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. 

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

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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 October 19th, 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.


The current Cookbook is The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food by Ian Knauer


Summer Story Time

Join us weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays for Summer Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Children of all ages with caregivers are welcome to the Pope Memorial Library for story time with Haley and Cate. There will be stories and all kinds of fun every Tuesday and Friday from July 1 to August 31!


Story Time is free and open to the public, including nonlibrary members.

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

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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.


One Book One Valley

One Book One Valley is a community reading program for the Mount Washington Valley. Its mission is to strengthen community ties and promote literacy through reading and discussing a book with a theme that resonates locally. The 2022 1B1V read is Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty.

Set in a native community in Maine, Night of the Living Rez, is a riveting debut collection about what it means to be Penobscot in the twenty-first century and what it means to live, to survive, and to persevere after tragedy. A collection that examines the consequences and merits of inheritance, Night of the Living Rez is an unforgettable portrayal of an indigenous community and marks the arrival of a standout talent in contemporary fiction.

Talty will give a presentation and hold a book signing at the Majestic Theater on October 27th at 7 PM. There is no charge to attend this event, which will also be live streamed.