Upcoming Events

April 2: Book Group: "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini

This is an open group; everyone is welcome!

Thursday 2 April 2015 10:30am to 11:30am

The North Conway Library's Book Group is reading "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled  Hosseini and will discuss it on Thursday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

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

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe-from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos-the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

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 “And the Mountains Echoed.”

April 8: Dine to Donate at Chef’s Market Bistro

A Delicious Library Fundraiser!

Wednesday 8 April 2015 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Dine to Support North Conway Public Library at the Chef’s Market Bistro

Chef’s Market Bistro and the North Conway Public Library are pleased to announce the first “Dine to Donate” fundraiser on Wednesday, April 8 between 4 pm and 9 pm

Diners can enjoy a meal at Chef’s Market Bistro while supporting the library.  If they mention Dine to Donate and that they want to support the North Conway Library, 10% of the proceeds of their bill will be donated to the library.

This fundraiser is the first of a series of fundraisers the bistro plans to hold to support various charitable organizations in the Mount Washington Valley. “We are honored to be chosen as the first non-profit to benefit from the generosity of Chef’s Market,” said Andrea Masters, library director. “We are happy to be the guinea pig in this case,” she adds with a laugh.

Chef’s Market Bistro, located across the street from North Conway Public Library at 2724 Main Street, came under the ownership of Christopher Bellis in early 2015 and offers a full bar and table service for lunch and dinner.  Their menu includes a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, small plates, entrees, and desserts.  The restaurant also offers gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and children’s options. Bellis describes his bistro as “a neighborhood restaurant serving up fresh, local and delicious food in a warm and friendly atmosphere.” Pastry chef Erin Suprenant offers a number of irresistible dessert options and specials.

The library serves North Conway and the surrounding communities and relies on a small staff and many dedicated volunteers.  The North Conway Public Library is a privately funded library that is free and open to the public; large enough to offer a broad selection and small enough to respond to the reading needs and preferences of its users.  The library receives no regular funding from the town of Conway, the State of New Hampshire, or the federal government; therefore, it depends on donations, corporate sponsors, and fundraising efforts like Dine to Donate.

For more information, please call the library at 603-356-2961.

Hope to see you at the Chef's Market Bistro on Wednesday, April 8!

April 16: “Adventure Travels in Slovenia & Croatia” with Steve & Sally Swenson

7 pm at Weather Discovery Center

Thursday 16 April 2015 7:00pm to 8:30pm

North Conway Library presents:

Adventure Travels in Slovenia & Croatia

With Steve & Sally Swenson

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Weather Discovery Center

The North Conway Public Library is pleased to invite you to the last event of the 2015 Thursday Night Program Series. Steve & Sally Swenson will present “Adventure Travels in Slovenia & Croatia,” a slide show based on their recent trip to the Croatian-Adriatic coast with its islands.

They will talk about their 2-week adventure trip "Jewels of Croatia" which was organized by the Sierra Club. It included different activities every day, hiking, cycling, kayaking and canoeing among them, and living on a boat for three days.

Steve Swenson says, that “this physical variety agreed with our aging bodies. An additional bonus was that we did not have to provide our own bikes or camping gear since we usually bring our own bicycles for a touring-camping adventure.”

They added a visit to the alpine Lake Bled in Slovenia, in the Julian Alps, which was an added jewel.

Steve and Sally Swenson have retired from the local school system and still enjoy an active life style. They have lived in the Mount Washington Valley for 35 years but have been traveling all over the world extensively including many trips to central Europe and New Zealand, typically for bicycle touring and camping adventures.

The Swenson will share all of the above, answer your questions and more on Thursday night, April 16, at 7 pm at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village; no reservations necessary.

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 Travel Enthusiasts of all Ages

May 6: Girls' Night Out!

Fundraiser at Chef's Market & Bistro

Wednesday 6 May 2015 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Gather! Gossip! Give!

Join us from 5 to 6:30 PM at the Chef's Market & Bistro

$5 donation- will go to the North Conway Library as the featured non-profit of the night.

Gift bags from Fields of Ambrosia for the first 20 Ladies

Full bar at the Chef's Market

Small plates & dinner specials:  Buy one - get second for 1/2 price

Featured wine & cocktail

Presented by Valley Women & Fields of Ambrosia & Chef's Market & North Conway Library




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 - Oct.3

No. Conway Mountain Bike Adventure Rides

Saturday 3 October 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 Oct. 3 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.

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