March 27, 2020
All Libraries to close until May 4, 2020.
Governor Sununu issued a “stay at home” order on Thursday, March 26 which goes into effect March 27 at midnight and will last until May 4. Specifically, the order states:
“All businesses and other organizations that do not provide Essential Services shall close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public and cease all in person operations as of 11:59 p.m. On March 27, 2020 and shall not re-open to workers, customers or the public or resume in person operations before 12:01 a.m. On May 4, 2020.”
In compliance, the physical library building should close by the end of the day Friday, March 27. That means those public libraries that are currently offering curbside pick-up should discontinue that service, and where appropriate library staff may work from home.
The Orford Social Library will follow the Governor’s directive and take every action to protect the health and safety of both patrons and staff and we will move completely to online services.
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MUSEUMS & VIRTUAL TOURS
- The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History virtual tours allows visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop of mobile device. Visitors can also access select research and collections areas at our satellite support and research stations and past exhibits no longer on display. Many of the tours provide a view of previously unseen archives or holdings.
- Boston’s New England Aquarium is using Facebook Live to bring you to behind-the-scenes to their their feedings, on tours, and other exclusive content. They also have an “At-Home Activities Section” and resources for fun activities with kids.
- NASA offers free virtual tours of the Langley Research Center in Virginia, as well as of Ohio’s Glenn Research Center. The Space Center Houston also has an app that provides virtual tours, augmented reality experiences, and videos and audio stories about space exploration.
- The National Museum of the United States Air Force on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, houses a wide array of military weapons and aircraft, including the presidential airplanes of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon. The museum also offers free virtual tours of the premises where you can see decommissioned aircraft from World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean War.
- You can take an online tour of the Louvre and visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries including Egyptian Antiquities, the Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, and more.
- The National Gallery of Art provides virtual tours of its gallery and exhibits. You can view its current exhibitions and listen to audio and video recordings of past lectures online.
- The Guggenheim makes some of its collections and exhibits available online which includes works from Franz Marc, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, and Jeff Koons.
- The Vatican Museums offer 360-degree tours of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and more.
- Check out the World Digital Library at the Library of Congress which has 19,147 items about 193 countries between 8000 BCE and 2000. Also check out their digital collections for additional great resources.
- The National Park Service also offer virtual tours of Yellowstone, Denali, Mount Rushmore and more.
- Take a virtual trip to the Opera! Philharmonie Berlin has opened its digital library of performances, with over 600 shows. Use the code BERLINPHIL by March 31 to get 30-day access to their shows.
- Enjoy the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. The Met is opening the series up to all and live-streaming each night. Each performance will become available at 7:30 p.m. EDT and will be viewable for 20 hours, beginning with the 2010 production of Carmen on March 16th.
- OperaVision offers free recorded performances from all over the world.
- Learn a language with Duolingo. This online program offers a personalized online language-learning experience for over 20 different languages.
- Coursera offers college courses from universities all over the world.
- Kahn Academy has an expansive selection of online classes for kids and adults.
- To support remote learning check out this wonderful list of resources which includes sites such as New American History, Readworks.org, and 123 Homeschool4me.
- Skillshare also offers a variety of free art classes from graphic design, photography, animation, film and video, web development and more.
- Artyfactory’s free art lessons share the knowledge and understanding of art and design to improve your artistic skills and to increase your enjoyment in creating artworks. They explore a variety of drawing, painting and design techniques across a range of subjects and styles.
JUST FOR FUN!
- Send snail mail to family or friends.
- Limit your trips to the grocery store and try regrowing your veggies instead! Check out this article on how you can grow lettuce, onions, basil and more from your food scraps.
- Join a virtual dance party with Lady Gaga’s backup dancer and contestant on So You Think You Can Dance, Mark Kanemura, on Instagram live.
Technology Workshops: New Format! Ted Cooley will cover specific topics every second Saturday of the month from 9:30-11 a.m. Gmail: How to get an account and get organized – March 14
Mah Jongg, Mondays 1-3 p.m.
Children’s Story & Art Time – Second Saturday at 10 a.m. March 14, Mud Season
French Conversation – informal French conversation group, Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 5,12,26 & April 2, 9
Fiction Book Group – The fourth Monday of the month from 7-8 pm, stop in for latest book and join in the conversation. March 23 – “A Memory of Violets” by Hazel Gaynor
Knitting, Wednesday, March 11 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Made in Orford – Opening Reception on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m.-noon. Attention artists and artisans: we are looking for your work for Made in Orford. Drop of your creations on March 14 from 9- 1 p.m. or March 16 from 5 – 8 p.m. For details, including making a floral display or a tasty treat for the opening, contact Althea Goundrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-353-9813 by March 15.
Year of Women Final Program: Eudora Welty, Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Suffragists’ triumph — August 1920 ratification of Women’s Right to vote — Orford Social Library has invited Vermont author and historian Michelle Arnosky Sherburne of Newbury to lead a series of presentations on American women who made a difference in our history Series funded by the Friends of the Orford Libraries.
Introduction to Eudora Welty, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American short story writer and novelist who wrote prolifically about the American South over seven decades. She made major contributions and influenced American literature, breaking ground for other women authors. Best known for “The Optimist’s Daughter”, “Why I Live at the P.O.” and the 1963 “Where is the Voice Coming From?” about the assassination of Medgar Evers.
Media Literacy – Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Alex Nuti-de Biasi , Managing Editor of the Journal Opinion, and Ronald Smith, former marketing/advertising executive, will discuss media literacy for today’s world.
To the Arctic and Back; Fieldwork Investigating Wildlife and Climate Change. April 9 @ 7 p.m. Jess Steketee, a Rivendell grad and 3rd year Ph.D. student at UNH studying arctic vole and lemming populations in Alaska, will discuss her fieldwork investigating wildlife and climate change. She worked as a wildlife field technician for 5 years, including studying Puffins and Terns at Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Project in the Gulf of Maine. Her partner Earl Johnson is an avid birder and photographer who also worked with the Project Puffin and now helps to collect data on her research in the Arctic: “Team Vole”, which investigates small mammal herbivores and their impacts on carbon and nutrient cycling arctic ecosystems.
Technology Workshops: New Format! Ted Cooley will cover specific topics every second Saturday of the month from 9:30-11 a.m.Gmail: How to get an account and get organized – March 14
Photo editing basics – April 11
Facebook, Twitter, and All That – May 9
Volunteer Appreciation Tea during National Libraries Week, Saturday April 18 from 11:30 – 1 p.m. Drop in to help us thank and celebrate our wonderful volunteers who are essential to our operations: Beverly Andrews-Potry, Ann Green, Eva Daniels, Sheila Thomson, Gary Barrett, Ted Cooley and Jane Hanford.
Poem on a Postcard in April Pick up a postcard with a drawing by 15 year-old Sam Tracy. The library will give you a stamp to send a poem to a friend for poetry month in April. Special thanks to Bonnie Reid Martin for her continued support of this project
Yogurt Making, Thursday May 7 @ 7 p.m. Gail Keefer has been making yogurt at home for years. Come learn how to make your own, find out about different kinds of yogurt, and get some great recipes! Bring a small jar to take home your starter.
Travelogue: Russian River Cruise, Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. – Eva Daniels and Marge Green will share photos and stories from their trip to Moscow to Leningrad last fall.
Thank You to the Friends of the Orford Libraries for their support and to all of you who contributed to their fundraising efforts. Their funding provides special programming, improvements to our website and other enhancements not covered in our operating budget.
Children’s Story & Art Time – Second Saturday at 10 a.m.
March 14, Mud Season
April 11, Earth Day
May 9, Flowers Everywhere
French Conversation – informal French conversation group, Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 5,12,26 & April 2, 9
Fiction Book Group – The fourth Monday of the month from 7-8 pm, stop in for latest book and join in the conversation!
March 23 – “A Memory of Violets” by Hazel Gaynor
April 27 – “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean
May 18* – “The Muse” Jesse Buron (earlier due to Memorial Day Holiday)
Mah Jonng – Mondays from 1-3 p.m. Fun group, beginners welcome!
Knitting – the second Wednesday of each month from 2-3:30 p.m.
Useful Tools for Aging with Dignity, Thursday February 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. FULL
Book Discussion: “The Careful Use of Compliments” by Alexander McCall Smith on Monday, February 24 at 7 p.m.
French, Thursday, February 6 @ 4:30 p.m.
Tech Help, Saturday, February 8 from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Story and Art Time, Saturday, February 8 @ 10 a.m.
Knitting, Wednesday, February 12 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Useful Tools for Aging with Dignity, Thursdays, February 13 & 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 17 – Closed for President’s Day
Harriet Tubman Presentation, Thursday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Book Discussion: “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson, Monday, January 27 @ 7 p.m.
Authors, Abolitionists, Suffragists, Thursday, January 30 at 7 p.m.
French Conversation, Thursday, January 30 @ 4:30 p.m.
Mah Jongg, Mondays 1-3 p.m.
French Conversation, Thursday, January 16 @ 4:30 p.m.
“Understanding the Constitution” with Ronald Smith, Thursday, January 16 @ 7 p.m.
Art Reception for Sam Tracy, Saturday, January 25, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Closed on
Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Friends of the Orford Libraries Meeting, January 9 @ 7 p.m.
Storytime! “Animal Tracks”, Saturday, January 11 @ 10 a.m.
Tech Help, Saturday, January 11, 9:30-11 a.m.
Trustee Meeting, Monday, January 6 @ 5:30 p.m.
Book Discussion: “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt, Monday, January 6 @ 7 p.m.
Knitting, Wednesday, January 8, 2- 3:30 p.m.
French Conversation, Thursday, January 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Knitting, Wednesday, December 11, 2- 3:30 p.m.
Storytime! “Cupcakes and Hot Chocolate”, Saturday, December 14 @ 10 a.m.
Tech Help, Saturday, December 14, 9:30-11 a.m.
Cookie Sale to support the Bandstand’s summer offerings, Saturday, December 14, 9-1 p.m.
Mah Jongg – Mondays, 1-3 p.m.
Monday Night Movie “Elf”, Monday, December 16 @ 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn!
Holiday Open House! Refreshments and fun….. Thursday, December 6 from 6-8 p.m.
French Conversation, Thursday, December 6 4:30-5:30 p.m.
French Conversation, Thursday, December 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Mah Jongg, Mondays 1-3 p.m.
Closed: December 25 and January 1, Happy Holidays!
Pie Sale! November 27 from 9 a.m. until they are gone.
Library closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 28
Mah Jongg, Monday, November 18, 1-3 p.m.
Monday Movie, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, November 18 @ 6:30 p.m
Puzzle Night! – Thursday, November 7 from 6:30-8 p.m.
Story & Art- Hibernate, Saturday, November 9 @ 10 a.m.
Tech Help, Saturday, November 9, 9:30-11 a.m.
Veterans Day – Library closed for Federal Holiday
Knitting, Wednesday, November 13 from 2:30-4
Art Opening, Plein Air Art Class shows their work, Thursday, November 14 @ 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
French Conversation, Thursday, November 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
October Events 2019
Monday at the Movies, October 21, “Hocus Pocus” at 6:30 p.m.
Knitting, Wednesday, October 9 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Newfoundland Travelogue, Thursday, October 10 @ 6:30 p.m.
Storytime: Fall Leaves Saturday, October 12 @ 10 a.m.
Tech Help, Saturday, October 12 9:30-11 a.m.
Annual Book Sale! Thur. Oct. 17 and Sat. Oct. 19 during library hours.
Book Discussions: Monday, October 28 @ 7 p.m.”Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff
& Thursday, October 24 “The Feather Thief” by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Halloween Night: The Witches of Orford! All welcome for snacks and treats. 6-8 p.m.
French Conversation, Thursday, Oct. 31 @ 4:30 p.m.
September Events 2019
Monday at the Movies, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. “The Public”
Knitting, Wednesday, September 11 from 2-3:30 p.m.
French Conversation, Thursday, September 12, 26 & October 3,17, 31 @ 4:30 p.m.
Storytime: “Corn Moon” Saturday, September 14 @ 10 a.m.
Tech Help, Saturday, September 14 9:30-11 a.m.
Harvest Potluck, Monday, September 30, 6-7:30. Bring a dish to share & welcome fall
Aging Discussion, Monday, September 30, 7-8 p.m.
August Events 2019
American Impression & Plein Air Art – August 15 @ 6:30 watch the movie “The Artist’s Garden” and Saturday Aug 17 from 10-1 p.m be inspired and go out with a group and paint. Contact the library to register. email@example.com
Book signing: August 19 at 7 p.m. “The Poorwoods” Author discussion and book signing by author Mae Louise Fowler Nicoli and her six sisters. The Poorwoods includes stories of the eight Fowler sisters who lived on Whipple Hill in Lyme during the 1930s-1950s.
Non-fiction Book Group – August 22 @ 7 p.m. – Discussion of “The Spy and the Traitor” by Ben Macintrye.
Book Discussion “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid. Discussion August 26 @ 7 p.m.
Technology Help, Bring your gadgets and questions to Ted Cooley every second Saturday of the month from 9:30-11 a.m. August 10.
French Conversation – Wednesdays August 14 & 21 at 9 a.m. Informal conversation with Gail Keefer.
Mah Jonng – Mondays from 1-3 p.m. Fun group, beginners welcome!
Knitting – the second Wednesday of each month from 2-3:30 p.m. August 7.
* If it rains, the music will take place across the street at the United Congregational Church *
Children’s Music at Orford Bandstand, Saturday, August 10 @ 4 p.m. Aaron Solo, voted best children’s performer by NH Magazine, will take families on a musical journey in this outdoor performance!
Funding for this performance comes in part from a Kids, Books and the Arts grant through the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, NH State Library and IMLS.
Technology Help, Bring your gadgets and questions to Ted Cooley every second Saturday of the month from 9-10 a.m. July 13 (* time change for this month only)
Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories- Astronauts! – July 17 @ 10 a.m. Learn about astronauts and enjoy an astronaut snack!
French Conversation – Wednesdays July 17, 31 at 10 a.m. Informal conversation for beginners with Gail Keefer.
Ice Cream Social – Thursday, July 18 from 4:30- 6 p.m. Enjoy ice cream sundaes with friends and neighbors. A special thanks to donations from Gladstone Creamery, Hannafords in Bradford and Ice Cream Fore U in West Lebanon.
Aging Discussion – Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. Gail Dimick continues to facilitate another conversation about aging issues.
Sundaes at Sunday Mt. on Sunday: Sunday, July 21st, from 2 – 4 p.m. The Orford Libraries are again teaming up with Rivendell Trails Association to enjoy a hike up beautiful Sunday Mountain then eating ice cream sundaes at the top. Bring a spoon and a bowl for this family-friendly 4 mile round-trip hike. Meet at the Dame Hill road trailhead parking area at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.rivendelltrail.org.
Book Discussion: July 22 @ 7 p.m.“Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain about Beryl Markham.
Perennial Exchange – June 6 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Bring plants to share and boxes or bags to take some home.
Antarctica Travelogue Thursday, June 13 @ 7 p.m. Join Natalie and Michael Muhlestein as they share their recent experiences in Antarctica.
Ticks! Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. Rachel Maccini from the UNH Extension will discuss ticks, and how to best avoid them.
Storytime, June 19 at 10 a.m. “The World Around Us”
History Discussion: June 20 at 7 p.m. Facilitated discussion of the “The Monuments Men” by Robert Edsel about Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history.
Summer Reading Program – A Universe of Book and fun projects. June 26 @ 10 a.m. Make your own stars or constellations
May Events 2019
Children’s Art Show – Art work from K -4 students at Samuel Morey Elementary School on display until June 8 (during library hours).
Thursday, May 23: Sankofa History Series: Facilitated discussion with Michelle Sherburne on “The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surrat and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln” by Kate Clifford Larson. Pick up a book at the library.
Book Discussion: “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles on Monday, June 3 @ 7 p.m.
Pie Sale! – Saturday, May 25. Fundraiser for the Friends of the Orford Libraries. Pies sold from 9 a.m. till they are gone.
Celebrate Children’s Art! Opening Reception on Saturday, May 4 from 11-12:30. from May 4 – June 8. Refreshments!
Mah Jongg Mondays May 6, 13 and 20 from 1-3 p.m. Closed on Memorial Day, May 27
Trustee meeting Monday, May 6 @ 5:30 p.m.
Movie Night! Monday, May 20 @ 7 p.m. Call for title
Tech Help Saturday, May 11 from 9:30 -11 a.m.
Story and Art Time: Flowers Wednesday, May 15 @ 10 a.m.
Friends of the Orford Libraries Annual Meeting – 7 p.m.
Mah Jongg Mondays April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 1-3 p.m.
Trustee meeting Monday, April 1 @ 5:30 p.m.
Movie Night! Monday, April 8 @ 7 p.m. Call for title
Aging Discussion with Gail Dimick Thursday, April 11 @ 7 p.m.
Tech Help Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 -11 a.m.
Create a Spring Centerpiece! Saturday, April 13 @ 11 a.m. Bulbs and soil supplied, Bring a favorite container, decorations, trowel and garden gloves.
Story and Art Time: Springtime Wednesday, April 17 @ 10 a.m.
Book Discussion: “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce on Monday, April 22 @ 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 25: Sankofa History Series: Facilitated discussion with Michelle Sherburne on the Civil War novel “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara. Pick up a book at the library.
Tech Help– Saturday, March 9 from 9:30- 11 a.m.
Book Signing: Monday, March 18 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Book signing with local author Rachel Hodges. Her book “Gingerly” was released March 1. Refreshments.
Mah Jongg: Monday, March 18 from 1-3 p.m.
Story & Art Time: Wednesday, March 20 at 10 a.m.: Story & Art Time on sugaring for preschoolers.
Mah Jongg: Monday, March 25 from 1-3 p.m. Mah Jongg
South African Travelogue – Monday, February 4 @ 7 p.m. Kathy and Terry Martin will share their experiences in South Africa.
Valentine’s Card-making – Thursday, Feb. 7 -14. Make a card for a friend or loved one, materials provided.
Mah Jongg – every Monday from 1 – 3 p.m. Beginners welcome.
Knitting Group – Wednesday, February 13 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Monday, February 18, Library closed for President’s Day.
Story & Art Time, Wednesday, February 20 @ 10 a.m. Celebrating the Post Office!
Fiction Book Discussion: “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett, Monday, February 25 @ 7 p.m.
Non-fiction book Discussion: “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
April 13 Forced bulbs – create your own flowering centerpiece.
Note: the library will be closed on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve (Monday, December 24 and Monday, December 31)
Friends of the Library Raffle Drawing! Saturday, December 1 @ noon!
Book Group– Discussion of “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahari, Monday, December 3 at 7 p.m.
Holiday Open House Enjoy music and refreshments, make ornaments and help decorate the library tree. Thursday, December 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
Tech Help– Saturday, December 8 from 9:30- 11 a.m.
Knitting – Wednesday, December 12 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Make Your Own Holiday Centerpieces Learn how to make a beautiful evergreen centerpiece to take home. Thursday, December 13, 6-8 p.m.
Cookie Sale to benefit the Bandstand Committee. Saturday, December 15 @ 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Holiday Story & Art Time – Wednesday, December 19 @ 10 a.m.
Pie Sale to benefit the Friends of the Orford Libraries. Wednesday, November 21 @ 9 a.m.
Art Opening for Leslie Butman’s watercolor paintings. Monday, November 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
Story & Art Time – Wednesday, November 14 @ 10 a.m.
Knitting – Wednesday, November 14 2-3:30 p.m.
Story & Art Time – Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m.
Halloween at the Library! Stop by to watch Trick or Treaters between 5 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 31
Quebec Bike Trip Program – Thursday, November 1 at 6 p.m. Students from Rivendell Academy will share photos, stories and learning from their 6oo mile bike trip to Quebec City and back!
Pop-up Cafe is back! Thursday, November 8 from 6-7:30, stop by for some snacks and conversation.
- Tech Help the second Saturday of the month, from 9:30-11 a.m.
- Mah Jongg every Monday from 1-3 p.m. (new players always welcome)
- Knitting, the second Wednesday of the month, from 2-3:30 p.m.
- Story and Art Time, the third Saturday of each month, (except August) from 10-11 a.m.
- Book Discussion, Fourth Monday of the month from 7-8 p.m.
- Non-fiction Book Discussion, Fourth Thursday of the month from 7-8 p.m.