Monday, April 6, 2015

Kimball Library News 4/6/15



VACATION WEEK EVENTS: Join us April 27 - May 1 to participate in our spring vacation activities.  All these events require registration and we have something for everyone from grades K- 12.  Note: If the event becomes overfilled, Atkinson residents have priority.  For a full list of the programs, please refer to our website.

Please note that Mother Goose on the Loose will be happening on Thursday ONLY at 10:30am that week.  Our regular story hours (Bitty Books, Kiddie Lit, PJ Peeps) take the week off in lieu of the special happenings.

‘SWEET SPRING’ CUPCAKE WARS (Grades 4-12): This ‘sweet’ contest will take place on Tuesday, April 28th, starting at 6:30pm for youth in grades 4-12.  Registration is required.

CUPCAKE WAR PARTICIPATION RULES:  
1. All youth in grades 4-12 may register.   
2. Each participant must prepare 12 undecorated cupcakes prior to the event.  You must bring all your decorating tools and supplies. 
3. AT the event, you’ll have 30 minutes to decorate them all. TWO of the cupcakes selected by you will be used for judging.   
4. Two of the cupcakes will be used for judging—the other portion will be shared with other contestants and judges.   
5. Cupcakes will be judged on the following criteria: appearance, taste, creativity, clean station, and presentation to judges. Participant may make any flavor of cupcake desired but, please stay within the theme of the event 'Sweet Spring!”

*The winner will get a 'sweet' prize.  Parents, this is for the youth and supposed to be fun and not highly competitive.  The t/weens are expected to do their own baking and decorating.  If you have additional questions about this event, please ask Kathy Watson, Youth Services Director.

MEMOIR WRITING, TWO-PART SERIES:  Join us at Kimball Library on Wednesday, April 29th, from 6:30-7:30pm, and then meet again at Plaistow Public Library on June 3rd for this exciting opportunity.  You must be available to attend both workshops to register.  Registration is required on the Kimball Library website or by phone to the Kimball Library.

Thatcher Freund, a noted memoir writer and journalist, will conduct two one-hour seminars on the fundamentals of memoir writing, including techniques for recalling important memories and how to describe them in compelling ways. 

Because we remember our lives as a series of scenes that tell stories, memoir is a superb format to learn the elements of good writing.  By stressing the importance of ideas and the use of details that bring scenes to life, Thatcher helps participants gain the confidence to write their own stories. 

Thatcher is a graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia School of Journalism, and has lived in New England off and on for the last twenty years.  His published work includes a book, Objects of Desire: The Lives of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them, which follows the lives of three pieces of American furniture from their creation in the 18th Century to their sales at Sotheby’s some 250 years later.  

Besides conducting writing workshops, Thatcher speaks on the subject of why our stories matter so much, and helps people to write their own memoirs.   You can read more about Thatcher's work at his website, thatcherfreund.com 

MORE INFO: Our calendar on the website has detailed information on these events and many others you may have missed reading about.  Go to www.kimballlibrary.com and not only read the posts on the page, but also click the calendar icon and see each event for the month and months to come.  Please also ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  You may call us Monday-Friday from 10-8 and on Saturday from 10-3 at 603.362.5234.

Kimball Library News 3/30/15



VACATION WEEK EVENTS: There’s a cursory summary below of our vacation week events.  A few activities will be highlighted over next few weeks in future articles.  Please note that Mother Goose on the Loose will be happening on Thursday at 10:30am that week.  Our regular story hours (Bitty Books, Kiddie Lit, PJ Peeps) take the week off in lieu of the special happenings below.

Join us April 27 - May 1 to participate in our spring vacation activities.  All these events require registration and we have something for everyone from grades K- 12.  Note: If the event becomes overfilled, Atkinson residents have priority.

Shoe Box City (Grades K-5) on Monday, April 27, 6:30pm-7:30pm:  Do you like where you live? Would you rather live in a city? Would you like a park in your yard, or a pond? How about a high-rise building with lots of windows? Could you design something you'd like better? Come give it a try and make dreams happen!  Using scissors, paper, markers, odds & ends, come design your favorite spot, right in a shoebox.  To help us, please bring your own big shoebox.

It's a ZOO here! (Ages 3 - 8) on Tuesday, April 28, 10:15am-11:00am OR 11:30am-12:15pm: It's time to go to the zoo. Today, we have a zoo right here with animals to make and decorate. There's a good story to hear and then it’s time to feed the elephant!

Sweet Spring Cupcake Wars (Grades 4-12) on Tuesday, April 28, 6:30pm:  Check our website for participation rules.  The winner will get a 'sweet' prize.  Parents, this is for kids and supposed to be fun and not highly competitive.  The t/weens are expected to do their own baking and decorating.

Snap Circuits Lab (Grades 3-6) on Wednesday, April 29, 6:30pm-7:45pm:  Because the projects are arranged in order of complexity, kids can build on their skills as they progress through the manual. The lessons start out with a simple electric light and switch project that demonstrates how electricity is turned on and off with a switch. Further along, kids can put together a two-speed fan, create clap-controlled sounds, and more. The lab will give opportunity to explore and build in step by step fashion with the help of the facilitator. 

Fly Into Spring (Grades K-5) on Wednesday, April 29, 6:30pm-7:30pm:   Let's fly into spring with a butterfly themed event.   Join us to read stories that fly high and even make your own butterfly and flower!

Ultimate Lego Challenge (Grades 1-5) on Thursday, April 30, 6:30pm-7:30pm:  Join us to participate in the ultimate Lego challenge.  We’ll build each challenge individually and then spend the second half of the evening building a group project!

Sofia the First Royal Party (Ages 4-8) on Friday, May 1, 10:30am-11:30am:  Calling all princes and princesses! Join us for a Sofia The First royal party. Wear your royal robes to read a story, watch an episode of Sofia The First, and make your very own crown. 
 
WE GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS:  The Friends of Kimball Library are an amazing group of motivated volunteers.  Without them, we would be unable to provide all the great and varied speakers, workshops, and youth events that we do.  Every month they gather to discuss the business of how to fundraise and support the library in a myriad of ways.  They also take time out for some social events, too.  Consider being part of their workforce by dropping in for one of their monthly meetings that typically happens on the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting at 10:30am.  This month on April 15th would be a great time to start!

MORE INFO: Our calendar on the website has a plenty of information on these events and many others you may have missed reading about.  Go to www.kimballlibrary.com and not only read the posts on the page, but also click the calendar icon and see each event for the month and months to come.  Please also ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  You may call us Monday-Friday from 10-8 and on Saturday from 10-3 at 603.362.5234.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kimball Library News 3/23/15



APRIL TEEN BOOK DISCUSSION: Register grades 9-12 for the Wednesday, April 8 discussion at 6:30pm of ‘Out of the Easy’ by Ruta Sepetys.  It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny. Friends are welcome.  Books are available at the front desk.

MARY TODD LINCOLN, WIFE AND WIDOW: Join us on Tuesday, April 14th, from 6:30-8:00pm to delve into the life of Mary Toddy Lincoln.  Living historian, Sally Mummey, portrays Mary Todd Lincoln as she muses on her life from her dreams as a girl to her years as First Lady during the Civil War.   Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of her life with President Lincoln and the events of that evening in Ford's Theatre when the assassin's bullet not only changed the course of the nation, but destroyed her life as well.  From the opulence of the White House to the dregs of obscurity, Mrs. Lincoln lived out her life struggling with affliction and tragedy.  With wit and heartbreak, seasoned with abiding love for her husband and her children, Mrs. Lincoln reveals the passionate humanity of a misunderstood woman. Reduced to obscurity, Mrs. Lincoln lived out the remainder of her life a troubled widow – disillusioned, isolated, friendless, and overshadowed by her husband’s legacy. 

April 15, 2015 marks the 150 Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination.  This insightful program is made possible by a grant from the NH Humanities Council.  This is also sponsored by the Friends of the Kimball Library.  Light refreshments will be served.

SPRING BOOK SALE: We’ll be hosting a spring book sale on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 – 3:00.  Books, DVDs, music, and audio books will be available.  Hardcover fiction & non-fiction books are $2.00 each or 3 or $5.00. Fiction & non-fiction paperbacks are .50 - $1.00 each.  DVDs & music are $1.00 - $2.00 each.  Audio books range from $1.00 - $3.00 each.  Children’s books are .50 for hardcover & .25 for paperbacks.  Some collector & autographed books are priced individually.  For more information or directions please contact the Kimball Library staff@kimballlibrary.com, 603 362-5234 or www.kimballlibrary.com. (Keep those donations coming!)

STAY TUNED: Next up, VACATION WEEK activities!  Keep your eyes peeled in the newspaper or look ahead on our website!

MORE INFO: Our calendar on the website has a plethora of information on these events and many others you may have missed reading about.  Go to www.kimballlibrary.com and not only read the posts on the page, but also click the calendar icon and see each event for the month and months to come.  Please also ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  You may call us Monday-Friday from 10-8 and on Saturday from 10-3 at 603.362.5234.