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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.

Book Sale

The library will hold a book sale October 7- 14.  Donations of clean books, audio books, and DVDs in good condition may be dropped off starting on Monday, October 2 during regular library hours.

Please do not leave donations outdoors

The Library does not accept donations of encyclopedias, textbooks, Readers’ Digest condensed books, or VHS tapes.


Artists Exhibition and Reception

A reception will be held for photographer Ron St. Jean and artist Diane St. Jean on October 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Their dual exhibits will be on display from October 7 through November 25.

Diane’s abstract paintings, titled “The Inner Landscape”, offer the viewer quiet landscapes of the imagination, meditations on color and light, and impressions of weathered surfaces.  A stick form of oil paint was used to create layered and scraped strokes of color on small, intimate paintings.

Ron’s collection of photographs is titled “Pretty Common Things”.  Ordinary objects or familiar scenes are photographed to suggest a story, or to reveal details that might not have been noticed when first viewed.  Ron photographs digitally and prints using archival inks and papers.

Family Movie

          Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie will be shown on Monday, October 9th at 2 p.m.

The movie is rated PG, and popcorn and drinks will be provided.  No school for ECS students that day.

Flu Clinic

The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold a flu clinic at the library on Wednesday, October 18, from 4 – 6 p.m.

The discounted cash or check charge is $30 per immunization.  Clients who present an insurance card from one of the following carriers: Medicare B, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, or Anthem do not need to pay a fee.

Thank You!

The Library would like to thank everyone who helped make our recent Touch A Truck event such a huge success.  More than 200 children and their families attended and had a great time looking at the many different community and construction vehicles on display.

Thank you to White Mountain Coffee for the coffee bar, Blake’s Bounce Business, LCC, for the bounce house/slide, food donation from Betsy Bosiak, Armand Claris, Nancy Claris, and Miriam Yeaton; Bill and Maryann Zirngiebel, POPSCORN; and volunteers Gary Benner, Kristy Bowen, Madison Bowen, and Mary Nericcio.

Also thanks to all our great truckers: Ken Brown, Bruce and Jackie Clattenburg, Alex Davis of NH State Police; Rick Davis of Davis Fuels of Epsom; and Scot Decota.

Thanks also to Nick Angelone and Erin O’Brien from the Epsom Fire Dept; the Epsom Police Dept; Josh Fixler; Fort Mt. Trailwinders; Whitey Foss of K&K Landscape Supplies; Bob Pettingill of Michie Corp; Gordon Wheeler, and Norman Yeaton.

Mrs. Benner would like to give a special Thank You to Rick Belanger, owner of Ponderosa, for organizing all the vehicles and advertising the event!

Congratulations to our raffle winners: Amanda Mate 1st, Ryan Violette 2nd, and Sierra Klepper 3rd.

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


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.)

Toddler Time

TODDLER TIME: Wednesdays 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.