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Friday, March 15, 2019

On the chopping block, again


The White House budget proposal for FY2020 targets elimination of federal funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Both of these funding streams are important to our NH libraries. The bipartisan "Dear Appropriator" letters are starting to circulate in the House, asking Representatives to preserve more than $210 million in federal library funding. There is one letter for support of LSTA funding, and one letter for IAL funding. Right now, we are asking you to call your Representative and ask for their support of federal library funding by signing both of those letters (see below for additional information from ALA).

To determine which Representative you should call, visit https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/NH#representatives and click on the district maps to see where your library/hometown is located.

The best way for this message to reach Representatives Kuster and Pappas is to call their Washington DC offices and speak to one of their staff:
Representative Kuster: (202) 225-5206
Representative Pappas: (202) 225-5456

Here are the talking points for your phone call:
Point 1: The White House fiscal year 2020 budget proposal eliminates federal funding for libraries. The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) funding are both crucial to New Hampshire libraries and their communities.
Point 2: I'm asking Representative _____________  to sign the two bipartisan "Dear Appropriator" letters before March 27th. There is one letter for LSTA funding, and one letter for IAL funding. Please sign both of those letters on behalf of your New Hampshire constituents.
Point 3: Thank you very much for your support of literacy, libraries, and our New Hampshire communities. [Important to say this last one!]
Please make this call by next Friday 3/22. The “Dear Appropriator” letters need to be in the committee by early the following week. NHLA is also a sending letters to our two Representatives, asking them to sign the “Dear Appropriator” letters.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Ribbit, Ribbit

Did you know the Nongame Program of NH Fish & Game is looking for Frog Survey Volunteers? Here in the southern part of the state, Fowler's toads are found in wetlands near sandy soils. If you are interested in conducting focused species call surveys, contact Biologist Melissa Doperalski at melissa.doperalski@wildlife.nh.gov or 603 271 1738 by May 15th.

Vernal Pools and wildlife can be reported to nhwildlifesightings.unh.edu

For General frog call survey information and profiles on each frog species, visit wildnh.com/surveys/frog.html

Also download the iNaturalist app and watch for more information from the Conservation Commission and Sam Jaffe at the Caterpillar lab.  There is a Marlborough Citizen bio inventory project for all those citizen scientists out there.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019

Hey, Look over there > It's a DONATE NOW button ;> →

Things I'm noticing this week, days are getting longer, snow is sliding off the roof, shiny new sap collecting vessels are appearing.

Preliminary drawings for the addition of accessible program space are up at the library. 
The 150 committee is meeting with friends, neighbors and supporters to continue the first phase of fundraising.

NO TAX DOLLARS will be pinched for this project. In the fine tradition of our benefactor, Rufus S. Frost, the committee is charged with raising private funds, securing grants and managing sustainability to grow this Frost Family tradition for the Marlborough Community.

If you have an employer who matches contributions, know someone working on planned giving who LOVES the work of public libraries or the Marlborough Community, please reach out to a committee member.

In your service,

150 Committee; Rufus Frost, III,
Douglas Hamshaw, Maidli Hill, Charlton MacVeagh, Jeffrey Miller, Robert K Sweet, Sara Wardell

 Kristin Readel, Director 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Puzzle me this, Batman

Patrons & Visitors have really enjoyed the relaxation of the 1000 piece White Mountain puzzles we've offered on the table in the library recently.

Friends at Friendly meals have asked for more to swap.

If you have COMPLETE puzzles to share or swap; 500 - 1000 pieces, we'd be happy to share and pay forward. Thanks.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

April - Mudluscious!

April 2019@ Frost Free Library
FB @FrostFreeLibNH,  876-4479. library@frostfree.org

Friends of the Library Tea
First Wednesday Monthly, Wed, April 3rd @2:15 pm
Friends, Warmth & Laughter

Look for Large Print & audio books at Friendly Meals on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

CliF Rural Library Finale – Author Visit with
Marty Kelley @ Marlborough School
Friday, April 5th

National Library Week
April 9-13, Open House, Plans for Accessible Programming Space,
App Demos; Librista & Libby, Refreshments

Story Time Thursdays & Saturdays @10:30 am
 Early Literacy activities to promote singing, talking, reading, writing and playing for infants, toddlers & pre-school age kids & caregivers. 
Special Event – Thursday, April 23rd @10:30 am School Vacation Week
Check the website or FaceBook for updates

BYOD= Bring Your Own Device Tech Assistance
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 11 & 25th @2 pm*
Try the Librista or Libby app on your device
*Or by Appointment.

*** Mark your calendar- Teddy Bear Tea – Sat, May 19th ***

New England Quilts & Stories They Tell
@Community House, in collaboration with Marlborough Historical Society
Tuesday, April 16th, 7 pm
Sponsored in part by NH Humanities Council, Humanities to-go grant

Book Discussion:
3rd Wednesday Monthly, Wednesday, April 17th @7:00pm
Chemistry, Weike Wang

Loon Preservation Society
Thursday, April 18th @6:30 pm
Caroline Hughes, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Hosted by Monadnock Lions Club – Open to the Public

Neighborhood Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20th @10 am @ Federated Church for craft then to Frost Free Library
Hunt, Bubbles, Refreshments

April Vacation – Occupy the Library - Make-it Table - Maker Toys & Games
Trustee Meeting April 14th @8:30

Thursday, January 31, 2019

                                February 7 @ 10:30 am
Bear Storytime! 
Fun with bear stories, dance activities, craft, and ‘tasting snack’!
Join us for a fun Storytime, all ages welcome, especially for preschoolers and their caregivers.

A few pictures from Frost Free