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Needed: Donations for Annual Book Sale July 2016

Gently Used Books, Audio Books, Music CDs, DVDs Needed!

Saturday Jan 2 2016 12:00am to Saturday Jul 2 2016 5:00pm

The North Conway Library has its huge Annual Book & Art Sale on the second weekend of July (July 9+10, 2016!) every year and is accepting donations year-round.

If you would like to donate books, audio books on CD, music CDs, or DVDs, please drop them off at the library any time the library is open.

The books should be in good condition, and no textbooks, encyclopedias, bibles, or Reader's Digest condensed editions, please. Audiobooks on CD, music CDs, and DVDs (no VHS, please) should also be in good, sellable condition.

Book donations can be dropped off any time when the library is open; please do not leave donations when the library is closed. The library appreciates your support and donations!

Unfortunately, we cannot accept:

  • Damaged or unclean books, including:
    • damaged spines
    • torn covers & pages
    • water damage
    • mold, smoke damage
    • books written in or marked or highlighted
    • smelly books (basement or barn storage)
  • Bibles
  • Condensed Books ("Reader's Digest")
  • Travel Guides more than 3 years old
  • Computer books more than 3 years old
  • Encyclopedias more than 3 years old
  • Text books more than 3 years old
  • Cassettes (books on tape or music tapes)
  • VHS movies
  • Magazines more than 2 years old, including but not limited to:
    • National Geographic
    • American Heritage

If you are not sure if your donations are suitable, just give us a call at 356-2961.

Please drop off donations only when the library is open. Please do NOT drop off in front of closed doors, when the library is closed ;-)

Since we are a 501(c)(3) organization, your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS. Please ask for your donation receipt at drop off.

Feb. 11: Book Group: "The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier

This is an open group - everybody welcome!

Thursday 11 February 2016 10:30am to 11:30am

The North Conway Library's Book Group is reading "The Last Runaway" by Tracy Chevalier and will discuss it on Thursday, Feb. 11th at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

This is an open group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member.

The Library Book Group is an open book discussion group that reads both fiction and nonfiction and meets on the SECOND Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library in North Conway Village.

About the book and the author:

New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier makes her fictional foray into the American past in The Last Runaway, bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.

In Chevalier’s historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. 

Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality. 

However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs. 

A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, The Last Runaway is Tracy Chevalier’s vivid engagement with an iconic part of American history.

Contact the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 for more information or to reserve your copy of "The Last Runaway."

Upcoming Book Discussions:

March 10: Tiffany Baker "Mercy Snow"

April 14: Cheryl Strayed: "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail"

May 12: "City of Women"

June 9: Julian Barnes "Sense of an Ending"

Feb. 15: Library closed on Presidents' Day

Monday 15 February 2016 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Feb. 25: “Hiking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in Wales” with Theo & Melanie Stibbons

7 pm at Weather Discovery Center

Thursday 25 February 2016 7:00pm to 8:30pm

North Conway Library presents:

“Hiking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in Wales” with Theo & Melanie Stibbons

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Weather Discovery Center

The North Conway Public Library is pleased to invite you to the second event of the 2016 Thursday Night Program Series. Theo and Melanie Stibbons will share slides and stories from their many hikes on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in southwest Wales on Thursday night, February 25, at 7 p.m. at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village.

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is a designated National Trail in southwest Wales. It was established in 1970, and is 186 miles long, mostly at cliff-top level, with a total of 35,000 feet of ascent and descent. Wherever possible the path runs close to the cliff edge; it is part of the Wales Coast Path, an 870-mile long-distance walking route around the whole coast of Wales, which was officially opened in 2012.


For the last 3 years, the Stibbons have spent a week each November walking different sections of this spectacular National Trail in all sorts of weather conditions. Along the trail they encountered a wide variety of scenery including isolated creeks, coves, sandy beaches and coastal valleys, also Medieval castles, Iron Age forts and burial sites.

The presentation will show many of these aspects of the trail and give an appreciation of why it is considered by many to be the finest coastal walk in Europe.

The Stibbons are retired High School teachers from the UK, who spend up to 6 months a year living in North Conway to enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling, and the outdoors in this area.

Some may well remember the Stibbos’ former presentations for the North Conway Library: "Walking in England,” “East Indies Sea Trek," and last year’s “Canal Cruises in England.” They have also been the featured speakers for several AMC International Dinner programs talking about their many travel adventures.

This event will be held at the Weather Discovery Center on Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m., no reservations necessary. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussion.  The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated.  Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

For more information about the program, please  call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 or email ncpl@myfairpoint.net.

An Event That is Sure to Delight Hiking Enthusiasts of all Ages

Bike for Books - Oct.1

No. Conway Mountain Bike Adventure Rides

Saturday 1 October 2016 8:00am to 3:00pm

Bike for BooksA Fun Fundraiser for the North Conway Library

presented by Merrill Lynch/ Andy Orsini

Join the North Conway Public Library on Oct. 1 for a day of mountain biking in the White Mountains at “Bike for Books: Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!

The Bike for Books MTB Adventure Rides offer biking enthusiasts of all levels and abilities a great opportunity to explore the varied trails and terrain along well-marked routes in North Conway.

North Conway serves up some of the best riding in New Hampshire. For over a decade, NEMBA has been working to create a wonderful assortment of trails for beginners and experts alike.  So whether it's cruising along gently wooded fire roads, biking on single tracks through magnificent forests, along rivers, around picturesque ponds, or negotiating the technical rocky descents on the edge of the White Mountains, there is something for everyone.

This year, Bike for Books will focus on Whitaker Woods for easy rides and on North Conway's Eastside for more advanced riders. Several brand new route options will be marked for all levels of riders, from novice to expert and some kid-friendly family loops, too. You can ride for an hour or do an epic ride with all the technically challenging hero options which takes about 4 to 6 hours.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of your friends.

After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee, and delicious desserts.

Bike for Books is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library and fundraising by participants is encouraged with prizes for top fundraisers.

Highlights of the event:

  • Self-guided rides on marked trails
  • Different route options for all ages & abilities:
    • 2 easy loops in Whitaker Woods (for kids & families & novice riders)
    • Intermediate loop on North Conway's Eastside
    • Advanced loop with several technically challenging add-on loops
  • Signed trails showcase the best North Conway's Eastside has to offer
  • Snack stop with food & drink
  • After ride pizza lunch with hot soup, delicious desserts, and fresh coffee
  • Mechanical support tent by local bike shop
  • Optional fundraising with prizes for top fundraisers instead of registration fee

Registration: 8-11 a.m.

Costs: Adults $25, couples $45, families $55, kids 16 +under $15. Or raise pledges instead!

Along with the great riding, the Mount Washington Valley offers many other activities for the whole family: great hiking in the White Mountains, canoeing and kayaking in the Saco River, shopping in the tax-free outlet stores, and much more. The blue ribbon fair in Fryeburg, Maine (10 miles away) will start the next day.

You can come and bike for an hour or all day; easy or difficult routes- it’s all your choice!

Riders should be on mountain bikes with knobby tires and children should have some off-road cycling experience. Joe Jones, the bike shop next to the Library, offers mountain bike rentals for the event for $10 (as supplies last).

Registration forms may be picked up at the North Conway Library or soon downloaded here.  Online registration is available soon at BikeReg.com .

Instead of paying a registration fee, you can also raise money for the North Conway Library. Top fundraisers will get prizes. Download a pledge form. Collect cash, checks, or let friends donate online. More info on {cms_selflink page='bike' text='NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB'}.

Check-in & registration on the day of the event will be held at the Whitaker Woods Homesite in North Conway (off Route 16, across from White Mountain Oil) from 8 to 11 a.m.

FMI check {cms_selflink page='bike' text='here'} or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.


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