Children's Programs


Monthly Children's Programs:  

SPECIAL NOTE: Head over to the Elkins Virtual Library page for Children's Services.


We have some exciting programs for your babies and toddlers. If you care for a child age birth to 5, please come! Every Tuesday at 10:00am you can find fun activities and children’s programming at Elkins Public Library. Here is an idea of what to expect:

1st Tues of the month: JUMPING BEANS: this program is our most physical offering. After a brief introduction we get right down to a wiggle dance followed by an interactive reading. The 45-minute program revolves around dance, storytelling, singing, yoga and stretching. After a quick goodbye song, we break out into active games or activities.

2nd Tues of the month: ROCK AND READ: this program developed 7 years ago, features an established routine each time we meet. Babies and toddlers are encouraged to dance and wiggle, sing and play instruments. The consistency of the songs and activity allow the younglings to anticipate and feel confident when they can sing along and remember what comes next. This program is followed by a craft or activity and time to socialize and have a snack.

3rd Tues of the month: STORY HOUR: although every program at the Library revolves around a book, this program is a more traditional story time. After Wembly greets the children by name, we enjoy our favorite dances, finger rhymes, felt stories, picture books and book discussion. After a quick break for snack and refreshment, we enjoy a take-home craft. Remember that all ages are welcome!

4th Tues of the month: SENSORY CIRCUS: keeping in mind that children born in the last 5 years have an entirely new way of learning and engaging in the world, this program features 10 center-based activities that the child can circulate through, taking the time that they need with each stop. Music fills the room and parents and caregivers can visit while engaging in the play. 

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! Do your homework with help, occasionally enjoy a snack and hang out and talk. Children are allowed in the library without a parent when they are 9 and older. Ask at the Circulation Desk for more information and rules.

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 homework 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. 

YOUTH OUTREACH: We are pleased to be in the classrooms every month at CES and Dewey School at Canterbury Shaker Village It is a pleasure to serve the young people of this town, you are reading at record numbers! 



Adult Programs

SPECIAL NOTE: Head over to the Elkins Virtual Library page for Digital Resources.

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.


Formerly known as Zen Coloring Beginning Oct. 3 and weekly on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3pm. You are invited to experience a variety of programs such as Chair Yoga, a pizza party, speakers, games, holiday cookie decoration, book discussions, movies, coloring and more! The schedule will be posted on the Elkins Public Library Facebook page, in the Canterbury Town e-mail and in the newsletter.


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. .


Adult Programs



March 24:  7pm  Telling the Shaker Story – Mark Travis and Becky Souls

June 9:  7pm  (Humanities)  Jennie Powers: The Woman Who Dares. Jennie Powers took a stand against social vices in New Hampshire and Vermont in the early twentieth century. She was a humane society agent in Keene from 1903-1936 and one of the first humane society agents to become a deputy sheriff in New Hampshire. Jennie was known across the country as “The Woman Who Dares” cited by the Boston Post newspaper in 1906 as having arrested more men than any other woman in America. As a photographic activist, she used her camera to document animal cruelty, family violence, and wide-spread poverty in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region and beyond. Hosted by the Canterbury Historical Society.

Sept 22:     7pm (Humanities) That Reminds Me of a Story

Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity. Rebecca Rule has made it her mission over the last 20 years to collect stories of New Hampshire, especially those that reflect what's special about this rocky old place. She'll tell some of those stories - her favorites are the funny ones - and invite audience members to contribute a few stories of their own.


Humanities Programs partnered with The Canterbury Historical Society

 May 12: 7pm  (Humanities) Heroes and Homecomings: Norman Rockwell and World War II. America's most beloved illustrator created dozens of images related to the second World War. What happens when an artist known for his use of humor tackles the serious subject of war? This program explores how Norman Rockwell's work departs from earlier artistic interpretations of American conflicts and considers how and why he chose specific wartime themes to present to the millions of readers of the Saturday Evening Post. 

Oct. 13: 7pm (Humanities) Civil War Soldiers' Quilts

Quilts made for use by soldiers during the Civil War are very rare-only twenty are known to exist, and Pam Weeks has studied most of them in person. This illustrated lecture outlines the origins of the U. S. Sanitary Commission at the beginning of the Civil War and examines the roles women played on the home front, and as nurses. The stories of fourteen actual Civil War soldiers' quilts will be highlighted in this program

 Check out more great NH Humanities programs around the state. Click the link below.

Special Programs


IMAGINE YOUR STORY 2020 Summer Reading!


2020 Nationwide Summer Reading Theme, "Imagine Your Story", we will spend the summer celebrating stories, fairy tales, fantasy, adventure and mythology!

A Universe of Stories!” 2019  the nationwide Summer Reading theme was celebrated with 369 children and 163 adults for 16 programs throughout June and July. The fun all began with Magic by George and ended with Linda Weiser’s face painting! We entertained the crowds throughout the months of June and July with program opportunities full of activities, crafts, music and goodies to eat. A special thanks to our Friends of Elkins Public Library volunteers for their help throughout the summer program and for funds for our kick off entertainment. 

Winter Warm Up!


Join us on the Thursday of February School Vacation, February 27, 2020 (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 Lindsay and her Puppet Pals!  Lindsay brings her larger than life Puppet Pals to child and family audiences across NH, MA, and ME. Funny, fast paced, and interactive, this variety show delights the young and the young at heart!

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Big Truck Day 2020



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 29 at 11:00 am.