Monday, April 6, 2015

Kimball Library News 4/6/15

VACATION WEEK EVENTS: Join us April 27 - May 1 to participate in our spring vacation activities.  All these events require registration and we have something for everyone from grades K- 12.  Note: If the event becomes overfilled, Atkinson residents have priority.  For a full list of the programs, please refer to our website.

Please note that Mother Goose on the Loose will be happening on Thursday ONLY at 10:30am that week.  Our regular story hours (Bitty Books, Kiddie Lit, PJ Peeps) take the week off in lieu of the special happenings.

‘SWEET SPRING’ CUPCAKE WARS (Grades 4-12): This ‘sweet’ contest will take place on Tuesday, April 28th, starting at 6:30pm for youth in grades 4-12.  Registration is required.

1. All youth in grades 4-12 may register.   
2. Each participant must prepare 12 undecorated cupcakes prior to the event.  You must bring all your decorating tools and supplies. 
3. AT the event, you’ll have 30 minutes to decorate them all. TWO of the cupcakes selected by you will be used for judging.   
4. Two of the cupcakes will be used for judging—the other portion will be shared with other contestants and judges.   
5. Cupcakes will be judged on the following criteria: appearance, taste, creativity, clean station, and presentation to judges. Participant may make any flavor of cupcake desired but, please stay within the theme of the event 'Sweet Spring!”

*The winner will get a 'sweet' prize.  Parents, this is for the youth and supposed to be fun and not highly competitive.  The t/weens are expected to do their own baking and decorating.  If you have additional questions about this event, please ask Kathy Watson, Youth Services Director.

MEMOIR WRITING, TWO-PART SERIES:  Join us at Kimball Library on Wednesday, April 29th, from 6:30-7:30pm, and then meet again at Plaistow Public Library on June 3rd for this exciting opportunity.  You must be available to attend both workshops to register.  Registration is required on the Kimball Library website or by phone to the Kimball Library.

Thatcher Freund, a noted memoir writer and journalist, will conduct two one-hour seminars on the fundamentals of memoir writing, including techniques for recalling important memories and how to describe them in compelling ways. 

Because we remember our lives as a series of scenes that tell stories, memoir is a superb format to learn the elements of good writing.  By stressing the importance of ideas and the use of details that bring scenes to life, Thatcher helps participants gain the confidence to write their own stories. 

Thatcher is a graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia School of Journalism, and has lived in New England off and on for the last twenty years.  His published work includes a book, Objects of Desire: The Lives of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them, which follows the lives of three pieces of American furniture from their creation in the 18th Century to their sales at Sotheby’s some 250 years later.  

Besides conducting writing workshops, Thatcher speaks on the subject of why our stories matter so much, and helps people to write their own memoirs.   You can read more about Thatcher's work at his website, 

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.

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