New Hampshire Cemeteries & Gravestones, with Glenn Knoblock

Wed. August 3, 7pm
Rubbings, photographs, and slides illustrate the rich variety of gravestones to be found in our own neighborhoods, but they also tell long-forgotten stories of such historical events as the Great Awakening, the Throat Distemper epidemic, and the American Revolution. Find out more about these deeply personal works of art and the craftsmen who carved them with Glenn Knoblock, and learn how to read the stone "pages" that give insight into the vast genealogical book of New Hampshire.

Presented by: Glenn A. Knoblock - B.A. in History, Bowling Green State University; independent scholar and author of twelve books and over 70 articles; author and historian on projects relating to Northern New England bridges, New Hampshire history and African American military history.

Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.

Book Party: "Outline" by Rachel Cusk

Mon. July 11, 7pm

A luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language

A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking―about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives.
Rachel Cusk's Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss.
Outline takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. It brilliantly captures conversations, investigates people's motivations for storytelling, and questions their ability to ever do so honestly or unselfishly. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing. This is Rachel Cusk's finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years.

Short-listed for the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize, finalist for the 2014 Folio Prize
Named one of the best fiction books of 2014 by The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Independent and Glamour A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week and Flavorwire Staff Pick

Try our new Summer Cookbook Club!

Pick up a copy of the book at the library.
Choose a recipe.
Make it and share with Friends here on Thurs. July 21 at 5pm!

Summer Reading for Teens!

Optional Book Group (books available at the Library)
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life―a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Friday Evenings at7pm
July 8-Giant Lawn Games on the Common
July 15- Mystery Movie Night!
July 22- Campfire, S'mores, and Scary Stories....
July 29- Book Party for "Shadow and Bone". Special- "Join the Second Army and tap into your power" - Pizza!
Aug. 5- Glow-in-the-Dark Ultimate Frisbee

Art Opening- Carolyn Edwards

In response to the question, "Why do you paint?"
I reply..."Because I watch the news."

This exhibit will be pastels, oil & photographs

Exhibits & Honors
2nd Place, Pastel Society of New Hampshire Member Exhibit May 2016
Best in Show, Pastel Society of New Hampshire Member Exhibit June 2015
First Prize, Elden Murray Photo Contest, Hanover, NH
American Universities Field Staff Invitational Exhibit and cover photo on their magazine,
Common Ground
Honorable mention Harvard Alumni Magazine Photo Contest

Summer Reading Programs for Kids!

Play with your Food: Sat. July 9, 10am

The challenge will be to make something adorable that's also good to eat. Preschoolers will be enjoying "Snacks with colors, shapes, smells, tastes--YUM!" Still time to sign up and READ!

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!

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