Monday, November 19, 2018

Just like the old days

Here is information on an upcoming program in the library's community room.  It feels great to be able to schedule a program, particularly one that a community member approached me about with such great potential for coolness.  

See live streaming of landing of the
mars insight  Lander
With NASA/JPL Scientist Andy Stone
Hopkinton Town Library
Community Room
Monday November 26th
NASA's Mars INSIGHT (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet at approximately 3 p.m. EST on November  26.
Launched on May 5, InSight marks NASA's first Mars landing since the Curiosity rover in 2012. The landing will kick off a two-year mission in which InSight will become the first spacecraft to study Mars' deep interior. Its data also will help scientists understand the formation of all rocky worlds, including our own.
Come to the HTL Community Room from 2 PM - 4 PM on 11/26  to watch the live streaming landing broadcast on the big screen!  Light snacks provided.  NASA / JPL engineer Andy Stone will be on hand to answer questions about landing on Mars.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bear in Mind

that the Library is now following the Slusser Center's policy of closing if the schools close.  We'll see what tomorrow brings.

We will also be closed the day after Thanksgiving, as Slusser and other town offices are, as well as the week between Christmas and New Years.  Once we are back "home" we will go back to our policy of being open during those times, but for now, it makes most sense to stay consistent with Slusser policies.  We are not quite the destination for visiting families here on the lower level of Slusser (as cozy as it is!) as we were back in the main library, but we'll be back soon!  I feel a bit more positive about this decision since you have the option of visiting neighboring libraries over the holidays.

And now a note on miscalculation.  As a rule we can't keep new Jodi Picoult books on the shelf, so I bought extra copies of her newest "A Spark of Light."  Two copies are languishing here if you're interested.  I've tried offering it to a number of library visitors who haven't been interested, noting quietly "I really don't like her books...", guilty perhaps since she's a "local author" and certainly wildly popular.  So, if you're interested--this is from the book's book cover.  Certainly timely subject matter.
"The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center--a women's reproductive health services clinic--its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. Jodi Picoult--one of the most fearless writers of our time--tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light is a story that will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding"--

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Windy Wednesday

The HVAC guys are in and I'll be handing a key over to Bergeron Construction tomorrow morning. This is PROGRESS.  The showing of the "Being Mortal" program and discussion went well with 27 in attendance. Good to think about programming again.

I visited the "library" over at Servpro in Bow again today, this time with Chip from Tucker Library Interiors to do measuring and planning.  I was struck by the below arrangement of these post -cleaning chairs looking like soldiers resting.  It will be good to put them back to work.
Looking forward to a staff meeting tomorrow to review plans.  I count myself lucky every day to have colleagues like the ones we have at the Hopkinton Town Library.  dvd

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gloomy Tuesday

So gloomy that I had to go visit the books in the Servpro warehouse in Bow again.  They are being steadily cleaned.  I made the visit with a representative of National Library Relocations.  She was assessing the scope of the challenge to return the collection in proper order to our stacks when they are reinstalled.  We are giving her counts of how many titles we have in each collection (e.g. Fiction, Picture books, movies etc.).  "It's all a matter of mathematics" she reported.

Some work will begin in earnest this week.  Our HVAC team will be in to reinstall our temperature control systems tomorrow and I will hand a key to the building over to Bergeron on Thursday. 

Remember we are co-hosting a showing of the PBS film on Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal" tomorrow at 1pm at the Slusser Center.  Discussion will follow.

Meanwhile, my daughter sends greetings from Sweden, where she is doing some work.  It will be great to have her back for Thanksgiving, since she's missed it for the past couple of years.  Have I mentioned how thankful I am to be part of this community and for all of the support we have received?

Friday, November 9, 2018


A patron came in today to report that she had dreamt that the library was going to open soon and was very distraught to find out, upon waking, that it was not true.  And I thought it was only me...I think, perhaps, that we should be flattered to find ourselves invading patron dreams!  I'll take it as a high compliment. 

Today I had an excellent meeting with Jason LaCombe with SMP Architects, formerly Sheer, McCrystal and Palson architects.  They were our original building architects and I wanted to go over some of our ideas with him.  Happily, he thought we were moving in a good direction with our planning.  It was delightful to talk about ideas, paint colors and floor coverings with him.

Happy long weekend to all.  Thank a veteran.  If you're looking for something to do, visit the Currier in Manchester.  The Ethan Murrow drawing installation celebrating Manchester is a singular and breath-taking exhibit.  Or wait until next week when you can actually borrow one of our passes.  The Renaissance sculpture show is also lovely.  dvd

Ethan Murrow: Hauling

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


I had my first meeting with folks from Bergeron Construction this morning.  It went very well, not just because the sun was shining.  Two guys went up in the cupola to take measurements.  The first line of attack will be to remove the damaged roof and replace it.  We also met with the people we are working with from Energy Efficiency Improvements so that they can coordinate some of the work with Bergeron on tightening up our building envelope.  EEI reports that they are so busy that they will not be able to be in the building for six weeks.

It feels like there's light at the end of the tunnel...Or is that a train coming at me???

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I also have an appointment next week with someone from National Library Relocation about the process of having our collection returned to the stacks, which, by the way, have been totally disassembled.  This is the first time in quite a while I've even let myself think about having books in the library again.  It's a bit delusional, but it must be a good sign...And some staff are going down to Tucker Library Interiors again tomorrow to talk about layout options and furnishings.  

Thanks to all of you out there for your support and encouraging words.  It means alot to me and to the staff, troopers all.  dvd

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Contractor chosen

I am happy to report that we have finally selected a contractor for the library project.  WHEW!! The trustees, in consultation with our insurer Primex, have decided to go with Bergeron Construction in Keene.  Work will begin in 3 to 4 weeks, while subcontractors are lined up and planning is put into place.  The project will probably take three months from start time. 

Here is some info on Bergeron fyi (their references were excellent by the way)
Bergeron Construction has been serving the Keene and New England area since 1909, which in itself is quite an accomplishment in the construction industry. With a Bergeron family member still at the helm, we continue to improve our business practices and modernize our systems while holding fast to our core values and commitment to unmatched customer service. Our employees, who have been with the company an average of eighteen years, deliver an unmatched quality of service that Bergeron's clients have come to expect and appreciate. As a result, in the last decade 60% of our business has been with repeat customers. As we enter our second century, we remain committed to quality in everything we do, to meeting each client's individual needs, and to an honest, straightforward approach to every project.

I will keep you posted as we move forward, but this feels like a significant step forward.

Meanwhile, if you haven't voted yet, there's still time.  While I was out at the polls, I picked up this excellent bag, encouraging all to use plastics responsibly.  OK, I confess, my daughter designed the logo.

Friday, November 2, 2018

I attended the Fall meeting of the NH Library Association today.  There was a presentation by the director of ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, Jody Gray.  Much food for thought, but some quick takeaways:

Libraries continue to be among the most trusted institutions in the US.  There is ample opportunity, therefore, for us to be be centers of community engagement and promote the principles of a more civil society.  I was struck in particular by one of Jody's slides:  "Look to Wonder" rather than defending your biases and digging in your heels.  Libraries have the potential to be "great equalizers."

And on the building front, the trustees will be meeting next Monday evening after the presentation of our proposed 2019 budget to the Select Board.  Stay tuned. 

November Kids' programs

Hopkinton Town Library

November Programs

Building and Beading for All Ages
Tuesday, November 6th 12:30-3:30
(instead of StoryTime)
Drop in between voting and conferences for some fun in the Community Room! Build with Duplo™, BrainFlakes™, and more! Make a holiday gift or jewelry for yourself. There will be many types of beads to choose from.
While you’re here, enjoy the StoryWalk™ (see below), read at the Story Stops, and come visit us in the Slusser Center. We have a new selection of children’s books waiting here for you to check out!

Read With Emma
Thursday, November 15th 4-5 PM in the Community Room
Emma is excited to listen to you practice your reading skills with her! She’s a friendly Yellow Lab who is a very patient listener. Sign up for 15 minutes of
reading time with Emma. Bring your own book or let her choose one for you.

Family Concert
Friday, November 30th from 6-7 PM in the Community Room
We’re excited to present Jefferey Clayton of PanNeubean Steel, with his soulful blend of island music. This program is part of the Starry Starry weekend events and is sponsored by the Hopkinton Library Foundation.

Story Stops
Here’s an activity for you and your child(ren) that will get you outside AND
reading! Four “Story Stops” are set up in Contoocook. After reading the stories, come to the library for a book prize. Stops are located at the playground, library porch, Slusser Center porch, and Jane Lewellen Bandstand.

Enjoy The Listening Walk (by Paul Showers/Illustrated by Aliki) on the path
behind the Slusser Center and playground.

Story Time and Lap Time
Story Time is held on Tuesdays at 1 PM and Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. (ages 2 1/2 to 5) Lap Time is on Fridays at 10:30 AM. (ages birth to 2 1/2). All events will be held in the library Community Room.

All programs are free and open to the public.

       Brought to you with the support of
The Hopkinton Town Library Foundation.

Our temporary location is in the lower level of the
Slusser Center.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

All treats, no tricks

Leigh Maynard and Debbie Norris (from the Friends of the Library Board) played cat and witch at yesterday's first ever "Trunk or Treat" event at George's Park, sponsored by the Rec Department.  By Leigh's count over 300 people of all ages came by.  Thanks to the Friends, they distributed books (not candy) to their Halloween visitors.  Many other community members including the fire department, HR Clough and HYSA were represented.
Meanwhile, we are getting all manner of toys back from Servpro and the Electronics firm that is cleaning up our equipment.  Like our Dymo label maker and the receipt printer.  Small things make the staff happy!  And Leigh will have more kid-friendly toys for story time including balls and games and all sorts of things.