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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.

Children’s Movie

Tuesday, December 19, 1:30 p.m. Paw Patrol Pups Save Christmas. Snacks and drinks provided.


Family Movie

Tuesday, December 26, 6:30 p.m. Despicable Me 3 The movie is rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Games Anyone?

            Do you enjoy Cribbage, Bridge, or Mahjong? Some patrons have expressed an interest in meeting on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for Mahjong.  If you are interested, please contact the library.

Other patrons would like to start groups for Cribbage and/or bridge, times to be decided by interested parties.

If you have any interest in any of these, please contact the library.

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


Artist Exhibit and Reception

The library is pleased to present “Like Mother, Like Daughter” an exhibit of fiber art/quilting by Tracy Szanto and mixed media work by her daughter, Sharon Zimmerman.

Tracy is well-known in the area for her business, Dreamland Machine Quilting, and for her many accomplishments and awards – including several from the prestigious MQX Festival and the Vermont Quilt show – as a quilter and fiber artist.

Sharon, who has a passion for creating in any form, has a BFA in photography, but mixes those skills with fiber art, painting and even metal work.

A public reception will be held Sunday, December 3, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Patron Review by Emily Spaulding

I Knew You When, by Mark Okrant

(Editor’s Note: Main character Kary Turnell is a university professor who is drawn into investigations at historic resort hotels. In this second book in the series, a friend’s body is found in the shrubbery at the Mount Washington Resort.)

A mystery with suspense and interest, I Knew You When takes place at the Mount Washington Resort. The book held my attention, and the characters were entertaining and believable. Two teachers, one of whom is the main character’s sister-in-law, are at the hotel for a conference. The sister-in-law has been estranged from Investigator Kary Turnell for some time.    I didn’t figure out who the murderer was until near the end of the book.     If you like reading NH mystery writers and want a fun and easy read, try getting this twist-and-turner.  I’d give it 4 stars out of 5.


Thank You!

SPECIAL THANKS to everyone who helped make our American Girl Tea Party a wonderful success. Thank you to all our bakers, and teen and adult volunteers who gave so much time helping with the party. Congratulations to Maddy Decker who won the doll raffle!

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:

Hale Klepper and Forrest Reynolds 100 books, Finley Smith 200, Abigail Hanson and Evie Mate 300, Sierra Klepper, Olivia Mate, Genevieve Smith and Mason Smith 500 books, and Bryanne Connolly 1000 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.)

Toddler Time

TODDLER TIME: Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Toddlers and their parent/caregiver enjoy songs, stories, movement activities, and a craft.)