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Gilmanton Year-Round Library celebrates 5th anniversary

GILMANTON — On September 12th, 2009, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library celebrated its grand opening with many visitors, most receiving library cards. Five years later the Library has 1,653 card holders and some 13,500 items on the shelves. But numbers alone don’t tell the whole story.

In addition to two weekly story time sessions, children’s programming has grown to include the wildly popular Lego Club and early release day Afternoon at the Movies. Paper and Popcorn gives young patrons the opportunity to compare popular movies with the books they are based upon. The summer reading program continues to draw more participants every year, with nearly 300 attendees in programs this past July.

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library also has many opportunities for people learn a craft, hone one's skills and share knowledge with others, through monthly Crafting for the Clumsy and children’s Crafternoon sessions.

The Library hosts various community groups who make use of the ample meeting space, including Magic the Gathering, the Gilmanton Gathers book group and various scouting troops.

The Library offers the opportunity for patrons to borrow books not in the library's immediate collection, at no extra charge, through the state-wide interlibrary loan system. The Library will soon be providing the much anticipated eBooks.

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library is proud of the amazing growth in the past five years in both the number of patrons using the library as well as the increase in the services and programming offered. In addition, the Library makes note of the connections that have been made with the members through the various activities provided. The library encourages members of the community to stop in, and become part of the community.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 08:19

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Downsizing seminar at Taylor Community on Feb. 13

LACONIA — The Taylor Community in Laconia will offer an informative Downsizing Seminar to provide helpful tips and advice for anyone planning to downsize. The seminar, led by senior move manager Mariluz Flanders, is scheduled for Friday, February 13 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Woodside Building at Taylor Community.

Many seniors have lived in their home for years, even decades, during which time they've accumulated a lot of personal possessions. Paul Charlton, who works with seniors planning their move to Taylor Community, notes it can be overwhelming for many. "I talk with people who are really excited to move. Then they go home and become paralyzed when they look at all the stuff in their closets, attics, sheds and basements. That's where the advice of senior move managers can help; they do this for a living and their help is invaluable." Current Taylor residents will also be on hand to share their downsizing experiences.

The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a place at the seminar, call Taylor Community at 366-1400, Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 10:16

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Lecture Jan. 27 on historic churches of Laconia

LACONIA – Laconia Historical and Museum Society will host a reception for its newest exhibition entitled "The Historic Churches of Laconia" on Tuesday, January 27 at 6 pm at The Laconia Public Library. This exhibition will remain on display through the month of March.

In addition to the amazing architecture of Laconia's historic churches, comes a rich history ... those lost to fire and those rebuilt after fire, buildings raised to add a second level and steeples lowered ... and even those that have moved across town and face a new beginning. This exhibition was designed to share that rich history.

"I have always been in awe of the amazing architecture that surrounds us in Laconia – and our Historic Churches are an excellent example of that,'' says LHMS Executive Director, Brenda Kean. "Pulling this exhibit together has been a series of great adventures and new discoveries. I am so excited to share with our community the pieces that we have gathered ... some of them haven't been seen by the general public for more than 75 years."

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603.527.1278, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at LaconiaHistorical.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 10:12

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Beekeeping workshop at Shaker Village on Feb. 21

CANTERBURY — Canterbury Shaker Village will kick off its 2015 schedule of Shaker-inspired workshops with Beginning Beekeeping on Saturday, February 21 from 3-5 p.m. Beekeeper Amy Antonucci will instruct the workshop and the cost to attend is $30 for Canterbury Shaker Village members and $35 for not-yet-members.

With an emphasis on natural methods, the workshop will include a discussion of basic beekeeping terms, basic honeybee biology, the equipment needed to get started, types of honeybees and how to get them. Products and services of the hive will be discussed. What to expect in terms of time and money input, and where to get more information will also be discussed.

Antonucci has been keeping bees for honey and pollination since 2005. She served as Vice President of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association of NH and organized their annual Bee School for three years. Other upcoming Shaker-inspired workshops include Hands on Grafting and Competent Pruning both on April 11; Building Great No-Till, No-Dig Garden Beds on April 18; Home Orchard Care on May 16; The ABCs of Letterpress Printing on June 6; and Shaker Broom Making on June 7. For workshop details or to register, visit www.shakers.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 January 2015 10:05

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