Summer Reading Kick-Off! Sat. June 24, 1-4pm

This Summer's theme is BUILD A BETTER WORLD, and this summer we will be featuring programs, prizes and fun for all ages. Sign up any time beginning on June 12 and start reading "for credit". In addition, pick up fun activity ideas, attend special programs and win prizes. If you haven't managed to sign up by June 24, combine your visit to the Strawberry Festival with a quick stop at the Library to get signed up and enjoy our concert.

Make Musical Instruments!
We will have stations set up to make a variety of percussion, wind and string instruments for all ages. Music sure helps to build a better world! We are looking for small boxes, cans in various sizes and shapes and paper towel tubes to help with our summer programming.

Concert at 3PM
Blind songwriter, guitarist and poet Mike Rogers presents scenes and characters in his life of seventy-five years. He has been on the road from coast to coast, New England and the Caribbean.

This show is laced with Mike's wry humor and paints portraits of people "outside the circle" in song, story- telling and poetry. Sometimes edgy, sometimes gentle, his characters are all real people from his journey through life and he places emphasis on understanding and accepting others. Mike accompanies himself on his guitar and his signature harmonica. His comfort with his audience comes from 15 years of teaching high school as well as the music business. He has been performing for over 45 years and has recorded on more than 40 albums. He has opened for Emmy Lou Harris, Tom Rush, The Eagles, James Montgomery and others. Mike and his wife, Beverly, represented Maine and Georgia at the 1999 International Very Special Arts Conference in Los Angeles and his folk group, Salt River, represented Maine at the New England Artists Conference in 2000.

The other two members of the Mike Rogers Trio are Mike's wife Beverly, who adds harmony vocals and his long-time friend and bandmate Dan MacLellan on bass and harmony vocals.

Book Party: "Darktown" by Thomas Mullen

July 10, 7pm

The award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in 1948 Atlanta, exploring a murder, corrupt police, and strained race relations that feels ripped from today's headlines.

Responding to orders from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers, including war veterans Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers; they aren’t allowed to arrest white suspects, drive squad cars, or set foot in the police headquarters.

When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up dead, Boggs and Smith suspect white cops are behind it. . Among shady moonshiners, duplicitous madams, crooked lawmen, and the constant restrictions of Jim Crow, Boggs and Smith will risk their new jobs, and their lives, while navigating a dangerous world—a world on the cusp of great change.

Books available at the Library.

Long-Range Plan

After a little more than 2 years of hard work, the Library has written and adopted a long-range plan. Meant to guide development of Library services and practices over the next five years, this document is the result of research in the form of looking at the long-range plans of other local libraries, surveying the population of Fitzwilliam, critically considering the Library's current strengths and weaknesses, and thoughtfully compiling a series of 18 goals (in four areas) for this valuable shared community resource.

Attaining our goals will not be easy, and we can't do it alone. We hope that as the public becomes familiar with our plan, that individuals may see areas that they would be interested in helping us to achieve. We welcome any and all offers of assistance in achieving this somewhat ambitious program. Please drop into the Library or write to us to discuss any of these initiatives any time.

For now, we hope you will read the plan, enjoy the pictures, and think about what more the Library can offer to the Town over the course of the next five years.

1000 Books before Kindergarten

HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS? It’s easy! One book a day for three years=1000
Three books a day for one year=1000
Ten books a week for two years=1000

WHEN: Today! Register anytime when your child is between birth and five years old.

It’s one of the best gifts you will ever give your child…and yourself!

NH Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service

Newly available, this free service can help you decide if you need a lawyer, and if so, help find you one. More information .

Saturday Coffee Hour

Starts Feb. 7, 10-11am Join your friends and neighbors for a good cup of coffee, goodies, and all of the news!

Mission Statement

The Fitzwilliam Town Library supports the needs and interests of our community by offering information, experiences and ideas in creative ways.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees on March 3, 2014

Fitzwilliam Film (and Food) Fest "Things to Come" (France, 2016)

Friday, July 28 at 7:00

What happens when the life you ve worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert, in a radiant performance) is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family (including frequent visits to her drama queen mother, played by the legendary Édith Scob). But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie s life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, the new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) is an uncommonly intelligent, soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one s own.

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