Sunday, December 7, 2014

Kimball Library News 12/8/14



SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN:  Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it!  Mark this date and time—Tuesday, December 16th, at 11:15am.  A special North Pole visitor will be coming to Kimball Library!  Santa is making a special trip to visit our preschool story time children.  Guests that are not enrolled in classes may join us at 11:15am.  Santa likes to read to us, and he is available for listening to children’s wishes.  Registration is not required for this one-time event.  Bring your camera!  Non-residents are welcome to see Santa, too. 

ME BEFORE YOU: Join the lively evening book discussion on Tuesday, December 16th, to discuss the wildly popular ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes.  As inspiring as it is heartbreaking, ‘Me Before You’ is Jojo Moyes's international bestselling breakout novel—and the captivating tale of two people whose improbable romance sets them both free.  Books are available at the front desk—or just come listen to the discussion.  Newcomers are welcomed and encouraged. 

KNITWITS & DABBLERS: We have several groups that meet weekly that share a common interest.  For those who like to knit, the KnitWits meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am, and for those who like painting or crafts, the Dabblers meet on Thursday mornings at 10:15am.  You do not need a special skill set to join these gatherings.  Everyone is very friendly and will encourage you.  Stop in to say hello and think about making this part of your weekly routine.

PRESCHOOL CLASS BREAK:  Please note that our preschool classes (Mother Goose on the Loose, Bitty Books, Kiddie Lit, and PJ Peeps) will be taking a holiday break from December 22nd-January 4.   All classes will resume the first week of January in 2015.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS: The library will be open from 10am-2pm on Wednesday, December 24th and closed on Thursday, December 25, 2014.  We will be open on Wednesday, December 31st from 10am-3pm, and closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015.  Whatever holidays or traditions you are celebrating this month we wish you the happiest ever!  We certainly celebrate all our faithful patrons. 

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at kimballlibrary.com, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at staff@kimballlibrary.com.  We also have some great pictures our facebook page.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kimball Library News 12/1/14



DROP N’ SHOPS CONTINUED:  Mark your calendar now for the following dates and times so you can register your children for December 6, 13, and 20 from 10:30am-12:30pm.  We are definitely “Santa’s Elves” for your **kids ages 6 and up.  We’ll occupy them with fun activities while you shop or wrap gifts.  Each Saturday will host a different teacher and unique projects.  Please send them with simple snacks and spill-proof beverages.  You’ll fa la la la la all the way home! 

**All 'Drop 'n Shop' participants must be at least 6 years of age to be left in the building without an adult.  Ages 6-9 must have an adult fill out a waiver on that morning to be left here in our care.  Children under 6 must be supervised by the attending caretaker.  Children ages 10 and up are allowed to stay without an adult or waiver according to library policy.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Residents only, please, for this very popular event.

We have advertised for all three of these events in detail as of this article.  Please register ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Details for the third ‘Holiday Drop ‘n Shop’ on December 20 from 10:30am-12:30pm are as follows:  On the third day of ‘Drop ‘n Shop’ my true love suggested to me...  ‘Let’s celebrate the unsung heroes of the season’!  This week we will be honoring the heroes of Christmas delivery – why, the reindeer, of course!  Join us for some reindeer gingerbread men decorating, a movie and a craft!

If you or your child would like to see a sample of the Saturday crafts, please drop by the library and see the projects for each week displayed in advance.  Stay tuned here each week as we keep you informed as to each Saturday event’s details. 

TECH TUTORIALS:  Do you still have that tech gadget the kids got you last year that you wish you knew how to put free library books on it to borrow?  We have a solution!  Register with Kathy Watson for a 30 minute lesson on how to make that gadget work for you.  This is a private basic tutorial designed for learning how to connect to our library ebooks/audiobooks and is generally limited to 30 minutes.  Your device must be compatible with Overdrive (iPad, most ereaders, and most tablets).  We can help you figure out if your ‘toy’ will work with us.  J

Also available is some very basic computer instruction.  This is for beginners only - email, basic surfing, setting up Facebook, creating a document, etc.  If you have questions you can ask for Kathy Watson at 603.362.5234.  (Kimball Library resident card holders only, please, for tech lessons.)

PRESCHOOL CLASS BREAK:  Please note that our preschool classes (Mother Goose on the Loose, Bitty Books, Kiddie Lit, and PJ Peeps) will be taking a holiday break from December 22nd-January 4.   All classes will resume the first week of January in 2015.

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at kimballlibrary.com, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at staff@kimballlibrary.com.  We also have some great pictures our facebook page.

Kimball Library News 11/24/14



MUSEUM PASSES: Did you know we have a new feature for access to the Currier Gallery of Art? Quite simply, anyone can print his or her own pass now from home, after reserving a specific date.  Of course, we still can print one out for you, but the ease of doing it from your very own computer is now available. This feature is currently only for the Currier, but it may become available for other museums in the future.

Please note that we have the following passes available for Kimball patrons on a regular basis: Currier Museum of Art, Museum of Fine History, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Peabody Essex Museum, Seacoast Science Center, Zoo New England, and Imajine That!  You can also borrow certain passes from Plaistow and Sandown libraries on the day of the pass use starting at 10am if they are still available.  Check each library website for a list of available passes.  Don’t hesitate to call with your queries.

DROP N’ SHOPS CONTINUED:  Also back by popular demand, Kimball Library once again will be hosting three Saturdays in a row of our ever popular ‘Holiday Drop ‘n Shop’.  Mark your calendar now for the following dates and times so you can register your children for December 6, 13, and 20 from 10:30am-12:30pm.  We are definitely “Santa’s Elves” for your **kids ages 6 and up.  We’ll occupy them with fun activities while you shop or wrap gifts.  Each Saturday will host a different teacher and unique projects.  Please send them with simple snacks and spill-proof beverages.  You’ll fa la la la la all the way home! 

**All 'Drop 'n Shop' participants must be at least 6 years of age to be left in the building without an adult.  Ages 6-9 must have an adult fill out a waiver on that morning to be left here in our care.  Children under 6 must be supervised by the attending caretaker.  Children ages 10 and up are allowed to stay without an adult or waiver according to library policy.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Residents only, please, for this very popular event.

Details for the second ‘Holiday Drop ‘n Shop’ on December 13 from 10:30am-12:30pm are as follows:  On the second day of ‘Drop ‘n Shop’ my true love suggested to me...  ‘Let’s get FROZEN’!  Join us to watch the film and do crafts based on it.  Hint: Do you want to build a snowman?

If you or your child would like to see a sample of the Saturday crafts, please drop by the library and see the projects for each week displayed in advance.  Stay tuned here each week as we keep you informed as to each Saturday event’s details. 

TIME FOR TEENS TO VOTE:  It’s time to ask teens in grades 9-12 to consider nominating a title for the 2016 Flume Award list (even as they are now reading books on the 2015 list!).

Titles can be fiction or nonfiction books, with appeal to teens in grades 9-12. They must have a publication date within the last two years (no older than 2012). If the book is part of a series, it must be able to stand alone, meaning a reader doesn't have to read the other books in the series to understand what's going on.

Teens can submit their suggestions online by visiting the Flume page:  http://yals.nhlibrarians.org/book-awards/flume/  We will be accepting nominations until January 23, 2015.  Thank you for promoting the Flume Award!

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at kimballlibrary.com, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at staff@kimballlibrary.com.  We also have some great pictures our facebook page.

Kimball Library News 11/17/14


MAKE A BOXWOOD TREE: Back by popular demand, we will be having Felicia Motherway at the library teaching the annual boxwood tree event. We are kicking off the holiday season with this ever-popular craft.  Last year not everyone that wanted to could make one, so we’re having it on two separate evenings so more of you can enjoy this wonderful activity.  On Tuesday, December 2nd from 6-8pm OR Wednesday, December 3rd from 6-8pm we are offering seats to learn how to make a beautiful fresh boxwood tree to enjoy for the holidays.

The boxwood tree is an elegant design made out of boxwood and decorated with velvet ribbon, gold glass balls, berries and natural gypsophila. This popular centerpiece will last for months and is perfect for your home or for those who want a small holiday tree to enjoy. It’s also a great gift idea. Even the lowly ‘craft-impaired’ like me will leave with a tree that looks like it was featured in Better Homes & Gardens.  Felicia does not let anyone leave who is not happy with his/her tree. 

Reservations are required as each class is limited to 20 people.  Materials fee of $30.00 must be paid in advance in order for your registration to be secure.  Please sign up at the circulation desk with your cash or check made out to Felicia Motherway.  Phone registrations will not be accepted.

DROP N’ SHOPS ARE BACK:  Also back my popular demand, Kimball Library once again will be hosting three Saturdays in a row of our ever popular ‘Holiday Drop ‘n Shop’.  Mark your calendar now for the following dates and times so you can register your children for December 6, 13, and 20 from 10:30am-12:30pm.  We are definitely “Santa’s Elves” for your **kids ages 6 and up.  We’ll occupy them with fun activities while you shop or wrap gifts.  Each Saturday will host a different teacher and unique projects.  Please send them with simple snacks and spill-proof beverages.  You’ll fa la la la la all the way home! 

**All 'Drop 'n Shop' participants must be at least 6 years of age to be left in the building without an adult.  Ages 6-9 must have an adult fill out a waiver on that morning to be left here in our care.  Children under 6 must be supervised by the attending caretaker.  Children ages 10 and up are allowed to stay without an adult or waiver according to library policy.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Residents only, please, for this very popular event.

Details for the first ‘Holiday Drop ‘n Shop’ on December 6 from 10:30am-12:30pm are as follows:  On the first day of ‘Drop ‘n Shop’ my true love suggested to me...  “We'll make a beautiful snowy owl for the Christmas tree and hear a winter story in-between! There's music and hot cocoa to warm your toes.  We’ll enjoy Santa crackers for a tasty treat!” Then we'll make an ice cream cone to hang up, too!  Registration is now available so don’t delay as seating is limited.

If you or your child would like to see a sample of the Saturday crafts, please drop by the library and see the projects for each week displayed in advance.  Stay tuned here each week as we keep you informed as to each Saturday event’s details. 

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at kimballlibrary.com, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at staff@kimballlibrary.com.  We also have some great pictures our facebook page.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Kimball Library News 11/10/14



THE TEENS HAVE VOTED: The teens have voted with their presence that Anime Club is here to stay.  Join us on Thursday, December 18, from 6-7:30pm where we will be watching anime, playing anime twister, making new friends, and enjoying some snacks.  Feel free to bring sketch books to draw or read manga while we watch.  We will be watching anime with ratings equivalent to PG-13. Register grades 6-12 and non-resident teens are welcome.

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MAH JONG?: Mah Jong is on Mondays from 1:00-4:30pm.  We have experienced players enjoying it each week, but once again we are signing up new players. Newbies are welcome-we’ll teach you!

Mah Jong is a fun rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards.  We will play American Mah Jong and will be following the rules for American Mah Jong.  One of the main differences is that American Mah Jong uses a card of Standard Hands, against which all games are played.  These cards are distributed by the National Maj Jong League and changed annually. We will have these cards on hand for all to use.

This game has brought people in the community together for a fun-filled afternoon and so we are offering to teach again to anyone who wants to learn.   It does require some strategy as well as some luck to play.  A small amount of time and effort is needed to become familiar with the principles of the game and the rules of the game.  Registration is required so we’ll know how many tables to prepare.  Please sign up online or give us a call.

MEET Plaistow YMCA DIRECTOR: Tracy Fuller, Regional Executive Director, will be here to listen from the community what they would like at their YMCA on Thursday, November 20th, at 6:30pm.  Come and learn about all the current services the YMCA offers and what new exciting events are planned.  Light healthy snacks will be provided.  All residents from the Atkinson area are invited to this free event.

A FEW OPENINGS:  Make letters with your bodies, learn some alphabet sign language, run and jump to rhyming words, and dance, dance, DANCE!  Learn to WIGGLE into WORDS.  We have two spaces left for Thursday, November 20th, at 10:30am.  This fun activity is for ages 3-6 and your child must be registered in order to participate.

HOLIDAY CLOSING: Please note that we are closed on both Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for a Thanksgiving hiatus.  We are open on Saturday the 29th.  Have a happy Thanksgiving!  We know that we are especially thankful for all our wonderful patrons!

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at kimballlibrary.com, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at staff@kimballlibrary.com.  We also have some great pictures our facebook page.