Valentines, Blind Dates, Snowmen, and more at Colby Library | libraries

DANVILLE—TS Eliot famously said April is the cruelest month, but many New Englanders might argue that February is the cruelest. There can be an awful lot of cold, dreary days packed into the shortest month, but we’ve planned things to make it wonderful.

The second annual Snowman Contest runs all month. The challenge is open to all Danville residents. Last year we had children, families, and neighborhood groups enter their creations.

The rules are as follows:

Snowmen must be built during the month of February. There are three categories – traditional, most creative, and best creation. Get creative and build an animal, a sculpture or a favorite book character! Accessories may be added.

Photos should be sent to childrensroom@colbymemoriallibrary.org with names and details of creation. Submission photos grants us permission to post photos on our Facebook page and in other promotional materials. Please write names of all in the picture. Follow along and cheer on others on Facebook.

Prizes will include gift cards to local businesses. Please call us or email for more information.

Meet your new favorite book though our Blind Date with a Book program running every month in honor of Valentine’s Day. Check out our display of brown paper-wrapped books featuring only a brief description and take a chance on one! Be adventurous and pick one that’s not “your type.” You’ll get a chance to rate the book as well.

After a long pandemic hiatus, our Knitting and Crafting Hour is returning! The group will meet one Saturday a month beginning February 12 at 10:15 am The Library Board of Trustees has voted to allow small indoor gatherings as long as all in attendance wear a mask at all times. We strongly urge masks for all our visitors, but it is mandatory for those meeting for extended times and in closer proximity. Former Library Director Dottie Billbrough will be on hand to offer some guidance, but this group is really meant for folks to gather and share ongoing work.

You won’t want to miss our special Valentine’s Day Outdoor Story Time on Mon., February 14 at 4:00 pm with Valentine’s Day stories, songs, and a take home craft. Please call or email childrensrom@colbymemoriallibrary.org to register.

Have you noticed the days are getting longer and have heard more bird song lately? Many birds are coming back but those who winter with us could use some help. Join us Sat., February 26 at 1:30 pm in the Community Center parking lot for our Bird Feeder Workshop with natural ingredients. (We will not be using peanut butter.) The workshop is open to all, adults, teens, and children. Please call or email to register.

The definition of the word hoopla is to be very excited about something and that is exactly how we feel about our upcoming launch of Hoopla a digital borrowing platform featuring books, audiobooks, movies, music and more. We are days away and may have launched by time you read this! Check our website and Facebook page for more. Hoopla users will need a library card.

Be an ambassador for the library. the Friends of the Library meet the third Saturday of each month at 10:00 am Masks are required. Annual membership fee is $5.00.

Mystery Book Club meets every first Thursday at 6:30 pm This month’s discussion is Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews and next month’s is Death on the Nile by the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie. Masks required when meeting indoors.

Join us each Thursday morning for Outdoor Story Time featuring stories, action songs, puppets, and movement, and take home a bag with materials to make a craft. 10:00 a.m. – Toddlers and 11:30 a.m. – Pre-K. Please call or email for more information.

On a sad note, we are heartbroken to have, this winter, said goodbye to our friend, Duke. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of Danville children grew up with Duke, first encountering him as a toddler at Story Times and later on school visits from the Danville Elementary School. They bugged their parents to take them to the library to see Duke! Of course, it wasn’t just kids who loved him. The loyal and playful ambassador had a regular following of adults, too, who have been deeply saddened by his passing from him.

We are grateful to our Assistant Director, Tom Billbrough, for sharing Duke with all of us for so many years and we are sorry for his loss.

Winter Is Upon Us

Ice, snow and bitter cold. Most of us either love or hate winter but there’s not much we can do about it so why not embrace the season? Here are some ways we can help!

Valentine’s Day Family Story Time

Join us Mon., February 14 at 4:00 pm for an outdoor Story Time with Valentine stories, music and movement, and take-home crafts. All Ages. Registration Required.

Second Annual Snowman Contest

During the entire month of February share your snow creations on our Facebook page. We will award prizes for best traditional snowman and most creative snow creation. The contest is open to all Danville residents and winners will receive gift cards. Stay tuned for more details.

Visit a Museum

We have reduced or free admission to four area museums including the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, the Seacoast Discovery Center in Rye and the Boston Museum of Science. All of these museums require advance registration so please call us for more information!

Get Cozy with a Movie and Popcorn

Check out a new movie or one of our classics and receive free microwavable popcorn, while supplies last.

Events in the Works – Walk and Birdfeeder

We are planning to make a bird feeder program. Stay tuned for details on this event for all ages. We are also hoping to offer an outdoor snowy nature walk with outdoor naturalist and educator, Kim Cote! The walk may happen with little notice so please follow us on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss the announcement.

Learn about Danville History

If you haven’t had the chance to come see the Colby Exhibit at the library, winter is the perfect time. Colby Pond, Colby Road, the Colby Memorial Library. The name of one of Danville’s most prominent founding families is everywhere but have you ever wondered just who they were? A new installation at the library sheds light on Lester Colby and his family history with a stunning collection of personal items and photographs.

The Colby Memorial Library and the Danville Heritage Commission invite you to the library to view their exhibit celebrating Lester Colby, the library’s greatest benefactor. Visitors will enjoy stories about the family and view numerous personal artifacts that were donated to the library by Colby family members and to the Town of Danville by the Hawke Historical Society.

Items curated by The Heritage Commission include a Colby family bible, Lester’s great-great grandfather’s military canteen from the 1800s, Lester’s mother Lucy Spofford Colby’s handcrafts including a quilt and needlework bookmarks as well as photographs of the family homestead and mill. The library also has a detailed book of family history compiled by descendants. Lester Colby’s replicated journal entries from when he was 12 offers a rare glimpse at life in Danville in the 1870s.

Read a Book

We may be biased but what better way to spend a snowy winter afternoon than with a good book? Check out new book lists on our catalog or come on in and browse. We do offer curbside service upon request. Our books come in all flavors – fiction, non-fiction, Large Print, Books on CD and digital ebooks and audio books through our partnership with the state library and our own Danville Overdrive Collection. Please contact us for information on how to borrow digital items through nh.overdrive.com. You will need your library card and a password.

We will soon, maybe by the end of the month, be launching Hoopla which will provide even more ebooks, audiobooks and videos. We are excited to bring this platform to our users.

Outdoor Story Time: Join us each Thursday for stories, action songs, puppets, and movement, and take home a bag with materials to make a craft. Upcoming themes include Holiday celebrations and Winter. Toddlers meet at 10:00 am followed by Pre-K at 11:30 am

Registration is required; call 603-382-6733 or email childrensroom@colbymemoriallibrary.org.

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