Monday, July 21, 2014

Kimball Library News 7/14/14

CHANGE of PLANS regarding ‘CIRCUITS’ ~ We are hosting an event for ages 10-19 on Tuesday, July 29, at 6:30pm.  Originally the plan was making a ‘squishy circuit’.  As of today, the plan is now “Farm Clocks”.  Same time, same channel.  J Want to learn more? Read on!

FARM CLOCKS is a unique event exploring circuits and making clocks using either farm fruits or vegetables.  Are you curious about experimenting with electronics, but the fear of electric shock or soldering iron burns keep you away? Why not try vegetable/fruit clock circuits?  It uses apples, potatoes, pears, etc. to power clocks which will last as long as your fruits and vegetables do! By the end of the event, you'll end up with a farm clock of your own to take home. Want to continue using your awesome creation? Just replace the fruits/vegetables.  Want to know more? It won't be fun if we tell you everything, will it?  Register and see!

This event is for registered Atkinson residents first, and then a day before the event friends and guests are welcome if there is available space.  Our guest scientist for the evening is Craig Richard.  Thanks to the Friends of Kimball Library for sponsoring this scientifically healthy event!

FIZZ BOOM ‘That Crazy Sock Catapult’! ~ Bring in a funky mismatched pair of socks to use for this special project. Build a small catapult and then test it yourself! Just fling those crazy socks into the wild outdoors! Compete against your friends to see who can send those socks flying farther! You just might be a winner of this epic contest! 

When is this crazy sock madness?  Register in advance and attend on Monday, July 28th, at 6:30pm sharp!  This goofy night is especially for children in grades K-5.

SUMMER SATURDAYS ~ We know that our patrons love spending their summer days soaking up the sun and reading great books!  To celebrate your love for the books of summer, Kimball Library will stay open from 10am-3pm on Saturdays during the summer.  Drop by for those last minute book, music, and movie selections! Are you looking for a suggestion? Ask our staff! We would love to help you find some new literary adventures.

KEEP IN TOUCH ~ Come in to the library and realized you’ve missed one of our spectacular events? Don’t worry, you’ll never miss another one again.  We post about all of our events on our Facebook page, our twitter account and on our website!

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at

Kimball Library News 7/7/14

CHANGE of PLANS~ The July evening BOOK DISCUSSION of ‘Sumner Island’ has been changed from July 15 to July 22nd because the author of the book of the month will be joining us.

Take a peek inside~ A trip to Sumner Island for a séance is right up historian Mitch's alley, but something is awry, the magnificent hotel at the island's center seems to keep changing...

Local author, Michael Cormier, will available to discuss this great summer read.  We always welcome newcomers to the group, and this is the perfect month to try us out.  Ask for a copy of the book of the month at the front desk.  If you don’t have a chance to read it, feel free to drop by and listen to the conversation and meet the author.

SPARK A CRIME~ The t/weens will have an opportunity on Tuesday, July 22nd, to learn and experience a bit of forensics with our guest scientist, Steve Theberge.

The query of the evening is ‘Whodunit’?  Help solve a crime by identifying types of ink using chromatography.  This is a teen-friendly crash course in forensics.  Please limit registration to youth ages 10-19. (Residents only, until the day before the event.)

T/WEENS enrolled in the ‘Spark a Reaction’ reading program: As always, REGISTER & ATTEND teen events gets you two raffle tickets!

WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM~ Join Valentine & Sons Seed Company and discover 'Where Your Food Comes From' with the Gardening Rocks Mobile Farm. This program is designed to show children in grades K-6 where the food they eat really comes from.  They will be able to go home with something they really planted and watch it grow.

*Register youth in grades K-6 to attend on Wednesday, July 23, at 6:30pm. We are most thankful that this gardening event is graciously sponsored by the Atkinson Garden Club.

* Please respect our age restrictions.  Due to space restrictions this event is limited to residents only. 

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at

Monday, July 7, 2014

Kimball Library News 6/30/14

Each week we’ll continue to offer up what’s in the queue for preschool, elementary, middle and high school ages for the summer.  Please remember to first register for summer reading as a whole and then register for each individual event that you plan to attend. 

FIZZ BOOM BUILD that SOUND!  Come make a home instrument then join in our band and hear the sweet sounds of music all around! Hopefully it will be just perfect for a courtyard concert outside! Kazoos and all!  Register children entering grades K-5 to join in the fun.  The ruckus will be happening on Monday, July 16th, at 6:30pm.

SPARK A CANDLE!  Teens and tweens from ages 10-19 will be making sparks and candles on Tuesday, July 15th, at 6:30pm along with Kathy Watson from Kimball Library and Carolyn Nenart from the Wenham Museum. 

Can you make a spark or a flame from flint?  You’ll get an opportunity to try.  (It’s a lot harder than it looks).  Be prepared to make a sand candle as well as one other candle of your choice with a funky geometric design.  Keep them because they’re cool or give them away as gifts. 

Please respect our age restrictions and this event is for residents only as we are nearly full with Atkinson youth.  Registration in advance is required.

The above entertaining programs are free of charge and sponsored by the Friends of the Kimball Library. 

On Wednesday, July 16th, at 6:30pm the AWCC is generously sponsoring “Science Isn’t Always Pretty” at Atkinson Academy.  This show is being performed by the popular and amazing Keith Michael Johnson who dazzled us in the fall with a sold-out show with bubbles. 

This beguiling program hits youth where they live.

We cover a lot of ground, from snake skins to simple machines, superstitions to Isaac Newton. Each topic builds upon the last until we realize: 1. Science is simply the way we describe why things happen and how stuff works.  2. We don’t have to wait to become scientists before we can start enjoying science.

The long-time success of ‘Science Isn’t Always Pretty’ hinges on 50 minutes of audacious show & tell, outrageous facts, scatology & more.
We’ll meet a famous scientist (Antoine Lavoisier), dissect an owl pellet to see what it ate for lunch, chemically conjure a batch of Slime (solid or liquid?) to see how well it flies, and break the sound barrier with an everyday machine that travels over 900 miles an hour.
Celebrate investigation & out-of-the-box questions in pursuit of a love of science.

Once again, this event is open to all ages (geared for ages 6 and up) and will take place at 6:30pm at Atkinson Academy. Please register.  Non-residents are welcome.

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at