Monday, December 6, 2010

Winter Reading Group

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot will be the first book read this winter by the newly formed Winter Reading Group.

The discussion will be on January 26th 7:00 p.m. at the library. If you are interested in coming please contact Peggy Saunders at 827-2962, or just stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book. They will be available after December 13th. For a description and reviews see the link to

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Friends of the Library-Party and Meeting

The Friends of the Harrisville Public Library will be holding their annual meeting on Sunday, October 17th at 4:00 p.m. in the library. This will be a bittersweet meeting, as the group has decided to disband. They have been very instrumental over the past few years in raising money for special projects for the library. The remaining funds in their account will be turned over to the Trustees of the library. For more information contact Sarah Bayles 827-3102.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How to use the Internet to see what we have at HPL

How to search the New Hampshire Union Public Access Catalog (NHU-PAC) for holdings in the Harrisville Public Library:

Go to the home page for NHU-PAC:

Select the tab for Advanced Searching.
Enter the Title, or, Author, or Subject.
Where it says: Limit results to the holdings of a single library, or to a specific date by filling in the information below, you will want to use the drop-down menu to select Location and then type in HSTI (this is case sensitive).
Then go back up and click the RED ARROW.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Summer Reading Program...made a splash!!!

The children's summer reading program "Make a Splash---Read", closed on August 18th with 18 children reading a total of 196 books! Fourteen of the readers qualified for gift certificates from the Toadstool Bookshop. In addition to the books read, children (and adults) attended performances by magician Debbie O'Carroll and author Rebecca Upjohn.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Children's Programs in August

Magician Debbie O'Carroll on Weds. August 4th at 11 a.m.
Debbie O'Carroll is a "one of a kind" magician. She combines stage magic with lots of audience participation to create captivating programs for children. She uses highly visual props, colorful costumes, delightful magic and lively stage movement to both educate and entertain. Active audience involvement is the most important feature in Debbie's magical theatre. (This program is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Library and donations from the Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the NH Library Association and the Friends of the Harrisville Public Library.)

Author Rebecca Upjohn on Weds. August 11th at 11 a.m.
Local summering author Rebecca Upjohn (from Toronto) will join us for story time, telling the story from her first book "Lily and the Paper Man". An activity will follow the story.

Cookies on August 18th at 11 a.m.
This is the last day to fill out the summer reading booklists in order to receive your prizes! For story/activity time today the theme will be "Cookies"!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Affliction by Russell Banks

The next book discussion will be on Thursday, August 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Copies of Affliction by Russell Banks are available in the library. The discussion leader will be Patrick Anderson.
"Wade Whitehouse is a well digger and policeman in a bleak New Hampshire town---a former high school star gone to beer fat, a loner with a mean streak. Through Russell Banks's artistry Wade emerges as a blue-colar American Everyman afflicted by the dark secret of macho tradition. Told by his articulate, equally scarred younger brother, Wade's story becomes as spellbinding and inexorable as a fuse burning its way to the dynamite." (from the back cover)
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Our new blog!

This is the maiden post for the NEW Harrisville Public library blog. I am hoping to use this blog to let you all know what is going on in the library in terms of; new books, children's programs, adult book discussion programs, special events, etc.