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Extensive childrens section with fiction, non-fiction, books on tape/cd, board books, and puzzles. More »

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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 »

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Trustee Meeting Minutes – April 11, 2016

Library Trustee Meeting April 11, 2016

Attendees: Robert Paine, Nancy Claris, Celeste Decker, Virginia Drew

Secretary’s Report: Virginia presented the March 2016 minutes, and there were a few grammatical errors which were corrected. Bob motioned to accept the amended minutes and Celeste seconded. All in favor.

Treasurer’s Report: Nancy distributed the treasurer’s report and it was noted that this report shows fuel and water for the old library separate. This has been brought up several times. These lines should be combined and titled simply: FUEL and WATER. Nancy will speak to the Treasurer about correcting this.   It was also noted that $5613 was returned to the town and there was discussion on how this is documented in our budget. It may cause confusion showing it and will have to be explained during the budgetary process. Bob motioned to file the report for audit and Virginia seconded. All in Favor.

Old Business: Nancy reported that the projector, screen and blue ray DVD player purchase are all moving forward.   Gerry Rousseau will be handling the electrical work for the new technology.   Bob stated that he is waiting to hear back from Selectmen regarding the parking lot. Nancy reported that she is working on obtaining quotes for the new cases and table in the front entryway. It will be wood (cherry) and set up to store food pantry items in the case.

New Business: Tom Rand, Epsom Historical Association, met with the Trustees to discuss the need for assistance with keeping the old library/Historical Association open. The Trustees and Nancy all offered to help cover the Wednesday hours.   It was decided to meet on Wed. May 11 @ 6-8pm @ the Historical Association building. The members of the Historical Association will give us orientation on operations there and then each of us will sign up to work a few shifts through the summer.

Trustees that are available will be signing up to attend the May 23rd NH Library Trustees Association Conference and Annual Meeting.   This has proven to be helpful for all members.

Next meeting scheduled for: May 2, 2016 @ 6:30pm.

Submitted:   Virginia J. Drew

Artist Exhibit – Kathy Patten Hanson and Students



    Over the past six years, Deerfield artist Kathy Patten Hanson has offered watercolor classes in her Deerfield studio.  Her students’ work as well as her own is featured in this exhibit. The exhibit celebrates our local culture and its artistic spirit.  The paintings, all watercolor on paper, showcase students’ expression and creativity.

    Kathy Hanson is a painter and a potter living and working in Deerfield, NH.  She is a juried member of the NH Art Association and the League of NH Craftsmen.

    Meet the artists on Saturday, May 14, from 3 – 5 p.m.


Bone Builders, a strength and balance class for Osteoporosis prevention and led by RSVP volunteers, will be held at the library every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 – 10 a.m.. beginning on May 10

Registration is required, and participants must stop by the library to pick up a participants’ informed release form as well as a medical release statement.


 On Wednesday, May 11 at 1:30 PM, we will be showing And Then There Were None based on the bestselling crime novel of all time by Agatha Christie. As the world teeters on the brink of World War II, 10 strangers are invited to Isolated Soldier Island. With seemingly nothing in common, the guests wonder who their mysterious host may be. But the ominous reason for their visit soon becomes clear and by the end of the night, the first of them is dead.

The next Wednesday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m., we will show The Lady in the Van.  Amazon says this film is “based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by a magnificent Maggie Smith) a woman of uncertain origins, who ‘temporarily’ parks her van in Alan Bennett’s (Alex Jennings) London driveway and proceeds to live there for 15 years.

“What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.”  Reviewer Harold Wolf adds, “Wow, a reality film.  It’s a sundae sweet experience.  Maggie Smith is not just the cherry topper, but the hot fudge, the cold cool base, plus the nutty topping.”


The Chichester Town Library, in conjunction with the Epsom Public Library, will host the Memory Café at 2 pm on Friday, June 10.  This is an informal, social gathering for anyone with memory issues and their caretakers.  Open to anyone in the area, the Café offers a chance for socialization in a comfortable setting.  Refreshments will be served.



The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association (CRVNA) is offering an eight-week fall prevention program, “A Matter of Balance.” This program helps adults view falls and the fear of falling as controllable. It also shows participants ways to change the environment to reduce fall risk factors, and offers exercises to increase strength and balance.

The program takes place on Wednesdays beginning June 23 through August 11, from 10 am to noon at the Epsom Public Library.

Don’t let the fear of falling limit your activities. The program is designed to help participants gain confidence, and learn simple fall prevention strategies.

There is no fee to attend this program and space is limited. To register, call (603) 224-4093 or (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815, or visit www.crvna.org.


Treat yourself to viewing an exhibition of one-of-a-kind jewelry created by Epsom resident Christina Van Horn. This unique jewelry will be shown in the display cases at the library from May 14 to June 25.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 3 – 5 p.m. to which one and all are invited.



 Monday, May 2nd and May 23rd at 10 am.  Infants and their caregivers enjoy music, songs, and age appropriate toys.  Older siblings can attend Story Time.


LIBRARY CLOSING – The Library will be closed Monday May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.


On Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00 PM. Helene Parenteau will be here to help us get organized. Ms. Parenteau has been a professional organizer for 34 years.  She will address, with concrete methods and handouts, how to easily organize and/or downsize.  She will also discuss searching for current prices of objects on EBay and will answer questions.


By Christina Van Horn

Former Boston Globe editor

On Reviewers and Then Some

A.O. Scott, New Yorker film critic, opened his March 7 article on the worth of reviewing using George Orwell’s comments on that same topic.

“In the spring of 1946, George Orwell, writing in the London Tribune, opened with a view from underneath the rock:”

“From 1943 to 1944, George Orwell reviewed more than 80 books for the London Tribune. Yet those efforts must now rank among his least-read work. ‘The prolonged, indiscriminate reviewing of books is a quite exceptional thankless, irritating and exhausting [task],’  he wrote.

“Orwell’s consolation, as a literary critic, was that he could have been something worse. ‘Everyone in this world has someone else whom he can look down on,’ he explained, ‘and I must say, from experience of both trades, that the book reviewer is better off than the film critic, who cannot even do his work at home.’

Scott continued: “Critics have essential skills that Blogging Bob does not … this case unfortunately doesn’t hold up in the age of Yelp.

Professional critics are knowledgeable, sure. But amateurs are hardly less so: film buffs have enjoyed easy access to their canon since the VHS era. Reviewers write with skill, but so do lots of tax-account bloggers.”

And so, tightly held in the grip of the digital world, I leave you with thoughts on reviewing from one century to another from one of today’s august contemporary reviewers.

Cleopatra: A Life

Stacy Schiff

Stacy Schiff, whose name is now always connected with Pulitzer Prize winner for her biography on Vera Nabakov, would not earn such a moniker for her book on Cleopatra.

She continually comments on how little is known about Cleopatra, yet uses 432 pages to make that point. The book is as dense in detail as the sands of the Nile.

Cleopatra was the last of the Ptolemaic dynasty. She took Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony as lovers, recognizing that for her empire to survive she must ally with Rome. These liaisons were successful for a while, Rome’s politics overcame Egypt’s power. Antony killed himself and Cleopatra shortly followed, poisoning herself.

Read this book only if you have time to read a book whose characters move back and forth in a confusing tangle with no genealogical table provided to offer a much-needed historical record.

I give this book 2.

Treachery in Death

J.D. Robb

Detective Lt. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are officers in a New York City police department 50 years in the future.

Robb creates some futuristic gadgets, such as “links” for communication, but generally the detectives move around as they would in today’s world.

Dallas and Peabody become enmeshed in the corrupt world of another lieutenant who is up to her neck in murder and illegal financing dealings. The two detectives, along with Dallas’ wealthy technological wizard of a husband, decide to bring down the evil empire.

This is a good read. The plot moves well and the characters live their parts well.

I give this book a 4.

Teen Art Display

Abigail Downey, a freshman at Pembroke Academy and a teen volunteer, has four pieces of beautiful art work on display in the library by the craft room Stop by and see her amazing art!