Upcoming Events

Book Group: "Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan

This is an open group; everyone is welcome!

Thursday 5 February 2015 10:30am to 11:30am

The North Conway Library's Book Group is reading "The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan and will discuss it on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

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

This month’s pick is a heartrending, gripping novel set in Belle Époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas’s famous sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and a notorious criminal trial of the era.

Buchanan’s exquisite historical novel details the lives of the van Goethem sisters in 1878 Paris. Responsible for fending for themselves after the death of their father and the absinthe-soaked decline of their mother, they struggle to eke out an existence while subsidizing their ambitions at the harshly competitive school of the Paris Opéra.

To make things even more interesting, Buchannan links the sisters’ stories with that of convicted criminals Emile Abadie and Michel Knobloch and the era’s most notorious criminal trial.

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

Contact the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 or stop by for more information or to reserve your copy of "The Painted Girls."


“Canal Cruises in England” Program with Theo & Melanie Stibbons

7 pm at Weather Discovery Center

Thursday 5 February 2015 7:00pm to 8:30pm

North Conway Library presents:

“Canal Cruises in England” with Theo & Melanie Stibbons

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Weather Discovery Center

The North Conway Public Library is pleased to invite you to the second event of the 2015 Thursday Night Program Series. Theo and Melanie Stibbons will share slides and stories from their many canal trips on so-called narrowboats in their native England on Thursday night, February 5, at 7 pm at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village.

The canals of England were largely built in the late 1700s and 1800s before the advent of railways. They were originally used primarily for the transport of coal in much greater quantities and more cheaply than by road.

As railways were built the canal system slowly became derelict and by the 1950s had almost disappeared. However, a group of leisure boat users had the vision to see that, if the waterways could be maintained, they could become a great tourist attraction while preserving an important part of the British heritage.

Melanie and Theo Stibbons have been taking narrowboat holidays in England since the 1970s and hope that this presentation will give an idea of why the canals are worth preserving and why they are so popular for recreational activities today.

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 and cycling in the area, as well as the many other outdoor opportunities that the region has to offer.

Some may well remember the Stibbons’ former presentations for the North Conway Library, "Walking in England” in 2013 and “East Indies Sea Trek" last year. 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 5 at 7 p.m., no reservations necessary. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussions.  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 visit call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 or email ncpl@myfairpoint.net.

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

 

 


ALWAYS needed: Donations for Book Sale

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

Monday Jun 15 2015 12:00am to Friday Jul 3 2015 5:00pm

The North Conway Library has its huge Annual Book & Art Sale on the second weekend of July (July 11+12, 2015!) every year and is looking for 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 all year long!

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.


Annual Book & Art Sale: July 11 & 12

Whole weekend of great deals for books, CDs, DVDs, art, etc.

Saturday Jul 11 2015 9:00am to Sunday Jul 12 2015 3:00pm

Annual Gigantic Book & Art Sale

The North Conway Public Library is having its Annual Gigantic Book & Art Sale on Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12. The sale will be held on the library's property on Main Street in North Conway Village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.

There will be thousands of books from every category: adult, children, fiction, nonfiction, antique & rare books, coffee table books, hardcover, paperbacks, and audio books (books on CD). We also sell DVDs, music CDs, and some computer games and software for children and adults.

Outside, on the front lawn, there will be a huge art show with local artists and crafters, who exhibit and sell their art.

Space is still available if you are an artist looking to exhibit alongside other artists and crafters; contact the library immediately to reserve your space!

For more information call the North Conway Library at (603) 356-2961 or email us at ncpl@myfairpoint.net .

DONATIONS of books, CDs, DVDs in good, sellable condition can be accepted UNTIL Thursday, July 2, 5 pm. Or AFTER the sale, beginning on July 15.



Bike for Books - Sept. 26

No. Conway Mountain Bike Adventure Rides

Saturday 26 September 2015 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 Sept. 26 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 & the White Mountain National Forest.

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.

Several 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 the epic ride with all the technically challenging hero options which takes about 4 to 6 hours for even the strongest riders.

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 & 4 mile loops in Whitaker Woods (easy; for kids & novice riders)
    • 18 mile intermediate loop
    • 27 mile advanced loop with several technically challenging add-on loops
  • Signed trails showcase the best North Conway has to offer
  • Covered Bridge snack stop with food & drink at halfway point
  • Skill course
  • 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 downloaded here.  Online registration is available 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.