The season of the Davis Library.

The season of the Davis Library.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pile of New Kids Non-Fiction (and then some)

Check out our LibraryThing page to see some of the new books I just added:

Whoa. Hello, font. Oh well. I have especially been interested in finding age-appropriate history books for the 5-10 crowd. History with not too much bloodshed, eh? Hmm. Well, I've had some real luck with Ellie at the Toadstool helping me, and the Usborne imprint which seem to be made just for homeschoolers. Woot!

Any suggestions?


Monday, December 21, 2009

Creepy Guy Peeking Out the Window

Holiday Schedule

Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year!

We're taking some downtime for the holidays. Here's our schedule for the next couple weeks:

Mon 12/21 (today): Open, regular hours
Tues 12/22: Open, regular hours 10-2
Weds 12/23: Open, Holiday Hours 5-7
Sat12/26: Open, regular hours

Mon 12/28: CLOSED
Tues 12/29: CLOSED
Weds 12/30: CLOSED

Sat 1/2/10: OPEN

Regular hours re-commence.

Have a happy!

Piles of new books!

Come get some for the holidays!




Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Come 'n' Git It!

Yeeeeeeehaw! I wrangled in them books, boy howdy!

Between Amazon & the Toadstool we SCORED yesterday. Come get yer Christmas reading!

We got Sarah Crazypants Palin, Andre Offhisrocker Agassi, new YA books and new seasonally-relevant little kids books.

List forthcoming.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Introducing Non-Fiction - Now in the Non-Fiction section.

What an idea! Putting the Non-Fiction over in the Non-Fiction section! Yes, folks, not only do we have a re-organized Non-Fiction section, we now have a re-organized Non-Fiction side of the ROOM! The "Biography" section is filled to bursting with exciting, tragic, romantic, astounding stories of real people's lives. I would also like to introduce a new category heading that should be exciting to many of you:

"Real Life Adventures, Especially With Ships."

Yes, I made that up all by myself. This section includes titles such as The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger, A Half Acre of Hell: A Combat Nurse in WWII by Avis D. Schorer [technically a memoir, I suppose], 1776 by David McCullough, and Left for Dead: A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Pete Nelson. See? Now with Extra ships.

I am also thinking of creating other sections such as Unclassifiable Lefty Intellectual Books About Really Interesting Stuff, containing such authors as Lynne Truss, Michael Pollan, Jared Diamond and Richard Dawkins. Probably Douglas Hofstadter, as well.

What do you think, People of Stoddard?


Storytime at 11! Homeschooler collective?

By request, we've made storytime a little later so that it's easier for you to get out to the library in time.

Storytime is now at 11am on Tuesdays!

I hope that this means I get to see more of you more often! Right how it's 5 minutes of 11 and nobody's been in here YET today.

Speaking of which:
There are a TON of young hip mamas with toddlers & babies here in Stoddard and a quite large number of homeschoolers. Please let me know if you are interested in using the library for meet-ups, hang-outs, study-groups or anything else. I am a big fan of homeschooling and would love to do what I can to support Stoddard's homeschoolers, as well as everyone else!

I know that there is one homeschooling family with kids very interested in American history, especially the Revolutionary War era. Anybody else?

Also, now that there's a space heater (thoughtful donation by a town resident) for the Children's Room, it's not so chilly in there. Hooray!

Is anybody reading this, by the way? Helloooo? Come in Stoddard...


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Book Club Update

Just a quick update to let everyone know that the Book Club books will continue to come in, and that if anyone is interested in organizing the book club meetings, the library is available for meeting. Just let me know!

The Book Club will officially resume in January. Pick up Madame Bovary starting Jan 20, and come for the meeting Feb. 17!

Find out more about Madame Bovary by Flaubert on Amazon:

Or read the whole thing online or download the ebook for free from Project Guttenberg:

Monday, November 23, 2009

Book Club Cancelled

The Book Club is going to hold off for the next few months, due to extremely low turnout.

If anyone is interested in keeping it going or starting it up again, please let us know!

You can call & leave a message at 446-6251 or send an email to

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Score! New books!

I had a leeetle too much fun picking out books this month. Next month I won't have 2 months to make up for, so I'll have to take it easy.

Meanwhile, check out the little LibraryThing widget on the side bar (left... no, your other left) to see some of the books I picked up at the Toadstool last night. Ok, I'll give you some hints:


There are lots more for every age group. I also ordered a lot more that should be delivered in the next week or so, including some library FAVORITES.

Thanksgiving presents!

The Friends of the Library will be donating two very special items: a 5-DVD set of videos about the history of our region, and the beautiful (and large and heavy!) book, Monadnock Moments, about the Monadnock region with contributions from town resident & Historical Society of Cheshire Co president, Alan Rumrill. It looks gorgeous and I can't wait to read it!

Thanks, Friends!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Looking for Reviews

Hey, Stoddard, whatcha reading?

We'd love to get some of your opinions up here on the blog. If you've read something from the library and you loved it, hated it or just felt kinda "meh" about it, drop us a comment here or send an email to telling us what's good, what's bad, what's worth checking out. It can be short & sweet or an in-depth analysis. If you'd rather we didn't include your name in the review, just say so!

There's an excellent site that reviews fantasy, speculative fiction, science fiction, and such stories that might be of interest to many of our library patrons called The Green Man Review. I've put a permanent link on the left there under "related links." They have a lot of different reviewers, with a lot of varying opinions. Here's their review of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight.

New books coming soon!

I'll be ordering books next Monday, after the Friends of the Library tell me which books they're going to choose to buy for us this month. Thanks Friends! I have way more books on the list than I can possibly get this year, so come see what I pick out! And you've still got time to give me some feedback.

Here are some definites for this month:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith
Flood -- Andrew Vachss
Homer and Langley -- E. L. Doctorow
Ice –- Keene Sentinel Staff
Monadnock Moments: Historic Tales from Southern New Hampshire –- Alan Rumrill
The Lacuna -- Barbara Kingsolver

Come visit soon!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New Large-Print Books!

We just got a big donation of large-print books by some of your favorite authors including:

Nora Roberts
Haywood Smith
Janet Evanovich
Danielle Steel
Sandra Brown
Catherine Coulter
Robin Cook,
David Baldacci
Nicholas Sparks
and more!

Come in to check them out!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Post-Halloween Post

As I drove down the hill, I was relieved to discover the library was still standing after a dark and stormy Halloween! Thanks so much to the Friends of the Library and the Trustees who gave out candy to appease the ghosties and ghoulies who appeared on our doorstep! Pictures will be hopefully coming soon. Except, of course, of the vampires. We all know about those.

Books coming soon!
The Friends of the Library have also generously promised to donate 2 books each month to the library. Do you have any suggestions? Post them here or email them to by the 12th!

Kelly will also be ordering some new books this month, so get those requests in! One of the new books that will definitely be coming in is Ice by the Keene Sentinel Staff.

We are so hip
Become friends with the Davis Library on Facebook, Delicious, LibraryThing, etc. Show your hometown pride!

More news later!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Welcome to the Davis Library!

Not only are we entering the 20th century with a digital card catalog, we are simultaneously entering the 21st century with a Facebook page & a blog!

Check here for frequent updates, book recommendations, order status, coming-soons and more!