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Telescope at the Library

by on April 15, 2015 in Home Page, Library

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The telescope is the equal property of Harrisville Public Library in Harrisville and the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson. This telescope was purchased through a program with The New Hampshire Astronomical Society, and particularly it’s Educational Outreach Committee. The goal: To help foster scientific literacy, stimulate an interest in astronomy, and provide people who have never looked through a telescope the chance to experience the excitement that comes from discovery.

This is an Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch Astronomical Telescope, with a zoom eye piece and supportive material. There is an instruction manual, a laminated, spiral-bound 4 by 6 inch copy. The telescope is easy to use and is robust. It has a wooden base, not the usual spindly tripod legs. The telescope is of manageable size, but has a relatively large optical tube. This means that the Moon and deep sky objects will show far more detail than one could see with the common “beginners” telescopes. It also has a large field of view that allows the object to stay in the eyepiece longer.

Patrons (adult)  may borrow this telescope for 2 days, understanding that it may take up to 2 library days to get the telescope. Please pick and return the telescope up on the days agreed upon, so that others can use it too. The Borrower is responsible for returning the telescope during library hours, in good condition. The Borrower will agree to pay for any repairs due to negligence or accident.

Reserving: To reserve the telescope, please call or email the library, library@townofnelson.com or 847-3214.

Bluebird Program

by on April 8, 2015 in Home Page, Library, Promote

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 Wednesday, April 15th, at 6pm in the Library.

This program includes bluebirds, other birds that nest in bluebird boxes, nest box management, and more. The focus definitely is on bluebirds, but the speaker, John also shares his passion for the natural world in hopes the audience will take in some broader and deeper messages about nature – and life. The program has variety, feeling, and is thought provoking. Sprinkled throughout are just a few wildflowers, butterflies, and quotes by some of the great naturalists of the past. With beautiful photographs, sounds, and a sincere, enthusiastic presentation style, this program is of interest to anyone who appreciates nature.
Related Personal Background of the speaker:
John has maintained a trail of bluebird nest boxes in central NY north of Syracuse for 4 decades and has fledged over 13,000 bluebirds in boxes he personally monitors. He has done slide programs and workshops for hundreds of groups in 11 states and 2 Canadian provinces. John was a co-founder of the New York State Bluebird Society in 1982 and was elected a lifetime (volunteer) director in 2002. He has received numerous awards for his bluebird conservation work, including the John and Norah Lane Bluebird Conservation Award from the North American Bluebird Society. He is a past board member of that organization. In 2010 he was a recipient of the Hero of Conservation Award from the Syracuse Post Standard. An experienced birder, John is a member of the Onondaga Audubon Society near Syracuse. A retired banker. BA in Biology, SUNY Oswego.

 

 

Needle Felting

by on February 26, 2015 in Home Page, Library

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The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson presents Needle Felting

Saturday February 28, 2015 at 11 am

This program is free and open to the public. Please bring something you would like to decorate. This method can be used to fix holes in wool items too. Some supplies will be available at the library.

For more information call 847-3214 or email the library@townofnelson.com

Swap Day

by on January 15, 2015 in Home Page, Library

 

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson

presents

Swap Day

Saturday

January 24th, 2015

at 11 am

Too good to throw away, but you’ll never use it?

Maybe your neighbor will take it!

Guidelines:

No money changes hands. All items are free.

Items must be (relatively) clean & smaller than your barn.

Unclaimed items must be removed by 1 pm on Swap Day.

For more information call 847-3214 or email the library@townofnelson.com

 

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library receives gift of “Public Libraries Toolkit” of legal resources.

by on November 7, 2014 in Home Page, Library

The  Law Librarians of New England’s Service Committee chose the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson for the mini-collection of  legal books,  “Public Libraries Toolkit” of legal resources. Here is a list of the books that will be available to take out of the library.  These books will arrive on December 20th.

Nolo’s Essential Guide to Divorce

Every Dog’s Legal Guide

The Legal Answer Book for Families

101 Law Forms for Personal Use

Black’s Law Dictionary

Plan Your Estate

The New Hampshire Divorce Handbook

NH Practice and Procedure Handbook

A Practical Guide to Divorce in NH

New Hampshire Landlord and Tenant Law Annotated

New Hampshire Special Education Law Manual

The Bluebook

 

Library Book Sale

by on July 15, 2014 in Home Page, Library

 People may bring their gently used books to the Library for the Book sale that will be held at the Library Lower Level on Old Home Day (Saturday August 16) . The sorting crew will begin their work on Monday, July 14th. The Friends of the Library are excited that the new space is available for this important fundraising event that benefits the Library programming, computers, and many other aspects of  library work. No encyclopedias or textbooks, please.

 

Nelson Summer Forums 2014

by on June 19, 2014 in Home Page, Lecture Presentation, Library

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library announces the 10th season of the Library summer forums,   Each Thursday night forum begins at 6:45 with entertainment by local musicians, followed at 7:00 by the main presentation. At 8:00 punch and cookies and conversation follow. The forums are free and open to the public. This year the Forums will take place in the Nelson Congregational Church (just across the road) due to the renovations at the Town Hall.

The opening forum on July 10 r is a talk by Ethan Tolman on July 10 highlighting a Nelson newsletter circulated during World War II. The newsletter, published by Ethan’s parents, served to inform service people of events in their hometowns of Nelson, Harrisville, and Dublin. Of special interest are excerpts of letters service people sent to the newsletter. Music by Max Nunnemaker and Gordon Peery will be appropriate to the WWII era.

The next forum, on July 17, takes us to Zimbabwe with Rhodesian native, (and now Harrisville General Store chef) Phil Gargan, as an avocation away from his executive job with the Tanganda Tea Company. Phil was a professional river guide on the Zambezi River for 17 years and brings us visuals and tales of a world most of us will never experience. Where else would you have access to 800 species of birds? Music with African roots by Paul Klemperer.

Karen Hersey, a Nelson native who spends more time in Abu Dhabi than here, will share with us on July 24 the where, what, who and why in her talk “Abu Dhabi Inside Out”. Learn what sheikdoms and the Arab Emirates have to do with each other, the growth in 40 years from desert to skyscrapers, and the void of culture created by such meteoric change. Karen is a bright observer and will add to our global k nowledge and awareness of Abu Dhabi’s role in the Middle East, and why it is important for us to understand.  Music from Apple Hill.

And on July 31, Allison and Hunt Smith will wrap up the forum presentations with their inimitable musical entertainment. Their love of music, of each other and of connecting with the audience shows through when they perform. One never knows exactly what instruments and songs to expect, but one can be sure to have a good old time! Musical introduction will be by Samuel, Sarah and Rachel Foucher of Harrisville, young musicians who play music with the Smiths.

 

Olivia Rodham Library Announces Summer Reading Program

by on May 26, 2014 in For Kids, Home Page, Library

Fizz, Boom , READ!

All programs are on Wednesdays at 4pm, except Mad Science will be Wednesday August 13th at 6:30pm.

July 9th Sara Cornog and the Fizzy Rocket

rocketThe Fizzy Rocket will use a 35mm film canister for a body, an antacid tablet for fizz and different liquid fuels to see which work best. (water, vinegar, lime juice or lemon juice.) Build your rocket and then Fly Your Fizzy Rocket !

 

 

 

 

July 16th with Val Van Meier, How to Make a Mini Flyable Hot Air Balloon with Candles

balloonHave you ever wanted to make your own hot air balloon and watch it gracefully float away into the night sky? It’s easier than you might think!

July 23rd , Puppeteer Gary Robinson

Meet Gary’s puppet friends and join in the fun. You will be part of the experience of creating a puppet extravaganza, with great fizzes and booms.

July 30th– A Bubbly Bot Bash! with Jacqueline Roland

robotsThis week we’ll be turning the library into our very own bubble lab!  Join us as we blow huge table bubbles and experiment to see which solution makes the biggest bubbles. In addition to all the bubble-blowing fun, we’ll be reading an exciting science story and creating juice box robots!

August 6th with Nature Man, Al Stoops

This year Al is returning with clues to an exciting treasure hunt. Come discover what you can find in the nooks and crannies of Nelson.

scienceAugust 13th, the BIG SHOW, Mad Science at 6:30 pm

The land of Fire and Ice is filled with dazzling demonstrations using fire,

bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109°F below zero.

This science show will stimulate a child’s mind and spark their imaginations as they

experience exciting, educational, high-energy science magic! Come and see just how HOT & COOL.

 

Funding for the Kids, Books, and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Bryne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on The Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Please contact the library in advance for the need for a sign language interpreter.

 

The library will have prizes for Summer Readers. Come get books from your library!

 

Nelson History Is Alive in Many Ways

There was a celebration of Nelson’s history at the Olivia Rodham Library on Saturday, December 14th. It began with the unveiling of the painting of Helen Towne painted by Marie Spaeth in 1933 that was recently purchased by several donors, and given to the Library for permanent display.  Marie Spaeth was a part of the so-called “Pennsylvania Settlement an Art Colony in Nelson, New Hampshire” and that is the title of the book written by Teri Upton in 2012. Teri spoke briefly about the gifted and talented group of people who came to Nelson in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and lived in the old farmhouses, mainly in the summertime. Many of them were from Philadelphia and friends and colleagues of Olivia Rodham.

Bert Wingerson read excerpts from the book by Bruce White called “Sunsets, Stars and Blueberry Pie” about his childhood spending summers in what was Olivia Rodham’s house. Bruce recalls fondly his memories of Helen Towne working on her family’s farm, tirelessly. Helen was a member of the Warner family and spent her entire life in Nelson. Continue Reading »

Library Book Sale Corner

by on December 3, 2013 in Home Page, Library

booksaleThe Olivia Rodham Memorial Library is offering a Book Sale Corner.
Just by the door between the Library and the Town Hall connector you will find a small but select number of books for sale. Paperbacks  are on the rack to the right and hardcovers, videos, CDs, and special series on the shelves to the left.  For a modest $1/hardcover and $.50/paperback, you can take an item home forever and the Friends of
the Library earn funds to buy new books and support children’s programs.  Come on in and check out the selection!

Library Book Sale

by on August 26, 2013 in Home Page, Library

Library booksale in the Town HallThe 2013 Book Sale, on Old Home Day,  was one of the most successful ever. The Friends of the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library earned $1383.25 in book sales, collected $756.00 in dues, received $63.00 in donations from local authors whose books they sold, and sold $24.00 worth of book bags. That comes to a grand total of $2226.25 to be given to the library for books, CDs, DVDs, programming and other incidentals such as additional shelving and book racks. The Friends also fund Library World, the automated system that is used for the circulation of library materials. Thank you to everyone who participated as donors, helpers, and buyers. [read more details]

Annual Book Sale Preparation

by on May 29, 2013 in Home Page, Library, Promote

Friends of the Olivia Rodham Library Book Sale
We are once again gearing up for the Annual Book Sale held on Old Home Day, Saturday, August 17th at the Town Hall. Sorting is beginning June 6th at 9 a.m. in the Library basement, and the project will continue on subsequent Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  All are welcome to help us sort. The Friends are still accepting donations of books, DVDs, CDs and videos. Items may be dropped off at the library during open hours. The money generated from the sale goes directly to the Library for books, programming and gift certificates for the Summer Reading Program. The Friends  provide additional support for computers and other needs the Library has for equipment.

Note: Please do not donate textbooks, manuals for out-of- date computers, old encyclopedias, or books in really bad shape – they are not able to be sold.

THANK YOU.

For many years Carol Heath led our sorting process with Betsey Church. As soon as her duties were over at school, Carol was on the job organizing and directing anyone who showed up to lend a hand. She stayed with us and supervised the transporting of the books to the Town Hall Wednesday night, the arrangement of the tables, the labeling, and was present during the Friday night preview for the town residents and then all day for the actual sale. In short, Carol was our rock and our leader. She was also our Secretary, keeping meticulous notes for our records. Carol’s mother Celia Wiechert, was a Library Trustee and encouraged Carol to help with the Book Sale back in the 1990’s. Carol took her job seriously. We are so very grateful for all her help all these years. ~ The Friends of the Library

Summer Reading Program at the Library

by on May 23, 2013 in Home Page, Library, Promote

DIG INTO READING!

During this year’s Summer Reading Program, the Nelson Library will be digging into the exciting world that lies beneath our feet!  Kids are invited to join the underground expedition at our weekly programs on Wednesdays at 4pm for an hour of crafts, games, stories, and adventure!

Wednesday, July 10th – Rock and Read

The library will be rocking out this week as we kick off our summer reading program! Come join the rock-related fun and hear about all the cool prizes and activities available at the library throughout the summer. Come join the rock-related fun and hear about all the cool prizes and activities available at the library throughout the summer.

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Amazon Kindles at the Library

by on January 24, 2013 in Library

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You’ve heard about it, now you can see it for yourself at Nelson Library! Thanks to a gift from a patron Nelson Library patrons may check out and take home an Amazon Kindle wireless reading device, preloaded with popular fiction and non-fiction titles. Kindles are compact, portable and have a sharp, easy to read screen that mimics paper. The purpose is to introduce patrons to this new technology by providing an opportunity to “play” with it.

The Kindle will be available to check out for one week. The library staff is looking forward to hearing what our patrons think about the new way to read a book while traveling, or while at work or at home.

 

Kris Finnegan, Library Director of the Year (Award Ceremony)

by on October 2, 2012 in Community Gathering, Library, Nelson People

Each year the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association selects a “Library Director of the Year” and this year they have selected our own, Kris Finnegan. The award is given for professionalism, leadership and outstanding performance to a Library Director who offers programs which enhance the quality of life in their community. Kris certainly meets this criteria and more. The Trustees of the library are thrilled that Kris has received this award. We will let you know as soon as the award ceremony has been scheduled and we hope that you will be able to join us then. – Linda Cates, for the Olivia Rodham Library Board of Trustees.


Click Here to read why the Library Trustees thought Kris should receive this award.


The Award Ceremony for Kris Finnegan’s Library Director of the Year award will be on Tuesday, October 2, 7 PM in Town Hall. There will be a brief award ceremony followed by refreshments. We hope everyone will join us as we celebrate Kris’s award.

Congratulations Kris Finnegan

by on September 13, 2012 in Library, Nelson People with 0 Comments
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Each year the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association selects a “Library Director of the Year” and this year they have selected our own, Kris Finnegan.  The award is given for professionalism, leadership and outstanding performance to a Library Director who offers programs which enhance the quality of life in their community.  Kris certainly meets this criteria and more.  The Trustees of the library are thrilled that Kris has received this award.  We will let you know as soon as the award ceremony has been scheduled and we hope that you will be able to join us then. – Linda Cates, for the Olivia Rodham Library Board of Trustees. 

Click Here to read why the Library Trustees thought Kris should receive this award.

The Award Ceremony for Kris Finnegan’s Library Director of the Year award will be on Tuesday, October 2, 7 PM in Town Hall. There will be a brief award ceremony followed by refreshments. We hope everyone will join us as we celebrate Kris’s award.

Library Summer Forum

by on June 4, 2012 in Educational, Entertainment, Library

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library has announced the speakers for the Summer Forum, which take place on Thursday evenings in July. The Forums are held in the Nelson Town Hall, at 7:00 PM, with a musical “prelude” starting at 6:45. Refreshments follow in the library. The Forum is FREE (donations are welcome and appreciated).


 

July 5 – Terry Upton: “The Pennsylvania Settlement”, the story and art of a group of distinguished Nelson summer residents, including Olivia Rodham and artist, Marie Spaeth.

July 12 – Rich Popovic: “Locally Grown Music for Locally Grown Kids:
Writing and Recording Children’s Music in Nelson”, with musical introduction by Wayland Anderson.

July 19 – Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music: “Playing for Peace”, featuring international students from the Playing for Peace program.

July 26 – Eric and Sara Sandberg, “Adventures in the Foreign Service”.

Any questions? – Call the Nelson Library at 603-847-3214

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