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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, March 29 the Epsom Public Library will be showing the movie, “Hackshaw Ridge” at 1:30.  Directed by Mel Gibson the film tells the true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of World War II saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.   He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor according to publicity for the film.  Pete Hammond of “Deadline” said “This is a truly remarkable and moving film about unimaginable courage in the face of impossible odds.”

Artists’ Exhibit – “Do You See What I See?”

            Six New Hampshire artists, known as High Season Artists, take ‘flights of fancy” from what is usually seen as the ordinary and the mundane. Their work will be on exhibit at the Epsom Public Library from March 11 – April 22.      

Kathy Hanson, Russet Jennings, Mary Nichols, Ann Saunderson, Mary Straub, and Teresa Taylor have worked together for a number of years, always attempting to push their boundaries and skills.  Working in charcoal and pastel, they present works that provide wonder, humor – and worry!  Done over the past year, the works were inspired by Boston artist/teacher Bill Flynn’s workshop on drawing from observation to metaphor by depicting everyday objects in various settings. The insights derived from Flynn’s workshop set the group forward on a new path of discovery. Their goal was not to create realistic representations but rather to search for relationships, hidden energies, the unknown, and the mystery contained within what is usually beneath our notice.

The members are grateful to the Kimball Jenkins School of Art for giving them studio space in which to work..

A reception for “Do You See What I See” will be held on Friday, March 10 from 5 – 7 pm

Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, April  19, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See.

“From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller [concerns] a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

“Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, [the author] illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer ‘whose sentences never fail to thrill.’” (Los Angeles Times).From the Pulitzer Prize web site.

Anyone who wishes to join in the discussion is invited to stop by the library and pick up a copy of the book.

 

Chess Anyone?

           Brian O’Neill is looking for people interested in forming a new chess club, set to begin Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m. 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

Knitting, Etc. Group

Just a reminder that if you knit, crochet, or do any kind of handwork., you are welcome to join the Tuesday night knitting group.  The group meets informally in the cozy fireplace/magazine room at 6:30 p.m., and everyone enjoys an evening of knitting and socialization

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.

Book Reviews

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:

 “Libraries are the foundation of a democratic society, a home away from home, and the key to a wider world.”                                                                        –  Ellen Kirschman, psychologist and author

 

A Tale and the Time Being, 2013

by Ruth Ozeki

To maintain a reader’s interest, every book requires a main plot and several underlying plots  that weave in and about their parent to keep the action moving.

But Ruth Ozeki and her editor clearly subscribe to the more-than-you-can buffet approach of reading and editing, forgetting that often less is more. In this one book, set in contemporary Japan, we are deluged with disquisitions on Silicone Valley, parental suicide, philosophers Heidegger, Montaigne and Dogan, the first Japanese woman to be hung, anarchist Emma Goldman,  Fukijama, Kamaikaze pilots, WW II Japanese officer brutality toward other officers, a 104-year-old Buddhist nun living in a crumbling convent, the Changhou massacre, pet deaths in British Columbia, global warming, writer’s block, teenage abuse and child prostitution.

I may have overlooked a topic or two, but for all intents and purposes, overlook this novel as you peruse the shelves for something to read.

 

Outcasts United, 2009

By Warren St. John

This story about a Jordanian woman and her determination to help refugee boys resettled in the sanctuary city of Clarkson, GA, is as inspiring and heartwarming a tale as you will ever read.

Luma Mufleh organized a soccer team to keep young boys off the streets. This was no easy feat in the small, blue-collar town whose neighborhoods had to undergo radical change as refugees moved in from countries many people had never heard of, let alone dreamed that refugees would one day be their neighbors.

Mufleh was no pushover and made her players toe the line, often incurring conflict and heartbreak. In return, she turned her players into a team to be contended with in its league and within Clarkson itself, which was far from easy..

The author provides informative context as to how sanctuary cities are organized and the consequences for the refugees and the cities themselves.  This process transforms everyone involved, but not without anger, stress and eventually positive growth. Outcasts United is a remarkable story and, through a ragtag group of boys, infuses meaning into our country’s heritage of offering refuge to our teeming shores.

Rating:  *****

 

Spider Bones, 2010

by Kathy Reich

This mystery, starring Kathy Reich’s character forensic scientist Temperance Brennan, is a prime example of how far mysteries have evolved from the village mysteries first conceived by Agatha Christie. In Spider Bones, Brennan is called in to identify a body found in Quebec. However,  it turns out to be the body of an American ex-soldier “Spider” killed in South Vietnam in 1968.  Brennan travels to Hawaii to check US military records as the body, identified as Lowery, may not actually be Lowery. After exhuming the remains buried under Lowery’s name, she checks the US military records kept on Pearl Harbor.

The plot then twists and turns as Brennan finds more contradictions in the military records and finds herself and her daughter in danger. Reich keeps upping the scientific ante as Brennan’s research depends on DNA in all its complexities, eventually solving the identities of long-lost bodies and longtime marriages and mothers who weren’t quite as they seemed.

The book is not only an entertaining romp but it also offers extensive information about how DNA works its life spiral.

 

Rating:  *****

Trustees Meeting

The Epsom Public Library Trustees will meet on Monday,  April 3, at 6:30 pm. at the Epsom Public Library.

Friends of the Library

The next meeting of the Friends of the Library will be April 17 13, at 7 p.m. at the library. New members are always welcome.