Upcoming Events

May 26: Program "A Year in Cuba" with Erik Eisele

7 PM at the Weather Discovery Center

Thursday 26 May 2016 7:00pm to 8:15pm

North Conway Library presents:

“A year visiting Cuba” with Erik Eisele

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Weather Discovery Center

Cuba, that last vestige of the Cold War, sits only 90 miles off American shores. It’s a nation caught somewhere between the developing and developed world, a place with universal healthcare and university education but lacking basic goods. A land of socialism, art and old cars, Cuba’s story is often told by both its miles and years apart.

But the unfurling of the modern Cuba is complex tale. The North Conway Public Library invites you to explore the island in all its intricacies in the fifth and final of the 2016 Thursday Night Program Series: Erik Eisele, local writer and guide, will take you inside Cuba.

In the wake of President Obama’s announcement of renewed relations with Cuba in late 2014, Erik Eisele took a job leading cultural exchange tours to the island, special U.S. Treasury Department-approved trips allowing Americans to visit the still-embargoed nation. Over 2015 and early 2016 he made six visits to Cuba. He made friends, danced salsa, bought black market cigars, debated politics, heard an alternate version of a shared Cuban-American history and generally explored this country largely closed to American eyes.

On Thursday, May 26, at 7 p.m. at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village, he will bring that story to a Mount Washington Valley audience, no reservations necessary. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussion. The program is free of charge, but 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.

Adopt-a-Pumpkin: Reserve your plant now!

Grow your own giant championship pumpkin!

Friday May 27 2016 1:00am to Sunday Jun 19 2016 5:00pm

Pumpkins are almost ready- contact us now to reserve yours!!

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

Needed NOW: Donations for Annual Book Sale July 9+10

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

Friday May 27 2016 3:00am 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!

Saturday May 28 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!

June 9: Book Group: "Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes

This is an open group - everybody welcome!

Thursday 9 June 2016 10:30am to 11:30am

North Conway Library’s Book Group discusses "Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes on June 9

NORTH CONWAY—  The North Conway Library's Book Group is reading "The Sense of an Ending" by Julian Barnes and will discuss it on Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the library.

This is an open book discussion 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. This discussion will be the last one before the book group goes on summer hiatus until October.

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre. It won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2011.

This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

Check the library’s website at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com for more information or call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 to reserve your copy of "The Sense of an Ending."

Please remember that this is the last meeting before the book group goes on summer hiatus until October 13th.

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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