The Governor Francis P. Murphy Estate in Newport, NH has been researching & reacquiring artifacts and materials related to New Hampshire Governor Francis P. Murphy for the past 4 years. Their goal is to launch a museum dedicated to the governor's life ...

NH Governor Francis P. Murphy event and more...

NH Governor Francis P. Murphy event

The Governor Francis P. Murphy Estate in Newport, NH has been researching & reacquiring artifacts and materials related to New Hampshire Governor Francis P. Murphy for the past 4 years.  Their goal is to launch a museum dedicated to the governor's life and contributions to the state, both in his political and private life. 

As well as being governor, Murphy was the founder of WMUR, and co-founder of Thom McAn Shoes. Although having a rich background in the Granite State, he has been essentially forgotten. 

A series of talks about Governor Murphy, sponsored by The Richards Free Library & The Library Arts Center in Newport, NH have started. The talks are enriched with family photos, as well as audio and video reels. 

The next event will be on Saturday, June 10th at 3:00 pm at the Library Arts Center in Newport, New Hampshire. If you're interested in attending this talk, you can read more about it here at The Governor Francis P. Murphy Estate facebook page.

There is also a short video to promote the event here

Book of the Week (5/22/2017)

Granite, Fire, and Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia by Tom Wessels (Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2017).

NH author, professor of ecology and founding director of the master's degree program in conservation biology at Antioch University, Tom Wessels brings us an interesting study of one of New England's and the nation's most popular national parks.
The only book that offers both a natural and a cultural history of one of the nation’s favorite parks. Acadia National Park, on Maine's Mount Desert Island, is among the most popular national parks in the United States. From the road, visitors can experience magnificent vistas of summit and sea, but on a more intimate scale, equally compelling views abound along Acadia's hiking trails.
Tom Wessels, an ecologist, naturalist, and avid hiker, attributes the park's popularity--and its unusual beauty--to the unique way in which earth, air, fire, and water--in the form of glacially scoured granite, winter winds, fire, and ocean fog--have converged to create a landscape that can be found nowhere else.
In this beautifully illustrated book, Wessels invites readers to investigate the remarkable natural history of Mount Desert Island, along with the unique cultural story it gave rise to. This account of nature, terrain, and human interaction with the landscape will delight those who like to hike these bald summits, ride along the carriage roads, or explore the island's rugged shoreline. Wessels concludes with a guided tour of one of his favorite hikes, a ten-mile loop that will acquaint the reader with the diverse ecosystems described throughout his book. --Publisher's blurb
Join Tom at Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, NH Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm where he will be discussing his new book!

Book of the Week (5/15/2017)

Wishbones by Virginia Macgregor (New York: HQ, 2017).

Virginia Macgregor recently moved to Concord, NH from the UK less than a year ago and will be launching her new young adult novel Wishbones at Gibson's Bookstore on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7 pm.
Feather Tucker has two wishes:
1) To get her mum healthy again
2) To win the Junior UK swimming championships
When Feather comes home on New Year's Eve to find her mother - one of Britain's most obese women- in a diabetic coma, she realises something has to be done to save her mum's life. But when her Mum refuses to co-operate Feather realises that the problem run deeper than just her mum's unhealthy appetite.
Over time, Feather's mission to help her Mum becomes an investigation. With the help of friends old and new, and the hindrance of runaway pet goat Houdini, Feather's starting to uncover when her mum's life began to spiral out of control and why. But can Feather fix it in time for her mum to watch her swim to victory? And can she save her family for good? -- Publisher's blurb

Congratulations to the New Hampshire 2017 LAL Winners!

  • Isabella Reichard, a sixth grade student at Captain Samuel Douglass Academy (Brookline), the letter that was selected as the 2017 Level I NH winning letter to Esther Earl.
  • Megan McLaughlin, an eighth grader at Hollis Brookline Middle School, wrote the 2017 Level II NH winning letter to Jerry Spinelli.
  • Kaiden Gilbert, an eleventh grader at Prospect Mountain High School (Alton), wrote the 2017 Level III NH winning letter to Gary Paulsen
Info about the 2018 Letters About Literature competition will be available later this summer.

    Book of the Week (5/8/2017)

    From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue: A Girl's Courage, Her Mother's Love, A Miracle Recovery by Jennifer Miller Field with Joanne Field (Peterborough, NH: Grove Street Books, 2016).

    New Hampshire author Jennifer Miller Field tells her uplifting story of a tragic accident and inspirational outcome.
    In 1992, as Jennifer Field lay in a coma after a near-fatal car accident, one doctor after another said she would never walk, or talk, or be able to take care of herself again. But Jennifer and her mother believed something different. They never gave up hope that Jennifer would regain a normal life. And she did. This memoir, told in interweaving stories by Jennifer and her mother, Joanne Field, follows Jennifer’s journey from world-class equestrian to trauma patient to world-class survivor.

    “My opinion is that you can never think your injury and disease has won,” writes Jennifer, who was a high school student and Olympic hopeful before the car crash that nearly took her life. Her training in the riding ring, her discipline, and her competitive spirit kept her focused on her recovery, as did her mother, who was steadfast in seeking out the treatments and therapies that would help Jennifer regain her life. “Maybe I was living in false hope,” Joanne writes, “but it paid off.”

    From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue is the story of a mother who refused to give up and a daughter who defied the odds through guts and determination. This is a compelling narrative threaded with memories from people who helped along the way—medical professionals, friends, and family. It’s a great tribute to the human spirit and the power of love. --Publisher's blurb
    Join Jennifer at Gibson's Bookstore on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 5:30 pm where she presents From Blue Ribbon to Code Blue.


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