Summer Solstice PJ Story Time on Thursday!

Please join us for our monthly PJ Story Time this Thursday, June 22 at 6:00 pm!

We will be celebrating the Summer Solstice with stories, songs, a craft activity and cookies & milk.



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Summer Reading Schedule

You can download a copy of the Summer Reading Schedule here:

Summer Reading 2017 ver 2

Here are all the details:

Children can register and pick up reading logs after school lets out on June 20th. They can track their reading (includes being read to, reading to someone else, listening to an audiobook) by book title or time (increments of 15 minutes).

When they bring their logs back to the library, they earn raffle tickets for various prizes. Stop by to see what we have!

Drop In Programs (come when you can)

June 26-30: Children can come paint a milk carton and turn it into a birdhouse – it may need drying time

July 3, 5-7: Stop in to make some 4th of July crafts – star wreaths or banners. We will have lots of material on hand for kids to use their imaginations


Wednesday, July 12 from 10:30-12 pm: Building Day at the library – first, we will read some books on construction and bridges. Then the building will begin – we have lots of materials including boxes, cardboard, and LEGOs

Wednesday, July 19 at 10:30 am: Children’s author Julia Walsh will read her new book, Wings in the Wind  –


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New England Powder Houses Lecture on June 28th

Please join us for our next Library Lecture on Wednesday, June 28th at 7:00 pm as author Matthew E. Thomas of Fremont.

Mr. Thomas has been lecturing on a wide variety of New England historical topics since 1974.  He has published 14 history books and assisted with numerous others. His topic in Newfields will be “HISTORIC POWDER HOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND – ARSENALS OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE.

The slide show presentation will inform listeners about the fascinating history of these little-known landmarks that dot the New England countryside.

Mr. Thomas has discovered the existence of 203 powder houses in New England that housed guns, ammunition and other military equipment dating back to 1637.  Many of these powder houses suffered devastating explosions killing dozens of people, and were the occasional sites of murders, hangings and duels.  Most notably, it was the British march to the Concord, Massachusetts powder house that was the final straw that ignited the American Revolution on April 19, 1775 during the Battles of Lexington & Concord.  There are only 54 powder houses still standing throughout New England, many of them made of brick, wood or granite.  Because so many were built in remote sections of town in case of explosion, these fascinating landmarks are largely forgotten and unknown — yet they played a significant and useful role in establishing and maintaining American Independence for nearly 200 years.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to learn about the many intriguing and little-known powder houses that were the scene of riots, military drills, and explosions that devastated the nearby countryside.

Learn about the Exeter, Portsmouth, Concord, New Castle, Candia, Hampton Falls, Amherst and Haverhill, New Hampshire powder houses as well as those in other New England states.  Hear about the traumatic 4th of July 1809 Powder House explosion that killed 14 holiday spectators and injured many others in tiny New Castle, NH — scene of the first overt act of the American Revolutionary War when 350 New Hampshirites attacked and captured the British-held Fort William & Mary in December 1774.  Had a New Hampshire patriots’ gun not misfired during the 1774 attack when aimed right at the head of one of six British soldiers protecting the fort — New Castle, NH and not Lexington & Concord, MA — would have been the site of the first blood spilled during the American Revolutionary War and the “shot heard round the world,” would have echoed from the rocky shoreline of New Castle, N.H. and not from the rolling countryside of Massachusetts.

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New Baby Lapsit Program starts Thursday, June 8th

Caregivers and their infants through todders (age 2 1/2) are invited to join us our new Baby Lapsit Program – Mother Goose on the Loose!

We will sing, use instruments, hear nursery rhymes and flannel stories, and do some reading too!

This half-hour program will be held on Thursdays at 9:30 am

June 8

June 15

June 22

June 29

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June Calendar

The calendar can be downloaded here: June 17 calendar

Thursday, June 1 – Preschool Story Time at 10:00 am (last meeting until July 13th); Knitting Group meets at 1:00 pm

Monday, June 5 – Library Board of Trustees meet at 6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 6*NEW* Telecommuters Networking Breakfast at 10:00 am

Thursday, June 8*NEW* Baby Lapsit program meets from 9:30-10 am (for infants through age 2); Knitting Group meets at 1:00 pm

Friday, June 9 – Summer Reading Program Kickoff program at 8:45 am at the Newfields Elementary School (parents with preschoolers are invited to attend)

Wednesday, June 14 – Book Club meets at 1:00 pm to discuss “Lost Horizon”

Thursday, June 15 – Baby Lapsit program at 9:30 am; Knitting Group meets at 1:00 pm

Monday, June 19 – Book Club meets at 6:30 pm to discuss “Between the World and Me”

Wednesday, June 20 – Friends meet at 7:00 pm; Children in grades K-5 can pick up reading logs for our Summer Reading Program

Thursday, June 22 – Baby Lapsit program meets at 9:30 am; Knitting Group meets at 1:00 pm

Friday, June 23 – Family Movie Night at 7:00 pm – we are showing the LEGO Batman Movie – rated PG

Monday, June 26-Friday, June 30 – drop in Summer Reading Activity – come help paint milk cartons for future bird houses!

Wednesday, June 28 – Library Lecture at 7:00 pm – The History of New England Powder Houses

Thursday, June 29 – Baby Lapsit Program at 9:30 am; Knitting Group meets at 1:00 pm

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Birds of Prey Photos

We had a great turnout for Jane Kelly’s Bird of Prey lecture on May 3rd! Our largest audience to date!

Here are some wonderful photos provided by Terri Fratus:

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New Resource for Book Lovers!

As a patron of our library, you now have access to BookBrowse – a great resource for helping you find books to read, articles and interviews with authors, book club resources, read-alikes and more!

You will need your library card to try it out – ask us for it!

Thank you to our Friends for sponsoring this!


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Books for Babies Event held on April 22

Four new residents were honored with books selected by their parents at our annual Books for Babies event held on Saturday, April 22:

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Great Pancake Breakfast!

Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed pancakes on Saturday morning!  Great to see everyone after the long winter and raise money for our Summer Reading program!

We appreciate support that we received for this event from: The Country Store, the Nichols family for the maple syrup, Shaw’s, Hannford, and Dunkin Donuts – thank you.

Our Library Trustees – Win Fream, Jack Parnham and Carolyn Gajewski demonstrate their cooking skills

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LEGO Club Photos

Great fun was had at LEGO Club on Wednesday, February 22. Creative designers included:






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