Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Closing at 5pm today (Tuesday 12/29)

We'll be closing at 5pm today due to the weather.

Here are our hours for the rest of the week:
Wednesday 10-5
Thursday 10-5
Friday CLOSED Happy New Year!
Saturday 10-3
Sunday 1-5


Opening at noon today (12/29)

Due to snowy/icy conditions the library will be opening at noon today (Tuesday 12/29).

Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours: Closed all day on Thursday December 24th and Friday December 25th.  Closing early at 5pm on Wednesday December 30th and Thursday December 31st. Closed New Year's Day.  Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Don't forget to fill our sleigh!

Sleighs, carriages, and other old fashioned means of transport are placed around Contoocook and waiting to be filled with donations for our Town Food Pantry. (Dotty Brown & Brian Erickson have generously loaned and set these up from their collection.)

When you set out to run errands in Contoocook, please raid your cupboards for non-pershiable items for the Pantry (no glass containers or out dated items please - shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste etc. are also needed). Donations can be left at the Hopkinton Town Library, Contoocook Fire Department, and at shops, restaurants, and businesses throughout the Village. Thank you!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving Hours

We will be closing at 5pm on Wednesday November 25.  Closed on Thanksgiving.  Open regular hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Hopkinton READS! Event with Michael Tougias

Author Michael Tougias will appear at The Hopkinton Town Library on Tuesday November 17th at 7pm to give a slide presentation on his new book “A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and Incredible Rescue.” The dramatic and inspiring program is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. (A Storm Too Soon will be featured on ABC Television’s 20/20). Disney Studios will be releasing a movie based on his book “The Finest Hours” in January.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hopkinton READS! Program Thursday Nov 5th at 7pm

Andy Stone, Engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory will speak on his role developing the Mars Exploration Rovers. Presentation will include video clips and memorabilia from his work
Join us in the Community Room at 7pm on Thursday November 5th!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Friends of the Library Fall Meeting and Presentation

Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library
Members’ Fall Meeting

Come Join Us!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
6:30 p.m.

Presentation of the life of poet
Maxine Kumin
Community Room
Hopkinton Town Library
Snacks and beverages will be served

Friday, August 28, 2015

Your vote counts! Vote for your choice for Hopkinton READS! by the end of August

Before you know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian. Bestselling author of Midwives, Bohjalian presents his most ambitious and multi-layered novel to date--examining wildly divisive issues in today's America with his trademark emotional heft and spellbinding storytelling skill. On a balmy July night in New Hampshire a shot rings out in a garden, and a man falls to the ground, terribly wounded. The wounded man is Spencer McCullough, the shot that hit him was fired "accidentally?" by his adolescent daughter Charlotte. With this shattering moment of violence, Chris Bohjalian launches the best kind of literate page-turner: suspenseful, wryly funny, and humane. (Goodreads) 429 pages 2006 Fiction  
The Martian by Andy Weir. A 2014 “Goodreads Best Book” this is a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.”--Associated Press. Astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.(Goodreads) 369 pages 2014 Fiction
Redeployment by Phil Klay. 2014 National Book Award winner, Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. . (Penguin Random House website) 291 pages March 2014 Fiction
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam. The NY Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir—a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible. (Goodreads) 368 pages 1998. Non Fiction
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Winner of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize, this is a first-person narrative recounting two years in the life of Scout Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel of personal growth, social justice (and injustice), and friendship. While the writing employs generous amounts of humor, the core of the book is essentially concerned with the problems of prejudice and cultural bias in the 1930s American South. (enotes) 323 pages 1960. Fiction
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Sports writer Albom reconnects with a college professor who is now dying of ALS deciding to spend Tuesday afternoons with him discussing life. Their dialogue is the subject of this moving book in which Morrie Schwartz discourses on life, self-pity, regrets, aging, love and death, offering aphorisms about each e.g., "After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left." Far from being awash in sentiment, the dying man retains a firm grasp on reality. An emotionally rich book and a deeply affecting memorial to a wise mentor. (Publisher’s Weekly) 224 pages 2006 Non Fiction

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Laura F. Keyes as Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura F. Keyes as Laura Ingalls Wilder
(from the Little House books)
Friday July 31 from 6-7pm  Grades 1 and up

It’s Moving Day for Laura Ingalls Wilder!
In this presentation Laura is preparing to move her family from South Dakota to Missouri in the Spring of 1894. This program displays the challenges and some of the fun aspects of life on the frontier in 1870s and 1880s. Come and learn about the extraordinary adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and how they did differ from the (fictional) books. Children will learn that Laura had a rather ordinary life, just like them!
Part of the 2015 Summer Reading Program.
Register online here.