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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 »


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Congratulations to our young readers: Cecilia Brown 30 books; Logan Estabrook, Evie Mate and Olivia Mate 100 books; Ezra Perry and Genevieve Smith 200 books;  Elias Goodson and Sierra Klepper 300 books; Bryanne Connolly 600 books; and special recognition to  Delana Girouard and Lucas Girouard who both completed the program reading 1000 books!


DVD Reviews

By Christina Van Horn

Former Boston Globe editor

“You ain’t heard nothin’ yet”—Al Jolson, The Jazz Singer, 1927

And So It Goes

And this film shoulda went. Director Rob Reiner (usually a respectable craftsman) piled cliché upon cliché in this film that is an upper middle class take off on the working class film St. Vincent (in which Bill Murray is a Vietnam vet soured on the world, and Naomi Watts is the needy mother of a son.  Murray is transformed and becomes St. Vincent.  Director Ted Melfi left no stone unturned to make sure we could guess the ending.

Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton re-enact St. Vincent in And So It Goes as an upper middle class couple living in somewhat cramped luxury in a wealthy town. Douglas is the curmudgeon who wants nothing to do with anyone, least of all his granddaughter.  Keaton is a whiny widow trying to get her career together as a jazz singer. As the film opens, Douglas hates everyone and they hate him. But what happens at the film’s end? This is a no brainer, embarrassingly so.

Both films came out in 2014. I wonder if Reiner and Melfi sat around the Beverly Hills Hotel figuring how they could create buddy films. Do they have this much disdain for the film-going public?

I give this DVD a 1 (and that’s really too high)

Bonneville 2006

The 1966 Pontiac Convertible Bonneville is the star of this film. Three different versions of the car were used — and each deserves top billing as they made their way from Idaho to California. Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates were a pleasure to watch, but seriously, this movie is the upbeat version of Thelma and Louise. There is no Grand Canyon ending — just a decision about what to do with the ashes of Lange’s husband. The resentful stepdaughter (Christine Baranski) wants to entomb her dear daddy. Jessica Lange does not. All is resolved and the sun continues to shine in California.

I give this DVD a 2.

Munich 2005 — Five Oscar nominations

Steven Spielberg went to the mat to create this film about the aftermath of Black September, when a secret Israeli squad hunted down to assassinate the 11 Palestinians believed responsible for murdering the nine Israel athletes at the Munich Olympics. The film is based on fact — Bella Abzug did indeed setup this squad. The movie is about the squad and the impact on those who led it. Spielberg brings us the story and questions about the ethics of using violence to combat violence. He makes no judgment; just puts out this intense story and leaves a determination to the viewer.

I give this DVD a 5.

Another First in the Nation for New Hampshire

By Michael York, State Librarian

In 2017, we celebrate another First in the Nation for New Hampshire. New Hampshire is known for being first for many things: we hold the First-in-the- Nation Primary; we ratified the first state constitution; we founded the first public library in the United States, and more. But you might not know that we also were the first state in America to have a State Library.

On January 25, 1717, in Portsmouth, the Twenty-Seventh General Assembly “voted that ye Law books be distributed among ye severall towns of this Province” proportionate to the town’s last tax, except for two books which shall be used by “Governor and Councile and the house of representatives.”  This law — made when New Hampshire was still part of England, nearly 60 years before there was a United States– made it clear that the provincial government knew that libraries are vital places of information and need to be a cornerstone of how we go about our business.

The “Law books” set aside for elected officials were the beginnings of the New Hampshire State Library, and they began a long history of libraries in New Hampshire communities.  Peterborough is the first library in the country supported by public funds. In the early 1800s “social libraries,” where members shared books and paid dues, flourished throughout the state, and philanthropists funded many public libraries (buildings and materials) over the next century.  Soon every city and town in New Hampshire had a library, proving that citizens valued libraries as integral facets of their communities.

Now, three hundred years after it was founded, the State Library continues to assist community libraries.  The State Library professional development staff offers workshops for librarians to give them cutting edge aspects of library science and to deliver excellent services to patrons.

The State Library also serves as a central point of delivery for both public and school libraries, allowing them to share resources and strengthen their purchasing power.

In addition, the State Library itself has patrons from across the state and the country using its collection of more than 600,000 items, including books about New Hampshire, books by New Hampshire authors and illustrators, newspaper archives, genealogy documents, government documents, and library science materials.

Throughout 2017, the State Library will celebrate its 300th anniversary and library traditions.  Look for articles in newspapers, postings to the State Library Facebook and Twitter accounts (#NHSL300), a special section on the State Library’s website nh.gov/nhsl, and more.

The State Library welcomes you to visit at 20 Park St. in Concord, across from the State House, and be sure to take advantage of the many services that your public library has to offer.  You’ll be in good company when you do.

Artists’ Exhibit – “Do You See What I See?”

            Six New Hampshire artists, known as High Season Artists, take ‘flights of fancy” from what is usually seen as the ordinary and the mundane. Their work will be on exhibit at the Epsom Public Library from March 11 – April 22.      

Kathy Hanson, Russet Jennings, Mary Nichols, Ann Saunderson, Mary Straub, and Teresa Taylor have worked together for a number of years, always attempting to push their boundaries and skills.  Working in charcoal and pastel, they present works that provide wonder, humor – and worry!  Done over the past year, the works were inspired by Boston artist/teacher Bill Flynn’s workshop on drawing from observation to metaphor by depicting everyday objects in various settings. The insights derived from Flynn’s workshop set the group forward on a new path of discovery. Their goal was not to create realistic representations but rather to search for relationships, hidden energies, the unknown, and the mystery contained within what is usually beneath our notice.

The members are grateful to the Kimball Jenkins School of Art for giving them studio space in which to work..

A reception for “Do You See What I See” will be held on Friday, March 10 from 5 – 7 pm


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.

Knitting, Etc. Group

Just a reminder that if you knit, crochet, or do any kind of handwork., you are welcome to join the Tuesday night knitting group.  The group meets informally in the cozy fireplace/magazine room at 6:30 p.m., and everyone enjoys an evening of knitting and socialization

Chess Anyone?

           Brian O’Neill is looking for people interested in forming a new chess club, set to begin Saturday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at the Library.  All ages and levels of experience are invited to come to play and learn.  No experience? That’s great, too. We are more than willing to teach new players .Contact BrianONeil2@gmail.com. for more information

Trustees Meeting

The Epsom Public Library Trustees will meet on Monday,  May 1, at 6:30 pm. at the Epsom Public Library.

Friends of the Library

The next meeting of the Friends of the Library will be April 17 13, at 7 p.m. at the library. New members are always welcome.



Downloadable Audio Books and Ebooks

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.

New Materials for March


Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: the Science of Monsters, Matt Kaplan

Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again, Theresa Caputo

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, Meik Wiking

Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman

Tears We Cannot Stop: a Sermon to White America, Michael Eric Dyson

Insane Clown President; Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, Matt Taibbi

The Blood of Emmett Till, Timothy B. Tyson

Ripper: the Secret Life of Walter Sickert, Patricia Daniels Cornwell

The Body Reset Diet: Power your Metabolism,Blast Fat, and Shed Pounds in just 15 Days, Harley Pasternak

Turn the Ship Around! a True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules, David L. Marquet

Homo Deus: a Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval N. Harari

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West,Thomas Clavin

The Stranger in the Woods: the Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, Michael Finkel

Tutu: the Authorised Portrait of Desmond Tutu, Mpho A. Tutu

National Geographic, the Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals, Joel Sartore

Old School: Life in the Sane Lane, Bill O’Reilly

The Birds of New Hampshire, Allan R. Keith

Phenomena: the Secret History of the U.S. Government’s Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis, Annie Jacobsen

The Spider Network: the Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History. David      Enrich

Storm in a Teacup: the Physics of Everyday Life,Helen Czerski

Play Bridge Today, Lan Sluder

Ice Ghosts: the Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition, Paul Watson

Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge,  Erica Armstrong Dunbar


The Hollywood Daughter: a Novel, Kate Alcott

4 3 2 1, Paul Auster

Days Without End: a Novel, Sebastian Barry

Unpunished, Lisa Black

In Farleigh Field: a Novel, Rhys Bowen

Vicious Circle: a Joe Pickett Novel, C.J. Box

The Hearts of Men: a Novel, Nickolas Butler

The Stolen Child: a Novel, Lisa Carey

Make Me: a Jack Reacher Novel, Lee Child

Pekoe Most Poison, Laura Childs

The Crow Trap, Ann Cleves

The Devil’s Triangle, Catherine Coulter

Where Memories Lie, Deborah Crombie

The Cutthroat, Clive Cussler

Dead Letters: a Novel, Caite Dolan-Leach

In the Name of the Family: a Novel, Sarah Dunant

The Arrangement: a Novel, Sarah Dunn

The Roanoke Girls: a Novel, Amy Engel

The Lioness is the Hunter: an Amos   Walker Novel, Loren D. Estleman

Lost in a Good Book: a Thursday Next Novel, Jasper Fforde

Banana Cream Pie Murder, Joanne Fluke

Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller

Right Behind You: a Novel, Lisa Gardner

Setting Free the Kites, Alex George

A Perfect Obsession, Heather Graham

Most Dangerous Place: a Jack Swyteck Novel, James Grippando

Exit West: a Novel, Mohsin Hamid

The Operator, Kim Harrison

Celine: a Novel, Peter Heller

The Mother’s Promise, Sally Hepworth

Wait for Dark, Kay Hooper

The Wanderers, Meg Howrey

We Were the Lucky Ones, Georgia Hunter

Mississippi Blood: a Novel, Greg Iles

Man Overboard: an Ali Reynolds Novel, Judith A. Jance

Bone Box: a Decker/Lazarus Novel, Faye Kellerman

A Piece of the World: a Novel, Christina Baker Kline

Rusty Puppy, Joe R. Lansdale

The Forgotten Girls, Owen Laukkanen

Pachinko, Min Jin Lee

It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis

Girl in Disguise, Greer Macallister

All Our Wrong Todays: a Novel, Elan Mastai

Quick and the Dead, Susan Moody

My Darling Detective, Howard A. Norman

Close Enough to Touch, Colleen Oakley

Say Nothing: a Novel, Brad Parks

The Black Book, James Patterson

Humans, Bow Down, James Patterson

Murder on the Serpentine, Anne Perry

Quicksand, Malin Persson-Giolito

Dead Man Switch, Matthew Quirk

Without Warning: a J.B. Collins Novel, Joel Rosenberg

A Gathering of Shadows, Victoria Schwab

The Women in the Castle: a Novel, Jessica Shattuck

The Hope Chest, Viola Shipman

Dangerous Games: a Novel, Danielle Steel

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: a Novel, Hannah Tinti

A Fine Summer’s Day: an Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Charles Todd

Before the War, Fay Weldon

Mangrove Lightning, Randy Wayne White

In This Grave Hour: a Novel, Jacqueline Winspear


A Bike Like Sergio’s, Maribeth Boelts

Pig and Goose and the First Day of Spring, Rebecca Bond

Woodpecker Wants a Waffle,  Steve Breen

Good Night, My Darling Baby, Capucilli,

Alyssa Satin/Bach, Annie

Dragon Was Terrible, Kelly DiPucchio

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: a Story About Knitting and Love, Michelle Edwards

Hank’s Big Day; the Story of a Bug, Evan Kuhlman

Too Much Glue, Jason Lefebvre

We’re All Wonders, R. J. Palacio

A Perfect Day, Lane Smith

The Water Princess, Susan Verde

What to Do with a Box, Jane Yolen


Over and Under the Pond, Kate Messner

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Trucks and Trains, d Emberly

Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey, Martin Handford

Frozen Lands, M.J. Knight

Mountains,  M. J. Knight

Rain Forests, M. J. Knight

The Story of the Race to the Moon, Jen Green

The Story of Lewis and Clark, Jacqueline Morley


Robot Builders!, Betsy Cassriel

Big-Animal Vets, Mari Rich

Yvain: the Knight of the Lion, M.T. Anderson

Statue of Liberty: a Wonders of the World Book; Liberty, Enlightening the World,  Elizabeth   Mann

Cezanne, Jessica Toyne

Gauguin, Sara Haynes

Renoir, Sabine Miller

Van Gogh, Jessica Bailey


See You In the Cosmos, Jack Cheng

Ivy, Katherine Coville

How to Train Your Dragon: the Serpent’s Heir, Dean Deblois

The Battle of Hackham Heath, John Flanagan

The Metropolitans, Carol Goodman

Daughter of the Pirate King, Tricia Levenseller

Big Nate, Lincoln Peirce

Sci-Fi Junior High,  Scott Seegert


Empress of a Thousand Skies, Rhoda Belleza

The Bone Witch, Rin Chupeco

Stranger than Fanfiction, Chris Colfer

These Broken Stars, Amie Kaufman

Their Fractured Light, Amie Kaufman

This Shattered World: a Starbound Novel, Amie Kaufman

Carve the Mark, Veronica Roth

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

The Beast Is an Animal:  Peternelle Van Arsdale

Horizon, Scott Westerfeld


All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor’s    Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor, Donald Stratton

The Underground Railroad, Colson  Whitehead


Alzheimer’s, Every Minute Counts

The Americans. The Complete Fourth Season

Beauty and the Beast

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Doctor Strange

The Edge of Seventeen


The Girl on the Train

Hacksaw Ridge

Heaven Sent


The Sword in the Stone














































The Light Between Oceans

Madam Secretary, Season 2

Manchester by the Sea

A Man Called Ove

The Meddler

Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life



2 Movies: Professional Gun; God’s Gun


New Materials for February


Eyewitness Travel: Brussels, Bruges, Ghent &  Antwerp

Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard, Jennie Allen

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final  Mission, Bret Baier

A Long Way Home, Saroo Brierley

The Earth is Weeping: the Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, Peter Cozzens

The Miracle Morning`: the Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before   8 AM., Hal Elrod

Sunrise in Spain: Finding the Good Life Hiking the Camino de Santiago, Theresa Fersch

Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship Skills for  Today’s Complex World, John Gray

200 Fun Things to Knit: Decorative Flowers, Leaves, Bugs, Butterflies, and More!, Victoria Lyle/

At the End of the World: a True Story of Murder In the Artic, Lawrence Millman

New England Farmgirl: Recipes & Stories From a     Farmer’s Daughter, Jessica Robinson

Racehoss: Big Emma’s Boy, Albert Race Sample

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the   Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, Dava Sobel

The Sound of Gravel: a Memoir, Ruth Wariner



Land of Silence, Tessa Afshar

The Japanese Lover, Isabel Allende

A Darkness Absolute, Kelley Armstrong

Borderline: the Arcadia Project, Mishell Baker

Death of a Ghost, M.C. Beaton

The Prisoner, Alex Berenson

Modern Girls, Jennifer S. Brown

Puppet Master, Dale Brown

The Seekers, Wanda Brunstetter

Perfume River, Robert Olen Butler

A Dog’s Purpose, Bruce Cameron

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, Becky Chambers

First Strike, Ben Coes

A Catered Tea Party: a Mystery with Recipes, Isis Crawford

Garden of Lamentations, Deborah Crombie

Pines, Blake Crouch

The Dollhouse, Fiona Davis

Close Call, Laura A. H. DiSilverio

The Dark Flood Rises, Margaret Drabble

America’s First Daughter, Stephanie Dray

A Step of Faith: the Fourth Journal of the Walk Series, Richard Paul Evans

Knit Your Own Murder, Monica Ferris

The River at Night, Erica Ferencik

A Murder of Magpies, Judith Flanders

A Reluctant Bride, Kathleen Fuller

Right Behind You, Lisa Gardner

Sunday Kind of Love, Dorothy Garlock

Gunmetal Gray, Mark Greaney

High Stakes: a Wild Cards Mosaic Novel

Frost Line, Linda Howard

Heartbreak Hotel, Jonathan Kellerman

Sorrow Road, Julia Keller

My Not So Perfect Life, Sophie Kinsella

Robert B. Parker’s Revelation, Robert Knott

The Patriots, Sana Krasikov

On Turpentine Lane, Elinor Lipman

The Two-Family House, Lynda Cohen Loigman

I See You, Clare Mackintosh

Murder Most Malicious, Alyssa Maxwell

A Pinch of Poison, Alyssa Maxwell

Arrowood, Laura McHugh

Bright, Precious Days, Jay McInerney

Crash and Burn, Fern Michaels

The Red Dog: a Slim in Little Egypt Mystery

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, Louise   Miller

The Fifth Letter, Nicola Moriarty

The Refugees, Viet Thanh Nguyen

Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough

A Hundred Thousand Worlds, Bob Proehl

Rather Be the Devil, Ian Rankin

The Second Mrs. Hockaday, Susan Rivers

Echoes in Death, J.D.Robb

Nine Women, One Dress, Jane L. Rosen

The Secret Language of Stones. M.J. Rose

Idaho, Emily Ruskovich

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, Jennifer Ryan

Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders

In Twenty Years, Allison Scotch

Apricot’s Revenge: a Crime Novel, Ying Song

Racing the Devil: an Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Charles Todd

No Man’s Land, Simon Tolkien

Crazy Love You, Lisa Unger (lg. print)

The Storyteller, Everett A. Wentworth

Perfect Little World, Kevin Wilson



Mrs. Bixby’s Last Day, John David Anderson

The Dream Lover, Elizabeth Berg

The Jealous Kind, James Lee Burke

Nothing but Trouble, Jacqueline Davies

Tunnel Vision, Arie Davis

Ragtime, E.L.Doctorow

The Nix, Nathan Hill

Midnight Hour, C.C. Hunter

If I Fix You, Abigail Johnson

Rain Dogs: a Detective Sean Duffy Novel, Adrian McKinty

Now You See Her, James Patterson

Unlucky 13, James Patterson

The Initiation, Ridley Pearson

A Great Reckoning, Louise Penney

Barkskins, Annie Proulx

Stories for 4-Year-Olds, Joan Stimson




The Big Bang Theory, Seasons 4,5,6


Dora the Explorer: Super Silly Fiesta

Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule

Ghost World

The Hollars


Homeland, the Complete Fourth Season

Jack Reacher, Never Go Back


Madame Secretary, Season One

Popular Mechanics for Kids, the Complete First Season

Popular Mechanis for Kids, the Complete Second Season

Prime Suspect, Series 1-6

Prime Suspect, Series 7, the Final Act

The Secret Agent


Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

When Calls the Heart, Complete Season 3

The Wild Fire



Baby Animals Take a Nap, Marsha Diane Arnold     (Board Book)

The Tooth Fairy

Puppy’s Big Day: Bad Kitty Series, Book 10, Nick Bruel

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet, Carmen Agra Deedy

Warm Hearts Day, Rebecca Elliott

Eva and the New Owl, Rebecca Elliott

A Pig, a Fox and Stinky Socks, Jonanthan Fenske

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library, Julie Gassman

Put Me in the Zoo, Robert Lopshire

Hair, Leslie Patricelli (Board Book)

Good Night, Little Rainbow Fish, Marcus Pfister     (Board Book)

Sweet Dreams, Peter, Beatrix Potter

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, Sherri Rinker

Everybunny Dance!  Ellie Sandall

Bunny’s Book Club. Annie Silvestro

Knuffle Bunny Free: an Unexpected Diversion, Mo Willems



Grand Canyon, Jason Chin

Penguin, Meredith Costain

Porcupines, Sebastion Avery

Panda, Meredith Costain

Five Little Ducks, James Dean

I Wave the American Flag, Roaslie Gaddi

I Visit the Liberty Bell, Whitney Hopper



Big Book of Where, Linda C. Falcon

Mission to Pluto: the First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt, Mary Kay Carson

Finland, Chung Lee Tan

Iceland, Jonathan Wilcox

Tibet, Patricia Levy

Cambodia, Sean Sheehan

Ethiopia, Steven Gish

Panama, Susan M. Hassig



Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret, Wanda Coven

Heidi Heckelbeck Casts a Spell, Wanda Coven

Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest, Wanda Coven

The Castle in the Mist, Any Ephron

The Jolly Regina, Kara LaReau

Short, Holly Goldberg Sloan



The Cruelty, Scott Bergstrom

The Siren Kiera Cass

Happily Ever After, Kiera Cass

The Crown, Kiera Cass

Caraval, Stephanie Garber

Wires and Nerve, Marissa Meyer (Graphic Novel)