Thursday, April 19, 2018

“A Fond Look Back at Railroading in Northern New England” at Leach Library


On Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m., the Leach Library will have Mr. Brian Jennison present “A Fond Look Back at Railroading in Northern New England”.

Mr. Jennison was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, attended high school in Durham and then the University of New Hampshire.  He received a doctorate in Zoology from U.C. Berkeley, and, after a career in air quality management on the West Coast, Brian moved back to New Hampshire, where he worked for the New Hampshire Department for Environmental Services, and, later, for the Springfield Terminal Railroad.  He lives in Newmarket on the old Boston & Maine line.

This slideshow presentation journeys through the history of New England railroads with an emphasis on the Boston & Maine (B&M) Railroad.  Mr. Jennison’s collection of photos will detail some construction of precursor railroads, their eventual acquisition by the B&M, and their decline throughout the 20th century due to highway and airline competition.  The presentation will also include color slides from the late 1960s through the early 1980s.

This program is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals.  It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room.  Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Upcoming Children's Room Programs


“Spring Session 2 Programs”
The Leach Library Children’s Room will be offering the following programs as part of Spring Session 2: Craft Time; Shake, Move and Read; and Toddler Time. Spring Session 2 will start May 2 and end May 24. Advance registration is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 23.
“Craft Time”
Calling all children! Children of all ages are invited to the library on Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. to explore their creative side. Each week, participants will discover a different fun craft to make using a variety of materials. Advance registration is required. Meeting dates are: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 and 5/23.
“Shake, Move & Read”
This engaging program is open to participants of all ages. Shake, Move & Read allows families to explore books through movement and music. Each week, participants will energetically explore a different theme using songs, fantastic finger plays, a story and simple craft. From the opening welcome song to the final finger play, participants will be moving and grooving the afternoon away. This exhilarating and fun-filled program is open to participants of all ages and will be held on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Advance registration is required. Meeting dates are: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16 and 5/23.
“Toddler Time”
This program is open to children ages 2 & 3. Children attend with their parents and enjoy a fun half-hour of thematic stories, games, songs and a simple craft. Meets on Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Advance registration is required. Meeting dates are: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 and 5/24.
“April Vacation Scavenger Hunt Bingo”
The Leach Library Children’s Room will be offering a fun new twist on two classic games during April vacation. Starting Monday, April 23 and ending on Saturday, April 28, participants can pick up a bingo card in the Children’s Room, then explore the library to collect items that will make bingo: five in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Return the items to the Children’s Room for a special treat and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize bag.
“April Vacation Craft”
Starting Monday, April 23 and ending on Saturday, April 28, participants will have a chance to create their own colorful swimming fish. Stop by the Leach Library Children’s Room desk to pick up the supplies and create your perfect spring accessory in the library, or in the comfort of your own home.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Upcoming Children's Room Programs

“National Library Week Raffle”
Starting Monday, April 9 and ending on Saturday, April 14, each children’s item checked out from the library will earn you a raffle ticket for a chance to win a cool book bag. Stop by the display case in the Children’s Room to see what the prize looks like.
“National Library Week Craft”
Starting Monday, April 9 and ending on Saturday, April 14 patrons are invited to create their own animal clip bookmark. Stop by the Leach Library Children’s Room desk to pick up the supplies and create your reading friend in the library, or in the comfort of your own home.
“Great Stone Face Voting”
The New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominees are books selected by librarians for children grades 4-6. Beginning in February and ending on Saturday, April 7, for every book read from the list of nominated titles, participants receive one raffle ticket. All the raffle tickets will be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a great prize. Voting on your favorite book from the list starts on Monday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m. and ends on Saturday, April 14. The raffle is open to all participants in grades 4-6. Stop by the Leach Library Children’s circulation desk to pick up a list of the nominated books and help us choose this year’s winner!
“Fantastic Frogs”
Hop into the Leach Library on Monday, April 16 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. to hear exciting stories of fabulous frogs. During this fun-filled program, participants follow Froggy as he goes to camp, sing about five green and speckled frogs, and learn the difference between a frog and toad. All participants will leave with a wind-up toy frog ready for some fun in the water. This entertaining program is open to 90 participants of all ages and advance registration is required. To register, stop by the Children’s Room, or call 432-1127 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Upcoming Children's Room Program

“Animals around the World”
Journey around the world with Wildlife Encounters at the Leach Library on Monday, April 9 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. and meet some amazing animals that make their homes in far-off lands. During this adventurous program, participants will have a chance to learn about these animals’ habitats, how they are adapted to live there, and maybe a few interesting facts about the animal too. Animal visitors may include a Wallaby, Fennec fox and Pyxie frog (live animals). This program is open to 90 participants of all ages and advance registration is required. To register, stop by the Children’s Room, or call 432-1127 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 2.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Two Adult Programs at the Leach Library in April!

Leach Library to Host “Native American Stories”

On Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m., the Leach Library will offer the program “Native American Stories” by Anne Jennison.

Ms. Jennison is a New Hampshire-based storyteller and descendant of many generations that have lived in the Northeastern Woodlands.  She has earned Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and History, and she brings a wealth of knowledge gained through 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller.

Join us as she shares stories and cultural traditions of the Northeastern Woodlands.  She will interweave song, drumming, audience participation, drama, and humor throughout her storytelling performance.

This program is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals.  It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room.  Light refreshments will be served.


Leach Library to Host Talk on Tickborne Diseases

On Thursday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m., Carolyn Fredette will discuss “Tickborne Diseases” during an educational presentation at the Leach Library.

Carolyn Fredette is the Vectorborne Disease Epidemiologist at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS).  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences-Medical Microbiology from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2011 and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from UNH in 2014.

Ms. Fredette will review the signs and symptoms of tickborne diseases as well as the ways to prevent illness.  The audience will learn about the health hazards ticks pose in our area and have the opportunity to ask questions.

This program is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals.  It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room.  Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Rescheduled Programs

Young Adult Movie Night Rescheduled
Come to the Leach Library on Thursday, March 22, 2018, from
3:15-5:30 p.m. for our rescheduled Young Adult movie The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box.  All participants in grades 6 through 12 will enjoy the movie, along with popcorn and beverages.  In addition at this special event, there will be a raffle for fun door prizes.  No sign up is necessary. 
Celebrate Dr. Seuss Program Rescheduled
Come to the Leach Library on Monday, March 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for our rescheduled program and explore the many worlds of Dr. Seuss. During this program, we will read some of Dr. Seuss’ most memorable stories, try to identify some of his most well-known characters and watch a short clip of one of his stories. Each participant will receive a “Reading is my Thing” headband and one lucky winner will receive a plush Cat in the Hat. This fun-filled program is open to 90 participants of all ages and advance registration is required. To register, stop by the Children’s Room, or call 432-1127.

Upcoming Children's Room Programs

“Dragon Tales with Taco Dragon”
Roar into the Leach Library on Monday, March 19 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. to hear stories of dragons big and small. During this exciting program, participants will hear stories of dragons from around the world, help three dragons race to find their treasure, and discover if dragons really do love tacos! One lucky participant will win a very special dragon plush friend. There will be plenty of time for a hug and pictures with Taco Dragon. This program is open to 90 participants of all ages and advance registration is required. To register, stop by the Children’s Room, or call 432-1127 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 12.
“Spring Session 1 Programs”
The Leach Library Children’s Room will be offering the following programs as part of Spring Session 1: Craft Time; Shake, Move and Read; and Toddler Time. Spring Session 1 will start March 21 and end April 12.  Advance registration is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 12.
“Craft Time”
Calling all children! Children of all ages are invited to the library on Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. to explore their creative side. Each week, participants will discover a different fun craft to make using a variety of materials. Advance registration is required. Meeting dates are: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 and 4/11.
“Shake, Move & Read
This engaging program is open to participants of all ages. Shake, Move & Read allows families to explore books through movement and music. Each week, participants will energetically explore a different theme using songs, fantastic finger plays, a story and simple craft. From the opening welcome song to the final finger play, participants will be moving and grooving the afternoon away. This exhilarating and fun-filled program will be held on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.  Advance registration is required. Meeting dates are: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 and 4/11.
“Toddler Time”
This program is open to children ages 2 & 3. Children attend with their parents and enjoy a fun half-hour of thematic stories, games, songs and a simple craft. Meets on Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Advance registration is required. Meeting dates are: 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 and 4/12.