The season of the Davis Library.

The season of the Davis Library.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Closed for Holidays

The Davis Library is CLOSED
22 Dec - 3 Jan

If you want museum passes we can work with you!
Please call:
Penny 446.7181 or
Ginger 446.719

Have a great holiday!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holdiay Craftyness!

Come Make More Stuff!!!!

We had a lot of fun at the November Craft Night! Let's do it again!

Snowflakes * Ornaments * Paper Chains * Glitter!!!

All ages & skill levels! Snacks! Bring some to share!

Dec 15, 2010
5pm - 7pm

Monday, November 15, 2010

Help Wanted! ASAP!

Library Assistant Needed!

The Davis Public Library in Stoddard, NH is looking for Library Assistant, starting IMMEDIATELY! This is an ideal job for a HS senior, college student, or anyone else with evenings free in the Keene/Hillsborough area. (We're about half way in between.)

The position is 4 hrs/wk (M & W 5-7pm) Sep-May and 6 hrs/wk (M & W 5-8pm) May-Aug. Possibility of more hours (Sat 10-12/ 10-2) starting in April. Starts at minimum wage. :-/

Must be 18+, responsible, reliable, mature, good with people. Substantial computer literacy strongly preferred (MacOS, Linux and/or Windows).

Duties include: shelving, checking books in & out, helping patrons find books & materials, collection maintenance, straightening & organizing shelves, blogging, data entry, searching, etc.

Please email a resume and cover letter (including name, address and phone number) to: davispubliclibrary /AT/ gmail /DOT/ com


Kelly Taylor
Library Assistant Search
PO Box 749
Stoddard, NH 03470

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Acceptable Use Policy - New!

Down from 2.5 pages, now in a handy-dandy, extra-readable, common-sensible 20 lines of text (as printed on our slips; not including title):

Davis Public Library - Internet/Wireless
Acceptable Use Policy

Access to the internet via the computers in the Davis Public Library and/or our wireless access point is unrestricted, unmonitored, unencrypted and completely unsecured. Use at your own risk. We guarantee no technical support. The DPL makes no guarantees as to the availability of access, and bears no responsibility for the content of the internet. The DPL cannot be responsible for any damage or loss of data that may occur while using the computer or our internet access. This includes but is not limited to: hacking, viruses, identity theft, spyware, malware, crashing, Vogons, loss of data, offensive material, unpleasant photographs, etc.

Restriction of a child's access to the internet is the sole responsibility of that child's parents or legal guardians. The Library is a public space owned by the town, and the rights of staff and other patrons must be respected.

DPL staff is authorized to terminate any user's session or to prohibit a user from subsequent sessions if they are given cause to believe the user has failed to comply with the Acceptable Use Policy. Users whose access has been terminated or prohibited may appeal the action to the Board of Trustees of the Library. By using the Davis Public Library's internet access and/or computers, you hereby agree to the following:
  1. I will not eat or drink at a computer station. I will be gentle to the equipment. I will share.
  2. I will obey all applicable federal, state and local laws. Period.
  3. I understand that computers are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. I will limit my usage to 30 minutes if other patrons are waiting for a computer.
  4. If I print anything out, I will pay ten (10) cents per black & white laser printed page.
  5. I understand that Library computers are public, and nothing I save to the hard drive is safe or guaranteed to still be there when I come back.

If you come in & pick it up in person, it comes FREE with our wireless password! Hurry on in to the Davis Public Library!!! Amaze your friends! Shock your mother!

Monday, November 8, 2010

High-Speed is Here!!!!



Seriously, folks. This is awesome. I am not trying to gloat or anything, but the part where I can actually use the internet to do my job, and you people can actually use the internet to do whatever you want (within the *ahem* acceptable use policy of our library *ahem*) including watching as much youtube as you want! Want to watch 3 hours of a monkey picking its nose!? OKAY!!! Go nuts!

There is an important new development, however:


No, I will not tell you what it is here. You will have to come in & get it. Sorry. Just how we roll. So come on down to the library & use the internet like it's 1999!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Little Fright Night - Storyteller Comes to Stoddard

Don't forget! Storyteller Simon Brooks will be telling not-too-scary Halloween stories for kids of ALL ages! This coming Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 5-6pm at the Stoddard Town Hall (not at the library!). Feel free to dress up! There will be popcorn & juice!

See you there!

Friday, September 24, 2010

CLiF presents Simon Brooks! Oct 26 5pm

Thanks to a gift from the Children's Literacy Foundation (and thanks to our Friends of the Library group for making a donation) we will be presenting Simon Brooks, Master storyteller on Tuesday Oct. 26 at 5pm in the Town Hall! Although Halloween themed, it won't be too scary for little ones! All ages welcome! Snacks & drinks provided. Feel free to dress up!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

To do today

1. collate Library World responses & email to NHSL-L
2. check up on Demco order
3. pay for audiobooks
4. respond to FoL agenda
5. email FoL re: donations
6. Storytime! I hope some kids show up! [They did! Four of them! HOORAY!]
7. create LibraryWorld account
8. re-record VM message
9. create budget/hours spreadsheet
10. work on covering & putting books into circulation

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

S'mores, Dogs & Books!

Multi-generational Community-building!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2010 Summer Reading program and thanks to everyone (including grownups) who came to the cookout Weds Aug 25! 12 children and 8 adults came by our cookout & ate hotdogs & chips, drank juice & seltzer, stood around talking & meeting each other & hanging out! It was great! If there aren't enough kids in the photos, it's because they were busy running around shooting each other with squirt guns!

For the "Make a Splash" Summer Reading Program, we had 36 kids sign up & so far 15 have come to claim their prizes and gift certificates. If you read this summer, bring your book log to Kelly on a Monday or Wednesday between 3:30 and 5:30 and get a gift certificate to the Toadstool Bookshop in Keene!

2011: "One World, Many Stories"

Next year we'd like to do even more, so please let us know what you'd like to see more of, less of, ideas, events, etc. I'd like to have an event each month related to the summer reading theme, "One World, Many Stories."

If people want to pre-order t-shirts next year, I'll have sign-ups available earlier in the year. There will still be a raffle for various kids sizes & a tote bag! Maybe more!

There will be more news about next year's summer reading as the time gets closer... meanwhile, keep thinking of fun things to do related to travel, other cultures... or even other WORLDS!

Keep reading,


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Veronica holds up her tote bag she won in the raffle & Sascha shows off her shirt!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

library haiku

Four little munchkins;
tiny chairs for listening.
I love storytime.

O audiobooks!
Mockingjay is on its way!
Hooray! New budget!

(Things I come up with while waiting on hold or for pages to load...)

New Audiobook Coming Soon

OK, maybe you don't know how much I love me some steampunk - fact, fiction or fantasy - so here's some non-fiction that gives us some background. As seen on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart! This has been ordered and is coming in soon!

The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention
by William Rosen read by Michael Prichard

If all measures of human advancement in the last hundred centuries were plotted on a graph, they would show an almost perfectly flat line—until the eighteenth century, when the Industrial Revolution would cause the line to shoot straight up, beginning an almost uninterrupted march of progress. In The Most Powerful Idea in the World, William Rosen tells the story of the men responsible for the Industrial Revolution and the machine that drove it—the steam engine. In the process he tackles the question that has obsessed historians ever since: What made eighteenth-century Britain such fertile soil for inventors? Rosen’s answer focuses on a simple notion that had become enshrined in British law the century before: that people had the right to own and profit from their ideas. The result was a period of frantic innovation revolving particularly around the promise of steam power. Rosen traces the steam engine’s history from its early days as a clumsy but sturdy machine, to its coming-of-age driving the wheels of mills and factories, to its maturity as a transporter for people and freight by rail and by sea. Along the way we enter the minds of such inventors as Thomas Newcomen and James Watt, scientists including Robert Boyle and Joseph Black, and philosophers John Locke and Adam Smith—all of whose insights, tenacity, and ideas transformed first a nation and then the world. William Rosen is a masterly storyteller with a keen eye for the “aha!” moments of invention and a gift for clear and entertaining explanations of science. The Most Powerful Idea in the World will appeal to readers fascinated with history, science, and the hows and whys of innovation itself.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Book Club Update

The current book they're reading, available for pickup during library hours is:

March, by Geraldine Brooks
discussion on Thursday August 5

The next two books will be:

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
pick up fromThursday August 5
discussion Thursday September 2

Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
pick up fromThursday September 2
discussion Thursday October 7

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


STEP right up, ladies & gentlebeings!

Our annual book sale is on this Saturday, July 10 from 9am - 2pm!

Kids' books, grownup books, fiction, non-fiction, VHS tapes, books on audiocassette!

Super deals & steals!

On the library lawn!

See you there!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Upcoming Book Club Books!

Here are our upcoming Book Club books! (Order subject to change/availability, but will probably remain the same)

  1. Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon (Author), Lucia Graves (Translator)
  2. One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd - Jim Fergus
  3. Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
  4. March - Geraldine Brooks
  5. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
  6. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
  7. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
  8. Those who Save Us - Jenna Blum
  9. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister - Gregory Maguire
  10. Breakfast With Buddha - Roland Merullo
Stop in to the library or drop us an email (library {at} stoddardnh {dot} org) for more info!

Monday, May 31, 2010

New Stuff!

Need things to do in the woods?? This guy has some great advice illustrated with awesome photos. Not only does he tell you all about the bottles, but he also makes you wanna go out & dig some up!

Ok, all you history buffs and glass collectors, this one's for you! I found this great book (with beautiful black & white photos by the award-winning photographer/author) at the library's own tag sale back in the fall.

You know you want it.

Also, I just got Summerhill by A.S. Neill, that education classic, some baby name books, a new cookbook, some new mysteries and, coming soon:


A few people donated some kids' VHS movies, which is awesome, and I'll be putting some of those on the shelves (Barbie Princess, anyone?) but we also got a good handful of adult DVDs. And, from here on out I'll only be spending money on DVDs. VHS is on its way out. Finally.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's a Cover-Up!

Book-covering tutorial Tuesday June 1 from 10am-11pm.

Stay for Storytime!

P.S. Please stop putting rocks through the book-drop. Really.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hello...ello..ello.... Is there anybody OUT there...?

Well. I just got a bunch more books, some of which were specifically requested by you, the people of Stoddard.

Here's some:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (I LOVED The Historian, looking forward to this)
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Paperbacks of Cryptonomicon & Anathem both by Neal Stephenson (I've read both of these. FABULOUS. Anathem was the best book I read in 2009.)
Inkspell, the sequel to Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
The Vampire Diaries 1-4 in a 2-volume paperback set (by L.J. Smith)

Has anyone noticed our Sci-Fi collection is PATHETIC???
I did so I picked up a whole bunch of classic Sci-Fi, including Dune & some of its sequels (by Frank Herbert, not any sequels by his son, which a lot of people have said are pretty good. Opinions, anyone?) but we're still missing Children of Dune, in paperback, in case anyone has it & would like to donate.

I also picked up Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card, the next in the Ender's Game series. I've heard it's really good & I loved Ender's Game, so we'll see. I also got some Ursula Le Guin. Who doesn't love her? She's a genius. I got Always Coming Home, which I started in college & never finished. We'll see how it is. I love most of her dystopian stuff. Post-apocalyptic or otherwise.

I also got some Guy Gavriel Kay, who is a genius at respinning other people's worlds. If you haven't read the Fionavar Tapestry, you must! However, I need The Summer Tree in paperback before I can put the other 2 on the shelves. That's the thing about used book sales. Never know what you'll get.

Also, Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Not the whole set. Just the original.

And, of course, we have to have a copy of Forever by Judy Blume. I think it's been legally required by federal law for all libraries to carry it since it was published in 1975, which is I think how old this edition is. (Oh, nope, 1976.)

So. There's just a tidbit of what we've got new. Bunch o' non-fiction, too, but who is excited about that? (Besides me, of course.)

Also: everyone bailed on Storytime today. Waaah. :(


Monday, March 29, 2010

Mark Kurlansky was great!

Marcia and Kelly went to go see Mark Kurlansky at the Colonial. He was a pretty good speaker & seemed to hint that he knew a whole heck of a lot more about the world than he was letting on!

Some other books of his I'd like to look into (having already read Salt: A World History and half of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World) are The Food of a Younger Land, The Basque History of the World and especially Nonviolence: 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea. He's one of the great big-picture thinkers.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod and Salt at the Colonial

Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod and Salt at the Colonial Theatre Weds 3/24 7pm - FREE! Please RSVP to the Colonial 603.352.2033



Cod tells the story of “the fish that changed the world.” It tells of the long and complex history of the cod fishing, how it has spurred wars and revolutions and how the settlement of North America was driven by it. “Cod is a charming tour of history with all its economic forces laid bare and a fish story embellished with great gastronomic detail. It is also a tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once the cod’s numbers were legendary. In this deceptively whimsical biography of a fish, Mark Kurlansky brings a thousand years of human civilization into captivating focus.”


Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times-bestselling and James A. Beard Award-winning author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land; Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town; and Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea, as well as the novel Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue. He is the winner of a Bon App├ętit American Food and Entertaining Award for Food Writer of the Year, and the Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award for Food Book of the year, as well as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in New York City.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Johnny Cash Tribute for Prison Book Project

8 April 2010 Providence, RI

9 April 2010 Northampton, MA

10 April 2010 Somerville, MA

28 April 2010Portland, ME

Listen to amazing bands play Johnny Cash favorites, raise money to promote prison literacy.

Kelly will be there videotaping & photographing the Northampton, MA show.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Upcoming Event!

Saturday Mar 13, 7pm - It's Not About the Hike

The Friends of the Library will be hosting a presentation in the Stoddard Town Hall called "It's Not About the Hike" by Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper. They are 2 women who started out with noontime walks which grew to hikes and have discovered what they have gotten from the experience is NOT ABOUT THE HIKE. I'm told it is an inspiring, uplifting experience.

Join us!

Check out this interview with Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian to promote her new book, The Swan Thieves at

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

To Do Today:

- decide if we want any of those History Channel movies, and if so, which ones.
- mail back Hist Chan movies
- help our friend the primitive biathlonist find his scores
- pick books for storytime
- read to kids! There's one here so far!
- make pile of cds for Alycia to make covers
- get through making list before forgetting what i was going to write down so i don't forget... crap.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

No more tapes!

That's it! We're done! I have officially gotten rid of all of the books on tape. I have been purchasing audiobooks on CD for the last couple months (a handful in December and a whole bunch in January) and have gotten some donations as well. I'll be buying some more audiobooks on CD this month, either this week or next week. It's very exciting!

I am currently finishing up Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" as I drive to and from work. I'm on disk 30 of 32, so I have to decide what to listen to next! I like the way the reader does all the accents: Welsh, low-class, high-class, French, etc. He's good.

Also this month I'll be getting more kids' audiobooks on CD, since we only have a tiny handful at the moment. (We have Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop, Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice by Judy Schachner and maybe 2 others.)

Free cat* to the first person who responds to this post.


*Must be picked up from the Monadnock Humane Society. Shipping & handling fees apply.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How many books???

Some lovely people came in & counted books this morning! Guess how many books we have! C'mon, guess!

No. More. Ok, less than THAT.

4,698 books made of paper
91 books on tape & CD


416 videos on VHS & DVD.


Actually, I have a whole box of donations and new purchases I haven't processed yet. Plus 3 more audiobooks here on my desk.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Manchester City Library will be holding a $5.00 Bag Book Sale on Saturday, January 30th from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The Library is located at 405 Pine Street in Manchester. The sale will take place in the Winchell Room.

Books for all ages are available, in addition to audiobooks, VHS tapes, DVDs and musical cds. We have books on many different subjects and a good amount of fiction.

If there are any questions about the sale, contact Eileen Reddy at or (603) 624-6550 ext. 319 (Reference Desk).

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Welcome to the Davis Public Library. We got books. Loads & loads of books. And magazines. And monkeys. Just kidding about the moneys. Sometimes there are babies. They are cute. Unfortunately you can't check them out.

Today's discussion is not about babies, however. It's about books. We have a bunch of books here. Some of them are really good. Many of them are current bestsellers. Fun books. Interesting books. Books that make you think & cry & wonder what the heck we're doing to the world. Some are just pure mind-candy. Which is totally okay by me. I have a serious weakness for my favorite flavor of mind-candy.

The point is, I am not here to judge. I am here to provide you, the people of Stoddard, with the books you want. If nobody comes in to get them, and nobody reads them, and nobody tells me what they want to read... well, then I'm just going to have to resort to drastic measures.

Did you know we have a bulletin board? It's outside the library. It currently has autumn leaves on it. I didn't figure snowflakes would show up against the background.

Tell me what you want!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Stuff at the Toadstool in Peterborough (which shall henceforth be called P'bro because I am lazy.)

Like this:

IPods, cell phones,
computers, television ... kids want it all. Their friends have it all. And the "all" gets worse every year - to the point we must ask who is raising our children? Parents or the media? Jean Rogers, with the assistance of Bob Farquhar, has written a book to help parents take back the role of raising their children. Through humorous, poignant stories of her own children and those of families she has coached, Jean reveals an easy step-by-step process that works.
A professional parent educator, Jean Rogers leads workshops and consults with
families to tailor media plans for their unique circumstances.

Monday, January 11, 2010

This Month: Audiobooks!

Anybody have any suggestions for audiobooks for January?

The kids selection is pathetic. The adult selection is mostly TAPES for cryin' out loud.

Whatcha want?


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Help Wanted! Library Assistant Needed!

The Davis Public Library is accepting applications for Library Assistant.
Position is for 2 hrs/wk, evening only.
Must be 18 or over, good with people, love books.
Duties include reshelving, checking books in & out, helping patrons find books & materials, some light collection maintenance, cleaning & organizing. Computer skills, library experience a plus.

Please send a resume and cover letter (including
name, address and phone number) to:
Kelly Taylor
Library Assistant Search
PO Box 749
Stoddard, NH 03470

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to the real world! Now that we've gotten all that chocolate and peppermint out of our systems, it's time to settle back down...with more books!

Just before we closed for the winter holidays, we got another shipment of books! In this case, they were mostly the ones I'd originally ordered back in November, but had had some sort of shipping issue with Amazon.

I'm going to be using the Toadstool from now on, I think, so that shouldn't happen again, folks! In our big box of fun stuff included:

This is an amazing book that I couldn't put down, even when I was sure something TERRIBLE was about to happen. There's magic, kings, queens, murder, betrayal (lots), princes trapped in a tower, and it's all (mostly) true! I can't wait for the rest of this series, and am thinking we need to get the Tudor series (which I'm assuming picks up either later or at least follows Henry & his family).

I read the first of this series over vacation, and I have to say, it's pretty darned good. Two smart, sassy, powerful & sorta ultraviolent highschool girls that aren't your average badass vampire/vampire-guardian chicks... Plus, of course, tragic romance. What's not to love?

And more!

Come see!