Thursday, December 3, 2015

Haverhill Library​ has joined the New Hampshire Downloadable Books consortium to offer expanded services for town-wide participation. Audiobooks and eBooks are now available to download from the library’s website. Library card holders from any of our four libraries in town can check out and download​ ​ digital media anytime, anywhere by visiting   
Users may browse the library’s website, check out with a valid NHDB library card, and download to PC, Mac®, and many mobile devices. Users will need to install free software. For audiobooks, music, and video: OverDrive® Media Console™. To read eBooks, users will need Adobe® Digital Editions. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPod®, Sony® Reader™, Nook, and many others. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!  
This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with a NHDB library card. To get started downloading audiobooks, eBooks, and more, a one-time visit to Haverhill Library on Court St will be required to obtain your card and instructions.  
For more information contact:  Haverhill Library  603­989­5578

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Neil Gaiman Book Discussion

The library has will sponsor a discussion of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 PM. It will be free and open to the public.

This is the third in a series of book discussions about Gaiman’s work. Copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane are available to borrow from the library in advance.

Published in 2013, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was a number one New York Times bestseller and was voted “Book of the Year” in the British National Book Awards. It tells the story of an unnamed narrator who returns to his hometown after forty years to attend a funeral. On an impulse, he visits the farm down the lane from the house in which he grew up, only to find himself overwhelmed by memories of the strange girl he knew there and the dangerous encounter they shared with the other-wordly.

USA Today hailed the novel as “worthy of a sleepless night . . . a fairy tale for adults that explores both innocence lost and the enthusiasm for seeing what’s past one’s proverbial fence . . . Gaiman is a master of creating worlds just a step to the left of our own.” And the London Times said, “[Gaiman’s] prose is simple but poetic, his world strange but utterly believable—if he was South American we would call this magic realism rather than fantasy.”

The author of novels, film and television scripts, and comic books, Neil Gaiman was born in England and now lives in the United States, where he is Professor of Arts at Bard College. He first gained recognition for his ground-breaking comic book Sandman. His work has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbury and Carnegie Medals. His other books include American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Harper Lee Book Discussions

The library will hold a discussion of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 PM. The discussion will be free and open to the public.

This will be the first of two Harper Lee programs. The library will also hold a discussion of Go Set a Watchman on Tuesday, July 28. Participants must secure their own copies of both books.

Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize and become one of the most beloved of American novels. Its nostalgic yet clear-eyed portrait of life in the Depression-era South; its engagement with issues of class and, especially, race; and its unforgettable characters, especially the young narrator, Scout, and her father, the noble Atticus Finch, have made this book a contemporary classic. Few books can match its iconic stature.

Harper Lee is now eighty-nine years old, and for decades, To Kill a Mockingbird was famously her only published fiction. Now a second novel, Go Set a Watchman, is scheduled for publication this summer. In this book, set some twenty years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, an adult Scout Finch travels from New York to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her father, Atticus.

The Haverhill Library Association is marking this literary milestone by scheduling discussions of both novels.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Teju Cole Book Discussion

The library will hold a discussion of Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole on Monday, April 20. This will be the third and final in a series on “New African Writers.”

The discussion will begin at 7:00 PM and will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available to borrow in advance.

Named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times and National Public Radio, Every Day is for the Thief is about a young Nigerian living in New York City who goes home to Lagos for a short visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. He witnesses the “yahoo yahoos” diligently perpetrating email frauds from an Internet cafĂ©, longs after a mysterious woman reading on a public bus, and recalls the tragic fate of an eleven-year-old boy accused of stealing at a local market. Along the way, the unnamed narrator reconnects with old friends, a former girlfriend, and extended family, and slowly begins to reconcile the profound changes that have taken place in his country and the truth about himself.

Raised in Nigeria, Teju Cole attended college in the United States and now lives in New York. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is currently the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

Every Day is for the Thief concludes the library’s “New African Writers” discussion series, which also featured works by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and NoViolet Bulawayo.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Murder Mystery Dinner Party

The Haverhill Corner Library will hold a murder mystery dinner party on Friday, April 24 at 5:00 PM.

The Scenario

“You are invited by Rock N. Roley to attend the 5th reunion of the Class of ’54 at Roley High School in Roley City, USA. Rock is the next Elvis Presley, and will entertain with a special concert during the celebration.”

“It is August, 1959, in a small town in the U.S.A. The local high school class of 1954 has scheduled its 5th year reunion to coincide with the return to town of Rockford "Rock" N. Roley, the nationally famous rock 'n roll star. "Rock", himself a member of the '54 graduating class, has agreed to begin the festivities with a concert. A group of Rock's high school friends have planned to meet with the star after the show to talk about old times. Excitement is running high until the recollection of a high school prank leads to the discovery of murder. The friends must dig into the past to determine who amongst them has committed the crime.”

Where and When

The event will be held Friday, April 24 at 5:00 PM at the Williams Tavern, home of Joe and Maryellen Kirkpatrick, at the corner of Court and School Streets in Haverhill Corner, NH, with dinner in the ballroom.

Tickets are $20 per person in advance, with a limit of 40. Make checks payable to the Haverhill Library Association and send to Vesta Smith at 222 Dartmouth College Highway, Haverhill, NH 03765.

There will be a murder, so put on your thinking caps and try to be the first to figure out whodunit!

Friday, February 13, 2015

The library will hold a discussion of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Monday, February 16. This will be the first in a series of book discussions on “New African Writers.”

The discussion will begin at 7:00 PM and will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available to borrow in advance.

Winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, Americanah tells the story of a young Nigerian woman who emigrates to the United States for a university education. Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, Americanah was also shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship, Adichie is the author of three other novels, including Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize. She divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

The “New African Writers” series will continue on Monday, March 16 with a discussion of We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, and will conclude on Monday, April 20 with a discussion of Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole

Saturday, January 17, 2015


 The public is invited to our
Annual Meeting
Monday, January 19th
at 7:30 pm