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Who loves to read?

If you love to read you should attend the White Birch Books and North Conway Public Library’s author luncheons! It’s a great way to enjoy a book, be with friends, and talk with the author. Sea Dog Brewery recently hosted Meghan Weir, and her novel: the Book Of Essie. It’s always fascinating to hear about the creative process!

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Friends of the Bartlett Public Library Book & Bake Sale Today

This year the sale will take place today, Thursday July 4 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the library located at the Josiah Bartlett School in Bartlett Village.

There will be hundreds of books for all ages and interests – fiction (hard and softcover) with lots of mysteries, children’s books, history, travel, gardening, religion, biography, sports, health and much, much more all at bargain basement prices. This is your opportunity to stock up for your summer reading and add to your own library collection.

There will also be a delicious assortment baked goods available for purchase. New this year the Friends will be selling a sturdy canvas book bag tote – Made in Bedford, New Hampshire of materials Made in the USA. Join the Friends at the Family level and receive a book bag tote FREE!

All monies raised are used by the Friends group to host programs throughout the year at the library, maintain the web site, publish the newsletter and to assist the Trustees and library staff with any other needs that may be requested. Consider becoming a Friend and help the Bartlett Public Library grow its holdings and provide other needed services to town residents.

More information about the library and upcoming events may be found at bartlettpubliclibrary.org. Contact Marcia Burchstead at 356-8462 or bartlettnews@roadrunner.com to volunteer for the sale or donate a baked goods item.

BAM! Celebrates Grand Opening in North Conway

Grand Opening festivities for the Books-A-Million North Conway location in Settler’s Crossing, 1500 White Mountain Highway Saturday, November 12th to include:

  • Ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 9:45AM
  • FREE BAM! tote bag to the first 200 customers. One lucky customer will receive a tote bag with a FREE $250 BAM! gift card

The North Conway BAM! provides a selection of books, magazines, bargain books and gifts, as well as unique sections within the store. There’s a special “Kids-A-Million” section featuring children’s books, learning resources, toys and games along with a myriad of literature for children and products from Lego, Skip Hop, LeapFrog, Hasbro and more.

For the tech savvy reader, there’s an array of electronics, featuring the NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color; iPhone, iPod and eReader accessories and DVDs in addition to electronic accessories by brands such as Skullcandy, JVC, Built and ProtectIt.

All new customers are invited to sign up for the Millionaire’s Club, where members save 40 percent off bestsellers, 20 percent off hundreds of items throughout the store and 10 percent off everything, every day with free express shipping on books-a-million.com. Millionaire’s Club members also experience special sale events and receive exclusive promotions and coupons through weekly emails.

From quality customer service to convenient access to superior merchandise, BAM! has so much to offer, including discount programs for teachers and community organizations as well as community fundraising opportunities. The new location is open just in time for the holiday season. At BAM!, books are just the beginning.

Lots of book discussion news at the North Conway Library!


After our summer hiatus we will continue our TGIF book group  on October 7th with a discussion of “The Hunger Games”  by Suzanne Collins.  It was hard to get enough copies for this incredibly popular book but we now have a good amount available at the library.

TGIF Book Discussion
Friday October 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Library’s TGIF Book Group will read “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and discuss it on Friday, October 7th at 10:30 a.m. at the library. Hunger Games

This is an open group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have finished the book.

This gripping  young adult novel, which became a huge bestseller  and is soon to be released as a highly anticipated  major  movie, is set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present. The nation of Panem consists of a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying Districts, the ruins of the area once known as North America. In this stratified society where the Capitol controls all resources, the main character, 16-year-old Katniss, provides the main support for her family by foraging for food in the woods surrounding their impoverished District.

The annual “Hunger Games,” a survival contest on live TV in which teenagers fight to the death, provide a major source of entertainment in this dystopian world.   Two “tributes” between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen by lottery from each of the 12 districts to compete. When Katniss’ beloved younger sister Prim is chosen as one of the “tributes,” Katniss volunteers to go in her sister’s place.  In the terrifying events that follow, Katniss must marshal all her skills to stay alive and all her emotions to remain a caring human being in the face of the stark brutality of the Games.

The TGIF Book Group is an open book discussion group that reads both fiction and nonfiction and meets on the first Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library in North Conway Village. Please join us!   The next book discussion in November will be “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan as part of the One Book One Valley community read.  Contact the North Conway Library at 356-2961 for more information or to reserve your copy of “The Hunger Games” or “Following Atticus.”

One Book One Valley
“Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan
TGIF Discussion on Friday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 am

The Library’s TGIF Book Group  will read “Following Atticus” by Jackson author Tom Ryan and discuss it on Friday, November 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at the library as part of the “One Book One Valley” community read.  This is an open group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member and whether or not you have finished the book.

“Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship  is many things, but mostly it’s a love letter to our own White Mountains.  Tom Ryan came to both dogs and hiking late. But late is always better than never and he has more than made up for it. For two winters in a row, he and Atticus attempted to climb the 4000 footers each twice, in an attempt to raise money for various causes. His hiking exploits are all chronicled in the book and, as mentioned before, the White Mountains never looked better. But this book is more than a hiking journal – it’s about the deepening relationship between Tom and Atticus, something most pet lovers can understand. And it’s about finding your place in the world, doing what you love doing. Of course, there is hardship to overcome and obstacles in the way, but Tom and Atticus find their way through, strengthening their amazing bond along the way”(as described by White Birch Books’ Laura Lucy).

“One Book” community reading projects  have exploded in popularity in recent years. Usually organized by libraries, they bring members of a community together to read and discuss the same literary work. Discussions usually take place in small book groups and sometimes authors participate. The idea is to promote reading and to connect people to literature through reading and discussion.  The “One Book” movement began in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library, when Seattle Librarian Nancy Pearl, initiated “If All Seattle Read the Same Book.” There are now citywide, countywide, statewide, and even country-wide reading programs all over the world.  “One Book One Valley,” our own Valley-wide reading program, started in 2006 when a group of librarians and book-minded community members organized the first community-wide reading program for the greater Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally.
The first Valley-wide read was Stranger in the Kingdom  by  Howard Frank Mosher.  Since then, the group has brought several other New England authors like Ernest Hebert  (The Old American), Kate Braestrup  (Here if you need me), Chris Bohjalian  (The Double Bind), and Castle Freeman Jr.  (Go with me) into the Valley.
For more information about “One Book One Valley” and its many related programs and events, check out http://onebookonevalley.wordpress.com
Copies of “Following Atticus” will be available at the North Conway Library and ALL local libraries from September 21st throughout October and early November. Copies are also available for purchase at White Birch Books.
The TGIF Book Group is an open book discussion group that reads both fiction and nonfiction and meets on the first Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library in North Conway Village. Everybody is welcome whether you belong to the library or not, whether you have read the book or not! Please join us!

Contact the North Conway Library at 356-2961 for more information about the book discussion or the “One Book One Valley” Community Read or to reserve your copy.

The TGIF Book Group  would love to welcome new members. Please join us! You will find more info below.
This Tuesday, the book release party for “Following Atticus” by Tom Ryan will take place at 7 pm at the Theater in the Woods. This book was chosen for the One Book One Valley  community read.
The TGIF book discussion will talk about it at their meeting on Friday, November 4th. FMI please see below. Copies of “Following Atticus” will be ready for check out at the library this Wednesday, September 21

We are a privately funded library which is free and open to the public. We don’t receive any regular funding from the town of Conway, the State of NH, or the federal government; therefore we depend on your donations, our corporate sponsors and our fundraising programs!

North Conway Public Library
2719 Main Street
North Conway, NH 03860
603-356-2961

Great Thunder

I don’t know about you but I love a good rain storm, thunder and lightening and pounding rain.  Weather like that drives me to North Conway Village to visit White Birch Books for a relaxed browse and then off to fill my Martini Club glass at Decades, eat my favorite buffaloe wings at Horsefeathers or Ceasar Salad and Sushi at Delaney’s. That was my day today on a rainy Sunday. Who can complain?

Couch Potatoe