Learn to Draw Zen Tangles

by on January 29, 2018 in Home Page, Library

Movie Night

by on December 6, 2017 in Home Page, Library

The Frost King and the Gilmore Family Nubanusit Legacy

by on October 26, 2017 in Home Page, Library

Ever kayaked past those classic boathouses on Lake Nubanusit and wondered about their histories?

They started with a lightbulb!

To learn more, come to a Nelson History Moment

 Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

 Saturday, November 4th

 11 am to noon

Nelson’s John Wengler will present

“The Frost King and the Gilmore Family Nubanusit Legacy.”

Nelson Library Movie Night, Oct 18th, Wednesday at 6pm

by on October 18, 2017 in Home Page, Library

On the run from Nazis, three Italian Jewish brothers spent months during their childhood hiding in a cave in the Tuscan countryside. Nearly 70 years later, after emigrating to Israel, the three reunite in the country they were forced to abandon and rediscover their hiding place. “For years I’ve wanted to find that cave, the place to which we owe our lives,” says Bubi, the youngest of the trio.

Amid hearty Tuscan meals and sweeping landscapes, the octogenarians’ quest unexpectedly swells with humor and clashing memories in Shalom Italia.

Retracing their steps, the brothers in Shalom Italia are as different as can be. Emmanuel, the oldest and a world-renowned anthropologist and archaeologist based in Israel, simply recalls misery and only agrees to the journey to make Bubi happy. “Why search for it? I don’t want to remember,” he says.

Meanwhile, Andrea, an athletic physicist just two years younger than Emmanuel, remembers an enchanted childhood: “Those were wonderful times. We lived in the woods, played Robin Hood and collected mushrooms. I had fun during the Holocaust.”

However, Bubi, 4 1/2 at the time, barely remembers the cave. “I don’t know whether family stories and my memories overlapped. It’s all a bit vague.”

“It’s human for our memories–personal or shared–to become a source of our identity,” said filmmaker Tamar Tal Anati. “Whether that memory comes from one ‘truth’ is explored by Bubi, Emmanuel and Andrea. Often it seems any particular moment can only be accurately constructed when everyone is involved, as each person’s particular recollection of an event helps piece together a larger mosaic of a shared experience. I hope Shalom Italia will inspire American audiences to reexamine their own stories and history.”

Unalike as they are, Bubi, Andrea and Emmanuel are undoubtedly brothers. They bicker over driving directions, recipes and how exactly their time in the cave should be remembered. Probing the boundaries between history and myth, the brothers soon learn their memories are not so easily unraveled. They can’t agree whether the family hid valuables with a village neighbor, or whether the bow and arrows they played with in the woods were bought at a store or fashioned by hand. “History is full of doubts,” Emmanuel, says, to which Bubi impatiently replies, “You keep doubting and contradicting everything and saying it’s not true over and over again.”

Songs of the Old North

by on September 19, 2017 in Home Page, Library

Songs of the Old North

Saturday October 7th, 11am

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

in Nelson

New Hampshire’s history is rich and rife with excitement. Loggers, miners, patriots and reformers – Join Ranger Pete for a musical journey through time as we explore New Hampshire’s history through some of the songs they left behind.

Fall Library Events

by on September 7, 2017 in Home Page, Library

2017 Fall Library Events in Nelson

Coffee hour with pleasant conversation: Every Saturday 10am – 11am

Every Thursday Volunteer Group: 3pm-4pm and Knitting Group: 4pm-6m

Cookbook Book Group- Monday Sept 11th – 11:30 am

Come join us for a potluck using recipes from cook books byNancy Harmon Jenkins. These books explore Meditteranean cooking. On October 2nd we will use the cookbook Forks over Knives by Dell Srouf.

The Geological and Cultural History of Mount Monadnock  An interpretive program presented by the NH Parks, SCA (Student Conservation Corps) speaker. Concerning the geologic processes that formed the mountain, the traits that make it unique, and some notable history including events, people that climbed it or wrote about it, and its significance for the Abenaki. Saturday Sept. 16th at 11am

Monthly Book Discussion, Monday, at 10:30 am September 18thCircling the Sun by Paula McLain. Historical fiction about the life of Beryl Markham. October 16th: Americanah by Adichie

Movie Night 6pm (movies to promote discussion and inform):  Point of View, Wednesday Sept . 20Th, Iris pairs the late documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey GardensGimme Shelter), then 87, with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Iris portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are her sustenance. She reminds us that dressing — and indeed, life — is nothing but a grand experiment. “If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

Discover Your Ancestors with, a hands on class with Elizabeth Williams  Saturday, October 14th , 11am

The Frost King and the Gilmore’s Nubanusit Legacy – a history exploration with John Wengler, Saturday, November 4th, 11am

For more information call the library at 847-3214 or email out our website at Free to use in the library

Free downloadable ebooks and audiobooks at the library on Overdrive.

A Brief History of the Ukulele with Stuart Fuchs at the Nelson Library

by on June 14, 2017 in Home Page, Library, Music

 11 am Saturday March 19th , 2016

The tiny ukulele is enjoying a gigantic worldwide revival. It’s an affordable, portable, and easy-to-learn instrument, and a simple way to bring music into your daily life.  Join Stuart Fuchs for a short history and demonstration of the ukuleles versatility and joyful sounds.  Stu will share stories from many of the great characters from the ukuleles glorious evolution and also play music from Hawaii, J.S. Bach, Blues, Rock n Roll and Jazz.  He will be joined by his sweetheart & musical partner Sarah Carlisle on upright bass.

Click below for ukulele chords:

Wattle Fence Workshop

by on May 8, 2017 in Ag Com, Home Page, Library, Workshop

Saturday, May 20

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

Nelson Common, Nelson, NH

     Come to the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library for this workshop to learn how people in the 18th century made fencing for animals and gardens as a spring activity. Led by Kathy Schillemat,  participants will construct a wattle fence around a demonstration garden behind the library and learn the techniques needed to construct their own fence at home.  This is a collaborative program between the Nelson Agricultural Commission and the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Suggested tools: gloves, clippers and loppers. All fence building material will be supplied.
Photo from 2016 Wattle Fence workshop held at Maple Lane Greenhouses in Gilsum.

Caesar: Man from Venus / NH Humanities Program / Saturday April 22nd at 11am

by on April 19, 2017 in Home Page, Library

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present

Caesar: The Man From Venus
Sat. April 22, 11am

Meet Caesar, who is descended from the Goddess Venus. This program introduces Caesar as a young boy living with his mother, Aurelia, and his Aunt Julia, two women who will shape the boy who will be the most powerful man on earth. Using a rich variety of texts, Sebastian Lockwood shows Caesar as a man who clearly saw his destiny and fulfilled that destiny with the help of remarkable women – Cleopatra amongst them. A poet, historian, linguist, architect, general, politician, and engineer, was he truly of the Populi party for the People of Rome? Or a despot and tyrant? Presented by Sebastian Lockwood.

Sebastian Lockwood

Storyteller and teacher, Sebastian Lockwood tells the great epics: Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Caesar, Beowulf and Monkey. His studies in Classics and Anthropology at Boston University and Cambridge University in the UK laid the foundation for bringing these great tales into performance. Lockwood’s performances are designed to take complex texts and make them accessible and exciting for audiences from 5 to 95. Lockwood has tutored and taught classes in higher education for 25 years. He now concentrates on performance, workshops and studio recording.

For more information call the library at 847-3214 or email

This program is free and open to the public. New Hampshire Humanities nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire. They connect people with ideas. Learn more at

Words from the Mowing

by on July 12, 2016 in Home Page, Library
fred atstairSaturday, August 6th , 11 am at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library
Leslie Lawrence has been summering “on the mowing” in
near Tolman Pond since 1986.  She will read from a piece of creative nonfiction about the mowing,
collected in her recently published debut volume
The Death of Fred Astaire and Other Essays From a Life Outside the Lines (SUNY
Press). A veteran teacher, Lawrence will also discuss the writing process and will be
happy to field your questions.  For more info about Lawrence and her book, go to

Dash and Dot

by on July 7, 2016 in Home Page, Library

Tdashanddothe Nelson Library has the Dash and Dot robots from the NH State Library, for the month of July. Dash can move in all directions, dance, speak, turn toward your voice, and even launch balls. Dot can play back your own sound effects, and more. Dash and Dot on their own will keep kids engaged and working together as a team for more than a full hour. These robots are an instant hit and a big success!

Maker Play at the Nelson Library

by on May 17, 2016 in Home Page, Library

snapcircuitCreate Working Electronic Circuits Come to the library and create. Until May 27th, we have 4 Snap Circuit kits. These are exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Electronics Snap Circuits . Each kit contains over 60 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Recommended for children 8 and older, this set offers 305 do-it-yourself projects that will give you an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work. Snap Circuits comes with over 60 pieces to create 305 different electronic projects. The pieces, which include snap wires, a slide switch, a resistor, a microphone, and capacitors, snap together easily onto the included plastic grid–no soldering required. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices. These will be back in August of 2016.squishy circuit

Squishy Circuits at the Library in June.  Use homemade conductive and resistant play-doh to build electronic sculptures that light up, move, and make sounds. Anyone who has ever tasted play-doh knows that it’s a salty substance. The salt allows electricity to flow through the dough. With the addition of a homemade dough that substitutes sugar for salt, the dough becomes resistive instead, and complex circuits can be created to power all kinds of objects. We use battery packs, LED lights, hobby motors, and buzzers to explore electricity in a fun, hands-on way.LED lights, hobby motors, and buzzers to explore electricity in a fun, hands-on way.

Beyond Pesto: the many uses of herbs from your garden

by on May 9, 2016 in Ag Com, Home Page, Library

Saturday, May 14th

11 a.m. at the Nelson Library

Most of us can figure out how to cultivate basic herbs, and maybe even venture into new recipes, but what about the historic preservation and use of herbs that you can easily accomplish in your kitchen? Join us in a culinary, medicinal, and beyond exploration of some of the fun ways to add herbs into your life!

Poetry Reading

by on April 26, 2016 in Home Page, Library

20151029_174033Poetry Reading

Saturday, April 30th


Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson

Come bring a poem to share!

Either one that you’ve written or one that you like.

All ages welcome!

For more information call 847-3214 or email

Maker Play Toys at the Library

by on April 20, 2016 in Home Page, Library
Look out for new Maker Play toys in May! We will have Snap Circuitsat the Library!
  Snap Circuits is a neat electronic toy with that can be used to make FM radios, digital
voice recorders, AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells, and more!
 Also, for those who like the old games we have Jenga and Kerplunk.

The Real Dirt on Soil

by on April 20, 2016 in Ag Com, Home Page, Library, Promote

The Real Dirt on Soil

View from the homestead in Stoddard where Oliver Carter lived for a time. The view is Bolster Pond and what was formerly Packersfield to the south.

 Saturday, April 23rd, 11 a.m.

Nelson Library

Having healthy soil depends on more than simply spreading fertilizer. In this presentation, Carl Majewski with the UNH Cooperative Extension will discuss the physical and biological characteristics that lead to healthy and productive soils. Join us as we grow our soil knowledge–just in time for the spring gardening season! Bring your soil related questions!

Brain Flakes at the Library in April

by on April 9, 2016 in For Kids, Home Page, Library

Brain Flakes is the Maker Play Toy at the library for the month of April. Brain Flakes is a new construction toy which teaches children spatial thinking and lets their imaginations run wild! They click together and apart easily for all ages and levels of motor skills. They are a revolutionary addition to the world of children’s and adults construction toys. Bring your kids in to the library today to play with Brain Flakes.

Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs

by on March 23, 2016 in Home Page, Library, Promote

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library presents

Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs

Interactive and beautifully illustrated

on Saturday, March 26 at 11am

at 1 Nelson Common Rd in Nelson, NH 03457

Traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer a unique interactive and beautifully illustrated

presentation Imperial Russian Faberge Eggs focusing on the life and remarkable work of Russian master

jeweler and artist, Peter Carl Fabergé. The program will feature a spectacular photo-tour of the Fabergé

collection at the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg.  Emphasis is on the important role

of egg painting in Russian culture and on the unique development of this major Russian art form from a

traditional craft to the level of exquisite fine art under the patronage of the tsars. The fascinating history of these

eggs and their role in the dramatic events of the last decades of Romanov rule in Russia and in the years

following the Revolution will also be discussed by presenter Marina Forbes.

Presenter Marina Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian

traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St.

Petersburg, and is featured on the New Hampshire Humanities Council Roster as a speaker on Russian Arts, History and

Culture as well as NH Council on the Arts Rosters for Arts in Education and Traditional Arts. Each year, Marina leads

cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft

factories, GULAG sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on the current state

of affairs in Russia. Marina has a distinctive ability to generate energy and enthusiasm in the audience and to bring the

through memorable and thought-provoking programs. Marina’s talks are sometimes a little bit funny, sometimes a little

rich fabric of traditional Russian art and folklore to life for children of all ages

bit sad…. but always unmistakably Russian.

This program is free and open to the public and it was made possible through a grant from

the New Hampshire Humanities Council For more info please call (603) 332-2255.



An Introduction to Ayurveda

by on February 27, 2016 in Home Page, Library, Promote

Saturday Scoop at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

March 5, 2016 11am


Ayurveda, defined as “the science of life”, is a system of holistic health more than 5,000 years old.  It is considered to be the sister science of Yoga, and has its roots in the Vedas, the ancient texts given to us by the great seers of India.Sarah Carlisle
In our time together with Sarah Carlisle, we will explore the basic principles of Ayurveda and learn how to apply this ancient wisdom so that we may live even happier, healthier, and more balanced lives today.


by on September 14, 2015 in Home Page, Library


books2this fall at theknitting

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

Thursdays at the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library is for Everyone

Come to the library at 4pm, starting October 1st and continuing through November 19th for dual programs, knitting and story time.

Knitting is a group for knitters with a project. Other members in the group are supportive with help and ideas.

Story time is geared towards young people who enjoy picture books. It will be about 30 minutes of participation in read-aloud stories.

Adults may come to knit, read magazines, use the wifi, or take time to choose books and movies to take home,

while children participate in the story time circle.

For more information call 847-3214 or email