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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.

Chess Anyone?

           Brian O’Neill is looking for people interested in forming a chess club on Saturday mornings at the Library.  All ages and levels of experience are invited to come to play and learn.  No experience? That’s great, too. We are more than willing to teach new players .Contact BrianONeil2@gmail.com. for more information

Movie Matinees

            Wednesday, April 5, at 1:30 we will be showing the film Fences.  The jacket of the DVD states that “some people build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in.” Starring Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, the story takes place in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. Washington is a former Negro-league baseball player who strives to provide for his family in spite of outside forces that threaten to push him down and “build fences around him.”

April 12 at 1:30 we will show Patriots Day.  Boston native Mark Wahlberg shines in this all-star action-thriller that chronicles the courage and power of the people of Boston during the real-life manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers.  Even those of us in Epsom were caught up in the terror of the bombing and the drama of the chase for the bombers.  This film is rated R for language.

What About Bob, a comedy starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, will be shown on April 19, at 1:30 p.m. “In this comedy about a doctor-patient relationship pushed way beyond the office, Bill Murray plays Bob Wiley, a neurotic New Yorker struggling with a whirlwind of paralyzing phobias. When an exasperated colleague pawns the handful off on Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), the psychologist has no idea his last appointment will follow him north to New Hampshire on a month’s vacation. Bob takes to Dr. Marvin’s latest book like no therapy before it, so the well-meaning pest tracks Marvin down at his lakeside summer home to further discuss his problems” (Rotten Tomatoes)

            On April 26 tat 1:30 the library will be showing the movie Hidden Figures. As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African American female mathematicians. Based upon a true story these women, known as “human computers”, provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions



School Vacation Week Events

ART CLASS  Wednesday, April 26, at 1pm with Kerry Harman. Join us for this fun class featuring “Low Relief Decorative Clay Tiles” with an Art Deco theme. Cost of the class is $10.00. Sign up at the library circulation desk or call 736-9920.

FAMILY MOVIES: Tuesday, April 25 at 2pm. Sing, rated PG. This animated comedy is about finding the music that lives inside all of us.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30pm. Rated PG 13. Includes popcorn and drinks.

Teen Movies

Passengers, Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30pm. Rated PG 13. Dinner will be “Make Your Own Subs” and drinks. Please sign up for this event! Donations of food are appreciated. Call Mrs. Benner at 736-9920.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story May 5 at 6:30pm rated PG 13 Come celebrate “Cinco de Mayo!” Dinner includes make your own tacos/burritos, chips, salsa and drinks. Please sign up! Food donations are appreciated.

Memory Cafe

The Chichester Town Library, in conjunction with the Epsom Public Library, will host the Memory Café at 2 pm on Monday, May 1. This is an informal, social gathering for anyone with memory issues and their caretakers.  Open to anyone in the area, the Café offers a chance for socialization in a comfortable setting. Refreshments will be served.

Another First in the Nation for New Hampshire

By Michael York, State Librarian

In 2017, we celebrate another First in the Nation for New Hampshire. New Hampshire is known for being first for many things: we hold the First-in-the- Nation Primary; we ratified the first state constitution; we founded the first public library in the United States, and more. But you might not know that we also were the first state in America to have a State Library.

On January 25, 1717, in Portsmouth, the Twenty-Seventh General Assembly “voted that ye Law books be distributed among ye severall towns of this Province” proportionate to the town’s last tax, except for two books which shall be used by “Governor and Councile and the house of representatives.”  This law — made when New Hampshire was still part of England, nearly 60 years before there was a United States– made it clear that the provincial government knew that libraries are vital places of information and need to be a cornerstone of how we go about our business.

The “Law books” set aside for elected officials were the beginnings of the New Hampshire State Library, and they began a long history of libraries in New Hampshire communities.  Peterborough is the first library in the country supported by public funds. In the early 1800s “social libraries,” where members shared books and paid dues, flourished throughout the state, and philanthropists funded many public libraries (buildings and materials) over the next century.  Soon every city and town in New Hampshire had a library, proving that citizens valued libraries as integral facets of their communities.

Now, three hundred years after it was founded, the State Library continues to assist community libraries.  The State Library professional development staff offers workshops for librarians to give them cutting edge aspects of library science and to deliver excellent services to patrons.

The State Library also serves as a central point of delivery for both public and school libraries, allowing them to share resources and strengthen their purchasing power.

In addition, the State Library itself has patrons from across the state and the country using its collection of more than 600,000 items, including books about New Hampshire, books by New Hampshire authors and illustrators, newspaper archives, genealogy documents, government documents, and library science materials.

Throughout 2017, the State Library will celebrate its 300th anniversary and library traditions.  Look for articles in newspapers, postings to the State Library Facebook and Twitter accounts (#NHSL300), a special section on the State Library’s website nh.gov/nhsl, and more.

The State Library welcomes you to visit at 20 Park St. in Concord, across from the State House, and be sure to take advantage of the many services that your public library has to offer.  You’ll be in good company when you do.

Thank You

The Friends of the Library send a big THANK YOU to all our bakers and patrons for supporting our bake sale on Election Day. It was a huge success, and the funds will help support various programs at the library for both adults and children. We appreciate your support and hope you all enjoyed the “goodies”..

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 – Tuesdays 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.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Congratulations to our young readers: Cecilia Brown 30 books; Logan Estabrook, Evie Mate and Olivia Mate 100 books; Ezra Perry and Genevieve Smith 200 books;  Elias Goodson and Sierra Klepper 300 books; Bryanne Connolly 600 books; and special recognition to  Delana Girouard and Lucas Girouard who both completed the program reading 1000 books!