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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.

Civil War Historical Event

CIVIL WAR HISTORICAL EVENT

On Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m., the library will present local historian and Civil War expert Tim Patterson who will give a broad overview of the War Between the States.  Included will be a review of the 17 infantry, one cavalry, and two artillery units that went to war from New Hampshire.  He will give special focus to the 11th NH infantry and the men of company “E” which was made up largely of Epsom men.

Tim has the ability to bring the events alive to provide a special perspective of our history.  He has promised also to give an account of the Battle of the Crater where the 11th NH infantry lost most of their battle flag but none of their honor.”

Following his presentation, Virginia Drew will give an overview of the treasure of Civil War battle flags on display in our State House.

Join us for this special opportunity to hear about our amazing history.  The event is free and open to the all.  For further information, you may contact the library at 736-9920.

Brunch with Belle

Join us on Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. for this special event with Disney’s Belle.  Enjoy an “all things French” brunch, crafts, pictures with “Belle” and more!  Don’t forget your camera, and please dress up as your favorite character.    Please register for this event by signing  up at the circulation desk or call 736-9920.

Gardening Workshops

UNH Coop Master Gardener Nancy Heath will hold a children’s gardening workshop at the library on Saturday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m. We will be planting flower containers for display around the library grounds

A container gardening workshop for seniors will be offered at the library on Thursday, May 25, at 10:30 a.m.  Also led by Nancy Heath, we will be planting containers for display at the Old Town Hall and the Epsom Historical Association.

.You may sign up for the workshops at the library circulation desk. The children’s class is limited to 15.  However, if 16 or more sign up, class size will be halved with a second workshop to be held at 1:00 p.m.

Please sign up by May 13 so that adjustments may be made if necessary.

Children’s Garden

The library is also seeking volunteers to establish a Children’s Garden which can be viewed from the Children’s Reading Room.  A very low-maintenance garden with permaculture features such as child-sized benches/seats, gnomes, story book theme items is desired. Permanently placed containers which could house potted annuals are also desirable as well as items to attract birds and butterflies.

Plans must be submitted to the Library Board of Trustees for approval.  Some funding is available. If more than one plan is submitted, the Board of Trustees will choose the winner

Interested parties, please email ribbon432@aol.com., Subject: Children’s Garden, or call 736-9428.

 

 

Friends of the Library Trip to the Lowell National Historical Park

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY TRIP

The Friends of the Epsom Library are planning a day trip to the Lowell National Historical Park on Saturday, June 3.

The park is managed by the National Park Service and has an amazing amount of history to experience by trolley, by boat, and by walking.

We plan to take the tour of the Boott Cotton Mills Museum which includes a working 1920’s era weave room, plus interactive exhibits and video programs about the Industrial Revolution.

There will also be a 90-minute guided boat ride through the historic canal that answers such questions as the following:

Who dug the canals?

Who laid the stone walls?

Who operated the locks and gates                              through the canal?

Discover the human stories of the workers who built and operated Lowell’s remarkable water power system, and find out who is still working the water today.

There will also be opportunities to join Ranger Talks and enjoy lunch on your own in this beautiful area.  Trolley and walking tours are offered free of charge.

Please sign up in advance for the boat tour which is $12 for adults and $4 for seniors.

We will be carpooling to Lowell and plan to gather at the Epsom Public Library parking lot by 8:15 a.m. and leave the lot by 8:30 a.m. Please let us know if you can help drive and how many your vehicle can accommodate.

Sign up at the Library, or contact Virginia Drew at zekecat2000@yahoo.com.`

 

 

Movie Matinees

The award-winning movie LA LA LAND will be presented on TUESDAY, May 16, at 1:30 p.m. (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DAY). The film follows six individuals as they share their triumphs and failures while navigating their way through the growing pains of life in L.A. Award-winning actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone star.

On Wednesday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. we will show THE FOUNDER, starring Michael Keaton and Laura Dern.  This is the story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest restaurant business in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

A DOG’S PURPOSE will be shown on Wednesday, May 31, at 1:30.  A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.

 

Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity

On Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m. photographer Becky Field will talk about her project, Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity.

For the past five years, Becky has been photographing the lives of immigrants and refugees in the Granite State.  During her talk, illustrated with many photographs, she will describe her experiences as a photographer with people from over 50 different countries of origin.

She will also talk briefly about the history of immigration in New Hampshire and the ways that people from other countries come here to find a new home.  Her project shows that, while we may have different backgrounds, we all have the same dreams for a safe home, support for our families and a strong future for our children.

There will be time for questions and answers after the talk.

 

 

Infant Time

Tuesdays, May 2 and May 16 at 10:15 a.m.  Children and their parent/caregiver socialize and enjoy simple stories, songs, movement activities, and play with age-appropriate toys.

Family Movie

Monster Trucks on Wednesday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m.  The movie is rated PG.  Popcorn and drinks provided.  Early Release (ECS

Book Discussion Group

On Wednesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. the book discussion group will meet to discuss Ron McLarty’s novel, The Memory of Running.

Amazon states that “Every decade seems to produce a novel that captures the public’s imagination with a story that sweeps readers up and takes them on a thrilling, unforgettable ride. Ron McLarty’s The Memory of Running is this decade’s novel. By all accounts, especially his own, Smithson “Smithy” Ide is a loser. An overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk, Smithy’s life becomes completely unhinged when he loses his parents and long-lost sister within the span of one week. Rolling down the driveway of his parents’ house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption.”

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

Black Bears in New hampshire

On Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., Doug Whitfield, a wildlife steward with NH Fish and Game, along with Dennis Walsh, will present a program, “Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire.