Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kimball Library News 4/20/15

TMNT EVENT: Cowabunga, dudes ages 4-8!  Register and join us for a turtle of a good time on Thursday, May 7th, from 6-7pm.  Come immerse yourself in the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with read along stories and episodes featuring those famous four.  Once we’re ready to use our ninja skills, we will make a craft and play some fun games.  We’ll learn just how many pizzas we can feed Michaelangelo and answer some important questions: who are these guys named after anyways? How in the world did they become mutant ninjas?  We’ll find this out and more!

THE MAKING OF STRAWBERY BANKE:  Join us on Tuesday, May 12, from 6:30-8pm to explore the history Strawbery Banke.  Local legend says Strawbery Banke Museum began when a Portsmouth librarian gave a rousing speech in 1957. The backstory, however, is richly complex. This is a dramatic tale of economics, urban renewal, immigration, and historic architecture in New Hampshire’s only seaport. J. Dennis Robinson, author of an award-winning 'biography” of the 10-acre Strawbery Banke campus, shares the history of 'America’s oldest neighborhood.” Tapping into private letters, unpublished records, and personal interviews, Robinson explores the politics of preservation. Using colorful and historic illustrations, the author looks candidly at mistakes made and lessons learned in this grassroots success story.

J. Dennis Robinson has published over 1,000 articles on New Hampshire history and culture. His books for young readers include biographies of Jesse James and Lord Baltimore. His hardcover histories of Strawbery Banke Museum and historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel both received honors from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). His two most recent books on privateering and the War of 1812 appeared in 2011. Robinson is also editor of, a Web site about NH history and culture that attracts thousands of visitors daily. His lectures are designed to make history both entertaining and accessible to all audiences.

This program sponsored is by the NH Humanities Council and the Friends of the Kimball Library.  Refreshments will be served.

MORE INFO: Our calendar on the website has detailed information on these events and many others you may have missed reading about.  Go to 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.

LOOKING AHEAD: We will be closed Memorial Day weekend in its entirety (May 23-25).  Please stock up accordingly.

No comments:

Post a Comment