Monday, September 19, 2016

Kimball Library News 9/12/16

Don’t forget to make your way to the library on Saturday, September 24th, as you are out and about at the town-wide yard sales.  We’ll have a selection of books, DVDs, and music to peruse.  We’ll also have some homemade baked goods (while they last!)  The sale will operate from 8:00am -3:00pm, while the Saturday library hours will be in effect (10:00-3:00).  Hope to see you here! 

PANCAKES AND PAJAMAS: Children (ages 4-8) and their adult guest are invited to join us on Saturday, October 1st at 10am in the children’s room for pancakes!  Leave your jammies on this morning. WHY NOT?  Come decorate your pancake with syrup, whipped cream or jam and eat your tasty breakfast with us. It will be fun and it's a good way to start your Saturday! Register now so we can make sure there are enough pancakes just for you. (Please note: This may not be suitable for children with food allergies.)

NEEDLE CRAFTERS: We have a new day to meet!  Whether you enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting or another form of needle work come join the fun as we craft together. Please bring your own supplies.  This in an informal gathering to finish those projects started or perhaps get some ideas for beginning some new ones.  We'll cozy up in the Atkinson Room of the library on Wednesdays starting at 10:30, share some laughs, drop a stitch or two, and make some new friends. 

All experience levels and ages welcome.  You do not need to be an Atkinson resident - All are invited on to join in the crafting!

POOR HOUSES AND TOWN FARMS-THE HARD ROW FOR PAUPERS: From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the 'vagrant, vicious poor' and the helpless, and honest poor. This confusion persisted for generations and led directly to establishment in most of the state's towns of alms houses and poor farms and, later, county institutions which would collectively come to form a dark chapter in New Hampshire history. Steve Taylor will examine how paupers were treated in these facilities and how reformers eventually succeeded in closing them down.

About Steve Taylor:  Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for 25 years as NH's commissioner of agriculture. Taylor was the founding executive director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state's rural culture.

Join us on Thursday, October 6th, at 6:30pm for this interesting glimpse into history.  This event is sponsored by the Atkinson Historical Society, and light refreshments will be served.

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