Computer room with 8 computer work stations, laser printer, and wi-fi throughout the entire premises. 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 »
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 »
The Center is open on Wednesdays, from 6 – 8 p.m. The Trustees would appreciate volunteers for those hours. Please call the library if you would be willing to help.
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.
An American Girl Tea Party will be held on Saturday, October 29, at 1:30 p.m. Wear your favorite outfit, and bring your favorite doll. Seating is limited, so sign up now to reserve your seats. Refreshments will be finger sandwiches, desserts, tea and punch. A craft activity will be included.
We will also have a drawing to win the newest American Girl Doll, “Lea.” Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.
Congratulations to the following children: 200 books: Sierra Klepper; 400 books: Bryanne Connolly; 500 books: Delana Girouard and Lucas Girouard.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Touch A Truck event a success! Rick Belanger, truck coordinator; all the wonderful truck drivers; Richard and Linda Clark, White Mountain Coffee for coffee and beverages; Blake and Robert Kitson for Blake’s Bounce House; breakfast volunteers Betsy Bosiak, Carole Brown, Nancy Claris, Armand Claris, and Jessica Emond; volunteers Gary Benner and Fran Marchand; and teen volunteers Madison Bowen, Abby Downey, and Ashley Gatchell.
Congratulation to the Raffle Prize Winners: 1st prize, Cassius Carignan; 2nd prize, Reagan Ellsworth; and 3rd prize, Ryanne Sweatt. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets.
Special thanks to everyone who helped make the Stuffed Animal Sleepover/Breakfast event so special: Betsy Bosiak, Nancy and Armand Claris, Chad Decker, Dylan Lehrhaupt, Madison Bowen, Ashely Gatchell, and Mary and Mike Nericcio. Everyone had a great time, and we all enjoyed the wonderful presentation by our special guest, children’s author Ellen Stoll Walsh.
Bone Builders, a strength and balance class for osteoporosis prevention and led by RSVP volunteers, is held at the library every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 – 10 a.m.
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.
Story Time: Mondays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30p.m. Join us for stories, songs and crafts.
Toddler Time: Thursday mornings at 10 a.m.
LEGO Club is Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. The library has a wonderful LEGO collection. Children make a creation and can display it in the library.
Patrons of the Epsom Public Library may access and download audio books and ebooks from the New Hampshire State Library at nh.lib.overdrive.com. Prior to checking out, the patron must call the Epsom Library for its code to be used with their library card number. This is a free service.
By Christina Van Horn
Former Boston Globe editor
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.”
Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
The Last Wagon — 1984
Bridge of Spies — 2015
Valley of Elah — 2007
Films about war aren’t really about war. It’s war that drives the films and every aspect of our culture as well as the cultures touching ours or ours touching theirs.
For instance, The Last Wagon ostensibly stars Richard Widmark as an evil killer of two white men. He becomes the savior of a wagon train protecting it as it crosses Apache territory. However, the film’s subtext is the genocide of the Apaches as the white settlers continue to incur into Indian territory with the blessing of the federal government. Widmark acted in at least 72 films, always the fast gunman, and often fighting Indians. (I use this politically incorrect term because that was what the tribes were called at the time the films were made). Interestingly though Widmark was always wearing characteristically knee-high moccasins and buckskins.
And what of the Apaches? Well, they are always the bad guys, which gives everyone a good reason to kill them.
Then there’s another form of war as played out in 1957, in what we know as the Cold War. Had the powers that be had their way, cold would not have been the result of their power plays. This desire for war was powerfully played in Steven Spielberg’s 2015 Bridge of Spies. Tom Hanks is an insurance lawyer whose arm is twisted into representing a Russian spy in a show of justice that democracy really works. While the spy’s trial is ongoing, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. (This is all based on real events).
Powers is sentenced to 10 years in a Soviet prison. Donovan must negotiate his release, return the Russian spy and spring a U.S. student from an Eastern European prison just after the Berlin Wall has been erected. The film is rife in suspicion on all sides who can’t wait to declare war on one another and release more atomic bombs. Donovan seems to be the only one interested in peace.
And finally there’s the Valley of Elah, a devastating view of how war can mutate young men into instruments of evil. Paul Haggis in 2007 produced this film about the actual murder of a young soldier in Iraq. The young soldier was dismembered by his friends. His father, acted by Tommy Lee Jones, a Vietnam veteran, goes to Iraq to discover what has happened to his son. His wife is played by Susan Sarandon. He refuses to stop asking questions, and eventually finds the body of his son and the details of his grisly death.
The film highlights the all too dark side of the Iraqi war, the abuse of prisoners and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
I give all of these films a 5 for their intent.
The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. – Paula Poundstone
The Pecan Man – 2006
Cassie Dandridge Selleck
The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction in which Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near Eddie’s makeshift camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Those close to Ora know that her housekeeper’s son, Marcus, actually killed the police chief’s son in revenge for raping his sister. But Eddie takes the rap. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story and learning about her servants who have become her family, the widowed and childless Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined.
I give this book a 4.
The Library has six Kindles which may be loaned to patrons. They may be loaned for three weeks. Patrons must be 18 years of age or older and sign an agreement before borrowing an eReader.
The Epsom Public Library Trustees will meet at the library on Monday, October 10, at 5:30 pm.