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Story time with Mrs. Benner held twice weekly featuring books relevant to the time of year. More »

Computer room with 8 computer work stations, laser printer, and wi-fi throughout the entire premises. More »

One of several work and reading areas throughout the library. More »

Extensive childrens section with fiction, non-fiction, books on tape/cd, board books, and puzzles. More »

Epsom library is proud to present monthly art shows featuring the work of many local artists. More »

Middle part of the library showing some of the adult fiction area and the circulation desk. More »

Childrens art room with twice a week arts and crafts as part of the childrens program. More »

Main sitting area of the library with a large selection of periodicals, comfortable seating, and beautiful views of the woods behind the library. More »

Separate teen room featuring thousands of fiction and non-fiction young adult books as well as comfy places to sit and read. More »

Epsom Public Library features over 40 periodicals for loan. More »

 

Library Passes Donated by the Friends of the Library

Courtesy of the Friends of the Epsom Public Library, the library offers free passes to the American Independence Museum in Exeter, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, the Millyard Museum in Manchester, the SEE Science Center in Manchester, and the Strawberry Banks Museum in Portsmouth.

Library Closings

The Library will be closed Veterans’ Day. Saturday, November 11.

The library will be closed Wednesday, November 22 and Thursday, November 23.

Movie Matinee

 

Described as smart, witty — a top-notch British comedy, Their Finest is the film for Wednesday, November 29.   It’s 1940 London, the Blitz and morale is low.  An untried screenwriter is under fire to make a film that will lift the nation’s flagging spirit and inspire America to join the war. In the fight for freedom, everyone played a part.

The film is rated R for some language and sexuality

Chess Anyone?

Brian O’Neill is looking for people interested in forming a new chess club from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays.  All ages and levels of experience are invited to come to play and learn.

No experience? That’s great, too. Brian is more than willing to teach new players.

For more information, contact BrianONeil2@gmail.com.

 

New Hampshire Downloadable Books Login Change

Later this summer patrons of the Library will need to log into the Downloadable Books site using a password in addition to a library card number.  Please contact the library (736-9920) to learn your password and to ensure that your library account is in good standing.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Congratulations to our young readers: Cecilia Brown-100 books; Logan Esatbrook-300 and Evie Mate-300 books.

18th Century Doll House Display

By Christina Van Horn

The Van Horn Dollhouse comes to life in the Epsom Library.

The creation of this dollhouse was a family affair.  Over 30 years, Ralph Van Horn of Pittsfield built innumerable pieces of 18th Century dollhouse furniture kits on a 1:12 inch scale.  He meticulously constructed each piece.  The drawers open and close; the chairs and sofas are upholstered; and the three-sided folding screen was constructed with a museum gift card!  He labeled and signed each piece.  His wife, Maureen Van Horn, crafted tiny books, and, while traveling, always kept an eye open for memento miniatures, such as a candelabrum or a bowl.

Ralph amassed quite a furniture collection, but he never wanted to actually build a dollhouse.  He passed that torch to his oldest daughter, Christina, who lived in California.  With her then husband Dana Milner, she immediately went to work building the shell of this 18th Century home.

Once Dana had completed the shell and electrified it, Christina started interior and exterior finishing. (She splurged – the price shall remain undisclosed – on a handmade German chandelier, which is the only one that doesn’t work.)  In a two-year period, she applied wooden siding, shingles, windows, doors, flooring and moldings, always staying as true as possible to 18th Century styles.  She built the cornices and wallpapered and painted rooms, decorated fireplaces, and put together the staircase.  She set the dining room table with china and flatware and tiny goblets. Many years before the dollhouse was even considered, Christina had cross-stitched a depiction of the Warner House in Portsmouth, and had given it to Ralph. He kept it, and it is now a part of the house.

Bea Van Horn, Ralph’s mother, had given Christina dollhouse furniture over the years that wasn’t the right period for the house.  These pieces went into the attic as no Colonial house is without its upper “storage” story.  Bea made the red and white pillows.  The canopy lace in the master bedroom came from an heirloom nightgown Bea had given to Christina, who saved it.

Landscaping was difficult as the dollhouse supply shop was located in California, not a haven for New England foliage.  The birdhouse, however, was created by Gilbert Paige, formerly of Pittsfield, and Pittsfield Weaving donated the rugs.

(The dollhouse is currently on display in the Reference Room of the Library.)

Story Times

Mondays,10 a.m.; Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.  Children listen to stories, sing songs, and do craft activities.  March themes include rainbows, St. Patrick’s Day, and lions and lambs.

Toddler Time

TODDLER TIME: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Toddlers and their parent/caregiver enjoy songs, stories, movement activities, and a craft.)

LEGO CLUB: Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Epsom Public Library Historical Center

The Epsom Public Library Historical Center is open on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, from 6 – 8 p.m.  The Trustees would appreciate volunteers  for those hours. Please call the library at 736-9920 if you would be willing to help.

EPSOM BONE BUILDERS

Bone Builders, a strength and balance class for osteoporosis prevention and led by RSVP volunteers, is held at the library every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 – 10 a.m.

Registration is required, and participants must stop by the library to pick up a participants’ informed release form as well as a medical release statement.