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Upcoming Library Events
Finding Your Roots
Tuesdays from Sept. 17-Oct. 22 at 3pm
Have you ever wondered who your ancestors are? Now is your chance to explore your family tree and learn about your forebearers. In this course participants will discover how family names were created and how the names and existence of counties, states, and countries have changed over time. The group will then delve into a vast and rich array of sources to uncover the basic facts about our ancestors. Participants will learn how to avoid missteps in their research and what can be done with an apparent dead-end. Finally, the instructor will share suggestions on the best way to preserve and display the fruits of our genealogical research to leave a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren.
This course will consist of six weekly sessions, each lasting one-and-a-half hours. All experience levels are welcome and there is no cost.
Course instructor is Bruce Nilsson, who is a graduate of Bowdoin College (B.A.) and University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D).
Sign-up for this course by calling the library at 603-744-3352.
New Hampshire Humanities: New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell
Thursday, September 19 at 7pm
Quilts tell stories, and quilt history is full of myths and misinformation as well as heart-warming tales of service and tradition. Quilting is NOT just an American art; nearly every world culture that has cold weather uses quilted textiles. Pam Weeks weaves world history, women’s history, industrial history and just plain wonderful stories into her presentation. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. Prompted in part by the material culture at hand, the presenter may speak about fashion fads, the Colonial Revival, quilt making for Civil War soldiers, and anything else quilt related she can squeeze in.
This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities and the Friends of the Library. Questions? Call 603-744-3352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libraries Building Communities: Minot-Sleeper Library Strategic Plan Launch
Thursday, September 26 at 6:30pm
The Trustees and Staff of the Minot-Sleeper Library invite you to join us Thursday, September 26th, from 6:30-8:00 pm as we celebrate the launch of the Minot-Sleeper Library Strategic Plan 2019-2022 with guest speaker David Hallenbeck, CEO, LibraryCorp.
David will present the talk “Libraries Building Communities Building Libraries.” David Hallenbeck has been working with public libraries for over 20 years, first as a Library Trustee in Amherst, NH, then on the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Library Trustee Association, and now as a library consultant with the American Library Association. He has had extensive teaching experience and was a software engineer in his earlier years. His interests lie at the intersections of libraries, communities, and technology, and in particular helping Library Trustees and Foundations understand the evolving library ecosystem in the digital age. He is a strong proponent of community conversations facilitated by public libraries. He graduated from Harvard College and studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts.
We know you care about our community and we have benefited from your insights as we developed our strategic plan for the Library. We hope you will join us to hear how libraries are evolving and how you can support the important transformations that as a community we will be striving to achieve at the Minot-Sleeper Library in the next three years!
Beginners' Mah Jong Class
Monday, September 30 at 10am
Interested in learning how to play Mah Jong? A member from the library's weekly Mah Jong group will lead a beginners class at the library. Free and open to all! RSVP by calling the library at 603-744-3352 or emailing email@example.com
The Road Not Taken
A fine art exhibit inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost
The Road Not Taken, a fine art exhibit inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost, is making the rounds of libraries and nature centers throughout the state of New Hampshire. It will be on display at the Minot-Sleeper Library during the month of September. The presentation, designed by three Derry artists, Ingeborg V. Seaboyer, Judy Krassowski and Corinne Dodge, features approximately 30 works that reflect a variety of personal interpretations of the most famous as well as some of the “less traveled” works of one of America’s most inspiring poets, Robert Frost.
Images in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylics and oils are accompanied by a selected verse that inspired each individual work. An exhibit reference book provides additional information on the artists as well as upcoming exhibit venues.
Thursday, October 3 at 6:30pm
Join us for poetry night! Bring your original work, a piece or two by another poet, or just come to listen! All ages are welcome. Refreshments are generously provided by the Friends of the Minot-Sleeper Library.
Family Programs and Events
Every Wednesday at 10:30am
Every Friday at 10:45am
Stories, Snacks, and more!
Library Book Groups
Nonfiction Book Group
Thursday, October 10 at 3pm
"A Higher Call" by Adam Makos
All are welcome to join the group! Stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book, or call us with questions at 603-744-3352.
Third Monday Book Group