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North Conway Library Presents: “Cranky Americans” with June O’Donal

Written by Andrea Masters, North Conway Library 

The North Conway Public Library is pleased to invite you to the third event of the 2017 Thursday Night Program Series. June O’Donal will give a presentation on “Cranky Americans”, a unique discussion of historical political conflicts, on Thursday, April 20th at 7 p.m. at the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village. The program centers around the conflicts and ideas expressed in her published four-book series, The Fryeburg Chronicles.

Topics of discussion will include rural versus urban, Loyalist versus Patriot, big government versus small government, and slavery versus abolition. Some conflicts still ring true in today’s political climate such as unwanted immigrants. We all may have more in common than you think!

Please bring an open mind and leave your tar and feathers at home. No reservations are necessary for this event. The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated. Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

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June O’Donal lives in Denmark, Maine and is well known for her historical fiction series, but also has a personal dedication to preserving the history of Maine and New Hampshire. She is a museum educator at the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, vice-president of the Fryeburg Historical Society, and Director of the Hazel and Owen Currier Doll Museum of Fryeburg. She will have her books available for sale at this event.

For more information about the program, please visit www.northconwaylibrary.com, call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2967, or email info@northconwaylibrary.com.

 

 

North Conway Public Library Offers New Online Catalog

North Conway Public Library is switching to a new online card catalog system to make finding, reserving and renewing books easier for library patrons.

“Our current cataloging system is hopelessly outdated. The company doesn’t support it anymore, and the system has some bugs by now,” Library Director Andrea Masters said,.

The new system, Apollo, is designed specifically for small public libraries and has won Modern Library Awards’ Best Product of the Year Award for several years in a row.

For patrons, Masters expects the transition to be easy — if not seamless.

As with any online library catalog, the key feature is a search engine that will allow readers to type in the name of an author or title of a book and find the book. But the new system will have a more forgiving search engine than its predecessor, allowing for more misspellings and still returning good “best guesses” for results.

The new display also includes book covers and more information about individual titles.

Once a patron has logged in, he or she can reserve and renew books and request items through inter-library loan if the library doesn’t have them.

People can also bookmark items and save a list to read later, as well as paying overdue fines and make donations on the secure system.

The biggest difference most people will notice is that the catalog will now be available over the Internet an improvement requested on a recent patron survey.

“A lot of people asked for an online catalog. The electronic catalog we had was for in-library use only. Now, having it online, people can access it 24/7, from home, anytime day or night, every day of the week,” Masters said.

The new catalog will also be linked directly to Overdrive, the downloadable books program that the library participates in. “Therefore it’s important for patron cards to be current and up-to-date; otherwise our patrons might not be able to log into Overdrive until they have updated their library registration information with us,” adds Masters.

The library had already been considering a new system prior to the survey, but needed to find funding before it could be implemented. The North Conway Public Library does not receive money from the town to operate.

“We look and act like a public library, but we are privately funded. We rely on private donations for all our operating costs,” she said.

Grants do help pay for some capital improvements. The majority of the money for the new software, $2,000, came from a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The remaining $1,500 was raised through donations.

As the new system is being put in place, Masters asks patrons to be patient. “We are sorry for any inconvenience and we hope people will bear with us through the transition,” she said.

 

North Conway Public Library Annual Gigantic Book & Art Sale

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The North Conway Public Library is having its Annual Gigantic Book & Art Sale on Saturday & Sunday, July 13 & 14. The sale will be held on the library’s property on Main Street in North Conway Village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days. Come rain or shine!

There will be hundreds, if not thousands, of books from every category: adult, children, fiction, nonfiction, antique & rare books, coffee table books, hardcovers, paperbacks, and audio books on CD. Videos, mostly DVDs, music CDs, puzzles, games, and some video games will also be for sale.

While the summer book sale is an old favorite and standby, this is the second year that library will be providing space for local artists to display their works for an Art Show.

Space is still available if you are an artist looking to exhibit alongside other artists and crafters; contact the library immediately to reserve your space!

The library is accepting donations of previously loved books, CDs, and DVDs through Monday, July 8. Unfortunately we cannot accept donations during the sale weekend or the week before, but bring them by as soon as you can and we’ll love to have them. If you miss the deadline for this sale, bear in mind that we accept used books in good condition throughout the year for this event and will be happy to accept your donations for next year’s sale again after July 15.

For more information call the North Conway Library at (603) 356-2961 or check http://www.NorthConwayLibrary.com .

Looking for Artists & Crafters for North Conway Library’s Book & Art Sale

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Calling all artists and crafters: The North Conway Public Library will be hosting a two day outdoor art sale
in conjunction with their gigantic annual book sale on the weekend of July 13 and 14 from 9 am to 2 pm. 
 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 will be limited.  Sign up by June 30 for a discounted rate of $50.
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 ncpl@myfairpoint.net  for an application.

Meet the Author with a Luncheon from White Birch Books!

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Luncheon Menu

The Chef at the MOAT has come up with three luncheon options that should keep everyone happy. As always, we can accommodate any specific dietary restrictions as needed. Here are your choices:

Southwestern Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast

Vegetable Hummus Wrap with Cajun Fries

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with Cajun Fries

I’m getting hungry just writing this stuff down! Dessert will be a petite brownie Sundae with all the fixings. Think these over and then give us a call. Yum!

Raffle Prize
Everyone who comes to the luncheon will be automatically entered to win a copy of LAKE PEOPLE. As an added bonus, we will also be giving away a free ticket to the NEXT luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, and featuring Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

Another luncheon?!? Yes, it’s true. White Birch Books had so much fun with our afternoon with Katrina Kenison that we decided to do it again. This luncheon will feature debut author ABI MAXWELL and her first novel, LAKE PEOPLE. Abi is born and raised in New Hampshire and we are so happy to have her to support her first book and to support the North Conway Library!
Read on!
Luncheon with ABI MAXWELL
Thursday, March 7, at Noon at the MOAT Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery
Tickets: $20 – proceeds benefit the North Conway Public Library
LAKE PEOPLE is a haunting, luminous debut novel set in a small New Hampshire town: the story of the crisscrossing ofAbiMaxwell  lives, within and without family, and of one woman, given up for adoption as a baby, searching for the truth about her life.

As an infant, Alice Thorton was discovered in Kettleborough, New Hampshire, in a boathouse by the lake; adopted by a young, childless couple; raised with no knowledge of the women who came before her: Eleonora, who brought her family to Bear Island, the nearly uninhabitable scrap of land in Kettleborough’s lake; Signe, the maiden aunt who nearly drowned in the lake, ashamed of her heart; Sophie, the grandmother who turned a blind eye to her unwanted granddaughter. Alice grows up aching for an acceptance she can’t quite imagine, trying to find it first with an older man, then with one who can’t love her back, and finally in the love she feels for one she has never met. And all the while she feels a mysterious pull to the lake.

As Alice edges ever closer to her past, Lake People beautifully evokes the interweaving of family history and individual fate, and the intangible connections we feel to the place where we were born.

Abi Maxwell was born and raised in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, where she currently lives. She studied fiction writing at the University of Montana and now works as an assistant librarian at the Gilford Public Library. This is her first book.

Get your tickets now!!!!
Once again we have a tight time window on this event – but that’s OK. You don’t even have to think about it – just do it! I’ve read LAKE PEOPLE and I think it is a terrific book, AND I think there is more to come from ABI MAXWELL. When she becomes the next big literary sensation, we’ll all be able to say we knew her when!
You can buy your tickets at the bookstore by stopping in or calling us at 356-3200 OR stop by the North Conway Library or call them at 356-2961. Tickets need to be purchased in advance!
Thank you!
-Laura
Laura Lucy / PO Box 399 / North Conway, New Hampshire 03860 / 603-356-3200