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

Friday, July 26, 2019

Friday Felicitations

Summertime is a wonderful time to be in the library.  Teen volunteers are doing wonderful work making the Summer Reading Program a great success and having a bit of fun themselves.  As ever, Leigh is delivering a first-rate set of programs with this year's "A Universe of Stories."  Check out the pics of the Stuffed Animal Sleepover on our webpage.  Who knows what happens in the library at night?

And this time of year also brings the announcements of the finalists for the Man Booker Prize, an event I always look forward to.  Apparently Margaret Atwood is vying with Salman Rushdie with their two newest offerings. A sequel to "Handmaid's Tale" called "The Testaments" for Atwood and "Quichotte" for Rushdie about a traveling salesman who drives across the US.  Are we to think this is "Don" Quichotte?  Don't know.  (Yes, I know, the spelling's not the same.)  Those titles come out in September, but also on the list is one that I've been wanting to read titled, of all things, "My Sister, The Serial Killer" about two siblings in Nigeria.  I've heard great things about it, including the Times saying it's "a bombshell of a book==sharp, explosive and hilarious."  That could do it for me these days.

Buffalo is a great, perfectly scaled  city by the way, with a beautiful public garden designed by Frederick Law Olmstead of Central Park fame.  Lots of gardens and excellent food and a diverse population.  Speaking of gardens, mine beckons to me.  Anyone know what to do to get rid of a woodchuck. Sigh.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Thursday thoughts

It continues to feel so wonderful to be back in our own space, though I did go back to Slusser to see old friends and partake in Senior Lunch, senior that I am.  It is especially heartening to see how well-received the Slusser Study rooms are, for individual study, tutoring and meetings.
The cafe also is a hit, though it's also causing some frustration.  Money has been taken from our cash box and many seem to think our potables are free, though the poster says $1 for coffee, tea and hot chocolate.  Speaking to some other library directors has revealed that this challenge is universal and universally annoying.  Still I love seeing people as below reading and sipping away!  Would it be a good use of staff time to have them selling k-cups and tea, i.e. keeping it all behind the Welcome Desk?  Somehow that seems to defeat the purpose...
This weekend will find me wending my way to Buffalo to deliver my daughter to her new place.  We'll listen to Diane Setterfield's "Once Upon a River" an epic mystery/fantasy/thriller.  Not my usual  fare, but nicely written, long and engaging.  Good for a seven hour drive.  And I'm reading "Case Histories" by Kate Atkinson.  I've read much of her work, but none of her Jackson Brodie, Private Investigator series.  Since her fifth in that series "Big Sky" just came out, I thought I should get shaking.  Stay cool this weekend...

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Warm on Wednesday

but not at the library....Come in here to cool down!  You can thank Janet DeVito for this post.  She made my day this afternoon when she told me how much she missed my blog.  I confess, I never thought I would blog and used it only as a vehicle for giving those interested updates on our building project.  That said, it was a cathartic and thoroughly enjoyable undertaking.  So perhaps I'll get back to it.  Not with the regularity of our post lightning days, but from time to time. 

Today I will share a paragraph just drafted for what will be our new brochure.  The previous statement about the library was a bit anemic, and perhaps the below is too much, but it may be of interest to some.  So here it is...

The original library in Contoocook was organized in 1871, the same year as the Hopkinton Village Library was founded.  From the 1920s to the 1950s the Contoocook Library was housed in the railroad station and in space in the Curtice block nearby.  In 1959, the new Bates Library on Main Street in Contoocook was dedicated.  The Hopkinton Village Library was located in the Antiquarian Society from 1892 to 1994, at which time all library services were centralized in Contoocook. Soon after, Bates was determined to be too small to meet needs.  After a community wide planning and resource development effort, a new 10,000 square foot facility was built on the former Houston Farm property in 1998.  Our new space features meeting rooms, reading porches, public computers, a cafĂ© and quiet study rooms.  Extensive renovations, including energy efficiency measures, were completed after a lightning strike in 2018. 

I don't have a library picture to share, but instead will share a pic of the chocolate Pavlova I made for my daughter's birthday this past weekend.  It was amazing, if I do say so myself...That's a chocolate meringue nest, filled with mousse.  Be still my heart.