Girl Scouts earn their badges
Girl Scouts visited Chesley Memorial Library Wednesday, Jan 21. To earn a badge they had to find out who their families originated from by using the library's new program "Ancestrylibrary.com". If they did they earned their badges.
What a good time we all had. The computer area was filled to its max. You could feel the excitement as each young lady worked to find her family history. Parents and librarians were on-hand to work with small groups of girls to help them learn how to use this tool.
What a challenge! We all worked hard, some girls searches were easy, others were more involved. All of them left with a better understanding of who their ancestors were.
Afternoons or evenings…the choice is yours!
Afternoon Book Discussion
The Afternoon Book Discussion will meet on January 7 at 2pm, Wednesday, to discuss "Someone" by Alice McDermitt.
A fully realized portrait of one woman’s life in all its complexity, by the National Book Award–winning author.
An ordinary life—its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion—lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections—of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age—come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.
Our first glimpse of Marie is as a child: a girl in glasses waiting on a Brooklyn stoop for her beloved father to come home from work. A seemingly innocuous encounter with a young woman named Pegeen sets the bittersweet tone of this remarkable novel. Pegeen describes herself as an “amadan,” a fool; indeed, soon after her chat with Marie, Pegeen tumbles down her own basement stairs. The magic of McDermott’s novel lies in how it reveals us all as fools for this or that, in one way or another.
Marie’s first heartbreak and her eventual marriage; her brother’s brief stint as a Catholic priest, subsequent loss of faith, and eventual breakdown; the Second World War; her parents’ deaths; the births and lives of Marie’s children; the changing world of her Irish-American enclave in Brooklyn—McDermott sketches all of it with sympathy and insight. This is a novel that speaks of life as it is daily lived; a crowning achievement by one of the finest American writers at work today. A Publishers Weekly Best Fiction Book of the YearA Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013
A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
A Washington Post Notable Fiction Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013
Evening Book Discussion
The Evening Book Discussion will meet at Chesley Memorial Library on Wednesday, January 28, at 7 p.m. to discuss "First Family" written by Joseph Ellis.
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, best-selling author of Founding Brothers and His Excellency brings America’s preeminent first couple to life in a moving and illuminating narrative that sweeps through the American Revolution and the republic’s tenuous early years.
John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both Adamses were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was clearly the more gifted of the two), and over the years they exchanged more than twelve hundred letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story.
Ellis describes the first meeting between the two as inauspicious—John was twenty-four, Abigail just fifteen, and each was entirely unimpressed with the other. But they soon began a passionate correspondence that resulted in their marriage five years later.
Over the next decades, the couple were separated nearly as much as they were together. John’s political career took him first to Philadelphia, where he became the boldest advocate for the measures that would lead to the Declaration of Independence. Yet in order to attend the Second Continental Congress, he left his wife and children in the middle of the war zone that had by then engulfed Massachusetts. Later he was sent to Paris, where he served as a minister to the court of France alongside Benjamin Franklin. These years apart stressed the Adamses’ union almost beyond what it could bear: Abigail grew lonely, while the Adams children suffered from their father’s absence.
John was elected the nation’s first vice president, but by the time of his reelection, Abigail’s health prevented her from joining him in Philadelphia, the interim capital. She no doubt had further reservations about moving to the swamp on the Potomac when John became president, although this time he persuaded her. President Adams inherited a weak and bitterly divided country from George Washington. The political situation was perilous at best, and he needed his closest advisor by his side: “I can do nothing,” John told Abigail after his election, “without you.”
In Ellis’s rich and striking new history, John and Abigail’s relationship unfolds in the context of America’s birth as a nation.
Library Trustee Meeting
The Chesley Memorial Library Board of Trustees will meet Friday, January 16th and Feb. 20th at 10:15 a.m.
Get Caught Reading
Get Caught Reading at the Chesley Memorial Library! May is “Get Caught Reading Month” so we invite you to send in your photos of you, your family, and your friends reading…here at the library, at home, on vacation, wherever you are “caught” reading! We will post the photos on our library web site with your permission. “Get Caught Reading” is a nationwide public service campaign launched by the Association of American Publishers to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.
Story Time is back!
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
We'll read stories and follow with crafts afterwards.
No Story Time on the following dates:
Feb. 25th and
Story Time ends Wednesday June 10th.
Come to our Drop-in Craft - Kids Crafts will continue to be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays throughout the spring from 4 - 6 p.m. .
We now have open access to a genealogy website! ancestrylibrary.com
“Where did previous generations come from? How did they live? What did they fight for? And how did their lives affect yours? Historical records and photos hold so many answers about the fascinating people in history. Ancestry Library Edition puts them at your fingertips, enabling both research and inviting critical thinking. Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.”
The Chesley Memorial Library now has access to Ancestry Library Edition thanks to the Friends of the Northwood Libraries!
Stop in and use one of our public access computers to start your genealogy search today.
Northwood Fun Facts!
In 1897 -
The cost of tuition is $8.75 for 3 students to Coe’s Northwood Academy.
The library had 409 books
Did you know that in 1898 Northwood had 2 mules living in it and that there were 6 - one room school houses, with a total enrollment in the Northwood Schools of:
In 1902 -
Supplies that were furnished during the fever quarantine cost $125.19.
Tuition for 3 students to Northwood Seminary is $371.65
The Dog Constable made $8.50 a year.
The Library has 1038 books.
The town received the results of the 1900 nation-wide census.
Friends of the Northwood Libraries
Would you like to join the Friends of the Northwood Libraries? By joining, you are showing the community that you feel the library is an important institution in the Northwood community. You can help support the libraries by participating in fundraising activities and volunteering your services. The Friends support, improve, and promote the Chesley Memorial Library.
Friends of the Library Meeting
Will meet Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30 p.m.
We now have passes for:
- Strawberry Banke
- Children's Museum of NH
- Boston MFA
available at the library. Passes must be reserved ahead of time.
Call 942-5472 for more information.
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More At the Northwood Library
There's more than books at Chesley Memorial, Northwood's Public Library, we carry a wide range of magazines (Read them while at the library or take them home to enjoy at your leisure).
We have audiobooks, DVDs, and would be more than happy to procure any materials we currently don't have on-site!