that runs through May. Though Ryan retired from full-time duty with the Globe after the London Olympics, he still writes 30-40 Sunday columns a year for the Globe. He also is a regular panelist on a variety of ESPN shows. He has been on the Sunday morning "Sports Reporters" since 1989. He has been with "Around the Horn" since its inception in 2002. And, he has been a regular substitute host on "Pardon the Interruption" since 1982. He is a member of four Halls of Fame: The Curt Gowdy Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; the USBWA (college basketball writers) Hall of Fame; the New England Basketball Hall of Fame; and, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Most recently he received the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Literacy and the Associated Press Red Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is the author of 12 books, the current one being his autobiography, "SCRIBE, My Life in Sports," which received the Grand Prize Award at the New England Book Festival. There will be a book signing after Ryan’s presentation. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Call or visit the library’s website to register.

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.

LYNDEBOROUGH

J.A. Tarbell Library, 136 Forest Road, 654-6790, jatarbelllibrary.org.

LIBRARY HOURS

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.

ARTS, CRAFT AND COLLECTIONS

The library is inviting people to show their artwork, quilts, crafts and collection at the library. We will display for six to 12 weeks. Please contact the library if you are interested in sharing your treasures.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.: "Black Bear Happenings in NH" with New Hampshire Fish and Game Department fish and wildlife stewards.

7 p.m. Oct. 26: Edie Clark, a longtime writer for Yankee magazine, will present "New England: Myth or Reality." Sponsored by the N.H. Humanities Council.

ONGOING

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.

MERRIMACK

Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, 424-5021, merrimackpl@merrimacklibrary.org, merrimacklibrary.org. Registration for adult events is encouraged and may be required for some events because of space limitations.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT FALL BOOK SALE

Merrimack Public Library’s Fall Book Sale will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 12 and 1-3 p.m. Sept. 13. Items will include current fiction and nonfiction in hardcover and paperback, children’s books, DVDs, audiobooks and compact discs. Saturday’s prices range from 25 cents to $5, and Sunday afternoon, pay the bargain price of $2-$5 per bag, depending on the size. Items include donations received from the community along with items withdrawn from the library’s collection. If you can spare an hour or two helping out, email Yvette Couser at ycouser@merrimacklibrary.org. Help is needed 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, sales help is needed 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:45-4 p.m. Sunday, and cleanup held is need 3-4 p.m. Sunday. Friends with current memberships are welcome to come to the Friends of the Library Pre-Sale Event from 5:15-6:30 p.m. Sept. 11, hosted by the trustees. Check in at the door and update your membership before you shop for your goodies.

MOBILE DEVICES Q&A

A workshop presented on behalf of the Michael Loverme Memorial Foundation by Jeff Christensen and Chris Wilkens will be held 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Lowell Room. This interactive session will cover the basics of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, in an easy-to-understand Q&A format. Maybe you have a mobile device and want to learn how to use it, or are considering getting one and need to know more. Feel free to bring your own mobile device if you have specific questions. We can help with Apple iPhones and iPads, Google Chromebooks or Android Devices, and Windows mobile devices. Registration required.

SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING

Margaret Hagen, food and agriculture field specialist with the UNH Cooperative Extension Service and host of "Grow It Green" on WMUR TV, will share wisdom about how we can make choices that support native ecosystems and maintain the look and feel of our state. Presentation held 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Klumpp Room. Registration required.

FLASH FICTION CONTEST

This September, in honor of the American Library Association’s spokesdog, Snoopy, we’re hosting a Flash Fiction Contest for kids ages 8 and older, teens and adults. "Flash Fiction" is a short fictional work that contains a few hundred words or fewer. Interested writers should submit a story that is 500 words or fewer that begins with Snoopy’s famous prompt "It was a dark and stormy night." Visit the library’s website for full contest rules. Deadline is Sept. 30.

CRIBBAGE, ANYONE?

If you’d like to play or learn to play cribbage, drop in from 2-3 p.m. Mondays. This friendly group meets weekly in the Lowell Room upstairs.

ONGOING ADULT PROGRAMS

The Merrimack Public Library offers Knit, Stitch or Crochet from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; drop-in tech help (make an appointment with a librarian); a monthly book discussion group that meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month; a French Conversation Group that meets 1-2 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month; a music catalog; an online newsstand; and Kindle library books. Contact the library for details.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS GAMING NIGHT

The Merrimack Public library and Merrymac Games & Comics bring you a Dungeons & Dragons gaming night from 7-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Join other gamers for a fun-filled evening. No registration required.

MUSEUM PASSES AVAILABLE

Are you looking for great places to visit? The Merrimack Library has 14 museum passes available for cardholders. Some passes provide free admission, while others provide a discounted admission. Passes can be reserved online, in person or by phone at 424-5021. Visit the website for information about the passes and links to each museum.

Children’s programming

PAWS TO READ WITH RUBY

Children ages 4 and older, as well as teens, adults and everyone in between, who would like to practice their reading skills can read to Ruby, a certified therapy dog. We will have reading materials available, but you are welcome to bring your favorite choice. Need to practice reading aloud in a foreign language? That’s fine, too! To reserve a 20-minute time slot, register online or call 424-5021. Use an adult Merrimack Library card to register.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

A 45-minute school-readiness class with a weekly theme for preschoolers ages 3 and older will include reading picture books, making crafts or playing simple games. These activities are designed to teach children listening comprehension skills, letter and shape recognition, and new vocabulary words, as well as improve gross and fine motor skills and introduce helpful social skills. This session runs from 10:15-11 a.m. Mondays from Sept. 21-Nov. 24 and is open to Merrimack Library cardholders. No registration is required.

ONGOING CHILDREN’S AND TEEN’S PROGRAMS

A Comics Club Book Group for grades 5-10 meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month; Advanced Beginners Book Group, for ages 6-8 with an adult, meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month; the Junior Book Club, for ages 7 and older, meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

MILFORD

Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., 249-0645, refdesk@wadleighlibrary.org, wadleighlibrary.org. Registration required for all programs.

HOLIDAY/SUMMER HOURS

The library will be closed Sundays through Labor Day weekend.

MORNING BOOK GROUP

The Morning Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 10 to discuss "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore.

The group will meet at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 to discuss "The Humans".

Copies of these books are available at the Main Desk. Newcomers welcome.

A TRIBUTE TO SARAH JOSEPHA HALE’

Sharon Wood will present a living history program titled "A Tribute To Sarah Josepha Hale" at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the banquet room of Milford Town Hall. Please enter building on Middle Street and take elevator to third floor. Wood will tell the story of Mrs. Hale while portraying a Wood family ancestor who lived in West Cambridge, Mass., at the same time Mrs. Hale was editing "Godey’s" in Boston (early 1800s). After the presentation, there will be time for questions and answers. Free.

HISTORY BOOK CLUB

The History Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 to discuss "Amoskeag: Life and Work in an American Factory-City" by Tamara Hareven. Copies available at the Main Desk. Newcomers welcome.

EVENING BOOK GROUP

The Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 to discuss "When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine" by Monica Wood. Copies available at the Main Desk. Newcomers welcome.

JIGSAW PUZZLE EXCHANGE

Swap out your old jigsaw puzzles, in good condition, for new ones. This is a swap – please do not bring your old puzzles to donate unless you are going to take an equal number of puzzles away! Retired library staff member Judy Hohenadel has a collection of puzzles to get us started. Bring yours to trade at 7 p.m. Sept. 24.

SALEM, 1692: SEASON OF THE WITCH’

The era of the Salem witch trials of 1692 is one of the most infamous, and least understood, episodes in American history. Rory O’Brien, author of the novel "Gallows Hill," lays out the story of what happened, separating fact from fiction. O’Brien – author, historian and tour guide – will present this fascinating and seasonally topical program at the library at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, as well as have copies of his novel available to purchase afterward.

3-D PRINTER AT THE LIBRARY

The library has a Makerbot Replicator 2 3-D printer on the premises.

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.

Programs for teens

ZEN COLORING TIME FOR TEENS

School got you stressed out? Relax with some soothing music and coloring. You can also try your hand at zentangle. All materials provided. You can bring in your own art supplies or music if you’d like. This program, held at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22, is for grades 6-12.

ONGOING 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.

ART AFTERNOON

Join Miss Trina at 3:30 pm. Sept. 11 for a fun art activity. This month we will be making our own rubber band stamps and creating our own prints with them. You may want to have your child bring a smock or old T-shirt, since we will be working with paint. This program is for children in second to fifth grade. Registration required.

ONGOING CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

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); Makerspace; and Storydance. Contact the library for details.

STORYTIMES

Toddler Tales meets 9:45-11 a.m. Mondays; Little Listeners meets 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays; Baby Lapsit meets 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays; Storytime Stars meets 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays and 10-11 a.m. Thursdays (registration required, open to Wadleigh cardholders only).

MONT VERNON

Daland Memorial Library, 5 North Main St., 673-7888, dalandlibrary.wordpress.com.

COOKBOOK CLUB

The Cookbook Club will choose one cookbook a month to read and meet at the end of the month for a potluck meal at the library. Members are asked to pick one recipe and make it for the group to taste. Cookbooks available to borrow at the library. Please be sure to let us know what you’re cooking. Next meeting is at 6 p.m. Sept. 28.This month’s title is "America – Farm to Table" by Mario Batali.

KEVIN GARDNER: DISCOVERING STONE WALLS

Ever wonder about all the stone walls you see in New England? Kevin Gardner, the author of "The Granite Kiss," will be giving an informal talk about New England stone walls at 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Register to learn about the history, restoration and design of stone walls while watching Gardner build a miniature wall. All ages welcome.

FALL STORYTIME

Storytime is back for the fall. Children ages 3-5 are invited to join Miss JoAnn for an hour of stories, felt boards, songs and crafts at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Thursdays. Six-week session begins Sept. 17. Registration required.

ADULT CRAFT NIGHT: TERRARIUMS

Sign up to make a beautiful living terrarium at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18. All supplies provided. Registration required.

JUNIOR BOOK CLUBS

Back to school, back to book clubs! Join one of our junior book clubs this year.

Bonkers for Books junior book club for 3rd- and 4th-graders will meet 4-5 p.m. Oct. 7 to discuss "Tuesdays at the Castle" by Jessica Day George.

The Page Turners junior book club for 5th- and 6th-graders will meet 4-5 p.m. Oct. 14 to discuss "The Penderwicks" by Jeanne Birdsall.

The Just Because We’re Awesome junior book club for 7th- and 8th-graders will meet 4-5 p.m. Oct. 21. See website for book title.

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.

MUSEUM PASSES

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

Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Road, 654-2581, wiltonlibrarynh.org.

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 (online language-learning system; 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.

Programs for teens

ONGOING TEEN EVENTS

Wilton Dungeons & Dragons United meets at 3 p.m. Thursdays. Teens are welcome for this drop-in gaming event every week.

Programs for kids

ONGOING CHILDREN’S EVENTS

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.

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