COFFEE PARTY – Incite Civility & Reason

On Saturday, May 20 at 9:30, the library will host its first Coffee Party with Joel McCarty and Joe Cartwright serving as facilitators.  We hope a broad spectrum of people join us for civil conversation, coffee and, rumor has it, some type of tasty snack.  Click the link below for more information about the Coffee Party and its mission.



practitioner-goldsteinThursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at
the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library in Alstead, N.H.
The health of your digestive system has surprising impacts on every part of your body, including your brain and immune system. Many troubling, chronic symptoms can be improved by giving your gut the respect it deserves.  Join Ruth Goldstein MS, RD for this free talk on improving and maintaining gut health. She’ll share resources and discuss strategies gleaned from her nutrition counseling practices at Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster, VT.

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Landscaping for Wildlife

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landscaping for wildlife

…Gardening with a Purpose

Saturday, March 12 from 2-4

Michael Nerrie, of Distant Hill Gardens in Walpole, will discuss how to attract wildlife of all kinds to your yard and garden. With many of our local birds, bees, and butterflies in decline, Michael will offer advice that enables anyone to begin reversing this disturbing trend. From basic landscaping tips to some of the best shrubs and perennials to plant for wildlife, you are sure to learn something that you can do in your own yard to help. The wildlife will thank you for it!

Over the Sea to Skye, Uist, and Canna- pictures, stories and songs from the Scottish Hebridies

Scottish Hebridies

Join us in welcoming Kathy Torrey on Thursday, Oct. 29th at 7p.m. as she shares some pictures she took in the 1970s and more recently, as well as some footage from the 1920s in the same places. She will tell some stories and sing some traditional songs from the region.  Rumor has it that there may be scones, too!trip to scotland 060

Hadrian’s Wall Travelogue

Wednesday, February 18th at 6:30hadrian's

Bob Brown and Juliana Stevens will present a slide show of their walk across England from the North Sea to Irish Sea following Hadrian’s Wall. Hadrian’s Wall was built by the emperor Hadrian starting in 122AD and the wall was occupied for more than 300 years. It represented the northern edge of the Roman Empire and was named a World Heritage Site in 1987.  The talk will include what they learned of Roman life along the wall.

Local Art Show on Display for July

Don’t worry if you missed the opening reception for our local art show; the exhibit will stay up for the month of July and is dedicated to the memory of Anne Parham-Brown, Howard Weeks and Gloria Pearl, fellow artists who shared their unique visions and love of art with us last summer.  The show was organized by Ellen Chase and the reception was thanks to Cindy Hendrick.

Mariposa Museum – The Story of Chocolate

Join us Thursday, July 10 at 1pm for The Story of Chocolate as presented by Peterborough’s Mariposa Museum.

Explore the Story of Chocolate with a new program celebrating the opening in July of the Mariposa Museum’s “World of Chocolate” exhibition!  Examine a living cacao tree, enjoy a Mayan legend about the theft of chocolate from paradise, and take part in a chocolate-making demonstration.  While we wait for our home-made chocolate to temper (or crystallize), younger children can create a paper craft illustrating the origins of their favorite chocolate treat, and parents and older kids are invited to learn where the cacao tree grows, how the beans are processed, and what the “organic” and “fair-trade” designations mean in the world of cocoa.  Everyone will have an opportunity to taste raw cocoa nibs, imagine whether or not they would have enjoyed the original Mayan or Aztec drink, and sample a modern version of Mexican spiced hot chocolate.  Kids will leave knowing that chocolate really does grow on trees!