July-August 2018 | Volume 11, Issue 4

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Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library

Epping's Public Library
151 Main Street, Epping

734-4587 (Adult Dept.)
679-5944 (Children’s Dept.)
679-5884 (Fax)
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Hours: Monday, Friday – 10 - 5
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 – 8
Saturday – 10 - 2
Sunday – 12 noon - 4

July 4th – Library closed – 4th of July

Upcoming Events at the Library

Story time continues on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 11:15 am, with a new story and craft each week!

July 2: Craft Afternoon: Make a Pet Rock - 2 pm 
Libraries Rock! Come decorate a rock and bring it to life as your cool pet (so easy to care for) and perfect reading companion (they never interrupt). We’ll provide the rocks and supplies, but you’re welcome to go on an adventure beforehand and find a rock of your own to bring! 

July 3: Children's Yoga – 10:30 am
Our popular yoga series continues during summer reading, taught by Kripalu Yoga teacher, Leah Pacione! The class will have a fun musical slant to go with this year’s Summer Reading theme. Mats are provided, or you're welcome to bring your own-- just show up in comfortable clothes, ready to stretch and have fun!

July 6: SPCA Story time – 11 am 
The New Hampshire SPCA will make a visit to the library, featuring some animal friends-- come see what cute creatures they bring this time! We ask that children and adults bring something to donate to the SPCA, such as a can of cat or dog food, dry cat or dog food, etc. 

July 10: Birds of Prey with Jane Kelly – 6:00 pm 
Jane Kelly returns to present live birds and share her knowledge and stories about them. Jane is a federal and state licensed rehabilitator, educator and falconer, specializing in raptors. Jane has always loved birds and became concerned about birds of prey when she found ten owls that had been hit by cars on Route 101. She decided to get involved by bridging the gap for wildlife through education and rehabilitation. She runs a raptor rehabilitation center here in Epping, “On The Wing,” which works with the Veterinary Emergency and Surgery Hospital in Brentwood, NH Fish and Game, Animal Control Officers, Local and State Law Enforcement and the general public.

July 10: Classic Book Group – 7 pm
The Classic Book Group will be meeting to discuss "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne.

July 10: Knitting & Handiwork Group – 6:30 pm 
Bring your knitting projects, cross stitch, embroidery, crocheting, hand-quilting, etc. to socialize and share ideas with other local crafters. All levels of experience welcome!

July 13: Wild About Turtles – 11 am
(Please Register in Advance)  Learn about turtles with Mary "The Turtle Lady" Doane! The program includes storytelling, singing, movement, and creative arts. Enjoy live box turtles, aquatic turtles and our most popular NH native turtle, the Common Snapper. Registration in advance is required, as space is limited!

July 14: Paws to Read - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 
Children of all ages are invited to spend 20 minute sessions reading out loud to Leon the library dog, in order to build confidence and have fun reading in the company of a black lab therapy dog that doesn't judge. Registration in advance is recommended, but it is not required. 

July 16: Craft Afternoon: Instrument Building - 2 pm 
Just in time for the summer concert, we’ll fashion musical instruments out of household objects and common materials. Decorate and create your own instruments-- you can even start a band with your friends! All supplies provided. 

July 17: Children's Yoga – 10:30 am 

July 17:  A Crooked House Movie Night – 7:00 pm 
The Dusty Olde Mystery Group will be hosting a movie night at the library-- read the book if you'd like, or just come to enjoy the film version! 

July 19: Story time Picnic – 11 am 
Join us for a special outdoor story time with picnic treats. Bring a blanket (and stuffed animal!) to sit with and listen to a series of fun stories with music. In the event of rainy weather, we’ll have an indoor picnic! Best for preschool age and younger. 

July 21: Marjorie Senet & Old Time Dave Talmage Concert-3pm 
Our annual outdoor summer concert features the return of two favorite local musicians! Marjorie Senet (of the Trashpickers) and Old Time Dave Talmage (of the New England Bluegrass Band) join to bring you a harmony-driven duo playing Old Time Country and Bluegrass music including favorites by Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and the likes. Instruments will include guitar, fiddle, banjo and autoharp. Great for all ages! Bring some blankets or lawn chairs and grab a spot in the park behind Town Hall, adjacent to the library. The Friends will be selling snacks and used books as well! In the event of rainy weather, we will need to hold the concert inside the library. 

July 24: Craft Afternoon: Cardboard Box Cars– 2 pm 
Turn an ordinary box into a race car! Take it home to read in, pretend you’re racing, or watch movies as if you’re at a drive-in theatre! *Please bring a large box to work with and we’ll supply you with all the accessories and decorations. 

July 24: Contemporary Book Group - 7 pm 

July 26: Game Afternoon - 1 pm
Choose from Scrabble, Cribbage, Mahjong, and there is a variety of other games to play! 

July 27: Lamprey River Nature Program - 11 am 
Have fun learning about and exploring our local river! Suzanne Petersen from the Lamprey River Advisory Committee will share all sorts of interesting facts about the river, using games and real samples of aquatic insects and animals that live there. If the weather is nice, we’ll take a walk down to the river access by the library and see what we can find ourselves! Please be sure children and adults wear sneakers or closed-toe sandals. 

July 30: Race Car Drivers Visit - 2 pm 
Come by the library this afternoon to meet some of the race car drivers from New England Dragway and see the incredible cars they drive, up close! You can even bring the cardboard box racecars you’ve built if you want to show off your skills! 

August 3: Magic Show & End of Summer Reading Party–11am 
Celebrate the end of another fun summer of reading with our favorite humorous magician, David Anderson! See what tricks he has up his sleeve (or in his magic hat) this time! Then we’ll enjoy some treats! 

August 7: Children's Yoga - 10:30 am 

August 8: Knitting & Handiwork Group – 6:30 pm 

August 11: Paws to Read - 10:30 am - 12:30 pm 

August 16: Great Gardens Lecture Series– 7 pm 
Patty Laughlin of Lorax Landscaping gives the latest lecture in her series on gardening: Bulbs – Selecting, Planting & Perpetuating.

August 20, 21: Writing Workshop with Layne Case 
Young adults are welcome to sign up for a two-day workshop with local author and publisher Layne Case to work on an original piece of writing.

August 21: Children's Yoga - 10:30 am 

August 21: Dusty Olde Mystery Group - 7 pm 

August 23: Game Afternoon - 1 pm 

August 28:  Contemporary Book Group - 7 pm