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by Mark Thomas, December 20, .. His book 'Cruising New Hampshire' reads like a tour of the state through the ages, touching on everything from first. “My goal is to create small pieces of beautiful art that people can have in their daily lives. . For some people, these are catchy slogans on a social media meme. Mark Thomas is the featured Pacific Northwest Art Event artist from Monday, January 2, through . They get a tour and they can ask questions and learn more. Mark Seliger for Rolling Stone. So you want the Birdman tour? seen a Broadway show before he was cast as Hamilton nemesis Thomas Jefferson. “I think our goal is to present them as human, and not just the five facts you know I looked like the Michael Jordan crying meme when I first heard this!.
Streaming is, truly, wonderful, but it can be expensive to subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, and all the other services. We have their shows here at the library as soon as they are released. Again, they are handpicked, so no more browsing through hundreds of titles and finding nothing to watch.
We are always happy to help find a DVD to meet your interest, so never hesitate to ask. As librarians, we see deep into the world of authorship, publishing, translation, and distribution. It is a tragic reality that many worthy books will never reach our notice. The only way to find these diamonds is to look for them beyond the best seller lists.
Sure, some will disappoint, but some will go beyond what you or anyone thought was possible with writing. Faulker said that when he first wrote the book he wrote it all between midnight and 4am over 6 weeks, and he never edited a word of it.
Those who did discovered a mainstay of American literature. Here at the Library, We try to fill the shelves with books that Gilford patrons will read. If the books you have been reading are losing their interest for you, maybe it's time to go rogue and try something different.
Go rogue and try Louisa Hall. Each story is a different example of an attempt, successful or not, to communicate. Try a graphic novel biography. Hart and his wife journey through the loss the their child, an experience so indescribable that he attempts to draw it.
The death and birth of hope are vividly portrayed between comics and full page imagery. Try something from the teen room. Young Adult literature can be less reserved about addressing real issues. Zusak is an inventive writer. He experiments with sentence structure and spacing to leverage the meaning of his words.
Its surprising, which is part of the point! There was a polite sign asking for you to forgive us for the mess. Now that it is almost done, it was worth it. There are subcategories for major geographic areas, time periods, military conflicts, and generalized studies. Some books would fit in multiple subcategories, but any of the subcategories is better than the former pile of nondescript numbers.
So take a look! We are getting new non-fiction books everyday. It details how Irish immigrants managed to become central to the growth and cultural identity of Lowell, Massachusetts. She covers some of the most volatile moments in US history and the leaders that helped the nation through them.
It was home to alternating powers making moves throughout the century, and evidence of each resident lingers in the building.
The scope expands to tell the story of power in Europe with a cynical touch.IM GOING ON A WORLD TOUR ! ! !! MARK THOMAS DUHITZMARK
These are just a sampling of the new history books added in the last couple months, come by to see entire new section for yourself! Everyone else seems to be doing it. I saw someone listening to an audiobook while they browsed for audiobooks the other day!
What could be more convenient than having hours and hours of listening downloaded on your phone. Many cars will star playing the audiobook right when you start the car. We get bestselling audiobooks on CDs every week, and they fly off the shelf. The popularity has improved quality, so the apps are getting streamlined and the voice actors sound like Sir Patrick Stewart in some cases they are read by him. Erin has recorded hundreds of audiobooks across genres and has dabbled in voiceovers in TV and video games.
Her voices yes, she does several bring the characters to life. Many of the memoirs are read by the author, which is awesome! Audiobooks are yet another way to enjoy literature. Listeners can rejoice in its current popularity. Notes from the Library by Mark Thomas, October 3, Singing can be a wondrous, healing activity that warms the heart and refreshes the mind.
From idly humming along to a catchy tune to full operatic achievement, singing is an activity that can be enjoyed at all levels. Children start naturally at a young age, and they never need to stop. It can seem intimidating to sing in front of others--what if we sing out of tune, or forget words, or our voices crack, or… NO. Today we are talking about singing self-conscious-less-ly. Jane Ellis will lead a biweekly singing group for people of any ability or disability here at the Library.
She ran a similar program for years at the Taylor Community, and now she wants to bring the idea of an easy-going singing program to the public space. You can hum along, or just listen to familiar songs.
The point is to have an opportunity for people to sing, socialize, and enjoy themselves without any holdups. Jane will bring her full keyboard to play songs from the 30s and 40s up through today. The program is designed for seniors, but it is open to anyone. It is going to meet here at the Library every second and fourth Wednesday from 11ampm starting October 10th. Feel free to stop by at the Library or give us a call if you have any questions. There is no sign-up or commitment, just good tunes!
These green posts with a paragraph or so of white text tell a unique story about an individual or an event that had an impact on history. Collectively, they tell the story of New Hampshire and the impact its citizens have had on the world. Lakes Region native Michael Bruno took it upon himself to write about all about the historical markers. All of their locations are noted in detail, with the inscription plainly written.
They are humble reminders of what has happened and who made things happen, hidden in plain sight. The book brings to light a part of the New Hampshire community that many either know nothing about, or are barely of the extent of the project. Before Michael was an author he served in the U. Army for over 23 years. Remarkably, he has written and sponsored a historic marker himself, commemorating Frances Glessner Lee.
Come hear for yourself about these local remembrances. I am very excited. I am looking forward to continue bringing new and exciting programs to the library such as Spanish Club for 1st-4th graders coming in October. The 1st reader sections has been organized by reading level, and the parenting section is already becoming more usable.
Our little patrons can look forward to their very own reading nook coming soon! This space will help build reading independence for our developing reader while building a positive association with books and libraries.
The benefits of early literacy for kids and families is so well-documented and exciting that we want this motivational program to really take off. Now, I know that you love to come up with new ideas for how to engage children. When I first moved here, I was having a hard time transitioning. When I came to the Library as a patron, though, the Librarian at the time made it feel like home for the first time. The Library can be so much for families. It is a place for parents to rest, for kids to play, for families to meet and realize that parenting is perfectly imperfect despite what social media may suggest.
Life can be silly, and so can books. A place to share love for reading and love for life is what I hope the Library can continue to be for others, as it has been for me.
With you at the desk, I know it will be. Bring in your big bags and fill them! You were busy with work or beaches or life? The young, sheltered Chula is fascinated by her maid-from-the-slums Petrona, just as Petrona is torn between young love, the needs of her family, and her new affection for Chula.
It's a multifaceted story where the description of the setting is as admirable as the tale. Threatened by the possibility of being moved to a more restrictive home, Florence strives to make sense of the confusing irregularities in what she witnesses and what she remembers.
The story is part mystery, part exploration of late-stage life, and part an outpouring of emotion and cliche. The characters are stereotypes, but they are adorable in their roles, and Florence, most of all, has the reader aching for her to be treated with the dignity that she craves.
If you did, however, know that it merits its reputation. She draws upon interviews with victims, police reports, and other evidence dug up by the true crime community. The acclaimed book was finished by another researcher and a colleague, as she passed away before the work was finished.
So many good reads have come out recently or will come out soon, so it is always time to check back in to find a new book for you. Knowing all of this, it is still astounding that New Hampshire once had hundreds-of-thousands-of-sheep roaming the mountains and yielding fur.
For a few decades in the early 19th century the industry boomed, and then crashed almost as quickly. The story is wild, with social consequences that reverberate throughout New England history. The story is so interesting that it should be told.
Steve Taylor is coming to the Library on Thursday, September 13th from 6: The program is a joint effort with the Thompson-Ames Historical Society. Wool production pushed growth in New Hampshire, motivating architectural development as much as stone walls. It was a blip of prosperity that encouraged many to work furiously to make the land hospitable for sheep husbandry. The investments paid off quickly, but they did not last. Economic and industrial forces beyond New Hampshire made for tough competition, and by the late 19th century the industry shrunk to the point that they barely exported.
The Sheep Boom is one of the formative periods in New Hampshire history, and the evidence of it today only begin to tell the whole story. Steve Taylor will help to fill in the gaps in our historical awareness.
Notes from the Library by Mark Thomas, August 28, One of the greatest joys at the Library is when a five-year-old comes to the desk to get their first library card. Often shy, but eager for the privilege and impressed by the responsibility, they scribble their name and dream of taking books out themselves. They comment on how nice the building is almost every time.
Do you let people borrow that GoPro?! September is here again! Tell your friends, tell your family, and tell your neighbors that now is better than ever to start using the Library. We want to add to the fun of sharing the joys of using the Library by trying a referral reward this September. When you refer someone to the Library and they mention it as they sign up throughout the month, your name will go in a drawing for a gift certificate to the new Village Store, which will official open in a couple weeks.
Everyone who signs up for a first time library card in September will go into another Village Store gift certificate drawing. To get a library card you need to pay property taxes in town, live in town, go to school in town, or work in town. If none of those apply, you can purchase a non-resident card, which is good for two years. If you do, celebrate! There are so many wonderful connections between people and organizations throughout town that it seems worth celebrating as part of this annual tradition.
The Library is heavily involved, as usual, with a major book and pie sale put on by the Friends of the Gilford Public Library, the pre-sale of Old Home Day T-Shirts and hats, and a dynamite parade float. Be sure to wave when we come by with the float this year.
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As ever, you will be able to pick us out by the small army of children helping to hand out candy and books. Friday evening from pm and again on Saturday from 9am-2pm. The Friends do an amazing job putting the sales together. Anyone who has tried it can tell you that it is so It gives you boost of energy you need to peruse the thousands of bargain books available at the book sale. Something like the 10th Anniversary Party a couple weeks ago or Old Home Day happening the next couple of days takes a lot of work.
Too much work, you could say, for organizations like the Gilford Public Library to participate in. We are diligent workers, but keeping the library moving is full time work already. We need help, and the community does what it can to provide. Thank you, to all of the volunteers that work selflessly to make our community a better, brighter place to be!
The whole high school Boys Soccer Team usually comes out to help move the dozens of boxes of books for the book sale. The Friends of the Gilford Public Library consistently donate, volunteer, and organize programs to support the library and the community. Not enough thanks can really be given.
Nevertheless, there are always volunteer opportunities at the Library for this and other events, so just come by and ask about how you can help too.
In the end, the work is well worth it. It takes a village to celebrate a village, and as part of the village, we hope to see you there! Notes from the Library by Mark Thomas, August 16, You may have seen the strange light up magic box buzzing like a spaceship near the paper printer at the Library.
Well, it's not a magic box, though the technology can seem that way--its a 3D printer. Once again, the Friends have made a major contribution to the educational and creative potential of the Library, so thanks to them for making dreams come true. The printer itself is a really, really accurate hot glue gun that squirts, in this case, fancy plastic.
Since it comes out in a line, the software needs to tell the printer where to spread the line. So when we tell the printer to make a 3D house prototype, we really tell it to squirt from point A to point B, to point C, and on, layer by layer, until it's done. One of the distinguishing features of this printer is that it has two nozzles. That means we can print in two colors, materials, or even use a water-soluble material for the support structure, leaving just the model you wanted after a good soak.
You can 3D print at the Library right now! Just bring a digital 3D model in, make one on one of our computers, or find one online. The only cost is to compensate for the materials used. So come by and try out this new tech! Feel free to ask any questions.
Make a decoration for the house, a specialized tool, a replica lightsaber for an escape room at the library yes we did that. Boldly we go, unto the future. On the one hand it feels like the opening just happened. On the other hand it feels like the fond memories of the old location are from BC.
Its our tenth anniversary here, and we intend to bring the house down not literally… we are celebrating the building as much as the experiences after all.
This is a celebration for all of the donors that made the new building possible. All of the library trustees, staff, Friends of the Gilford Public Library, and volunteers can celebrate and be celebrated.
Every patron, of the thousands and thousands of people who have visited the library, has contributed to making the Library what it has been and what it is now; you too are celebrated. The Shindig is August 9th.
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We love programs that combine wellness, education, and fun, and this hike will surely deliver on all three. After the warmup, the real party begins at 4pm.
We put the Summer Reading Finale together with the Anniversary Party together with a musical performance. The Summer Reading Program has been fabulous this year, and the finale party is a chance to recognize participants of all ages for their reading passion.
There will be a weather permitting cookout, games for all ages, crafts, people, music, and happiness. The music is the biggest draw of all. Katie Dobbins will surround the library with her energetic and elegant guitar and voice performance. She is vocal about the benefits of being free spirited and letting go of worry--something we can get behind on the day of celebration.
Check out her music at katiedobbinsmusic. She grew up here in Gilford and she performs in the area frequently even though she is branching out to venues far beyond the local scene. This event will be something to remember. Go readers, go libraries, go us! Notes from the Library by Mark Thomas, July 27, Get out your white jeans, your roll necks, your oversized coats and your undersized dresses, you and your friends and family are getting sent back to the 80s to relive one of the most bizarre decades in human history.
Madonna on the walls, hair bands playing, infomercials looping, it's a throwback nightmare, but by working with others you can The library is hosting an Escape the 80s escape room where groups of up to 8 people get to find clues, solve puzzles, and make it back to the present, or else be trapped in the 80s forever! Be awash in 80s pop culture as you laugh, think, and reminisce with others.
You sign up for a time spot. Coordinate with friends and family to fill a time spot 8 peopleor have a chance to work with others who sign up for the same time. Observe your wacky surroundings to find clues, open locks, solve riddles, and escape! Make your back to good old When we first learned the Summer Reading Program Theme, we knew that we would need to maximize our pun equity. A geology hike with Dan Tinkham on Piper Mountain. Dan Tinkham has lead geology hikes before and they rock too.
He is a professional hydrogeologist with decades of experience, stories, and a natural enthusiasm. Hiking with Dan is like having a personal narrator describing how the world you are walking on was formed.
He goes beyond the describing the various surface materials to explain how they came to be, why they are in that shape, and he pauses to explain what the glaciers were up to ages ago so that you can catch your breath. Those who have hiked Piper mountain know that it is a gorgeous hike, with a few moderate ascents, but a spectacular view with an open, rocky top. It has the iconic stone bench you may have seen pictured.
It is a true hike, so proper footwear and supplies should be used. Sign up is required, so get in touch with us at the Gilford Public Library to get your name in. Glassley bears witness to plate tectonics and other natural phenomena that rock the mind. You can consider it a staff recommendation for the Summer Reading Program!
Notes from the Library by Mark Thomas, July 12, It the perfect time of year to talk about our favorite cold weather tradition. The toil that we admire, learn from, as it keeps us warm and snug. Its history is a patchwork from across the world, wherever cold needed to be fought with cloth and a caring hand.
The art of patience, of lore, of tradition, and of love. Melodrama aside, quilting is far more than what your aunt does to occupy her hands as she watches TV. It has a history as an American tradition, though there have been quilters in many world cultures. Pam Weeks is coming to the Library this Tuesday, July 17th from 6: This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, a consistent source of quality programing.
She explains that quilting is a tradition of service, and that its history is full of myths and misinformation. Based on what Pam and the other participants bring, Pam may speak in greater detail about historical fashion, the Colonial Revival, quilting during the Civil War, and other relevant topics.
This program is free and open to the public. Quilters are sure to be inspired by the presentation. Ever find that it's easier to focus on a book with some soft rhythm going in the background?
Music and reading share more than we sometimes realize, and the experience of one can influence the other. Just walk past the Storytime Room and hear Miss Maria singing a book to a group of toddlers mouthing along to know what I mean. All of these articles, in fact, are written to the soft sounds of lo-fi chillhop. If you had walked into the Teen Room during our book talks a few days ago you would have heard me rapping before a group of middle schoolers. Light topics, heavy topics, they have their own deliberate pace and punctuation.
It's a wonderful thing, the relation between music and reading. The kids will have a chance to catch their breath before musician Joanie Leeds puts them in stitches again on July 11th from pm. Their authentic West African drumming is loud, fascinating, and the kind of fun that gets you out of your chair to dance.
Pulling the summer together, Katie Dobbins will play at the Summer Reading Finale on August 9th from pm that is also the 10th anniversary party. Speaking of libraries rocking, during the week of July 23rd children will be able to make rock candy and paint rocks while adults can join in with the Geology Hike being led by Dan Tinkham.
We may rock, but we are not above obvious puns. Notes from the Library by Mark Thomas, June 28, What is a fun activity for all ages, almost all skill levels, gets you outside, that you can do alone or with others, and is totally free? We cannot print the Belknap Hiking Trail Maps fast enough to meet demand.
Just yesterday we spoke with patrons about where to go. Got young kids or knee pain and looking for a view? Got active kids who like to hop on rocks? Ramp it up to Rowe, Belknap, Gunstock, Whiteface, or any combination of the lot. You can even start hiking right from the Library parking lot! The White Mountains are a step up from the Belknaps in challenge, majesty, and risk. From experience, I can say that there is nothing like hiking above the treeline.
It is not fun, however, to get caught out in bad weather to perish from exposure. With a new year, we are presented with an opportunity to make a success plan which will help us achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. A new year gives us a chance to renew our commitment to our business and to working hard at being our best selves. One of the ways I start out each day is with positive affirmations, but I also look for a quote from others that can help me start my day in the right way and the right frame of mind.
These are some of my favorites that will help you get the year started in a positive way. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
And guess what they have planned for you? People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now.
Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy.
If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you're not going to be very happy. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
I've lost almost games. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Your responsibility is to create joy. This is to have succeeded. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.
Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.
Glasgow "Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat. Forbes "Action is the foundational key to all success. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. Try to please everybody. Swope "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction. Smith "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.
You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. I never gave or took any excuse. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. And then you have to play better than anyone else. Wooden "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down. Kettering "The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.
Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.