May-June 2019| Volume 12, Issue 3

Newsletter Schedule

Have we missed your group or event? Please let us know. Our purpose is to include as many Epping groups and events as possible.

The next issue (July-Aug) of this newsletter will be available in early August 2019. We will accept submissions through June 25, 2019 to be included in the next issue. Please send your content, including contact information, for consideration by using the CONTACT US section of our web site or by emailing us.

Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library

Epping's Public Library
151 Main Street, Epping

734-4587 (Adult Dept.)
679-5944 (Children’s Dept.)
679-5884 (Fax)
Youth Dept. e-mail:
Youth Dept. Facebook page:

Hours: Monday, Friday – 10 - 5
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 – 8
Saturday – 10 - 2
Sunday – 12 noon - 4

Closed: May 27th – Memorial Day

Upcoming Events at the Library

Museum Passes Available at Your Library

Your library has more to offer than just books and movies! You can get free or reduced admission to local museums including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the New England Aquarium, Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, Children’s Museum in Dover, Seacoast Science Center in Rye, the Currier Museum of Art and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

Call ahead or come in to the library to get a pass for your next museum visit.

Upcoming Events at the Library

The Library is excited about the planned new addition to be built this summer!  Beginning Wednesday, May 1st, the Library will be closed for about three weeks while we move operations into the Epping Community Church (4 Pleasant Street), where we'll be located until the library addition is finished this autumn. We hope to open at the church on Wednesday, May 22nd, where we’ll continue to run our regular and special programs and have our most popular books and DVD’s available, plus be adding new materials.

The Friends of the Library will meet Monday, May 6th at 7 pm. 

The next Great Gardens session will be Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 pm, at the Harvey-Mitchell Library, despite the move. Patty Laughlin of Lorax Landscaping continues to present helpful information for local gardeners with her program, “Invasive Plants, Part I.”

For those who have signed up for the Zentangle Class on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:00 pm, please note the class will take place at the Epping Community Church. 

The Dusty Olde Mystery Book Group will meet to discuss “Full Dark House” by Christopher Fowler on Wednesday, May 21st at 7 pm.

The Library will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th

The Contemporary Book Group will meet to discuss “Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase” by Louise Walters on Wednesday, May 28th at 7 pm.

The Friends of the Library will meet Monday, June 3rd at 7 pm. 

Have some familiarity with guitar and are interested in learning some basic finger picking techniques?  David B. Holmes will be teaching a two-part Beginning Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop that covers various styles, including clawhammer and Travis picking, as well as other practical tips. This workshop is perfect for an adult or teen who can bring an acoustic guitar and is able to play at least a few chords. Each session will be 90 minutes long; attendance of the first session is required to participate in the second. The workshops will be Tuesday evenings on June 4th and 11th, beginning at 6 pm.  Registration is required as space will be limited

Great Gardens session, “Invasive Plants, Part II” will be on Saturday, June 8th from 10 am - 12 pm. This field session will take place at a location TBA. 

The Dusty Olde Mystery Book Group will meet to discuss “Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled” by Dorothy Gilman on Tuesday, June 18th at 7 pm.

The Contemporary Book Group will meet on Wednesday, June 25th at 7 pm.

The Library's Summer Reading Program begins on Tuesday, June 25th! At 11:00 am, we'll kick off the popular kids' program with an outer-space themed concert by Diane and Bob Kordas, accompanied by some of Diane’s wonderful handmade puppets. Diane presents music with lots of audience participation, using a variety of instruments for all to discover musical fun in the Library – everyone can play along and sing along!  Diane has been performing music for children and families since 1992 and puppet shows since 1998. Her classic and original stories with puppets, music, humor and audience participation are enjoyed by children and families at libraries, schools, outdoor events, parties, daycares and preschools throughout New England.

On Friday, June 28th at 11:00 am, have fun learning about and exploring our local river!  Suzanne Petersen from the Lamprey Rivers 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.

All events are free and open to the public. Contact us with any questions at 603-734-4587 or at Look for more upcoming events on Instagram @hmmlibrary and at

From the Friends of the Library

"Center of the Universe Chili & Beer Fest" 

(Still working out the event name)
When: November 9, 2019
Where:  New England Dragway
Time:  12:00 - 3:00 pm

The Friends of the Library group are looking for local people who make a killer chili as well as any local nonprofit groups, churches, police and fire departments and yes our Scouts. Holy Grail, Popovers, Ryan's Place, Roselynn, Telly's, etc. to step up and enter a chilli or help in any other way to make our upcoming event a huge success!

Greg and Jane’s will bring the libations and local brewers to the beer tent.

There will be wristbands and a price for the beer and chili tasters, 21 years or older, as well as a discounted price for children and designated drivers.  If you don't drink, there will be a price to just come in and vote.

There will be prizes for People’s Choice in a couple of categories.

We would love to have a group of local musicians contact us if you can donate your time and maybe come together for a jam session – we love your music!

We need our big businesses here in town like Lowe's, Walmart, Market Basket, Hurlbert Toyota, Epping Health, Bluebird Storage and on and on to donate goods like beer tasting glasses, chili tasting cups, spoons, posters, banners etc. Write a generous check and we will do all the hard work.

We know that your life is busy with work and family,  but Scarecrow Contests, Parades, Dances, 5K Races, Canoe races, Highnote, Rodeos and now a Chili and Beer Festival here in our own town, do a lot to build a caring community. There is enough hate and bullying in this world so let's work hard to have some fun here and get to really know each other.  Many were born here, but even more moved here because we love the town.

We still need people to pull this event together so please contact the library or call Eunice Miller at 300-0064 to give your name and contact information.

We are looking to have our local community events, including those that we sponsor, bring you all out for some fun. TOGETHER!

Our library is a very busy place, offering spaces to meet, learn and work in and with our addition getting even closer we want to offer a beautiful space for our residents to enjoy even more. The money for the addition is for just that.  With this fundraiser we hope to do our part, with your support.