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Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm ; Friday: 8:30 am - 12 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm

Upcoming Events @ Your Library

Join us! Summer Reading Program events

All events are free and will be held at the Dunbar Free Library unless otherwise noted. The 2018 summer reading program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library.

Thanks to all who participated in the 2018 Stuffed Animal Overnight Adventure at the library. After a pajama storytime, all the stuffies sang songs, played with musical instruments and puzzles, read books, watched a movie, and even rode the book cart through the library!

Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano
presented by Science Tellers
Saturday, June 23 @ 10 am
Grab your spurs and journey with us to the Wild West, where a legendary bank-robbing outlaw is back in town, about to strike again! After the Sheriff mysteriously vanishes, two young kids must saddle up to foil the great heist—but not before stopping a runaway train, escaping an abandoned mine shaft and discovering how a mysterious piano can play an ‘instrumental’ part in putting a rotten cowboy back behind bars.
Throughout this absolutely wild adventure story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more. Don’t miss this classic action-packed western with ‘notes’ of science! This 45-minute show is recommended for ages 4-12.

American Folktales & Songs
presented by Hampstead Stage Company
Sunday, July 1 @ 4 pm
at the Pavilion at Grantham Recreation Park
At the height of the Great Depression two traveling workers find themselves sharing the same camp one frigid night. Alone and without work, they find warmth in the mutual discovery of traditional American folk songs and tall tales. Through music and storytelling, these new friends bring classic folktales from all over America to life! Join us on a great adventure as we travel from sea to shining sea discovering great American legends. When times are tough, what keeps you going? Recommended ages 5+. This event is co-sponsored by Grantham Activities.

Family Movie night
Rock Dog (PG, 90 minutes, 2016)
July 6 @ 6:30 pm
For the Tibetan mastiffs on Snow Mountain, a dog’s life has a simple riff — guard a peaceful village of sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, mastiff leader Khampa forbids all music. However, when his son Bodi discovers a radio that fell from the sky, it takes just a few guitar licks for the lad’s fate to be sealed. Wanting to be a rock ‘n’ roll star, Bodi heads to the city to locate Angus Scattergood, a legendary musician who needs to write a new song. Popcorn will be served!

Mind-Blowing Matter Rocks!
presented by Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Thursday, July 12 @ 10 am
Join us for an exploration of matter from tiny molecules to exploding volcanoes. Learn how rocks can change their state of matter and watch other items change right before your eyes! Observe startlingly science-filled experiments and demonstrations and make an incredible shrink paper craft—that will look like real glass—to take home! A museum educator will lead children in an hour-long, hands-on, exciting, and informative presentation—with a focus on geology and other subjects that ROCK! This will wrap-up with every participant creating their own shrink-paper design—watching it transform its shape—seemingly by magic. Turn a STEM project into STEAM, by adding some ART! Recommended for ages 5+.

Judy Pancoast
Wednesday, July 25 @ 10 am
Find out how much a library can rock with Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast! Judy has been presenting concerts of fun-filled original tunes like “Take Me to Your Reader,” and “The Lost Library Book Blues” for 21 years. This summer, Judy invites children into “Judy’s Tune Room” to enjoy a 45-60 minute concert featuring original songs in a variety of styles from pop (“Once Upon a Time”) and rock (“A Little Bit of Elvis”) to country (“The Only Bug at the Rodeo”) and jazz (“The Dog Did It”). During the concert Judy will also share her songwriting secrets about how she gets inspired and what goes into creating her songs. The children will even help Judy turn one of their own ideas into a short, memorable and melodic song. There will be lots of dancing and singing along as Judy’s enthusiastic, kid-friendly personality makes each concert experience special. And of course, Judy will tie in many of her songs with children’s books and encourage the kids to read, read, read!

Mark your calendars for these weekly events, too!

Wednesday Storytimes @ 10 am

June 27, July 11, July 18

Wednesday Teen Nights @ 6:30 pm
June 27, July 11, July 18

Thursday Reading Rocks! programs @ 10 am
June 21, June 28, July 5, July 19

A Month of Monday Movies for tweens and teens @ 7 pm
June 25 – Early Man (PG, 89 minutes)
July 2 – Justice League (PG-13, 135 minutes)
July 9 – Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13, 130 minutes)
July 16 – Black Panther (PG-13, 120 minutes)

MakerPlay Saturdays @ 10 am – noon
drop-in STEM activities for families 
Saturday, July 7 — featuring LEGOs (ages 4+)
Saturday, July 21 — featuring Snap Circuits (ages 8+)
Saturday, August 25 — featuring Brain Flakes (ages 3+), Gears!Gears!Gears! (ages 3+), and Magformers (ages 3+)

Kindergarten Storytime with GVS special guests
Thursday, July 26 @ 10 am
All rising Kindergarteners (and those who recently graduated) are invited to a summer storytime with GVS principal, Mrs. Cantagallo. Refreshments will be served.

Summer Pajama Storytime
Monday, August 27 @ 6:30 pm
Wear your pajamas to the library and join Dawn for an end of summer bedtime story hour.

Meet the Author ~ Amelia Anders
Monday, June 25 at 2 pm
Amelia Anders lived in a derelict trailer on a mountain at 9500 feet and cooked on a wood stove, hauled in water, split wood, read by oil lamps, and worked as a massage therapist forty miles away during the day. She lived the survival life.
The author, sister of a Grantham resident, will read from and discuss her book, A Pilgrim on Peace Mountain: a Senior Woman’s Survival at 9500 Feet. This is a slim volume (119 pages) that includes numerous drawings by the author.  Stop by the library to borrow a copy if you would like to read the book before the talk.  Refreshments will be provided by Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.  Join us!

We had a lot of fun at our first Cribbage evening, and so have planned two more: Thursday, July 12 from 5:30-7 pm
Thursday, August 16 from 5:30-7 pm

Book-to-Movie Discussions

Join us for our next book to movie selection, The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman.
Monday, July 30 at 6:30 pm – book discussion
Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 pm – movie presentation — with popcorn!


Summer Audiobook Program

SYNC by AudioFile offers a FREE summer audiobook program for teens. Sign up for the email or text alerts and be the first to know when new titles are available to download at

June 21-27 selections: Celebrate Pride Week with a novel and a play that ask: What’s the value of truth? The harm of labels?

Openly Straight by Bill Koenigsberg (read by Pete Cross, Dreamscape Media)
Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He’s been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers & championed by his progressive parents. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when Rafe transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down and realizes his own labels aren’t well-concealed. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben…who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

Doctor Cerberus by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (read by Steven Culp, Pamela Gray, Simon Helberg, Jamison Jones, Jarrett Sleeper, published by LA Theater Works)
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s coming-of-age, coming-out cocktail with a twist of terror. Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive adolescence. His parents don’t understand him, his brother torments him, he has no friends, and he’s more interested in the high school quarterback than any girl. The one bright spot in his life is the glow of the black-and-white TV in his parents’ basement. Here, he worships at the altar of the Saturday Night Horror Movie, hosted by the eerie Dr. Cerberus. Before long, Franklin is convinced that only by going on the show will his life be redeemed—by Dr. Cerberus himself!

Located in Rum Brook Plaza, 249 Route 10 North
This project was generously funded by the Friends of Dunbar Free Library and the Eastman Charitable Foundation. Participants of Eastman’s Youth Conservation Corp built the structure.

Here’s the crew that built it! The DLFL is the one on the left, the other two are located at Brookside Park and on a trail in Eastman.

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