Our Programs

Children's Programs


Monthly Children's Programs:

Every Tuesday at 10:00am. Tuesday programs are oriented to children ages birth to 7 years. Our programs are a wonderful opportunity to meet children and their families and build relationships in your community.

STORY HOUR Come enjoy songs, wiggle dances, read alouds and crafts with new friends the first and third Tuesday of the month at 10:00. Each week we celebrate a theme based on the season or a work of children's fiction and picture books. Birth to 7 years welcome.

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..  After a 45 minute program we gather for a craft or activity just for toddlers and babies. We have some wonderful families coming to the Library; come and meet your neighbors!

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. We have over 12,000 bricks and plenty of ideas to inspire the young builders in your household. This is a drop-in club, no sign up required.

Come and recommend books, movies and programs you would like to see at your library! Enjoy a snack and hang out and talk. The last Monday of the month at 6:00pm. This group is for ages 14 and up.

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! You can usually expect a messy activity like Slime!

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. Congratulations to all of the children participating in the program! These kids make us SO proud! If you complete a chart showing that you have read 100 books and turn it in to Mrs. Baker – the next time you come to the library, there will be a present waiting for you! Come to the library to find out more!

MAKER SPACE! The newest trend in libraries is at 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 afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00pm to enjoy this fun time after your homewrork is done.

TODDLER TOWN: Come in ANY TIME and play and spend time in your library. We have all sorts of toys to choose from thanks to the Friends of Elkins Public Library. 

CES OUTREACH: We are pleased to be in the classrooms every month at CES. It is a pleasure to serve the young people of this town, you are reading at record numbers! 



Adult Programs


KNITTERS meet the first Wednesday evening of the month and subsequent Thursdays 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.

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  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. 


Humanities Programs partnered with The Canterbury Historical Society

This program has been postponed to Tuesday, February 26 at 7:00pm

THE VIETNAM WAR:   Veteran Voices This 21-minute video features war stories told by American, North Vietnamese, and South Vietnamese soldiers. One story explores moral injury by following a disabled Vietnam Marine veteran who supports young warriors deployed during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. We’re so pleased to have the discussion facilitated by our friend, Bill Donoghue. Many know him as the former Pastor of the CUCC. He also served as a Marine Corpsman in Viet Nam from 1970-71 and more recently had designed and implemented reintegration programs for service members and their families. (Snow date 2/26).

BENEDICT ARNOLD: PATRIOT OR TRAITOR: Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm: We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold had risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. As an officer in the Continental Army, Arnold ably led American forces in desperate circumstances against impossible odds, in a blinding snowstorm, through a howling wilderness, and against the extraordinary might of the Royal Navy. George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada, and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon.

OF PLANTS,PACKETS,POTS AND PROMISE: Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm: The buying and selling of seeds and plants in America. For many, the sowing of a seed or the planting of a tree gives the promise of reward in the future for our optimism and efforts today. Come explore the history of seed and plant commerce in America and the people who sought to satisfy the “plant bug” within us. With names like Bartram, Burbank, Burpee and Ball, learn of the people behind the evolution of America’s plant industry. Hear of presidents, ambassa-dors, a commodore, even those with a “brown thumb” who have influenced our gardening history in unique ways. The evolution of seed packaging and catalogs, the intrigue of plants from “the new world” and afar, scientific advancements and cultural shifts, all create a fascinating story that has led to today’s modern breeding, marketing and selling of plants. Using contemporary accounts, drawings, lithographs and photos, this illustrated presentation follows the development of our horticultural history. From sub-sistence farming to ornamental landscaping, this is the story of the American business behind creating our own garden utopia. Presented by Kevin Bragg, owner of Canterbury Plantation and Fine Gardening Services. With thirty years in the horticultural indus-try and a NH lineage of ten generations back to the Isles of Shoals, Kevin enjoys combining his passion for plants and history and ex-ploring the relationships between them. The ShakersBranding

THE GRAND RESORT HOTELS OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS - ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY AND THE RPRESERVATION RECORD: Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00pm: Architectural historian Bryant Tolles, Jr. shares the history and architecture of the grand resort hotel phenomenon and hospitality tourism in the White Mountains of New Hampshire from the pre-Civil War era to the present. The primary focus is on the surviving grand resort hotels: The Mount Washington Resort, the Mountain View Grand, the Balsams, the Eagle Mountain House, and Wentworth Hall and Cottages. Extensive illustrations document these buildings and others no longer in existence.

IF I AM NOT FOR MYSELF, WHO WILL BE FOR ME? GEORGE WASHINGTON'S RUNAWAY SLAVE: Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00pm: Oney Judge Staines, according to the Constitution, was only three-fifths of a person. To her masters, George and Martha Washington, she was merely "the girl." All she wanted was the freedom to control her own actions, but her account of escaping the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia, fleeing north and establishing a life in New Hampshire is not a typical runaway story. Portrayed by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti, Oney's tale provides an alternative perspective on the new nation's social, political, and economic development, from one whose personal experience so contradicted the promise of the principles embodied in the nation's founding documents.

TREASURE FROM THE ISLES OF SHOALS: HOW NEW ARCHEOLOGY IS CHANGING OLD HISTORY: Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00pm: There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific “digs” on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history. Archaeologist Nathan Hamilton has unearthed 300,000 artifacts to date on this largely uninhabited rock at the Isles of Shoals. Evidence proves prehistoric Native Americans hunted New Hampshire’s only offshore islands 6,000 years ago. Hundreds of European fishermen split, salted, and dried valuable Atlantic cod here from the 1620s. “King Haley” ruled a survivalist kingdom here before Thomas Laighton struck tourist gold when his family took over the region’s first hotel on Smuttynose. Laighton’s daughter Celia Thaxter spun poetic tales of ghosts and pirates. J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward, explores the truth behind the romantic legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation.

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New Hampshire Humanities

Special Programs


A Universe of Stories! 2019 Summer Reading!

                                             A UNIVERSE OF STORIES! 2019 Summer Reading!

Children’s programming, materials and activities are at the core of Elkins Public Library’s mission year-round. However, our Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage children to keep reading and engaging in their library during the SUMMER! 

This summer, we will be celebrating SPACE. The stars are fascinating and mysterious but by telling stories we feel like we can reach out and touch them!  Join us as we compare star stories from around our planet and celebrate this glorious universe with crafts, music and special guests. Thursday programs are designed for children ages 6 months through 16 years.

Come enjoy 16 programs surrounding this theme in June and July 2019!

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Wednesday, June 12 at 4:00pm: SUMMER READING KICK-OFF EVENTwith George Saterial and Magic by George!  George has traveled five continents performing "Timeless Magic" along with the rest of his extensive repertoire of stage, close-up, and roving magic!! All ages are welcome!  Magic By George, has been thrilling audiences large and small, young and old, with fun-filled shows for years! Check out his wonderful act! www.magicbygeorge.com/stage

Monday, June 17: Young Readers and Teen Read End of Year Group Picnic Party: Young Readers come at 3:00 pm to enjoy a picnic snack and chips. Teens come at 6 pm to enjoy a special teen picnic party. 

Tuesday, June 18: 10:00 am: Story Hour

Friday, June 21: Last Day of School!

Tuesday, June 25: 10:00 am: Rock and Read

Thursday, June 27: 10:00 am: Take me to Your Reader: fandoms are groups of people who come together through a shared love of a book or movie. 

Tuesday, July 2: 10:00 am: Story Hour

Thursday, July 4: 4th of July! 

Tuesday, July 9: 10:00 am Rock and Read 

Thursday, July 11: 10:00 am – Shoot for the Moon: visible in the night sky around the globe, the moon has always been a source of wonder and an inspiration for many stories.

Tuesday, July 16: 10:00 amStory Hour 

Thursday, July 18: 10:00 am A Sky Full of Stories: stars are magical and mystical, come learn about the science of space exploration.

Tuesday, July 23: 10:00 amRock and Read 

Thursday, July 25 at 10:00 amWe have a special day planned this year for our FINALE! Our own Linda Weiser will be here to do FACE PAINTING! Linda is a wonderfully gifted artist and she uses only the highest quality face paint to create magical body art! 

Winter Warm Up!


Join us on the Thursday of February School Vacation, February 28 (the Thursday of the February school vacation) for a fun day of entertainment and homemade macaroni and cheese and fruit treats.  It’s time to have some fun on a cold, winter day at the Library. This year we feature the fabulous Mr. Aaron! Mr. Aaron performs new songs, kid favorites, and also demonstrates new and exciting instruments. Check him out at www.mraaronmusic.com. 

Big Truck Day 2019



Big Truck Day 2019! 

Our annual Big Truck Day at Elkins Public Library is our most popular program. Come have a great time climbing on trucks, participating in fun activities, crafts and games and enjoy a hot dog cookout! Arrive at 11 am for the fun on Wednesday, April 24 at 11:00 am.