Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers. Presented by Steve Taylor. Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Conway Public Library and NH Humanities
From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless, and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down. 

Friends Logo in color
Join us Thursdays in September at 3:30 PM. Kids and teens are welcome to drop-in after school and learn how to make something new each week!
Sept 5th -- BYO Tie - Die and make homemade ice cream
Sept 12th -- Paper Making and Fried Tomatoes
Sept 19th -- Candy Sushi and Suminagashi Ink
Sept 26th -- Fruit Pizza and Pearler Beads
Hear Ye Hear Ye Calling all Princes and Princesses to the Fall Ball . . . Monday, Sept. 23rd 5pm -- 6pm.

* Dancing and Light Snacks
* Storyteller at 5:30
* Costume encouraged

For more information contact Tara or Tessa
Library Establishing Teen Leadership Council. First Meeting to Take Place September 19th at 6:00 PM
The Conway Public Library recognizes its duty in promoting citizenship and literacy, and believes that creating a teen-friendly environment is essential to sustaining a healthy, thriving community. To uphold this responsibility, the Library is establishing a Teen Leadership Council to assist both in developing and implementing programs which serve local teens and encourage them to become life-long library users through the promotion of reading, learning, and volunteerism.

 We are seeking a group of dedicated, local youth who are interested in making a difference at the Library and in their community. The Teen Leadership Council aims to give the Library a new perspective on youth and youth a new perspective on libraries. TLC members play a critical role in developing the Library's young adult collection, young adult outreach, event planning and marketing, and making the library a friendlier place for young adults.

The Teen Leadership Council meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday at 6:00pm in an open-forum setting where teens can discuss the issues related specifically to their own use of the Library. Members will earn community service credit and will have a direct impact on the Conway Public Library.

For more information contact Jeff Beavers.
Everest The Hard Way Presented by Ed Webster. September 25th 6:00 PM
In 1988, American mountaineer Ed Webster envisioned, achieved, and survived the Impossible. With three partners, he ascended a new, never-before-attempted route up Mt. Everest’s remote and dangerous East Face in Tibet—without the usual assistance of oxygen bottles, radios, and Sherpa climbers to carry the necessary food and equipment. Back in America, friends wondered how many of his expedition would return. “Give me a call … if you get home,” said David Breashears, director of the IMAX Everest film.

That Webster and his companions succeeded in accomplishing this outstanding climb, that his partner Stephen Venables became the first British mountaineer to climb Everest without bottled oxygen, is a testimony to both human endurance and quite remarkable teamwork. Ed Webster reached the mountain’s South Summit—at 28,700 feet, just 300 feet shy of the main summit. Then, enduring a storm-bound, avalanche-plagued, four-day descent off the mountain without food, suffering from frostbite, Ed led the way to safety. Legendary Himalayan mountaineer Reinhold Messner called Webster’s effort on this 1988 expedition, “The best-styled ascent of Mt. Everest.”

EVEREST THE HARD WAY additionally details the reasons why the interpersonal chemistry of Ed Webster’s team—still the smallest to ever scale a major new route up Earth’s highest peak—made it possible to achieve this audacious ascent. Webster is the sole New Englander that has climbed a brand new route up Mt. Everest—and one of only three climbers in history to have forged a first ascent up Everest without bottled oxygen, radios, or Sherpa assistance. To experience and witness this singular accomplishment, come take a journey to Nepal and Tibet, then climb Mt. Everest “The Really Hard Way”!

ED WEBSTER and his family live in Harpswell, Maine. His 50 magazine articles and stunning photographs have been published in dozens of magazines, and by both National Geographic Books and Sierra Club Books. Plus he has lectured worldwide—most recently in Antarctica! Please contact Ed Webster by email at: info@mtnimagery.com
Library Hires Annie Wehrli for Library Assistant Position
The Library has hired Ms. Annie Wehrli of Center Conway for the position of Library Assistant. Her first day on the job will be September 18th. A native of Goffstown, Annie has lived in Conway for eight years with her husband Tad. We are very excited to have Annie start work at the Library. She is going to be a great addition to our Team.
MWV History Blog by Bob Cottrell
If you have an interest in local history you should check out Bob Cotrell's fascinating blog on the history of the Mount Washington Valley.

His most recent entry is called One Last Chance to Wear White before Labor Day
The Expansion of Cubism, 1911-1920. Portland Museum of Art
The Expansion of Cubism, 1911-1920 brings together painting, sculpture, and works on paper by pioneering Cubist artists such as Fernand Léger, Marie Laurencin, Jean Metzinger, and Max Weber, in an examination of the vibrant intellectual and artistic exchanges that helped define one of the landmark styles of Modern art.

Info on the exhibit can be found here.

The Library has a pass to the PMA. Free Admission! Call the Library at 6034475552 to reserve it today.
Library Hours: Mon -- Thur 10-8, Fri -- Sat: 10-5