Sep 19

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!


talk like a pirate dayAhoy, matey! September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Created in 1995, the holiday has grown virally ever since. Remember, when browsing the information high seas, a pirate’s best friend may well be his or her local librarian! Stop by the library and we’ll point your compass in the right direction, whether you’re looking for fiction, nonfiction, or movies.

Interested in learning a language other than Pirate? The library has a subscription to Mango Languages. You can use your library card number to access this service from anywhere. Enter by clicking here or clicking the banner on the right side of the library website’s homepage under “Resources.” Smooth sailing to you!


Sep 16

Storytime & Squirrels


This week during Story Time we are continuing our preparation for fall with a fun squirrel theme! We will be reading multiple picture books involving these curious critters and working on a fun craft that also includes acorns and autumn leaves. Our children’s Story Time is perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners and is held twice a week on Tuesdays at 1:00pm and Fridays at 10:30am. Please join us on either day!


Sep 11

Celebrate Sanbornton!


Celebrate Sanbornton

Saturday, October 4th 10:00am-2:00pm

Rain date – Sunday, October 5th 12:00pm-4:00pm

Activities planned include:

  • Gazebo music by Moulton’s Band, New Horizons Band and Sant Bani School
  • Safety talks and demonstrations at the Life/Safety Building
  • A blacksmithing demonstration
  • A horseshoeing demonstration
  • Lane Tavern tours
  • Vendors in the Currier Building field
  • Storytelling by Evelyn Auger
  • Games for children
  • Hiking on new town trails
  • A fiber arts demonstration (*** here at the library!***)
  • An art show
  • A cribbage tournament
  • Scout Troop 842
  • Free cake slices from 19 cakes spelling out “Celebrate Sanbornton”
  • And more to come!

sanbornton seal

If you are interested in helping with this event, the next planning meeting will be held on Monday, September 22nd from 5:30-7:00pm at the Town Offices.

Sanbornton crafters are still needed for wares to sell in Sue Hankard’s “Country Store” in the Old Town Hall. For more information, contact Lynn Chong at 934-6486.


Sep 09

Multicultural Donation

The library would like to thank Peter and Linda DeMinico for their generous donation to expand the library’s multicultural collection.

Here’s a preview of some of the new items!


The Pet Dragon: A Story about Adventure, Friendship and Chinese Characters by Christoph Niemann

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China by Ai-Ling Louie

The Golden Sandal: a Middle Eastern Cinderella Story by Rebecca Hickox

Angkat: the Cambodian Cinderella by Jewell Reinhart Coburn

The Day the Dragon Danced by Kay Haugaard

We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs

A School Like Mine by Penny Smith

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and Peter Sis

Click on a title to be brought to its catalog page, and visit the library to check out these picks!

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!

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