Starting Friday, October 25th, the Friends of the Library will begin accepting book donations for their annual book sale!

Beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 25th, 2019, the Friends of the Blaisdell Memorial Library will begin accepting donations of gently used books for their annual book sale in support of the Blaisdell Memorial Library.

Donations (up to two (2) boxes) must be brought to the circulation desk during operating hours, where they will be screened by a member of Library staff.

We will gratefully accept: gently used books (adult, young adult, and juvenile fiction and nonfiction), as well as audio/visual materials in CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray disc formats. Individuals or families may bring up to two boxes of books to be screened at a time.

We cannot accept materials that are moldy or mildewed, marked up, or shopworn.

We cannot accept text books, reference books (encylopedia sets, dictionaries, etc.), magazines, periodicals, or audio/visual materials in cassette formats.

We cannot accept more than two boxes per individual or family at one time.

To assist patrons in disposing of books and other materials not suitable for the Friends’ book sale, information regarding alternative outlets for recycling and disposal will be available at the circulation desk. Thank you for your understanding!

Our book sale will begin on Friday, November 1st, and run through Sunday, November 10th. All sales will benefit the Blaisdell Memorial Library.

NH Humanities to Go: New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, presented by Glenn A. Knoblock :: Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 :: 6:30 PM

Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone “pages” that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.

 

Glenn A. Knoblock is an independent scholar and author of fifteen books and over 100 articles. He is also the author and historian on projects relating to Northern New England bridges, New Hampshire cemeteries, and brewing history, and African-American military history. Knoblock has served as the main military contributor to Harvard and Oxford University’s landmark African-American Biography Project. He holds a BA in History from Bowling Green State University.

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Author Terry Nelson reads from his new book Hidden History of the New Hampshire Seacoast :: Thursday, 10 October 2019 :: 6:00 PM

Thursday, 10 October 2019
6:00 PM

Join us for a reading and Q&A with Terry Nelson, author of Hidden History of the New Hampshire Seacoast (The History Press, 2019).

From the back of the book: “The New Hampshire Seacoast has a wealth of overlooked history. Some remnants are hidden in plain sight, and others are just plain hidden. Meet the minister and early religious founder who was involved in an armed confrontation in Dover with another preacher in 1640. Find out how a onetime high school assistant principal in Rochester became a world-famous business leader and ended up meeting President Grover Cleveland. Discover the story of “ghost” racetracks in Somersworth before they disappear, as well as the “pile of rocks” that stopped a multimillion-dollar building project in Windham. Author Terry Nelson reveals some of New England’s most fascinating history, from Durham and Madbury to North Hampton and Portsmouth.”

Peggy Tucker presents Stories of Yankee Life Told in Verse :: Wednesday, 2 October 2019 :: 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 2 October 2019
6:30 PM

Peggy Tucker will share Yankee stories told in verse, reading from the works of Holman F. Day and, thanks to the archives of the Nottingham Historical Society, the circa-1900 poem “A Tale of Nottingham” by Mrs. Edward Sanborn Stevens. Accompanying Sanborn’s poem (which details the singular handling of a Tory guest by Agibgail Butler of the Butler Tavern, just prior to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War), Peggy will share some images of Nottingham gleaned from the Society’s archives.

Peggy Tucker grew up in Auburn, Maine, seventh of the ten children of Phyllis and Bill Schoppe. Both were active members of the Community Theatre Group in Auburn, and Bill employed all his skills as a thespian to vivify the stories he read to his children each night, be it Golden Book The Pokey Little Puppy, Kipling’s Just So Stories, or even the chilling tales and verses of Edgar Allan Poe. At family gatherings, it became a tradition for Bill to recite from the work of Holman F. Day, and it is in honor of her father that Peggy will read from works like Up in Maine, Kin O’ Ktaadn, and Pine Tree Ballads. Though Day’s stories depict Maine Folk of the nineteenth century, Peggy has always felt that they could quite as easily reflect the lives and ways of people right here in New Hampshire.

Summer Reading Finale: August 8, 3:30 PM – All Ages

Lindsay’s funny, fast paced, and highly interactive variety show delights the young and the young at heart! Kids will meet several larger than life, hand crafted puppets… Perhaps a goofy moose, a heroic tiger, or a lovable bear. Oh my! Maybe a dancing robot or flamingo, an adorable mouse, a stubborn goat, a shy dragon, or a singing dinosaur! Come find out who’s making an appearance this time!Lindsay has been performing full time since 2011, presenting to several thousand children each year. Through animated storytelling and thoughtful messaging, she hopes to inspire creative play, resilience, and empathy in even the youngest. She also believes shared joy and laughter strengthens communities.

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