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Needed: Donations for Annual Book Sale July 2016

Gently Used Books, Audio Books, Music CDs, DVDs Needed! Now until June 30

Friday Feb 26 2016 12:00am to Thursday Jun 30 2016 5:00pm

The North Conway Library has its huge Annual Book & Art Sale on the second weekend of July every year (July 9+10, 2016) 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)
  • Bibles (sorry but they really don't sell)
  • "Reader's Digest"- condensed books
  • 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.

Win a Fitbit Alta!

Win a Fitness & Sleep Tracker & Support the Library!

Sunday Apr 24 2016 12:00am to Thursday Jul 28 2016 5:00pm

Win a Fitbit at the North Conway Library

Would you like to track your activities and your sleep? Or would you like to give a fitness/sleep tracker away as a gift to aFitbit Alta friend or family member?

This summer, the North Conway Public Library is raffling off a Fitbit Alta fitness tracker! Raffle tickets are $3 each or four for $10 or ten tickets for $20. The drawing will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016.

The Fitbit is one of the most popular fitness trackers ever and the brand new Fitbit Alta combines stylishness with functionality on its slender OLED display.

The Alta is a fashionable wristband that tracks your steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity & stationary time. It helps you stay active throughout the day by giving you friendly reminders to move.

You can instantly see the time and all your data & stats, plus smartphone notifications on the slim OLED display. It will push important call, text, and calendar notifications from your phone directly to your Fitbit.

Track your way to a better night’s sleep: The Alta automatically tracks how long and how well you sleep, so you can see your sleep trends and get on a better routine.

Its value is $130, but you can win it with a $3 raffle chance at the North Conway Library! All proceeds of the raffle will go directly to the Library to purchase new books and DVDs.

The library believes in the old adage “Healthy mind in a healthy body” and wants to enrich your life with its library offerings but also add value to your life by pursuing an active lifestyle. Hence the raffle of a fitness/ sleep tracker!

For more information about the raffle, please call the Library at (603) 356-2961 or email us at ncpl@myfairpoint.net.  Better yet, stop by the library on Main Street in North Conway Village to purchase your winning ticket!

Soon: Adopt-a-Pumpkin

Grow your own giant championship pumpkin!

Wednesday May 4 2016 1:00pm to Sunday Jun 19 2016 5:00pm

Be the Envy of Your Neighborhood!

Have you ever wanted to be a parent to something that doesn’t talk back, needs money or gives you grief?  Here is your opportunity: The North Conway Public Library is preparing to hold its eighth giant pumpkin fundraiser this month. If you’ve ever wanted to be the proud parent of a huge championship pumpkin, now is your big chance!

For a $15 donation to the library, you will receive:

-     a healthy pumpkin plant in a 6 inch pot with a blue ribbon pedigree

-     a birth certificate

-     growing directions

-     directions for entry to the Fryeburg Fair for hard core competitors

-     borrowing privileges at the Library for a DVD on how to grow your pumpkin

Pumpkin plants are limited and competition was fierce last year, so reserve your plant ahead of time. A donation of $15 to the North Conway Library will get you one plant with benefits.

Reservations can be made at the Library: call them at 603-356-2961, or email ncpl@myfairpoint.net.

Pumpkin starter plants and materials will be available early-mid June.

Pick-up dates:

TBA in the Library parking lot

Adopt one for yourself, your children, grandchildren, or a special friend.  Help the library raise money and have fun with this great summer project. Pumpkin growing is the ideal sport for the competitive couch potato who wants to be the envy of the neighborhood!

Picking up the adopted pumpkinMy adopted pumpkin

May 12: Book Group: "The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker

This is an open group - everybody welcome!

Thursday 12 May 2016 10:30am to 11:30am

The Age of Miracles

The North Conway Library's Book Group is reading"The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker and will discuss it on Thursday, May 12th 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 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:

Spellbinding, haunting, The Age of Miracles is a beautiful novel of catastrophe and survival, growth and change, the story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in an extraordinary time.

On an ordinary Saturday, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer, gravity is affected, the birds, the tides, human behavior and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

With crystalline prose and the indelible magic of a born storyteller, Karen Thompson Walker gives us a breathtaking story of people finding ways to go on, in an ever-evolving world.

People ∙ O: The Oprah Magazine ∙ Financial Times ∙ Kansas City Star ∙ BookPage ∙ Kirkus Reviews ∙ Publishers Weekly ∙ Booklist

Praise for The Age of Miracles

“A stunner.”—Justin Cronin

“A genuinely moving tale that mixes the real and surreal, the ordinary and the extraordinary, with impressive fluency and flair.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Gripping drama . . . flawlessly written; it could be the most assured debut by an American writer since Jennifer Egan’s Emerald City.”—The Denver Post

“If you begin this book, you’ll be loath to set it down until you’ve reached its end.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Provides solace with its wisdom, compassion, and elegance.”—Curtis Sittenfeld

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

Upcoming Book Discussions:

May 12: Karen Thompson Walker: "The Age of Miracles"

June 9: Julian Barnes "Sense of an Ending"

Annual Book & Art Sale: July 9 & 10

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

Saturday Jul 9 2016 9:00am to Sunday Jul 10 2016 3:00pm

Annual Gigantic Book & Art Sale

The North Conway Public Library is having its Annual Gigantic Book & Art Sale on Saturday & Sunday, July 9 & 10. The sale will be held on the library's property on Main Street in North Conway Village from 9 a.m. to 3 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 an 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, June 30, 5 pm. Or AFTER the sale, beginning on July 15.

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!

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

This year, Bike for Books will focus on Whitaker Woods for easy rides and on North Conway's Eastside for intermediate and expert rides. 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 two 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
    • Expert loop on technically challenging trails
  • 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 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.

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 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 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.


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