Leach Library News for September

Aug 11, 2014 No Comments by

Library Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The library will be closed on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day.

Adult Program
Leach Library to Host Award Winning Author

On Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. the Leach Library will host the event, “Writing in Different Genres” presented by novelist, Vincent H. O’Neil.

Mr. O’Neil holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point and a Master of Arts degree in International Business from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  He brings a wealth of life experience to his writing having served as a US Army officer, a risk manager, an advertiser, and an apprentice librarian. After writing in his spare time for many years, he won the  St. Martin’s Press “Malice Domestic” Writing  Competition in 2005.  He continues to write novels and short stories in the mystery,  science fiction, and horror genres.

Join  us  for  an  inside look at the fiction writing process. Mr. O’Neil will speak about the challenges and rewards of writing in more than one literary category, as well as the  research that is conducted for different book projects, the unique requirements of writing in each genre, and why authors decide to branch out.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Seating is limited to the first 90 people. Light refreshments will be served.

Reference News

Banned Books Week
This September, the Reference Department is celebrating Banned Books Week. An annual celebration of the freedom to read, Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a growing number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries.  Did you know that the most frequently challenged titles of the 21st century include such books as: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold?

This year Banned Books Week will be observed the week of September 21-27, 2014. Stop into the library and pick up a book to read from our display. Take a look at the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Statement, or the list of the Most Frequently Challenged Titles of the 21st Century, which will also be on display. Some of the titles may surprise you. Do you believe in the freedom to read? Show your support with a Banned Books button. These buttons may be picked up at the Reference Desk. Please be advised that quantities are limited.

Adult Summer Reading Program
The summer has brought out the scientist in all of us!  Numerous books were read, games played, and prizes won. We would like to thank our readers for their enthusiasm in participating in our adult summer reading program with the theme ‘Literary Elements’.  We would also like to thank The Coach Stop Restaurant, Coffeeberries, Giovannis, Janie’s Uncommon Café, Prosciuttos Pizza, Sweet Kiwi, The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire and T-Bones/Cactus Jack’s for their generous donations of gift certificates in support of our program.
Children’s Room News

Great Migration
Come to the library on Monday, September 15 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. to hear exciting stories about the many different animals that migrate during the year. On land, in the air, and in the water, learn interesting facts about how these amazing animals find their way from start to finish and the many adventures to be had along the way. Each participant will leave with a compass clip, to help them navigate their own journeys. Advance registration is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 8. To register, call 432-1127 or stop by the Children’s Room.

Magic of Jason Purdy

Jason Purdy will be at the library on Monday, September 22 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. with his Magic of Jason Purdy show. Join Jason for a fun-filled show featuring a lot of audience participation, magic, comedy and illusions. There may even be an appearance by some live doves or a rabbit (live animals). Advance registration for this fascinating show is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 15. To register, call 432-1127 or stop by the Children’s Room.

Children’s Summer Reading Program
We have almost come to the end of our summer reading program. We would like to thank all those who participated in making this year’s program such a success! Remember you can keep reading until Saturday, September 6, 2014, with every book helping us get closer to our goal.

The library wishes to thank the Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library for sponsoring many of the children’s performers.

The library also thanks the following businesses for donating some wonderful prizes to our Summer Reading Program: McDonalds, Papa Ginos, Park Place Lanes, and The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire.

Fall Programs
The Children’s Room will be offering the following programs as part of Fall   Session 1: Story Time, Shake Move & Read and Toddler Time. Fall Session 1 will run September 17 through October 9. Advance registration is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 8. To register call 432-1127 or stop by the Children’s Room.

For additional information about fall programs, please pick up a newsletter in the Children’s Room.

Young Adult News
The Young Adult Summer Reading Program was a popular success again this year, with over 500 teens signing up to participate.  Congratulations to all who took part and all the raffle prize winners.  You have until close on Saturday September 6, 2014 to turn in your reading logs.  The Janice Anagnos Memorial Prize and certificate is awarded to the teen that read the most books from June 1 –September 6, 2014.

The library wishes to thank the Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library for their generous support of the young adult summer reading program.  The library  would also like to thank Canobie Lake, Water Country in Portsmouth, The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire and the Londonderry Country Club for their donations to the program.

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Ashley has been a resident of Derry since she was seven years old. Although she didn't grow up in Londonderry, Ashley has visited many times throughout the years. She has enjoyed what Londonderry has to offer with all of the fun events that take place throughout the year.
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