Thursday, September 19, 2019

Great audiobooks available on RB Digital

We have some great new audiobooks available from RB digital Audiobooks!!  We now have access to A Better Man by Louise Penny, TheTestaments by Margaret Atwood and The Institute by Stephen King.  So while these are one copy/one user audios (not “always available”), they are much more available because they are only for OUR PATRONS, not the whole state!  So on Overdrive/Libby the wait for A Better Man is presently about 20 weeks and the RB Digital one is available NOW - as I write this anyway!
Here's all you need to get started: the RB digital app (for iOS, Android or Kindle Fire) and your 14 digit library card number to create an account.  Let us know if you have any questions!
From Karen at the library

Friday, September 6, 2019

September Children's Programs

Hopkinton Town Library

September Programs

Story Time  and Lap Time
Children ages 3-5 and a caregiver are invited to StoryTime on Tuesdays at 1 PM and Wednesdays at 10:30 AM for songs, stories, and an art experience. Fridays at 10:30 AM, children under age 3 are invited to Lap Time with a caregiver. Siblings are always welcome at both programs. Programs begin the week of September 8th.
Make a Unicorn Finger Puppet
Saturday, September 14th at the Farmer’s Market.
Drop in between 9 AM and 12 PM to make your own puppet!
The market is held at the Depot in Contoocook.
*Read with Emma
Thursday, September 26th from 4-5 PM
Who can resist reading to Emma, a certified therapy dog?
Sign up for 15 minutes of time.
One of our director’s favorites, “The Little Fur Family” by Margaret Wise Brown will be on the StoryWalk™ this fall. The StoryWalk™ is located behind the Slusser Center and playground.
Scavenger Hunt
We’re introducing the 2019-2020 Ladybook Book Award nominees. Images of their covers are located throughout the front of the library. Find them all and choose a book prize!
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Sign up at the library to read 1000 books to your child/ren before they head off to Kindergarten.
Community Service Opportunities
We’re looking for help straightening books, putting up displays, assisting at Farmer’s Market crafts every other month, and helping at Tuesday evening programs.
Please contact Leigh Maynard for information.
Tuesday Evening Programs
Beginning in October, Tuesday evening programs will be held between 4:30 and 6:30 PM. Stay tuned!

All programs are free and open to the public.
Registration requirements are noted where they apply.
*To register for programs: call the library at 746-3663, email, or register online at and click on Library Events Calendar.
If you register, but are unable to attend, please call 746-3663,
so we can free up a space for another child. Thank you.

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Online Resources

We wanted to let you know that we have changed how to access our Online Resources, including Consumer Reports (see all of our Online Resources on this page). All of our resources now use your 14 digit library card number to access each service. If you do not have a 14 digit library card number (or don't know if you do, since you haven't seen your library card in years!), call or stop by the library and we'll fix that.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Summer fun

Note to self:  It's not a good idea to put phone in pocket while riding one's bicycle (even if it's ONLY from work to home...)  Thanks to Karen, my crushed phone was found in front of HR Clough, so I didn't make it very far without losing it.  I have a new cellphone as of last night and I don't know whether I feel amazed or terrified that I was able to transfer everything from the destroyed phone to the new phone in a matter of minutes. 

AND more fun and games in the garden...the woodchuck is gone but...wait for's time for tomato horn worms!!  They are having at tomatoes and peppers, though my valiant farmer of a husband has been hunting them daily.
The good news is that we let milkweed run rampant this year and we have had multitudes of monarch butterflies and now monarch caterpillars munching away and many a cocoon!  Very gratifying.  They particularly like eating their fill of milkweed and migrating over to the still abundant rhubarb and cocooning themselves on the underside of leaves!  Ah nature.  

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday falala

The Summer Reading Program has been and gone.  Kudos to Leigh and Nancy for another great program.  If you haven't seen the rocket ships posted throughout the kids' area and into the community room, check it out.  Each yellow rocket represents one book read by a participant and the orange equals 25 books!  Who says that kids don't read anymore? 

I'm holding onto every last minute of the summer, in full denial of the fact that the days are fleeting.  And the fact that I just got the calendar for 2020 budget preparation from Town Administrator Neal Cass.  Didn't we just finish town meeting...

A couple of quick notes: Girl Scout Emily Ehrmanntraut is collecting non-perishable food items for the food pantry.  There's a box in by the community room hungry for donations.  Library staff will happily deliver donations next door to Slusser. 

Mark your calendars for a couple of upcoming programs:Hope you can make it.  Good weekend to all


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Summertime and the eatin' is easy....blueberry/raspberry tart and if I could make it work, you could click on it to see powdered sugar being sprinkled.  Just imagine it.  Also the blueberry cake in the new Maida Heatter cookbook "Happiness is Baking"--an excellent fun to read cookbook, though I confess I'm not crazy about the drawings.  I much prefer photos.

We just had a visit from a team from the American Library Association in DC accompanied by Michael York and Lorie Fisher from the NH State Library.  They wanted to be enlightened about our lightning.  I hadn't told the story in awhile.  It doesn't get any better. 

Meanwhile, I'm looking for some volunteers for the Hopkinton READS committee and/or a Program Committee.  It's an important part of what we do and help/input from the community is much appreciated.  Give me a holler if you're interested. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Too too Tuesday

Choose a subject, mass shootings, stock market tumble, but no.  How about a fun summer read?  I just put a display up on the kiosk of books with "August" in their titles...pretty clever, huh? "Summer Time and the Reading is Easy." Give them a peak, but mostly, remember that reading a good book can take you anywhere.  How about "English, August" by Upamanyu Chatterjee, an Indian coming of age story, listed as a NY Review of Books classic.  Just the name takes me away...or Faulkner's "Light in August" or "August Moon" by Jess Lourey, a murder by month mystery...Or then there's "The Guns of August."

Or you could re-read some Toni Morrison who is on display as well in one of our RIP displays.  Her obit is with the display.
Tomorrow Congresswoman Annie Kuster will be here at 3pm to tour the library.  She and her family have been regular library users for years.  Her staff also arranged for some donations to the library from the Library of Congress' surplus book collection.

Okay, time to go home to the garden.  Good news, we caught the woodchuck!  The garden looks better already...

Friday, August 2, 2019

August 3, 2018

I couldn't leave today without marking the fact that tomorrow, August 3rd, will mark the one year anniversary of the lightning strike.  I'm not a particularly anxious, hysterical person, but I confess, I'll be happy when 4:30 tomorrow is behind me.  It makes my stomach hurt more than a little bit to think of this time last year.  Still, as I've said probably too many times, we have so much to be thankful for.  No one was hurt and the building was saved and here we are today with a marvelous new space.  Thankful indeed.  Now a trip down memory lane....Enjoy.  Good night and good luck. dvd