Londonderry Leach Library News for October 2014

Aug 28, 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, October 13 for Columbus Day.

Adult Program
On Thursday, October 16 at 7:00pm the Leach Library will host historian, Richard Holmes, and poet, Robert Crawford, as they discuss local poet, Robert Frost and his life.

Mr. Holmes is the Derry Town Historian and has been the Chairman of the Derry Heritage Commission, Director of the Derry Museum of History and a Trustee of the Robert Frost Farm. He is the author of numerous books, including Nutfield Rambles: Stories from the History of Derry, Londonderry, & Windham, New Hampshire, The Road to Derry: A Brief History, and View from Meeting House Hill: A History of Sandown, New Hampshire.

For over a decade, Mr. Crawford worked in and around the Pentagon before moving to New Hampshire for a literary life. He is an Assistant Professor in the writing department at Chester College of New England. His poems have won numerous awards and have been published in many national journals. His first book of poetry was published in 2005: Too Much Explanation Can Ruin a Man.

Mr. Holmes and Mr. Crawford will give people an intimate look into how Frost came to teach at Pinkerton Academy while living at his farm on Route 28 and how his opportunity forever changed his poetry and those who read it throughout the world.

The presentation is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals. It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

Reference News
October is a good time to celebrate our pets. Whether they are a member of the family, man’s best friend, or a gentle companion, our pets play an important part in our lives. This month our display features books and movies showing the love we have for our pets, as in Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology, by Caroline Paul, The Cat who Came Back for Christmas: How a Cat Brought a Family the Gift of Love, by Julia Romp, or Ricochet: Riding a Wave of Hope with the Dog who Inspires Millions, by Judy Fredono. Sometimes pets bring healing to broken lives demonstrated in Zoobiquity: What Animals can Teach Us about Health and the Science of Healing, by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers, or Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of “Unadoptables” Taught Me about Service, Hope, and Healing, by Susannah Charleston. Do you want to better understand your dog, parrot, or horse? Read The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs are Smarter than You Think, by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, or Conversations with Cosmo, a book on communicating with the African Grey Parrot by Betty Jean Craig. Our display is brimming with materials on choosing a pet, caring for them, training animals, and just enjoying their company. Some of these titles to look for are How to Raise Rabbits, by Samantha Johnson, Aquarium Guides by Kevin Wilson, and The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Caged and Aviary Birds, by David Alderton.

Children’s Room News
Dino-Adventures: Explore the world of dinosaurs at the library on Monday, October 6 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. with Animal Adventure’s Dino-Adventures program. This program uses fossils, dinosaur skulls, velociraptor claws and dinosaur skin you can see and touch. Animals such as monitor lizards, alligators, scorpions and birds are used to show how animals today are similar and different to dinosaurs (live animals). This program is open to all ages, and space is limited to 90 people. Advance registration for this exciting program is required and began at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 29. To register call 432-1127 or come by the Children’s Room.

Halloween Program: The Library will be hosting its annual Halloween celebrations on Monday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 21 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Those who wish to may participate in a costume parade beginning at 4:15 p.m. each day. During the program participants hear some not-too-spooky stories, discover how a fairy built a little orange house and learn trick-or-treat safety. At the end of the program, those participants that wish to may watch the animated Halloween classic Sleepy Hollow. All children attending the program will receive a trick or treat bag filled with prizes, activities and a simple craft. These programs are open to all ages, and space is limited to 90 people for each session. Advance registration is required and begins on Tuesday, October 14, at 9:00 a.m. To register stop by the Children’s Room or call 432-1127.

Ladybug Award: The library is pleased to be participating in the Ladybug Award voting this year. Each year, librarians from around the state nominate ten outstanding picture books to be voted on by the children of New Hampshire. Participants in preschool through grade 3 can vote on their favorite book from the list of nominated titles. The books will be on display this month and next. Stop by and read one of the titles and be ready to cast your vote. Ladybug Award Voting begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 10 and concludes at closing on Saturday, November 15. Everyone who votes will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a fun Ladybug prize bag.

Young Adult News
In celebration of Teen Read Week, during the month of October for each Young Adult book read earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift certificate. The more you read, the more chances you have to win.

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About the author

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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