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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.

Movie Matinees

On Wednesday, September 6, at 1:30 we will be showing the film, The Zookeeper’s Wife.  Based on the best- selling book, the film tells the true story of 1939 Poland and Antonina Zabinska and her husband as they successfully run the Warsaw Zoo until the country is invaded by the Nazis.  The couple begins working covertly with the Resistance and using the zoo’s tunnels and cages to save families from the Nazis.

            A United Kingdom will be shown on Wednesday, September 13, at 1:30, another film based on a true story.  It tells of a forbidden love between the king of Botswana and a white English woman in the 1940’s just as apartheid was introduced into South Africa.  Their decision to marry caused an international uproar but their determination changed the course of African history.

            Megan Leavey is the movie planned for Tuesday, September 19 matinee (Please note the change of day). The film is based on the true life story of a young Marine Corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injured them, putting their fate in jeopardy. (Amazon)

Brad Pitt stars in The Lost City of Z, the matinee for September 27.  The film tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th Century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. (Amazon)

Birds of Prey by Jane Kelly

BIRDS OF PREY

            On Wednesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. Jane Kelly, a federal and state licensed rehabilitator, educator, and falconer, specializing in raptors, will give a presentation at the library. She will be bringing three birds with her.

“A little over seven years ago, [Jane] found 10 dead barred owls along the shoulder of Route 101 between Auburn and Hampton.  It was a calling she couldn’t ignore, and she decided to get involved,. . .bridging the gap for wildlife through education and rehabilitation.’(Suncook Valley Sun)

The program is free and open to the public.

Artist Exhibit by Eileen Golden

The Epsom Public Library is pleased to announce its new exhibit, “Seasons in Review,” featuring artwork by Northwood resident, Eileen Golden.

Depicting familiar sights of daily New England life, the exhibit includes nearly 40 landscapes, seascapes, and still life paintings in watercolor and acrylic.

Eileen previously taught art at the elementary school level for 10 years but has only recently picked up painting for her own pleasure. She is currently studying with Larry Frates, Artist in Residence at Belknap Mill in Laconia.

The exhibit will be on display through September 30 and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summer Reading Youth Program

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this years SRP “Build A Better World” such a huge success! Over 235 youth signed up and participated in this year’s program. Attendance at the activities, movies and special programs was excellent!

Adult Summer Reading Program Raffle Winners

$50 Jen Vaihinger

$25 Harriet Werner

$25 Jim Roberts

Dunkin Donuts Gift Certificate

Gary Morin

Two Mums donated by Friends of the Epsom           Library, Darcy May

Summer Reading Book Revews

 

The  UltraMind Solution , by Mark Hyman, M. D.

This book is a wealth of knowledge and a huge eye-opener when looking at the “SAD” or Standard American Diet.  Dr. Hyman teaches you about the importance of eating whole, organic, non-processed food as medicine for the body and mind.  He also discusses the mind/body connection and how gut health is more important than you think.  There are several quizzes in the book so you can see where your body is deficient and supplement according to achieve optimal health.  After implementing his plan, I myself lost 25 pounds and feel great!  I highly recommend this book!

Amanda Mate

 

 White Queen, by Philippa Gregory

This was a fantastic take on the women of the Cousins War and one of the great mysteries of that era: the missing princes of York.  With the author’s unique storytelling, you feel immersed in the 14th Century and get an incredible view into the lives of women and the men who own them.

Jen Vaihinger

 

The White Princess, also by Philippa Gregory

While not as interesting as the White Queen  this is a beautifully- written peek into the women of York.  Her theory of the Tudor curse is quite interesting as well as the struggles of the main character.

Jen Vaihinger

 

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.