Monday, September 8, 2014

Kimball Library News 9/1/14

WIGGLE WORDS:  Make letters with your bodies, learn some alphabet sign language, run and jump to rhyming words, and dance, dance, DANCE!
Join Michelle Collins--former teacher, curriculum designer, Zumba instructor, and homeschooling mom to combine letters and movement to jump start your children into literacy. 
We had a trial class of this in August, and the kids had so much fun making letters with their bodies, dancing with balloons, and tracing the alphabet in a myriad of ways that we decided to try this once a month for ages 2-5.  We’ll be meeting on third Thursdays from 10:30-11:00am.  The next four sessions are as follows: 9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18.  Each class needs a separate registration.  Come to one, or come to them all!

GREAT STONE FACE BOOK CLUB:  Join us every THIRD Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30pm to discuss a nominated Great Stone Face book. Thoughtful discussion and snacks will be provided. This book group is for children in grades 3-5 only. Please register in advance.
Once registered, you will be kept on the list until June. Please ask for a copy of the current book at the children’s desk.  In September, the book of the month is ‘Fortunately, the Milk’.  Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

Cost-effective, versatile back-to-school item: THE LIBRARY CARD (Shelly Angers, NH Department of Cultural Resources)

Electronic tablets and smartphones can be important learning tools for today’s students, but the most versatile item available to them is the same one their parents and grandparents used: the library card.
The American Library Association has named September “Library Card Sign-up Month” and is encouraging students of all ages to make sure they are able to take advantage of the many resources libraries offer.

Having a library card from a New Hampshire library allows students access to the more 2 million items in our state’s libraries’ collections, including magazines, movies and music as well as books. If a student’s library does not own a particular item, it can often be requested from another library in the state.
“While electronic devices offer internet access and study apps, they’re not a substitute for the amazing amount of information that’s available at New Hampshire’s public libraries,” said Michael York, New Hampshire state librarian. “For students, a library card is the single most cost-effective tool they can get to enhance their education.”

The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit

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 on our facebook page!

Kimball Library News 8/25/14

BONNET STRINGS:  Join us for this unique program on Tuesday, September 9th, at 6:30pm as Saloma Miller Furlong enlightens us about her journey away from the Amish.
Furlong was born and raised in an Amish community in Ohio. Driven by her desire for freedom and more formal education, she broke away from her community -- not once, but twice. She graduated from Smith College in May 2007 with a major in German Studies and a minor in Philosophy. Her education included research on the Amish with Dr. Donald Kraybill. During her thirty-year inner struggle of coming to terms with her Amish past, she has gleaned a better understanding of herself and of her heritage. 

Saloma Miller Furlong is the author of two books 'Why I Left the Amish' and its new sequel 'Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds' released on February 3, 2014.  Furlong is also featured in the PBS American Experience documentaries The Amish (2012) and The Amish: Shunned (2014).   Both books and DVDs will be available for purchase during the evening.

This program is sponsored by the Atkinson Women's Civic Club and the Friends of the Kimball Library.  It is open to Atkinson residents only and registration is required.  Light refreshments will be served.  Please contact the Kimball Library at 603 362-5234 with any questions.

ACCEPTING DONATIONS: Kimball Library accepts book donations year round, but twice a year we urge you to clear out what you no longer want and bring them in to us.  The Town-wide Yard Sale (Sept 27) is coming up and we’d like to have a large selection for folks to peruse and purchase.  These items take some time to be sorted through which is why we are asking for them now.  We accept books, music, and DVDs in good condition.  Please be sure books are not moldy or damaged and that music and movies are playable the entire way through.  We do not accept any magazines, text books, encyclopedias, VHS tapes, or Reader’s Digest condensed books.  When we receive your donation, we first sort through to see if we’d like to add any of the items to our collection.  If we don’t add the item(s) to our collection, we then decide if it is to be sold or to be transferred to a charitable organization.  Please take care to recycle your unwanted items by helping the environment and your local library.  Donations can be received during open hours from Monday-Friday (10-8) and Saturday (10-3).  If you have large amounts of materials, please call ahead so we can be sure to assist you.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Kimball Library News 8/18/14

We are extremely grateful to have been able to offer summer reading events and prizes because of all our wonderful sponsors.  Indeed, it takes a village to raise a reading program!

Kudos to our contributors: Auntie Anne’s (Rockingham Mall), Atkinson Garden Club, Atkinson Women’s Civic Club, , Boston Red Sox,  Bre’s Ice Creamery (Hampstead), Brookstone Mini Golf (Derry), Boston Bruins, Canobie Lake Park, Charmingfare Farm, Elizabeth Smith Estate, Loral Press, Market Basket (#25), New England Patriots, NH Fisher Cats, Patron donations (you know who you are ;), Shaw’s Supermarket (Plaistow), Storyland, Topsfield Fair, Uno Pizzaria & Grill (Haverhill), & Water Country (Portsmouth).

Special thanks for your time and talent: Dan Heer ‘LED Throwies’, Celeste Linnan ‘Celestial Ice Cream’, Judy Teehan ‘Build that Sound’, Craig Richard ‘Farm Clocks’, Stephen Theberge ‘Spark a Crime’, and Carolyn Nenart (Wenham Museum) ‘Spark a Candle’.

Our fabulous entertainers:  Critters & Creatures, Mousetrap Science with Jungle Jim, Science Isn’t Always Pretty with Keith Michael Johnson, The Squeezebox Stompers, and Rocks Mobile Farm with Valentine & Sons.

Big Truck Night volunteers:  Atkinson Fire Department, Atkinson Highway Department, Atkinson Police Department, Busby Construction, Lewis Builders, East Coast Lumber, and State Police Officer Jason Lewis.

Also, NONE of this would be possible without the ongoing support of THE FRIENDS OF KIMBALL LIBRARY!

Preschool story hours start the week of September 8.  We are busily preparing events and activities.  Registration is open for all classes.

LIBRARY CLOSED: We will be closed all of Labor Day weekend (August 30-September 1).  We will re-open on Tuesday, September 2.  Please stock up in advance!

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