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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.

Mums are Coming!

            Mum orders are being taken now, and if you have never ordered the Friends of the Library mums, you are missing a chance to have the largest, healthiest, and most beautiful fall flower to decorate your home. Mums are $8 each or 5 for $35.  Stop by the lemonade stand at Old Home Day or at the library to order.

Movie Matinees

            The Syndicate – All or Nothing, listed in the Adult Summer Reading booklet as the first movie in August, will not be shown. However, the movie is available for borrowing from the library.

Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange star in Wild Oats which will be shown on Wednesday, August 9, at 1:30 pm.  Everything changes for Eva when she receives a life insurance check accidentally made out for $5,000,000 instead of the expected $50 thousand. She and her best friend take the money and head out for the adventure of a lifetime.  (IMDB)

On Wednesday, August 16, at 1:30, the movie The Noble will be shown.  This award-winning film is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driven by her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the streets of Vietnam.

            Alone in Berlin is the movie selected for Wednesday, August 23, at 1:30 pm.  Set in Berlin in 1940, working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel  receive the news that their only son has lost his life on the battlefield. They then  decide to resist the Nazi regime in their very own way.  Soon the Gestapo is hunting “the threat.” Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson star.

 

Outside Looking In

The Adult Summer Reading program concludes on Tuesday, August 15, at 7:00 pm  with “Outside Looking In” with the Mike Rogers Trio.  Blind songwriter, guitarist and poet Mike Rogers presents scenes and characters in his life of seventy-five years.  His show is laced with his “wry humor” as he paints portraits of people in song, story and poetry with his guitar and harmonica.

Summer Reading Program Finale

Singer/storyteller, Steve Blunt, will conclude our Summer Reading Program on Wednesday, August 16, at 6:30 pm.  Join us for an evening of music, stories and refreshments for the whole family as we celebrate all our youth readers.

Book Discussion Group

The Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, August 16, at 7:00 pm to discuss Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City.

The Devil in the White City is a literary nonfiction novel that spans the years surrounding the building of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, also known as The World’s Columbian Exposition, which was designed to commemorate the landing of Columbus in America.

“In the book, author Erik Larson uses extensive research to recreate the lives of two real men and to reinvent Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition. In the process, he creates two separate, yet connected plot lines and attempts to fill in some of the gaps left by history. One plot line centers on Daniel Burnham, the architect who builds the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The other plot line focuses on character H.H. Holmes, the serial killer who exploits the fair to find his victims. (Cliffs Notes).

If you would like to join in the discussion, you may pick up a copy of the book at the library.

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: Samuel Palmer 100 books; Abigail Hanson, Evie Mate, Olivia Mate, and Finley Grace Smith 200 books; Genevieve Smith 400 books, Elias Goodson 500 Books, and Bryanne Connolly 900 books!

Special Thanks

            To the following adult volunteers:  Fran Marchand, Mary Anne Woodbury, and Donna Berbarian who help keep the youth areas organized; Teen volunteers Madison Bowen, Lauren Rose and Naomi Harris who help with cleaning, and children’s programming. Infant Program leader, Nancy Zink-Mailloux; Kerry Harman for teaching our wonderful art classes and leading the fairy house activity; and especially Toddler Time leader Dylan Lehrhaupt.

 

Touch A Truck

Mark your calendars! Our annual “Touch a Truck” event will be on Saturday, September 9, from 10 – 1.  This is a great fun event for the whole family. There will be a large selection of construction vehicles and trucks for the children to check out, “Blake’s Bounce House,” refreshments and raffle prizes.

Breakfast for the truck drivers will begin at 9 am.

 

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.)

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 BrianONeil2@gmail.com.