LIBRARY

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.

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.