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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 »

 

Youth Summer Reading Program

Sign Ups for this year’s SRP, “Build a Better World” beginning on Monday, June 19th thru the first week in July! Plan to pick up a SRP Packet including a schedule of activities and events, reading log and bookmarks. Raffle tickets for our weekly prizes will also be available!  The library offers three programs for youth including “Mom, Dad & Me Read” for infants and preschoolers, “Build a Better World” for K-5th and the Teen Program for 6th thru 12th grades. The SRP is sponsored by the NH Children’s Librarians and encourages youth to read for pleasure during the summer. Special thanks to the Friends of the Epsom Public Library for their generous donation to this year’s program!

Adult Summer Reading Program

Build a Better World” is the theme of this year’s program.  A sign-up sheet will be available from Monday, June 19th thru the first week in July.  Pick up a booklet with the schedule of program.

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.

 

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

TODDLER TIME: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Toddlers and their parent/caregiver enjoy songs, stories, movement activities, and a craft.) Please Note; No Toddler Time during the summer beginning June 20th thru September 5th!)

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

EPSOM BONE BUILDERS

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

New Materials for May

ADULT NON-FICTION

Managing the Digital You: Where and How to Keep and Organize your Digital Life, Melody Condron

A Colorful Way of Living: How to Be More, Create More, Do More the Vera Bradley Way, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard

Becoming Wise: an Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living, Krista Tippett

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, Jonathan Allen

Spies in the Family: an American Spymaster, His Russian Crown Jewel, and the Friendship that Helped End the Cold War, Eva Dillon

Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better – – and When to Let your Body Heal on its own, Andrew Weil

The Radium Girls: the Dark Story of  America’s Shining Women, Kate Moore

Master Thieves: the Boston Gangsters Who Pulled   Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist, Stephen A. Kurkjian

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson

Animal Lessons: Discovering Your Spiritual Connection with Animals, Danielle MacKinnon

The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to  Pregnancy and Childbirth, Genevieve Howland

Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking, Fuchsia Dunlop

Feeding a Family: a Real-Life Plan for Making Dinner Work, Sarah Waldman

Cookie Love: More than 60 Recipes and Techniques for Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary, Mindy Segal

The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy, Nagisa Tatsumi

This Land: an American Portrait, Jack Spencer

MacArthur’s Spies: the Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II, Peter Eisner

Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph, Oliver Otis Howard, and the Nez Perce War, Daniel Sharfstein

How the Hell Did This Happen?: the Election of  2016, P.J. O’Rourke

The Fact of a Body: a Murder and a Memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Animal Lessons: Discovering Your Spiritual Connection with Animals, Danielle MacKinnon

On Edge: a Journey through Anxiety,  Andrea Petersen

Chuck Klosterman X : a Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century,  Chuck Klosterman

The Jersey Brothers: a Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and his Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home,  Sally Mott Freeman

BIOGRAPHIES

Nevertheless: a Memoir, Alec Baldwin

The Secrets of My Life,  Caitlyn Jenner

Papi: My Story,  David Ortiz

ADULT FICTION

Little White Lies, Ace Atkins

The One Memory of Flora Banks, Emily Barr

The Last Days of Café Leila: a Novel, Donia Bijan

Miramar Bay, T. Davis Bunn

The Last Neanderthal: a Novel, Claire Cameron

A Dog’s Way Home,  W. Bruce Cameron

Some Rise by Sin: a Novel, Philip Caputo

Heat Storm, Richard Castle

Ill Will: a Novel,  Dan Chaon

No Middle Name: the Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories, Lee Child

Full Wolf Moon: a Novel, Lincoln Child

Tidewater Inn, Colleen Coble

Because You’re Mine, Colleen Coble

Rosemary Cottage: a Hope Beach Novel, Colleen Coble

Universal Harvester,  John Darnielle

The Girl Who Was Taken, Charlie Donlea

American War,  Omar El Akkad

The Broken Road, Richard Paul Evans

Time’s a Thief: a Novel, B.G. Firmani

The Letters: a Novel, Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Calling: a Novel, Suzanne Woods Fisher

The Revealing: a Novel, Suzanne Woods Fisher

Same Beach, Next Year: a Novel, Dorothea Benton Frank

Marathon,  Brian Freeman

Kingdom of Shadows: a  Novel, Alan Furst

This Body of Death: a Novel, Elizabeth George

There Your Heart Lies: a Novel, Mary Gordon

Our Short History,  Lauren Grodstein

Sticks and Bones,  Carolyn Haines

Exit Strategy: a Nick Mason Novel, Steve Hamilton

Walking on My Grave, Carolyn G. Hart

Into the Water, Paula Hawkins

Celine, Peter Heller

Wait for Dark, Kay Hooper

White Sand, Blue Sea: a St. Barts Love Story, Anita Hughes

Ominous,  Lisa Jackson

I Found You: a Novel, Lisa Jewel

Bad to the Bone, Linda O. Johnston

No Easy Target,  Iris Johansen

The Baker’s Secret, Stephen P. Kiernan

The Leavers: a Novel, Lisa Ko

A Simple Spring: a Seasons of Lancaster Novel, Rosalind Lauer

Since We Fell,  Dennis Lehane

Edgar and Lucy,  Victor Lodato

A Twist of the Knife: a Novel, Becky Masterman

Behold the Dreamers: a Novel, Imbolo Mbue

The Widow of Wall Street: a Novel, Randy Susan Meyers

High Stakes, Fern Michaels

Find Me,  J.S. Monroe

The Thirst, a Harry Hole Novel, Jo Nesbo

16th Seduction, James Patterson

Two from the Heart, James Patterson

The Violated: a Novel,  Bill Pronzini

Catalina Eddy: a Novel in Three Decades, Daniel Pyne

Trajectory,  Richard Russo

Golden Prey, John Sandford

The Light We Lost, Jill Santopolo

The Woman on the Stairs,  Bernhard Schlink

The Awkward Age: a Novel, Francesca Segal

The Best of Adam Sharp, Graeme C. Simsion

Follow Me Down,  Sherri Smith

Against All Odds: a Novel, Danielle Steel

Anything is Possible, Elizabeth Strout

Change Agent, Daniel Suarez

Saints for All Occasions, J. Courtney Sullivan

Crime Song, David Swinson

Party Girls Die in Pearls: an Oxford Girl Mystery, Plum Sykes

Secrets in Summer: a Novel, Nancy Thayer

City of Friends, Joanna Trollope

Spoils: a Novel,  Brian Van Reet

Before the War,  Fay Weldon

Two Good Dogs,  Susan Wilson

Fast & Loose, Stuart Woods

Star Wars, Thrawn,  Timothy Zahn

CDs

Celine: a Novel, Peter Heller

The Stars are Fire: a Novel, Anita Shreve

DVDs

I Am Not Your Negro

Beauty and the Beast: Special Edition

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Founder

LaLa Land

Lion

Monster Trucks

Rogue One: a Star Wars Story

Time Changer

Timeless Trivia: Episode Three: Famous Faces, Famous Places

Timeless Trivia, Episode Nine:  the Turbulent Sixties

CHIDREN’S FICTION

The Rocket’s Red Glare: Celebrating the History of “The Star-Spangled Banner”,  Peter   Alderman

Strega Nona: an Original Tale, Tomie De Paola

Cinnamon,  Neil Gaiman

Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventures, Marty Kelley

Dragons Love Tacos 2: the Sequel, Adam Rubin

The Star-Spangled Banner, Peter Spier

Wings in the Wind, Julia Walsh

 CHIDREN’S NON-FICTION

Here is the World: a Year of Jewish Holidays, Leslea Newman

What Will Grow?, Jennifer Ward

Cool Construction & Building Blocks:  Crafting Creative Toys and Amazing Games, Rebecca Felix

JUVENILE NON-FICTION

German Shepherds, Susan Heinrichs Gray

Yorkshire Terriers, Susan Heinrichs Gray

Minecraft, Sara Adamson Green

The Seattle Seahawks Story, Thomas K. Adamson

Baseball Trivia, Brian Howell

Rhode Island, John Hamilton

Bulgaria, Kirilka Stavreva

Lebanon, Sean Sheehan

Jordan,  Coleman South

Sudan, Patricia Levy

Somalia, Susan M. Hassig

Costa Rica, Erin Foley

JUVENILE BIOGRAPHIES

Kate Middleton: Real-Life Princess, Katie Lajiness

Alex Morgan, Gail Terp

Malala Yousafzai, Gail Terp

JUVENILE FICTION

Liz at Marigold Lake, Callie Barkley

Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig, Callie Barkley

Liz and the Sand Castle Contest, Callie  Barkley

Ellie the Flower Girl, Callie Barkley

Amy on Park Patrol, Callie Barkley

Books vs. Looks, Debbie Dadey

Flower Girl Dreams, Debbie Dadey

Twist and Shout, Debbie Dadey

How to Be a Supervillain, Michael Fry

Athena the Brave, Joan Holub

Persephone the Phony, Joan Holub

Aphrodite the Beauty, Joan Holub

Artemis the Brave, Joan Holub

Athena the Wise, Joan Holub

Aphrodite the Diva, Joan Holub

Artemis the Loyal, Joan Holub

Medusa the Mean, Joan Holub

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre,  Gail Carson Levine

The Dark Prophecy, Rick Riordan

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady: an Enola Homes Mystery, Nancy Springer

The Case of the Missing Marquess: an Enola Holmes Mystery, Nancy Springer

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J. Maas

Dorothy Must Die, D.M. Paige

Yellow Brick War, Danielle Paige

The Wicked Will Rise, Danielle Paige

The End of Oz, Danielle Paige

The Shadow Cipher, Laura Ruby

The Pearl Thief, Elizabeth Wein

Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon

REFERENCE

Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds, D. Caroline Coile

 

 

 

 

Trustees Meeting

The Epsom Public Library Trustees will meet on Monday,  July 10, at 6:30 pm. at the Epsom Public Library.

Friends of the Library

The next meeting of the Friends of the Library will be June 19, at 7 p.m. at the library. New members are always welcome.