Monday, August 4, 2014

Kimball Library News 8/4/14

TEENS WIN THE KIMBALL CHALLENGE:  The teens read and participated throughout the summer, earning 896 raffle tickets in the jar by July 30th for the summer reading contest.  The group goal was 800, and due to their success Kathy Watson, Youth Services Director, was ‘decorated’ with a live ball python, hissing cockroaches and millipedes.  The event took place on Thursday evening (July 31) with roughly 160 people in attendance following the fabulous ‘Critters & Creatures’ event.  Check out the Kimball Library Facebook page for photos and short videos.  (No need to have a Facebook account—just click into the Facebook section on our webpage as all our photos are public.)  The facial expressions are priceless!  Congratulations to all the participating teens and all of the awesome summer readers!

VOLARE JAZZ BAND:  Summer isn’t over yet, and neither is our summer concert series.  You’ll have opportunity to hear free, lovely music wafting from the Kimball Courtyard on some Thursday evenings.  First up, on Thursday, August 14th, at 6:00pm is The Volare Jazz Band.  This band (AKA the Timberlane Community Big Band) is group of musicians from the Timberlane Community Band.

This select group plays mostly Big Band Jazz as well as a few old standards.  Musicians for this group are selected for their skill and need.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a great evening of music.  Handicapped parking is available from the library parking lot.

TIMBERLANE COMMUNITY BAND:  Also, on Thursday, August 21st, at 6:00pm you’ll have yet another opportunity for outdoor air music.  Come and enjoy the Timberlane Community Band for a night of fun music.  During intermission the Atkinson Recreation will be offering free ice cream sundaes to everyone in attendance.   You can’t beat that!

NEW BEGINNINGS STORY HOURS:  More information will be forthcoming, but mark your date book that all preschool story times resume the week of September 8th.  This includes Mother Goose on the Loose (ages 0-2), Bitty Books (ages 2-3), Kiddie Lit (ages 3-6), and PJ Peeps (ages 4-8).  Also note that we have book discussions for grades 3-adult beginning in September as well.

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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kimball Library News 7/28/14

SQUEEZEBOX STOMPERS:  'JAM' with the Squeezebox Stompers (a blend of Roadhouse Roots, Blues, Cajun, and Zydeco) on Thursday, August 7th at 6:00pm in the Kimball Courtyard, and during intermission around 6:30 we'll be making ice cream sundaes. This event is courtesy of the Friends of Kimball Library and closes out our summer reading programs (both children and t/ween programs).  Bring your 'dancing' shoes!
Please register all ages for accurate buying purposes.

T/WEEN COMBINATION DISCUSSION:  The book of the month is 'Divergent' by Veronica Roth and will take place on Wednesday, August 13th, at 6:30pm.

Divergent is an electrifying thriller filled with tough decisions, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance. Fans of the movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

All interested mature middle & high school students are welcome.  Please ask for a copy of the current book at the front desk.

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. This exciting class will take place on Wednesday, August 20th, from 10:30-11:00am.  Registration is required.  If there is strong interest we may offer this event on a regular monthly basis.

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 7/21/14

THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE-ANIMAL DEFENSES:  Join Mona from “Critters & Creatures” who will present eight live animals (as well as some artifacts), pointing out some of the various cool ways animals use to protect and defend themselves – such as puffing up to appear larger, quills & bristles, hard shells, venom, urticating (irritating) hairs, stinky glands, regenerating tails, batesian mimicry (when a non-venomous animal resembles a venomous one), camouflage, horns/antlers, etc.

This educational and informative event will be held on Thursday, July 31st, in the Kimball Library Courtyard at 6:30pm.  Please register each person who will attend.  Guests and non-resident friends are welcome, however, we do ask that they register as well in case we need to change venues due uncooperative weather.  We are fortunate that our amazing Friends of Kimball Library sponsored this event for us and is offering it to us free of charge.

SUMMER T/WEEN CHALLENGE:  Many of you know that our t/weens are reading like crazy in order to submit raffle tickets to win prizes such as Water Country passes, ice cream cards to Bre’s Ice Creamery, Canobie Lake tickets, iTunes cards and more.  They also are competing ‘against’ Kathy Watson, Youth Services Director, to see it they can get 800 tickets in the jar by July 30th.

IF the t/weens DO get 800 tickets in the jar by July 30th, there will be a bit of madness going on here following the ‘Element of Surprise’ event on Thursday, July 31st.  At the END of the show, if the t/weens have 800 raffle tickets in the jar, then Kathy will be subjected to wearing a large ball python as well as having millipedes and hissing cockroaches draped on her.  IF the t/weens fail, there will be an opportunity for a 15 minute petting zoo.  Obviously, you’ll want your camera! 

[Secret information being divulged—as of Friday, July 18th, there were 666 tickets in the jar.  This gives the t/weens 12 days to get another 134 in there.  GO T/WEENS!]

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