Upcoming Events

Oct. 1: Bike for Books: Mtn. Bike Event

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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

Bike for Books offers mountain bikers of all abilities a great opportunity to explore the trails and terrain along well-marked routes in North Conway, NH, showcasing some of the best mountain biking trails in Northern New England.

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 a pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee, delicious homemade desserts.

Registration on Event Day: 8-11 a.m. at Whitaker Woods Homesite

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

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

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.

Highlights of the event:

  • Self-guided rides on marked trails on North Conway’s Eastside
  • Almost all off-road; virtually no pavement riding
  • Different route options for all ages & abilities:
    • 2 Easy loops in Whitaker Woods for kids & families & novice riders
    • 1 Intermediate loop (Sticks & Stones, Kearsarge Brook, Beaver Fever, Lower Sidehill, Swamp, Muffler, Pillar to Pond, etc.)
    • 1 Expert loop on technically challenging trails (Red Tail Trail, Upper Sidehill,  Rattlesnake, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, etc.)
  • Signed trails showcase the best MTB trails in North Conway
  • Snack stop with food & drink mid-course
  • After ride: pizza lunch with hot soup, delicious desserts, and fresh coffee
  • Free event bike bottles for first 120 riders
  • Mechanical support tent
  • Optional fundraising with prizes for top fundraisers instead of registration fee

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).

FMI click here or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

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 on forest service roads, biking on flowy 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.

Oct. 13: 1 Book 1 Valley - Book Discussion: Finest Hours by Michael Tougias & Casey Sherman

This is an open group: Everyone is welcome!

Thursday 13 October 2016 10:30am to 11:30am

Book 1 Valley Book Discussion at the North Conway Library:

Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman - October 13Finest Hours-Cover

The North Conway Library’s Book Group will read Finest Hoursby authors Michael J. Tougias & Casey Sherman and discuss it on Thursday, October 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the library as part of the “One Book One Valley” community read.

This is an open group. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a library member and whether or not you have finished the book.

One Book One Valley,” is the annual Valley-wide reading program, where people in and around the Mount Washington Valley will be reading and discussing the same book. The idea is to promote reading and to connect people to literature through reading and discussion.

The local program started in 2006; last year’s book was the award-winning “Euphoria” by Maine author by Lily King.

This year's pick is "Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue" by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman

For more information about “One Book One Valley” and its many related programs and events, check out 1book1valley.org

Finest Hours is the true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers: The book describes the simultaneous rescue missions for two oil tankers, each of which split in two during a severe winter storm off the coast of Cape Cod in 1952. It is a fast-paced, thrilling read, and it comes in a young reader’s version as well as the original adult edition. A feature film based on the book was released in theaters in January 2016.

Tougias+ShermanCopies of Finest Hours” (both the adult and the juvenile version) and the movie are currently available at the North Conway Library and ALL local libraries throughout the month of September and October. Copies are also available for purchase at White Birch Books. FMI about the book, please scroll down.

The North Conway Library's 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. Everybody is welcome whether you belong to the library or not, whether you have read the book or not. Please join us!

Contact the North Conway Library at 356-2961 for more information about the book discussion or the “One Book One Valley” Community Read and to reserve your copy.


More information about the book:

Finest Hours is the true story of an incredible disaster and heroic rescue at sea told by two masterful storytellers

In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, the freezing Atlantic became a wind-whipped zone of peril.
In the early hours of Monday, February 18, while the storm raged, two oil tankers, the Pendleton and the Fort Mercer, found themselves in the same horrifying predicament. Built with "dirty steel," and not prepared to withstand such ferocious seas, both tankers split in two, leaving the dozens of men on board utterly at the Atlantic's mercy.

The Finest Hours is the gripping, true story of the valiant attempt to rescue the souls huddling inside the broken halves of the two ships. Coast Guard cutters raced to the aid of those on the Fort Mercer, and when it became apparent that the halves of the Pendleton were in danger of capsizing, the Guard sent out two thirty-six-foot lifeboats as well. These wooden boats, manned by only four seamen, were dwarfed by the enormous seventy-foot seas. As the tiny rescue vessels set out from the coast of Cape Cod, the men aboard were all fully aware that they were embarking on what could easily become a suicide mission.

The spellbinding tale is overflowing with breathtaking scenes that sear themselves into the mind's eye, as boats capsize, bows and sterns crash into one another, and men hurl themselves into the raging sea in their terrifying battle for survival.

Not all of the eighty-four men caught at sea in the midst of that brutal storm survived, but considering the odds, it's a miracle -- and a testament to their bravery -- that any came home to tell their tales at all.

Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman have seamlessly woven together their extensive research and firsthand interviews to create an unforgettable tale of heroism, triumph, and tragedy, one that truly tells of the Coast Guard's finest hours.

Nov. 13: Musical Gala of Show Tunes & Jazz with Mary Bastoni

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Sunday 13 November 2016 4:00pm to 7:00pm


Join us for a "Musical Gala of Show Tunes & Jazz" with Mary Bastoni and John Waldie.

An evening you won't forget as you travel through a musical revue of many of your favorite tunes.

Date: November 13, 2016

Time: 4-7 pm

Included: Appetizers, wine and soft drinks

Where: M&D Playhouse at Willow Place in North Conway ("Yellow Mall")

Cost: $40 per person

This is an all new undertaking and a very important fundraiser for the North Conway Public Library. Reserve your tickets with any Board member or call the NCPL at 603-356-2961.

Event organizers (Trustees): Catherine Kyle (clkyle555@gmail.com) & Suzanne McCarthy (smccarthy355@gmail.com)

Board members: Kim Beals, Scott Gleason, Eliza Juliano, Kim Kleinpeter, Peg Maglio, Dick McClure, Neill Osgood

Mary BastoniMary Bastoni has been a renowned musical force in the greater Mount Washington Valley for over two decades. She currently holds a position of Artist Faculty in Voice at the University of Southern Maine, where she received a Masters degree in 2012 in vocal performance. She has performed in professional theater, opera, and as a soloist. Her versatile vocal style ranges from classical to contemporary and she has been a working musician in bands as well as being an independent performer.

Other credits include both directing and musical directing of theatrical productions and teaching musical theatre workshops for children.

Mary is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

John Waldie, a talented keyboardist, hails from Philadelphia where he was a musical director. Most recently he served as musical director for M&D Playhouse.

Donations for Annual Book Sale accepted year-round!

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

Thursday Dec 1 2016 2:00pm to Friday Jun 30 2017 5:00pm

The North Conway Library has its huge Annual Book & Art Sale on the second weekend of July every year (July 8+9, 2017) and is accepting donations year-round until June 30th. Unlimited donations will be accepted until June 15, then only individual books, no bulk, no boxes full of books. And no books after June 30. Really. Instead, please bring your gently used items by as soon as you can.

If you would like to donate books, audio books on CD, music CDs, or DVDs, please drop them off at the library as soon as possible (!!).

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

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)
  • Reader's Digest- condensed books
  • Discards from other libraries (other than the North Conway Library)
  • Bibles (sorry but they really don't sell)
  • 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.

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.


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