Don’t lose steam now, buckaroos. There’s less than two weeks to go in our reading log challenge. Yesterday I had a call from Pirate’s Cove offering us free game tokens to our readers. I ran right now there and picked them up!
This week we have our usual outdoor story time with Meredith at 11am on 7/19. We love these events with our youngest friends – last week we ended with an impromptu dance party!
At 3:30pm on 7/19, Greg Hufford of the NH Cooperative Extension will join us. He will give us some facts about rocks and minerals and some fun activities!
Then on Saturday 7/23 at 4pm join the Friends of the Library on our patio and under our tent for a potluck featuring recipes from Local flavors : cooking and eating from America’s farmers’ markets by Deborah Madison. We have lots of copies available now. It’s sure to be a pleasant afternoon picnic.
Christian Seasholtz, from Rep. Chris Pappas’ office, will be in the Library tomorrow, Thursday July 7, from 10-11:30am. Christian is here to answer questions and provide information about federal resources and programs. Congressman Pappas’s office can help constituents with federal issues including Social Security, VA benefits, passports, IRS, and more.
The One Book One Valley committee is happy to announce Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty, is its selection for 2022. Set in a native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez, is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy. A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance, Night of the Living Rez is an unforgettable portrayal of an indigenous community and marks the arrival of a standout talent in contemporary fiction.
Morgan Talty is a citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation where he grew up. He received his BA in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and his MFA in fiction from Stonecoast’s low-residency program. His story collection Night of the Living Rez is forthcoming from Tin House Books (2022), and his work has appeared in Granta, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, Narrative Magazine, LitHub, and elsewhere. A winner of the 2021 Narrative Prize, Talty’s work has been supported by the Elizabeth George Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts (2022). Talty teaches courses in both English and Native American Studies, and he is on the faculty at the Stonecoast MFA in creative writing. Talty is also a Prose Editor at The Massachusetts Review. He lives in Levant, Maine.
Mr. Talty will give a presentation and hold a book signing at the Majestic Theater on October 27th at 7PM. There is no charge to attend this event, which will also be live streamed. Just prior to the grand finale event, Mr. Talty will be the guest of honor at a “Meet the Author” event to be held at the Conway Public Library. Tickets for this event will be limited and cost $25 with proceeds benefiting One Book One Valley. Be on the lookout for TBD associated programming related to the themes of the book for the fall. Copies of the book will be available at all participating OBOV locations including White Birch Books. Comprised of White Birch Books and the public libraries of the Mount Washington Valley and beyond, One Book One Valley is a community read program for the Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally.
The Library Book Group’s discussion of Dopesick will be rescheduled this month to Friday 5/13 at 4pm. I hope you can join us!
How I have missed sunny afternoons at the Library with a project in my lap and chatting in the air. I am so pleased to feel safe trying again. Let’s start up Crafternoons. On the third Wednesday of each month, bring along your mask and any portable project you’re working on and spend some time with other local makers.
All who are comfortably masked and distanced are welcome.
We had a terrific discussion last night in Jackson about Dead by Dawn as well as a brainstorming session about our favorite book series. I thought it would be fun to extend that to offering all our participating libraries readers the chance to participate. I hope that by our big event on October 28th, we’ll have a good list of local favorites!