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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.

Gardening Workshops

UNH Coop Master Gardener Nancy Heath will hold a container gardening workshop for seniors at the library on Thursday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m. We will be planting containers for display at the Old Town Hall and the Epsom Historical Association.

 

Children’s Garden

The library is also seeking volunteers to establish a Children’s Garden which can be viewed from the Children’s Reading Room.  A very low-maintenance garden with permaculture features such as child-sized benches/seats, gnomes, story book theme items is desired. Permanently placed containers which could house potted annuals are also desirable as well as items to attract birds and butterflies.

Plans must be submitted to the Library Board of Trustees for approval.  Some funding is available. If more than one plan is submitted, the Board of Trustees will choose the winner

Interested parties, please email ribbon432@aol.com., Subject: Children’s Garden, or call 736-9428.

 

 

Friends of the Library Trip to the Lowell National Historical Park

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY TRIP

The Friends of the Epsom Library are planning a day trip to the Lowell National Historical Park on Saturday, June 3.

The park is managed by the National Park Service and has an amazing amount of history to experience by trolley, by boat, and by walking.

We plan to take the tour of the Boott Cotton Mills Museum which includes a working 1920’s era weave room, plus interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution.

There will also be a 90-minute guided boat ride through the historic canal that answers such questions as the following:

Who dug the canals?

Who laid the stone walls?

Who operated the locks and gates                              through the canal?

Discover the human stories of the workers who built and operated Lowell’s remarkable water power system, and find out who is still working the water today.

There will also be opportunities to join Ranger Talks and enjoy lunch on your own in this beautiful area.  Trolley and walking tours are offered free of charge.

Please sign up in advance for the boat tour which is $12 for adults and $4 for seniors.

We will be carpooling to Lowell and plan to gather at the Epsom Public Library parking lot by 8:15 a.m. and leave the lot by 8:30 a.m. Please let us know if you can help drive and how many your vehicle can accommodate.

Sign up at the Library, or contact Virginia Drew at zekecat2000@yahoo.com.`

 

 

Movie Matinees

On Wednesday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. we will show THE FOUNDER, starring Michael Keaton and Laura Dern.  This is the story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest restaurant business in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

A DOG’S PURPOSE will be shown on Wednesday, May 31, at 1:30.  A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.

 

Infant Time

Tuesdays, May 30 – 10:15 a.m.  Children and their parent/caregiver socialize and enjoy simple stories, songs, movement activities, and play with age-appropriate toys.

Black Bears in New hampshire

On Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., Doug Whitfield, a wildlife steward with NH Fish and Game, along with Dennis Walsh, will present a program, “Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire.

Hatha Yoga Class

HATHA YOGA CLASSES

A four- week session of Hatha Yoga classes will be offered by Fran Nash at the library in June on Wednesdays at 12 p.m.

Yoga is good for the mind, body, and spirit. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced yoga participant, Fran gives a nice blend of warm ups and traditional postures for every person’s physical level.

Fran is certified in Hatha Yoga and has been teaching classes for seven years.

The fee for the four classes is $25. There must be a minimum of eight participants to run the class. Please sign up or call the library at 736-9920 or email epl@metrocast.net before May 31 to register,

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive on May 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the library. To make an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS. All presenting donors may enter for a chance to win two tickets to a Boston Red Sox home game, recognition at the game and a special commemorative souvenir.

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.

 

Artist Exhibit

In a state known for low cultural diversity, NH photographer Becky Field has used her camera to celebrate the lives of new Americans.   Since 2012, she has been welcomed into the homes of recent immigrants and refugees, and invited to photograph traditional and sacred celebrations throughout the Granite State.  She has learned from these families that, while we are different in many ways, we all have the same desires for safe homes, good jobs, a strong future for our children, and freedom to practice our traditions.

“My photographs show the beauty, vitality and economic contributions of the immigrant and refugee communities,” says Field.  “Cultural and ethnic diversity has been an important part of NH’s history, and continues to make our state a more interesting place for all of us.”

Field has given numerous talks and has had photo exhibits in NH and beyond.  In 2015 she published a book of her photographs, Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity (Peter Randall Publisher, Portsmouth, NH) which includes an introduction by Maggie Hassan, former NH Governor; a foreword by John Issac, former Chief Photo Unit, United Nations; and stories by New Hampshire immigrants.  The book has won two national awards.

Becky holds a Certificate in Photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and has studied at photography centers through the Northeast.  In past work she was the director of communications for the American Red Cross in NH, a Federal wildlife research ecologist and university professor.  She has a master’s degree as well as a doctorate in wildlife ecology.. She lives in Concord. NH.

She will be exhibiting her photographs at the Epsom Public Library through June 10th..

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.