The season of the Davis Library.

The season of the Davis Library.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Reminder - Holiday Hours

Just a quick reminder that we are open the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve:

Monday Dec 26 3:30-7pm
Tuesday Dec 27 10am-2pm
Wednesday Dec 28 3:30-7pm

We are CLOSED on Saturday Dec 31 and Monday Jan 2.

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

OverDrive Drama

For those of our patrons who use the OverDrive system with your Nook, Kindle, Kobo, iPod, iPad, or other devices to download e-books and audiobooks, you might be interested in this tale of nonsense:

"Basically, OverDrive can and has created agreements with publishers that allow them to prohibit certain libraries’ ability to license their titles. Except OverDrive never tells libraries this is happening. The only way we’d know is by librarians like Ryan stumbling over inconsistencies in title availability and investigating."

What? Yes, the only digital download site for libraries is doing weird stuff and not telling its customers about it. Yayyy!

Read more of the quoted article at If you feel so moved, she suggests:

"And just in case anyone wants to take that extra step to contact Corporate Headquarters, always a good thing to do when you feel strongly about something, here’s their phone number: (216) 573-6886. And why not go old school and also send a fax? (216) 573-6888. Who knows? Print might get their attention better."

According to Bobbi Slossar,

  • Our *current* contract describes "patrons" differently than the sample given in the article.

  • All of the sample eBooks listed in the blog post are available for NHDB to purchase.


Don't mess with librarians. :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

New England Humorist Frank Bryan Dec 1

Come see the political & social New England humorist Frank Bryan, a professor at the University of Vermont. He'll be discussing the possibly incendiary subject of the differences between VT and NH.

Thursday Dec. 1, 2011
Town Hall
Sponsored by the Friends of the Davis Public Library.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Club Update

The next book in! (Finally!)
Discussion Thurs Dec 8, 7-8pm!
Come pick up "Loving Frank" - a semi-fictionalized tale of Mamah ("MAY-muh") Borthwick Cheney's real-life affair with Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1900s.

An excerpt from the New York Times review:

The “Frank” of Horan’s title is the architect Frank Lloyd Wright; the “Loving” came from a woman who has been all but erased from history’s rolls: Mamah (pronounced MAY-muh) Borthwick Cheney, a learned, lovely woman who scandalized Chicago when she left her husband and two young children to flee to Europe with Wright — who left behind a wife and six children of his own. The two fell in love in 1907, while Wright was building a “prairie house” for Mamah and Edwin Cheney in Oak Park.

Horan prods readers to consider an uncomfortable question: Were Mamah’s feelings unnatural? Edwin Cheney didn’t think so; he granted her a divorce and allowed her access to their children. Wright didn’t think so; he wanted to marry her, but his estranged wife, Catherine, refused to divorce him. Compelling the reader’s sympathy, Horan evokes the image of Mamah, sunk in depression after the birth of her second child, recording a quotation by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in her diary: “It is not sufficient to be a mother: an oyster can be a mother.” Mamah wanted more. “For as long as Mamah could remember,” Horan writes, “she had felt a longing inside for something she could not name.” A few months after the diary entry, that longing acquired a name: Frank Lloyd Wright.

Holiday Schedule

Hello friends and neighbors of Stoddard!

The Davis Public Library will be CLOSED on the following days:

Nov. 23

Dec. 24

Dec. 31

Jan. 02

We'll miss you, but we hope you'll be having too much fun to notice!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Simon Brooks Success!

We had a great turnout on Saturday for Storyteller Simon Brooks! More than 30 adults and children attended this year's presentation of not-too-scary stories.

Simon's American Cowboy costume & accent were great, and had the kids laughing and gasping by turns. Silly, scary, water-spillingly exciting!

A Cowboy & a Time-Traveling Air-Pirate (Simon & Kelly) pose on the front steps of the Town Hall. Taken by Simon's son Aidan.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Save the ILL Vans!

We don't have it, but we can get it for you- er... maybe.
As a tiny library with only 640 square feet and less than 6,000 volumes, we are in constant need of support from other libraries, and that requires the Inter-Library Loan! If you want a book we don't have, we look it up in the state library database, click some buttons & the book magically appears on a Friday at our van stop, which is the Hancock library. (We are too small to get our own stop!) Then Kelly (or a nice volunteer) goes to Hancock, gets the book & brings it back & calls you.

If the proposed state legislature succeeds in “taking the funds from the Inter Library Loan vans and using them to fund other programs” there will be ONE VAN for the ENTIRE STATE of NH, which would effectively end the Inter-Library Loan service. Period. For everyone.

Some facts (via the State Library website & other NH librarians):

  • More than 800,000 items are transferred annually via the state ILL vans
  • The ILL program is one of the most widely used services in our libraries.
  • The vans are funded directly by a Federal grant, and not by state tax revenues.
  • The average cost to move a book/video/cd, etc. is about 44 cents.
  • The average cost to purchase that item is about $20.
  • a typical book would cost around $3.15 to send via USPS

NH State legislature is threatening the demise of this service.
The Davis Library and many other small rural libraries like it are in danger of losing a valuable and in fact necessary service. In addition to individual people being able to request specific books from other libraries, we also rely on the ILL service for the Book Club books, either through the Reads-to-Go bags, the State Library's Book Bag Program, or just asking for piles of books on short notice (which I've done twice in the last 2 months). We would never be able to provide these services by ourselves.

Here's what you can do: Sign the petition. Write your story.
Come into the library and sign the petition or print a petition form, sign it & put it in the mail to us:
Davis Public Library
PO Box749
Stoddard, NH 03464

or to the State Librarian:
Michael York
State Library
20 Park Street
Concord, NH 03801

In addition to your signature, if you have any good stories about how the ILL is awesome & saved your life/puppy/marriage/etc, send those to either address above or emailed to the Davis Library:

or to the State Librarian:

All statements & signatures must be in by November 15!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Halloween Stories for Young and Old with Simon Brooks

Storyteller Simon Brooks Returns!

Saturday Oct 22, 2011
4-5pm - Town Hall

Join us again as Master Storyteller Simon Brooks (of Olde England and New!) tells not-too-scary stories for young and old! Snacks & drinks! Feel free to dress up! Last year he entertained a big crowd as we snacked on popcorn & apple cider. Kelly dressed up as Anne of Green Gables - who will she be this year?

If you haven't brought your Summer Reading booklets to exchange for your Toadstool Books Gift Certificates, now is the time!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DSL is back - summer reading over - new books

As everyone in a 30-mile radius knows, our DSL was down for a week & a half due to some miscommunication and incompetence on the part of FairPoint. We are not fans. We now have service again, but it appears to be quite a bit slower than our previous set up. We'll see. But hey, we're back up! Yay!

Hey kids! The summer reading program is OVER! Bring in your completed lists for prizes!

TOMORROW - 31 Aug 2011 - We will have our end-of-summer cookout! Fun!

I picked up some new books @ the Toadstool last week, including:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New Downloadable Books!

Every month*, the NHDLB Consortium buys new books and then tells everyone about it!

Click here for the August audiobook list!

Click here for the August e-Book list!

As a member of the Davis Public Library, you too can download these books to your computer & put on your Nook, Kobe or other non-Kindle e-Reader, mp3 player, iPod, etc. You just need to have your library card and go here:

Find the Davis Library and enter your patron number (on your library card!) and find some available books to download!

If you need a library card, stop in during Library Hours!
Summer Hours (until Aug 31)
M & W 3:30 - 8
Tu & Sa 10-2

Winter Hours (Starting Sept 3)
M & W 3:30 - 7
Tu 10-2
Sa 10-12

*(Or something like it.)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

This Week!

Join us at the library tomorrow, Wednesday July 6, 4-5pm for a special presentation on kids from cultures around the world by Terry Reeves from the Mariposa Museum! Afterwards there will be hotdogs & snacks!

B O O K - S A L E - S A T U R D A Y
9 - 2

The annual Friends of the Library Book Sale is on for Saturday July 9 from 9am - 2pm! There are some REALLY good books in the book sale this year. Classics, current fiction, all kindsa good stuff. Donations have been pouring in for weeks and I'm excited about them! Pictured above is just a tiny sample of what we've got!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pulitzer Prizewinning Audiobooks?

What do you guys think? Want any of these as audiobooks?

WINNER! - Pulitzer Prize

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan $29.95

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen $59.95
Nemesis by Phillip Roth $24.99
Fun With Problems by Robert Stone $24.99
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes $39.95
Point Omega by Don DeLillo $19.99
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler $35.00
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin $29.95
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli $32.95
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer $45.00
Parrot And Olivier In America by Peter Carey $32.95
The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass $45.00
Wild Child by T.C. Boyle $39.95

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kindles work with OverDrive!!!!

From Bobbi Slossar @ the NH State Library:


Holy cow. You are never going to believe this. Ready?

    The Kindle Library Lending program will integrate into your existing OverDrive-powered ‘Virtual Branch’ website.

    Your existing collection of downloadable eBooks will be available to Kindle customers. As you add new eBooks to your collection, those titles will also be available in Kindle format for lending to Kindle and Kindle reading apps. Your library will not need to purchase any additional units to have Kindle compatibility. This will work for your existing copies and units.

Wow. Of course we open the door to an entire new group of users.

Quick breakdown for you:

If I were to purchase duplicate copies today for the week, here's what the costs would be:

  • Another eBook title for each 6 patrons waiting: $640
  • Another Audiobook title for each 10 patrons waiting: $1015
  • Total for duplicates: $1655
  • We have at most $2600 to spend, leaving us with at most $950 for new audiobook and eBook titles.
  • Audiobooks cost $40-95 each.
  • eBooks cost $7-25 each.
  • Oh, and it's only Wednesday. By Friday the reserve list will be higher.

And this new development opens our collect to the popular Kindle device.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Filling in Empty Spots

New Books!

I recently purchased a lot of books to fill in those empty spaces in some of the Junior Fiction serieses, like The Seekers, Ranger's Apprentice, Pendragon, and The Dark is Rising.

See them all on our Library Thing!

Come check 'em out!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Old Country Fiddler Comes to Stoddard

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Traveling Entertainer

7pm Saturday March 5, 2011 - Stoddard Town Hall
The Friends of the Library and the Stoddard Historical Society in association with the NH Council for the Arts once again come together to present a night of down-home New Hampshire entertainment.

Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, going on to perform in various stage shows across the country for over 40 years, starting in 1895, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies and appeared in a talking movie picture 6 years before Al Jolson starred in "The Jazz Singer." Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life and career, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed.

In addition to portraying Charles Ross Taggart, Boyce says he "started playing my mother's Magnus chord organ by age 6; had piano lessons around 11...rediscovered piano later, for accompanying fiddlers (chords); started dancing with the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers in 1991, which lead to my prompting/calling dances and interest in learning the fiddle from Harold Luce; I've composed 100 fiddle tunes; have competed in and have judged at various fiddle contests around New England; I give lectures on the history of contra and square dancing in New England (through the Humanities Council), as well as fiddle contest history."

You can listen to some of his fiddle playing on Adam's FaceBook page.

Please join us! Refreshments will be served! Free & open to the public!

7pm Saturday March 5, 2011
Stoddard Town Hall, 1450 Rte, 123 N., Stoddard
More info: Jean Kelly: 446-7773

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Weeding for Small Libraries

So I was reading this article on weeding library collections published by the Arizona State Library, and I realized that a bunch of what it says is completely irrelevant to a tiny New England library. Up here in Stoddard we have almost zero need for ESL books, as it suggests in the Dewey Decimal section breakdown, under "Getting Down to Business." (Scroll down 2 pages from that link.)

Another section says of Biographies, "If it has not been read by more than one person in the past three years, consider withdrawing it." Considering some of the books that I've purchased have been read by one or MAYBE two people, in which case I consider it "popular," I don't think this rule should necessarily apply. I'd say if it's wicked old AND nobody's read it, sure.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a vicious culler. Books that are smelly, "weird," old, offensive (someday I'll post about the terrible Juvenile Non-Fiction I've culled) etc., etc., I chuck 'em mercilessly. I make exceptions for "classics" especially in the picture book arena. Ferdinand, Theodore, Madeline, Babar, Eloise & Corduroy are safe! (We might need a new copy of Theodore, but the new art is atrocious.)

The other place I make exceptions are a handful of the insanely popular authors who seem to write 10 books a year. Not all the extremely prolific mystery writers... but enough that our mystery section is groaning. So do I keep everything ever written by James Patterson or Janet Evanovitch at the expense of any of the other sections?

"Young adult fiction should be in paperback almost exclusively, less than five years old and/or popular." Really?? So about those new books all the teenagers are beating down my door for the next book in the series... I should wait a year until it's out in paperback b/c who cares about teenagers? Hm. Not sure I'm down with that.

What about guidelines for libraries that are so small I know all the patrons by name & know what the have & haven't read & what they like & can suggest books for them? How much should I cater to my specific patrons?


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Rebecca Rule in Stoddard Sat Jan. 22 @ 7pm

New Hampshire Humanities Council speaker Rebecca Rule will present her inimitable Yankee humor at the Stoddard Town Hall Saturday January 22 at 7pm. Her presentation is “That Reminds Me of a Story: Yankee Humor and the New England Storytelling Tradition.”

Good stories never die; they evolve from teller to teller. Ms. Rule will prime the pump of New England storytelling tradition with stories she’s collected at small town gatherings over the past ten years, along with a classic or two. Listeners offer up stories, and, as one humorous, serious, thought-provoking story leads to another, the entertaining New England storytelling tradition is preserved.

Ms. Rule has written several books, including: The Best Revenge: Short Stories; Could Have Been Worse: True Stories, Embellishments, and Outright Lies; and a new book Live Free or Eat Pie: A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire. She writes a book review column for three NH newspapers and hosts the New Hampshire Authors Series on New Hampshire Public Radio.

The Friends of the Davis Public Library and the Stoddard Historical Society invite you to join us for a very entertaining evening. The Stoddard Town Hall is on Rt 123N with parking in the back. Refreshments will be served.

Contact the Davis Public Library for more information: 603.446.6251 or

Be sure to check out Ms. Rule's website, and her blog, Travels with Becky.