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Gilmanton NH News

June 22, 2016

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Gilmanton Year-Round Library News


The Gilmanton Year-Round Library is pleased to announce that it has received a Kids, Books and Arts grant for their summer reading program.  This program will enable the library to include a professional presenter to perform at the library during the reading program.


The summer reading program will kick-off July 5th at 6p.m with a performance by basketball artist Ilze Luneau.  She will amaze you with her never-before-seen basketball handling tricks with three, four, five, and even six basketballs at once.  Ilze performs regularly at the Basketball Hall of Fame and has appeared on the Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres shows.


Kids, Books and Arts is a cooperative project of the New Hampshire State Library and CHILIS, the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire.  These grant opportunities allow public libraries to provide quality arts experiences for the children and families in their communities; while at the same time promoting summer reading.  Supported by businesses and foundations, these grants are awarded to community libraries with limited resources to help foster quality children’s programming.


Kids, Books and the Arts began in 1994 with a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to the New Hampshire State Library.  Its objective was to encourage arts programming by introducing and encouraging artists to adapt their art to a thematic program of interest to children; thereby strengthening the partnership between the arts community and public libraries.


Since the inception of the program in 1994, the State Library has awarded more than $277,000 to libraries and communities throughout the state.


For more information on the Summer Reading Program, and other programs presented at the Gilmanton Year-Round, go to



Parlor Music In 19th  Century New England At Gilmanton Historical Society

Marya Danihel presents “Parlor Music in 19th Century New England” at the Gilmanton Historical Society on Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 pm, Old Town Hall, Gilmanton Iron Works.


On Tuesday, June 28, the Gilmanton Historical Society will present Pleasures of the Parlor, a one-hour lecture/concert by mezzo-soprano Marya Danihel that vividly portrays home music-making in Victorian America. The program, at Old Town Hall in Gilmanton Iron Works, begins at 7:30.  Social hour and refreshments begin at 7 pm.  The Society’s museum in the basement of Old Town Hall, will be open at 7 pm.


The presentation is illustrated with live performance, visual images, and excerpts from the unpublished memoir of Sarah Goodwin, wife of New Hampshire’s Civil War governor. “These charming songs reveal much about the inner lives of our Victorian forbears while reflecting developments in the culture at large: the waning influence of England, the influx of immigrants, and the growth of social movements such as temperance and abolition,” says Ms. Danihel.


A graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Smith College, Ms. Danihel began her performing career in Boston and came to specialize in lecture-concerts on historic popular music. Sponsors of her programs have included the Longfellow National Historic Site, The Museum of Our National Heritage, the Portsmouth Athenaeum, and many other New England museums and historic societies. Funding for the Gilmanton program has been provided by New Hampshire Humanities.


This program is the second in the Gilmanton Historical Society’s 2016 summer series.  Programs are offered on the 4th Tuesday of each month, May through September.  In July we explore  historic homes of Gilmanton.  In August Pat Clarke tells us about Gilmanton in World War II.  On Saturday morning, August 13, the Society will lead a tour of Gilmanton’s first village, Lower Gilmanton, including the Kelley Corner School and the First Baptist Church.  The final program in September brings a tribute to Sarah Josepha Hale.


The programs are free and open to the public. The hall is handicapped accessible. The Society’s Museum is open at 7 pm before the program, and Saturdays during the summer from 10 am until noon.  Donations to support the work of the Society are always welcome.



Gilmanton Iron Works Library Book & Bake Sale


The Gilmanton Iron Works Library will hold a Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 25 from 9:30 to noon.  This historic library, located at 10 Elm Street, will offer special books, videos, and DVDs, as well as a wide variety of baked goods, sweets, and other treats.


“Many people return every year to our Book and Bake Sales,” explains Susannah Chance, president of the Gilmanton Iron Works Library Association.  “They come looking for a favorite book or back for a treat they enjoyed last year.  The variety of goodies our volunteers and neighbors donate for the sale is always amazing.  Our book and bake sales are our primary fundraisers and we very much appreciate the community’s support. This will be the first of four sales scheduled this summer and fall.”


The Gilmanton Iron Works is open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – noon, Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. – noon, and Wednesdays 4-6 p.m.  Beginning July 5, the library will host a Children’s Story Hour at the library on Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m.


A public library serving the community since 1916, the Gilmanton Iron Works Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  A small group of volunteers maintains the building and the library’s extensive collection of books and DVDs. For more information, visit the Library at 10 Elm Street in the Iron Works, or on-line at the Library’s Facebook page.






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