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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 »


Hatha Yoga Class


A four- week session of Hatha Yoga classes will be offered by Fran Nash at the library in June on Wednesdays at 12 p.m.

Yoga is good for the mind, body, and spirit. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced yoga participant, Fran gives a nice blend of warm ups and traditional postures for every person’s physical level.

Fran is certified in Hatha Yoga and has been teaching classes for seven years.

The fee for the four classes is $25. There must be a minimum of eight participants to run the class. Please sign up or call the library at 736-9920 or email epl@metrocast.net before May 31 to register,

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive on May 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the library. To make an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS. All presenting donors may enter for a chance to win two tickets to a Boston Red Sox home game, recognition at the game and a special commemorative souvenir.

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.


Artist Exhibit

In a state known for low cultural diversity, NH photographer Becky Field has used her camera to celebrate the lives of new Americans.   Since 2012, she has been welcomed into the homes of recent immigrants and refugees, and invited to photograph traditional and sacred celebrations throughout the Granite State.  She has learned from these families that, while we are different in many ways, we all have the same desires for safe homes, good jobs, a strong future for our children, and freedom to practice our traditions.

“My photographs show the beauty, vitality and economic contributions of the immigrant and refugee communities,” says Field.  “Cultural and ethnic diversity has been an important part of NH’s history, and continues to make our state a more interesting place for all of us.”

Field has given numerous talks and has had photo exhibits in NH and beyond.  In 2015 she published a book of her photographs, Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity (Peter Randall Publisher, Portsmouth, NH) which includes an introduction by Maggie Hassan, former NH Governor; a foreword by John Issac, former Chief Photo Unit, United Nations; and stories by New Hampshire immigrants.  The book has won two national awards.

Becky holds a Certificate in Photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and has studied at photography centers through the Northeast.  In past work she was the director of communications for the American Red Cross in NH, a Federal wildlife research ecologist and university professor.  She has a master’s degree as well as a doctorate in wildlife ecology.. She lives in Concord. NH.

She will be exhibiting her photographs at the Epsom Public Library through June 10th..

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.

Story Times

Mondays,10 a.m.; Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m.  Children listen to stories, sing songs, and do craft activities.  March themes include rainbows, St. Patrick’s Day, and lions and lambs.

TODDLER TIME – Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Toddlers and their parent/caregiver enjoy songs, stories, movement activities and a craft

LEGO CLUB: Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

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!


Book Bits

By Christina Van Horn

Former Boston Globe editor


Library cum laude

“Doctor Who: You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!” — Russell Davies

The Johnstown Flood, 1968

David McCullough

David McCullough did his usual meticulous research about the flood that destroyed the bustling town of Johnstown, Penn., May 31, 1889, after the failure of the South Fork Dam upstream of Johnstown. In fact, two-thirds of the way through the book, I felt I had been given far too much detail and didn’t know whether I could continue to absorb the breadth of this tragedy.

Rather than write about the politics, greed, heroism and social caste that all played a role in this tragedy, I quote here from the Johnstown Area Heritage Association.  This information speaks to the catastrophe better than I.

  • 2,209 people died.
  • Bodies were found as far away as Cincinnati, and as late as 1911
  • 1,600 homes were destroyed
  • $17 million in property damage was done
  • Four square miles of downtown Johnstown were completely destroyed
  • The pile of debris at the stone bridge covered 30 acres
  •  The distance between the dam that failed and Johnstown was 14 miles.
  • The dam was owned by the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, an exclusive club that counted Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick among its members.
  • The dam contained 20 million tons of water before it gave way, about the same amount of water as goes over Niagara Falls in 36 minutes.
  • Flood lines were found as high as 89 feet above river level

Rating *****


New Materials for April


On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Timothy Snyder

Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not): a Parents’ Guide for Kids 3-23, Beth Kobliner

 Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties, Beth Kobliner

Words from the Wild: Favorite Columns from a  Yankee Notebook, Willem Lange

The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It, W. Chris Winter

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms, Erin Benzakein

Make Your Bed:  Little Things that Can Change Your Life…and Maybe the World, William H. McRaven

This Fight is Our Fight: the Battle to Save America’s Middle Class, Elizabeth Warren

Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact, Rosaly Byrd

A Colony in a Nation, Christopher Hayes

Live Better While You Age; Tips and Tools for a Healthier, Longer Life, James W. Jones

The 36-Hour Day: a Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Other  ementias, and Memory Loss, Nancy L. Mace

Cool Flowers:  How to Grow and Enjoy Long-Blooming Hardy Annual Flowers Using Cool Weather Techniques, Lisa Mason Ziegler

Will’s Red Coat: the Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again, Tom Ryan

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For: Speeches, David G. McCullough

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Granny


Prince Charles: the Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, Sally Bedell Smith

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, 1935-1961, Nicholas E. Reynolds

Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary: a Radical’s Struggle to Remake America, Kevin, Raeder Gutzman

Notes on a Banana: a Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression, David Leite


The Last Chance Olive Ranch, Susan Wittig Albert

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah

Beartown: a Novel, Fredrik Backman

The Lost Order, Steve Berry

The Fix, David Baldacci

Vicious Circle, C.J. Box

Marlena: a Novel, Julie Buntin

A Dog’s Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron

Any Day Now,  Robin Carr

All by Myself, Alone: a Novel , Mary Higgins Clark

The Hamilton Affair: a Novel, Elizabeth Cobbs-Hoffman

The Burial  Hour: a Lincoln Rhyme Novel,  Jeffery Deaver

American Gods: a Novel,  Neil Gaiman

Nest, Terry Goodkind

Song of the Lion, Anne Hillerman

Expecting to Die, Lisa Jackson

Prussian Blue: a Bernie Gunther Novel, Philip Kerr

The Shadow Land:  a Novel, Elizabeth Kostova

Earthly Remains, Donna Leon

The Ebb Tide, Beverly Lewis

If Not for You: a Novel, Debbie Macomber

Behold the Dreamers: a Novel, Imbolo Mbue

My Italian Bulldozer: a Novel, Alexander McCall-Smith

The Practice House, Laura McNeal

The Perfect Stranger: a Novel, Megan Miranda

The Unseen World, Liz Moore

The Horse Dancer, Jojo Moyes

The Black Book, James Patterson

Fallout, Sara Paretsky

Miss Julia Weathers the Storm, Ann B. Ross

The Stars are Fine: a Novel, Anita Shreve

A Conjuring of Light, V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic, Victoria Schwab

One Perfect Lie, Lisa Scottoline

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See

War Cry, Wilbur A. Smith

One Good Thing, Wendy Wax

The Night the Lights Went Out, Karen White


We Are Market Basket, Daniel Korschun

The Gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee

Concussion, Jeanne Marie Laskas

The Time Keeper, Mitch Albom

The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks

To Capture What We Cannot Keep, Beatrice Colin

Nano, Robin Cook

A Window Opens, Elisabeth Egan

Tricky Twenty-Two, Janet Evanovich

The Gods of Gotham, Lindsay Faye

The Survivor, Vince Flynn

Falling, Jane Green

The Drafter, Kim Harrison

Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee

All Our Wrong Todays: a Novel, Elan Mastai

The Company She Kept, Archer Mayor

The Chilbury Ladies Choir, Jennifer Ryan

The Women in the Castle, Jessica Shattuck

The Russian Donation, Christopher Speilberg

A Midsummer Night Scream, R.L. Stine

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, Hannah Tinti

Racing the Devil, Charles Todd

Postcards from the Edge, Marcia Willett

Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson

Beyond the Kingdoms, Chris Colfer

An Author’s Odyssey, Chris Colfer


Planet Earth II

Mount Washington Cog Railway, Climbing to the    Clouds

After Words

American Pastoral

The Astronaut Farmer


Beyond the Reach

Captive Heart

Collateral Beauty

The D Train


The Fat Boy Chronicles


The Fields

Gene Autry Collection

A Good Woman

Harley and the Davidsons: the Story Behind the Name

Home Fires, the Complete Second Season

I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting!

In Secret

It Follows

Curious George – Egg Hunting

Elena and the Secret of Avalor

PAW Patrol : Pups Save the Bunnies

The Swan Princess: Royalty Undercover

Jenny’s Wedding

The Magnificent Seven

The Mighty Celt

A Monster Calls


Patriots Day


Super 8

The Three Musketeers

20th Century Women


Victoria: the Complete First Season

The Voices

To Walk Invisible: the Bronte Sisters

Walker, Texas Ranger: Season 1


What About Bob?

The Whole Truth

Windows to the Wild #1010. Ten Wild Years

Windows to the Wild #902. Mountain Mysteries

Windows to the Wild #510. Winter on Mt. Washington

Windows to the Wild #203.  Isle of Shoals

Windows to the Wild #103. Umbagog Lake

Windows to the Wild #307. Moose Whisperer

Windows to the Wild #808.  Hikes North of the Whites

Windows to the Wild #812. Exploring the Night Sky

Windows to the Wild #1007.  Ride the Wilds

Windows to the Wild

The Witch

A Year and Change


Thomas’ 123 Book: Based on the Railway Series, W. Awdry

Animals Everywhere!, Reverend W. Awdry

Frog and Friends:  Outdoor Surprises, Eve Bunting

Nelly Gnu and Daddy, Too, Anna Dewdney

Charlie’s New Friend, Ree Drummond

Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted, Birdie Friends!, Jill Esbaum

Olivia the Spy, Ian Falconer

Take Your Time: a Tale of Harriet, the Galapagos Tortoise, Eva Furrow

Tidy, Emily Gravett

Marley: the Dog Who Cried Wolf, John Grogan

Marley: the Dog Who Ate My Homework, John Grogan

Marley:  Not a Peep, John Grogan

Marley: Firehouse Dog, John Grogan

Marley, Messy Dog, Susan Hill

More Snacks!: a Thanksgiving Play, Joan Holub

Flat Stanley Goes Camping, Lori Haskins Houran

Splat the Cat Takes the Cake, Amy Hsu Lin

Goodnight, Numbers, Danica Meadows

Lola Plants a Garden, Anna McQuinn

Katie Prettywhiskers to the Rescue, Daisy Meadows

Millie Picklesnout’s Wild Ride, Daisy Meadows

The Nest Where I Like to Rest: Sign Language for Animals, Dawn Babb Prochovnic

Famous Fenton has a Farm: Sign Language for Farm Animals, Dawn Babb Prochovnic


The Wild Swans, H.C. Andersen

Ff,  Warren Rylands

Gg,  Warren Rylands

Hh,  Warren Rylands

Ii,  Warren Rylands

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis, Paul Mantis

A Bird Watcher’s Guide to Cardinals, Therese Shea

Kangaroo, Meredith Costain

Deer,  Samantha Nugent

Foxes,  David Lee

Bobcats, Caitie, McAneney

Cats and Kittens,  Annabelle Lynch

What in the World Is a Green Home?, Oona  Gaarder-Juntti

What in the World is Green Food?, Oona Gaarder-Juntti


How to Code 2: a Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Coding, Max Wainewright

Battleships,  Peter Mavrikis

Fairies, Virginia Loh-Hagan

Trolls, Virginia Loh-Hagan

Greek Town, John Malam

Extreme Motorsports, Jeff Mapua


Marion and the Secret Letter, Callie Barkley

Ellie’s Lovely Idea, Callie Barkley

Story’s End, Marissa Burt

Storybound, Marissa Burt

Bird & Squirrel on the Run!, James Burks

Floors, Patrick Carman

Lost in a Book: [an Enchanting Original Story], Jennifer Donnelly

Rise of the Ragged Clover, Paul Durham

Braced,  Alyson Gerber

Never Say Genius, Dan Gutman

The Nameless City, Faith Erin Hicks

Shattered Sky, Erin Hunter

Thor, Alexander Irvine

Rescue On the Oregon Trail,  Kate Messner

Dragonwatch, Brandon Mull

Middle School: Escape to Australia,  James Patterson

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends: Freeze Frame 4,  John Sazaklis

Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur,  Luke Sharpe

Supercat vs. the Pesky Pirate, Jeanne Willis

Captain America: the Junior Novel, Chris Wyatt


Maximum Ride.4, NaRae Lee

Maximum Ride. 5, NaRae Lee



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.