During the holiday season, the library will be doing a Fill-the-Stocking event and fundraiser to collect much-needed materials. When you visit the library in the coming weeks, consider bringing in a small item to add to our stocking, which is hanging in the café area by our Keurig. Possibilities might be glue sticks, glitter, tape or …View full post
December is here, and with it we have swapped out our November book display in the children’s room for something more fitting for the season. December is a month full of holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Las Posadas, Saint Nicholas Day, Twelfth Night, Winter Solstice and Yule! Our new display in the children’s room celebrates these …View full post
The next film in the library’s ongoing film series in partnership with the Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC will be The Birth of Christ – A Christmas Cantata by Andrew T. Miller on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. A discussion will follow the film. This inspiring, musical celebration brings the Christmas story to vivid …View full post
Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm Local writers would like to invite the community to a public reading of their work. For the past six weeks, they have been taking part in the library’s writing workshop series, which has run on Wednesday evenings under the guidance of Dot Banks. Here at the library we’ve witnessed them …View full post
December is here, and with it we have swapped out our November book display in the children’s room for something more fitting for the season. December is a month full of holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Las Posadas, Saint Nicholas Day, Twelfth Night, Winter Solstice and Yule! Our new display in the children’s room celebrates these many, diverse holidays through a variety of items, including picture books, chapter books and nonfiction. As the days get colder, grab a book or two and curl up inside with a cup of hot cocoa!
The next film in the library’s ongoing film series in partnership with the Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC will be The Birth of Christ – A Christmas Cantata by Andrew T. Miller on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. A discussion will follow the film.
This inspiring, musical celebration brings the Christmas story to vivid life as never before. Through song, the timeless characters – Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth and the shepherds – reveal their humanity and passion. Recorded at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, this historic premiere brings together a chorus of Catholic and Protestant singers who raised their voices in unity and peace around the central mystery of their faith. Featuring a narration of Luke’s Nativity by acclaimed actor Liam Neeson, this is a spiritual celebration in song.
Come join us and experience the wonder of Christmas!
Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm
Local writers would like to invite the community to a public reading of their work. For the past six weeks, they have been taking part in the library’s writing workshop series, which has run on Wednesday evenings under the guidance of Dot Banks. Here at the library we’ve witnessed them hard at work – with intermittent laughter – each week and curious to see what they’ve created. Come support your talented neighbors!
Copies are in for our book group’s next selection, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. We have a bumper crop of books available thanks to Reads-to-Go. A program of the Reference and Adult Services (READS) section of the New Hampshire State Library Association, Reads-to-Go provides kits of highly discussable, recently published books, which are in demand. Kits include books and other materials necessary to assist adult book discussion groups throughout the state, and the libraries that serve them. Kits generally contain fifteen books and a sheet of discussion questions. The program launched in the spring of 2007 with an initial 25 kits, and has grown to over a hundred! Kits are sponsored by libraries, book clubs and other associations.
Come in to pick up your copy and take advantage of this fantastic program!
Want to learn more about Reads-to-Go? Check out the website here!
The Sanbornton Public Library Board of Trustees would like to invite library patrons and community members to to a holiday open-house party on Saturday, December 14th from 10am to 2pm. Come and go as your schedule permits.
There will be refreshments and festive merriment for all, and, of course, the circulation desk will be open to check out books and videos to get you in the holiday spirit. We will also be doing a a fill-the-stocking event to collect items for the library. Consider bringing something like glue sticks to aid with crafts or an Amazon gift card for book purchases. All are welcome!
Here at the library we’re busily preparing for Thanksgiving. Our November book display in the children’s room has been a huge hit, and for story time this week we’re reading holiday-themed books and doing a fun turkey craft. With the holiday approaching, keep in mind our special hours for next week.
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Wednesday, November 27th – Closing at 5pm
Thursday, November 28th (Thanksgiving) – Closed
Friday, November 29th (Black Friday) – Closed
Saturday, November 30th – Usual hours resume, 9am – 2pm
All Things Sanborn and and Sanbornton!
In this New Hampshire room installment we’ll look at special items related to the Sanborns and Sanbornton.
We have two excellent genealogies of the Samborne, or Sanborn, family – our town’s founders:
Sanborn, Elmer Corliss. A Collection of Sanborn Family Genealogies 1600-1993. Baltimore: Gateway Press Inc., 1994.
Sanborn, V. C. Genealogy of the family of Samborne or Sanborn in England and America. 1194-1898. Concord, NH: The Rumford Press, 1899. (2 copies)
Together these two resources provide more than either could alone. The first is quite recent and covers about a hundred years further toward the present date. The more modern writing still may also be more accessible for current readers. The second book, however, is remarkable in scope – going much further back than many other American genealogies to extensively trace English history.
For those looking to stay to more local, there’s the 1882 Runnels History of Sanbornton – still the go-to source for historical information about the town. This two-book masterpiece contains one volume of history and a second volume of genealogies for prominent town families. The History‘s author, Moses Thornton Runnels, Reverend of the Congregational Church at the time, did other writing – albeit lesser known – than his history.
For those interested in more of his works and more about the man behind Sanbornton’s chronicle, there’s A Genealogy of Runnels and Reynolds Families in America; Record and Brief Memorials of the Earliest Ancestors, so far as known, and of many of their descendants, bearing the same and other names. This was written in 1873, almost ten years before Runnels’ magnum opus.
Sanbornton Public Library’s book group will next meet at 7pm on Wednesday, January 8th (2014!), as the customary six weeks falls on Christmas. The next selection will be The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
The Namesake was Lahiri’s first novel, published after her debut short story collection, The Interpreter of Maladies, which received the Pulitzer Prize – one of only a few debut pieces AND one of only a few story collections to ever win the prestigious award. The Interpreter of Maladies also won The New Yorker Debut of the Year award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and established Lahiri’s grace, acuity and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America – a theme that is expanded upon in her novel.
In The Namesake, Lahiri explores the motifs of the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail — the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase — that opens whole worlds of emotion.
From the Amazon summary: The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their transformation into Americans. On the heels of an arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists America and pines for family. When their son is born, the task of a name betrays the results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd name. Lahiri brings empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.
The library will begin ordering multiple copies of the book. If you would like a particular format, such as large print or an audio-book, feel free to let us know. No prior experience with the book group is necessary, and newcomers are always welcome. All that is needed is the desire to read a thought-provoking book and share in an enriching discussion with fellow readers!