Pope Memorial Library Newsletter

March 2023

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Hello Director,

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.”

―Neil Gaiman

It's worth noting that Neil Gaiman grew up in England, not NEW England, where the worst of winter just might not be over until April. Whether or not the actual forecast is spring-y, the staff has been busy re-ordering and tidying our space. A "New Cookbook Corner" has sprouted up and new mystery fiction books have been planted in their own row in the new books section. As always, if you can't find what you are looking for, please ask a staff member.

This Tuesday, March 14 at 5pm is the Annual Meeting for our Board of Directors. The meeting is open to the public. This is an opportunity for our patrons to meet the Board and learn more about PML. Stay tuned for any changes due to the impending storm.

On Monday, March 6 we participated in the community reading day at John Fuller Elementary, reading the book "Why Not You?" by Ciara and Russell Wilson to a group of kindergarteners. The book is about dreaming big and achieving those dreams. The class shared their dreams about becoming police officers, nurses, and chefs, but not one librarian?!? All joking aside, we hope that some of these young readers will join us on Friday, April 7 at 4pm for our second annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Library. The event is open to all children 12 yrs and under. We ask that you bring your own basket or bag to collect eggs hidden throughout the library. There will be 6 golden eggs containing special prizes, but every egg will contain a sweet treat.

Just a reminder that your library is a beautiful space in our community. It is made more beautiful when it is filled with people not just checking out our amazing collection of books, magazines and DVDs, but gathering to learn, share, explore and commune in the space. We have been pleased to see shiny new faces joining our Fun Friday story times at 10:30am. This very casual gathering of our smallest patrons (the under 5 crowd) is a great place for caregivers to connect with other local moms, dads, grandparents, etc.

If you haven't checked out any of our existing groups, please drop in. If you'd like to start a new group (or move your existing group here), please let me know by stopping by the circulation desk or sending an email to [email protected]. What piques your interest? Seminars on safe hiking practices? Local history presentations? Scavenger hunts? Dungeons & Dragons? Author visits? Art exhibitions?

Lastly, if you haven't already, please "like" us on Facebook and/or Instagram.

May the leprechauns dance over your bed and bring you sweet dreams


On the calendar....

Baking Club

Wednesday, March 15 @ 12:30pm

The bakers meet the third Wednesday of every other month. For March, the theme is Breads. Please bake whatever type of bread you would like....Bagels, Baguette, Brioche, Irish Soda Bread..... just Bring the recipe (and maybe some Butter) to share with the group. At each meeting, the group will decide on a theme for the following meeting.

For more information, email Angela or call 603-356-2961.


Mondays and Tuesdays

through April 17

The Library is partnering with AARP Tax-Aide to provide the community with free income tax return preparation. This service runs until April 17 on Mondays and Tuesdays at the library (in-person help).

Appointments are required; call 211 to schedule an appointment with the Pope Library as location. This program focuses on taxpayers who are over 50 and have low-to-moderate income.

Book Discussion

"The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek"

by Kim Michele Richardson

Thursday, April 6 @ 11 AM

Our book club meets on the first Thursday of every month at 11:00 a.m. April’s book is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, about the pack horse libraries in Kentucky in the 1930s. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

If you would like to join via Zoom, email Angela. This is an open book discussion group- everybody is welcome. Please join us!

Knitting group

Thursdays: April 6 & 20 @ 1pm

Join the library's knitting group on the first & third Thursday of every month from 1-3 PM.

All are welcome to enjoy a great social time knitting and connecting with your community.

This is a lively and friendly group that loves to knit!

Please bring your own project to work on. 

Cookbook Club

Wednesday, April 19 @ 12:30pm

The next cookbook club meeting will be April 19 at 12:30pm. The cookbook is The New Essentials Cookbook. Stop by the circulation desk and pick up your copy.

Select any recipe from the cookbook and bring your dish to share with the group. The cookbook for the June meeting will be available at April's meet-up. The cookbook club is open to all. FMI contact the library.

A reminder for OVERDRIVE users:

It is time to switch to LIBBY!

Attention, OverDrive app users!

OverDrive is discontinuing the legacy OverDrive app soon and transitioning users to the Libby app. Libby is OverDrive’s newer app for browsing and enjoying digital content from our library. It’s time to give Libby a try! All your loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for you in Libby when you add your library card.

And now, for some easy ways to

$upport the Library every day.....


at Black Cap Grille on

Thursday, April 6 from 5-8pm.

#2 Donate books, CDs, jigsaw puzzles and DVDs. We can only accept items in very good condition. We will add the items to our collection, offer them for sale in our lobby book sale or sell them in the GIGANTIC annual book sale over Labor Day weekend; all benefiting the Library.

#3 Have a cup at the Library!

Coffee, made with compostable pods and tea are $2/cup.

Bring your own mug (best!!), or grab a cup from us.

#4 White Birch Books

WISH LIST for March!

Every month we compile a wish list for you at White Birch Books. It includes books we would love to have but, unfortunately, we can't buy them all. But if you purchase a book on this list and then donate it to the Library, it is a win-win for all of us.

#5 Commemorative Tote Bags

The bags are $20 and 100% of sales will benefit the library.

The bags feature our iconic German Shepherd statue in a pop art design illustrated by Isaac Rader. The tote bags make the perfect gift for library- and dog-lovers alike! 

#6 Shopping on Amazon?

 At no extra cost to you!

Please select the Pope Memorial Library as your preferred nonprofit via smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases directly to the library! 

#7 Shop the indoor book sale in the lobby


Thanks to generous patron donations, we have a great selection of hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction, CDs and DVDs for sale every day in the lobby. Cash, credit cards and PayPal accepted.

#8 Volunteer

Volunteers are key to fulfilling the mission. Our volunteers shelve books, lead book discussions, read at story time, process new books, prepare books for sale on Amazon, post flyers around town, serve on our board, catalog archives, decorate for holidays and...and....and..... If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please fill out this survey.

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