Aug 30

National Marshmallow Toasting Day!

There's A Chef in My Soup!

There’s A Chef in My Soup!

August 30th is National Marshmallow Toasting Day! Enjoy today by a campfire or bonfire toasting a big, soft, sticky, sweet marshmallow. Summer wouldn’t be the same without this great treat! Don’t have a fire? You can still make S’mores in your microwave!

In celebration of this holiday, here are two fantastic cookbook ( each containing marshmallow items) recommendations for kids young and old alike! Stop by the library to pick up either one.

The Mix-It-Up Cookbook

The Mix-It-Up Cookbook


Emeril’s There’s a Chef in my Soup: Recipes for the Kid in Everyone by Emeril Lagasse

The Mix-It-Up Cookbook [Make More than 100 Dishes from 18 Basic Recipes] by Tracy McGuinness

Aug 28

Story Time Update

One of this week's book and our craft!

One of this week’s books and our craft!

Our biweekly children’s story time is continuing here at the library on Tuesdays at 1:30pm and Fridays at 10:30am. This week we are preparing for fall with apple-themed stories and a craft. Please join us on either day!


Aug 26

October Book Group Selection

Sanbornton Public Library’s Book Group will next meet on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at either 4pm or 7pm (time to be decided) here at the library. The next selection will be One True Thing by Anna Quindlen.

quindlen true thignFrom Publisher’s Weekly:

Quindlen again examines delicate family dynamics with this resonating tale of a matriarch’s illness and the tempest of emotion that swirls around her deterioration and death. Manhattan psychiatrist Ellen Gulden recalls the dark time nearly a decade ago when she was accused of administering a fatal dosage of morphine to her mother, who was suffering with terminal cancer. Back then, intelligent, overachieving Ellen was forced by her domineering father to abandon a promising magazine career and assume the role of companion and caretaker at her family’s suburban home. While tending her failing mother, Ellen discovered some harsh truths about herself, her parents and the relationships they had developed over the years. Following Kate Gulden’s autopsy, circumstantial evidence-as far-reaching as a high-school essay she wrote championing euthanasia-accumulated against Ellen, and she was arrested. Now cleared of charges and estranged from her father, Ellen speculates on what really happened during the final hours of Kate’s life. Quindlen’s talent for weaving a believable reality from her characters’ complex sentiments shines here, and her portraits are full-bodied and carefully drawn. 

One True Thing was made into a feature film in 1998, for which Meryl Streep received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

The library will be ordering multiple copies of this book. If you would like a particular format, such as an audio-book or large-print, let us know and we can accommodate your request. No prior experience with the book group is needed, and newcomers are always welcome. All that is needed is a desire to read a thought-provoking book and share in an enriching discussion with fellow readers!




Aug 22

Front Hallway Display – Dolls from around the World

Our display case

Our display case


With the end of summer, the talented patrons from our Artists’ Group have taken down their pieces from our display case in the entrance hall. Our new display features an impressive arrangement of old dolls from countries around the world, all from the personal collection of generous library patron Mary Ahlgren. The library would also like to thank Priscilla Bodwell, who meticulously curates the display. Next time you’re in the library, take a look at this great feature!


Want to see more pictures of the display? Check our Facebook album!




Fun in the Garden


Last week during Story Time, children picked green beans in our garden!

Aug 19

Back to School

Our new display

Our new display

Are you or your children headed back to school in the coming week? Starting school for the first time?! Our new display in the Children’s Room features a variety of school-themed items, including picture books, nonfiction, chapter books and more! Come browse our selection and get in the mood for school!

Aug 15

Summer Reading Prize Books

Our display of summer reading prizes

Our display of summer reading prizes


Wednesday, August 13th was the grand finale of our 2014 Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” It marked the first opportunity for children who have completed the program to pick a free book as a prize. If you haven’t completed the program yet though, there’s still time! Prize books will be available for the next few weeks. Children who have read or listened to ten library books and written the titles down in their reading logs (or a piece of paper) are eligible to receive a free book. For every two titles, you may receive a sticker, and at five you may pick a prize from our prize bin, full of cool gadgets!



Aug 12

Allagash Tails and Tales


One of author Tim Caverly's Allagash Tales

One of author Tim Caverly’s Allagash Tales

Allagash Tails and Tales 

Presented by Tim Caverly 

Thursday, August 21st at 7pm

Narrated by author and former ranger supervisor Tim Caverly, this free program includes music, scenic and historic photographs from Maine’s north woods, and Tim’s personal stories.. Canoeing down the river, you will experience the Allagash in a whole new way!

The Allagash River is a tributary of the St. John River in northern Maine. The remote area is part of the Maine North Woods, north of Mt. Katahdin. The name “Allagash” comes from a Penobscot word meaning “bark stream.” The relatively unspoiled long has long been a popular destination. In 1857, Henry David Thoreau, along with his Concord friend Edward S. Hoar and Penobscot guide Joseph Polis, canoed to the river’s source, Heron Lake.

Author Tim Caverly has spent his life in Maine’s great outdoors. He is the author of several books about the Allagash region, two of which, Allagash Tails: A Collection of Short Stories from Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Vol. 1 and An Allagash Haunting: the Story of Emile Camile, are available here at the library. Click on either title to be brought to its catalog page!

Aug 05

Storytelling Workshop

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On Wednesday, August 6th, our series of events in our “Fizz, Boom, Read!” 2014 Summer Reading Program will continue with a storytelling workshop by local author Dot Banks. The program will be here at the library at 10am, and is free and open to all. Children will use movement, images and their voices to create their own stories. Bring your imagination!

Aug 01

Summer Reading Update


A full house for our Mad Scientist event!


Our 2014 Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” is still going strong! The past few weeks have featured many great programs. We learned about wild animals, chemistry, the ocean and art! If you haven’t joined us yet, there’s still time to attend our last two events. All programs are Wednesdays at 10:00am here at the library.

August 6th – Storytelling with Dot Banks

August 13th – The Greg and Axel Show 


Everyone working on collages.

Everyone working on collages.

The August 13th event will be our Grand Finale! After the program, children who have recorded 10 or more books in their summer reading log will receive a free book. Please note that The Greg and Axel Show features a live, 80-pound dog.


We have wonderful albums from all our weekly summer reading events posted on our Facebook page. Take a peek, and then come to the library to join the fun!

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