GIlford Library kicks off summer reading program

GILFORD — The summer reading programs at the Gilford Public Library kicked off Monday, June 29, with an ice cream social and music with local musician Paul Warnick.

More than 200 visitors made their way to the library to celebrate the launch of another busy summer filled with programs, visiting authors, children's storytimes, and reading. The Gilford Public Library offers three levels of participation in the Summer Reading Program according to age or reading level. Each level (adult, teen, child) has its own unique theme, reading log, weekly prizes, and different activities are geared toward each group.

The children's theme this year is "Every Hero Has a Story" and children visiting the library this summer will have a chance to meet local heroes in a series of themed storytimes with local firefighters, bus drivers, police officers, and construction workers.

Adults are challenged to "Escape The Ordinary" and explore different genres of reading this summer, and can win prizes baskets that spotlight products and activities from across the Granite State.

Teens are invited to "Unmask a Great Read" and challenge themselves with writing camp and science-themed activities all summer long.

Sign-ups and programs will be on-going throughout the summer and new materials are arriving each week.

More about the Summer Reading Program, and ongoing programs at the Gilford Public Library, is available by calling (603) 524-6042 or emailing the library at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Summer concert series planned in Sandwich

SANDWICH — Advice To The Players has scheduled a number of concerts during the summer.

Each Wednesday evening in July and August, Sandwich's Shakespeare company will offer a concert at 7:30 p.m. at their Arts Center at 12 Main St. in Center Sandwich. By popular request, the concerts continue the spirit of Don Sutton's summer concerts, when Surroundings Gallery was housed in that space. Eclectic in styles, the concerts range from classical to Klezmer. Admission is by donation, and light refreshments will also be available by donation.
On July 8, local jazz/blues singer Trish Jackson will be accompanied by David Young on bass. The program will include covers of Billie Holliday classics.

On July 15, Stanza XXI, a vocal harmony group from the Mount Washington Valley area, will entertain, featuring such local singers as Mary Edes, Ellen Farnum and Hans Stafford.

Liz Henle and Friends, on July 22, spotlights a young singer, with deep musical roots to the Sandwich-Tamworth area, backed up by her mentors and fellow musicians.

Ukrainian pianist Natalia Shevchuk returns to 12 Main on July 29.

On Aug. 5 soprano Jane Berlin Pauley, accompanied by pianist Noelle Beaudin, will perform music ranging from Gershwin to Poulenc. Pauley is a graduate of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts and the New England Conservatory of Music. She has been an artist at Rutgers Summerfest and the Dartmouth Handel Society. Beaudin graduated from The Boston Conservatory of music in piano performance and composition, and runs a local music school and summer music camp.

Two young artists, Madeline Moneypenny and Marianna Palladino, both of whom have performed with Advice To The Players, showcase their vocal ability on Aug. 12. As some may remember, these two young women made a fine appearance at Shakespearian Idol last October at the Barnstormers Theater in Tamworth.

Aug. 19 brings Jerry Butters, Fred Henle and Jim Henle, better known as The Bearcamp Trio, back for an encore of classical music.

String Equinox completes the ATTP series on Aug. 26. Shana Aisenberg and Beverly Woods will fill 12 Main with the rousing and poignant sounds of Klezmer music and some other Eastern European sounds.

Belmont company’s annual United Way campaign benefits local initiatives

BELMONT — The employees at AFL have contributed $4,500 to Granite United Way which will be directed to initiatives and programs in their local community.

Part of AFL's annual United Way campaign across the country, their Northeast division's campaign resulted in a 20 percent increase in donor participation and 23 percent increase in corporate contribution (associates donations plus corporate donations).

"United Way is an integral part of our Community Outreach Program," commented Sean Adam, general manager for AFL's Test & Inspection Division. "Each year we focus on educating associates on United Way's impact in the community and they respond generously. We look forward to seeing the results of our efforts."

The week-long campaign themed "Paint a Brighter Tomorrow" gave associates an opportunity to give back to their community and learn about United Way through various events held during the week.

AFL's Community Outreach Program supplemented donations including a dollar-for-dollar match for new donors.

"We are thankful for the support of AFL and their employees," said Kevin Conway, Resource Development Operations Manager for Granite United Way. "Each year this team steps up and truly supports the community they live and work in."

AFL's total contribution to United Way was $196,000 across regional locations including Lowell, Mass., Spartanburg, S.C., Atlanta, Georgia and Tukwila, Wash., setting a new record among AFL's past contributions.


Meredith photographer seeks to crowdfund photobook of libraries

MEREDITH — Janina Misiewicz, photographer and writer, has turned to alternative funding sources for her latest photography project, New England Libraries. The world is changing and libraries are changing with it, fueling Misiewicz's goal to publish a photo book that will preserve libraries as we know them today. If Misiewicz's fundraising campaign is a success, on July 21, she will have the budget she needs to make New England Libraries a reality.

She says that funding is the first major obstacle for any art project to get off the ground, but crowd funding websites like are making it much easier and more realistic. Photographers and artists have to be innovative in their fundraising tactics, leading many of them, like Misiewicz, to social media sites.
The guidelines on require artists to set a number of days to raise all their funds or their project will receive nothing. From start to finish, Misiewicz's photography project has a 30-day fundraising window. If the allotted budget—$13,600—is not raised before July 21, all pledges will be cancelled and the project will not be funded, leaving Misiewicz without the resources she needs to produce her project.
When asked about the appeal of Kickstarter, Misiewicz noted, "it is the ability to spread my idea quickly and efficiently to a lot of people—keeping people updated on the status of my project is invaluable." Kickstarter has an added advantage for artists: it is partnered with, providing each project with the opportunity to receive funds from all over the world.
This is Misiewicz's first time entering the online fundraising pool, but she is excited and optimistic about it. Her photography project, New England Libraries, will explore the idiosyncrasies that characterize small town libraries in New England. She will spend a year travelling across the six states, finding unique and charming libraries in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Using a traditional 4x5 large format film camera, Misiewicz will document these places, making detailed black and white prints in the darkroom at Plymouth State University.
Misiewicz says she chose a 4x5 large format film camera for the project, because "it produces better quality images than any other format in photography, it is the only camera that can reduce linear perspective distortion on site, and because the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) require historical documentation to be made in polyester-based archivally-processed sheet film."
Over the course of the next year, Misiewicz will be posting pictures and writing articles on her blog, Her final goal for the project is to publish a photo book, making New England Libraries available to everyone. To learn more about this project, readers can visit the project pitch page at or Misiewicz's blog at
About Janina Misiewicz:
Misiewicz is an award-winning photographer from Meredith. In 2012, Misiewicz successfully funded, produced, and exhibited a digital photography project about the dining staff at Bard College, encouraging people to treat the employees with more respect and appreciation, resulting in a dramatically improved working environment. Her goal is to pursue a career in photography, making New England Libraries an important stepping stone for her future in the field.