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, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at  We also have some great pictures our facebook page.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kimball Library News 11/3/14

ADULTS READ: During the month of November, the ‘larks’ (Friday, November 21, at 10:15am) and the owls (Tuesday. November 18, at 6pm) will be having stimulating conversation over the book of the month.  The morning group will be mulling over ‘The Kitchen House’ by Kathleen Grissom.  The evening group will be discoursing over ‘Songs of Willow Frost’ by Jamie Ford.  Each of these lively groups is welcoming new people whether you’ve read the book or not.  So, no excuses!  If you’d like a copy of either of these titles they are available at the main circulation desk.

KIDS COOKING: Feeling hungry?  Sign up is open to kids in grades 3-5 for Monday, November 17th, from 5-6:15pm.  Registration is a must. Sign up ASAP so we can start shopping for supplies.

Step right up, join right in,
Let our cooking class begin!
Making chili for a cold, cold night,
Simmer, stir, let's stew it right!
An autumn special cooked by you
A very tasty treat, it's true!

Here's the menu:
Pumpkin chili served with warm bread
Tasty fruit salad
Pilgrim hats to make and eat

AUTHOR TALK: Join us on November 18 from 6:30-8 with author Raymond F. Cavanagh and his novel 'The Amulet of Cananea'. 

About the novel: Carmelita Carreras's life has been a lie. Huddled over her mother’s deathbed, Carmelita leans close as she hears the story of how she came to be, which calls into question the parentage of her true father.  The story traces the journey of a golden, bejeweled cross, how it affects the lives the Carreras family, and leads to events that sparked the Mexican Revolution.

The Amulet, owned by one of the world’s wealthiest men, Colonel William Greene, goes missing. Carmelita Carreras seeks to recover the cross and unearth the mystery of her true beginnings, bringing a thrilling end to the saga.

About the author:  Ray Cavanagh spent his early years as a musician and performer. As a member of ASCAP, he had several songs published by Eden Music. The most prominent, 'Will I Know You', was recorded by Peggy March and released on Ariola Records worldwide. He spent years traveling as a musician opening for such notables as Richie Havens, J. Geils Band, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, and many others.

Born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, he received a Master’s Degree in International Business from Northeastern University, Boston. He traveled the world extensively in his career as a hi-tech executive. Cavanagh founded an Italian wine accessories company, Portovista, which imported glass ware from Tuscany.

A recognized industry expert on Security, he has been interviewed as a subject matter expert on many TV stations including WHDH TV Boston, KPRC Houston, WJXT Jacksonville, and WWL and WVUE New Orleans . He has published articles in Security Magazine, SC Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and many others.

The Amulet of Cananea is his first novel. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife Dianne. Together they have a son Gregory.

Look for the sequel, “The Lost Treasure of Cort├ęs, Return to Cananea” as well as an upcoming novel on pirating and Native Americans in the 1800’s.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.

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

Kimball Library News 10/27/14

TWEENS & TEENS READ: During the month of November, the tweens (grades 6-8) will gather to discuss ‘Counting by 7s’ by Holly Goldberg on the 5th, and teens (grades 9-12) will discuss ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ by John Green.  Encourage your teens to join us even if they haven’t read the book so they can be part of the connection questions and get the book for December.

HOGWARTS ACADEMY: The Kimball Library, The Atkinson Recreation Department, and Atkinson Academy are working together to give your children a ‘different’ kind of education on Saturday, November 15th, at 10:30am. 

The Hogwarts Academy Training is a fully interactive performance which prepares the participants for their entrance into Hogwarts. Professor Jungle-Flick (Jungle Jim of Boston), of the American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, leads the children through a series of activities designed to show them the rigors of becoming official magical conjurers. This performance combines audience interaction along with balloon magic with a specific goal: that the children complete the quests presented to them, and then are ready for the next level of their wizard training.

The professor uses over a dozen volunteers in this performance so get your camera ready.  You’ll be catching some great shots of you or your kids having the best time of their lives!

This family show is developmentally geared for ages 4-12, but all ages are welcome to participate.  Fun is for everyone!  Your children do not need to be well-acquainted with Harry Potter to enjoy this event.  We need all ages to register at Kimball Library (via website or on the phone).  Adults can just use the word 'adult' so we can have an accurate head count.  PLEASE PRINT A TICKET TO GAIN ADMITTANCE.  This is a new feature that we are using to keep count.

This amazing event is being held on Saturday, November 15, at 10:30am at The Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main Street, Atkinson, NH and is being generously sponsored by the Atkinson Recreation Department.  “GIVE BACK” and bring non-perishable food items and canned goods to benefit local food pantries. 

Please dress in wizard garb to get into the spirit of things!  A few prizes will be awarded for the most 'wizard-like' in several age categories.

Residents have preference for this event.  We respectfully request that non-resident guests and friends wait until Friday, November 14th, to put your name in the queue. 

LIBRARY CLOSED: The library will be closed on Tuesday, November 11th, in honor of Veterans’ Day.  Please stock up accordingly. 

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