ACT Summer Film Series

Arts Council of Tamworth is presenting a Summer Film Series at 7:00 p.m. on Mondays at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth, and at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays at Moultonborough Library.
Diving Bell and the ButterflyPG-13 July 21 & 23
From Miramax Films acclaimed director Julian Schnabel and the screenwriter of THE PIANIST comes a remarkable and inspiring true story of a man imprisoned in his paralyzed body which becomes a dazzling and expansive movie about love, imagination, and the will to live. After a stroke, Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric, Kings and Queen) can only move his left eye. (French)
Lars and the Real Girl PG-13 July 28 & 30th
Written by Six Feet Under’s Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl is built around such a preposterous premise, it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry. To some, Lars and the Real Girl will play as comedy; to others, tragedy. (English & Spanish)
Caramel (PG) August 4th & 6th
Taking its title from the sweet substance that doubles as a depilatory, this honey-hued diversion makes few claims towards originality. Other female-oriented films have centered around salons, but the Lebanese locale of Nadine Labaki’s debut distinguishes Caramel from the likes of Venus Beauty Institute (with Audrey Tautou) and Beauty Shop (with Queen Latifah). (Arabic)

In lieu of a set admission,
audience donations are gratefully accepted.

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Artist of the Month - June 2008

Gay Freeborn's Couch Potato
Gay Freeborn’s Couch Potato

‘The Painting Group,’ on display in June, has been painting together for many years. Presently the group consists of Gay Freeborn, Herb Hollingsworth, Ed Cooke, Mardi Freeman, and Jay Rancourt. Inspired by the Impressionists, we get together weekly to paint, trading techniques and critiquing each other’s work, sharing a bowl of soup and inspiration. Some of us paint in oils and some in watercolors or acrylics and each has a distinctive style. We have come from many backgrounds as well: Art school, craft fairs, woodworking, fabric construction, carpentry, teaching and design, and 3 of us, Gay, Herb and Ed, go back to art classes in high school!
There is nothing like a winter day, painting and laughing with old friends and seeing through each others eyes, with all the dogs swirling around our feet, and music playing, and the sun streaming in the windows.
Blue pool
Jay Rancourt’s Blue Rapsody

Shakespeare & Co

Bonjour, toute le monde!

I just returned from a vacation in France, and when in Paris, I stumbled across a most intriguing bookstore named “Shakespeare &Co.” It is in the heart of the city, on the left bank, just across the Seine from Notre Dame Cathedral. I was browsing displays of books on the street when I heard strains of excellent jazz piano, and followed the sound into this dusty and disheveled bookshop. As I followed the music through small rooms receding into gloom, I realized the music was not recorded as I had thought, but live, and very accomplished. Way in the back I found a young man, pack on his back, leaning over an upright piano in a dingy hall, playing this wonderful music on his feet. Abruptly he stopped and wandered off among the many alcoves, soon to be replaced by another. I realized that the musicians were standing because there was no room in the tiny hall for a piano stool.

The shop was endless, at least three floors of tiny rooms and halls, crammed with books, photos, and memorabilia. I spent an hour in there, unable to break away, and I barely scratched the surface. Here’s a virtual tour for you to get a taste of it.

This shop was opened in 1951 by George Whitman, a man from Salem, Massachusetts who traveled the world, mostly on foot. Whitman’s good friend, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, started City Lights Bookshop in San Francisco about the same time. In his 90s now, he calls it his “rag & bone shop,” and has passed the nuts and bolts of its management on to his daughter, Sylvia. For all you book lovers, Shakespeare & Co’s staff picks are worth a look. Next month, Shakespeare & Co will co-sponsor TRAVEL IN WORDS: A Four-Day Literary Celebration in Paris (15-18 June 2006), the third one that Whitman’s daughter has organized to great acclaim.

“G’Day for Reading” Summer Reading Program

It’s a “G’Day for Reading” this summer as Australia comes to Cook Memorial Library. Lots of activities and programs have been planned around the Aussie theme. Program sign-up begins the week of June 23rd and the first program is scheduled for July 1st. program details will be available in June.

Storytimes on first three Tuesdays of each month

"Be very gentle"

On the first three Tuesdays of each month; at 10:30 am, Stories and Songs for toddlers; at 1 p.m., Stories and Songs for 3-5 year olds; and at 3 p.m., Story Time for home schoolers ages 6-9.

Library of Congress Photos on Flickr

Recently I stumbled across this article in Library Journal (3/1/08)

The Library of Congress (LC) has joined photo-sharing site Flickr to make available 3000 photos for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist, even though the library doesn’t own copyright. The goal: community tagging for segments of the George Grantham Bain Collection, one of America’s earliest news picture agencies (1910–20), and color photos from the Great Depression and World War II (1939–44) from the U.S. Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information (example at right).

As LC’s Matt Raymond explained on the LC Blog, “many photos are missing key caption information such as where the photo was taken and who is pictured. If such information is collected via Flickr members, it can potentially enhance the quality of the bibliographic records for the images.”

As part of this pilot, Flickr has created The Commons, a new model for publicly held photographic collections. “For the time being on Flickr, this new usage is being contained to the Library of Congress account,” Flickr explained. If the pilot works, other interested cultural institutions may join in.

I love it that the Library of Congress is availing its august institutional self of web 2.0 opportunity. If the Library of Congress approves of and utilizes community tagging, and is spearheading a new model for publicly held photographic collections, then 2.0 is truly on the map for libraries and other large institutions. The doors are swinging open to collaboration.

How to use the Downloadable Audios

April 30, 2008
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

No time to read? Come watch, listen and learn how to access thousands of audio titles using your computer and your library card for FREE! Local public libraries in Bartlett, Conway, Effingham, Freedom, Jackson, Madison, North Conway, and Tamworth all belong to the New Hampshire Downloadable Audio Books consortium, a partnership with the New Hampshire State Library.
On Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00 PM Jenn Mashiak will offer a hands-on New Hampshire Downloadable Audio Book training at the library.
New Hampshire Downloadable Audio Books’ digital library has nearly 2000 titles to choose from. The collection spans nearly every genre and has something for all age groups, children through adults. This wonderful audio library lets you download any audio book to listen on your personal PC, transfer to a MP3 player, and some selections can be burned on a CD. Don’t have a MP3 player? No problem, Cook Memorial Library has two available for patrons to borrow.
At the present time, due to publishers’ requirements for copyright protection and digital rights management, the downloadable audio books will not work on macs or iPods. Visit your library or the New Hampshire Downloadable Audio Books Web site for more instructions and to find a list of compatible MP3 players.

For more information about the training program on April 30, contact the Cook Memorial Library at 323-8510 or

New Upgrade to the Website launched April 16th

Hello Everyone,
Yesterday, April 16th, we upgraded the website with a new look and some new bells and whistles. Can’t you tell that we were picking out the colors in snowy February? Easter egg colors looked beautiful to us after the winter we’ve had.
Unfortunately some elements went awry in the conversion to the WordPress upgrade so bear with us. We’re working to fix the snafus as soon as we discover the problems. Please let us know if you find something wrong or missing by sending us a comment. Also tell us what’s right! We like to hear that too.

Friends’ Plant Sale in June

June 7, 2008
9:00 amto1:00 pm

Spring is here and the Friends of Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth are holding their annual Plant & Book Sale on Saturday, June 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in front of the library. Locally grown quality plants and seedlings from DiFilippe Greenhouse will be on sale, including flowers, herbs and vegetables. The sale is one of several Tamworth activities that day including the opening of the Farmers’ Market and a perennial plan sale at the village’s four corners.

The Annex used book room at the library will be open, and other Friends’ items such as notecards and totebags will be on sale. The event is held rain or shine. All proceeds from the event go to the Friends and benefit the library and its programs. Gently used book donations are welcome, and can be left at the library during open hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-8pm, or Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm. For more information, call the Cook Library, 323-8510.

Friends’ May Book Sale

May 3, 2008
10:00 amto1:00 pm

On Saturday, May 3rd, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, Friends will hold their monthly book sale at the library. Come on down and see what we have!