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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.

Giving Tree Tags

The library has a Giving Tree at the circulation desk with tags labeled BOY or GIRL, the age of the child, and suggested gifts.  If you wish to help a child in need, we invite you to come to the library and choose a tag.

Thank You

The Friends 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 students.  We appreciate your support and hope you all enjoyed the “goodies”!

Movie Matinee

On Wednesday, December, 7 at 1:30 p.m. we will be showing the film Ithaca, directed by and starring Meg Ryan.  Joining her in the cast are Jack Quaid, Sam Shepard and Tom Hanks.  It’s 1942 and 14-year-old Homer takes a job as a bicycle telegraph messenger to help his widowed mother and two younger siblings while his older brother has gone to fight in the Second World War.  Homer delivers messages of hope, pain and death to the good people of Ithaca.  Based on Pulitzer Prize winning author William Saroyan’s The Human Comedy, the film is a coming-of-age story about the exuberance of youth and the abruptness of change,

Mr. Church. will be shown on Wednesday, December 14, at 1:30 p.m...  The film tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Mr. Henry Joseph Church.  What begins as a six-month arrangement spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever.  Eddie Murphy steps away from his usual brash roles and into this one that viewers say deserves an Oscar nomination.

Polar Express

            The annual “Polar Express Event” will be held on Friday, December 9, at 6 p.m.  Come decorate cookies, enjoy the Hot Chocolate/Coffee bar courtesy of White Mountain Coffee, and watch the movie!  Join us for the fun, wear your pajamas, and don’t forget your pillow/blanket.

Please call the library at 736-9920 to make a reservation and to get your ticket!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program – 700 books read: Elijah Davis. Congratulations!

Family Movies

            Wednesday, December 21, 2:30 p.m.:  The BFG

Wednesday, December 28, 2:00 p.m.: Finding Dory

Wednesday, December 28, 6:30 p.m.: Pete’s Dragon

All the movies are rated PG, and popcorn and drinks will be provided!

Children’s Activities

Story Time: Mondays at 10am: Tuesdays at 1:30pm and Thursdays at 3:30pm.

 

Lego Club:  Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.  However, No Story Time/Lego Club on Thursday, December 29.

 

Toddler Time:  New Day! Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Toddlers and their parent/caregiver enjoy songs, stories, movement activities and a craft.

Special Thanks

SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who helped with the American Girl Tea Party, including Abby Benner, Gary Benner, Nancy Claris, Fran Marchand and Maryann Woodbury; also Teen Volunteers Madison Bowen, Abigail Downey, Ashley Gatchell, Camryn Gatchell, Mary Nericcio, and Erin O’Brien.  Thanks also to Emily Bair for donating the doll for the 2nd place prize, and to everyone who helped with set up/cleanup and to Jeannine Gilbert for letting us use her beautiful teapot and teacup collection.,

Library Holiday Hours

The library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, as well on Monday, December 26.

However, we will be open on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 9 – 1, but closed on Monday, January 2.

 

Artist Exhibit – Juxtapositions by Jean Stimmell

Photographer Jean Stimmell’s Juxtapositions exhibit is currently on display at the library through January 7, 2017.

Mr. Stimmell says that the theme for this exhibit “came to me by accident, after noticing that certain of my images – those which spoke strongest to me – also spoke directly to a particular other of my photographs, even though the two were often separated by subject, time, and space. It is my feeling that pairing them together – putting them in juxtaposition—increases the ambience and narrative power of both.”

Jean Stimmell is a New Hampshire Art Association member who has had a life-long passion for photography, beginning with his first Brownie camera, followed by building his first darkroom at 13 in his parents’ basement.

In addition to his passion for photography, Mr. Stimmell received a Master’s Degree in 1995

and started a new career as a psychotherapist which he still practices part-time.

A reception will be held for him at the library on Friday, December 2, from 5-7 p.m.

Book Reviews by Christina Van Horn

Former Boston Globe editor

EDITOR’S NOTE: When I started writing these reviews, I included a quote about libraries at the top of the section. To make my intent clear to our readers, I have started using a sub head, “Libraries cum laude” above the quote. The reviews themselves will begin below the quote. I hope these quotes will inspire everyone who uses and loves libraries

.Libraries’ cum laude:

 “I attempted briefly to consecrate myself in the public library, believing every crack in my soul could be chinked with a book.” — Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

 

Unbroken

By Laura Hillenbrand

This is a biography that requires only a brief review, because so much of it is tied up in what happens next. In 1943, Lt. Louis Zamperini’s B-24 crashed into unbroken miles of the Pacific Ocean with no way of notifying headquarters as to where the bomber had crashed. He and two other flyers spent days on a raft with little water, even less food. They were surrounded by sharks. Their ocean travail is described in bone-chilling detail.

Zamperini had been a juvenile delinquent who discovered he could run. And run he did, as a teenager, right into the Berlin Olympics, where he talent was recognized and took him into the life of a national athlete. But then the war started. His country had other ideas for him and he was drafted as an airman into the Pacific theater. There began the events that would change his life.

After days on the raft, he was rescued, but that rescue shuttled him into yet unthinkable horrors. His story, through the end of the war and after, is a testament to one man’s unflinching will and determination to survive whatever the cost.

Five *****

In the Company of Liars

By David Ellis

This is one unusual thriller — kudos to lawyer David Ellis who wrote this novel chronologically in reverse. This would have been no easy feat; this book defines itself as one of a kind. Reading it is not always easy. You have to pay close attention as the narrative moves from one day to the day before it. Each day follows the life of Allison Pagone, who is accused of the murder of her lover, a powerful lobbyist. She is desperate to ensure that her hostile daughter and former husband are not caught up in the legal web tightening around her. She has to discern who is telling the truth, who is lying. Those around her are convinced only she is the liar.

The plot becomes more complex because bribes given by her ex-husband and taken by three state senators muddy the water and spark a FBI investigation.

But an indepeTndent FBI agent, running a top secret investigation, is focused on arresting a Moslem student — operating in the area with a terrorist cell (can there be novels today terrorist-free?)  — who is determined to kill Pagone, whatever the outcome of her trial.

As with any well-written thriller, all of the players are not necessarily who they seem, a plot made all the more complex because all the action must be followed as it happens in the present, but introduced as it occurred in the past. A book to read —for the challenge of its style and its plot.