Our Programs

Children's Programs


Monthly Children's Programs:

Every Tuesday at 10:00am

STORY HOUR Come enjoy songs, read aloud and crafts with new friends the first and third Tuesday of the month at 10:00.

ROCK N’ READ is a music and movement program for babies and toddlers. Come join the fun the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:00.

LEGO CLUB! Children and families are welcome to come and build together with Lego bricks. This club  meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 4:00.

Recommend books, movies and programs you would like to see at your library! Let's eat pizza, hang out and talk. The last Monday of the month at 6:00pm.

YOUNGER READERS CLUB! A new book chat for ages 9-12. Come in the 4th Monday of the month from 3:15 – 4:00. Come make a delicious snack, enjoy time with your friends, dance and read!

1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN! We are excited to introduce our participation in this national program. The single most important thing you can do to prepare your child to read independently is to read to them every day. Come to the library to learn more and we can help you track your progress!

MAKER SPACE! The newest trend in libraries has hit Elkins!  It’s a creative, DIY space where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. Stay tuned to the newsletter, this website, Facebook and the town-wide email to hear what we will feature each month. Come every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:00pm to enjoy this neat program.

Adult Programs


KNITTERS meet Wednesday evenings at 6:30 for any level knitter; beginners to experts. Don’t miss the great display at the library of last year’s projects! Come join us by the fireplace. This group takes the summer off but will join us again in the Fall.

QUILTERS meet every Wed. from 10:00 to 1:00. Bring your projects, sewing machines and lunch!

PUZZLE SWAP:  All puzzles should be at least 500 pieces and in very good condition.

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP every third Tuesday of the month. The books are in and available at the Circulation desk. Join this group for interesting discussion and fellowship.

THE ZEN OF ADULT COLORING Thursdays at 1:30pm.  Bring a friend, practice meditation and mindfulness, enjoy some refreshments while coloring relaxing designs with markers and colored pencils. Try our new Gel Pens!

OMBBC (Old Man Boring Book Club): Join us for reviews of the latest history and biography books available at Elkins. The club consists of several "mature" adults from the community. This group will meet the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. Women are invited and encouraged to attend! This group typically decides to take July and August off. Join them again in September!

RUG BRAIDING! Kate Goegel teaches oval rug braiding here at the Library. Usually there is a small materials fee, sign-up is required and the class size is limited. Some experience recommended.  Please contact Sue at 783-4386 for information concerning the next session. 

Special Programs

Libraries Rock! 2018 Summer Reading!

Children's Programming, materials and activities are at the core of Elkins Public Library's mission year-round. However, our Summers Reading Program is designed to encourage children to keep reading and encouraging in their library during the Summer. We know that you LOVE your Library so let's tell the world... LIBRARIES ROCK!!

This summer, we will be celebrating all the amazing things that happen in a modern library by discovering through books, crafts, activities, food and MUSIC!

Monday, June 18: Young Readers and Teen Read End of Year Group Picnic Party: Young Readers come at 3:00pm to enjoy a picnic snack and chips. Teens come at 6Pm to enjoy a special teen picnic party.

Thursday, June 28 at 10:00am: Kick Off with Steve Blunt:  Prepare to be entertained! Children and adults alike enjoy listening to Steve’s songs and stories. Come hear his humorous original compositions – we bet you can’t help but sing along!

Tuesday, July 3: 10:00am: Story Hour – we will enjoy an African tale and learn some new songs.

Thursday, July 5: 10:00am: ROCK AROUND THE WORLD! From the sounds of bagpipes to the beat of an African drum, there are so many ways to make music. Let’s learn about music from around our beautiful planet.

Tuesday, July 10: Rock and Read at 10:00am – we will discuss the science of things around us.

Thursday, July 12: 10:00 am – Science of Music! Music is a mixture of frequencies and patterns that get processed by our ears. Together let’s experiment with sound waves and create rhythms, notes and lyrics. We will also discuss geology because Libraries ROCK!

Tuesday, July 17: 10:00am – Story Hour at 10:00am – let’s make some music with our own instruments!

Thursday, July 19: 10:00am – Let’s Make Music!  Let’s learn about people who make music; instrument builders, band members and music teachers. We will learn about the musical instrument families and families who make music. Let’s get the band back together!

Tuesday, July 24: 10:00am – Rock and Read let’s go on a rock hunt. Dig, dig, dig!

Thursday, July 26 at 10:00am – We have a special day planned this year for our finale! Our own Linda Weiser will be here to doFACE PAINTING! Linda is a wonderfully gifted artist and she uses only the highest quality face paint to create magical body art. Make yourself a sundae at our Sundae Bar and claim your Summer Reading Book Prize. Let’s celebrate our Library because……LIBRARIES ROCK!!!

Winter Warm Up!

Join us on the Thursday of the February school vacation for a fun day of entertainment and homemade macaroni and cheese!

Humanities Programs partnered with The Canterbury Historical Society

September 11 at 7:00pm: Robert Rogers of the Rangers/George Morrison. On a frontier where individualism flourished, this NH consumate woodsman was just the leader to bring his men back safely from the deep in dangerous country.

September 20 at 7:00pm: Hope Jordan Poetry reading. This Canterbury resident was awarded the 2018 Academy of American Poets prize.

October 23 at 7:00pm: Poorhouses and Town Farms: hard row for paupers. Steve Taylor discusses NH and it's struggles with issues surrounding the poor in NH.

October 30 at 7:00pm: Vietnam War - Veterans Voices. This discussion including stories by American, North Vietmanese and South Vietnamese soldier is facilitated by Bill Donoghue.