Fiske Free Library

108 Broad Street
Claremont, New Hampshire



Local Author Series: Robert C. Shoemaker, M. D.

Claremont physician Robert C. Shoemaker will be at the library on Thursday, October 12th. at 7:00 PM to talk about his book, A Surgeon Remembers: Korea 1950-1951 and the Marines and his experiences as a Marine Battalion Surgeon during the Korean War. Dr. Shoemaker graduated with the M.D. degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1949. Following an internship at St. Lukes Hospital, Cleveland, Dr. Shoemaker served as Battalion Surgeon with the Third Battalion, Eleventh Regiment, First Marine Division in Korea. After leaving military service Dr. Shoemaker served a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently practiced medicine in Hanover, NH, Rochester, NY, and Claremont, NH.
For more information about the book please click this link.

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Fall Festival Book and Bake Sale

The Friends of the Fiske Free Library will be having their annual Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, October 7th in conjunction with the Claremont Fall Festival. The Bake Sale, featuring delicious items from Claremont's best bakers, will be held on the lawn in front of the library from 9:00AM until everything is eaten. The booksale will be held in the Gilmore Room and on the front lawn from 9:00 until 4:00. Thousands of high quality books will be available. Books will sell for $1.00 for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Fiske Free Library and are used to support the programs and services of the library.

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Story Fest 2006 , a "Tellabration"

The Friends of the Fiske Free Library will present their 6th annual Story Fest on Saturday, November 18, 2006 from 10:00 am to 3 pm. Featured storytellers are Simon Brooks, Angela Klingler, Matt Krug and Bineke Oort. Story Fest is a free family event and open to children and adults.

Story Fest was designed to showcase the talents of storytellers from New Hampshire and Vermont. It was held in October for four years, but in 2005 it was moved to the November weekend that has been designated for a world-wide storytelling celebration known as "Tellabration."

"Tellabration" was started in 1988 by J.G. Pinkerton, a Connecticut yarn spinner who envisioned an evening of adult storytelling across the state. That year storytelling was held simultaneously in six Connecticut towns and the following year Texas and Missouri joined in. Since then "Tellabration" has expanded to include a weekend of storytelling around the world, at schools, libraries, museums, elder hostels, and even on trains and planes.

Story Fest will take place inside the Fiske Free Library, 108 Broad Street, Claremont, New Hampshire.

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Volunteers Needed for Our Annual Book and Bake Sale

The Friends of the Fiske Free Library annual book and bake sale will be held on October 7th from 9:00 to 4:00 at the library. The bake sale will be held on the library lawn. The book sale will be in the Gilmore Room and on the lawn, weather permitting. We need volunteers to make cookies, cakes, pies, pastries, donuts, and treats and sweets of all kinds. We also need volunteers to sell books and baked goods the day of the sale. Please sign up at the Circulation desk at the library or call us at 542-7017.

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Local Author Series: Moe Quinn

Claremont resident Moe Quinn will be at the library on Thursday September 28th at 7:00 PM to talk about his new book, His Majesty's Fourth. Set in and around Charlestown's Fort at No. 4 during the French and Indian War, His Majesty's Fourth is an exciting story that brings local history to life.

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Looking for Zosia

On Thursday, September 28th, at 6:00 PM storyteller Sharon Wood will present a living history program about life in Claremont in the early 19th century. Sharon will take on the role of a Polish immigrant, speaking about living in a close-knit ethnic community, working in the mills and hoping for a better life for her children. This program is offered in conjunction with the library's "We the People" grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. This program is appropriate for grade 4 through adult.

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Russian Nested Doll Painting

Fun for the whole family! Traditional Russian artist and lecturer Marina Forbes will offer a unique workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of Matryoshka (wooden nested doll) painting. The workshop will be held in the Gilmore Room on Saturday, September 30th. at 10:00 AM and is open to adults and families with children age 6 and up. This will be a great opportunity for families to work together and learn about Russian crafts and culture. Students will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn about her traditional Russian dress and customs. Traditional Russian painting techniques and floral and berry designs are also introduced. Students can work on 7-piece, 5-piece, 3-piece, or 1-piece Matryoshka sets. Throughout the workshop students will be listening to traditional Russian music and, during a brief break, there will be a demonstration of a few steps from a traditional Russian, "Matryoshka dance."
Students must purchase a pre-designed Matryoshka doll or doll set at the workshop in order to participate. Prices start at $10.00 for a 1-piece doll; 3-piece doll sets start at $16.00. Families may work on doll sets as a team. All paints and brushes will be provided. For more information or to register, please call the library at 542-7017. Space is limited so please register in advance.

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