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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 »


Epsom Public Library Historical Center

The Center is open on Wednesdays, from 6 – 8 p.m.  The Trustees would appreciate volunteers  for those hours. Please call the library if you would be willing to help.

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.

Friends of the Library Mum Sale

Orders for mums are currently being taken at the library. The price is $8.00 each or 5 for $35.00.  Colors are red, yellow, white, pink/lavender, or bronze.  The order form is due on Thursday, August 22.  The mums will be delivered on September12 and may be picked up AFTER 12:00 noon/

The Friends will also have a lemonade and cookie stand at Old Home Day on August 13.

Artist Exhibit and Reception

Award-winning artist Gretchen Warsen will exhibit her collection of acrylic and mixed-media abstract paintings entitled, “Ladders” at Epsom Public Library, August 20-October 1, 2016. The opening reception will be Saturday, August 20, 3-5 pm.

Over the past two years, Gretchen has put together a body of work that has a common element: a ladder shape. Gretchen is attracted to the repeating angular pattern and the fact that a ladder is a useful tool, not only for accomplishing tasks, but for moving the eye around the painting. She feels that the ladder represents a bridge between high and low—a connection between Heaven and Earth—and fosters a change in perspective. The works on canvas/wood panel are all large-scale, colorful, multi-layered paintings which often give a sense of—and are inspired by—local landscape and nature, while the mixed-media paper pieces are smaller with ample white space and represent little worlds of imagination and wonder.

Gretchen grew up in Swanville, Maine where the weather and raw landscape made its impression on her. She graduated from Bates College as a Studio Art major, and she also spent a semester abroad at the Tyler School of Art in Rome. Gretchen lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband, two girls, and several pets.

Awards include “Foggy Morning” which won best in show at the Westford Parish Center for the Arts Regional Art Event 2016, and “Snow” won honorable mention in 2015.  Her acrylic painting, “Nantucket Sails” was accepted in the first-annual juried exhibit of the Milton Art Center in 2016.

Movie Matinee

The library will be showing Eye in the Sky on Wednesday, August 24 p.m. at 1:30 p.m.. Starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and Alan Rickman, an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya is complicated when a young girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the complications of modern warfare.



Congratulations to the following children; 100 books: Sierra Klepper, Genevieve Smith; 300 books: Delana Girouard and LucasGirouard and 400 books: Elijah Davis!



Thank You!

Special Thanks to Kerry Harman for teaching our recent children’s art classes. The children had a wonderful time using clay to make a tortoise and a hare and to  Christine Schultz for her donations of prizes for our Summer Reading Program drawings!

Also, Nancy Zink-Mailloux for coordinating our bi-monthly Infant Program!


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.

Book and DVD Reviews

By Christina Van Horn

Former Boston Globe editor


“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.”
Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

The Last Wagon — 1984

Bridge of Spies — 2015

Valley of Elah — 2007

Films about war aren’t really about war. It’s war that drives the films and every aspect of our culture as well as the cultures touching ours or ours touching theirs.

For instance, The Last Wagon ostensibly stars Richard Widmark as an evil killer of two white men. He becomes the savior of a wagon train protecting it as it crosses Apache territory. However, the film’s subtext is the genocide of the Apaches as the white settlers continue to incur into Indian territory with the blessing of the federal government. Widmark acted in at least 72 films, always the fast gunman, and often fighting Indians. (I use this politically incorrect term because that was what the tribes were called at the time the films were made). Interestingly though Widmark was always wearing characteristically knee-high moccasins and buckskins.

And what of the Apaches? Well, they are always the bad guys, which gives everyone a good reason to kill them.

Then there’s another form of war as played out in 1957, in what we know as the Cold War. Had the powers that be had their way, cold would not have been the result of their power plays. This desire for war was powerfully played in Steven Spielberg’s 2015 Bridge of Spies. Tom Hanks is an insurance lawyer whose arm is twisted into representing a Russian spy in a show of justice that democracy really works. While the spy’s trial is ongoing, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. (This is all based on real events).

Powers is sentenced to 10 years in a Soviet prison. Donovan must negotiate his release, return the Russian spy and spring a U.S. student from an Eastern European prison just after the Berlin Wall has been erected. The film is rife in suspicion on all sides who can’t wait to declare war on one another and release more atomic bombs. Donovan seems to be the only one interested in peace.

And finally there’s the Valley of Elah, a devastating view of how war can mutate young men into instruments of evil. Paul Haggis in 2007 produced this film about the actual murder of a young soldier in Iraq. The young soldier was dismembered by his friends. His father, acted by Tommy Lee Jones, a Vietnam veteran, goes to Iraq to discover what has happened to his son. His wife is played by Susan Sarandon. He refuses to stop asking questions, and eventually finds the body of his son and the details of his grisly death.

The film highlights the all too dark side of the Iraqi war, the abuse of prisoners and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

I give all of these films a 5 for their intent.


The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community.  – Paula Poundstone

The Pecan Man – 2006

Cassie Dandridge Selleck

The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction in which Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near Eddie’s makeshift camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Those close to Ora know that her housekeeper’s son, Marcus, actually killed the police chief’s son in revenge for raping his sister. But Eddie takes the rap. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story and learning about her servants who have become her family, the widowed and childless Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined.

I give this book a 4.


Story Times and LEGO Club

Story Time:  Mondays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30p.m.  Join us for stories, songs and crafts.

Toddler Time:  Thursday mornings at 10 a.m.

LEGO Club is Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.  The library has a wonderful LEGO collection.  Children make a creation and can display it in the library.

Downloadable Audio Books and Ebooks

Patrons of the Epsom Public Library may access and download audio books and ebooks from the New Hampshire State Library at nh.lib.overdrive.com. Prior to checking out, the patron must call the Epsom Library for its code to be used with their library card number. This is a free service.

Kindles at the Library

The Library has six Kindles which may be loaned to patrons. They may be loaned for three weeks. Patrons must be 18 years of age or older and sign an agreement before borrowing an eReader.