Book Group

Every month the library hosts a book discussion where readers can gather to talk about what they liked and disliked about our monthly read. Book group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 11:00 a.m. 

Join us on June 2nd at 11:00 a.m. for our discussion on Meghan Maclean Weir's The Book of Essie.

"A captivating novel of family, fame, and religion that tells the story of the seventeen-year-old daughter of an evangelical preacher, star of the family's hit reality show, and the secret pregnancy that threatens to blow their entire world apart.

Esther Ann Hicks--Essie--is the youngest child on Six for Hicks, a reality television phenomenon. She's grown up in the spotlight, both idolized and despised for her family's fire-and-brimstone brand of faith. When Essie's mother, Celia, discovers that Essie is pregnant, she arranges an emergency meeting with the show's producers: Do they sneak Essie out of the country for an abortion? Do they pass the child off as Celia's? Or do they try to arrange a marriage--and a ratings-blockbuster wedding? Meanwhile, Essie is quietly pairing herself up with Roarke Richards, a senior at her school with a secret of his own to protect. As the newly formed couple attempt to sell their fabricated love story to the media--through exclusive interviews with an infamously conservative reporter named Liberty Bell--Essie finds she has questions of her own: What was the real reason for her older sister leaving home? Who can she trust with the truth about her family? And how much is she willing to sacrifice to win her own freedom?"

Book discussions will be held as a hybrid meeting. A hybrid meeting can be attended in-person at the library or online via Zoom meeting.

To make these hybrid meetings fun and easy, we purchased a "Meeting Owl Pro" with funds provided by the ARPA grant. The Owl Pro is a premium 1080p 360-degree camera with eight microphones, and 3 speakers combined into one easy-to-use device that integrates seamlessly with Zoom. The Owl's automatic zoom responds to who’s speaking and creates the experience of in-person participation for hybrid meetings. It creates the ideal inclusive atmosphere for remote participants of in-person events.

For a link to attend virtually, please email


Current Book

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Cookbook Club

How it works:

  1. Grab a copy of the current cookbook at the library.

  2. Take the cookbook home and cook as many things as you want out of the book!

  3. Pick a recipe you'd like to share with the Cookbook Club. Make sure to tell your host what meal you picked so we don't have duplicates! You can email to tell us about your recipe choice.

  4. Bring that food to a library potluck with other members of the club.

  5. Enjoy a bountiful meal.

  6. Repeat with a new cookbook!

Cookbook Club will be held bi-monthly. The club will meet at the library on the third Wednesday of every other month. The next meeting will be held on June 15th, 2022 @ 11:30 AM. Please join us for a group feast where we can discuss (and eat) the cookbook. Copies of the next cookbook will become available after the meeting.

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The current Cookbook is The Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman


Fun Fridays - Storytime

Children ages 3-5 with caregivers and siblings are welcome to Pope Memorial Library for storytime with Haley. There will be stories, arts and crafts, and all kinds of fun every Friday! Storytime is free and open to the public, even nonlibrary members. 

Masks are required for adults and children age 2 and older. 

For more information please email or call (603) 356-2961.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Join Pope Memorial Library in the challenge! The goal? Read 1,000 books to your child/grandchild before they start kindergarten. Reading to your child will help prepare them to read on their own, plus it makes for a wonderful bonding activity with your child.


Is it hard? Not really if you think about it.

That's 1 book every day for 3 years

10 books every week for 2 years

3 books every day for 1 year!

Books can be repeated as many times as you'd like. Simply keep track whenever it's story-time (whether that's with Mom or Dad, Nana, an older sibling, the librarian, preschool teacher, etc.) Record logs are available at the library! And so are lots of good books!

Plus there will be prizes for when your kiddo hits various milestones so you can both be proud of all your reading.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a non-profit organization with the goal of creating the next generation of readers. Learn more about them here.