Tuesday, May 3rd Library closing at 6:30 pm (workshop)
The Chesley Memorial Library will close early (at 6:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, May 3, so staff members can attend a customer service workshop sponsored by the Suncook Interlibrary Cooperative.
Memorial Day Closing: Monday, May 30th
We will re-open Tuesday, May 31st
The Chesley Memorial Library will hold its second annual Cupcake War on May 25 and 26! Bring your own (undecorated) cupcake to the library on Wednesday, May 25, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Decorations will be available here and cupcakes will be on display once completed.
Come back on Thursday, May 26, during library hours (10:00am-7:00pm) to vote for your favorite cupcake. The smell of cupcakes enticed everyone visiting the library last year and we are sure the same will be true this year! All ages welcome; registration not required.
Friends of the Northwood Libraries meeting:
Watch for these events coming in May!
- The return of our Choco Tacos: May 5th
- Humor & Harmony: May 21st
- Cupcake Wars: May 25th thru 26th
Watch for these events coming in June!
- Teddy Bear Sleep Over: June 10th & 11th
Watch for more details to come!
Afternoons or evenings…the choice is yours!
Afternoon & Evening Book Discussions
Our book discussions for adults will continue this fall and new participants are always welcome.
The Afternoon Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “The World’s Strongest Librarian” by Josh Hanagarne and on Wednesday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson.
Books we have read for our afternoon group:
Junior Readers Book Club
Junior Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 5th, from 5:00-6:00 to discuss Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull. New members are always welcome!
Excerpt:Four children separated by vast distances all undergo the same ritual, watched by cloaked strangers. Four flashes of light erupt, and from them emerge the unmistakable shapes of incredible beasts—a wolf, a leopard, a panda, a falcon. Suddenly the paths of these children—and the world—have been changed forever.
Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers . . . and on you.
Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game—discover your spirit animal and join the adventure now at scholastic.com/spiritanimals.
Added bonus: celebrate Cinco de Mayo by enjoying a choco taco at the book discussion! Stop by the library to pick up your copy to read then come back to discuss the book and enjoy some light refreshments.
Evening Book Club
The Evening Book Discussion Group will meet here Wednesday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss “She Got Up Off the Couch" by Haven Kimmel. New members welcome!
Books that we have read for our evening book group over the last 10 years are listed on Pinterest!
SIT 'n' SEW
Learn paper-piecing the Carol Doak way! Local resident Pam Williams and fellow seamstress from Lyndeborough, Carol Wright, will be at the Chesley Memorial Library on Thursday, May 26, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. to teach you how to paper-piece the easy way using Carol Doak's patented method. If you own a Carol Doak book, please feel free to print your own foundations on newsprint (or other thin paper) and bring them in, along with your choice of fabrics if you would like to create another block with your own fabrics. Two extra sewing machines will be available for people's use and all materials will be provided. No fee. Ages 10 and up.
Local Authors take note
Are you a local author? Have you finished your book? If you're interested in having the library host a book signing /launch for you please contact us at 942-5472 or email email@example.com.
HUMOR & HARMONY
Humor&Harmony is back! The Chesley Memorial Library and the Friends of the Northwood Libraries will sponsor "Humor&Harmony” featuring Rebecca Rule and Cordwood at the Masonic Hall on Route 4 in Northwood on Saturday, May 21, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Suggested donation is $5.00 per person at the door. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
Rebecca Rule is a humorist/writer who specializes in funny stories about New Hampshire. Rebecca Rule gathers and tells stories and she'll be telling some of her funniest ones for Humor and Harmony. Her latest book (and first picture book for children) is The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever, illustrated by Jennifer Thermes. Other books include: Moved and Seconded: NH Town Meeting and Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments, and Outright Lies. She hosts Our Hometown, on NHPTV.
Cordwood is a bluegrass and folk quartet made up of instrumental, vocal, and recording artists from Northwood, Strafford, and Deerfield. This is not your local neighborhood hobby band. They are a fine group of seasoned New England musicians. Each can hold his or her own at field picking or a back stage jam, and yet, as a band, they present a highly polished on-stage performance. All four members of Cordwood are storytellers and songwriters, creating original material for instrumentalists who can sing and harmonize, sometimes taking the lead vocal, other times hanging back and lending two, three, or even four part harmonies to a song. Cordwood provides a unique sound to both originals and the covers they perform. Their tunes remain heartfelt and down-home. The band’s material is a mixture of traditional bluegrass, folk, and swing. Cordwood is Wini Young on banjo and guitar, Walt Kutylowski on bass, Al Pratt on guitar, and Bob Young on mandolin, names you may remember from Big Chicken, The Deerfield Coffeehouse Band, and Fat Hands.
Library Trustee Meeting
The Chesley Memorial Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library on Friday, May 13 at 10:15 am.
Are you looking for something different to do with your family this month?
We now have passes for:
- Strawberry Banke
- Children's Museum of NH
- Boston MFA
- See Science Center (https://www.see-sciencecenter.org/educators/exhibits.aspx)
(to see the Lego city click here)
- Canterbury Shaker Village
Each pass works a little differently…some let you in free while others provide discounted admission. We can also provide you with information on when to visit the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester for free admission. Please call the library at 942-5472 for more information.
OverDrive (The New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium) requires a PIN number to access your account.
Your PIN number is the last four digits of your primary phone number.
Yes, we are a free WiFi spot.
The public WiFi is always on for your convenience.
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
click here for more fun facts!
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).
Better Homes and Gardens
Early American Life
Every Day With Rachael Ray
Field & Stream
Love of Quilting
Martha Stewart Living
National Geographic Kids
Rodale’s Organic life
Saturday Evening Post
This Old House
We have audiobooks, DVDs, and would be more than happy to procure any materials we currently don't have on-site!
BOOK RETURN POLICY
Our book return is emptied prior to opening daily. Items put in during open hours or after closing will be checked in the next business day.
Monday's are Senior Cafe Day at Chesley Memorial Library all year long!
Warmer weather is here and it’s easy to get out and about so come meet your friends and neighbors at the Chesley Memorial Library! The Senior Café meets every Monday from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Are you looking for a chance to get out and make new friends? Would you like to enjoy some home baked goodies and a cup of coffee or tea while you socialize? Drop in and spend some time at the Senior Café!
What is a Senior Cafe? A place to gather and socialize for older folks from Northwood and surrounding towns. (We're handicap accessible so don't let that stop you from joining us.)
Come share stories, pass time with old friends and meet new ones. There is no specific program planned for each week; we might talk about books, make decorations for the library, listen to local musicians, play Trivial Pursuit, or we might just visit and enjoy each others company. Light refreshments will be served.
Caretakers are welcome to stay with seniors for the café but can also enjoy some time away on their own if appropriate. Please call the library at 942-5472 if you would like more information.
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.
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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.