Upcoming Events

Feb 21+28 + March 7: Too Young To Retire?

3-Part Workshop: Rebalance, Recharge, and Love the Rest of Your Life

Tuesday Feb 21 2017 6:00pm to Tuesday Mar 7 2017 9:00pm

“Too Young to Retire”:

Rebalance, Recharge and Love the Rest of Your Life

Are you over 50 and concerned about how to spend the many years ahead? Feel you can’t afford or don’t want a “traditional” retirement and aren’t sure about what’s next? Could it be time to reorder your priorities?

This interactive, lively 3-session workshop will help you re-frame the next phase of your life by exploring “encore” opportunities that can give you joy and meaning, wellness, and fun! We will discuss money, work on your terms, volunteering, unique travel and learning opportunities and more.

The workshop is perfect for people thinking about retirement, actively planning it, and the ones already enjoying it as you will learn to make this the best time of your life now!

Betsy Gemmecke, our standout facilitator, will offer many new ideas which will spark your imagination and help you get you clear about what is important to you. You will leave with ideas to shape a future that reflects your values, desires, skills and perhaps untapped talents!

This 3 session program will be held here at the North Conway Library from 6-7:30 pm on Tuesday nights of Feb. 21, Feb. 28 and March 7. We appreciate a suggested donation of $40 for individuals and $75 for couples to the Library for this program (PRICE CHANGE!). Please register ahead of time by contacting the Library at 603-356-2961 or via email at andrea@northconwaylibrary.com .

About Betsy Gemmecke, our facilitator

Betsy Gemmecke, MSW, is a “Too Young to Retire” certified facilitator, and a certified Professional Career Development Coach, who has over 30 years’ experience in counseling, education and career development for people of all ages. She initiated and volunteers with the Conway Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Granite State College when not playing or travelling.

March 2: “Walking the Scottish Kingdom of Fife and its Coastal Path” with Theo & Melanie Stibbons

7 pm at Weather Discovery Center

Thursday 2 March 2017 7:00pm to 8:30pm

North Conway Library presents:

“Walking the Scottish Kingdom of Fife and its Coastal Path”

with Theo & Melanie Stibbons

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Weather Discovery Center

The North Conway Public Library is pleased to invite you to the first event of the 2017 Thursday Night Program Series. Theo and Melanie Stibbons will share slides and stories from their hikes in the beautiful Scottish Kingdom of Fife and its Coastal Path on Thursday night, March 2, at 7 p.m. at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village.

The Fife Coastal Path is one of Scotland's Great Trails, Stretching for 117 miles, between Dundee in the north and Edinburgh in the South. This long distance footpath offers a wide range of walking experience from easy and level, to wild and demanding along the attractive Scottish coastline, through small fishing villages, along rugged cliffs, award winning beaches, internationally important estuaries, wildlife reserves, and historic sites.

The Stibbons will take the audience along 25 miles of the most easterly sections of the Fife Coastal Path including a visit to historic St Andrews with its world renowned golf course.

The presentation will also feature an inland visit to the small town of Falkland with its Royal Palace built by King James IV in the early 1500s which claims to have the oldest surviving tennis court in the world.   Mary, Queen of Scots played tennis on these courts and is reputed to have shocked her courtiers by wearing breeches when playing.

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, cycling, and the outdoors in this area.

Some may well remember the Stibbons’ former presentations for the North Conway Library about other hiking trips in England and Wales, on canal cruises in England, and an East Indies sea trek. 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, March 2 at 7 p.m., no reservations necessary. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussion.  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 call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 or email info@northconwaylibrary.com .

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



March 9: Book Group: "Room" by Emma Donoghue

This is an open group - everybody welcome!

Thursday 9 March 2017 10:30am to 11:30am

North Conway Library’s Book Group discusses "Room" by Emma Donoghue on March 9, 2017

NORTH CONWAY—  The North Conway Library's Book Group is reading "Room" by Emma Donoghue and will discuss it on Thursday, March 9, 2017 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.


To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It's where he was born, it's where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. 

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it's the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack's curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.

Room is a tale at once shocking, riveting, exhilarating--a story of unconquerable love in harrowing circumstances, and of the diamond-hard bond between a mother and her child. Told entirely in Jack’s voice, Room is no horror story or tearjerker, but a celebration of resilience and the love between parent and child.

Call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 to reserve your copy of "Room."

Some Reviews

‘Astounding, terrifying… It’s a testament to Donoghue’s imagination that she is able to fashion radiance from such horror.’ – The New Yorker

‘One of the most affecting and subtly profound novels of the year. … For such a peculiar, stripped-down tale, it's fantastically evocative… Not too cute, not too weirdly precocious, not a fey mouthpiece for the author's profundities, Jack expresses a poignant mixture of wisdom, love and naivete that will make you ache to save him -- whatever that would mean.’ – Washington Post Book World

‘A feat of both infectious claustrophobia and controlled perspective.’ – Time

‘Heart-stopping… Donoghue’s utterly gripping plot may sound as if it has been ripped from headlines, but there's real art here… "Room" is a big wow.’ – San Francisco Chronicle

'Donoghue has created one of the pure triumphs of recent fiction: an ebullient child narrator, held captive with his mother in an 11-by-11-foot room, through whom we encounter the blurry, often complicated space between closeness and autonomy. In a narrative at once delicate and vigorous — rich in psychological, sociological and political meaning — Donoghue reveals how joy and terror often dwell side by side.' – note on Room’s choice as one of five best fiction titles of 2010 in the New York Times

‘Donoghue navigates beautifully around these limitations.  Jack’s voice is one of the pure triumphs of the novel… Thrilling and at moments palm-sweatingly harrowing… This is a truly memorable novel, one that can be read through myriad lenses – psychological, sociological, political.  It presents an utterly unique way to talk about love, all the while giving us a fresh, expansive eye on the world in which we live.’ – New York Times Book Review (cover review)

‘Jack is precocious but entirely believable, his passage out of cloistered innocence more universal than you might think (it’s no accident, surely, that the book’s title rhymes with “womb”).’ – People (a People Pick)

‘Narrated by a 5-year-old boy so real you could swear he was sitting right beside you… Room has all kinds of emotional wallop. But what makes the emotion possible is that this book is built like a finely crafted instrument that perfectly merges art and function… Room is so beautifully contrived that it never once seems contrived. But be warned: once you enter, you’ll be Donoghue’s willing prisoner right down to the last page.’ - Newsweek

"Room" is indeed suspenseful, but the fact that it could well keep you up late, eager to find out what happens next, isn't the extraordinary thing about this novel… Without denying Jack's vulnerability, Donoghue allows an almost terrifying resilience to seep into his narrative — terrifying because the momentum that drives a child to adulthood, that sends him rocketing away from the past, is so relentless and inexorable. There's a wholeness to the conclusion of "Room" that doesn't resort to false tidiness and bogus uplift.’ – Salon.com

‘Sophisticated in outlook and execution… Ms. Donoghue makes the gutsy and difficult choice to keep the book anchored somewhere inside Jack’s head… Utterly plausible, vividly described.’ – New York Times

‘A novel so disturbing that we defy you to stop thinking about it, days later … beautifully served by Jack's wise but innocent voice.’ – O Magazine

Future Titles for the Book Discussion Group

Jan. 12, 2017 A Man called Ove by Frederik Backman

Feb. 9: The House Girl by Tara Conklin

March 9: The Room by Emma Donoghue

April 13: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

May 11: Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

June 8: The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

July-September: Summer Hiatus

Oct. 12: 1 Book 1 Valley Pick

Nov. 9 Boys in the Boat

Book Discussion Group: Schedule 2017

Open group! Meets 2nd Thursday of each month

Friday Mar 10 2017 12:00am to Tuesday Nov 14 2017 12:00am

North Conway Library’s Book Group

The Library's Book Group meets on the SECOND Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the library from October to June with a hiatus during the busy summer months from July-Sept.

The group reads mostly fiction but a few times a year we discuss a nonfiction book.

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

Titles for the Book Discussion Group in 2017

Jan. 12: A Man called Ove by Frederik Backman

Feb. 9: The House Girl by Tara Conklin

March 9: The Room by Emma Donoghue

April 13: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

May 11: Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

June 8: The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

July-September: Summer Hiatus

Oct. 12: 1 Book 1 Valley Pick

Nov. 9 Boys in the Boat



July 8+9: Annual Gigantic Book Sale

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

Saturday Jul 8 2017 9:00am to Sunday Jul 9 2017 3:00pm

Annual Gigantic Book Sale

The North Conway Public Library has its Annual Gigantic Book Sale on Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2017. 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, YA, fiction, nonfiction, antique & rare books, coffee table books, hardcovers, paperbacks, and audio books (books on CD). We also sell DVDs and music CDs.

The majority of books are private donations, approx. 90%. 10% of the books for sale are library discards.

Donations can be accepted year-round but no later than June 30th, please. Donations in bulk (boxes full of books) no later than June 15, please.

For a list of what items are accepted, please click here.

For more information call the North Conway Library at (603) 356-2961 or email us at info@northconwaylibrary.com .
















DONATIONS of individual books in good, sellable condition can be accepted UNTIL Friday, June 30, 5 pm. No boxes, no books in bulk, please!!! Boxes full of books can be accepted again AFTER the sale, beginning on July 15.

DONATIONS of DVDs & CDs in good condition can be accepted UNTIL July 6.

Donations for Book Sale Accepted Year-Round!

Gently Used Books, Books on CD, Music CDs, DVDs Needed- Now!

Monday Jul 10 2017 2:00pm to Friday Jul 7 2017 5:00pm

The North Conway Library has its huge Annual Book 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.


Sept. 30: Bike for Books: Mtn. Bike Event

Registration is OPEN!

Saturday 30 September 2017 8:00am to 3:00pm

Bike for BooksA Fun Fundraiser for the North Conway Library: Sept. 30, 2017

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 $60, 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

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).

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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.

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