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North Conway Public Library Presents Antiques Roadshow with Ken Gloss on the Value of Old and Rare Books

The North Conway Public Library will present Ken Gloss, a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, for a discussion of the value of old and rare books. Gloss, owner of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give the free and open talk on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Obs-Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village, in the fully accessible downstairs meeting room.

Gloss will talk about and show some of his favorite finds of old and rare books and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.

Gloss has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBSAntiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times. His articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications.

“Ken Gloss has the reputation of being very entertaining and very informative, and he certainly knows all there is about old and rare books,” says North Conway librarian Andrea Masters.

“I’m sure there are a lot of people who have old and rare books, or have an interest in them,” she said. “We’re hoping people will come to find more information about the value of them.”

Gloss will also talk about the history of his historic bookshop (brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

The Brattle Book Shop, Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best of New England, is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business,” says Ken Gloss.

This event will be held at the Weather Discovery Center, no reservations necessary. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussion.  Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated. For more information about the program, please check the library’s website at NorthConwayLibrary or call the library at 603-356-2961.

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North Conway Library’s Annual Bike For Books- MTB Adventure Rides Fundraiser Sept. 30:  Registration is now OPEN!

Join the North Conway Public Library on Sept. 30 for a day of mountain biking fun at “Bike for Books: Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!” 

Bike for Books offers mountain bikers of all levels a great opportunity to explore the trails in North Conway, NH.  It is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library- the Valley’s free community library, free for all MWV residents.

All routes are self-guided rides on trails clearly marked by Eastside Bike Guides especially for the event, with almost no pavement riding. Signed loops showcase some of the best mountain biking trails in Northern New England for riders of all ages and abilities: two easy loops in Whitaker Woods for kids, families, and novice riders, one long intermediate loop, and several expert loops on technically challenging trails.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of your friends.  You can bike for an hour or all day; easy or technically difficult routes – it’s your choice!

Riders should be on mountain bikes with knobby tires and children should have some off-road cycling experience.  During the ride we have a snack stop with food & drink mid-course, and a mechanical support tent. After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee, and delicious desserts.

For the second time in its 15-year history, Bike for Books will focus on North Conway’s Eastside for the intermediate and expert rides, while children and beginner riders will enjoy the easy forest trails in Whitaker Woods. The intermediate loop will follow Sticks & Stones, Beaver Fever, the Knot, Swamp, Muffler, Pillar to Pond, and more.  The expert loops include Red Tail Trail, Rattlesnake, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone among others. Almost all riding is off-road, only a short connector is on pavement (approx. ½ mi). North Conway’s Eastside was written up in NEMBA’s “SingleTracks” magazine as one of the great places in New England to mountain bike!

Day-of registration will be held from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite in North Conway. Free event water bottles for first 120 riders!  If you want to raise extra money for the North Conway Library’s children’s room, this is an appreciated option and top fundraisers will get prizes.

Registration forms and pledge forms may be downloaded on the library’s website. Online registration is available at BikeReg.com.  FMI go to NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

Bike for Books fundraiser for North Conway Library October 1

Join the North Conway Public Library on Oct. 1 for a day of mountain biking fun in the White Mountains at “Bike for Books MTB Adventure Rides.

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The event offers biking enthusiasts of all levels and abilities a great opportunity to explore the varied trails and
terrain along well-marked routes in and around North Conway by showcasing some of the best mountain biking in the area, spanning all difficulty levels from beginner to expert.

Eastside Bike Guides will mark the trails and promises a great variety of trails to explore: from easy, short rides in Whitaker Woods for novice riders and children to very challenging, technical rides for expert mountain bikers. Chris Krug, owner of Eastside Bike Guides, promises there is something for everyone  and quite a few new trails to explore this year! Gentle fire roads and flowy singletrack through magnificent forests and along rivers- whatever your heart desires.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of friends.

After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, fresh coffee, and delicious homemade desserts.

Bike for Books is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library and fundraising by participants is encouraged with prizes for top fundraisers.

For more information or to download your registration or pledge form, check www.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB . Or register online at http://www.BikeReg.com  or from 8 – 11 a.m. at Whitaker Woods Homesite

Highlights of the event:

  • Self-guided rides on marked trails
  • Different route options for all ages & abilities:
    • 2 easy loops in Whitaker Woods (for kids & families & novice riders)
    • Intermediate loop on North Conway’s Eastside
    • Expert loop on technically challenging trails
  • Signed trails showcase the best North Conway’s Eastside has to offer
  • Snack stop with food & drink
  • After ride pizza lunch with hot soup, delicious desserts, and fresh coffee
  • Mechanical support tent by local bike shop
  • Optional fundraising with prizes for top fundraisers instead of registration fee

Registration on Day of Event: 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite on Rt. 16

Costs: Adults $25, couples $45, families $55, kids 16 +under $15. Or raise pledges instead! (see event website)

Along with the great riding, the Mount Washington Valley offers many other activities for the whole family: great hiking in the White Mountains, canoeing and kayaking in the Saco River, shopping in the tax-free outlet stores, and much more. The blue ribbon fair in Fryeburg, Maine (10 miles away) will start the next day.

Riders register and start anytime between 8 and 11 a.m. with the event concluding by early afternoon.

Emergency support is provided – bring your mobile phone.

***Participants should be on a mountain bike and children should have some off-road cycling experience.***

This mountain bike tour raises important funds for the North Conway Library’s children’s room. 

FMI check out www.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

Looking for Artists & Crafters for Library’s Book & Art Sale, July 9 + 10

Calling all artists and crafters: The North Conway Public Library will be hosting a two day outdoor art & craft sale in conjunction with their gigantic annual book sale on the weekend of July 9 and 10 from 9 am to 3 pm.

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If you are a painter or photographer, do watercolors or drawings, pottery, sculptures, jewelry or any other art or craft and would like to exhibit and sell your art, rent some space at the North Conway Library’s Book & Art Sale this year! Exhibitors need to bring their own tables and/or tents.

Take advantage of this already successful event that draws in a lot of visitors and display & sell your own art.

Sign up soon since space is limited and early registrations get the best spots! You can sign up for the whole weekend or a single day only. Registrations received by June 30 will get a discount.

Registration forms are available for pick up at the library in North Conway Village or can be sent via email.  Please call the library at (603) 356-2961 for more information, check out the library’s website at http://www.NorthConwayLibrary.com , or e-mail info@northconwaylibrary.com  for an application.

Kearsarge resident Jenn McAdams wins North Conway Library’s iPad mini

Jenn McAdams of Kearsarge won the North Conway Public Library’s Second Annual iPad mini Raffle.

“The odd thing is we were just about to buy a new iPad as our old one has been getting very slow lately,’’ said Jenn’s husband, Terry, when notified of the win. The drawing was held on Dec. 23, 2015 at the Library.

A total of $820 was raised with proceeds benefitting the North Conway Public Library, said Library Director Andrea Masters. Tickets sold for $5 each or 6 for $20.

“I was happy to make a donation to the library when buying my raffle tickets,’’ said Jenn McAdams, a former teacher, who also makes her home in Nova Scotia. “It was icing on the cake that I won.’’

McAdams is a huge fan of the Library and its staff. “I often brag about this library to friends, about how much better this library is than the large city libraries where it is a rarity for someone to go above and beyond.

“Even though we live in the Mount Washington Valley for only six months of the year, I love this library. I am there at least once a week, often twice a week. The collection of books is wonderful and I have read many new books I would not even have known about if it weren’t for the large display of non-fiction books near checkout. I have learned many fun and interesting things as a result.’’

Andrea Masters, whose assistant Joan Kurtz pulled the winning ticket, thanked everyone who participated in the raffle. “Unfortunately, there can only be one winner and people know this. Yet, we collected more than $800. That tells me that their love of our Library and supporting us is a driving force. Thank you!’’

The North Conway Public Library is a privately funded library that is free and open to the public.   The library receives no regular funding from the town of Conway, the state of New Hampshire, or the federal government. The Library depends on donations, corporate sponsors, and fundraising efforts like this.  For more information, visit NorthConwayLibrary.com or call the Library at (603) 356-2961.

North Conway Library offers Mountain Bike Clinic for Novice Women Riders

Starting Wednesday, August 12, the Library, in partnership with Eastside Bike Guides, will offer a beginning mountain bike skills clinic series for novice women riders.

It’s a four-week series which will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Library. The series will focus on female beginner riders with little to no experience. The goal is to help new riders understand the basics of their bikes and teach the fundamental skills required to ride safely and with confidence.

 These clinics are ideal for women who have just purchased their first mountain bike or those who have never felt comfortable trying to learn and ride in a group of more experienced riders.

Our idea is to offer a fun and supportive learning environment so that riding will be more enjoyable. This is also the perfect training for novice riders who are thinking of participating in our ‘Bike for Books- MTB Adventure Rides‘ fundraiser on October 3rd.

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