July 1st, 2015 · Children, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News, Teens, Trustees
Celebrating Independence Day!
The library will be closed from Friday, July 3rd through July 5th in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend!
June 28th, 2015 · Books, City Library, E-Books, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Technology, Teens, Trustees
Whether you call them downloadable audiobooks, audio eBooks, or eAudios, we’ve got them! In addition to our selection in OverDrive, we are offering audiobooks through 3M. If you already listen to audiobooks from OverDrive, you now have another platform to find the bestsellers. 3M is completely integrated into the catalog, which means no going to another site, or you can search and download directly from the app on your device. Also, GMILCS is a smaller consortium than the NH Downloadable Books Consortium, so hold lists should be shorter for titles such as Girl on the Train, 14th Deadly Sin, and The Wright Brothers.
Granted, since this is a brand new collection, our list of titles is still small. We’re focusing on fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, and will be purchasing titles each week. If these audiobooks circulate well, we hope to continue the service. Those of you familiar with our 3M ebooks know how easy 3M is to use, so give it a try and let us know what you think! Click here to browse a list of titles.
June 25th, 2015 · Ages 0-2, Ages 2-3, Ages 4-5, Ages 6-13, Books, Children, City Library, Events, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-12, Grades K-2, Main Branch, Teens, Trustees
Do you like to support reading and also love to shop? Then we’ve got just the thing for you! We have teamed up with Macy’s for this year’s Reading is Fundamental campaign. When you shop at Macy’s between June 21st – July 12th you can get $10.00 off a $30.00 purchase at the Bedford Macy’s store.
How, you might ask? When you make your purchase of $30.00 or more, just donate $3.00 at the register to provide a book for a child. The Macy’s store we are teamed up with is the store at Bedford and their address is 125 South River Road Rt. 3 Bedford, NH 03110.
Be a part of our biggest children’s fundraiser of the year-and remember, Reading is Fundamental!
June 22nd, 2015 · Ages 6-13, Books, City Library, Events, Grades 6-12, Main Branch, News, Summer Reading Program, Teens
Read books. Come to programs. Win prizes.
For every book you finish between June 22 and August 22, fill out one of the summer reading forms found in the Teen Area, or fill out the online form.
For every program you attend, fill out a program attendance form before you leave.
Each week, these forms will be entered into a raffle drawing for a $25 gift card from places like Barnes and Noble, Cinemagic, Game Stop, iTunes, Newbury Comics, and Water Country!
It gets better:
For every three books you finish, you will receive one entry into the grand prize drawing for an iPad Air!
The program is open to students entering grades 6 to 12. For more information, please contact Amy Graves, Teen Librarian, at 624-6550 ext. 345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Summer Reading Form
June 19th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Main Branch
“Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened: RSA 265:79-c Use of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving; Prohibition.”
The N.H. State Legislature has passed a law restricting the use of handheld devices while driving a motor vehicle. Often called the “Hands Free” Law, this new law goes into effect on July 1st. The devices regulated by this law include: cell phones, GPS devices, tablets, iPods, iPads or any other electronic device requiring data entry. There are exceptions for anyone making a 911 call, using a 2-way radio, or using a Bluetooth-enabled or other hands-free device. Anyone violating the general rule will be guilty of a criminal violation and be charged a fine. Penalties for violations of the new driving law are as follows: 1st Offense : $100 fine; 2nd Offense : $250 fine; 3rd Offense within 2 years : $500 fine; AND penalty assessments will be added to the fines.
Driver’s under the age of 18 have different laws that will begin to be enforced. Here’s is what you need to know to keep your younger drivers safe. For drivers under the age of 18, use of hand-held or hands-free electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or halted at traffic lights or stop signs is against the law. Teen drivers under the age of 18 will not be allowed to use any electronic devices (hand-held or not) except to report an emergency. Anyone violating this will be subject to penalties and license suspension or revocation.
Here are some handy resources you might wish to read:
New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 2014 Chapters 259-269 (2014 Cumulative Supplement Insert pg. 58-59).
Android Phones for Dummies by Dan Gookin
iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Smartphones: Opposing Viewpoints edited by Roman Espejo
txtng: the gr8 db8 by David Crystal
To keep things simple, when the New Hampshire Hands Free Law goes into effect, use a bluetooth device if your car isn’t already set up with one – or simply avoid talking on the phone while driving in New Hampshire. (Better get that bluetooth set up before the mad rush from it begins!) And never, ever text and drive!
June 14th, 2015 · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch
This month the Brown Bag Book Club will be reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience & Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. The crash in the Pacific Ocean of an Army Air Force bomber in 1943 left behind two survivors. One of them was Louis Zamperini who survived 47 days in a raft in the Pacific along with one other survivor. Both men were rescued by the Japanese Navy, but this is not the end of the story. Pack your lunch and plan to join us at noon time on June 30th to discuss this inspirational novel. For more information or any questions please contact the Information Department at 624-6550 ext. 320.
Exercising and Giving Combined: Librarian Embraces Her Inner Hippie at Color Me Rad Race. Film at Eleven!
June 11th, 2015 · Books, City Library
It was a dark, cold and stormy night – you know, winter in New Hampshire.. Sitting alone, staring at my computer, and hearing my flab spread across the chair in the dead of night, I noticed a brightly colored ad for something called Color Me Rad. It’s a 5K race/walk to fight hunger, coming up in the Spring. Running. Ick. Reading further, it seems they also throw dry and liquid corn starch at you as you run and by the end, you’re covered in color. Sounds much more fun than staring out the window at 10 feet of snow on the ground. I wrinkled my brow, put my finger to my chin Grinch style, considered the event, and read on. You’re even urged to wear white to enhance the fuchsia, orange, blue, green, purple and red stuff they throw at you. Intriguing. Well, it would be great exercise. Once you start the race with 3,000 people (right, like there will be 3,000 people) there is no turning back, right?. I sat up straight from the glow of my computer and thought:
Go For It
After registering, I began to prepare for the Big Day. This consisted of going to Goodwill for inexpensive white clothing I consciously intended to destroy. White pants, white hoodie top, white tennis shoes. Check. The day before the race, I picked up my participant number and felt compelled to purchase some Color Me Rad stuff they were marketing. I bought a shirt (even though you’re given one for free for participating) white headband, a backpack and of course, Color Me Rad Elton Johnesque sunglasses. Check.
Then came the day. A beautiful, cloudless, crisp day in April. Damn! Seriously no turning back, now. As I cautiously approached Veterans Park, I heard loud music and an emcee revving up the crowd. Oh jeez, there actually were 3,000 people registered for this thing! They had to start the race in 2 shifts! There was music, an entertainment stage, and a lot of support! Nervously, I sauntered up to the starting line on a closed-off Elm Street like I owned the place. Turning behind me, I asked a young wide-eyed couple if this was their first time doing this race. Yes, they said, happy and a little nervous, too. This helped relieve some of my jitters. I’ll just sort of stay by them and it’ll be…suddenly someone shouted, ”ON YOUR MARKS!! GET SET!! GO!”. Where were my safety buddies!?
Lost in a mass shuffle of humanity already getting pummeled with yellow, pink, blue, and green corn starch from volunteers on the sidelines. The air above me was a purple, hazy mix of colors. It was utter madness! It was fun!! People cheered us on, handing us water bottles at the half way point. Full disclosure, I ran approximately 10% of the time. So did pretty much everyone else. The point is to support efforts to end hunger. This is how you “win”. However, I also won because I ran/walked 3.2 miles or 5K. I was tired at the end but I felt good! As the participants emptied back into the park, there were sort of rad raves going near the stage. They gave you plastic packets of corn starch and at the count of 3 the crowd ripped open the bags and threw them into the air, yelling wooohooo!!! further enhancing the overall bedlam. Swept up in the scene and feeling my “runners high” I, of course, had to do this too. You gotta. It’s part of the whole rad thing, man…
I would highly encourage anyone who can, to participate in the Color Me Rad run or other exercise-related charity events in New Hampshire. Most are not too expensive, you don’t have to be a seasoned athlete and in the case of Color Me Rad, you get to do something certifiably crazy in broad daylight with the city’s blessing. Beauty, eh? Next year I’m wearin’ a tutu…
Check out the Color Me Rad website for more information.
Check out our catalog for a book that has a whole chapter on How to Talk About Giving to your kids.
Check out upcoming forced exercise, I mean run/walk charity events in New Hampshire
June 9th, 2015 · Books, City Library, Events, News, NH Room, Teens, Trustees, West Branch
We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Barnes & Noble Bookstore to “host” a bookfair benefiting the restoration of the West Branch Library. Simply visit the Barnes & Noble bookstore at 1741 South Willow Street between June 18th -20th. Prior to making your purchases please mention the West Library and a portion of each purchase goes to give the library a Barnes & Noble gift card enabling us to purchase more books. Titles will be available for purchase to replace books that were damaged in the flood. Come meet some of New Hampshire’s finest authors and spend some money for a worthy cause!
(Can’t attend our bookfair at Barnes & Noble? Visit bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from June 18th-25th by entering Bookfair ID #11596343 at checkout.)
See you at the bookfair!