A Message From Library Director Linda Pilla
Those of you who know me know that I typically listen to audio books. Sci-Fi is my genre of choice, but I listen to dozens of books every year.

I listen to audio books because I can do more than one thing at a time. I listen while vacuuming, ironing, painting, gardening, cooking or walking my wonderdog Kona.
But recently, and specifically over the last month, I have started to take time to sit down and read.

Back in my younger days, I read all the time. My mum often told me that she could recognize me anywhere merely by looking at the top of my head. She would pull a book out of my hand and send me out to play. I was the girl who walked home from school with a book in my hand because I couldn’t bear to miss an opportunity to read. I read under the covers at night with a flashlight. I read under the desk at school. You get the picture.

I am in the process of reading Louise Penny’s “Chief Inspector Gamache” series. I consider myself an expert in murder mysteries - and yet Ms. Penny and CI Gamache have left me completely befuddled in every single book I have read in this collection. I have never been wrong so many times - and yet I find myself completely entertained and perfectly okay with my errors.

I am currently on Book 11 of the series, The Nature of the Beast. It is normally around this time I become tired of a character, bored with the formula and ready to move on to something else. But not with this series.

What is it about these stories that makes me eager to visit Quebec? 

Mainly I am drawn to the place, the people and their relationships. At a time when many of us have spent more time alone than usual, there is something comforting about a small community so thoroughly enmeshed in each other’s lives. I can’t get to the places I would normally visit this year, so I visit the (very) fictional Quebeçois village of Three Pines. 

All this to say: Take time, sit down, read a book.

Current Library Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 1:30 - 8:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 1pm
Sunday : CLOSED

Per town requirements and for your safety, all visitors to the library must wear a mask and observe social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Upcoming Events
Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms
Thursday, July 23 @ 7pm

Join naturalist Russ Cohen for a virtual program on identifying edible wild plants and mushrooms that can be found in the area.

This is an online event.

Registration required to receive meeting link. Click on the button below to register.
Wit & Wisdom: Humor in Nineteenth Century New England
Monday, July 27 @ 7pm

Whatever did New Englanders do before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers" full of keen verbal wit.

Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about these "newspapers" and provides examples from villages in your region.
This event is made possible by a grant from NH Humanities.

This is an online event. Registration is required to receive a link to the program. Click on the button to register.
Flying High Dogs!
Tuesday, August 4

Mike Piazza and his four Flying High Frisbee Dogs are some of the most athletic high flying dogs in the world.

The show is educational, interactive, dynamic and fun - and guaranteed to entertain and thrill folks of all ages! ( Note: This event will observe and apply social distancing guidelines.)

More information on actual location coming soon.
For Children and Families
Outdoor storytime

Tallula's Tree Tales!
Storytime is Back - Starting July 23!

But things are different now, so....introducing:

Tallula's Tree Tales : Mini outdoor storytimes with no more than 3 families.

But who is Tallula? She's the spirit of the birch tree where we'll meet to read! (See birch tree in image above.)
BYOB (blanket :) and meet Miss Betsey outside (weather permitting)! If you are unsure about the weather, just give us a call!

Registration is required.
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New Museum Pass!
Bedrock Gardens
Lee, NH

Bedrock Gardens is an emerging public garden that integrates unusual botanical specimens and unique sculpture into an inspiring landscape journey. This 37-acre site is transitioning from a historic farm and private garden to a public oasis of art, horticulture and inspiration.

Click on the button to obtain a pass!