Posted on | March 5, 2014 | No Comments
We are proud to present the Artist of the Month for March & April of 2014, Susan Lirakis who is a prize-winning lifelong photographer living in Center Sandwich. As antidote for this cold snowy March we are trudging through, come feast your eyes on her beautiful photographs of flowers and gardens. They will help you remember that gardening season is coming soon.
Lirakis’s work has been published in multiple books and periodicals such as Tricycle: The Buddhist Review (NYC), The Sun (Chapel Hill, NC), For Kid’s Sake. Photographs of Today’s Youth (Photographic Resource Center & WBZ-TV). She has exhibited widely, from the Contemporary Arts Forum in Santa Barbara, CA to the Currier Museum in NH, from Haines Gallery in San Francisco to the Danforth Museum in MA, from the Society of Contemporary Photography in Kansas City to the Fremantle Arts Center in Australia. Awards and fellowships for further advancement of my work have been received through the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the League of NH Craftsmen, the Clowes Foundation, and McLaughlin residency fellowship.
Posted on | February 26, 2014 | No Comments
Cook Memorial has just taken out a subscription with Tumblebooks which has picture books, videos, graphic novels, puzzles, games and other interesting offerings for both preschoolers and early readers. Ants Don’t Catch Flying Saucers, by author Trina Wiebe is an example of an Easy Reader that can be heard and read at the same time. Using the index is a quick way of scanning the titles, especially to find which ones have audio. Many of the picture books, like Boomer goes to School, have a bit of animation added to add visual interest. Some of the ebooks, like Dinosaur roar, Butterflies soar, are fabulous for introducing young inquisitive kids to non-fiction. There are videos as well; many from National Geographic like this one on camels. If you are interested in learning another language, there are a number of books in French and Spanish, just select the “Language Learning” button to find them.
If you are a Brett School kid with a Kuno, select your Kuno’s “My Internet” option. Go to the Cook Memorial Library homepage, (www.tamworthlibrary.org), tap on the TumbleBooks icon in the center column. If a pop-up asks you to go to the mobile version of TumbleBooks, say ‘yes’. If you are asked to login with a username and password, please contact us, and we’ll let you know what they are.
Posted on | February 19, 2014 | No Comments
Here are photos of the accordion book class. We’ve had a happy time making books and we invite you to join us for one last class in the series on Sunday, April 27th, 12-4 pm.
Book Arts: Make an artist’s book, choosing from a variety of book structures: accordion, star accordion, vertical accordion, tunnel, flag. Samples are on the circulation desk in front of the sign-up sheet. We have some tools but please bring (if you have them) white glue and a glue brush or a glue stick, a cutting mat, metal straight edge, bone folder and exacto knife.
Wear old clothes and bring a lunch/snack, if you like.
Posted on | February 2, 2014 | No Comments
The next Death Cafe at Cook Memorial Library is 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, March 16th.
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective of Death Cafe is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.
The Death Cafe model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz.
Death Cafes are discussions about death that are always offered on a not for profit basis, in an accessible, respectful and confidential space, with no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action, where the participants share cake and coffee or tea together.
Death Cafes are not bereavement support or grief counseling settings. Nor are they an opportunity to give people information about death and dying. Click here for more info.
NPR”s All Things Considered featured the Death Cafe movement early in 2013:
We live knowing that everything dies. Like the sun, it’s a fact of life. And like the sun, we tend not to look right at it. Unless you’ve experienced a recent death, it’s probably not something you discuss. But a new movement is trying to change that, with a serving of tea and cake.
The fear of death haunts us like nothing else. And it makes sense. All other fears — such as public speaking, centipedes and heights — pale in comparison. So we don’t really talk about it…
A death cafe isn’t a physical cafe — it’s more like a temporary event. Jon Underwood held his first death cafe a year and a half ago in his own basement. He set out tea and cake, and his mother, who happens to be a psychotherapist, helped facilitate. Since then, he’s worked to launch the idea as a worldwide movement.
Underwood says, “When people sit down to talk about death, the pretense kind of falls away, and people talk very openly and authentically. And they say things in front of strangers which are really profound and beautiful. For English people to do that, with our traditional stiff upper lip, is very rare.”
Geoffrey Burke will facilitate a Tamworth Death Cafe at Cook Memorial Library from 4 to 6 pm on Sunday, December 15th. Geoffrey, who was assistant director of Hospice of Northern Carroll County in 1993-1994, and has been a hospice volunteer for 20 years, has a lifelong interest in understanding the bigger questions in life. All are welcome to come. If you are moved to do so, please bring cookies or cake to share. If not, come anyway and share yourself.
Posted on | January 28, 2014 | No Comments
Cook Memorial has been providing access to Overdrive’s downloadable audios since February 2007. Audios and ebooks are now available to patrons with just about every device out there; including MP3 players, Kunos, iPods, iTouches, Smartphones, Androids, Nooks, Kindle, Sony eReaders, iPads and other tablets. As of January 2014, there are approximately 14,000 titles, both audiobooks and ebooks, for patrons of all ages.
To browse, select and download your audios, Click here. You used to need a 4-digit prefix and your patron id number to access this service, but as of February 2014, you will need to use your new 14-digit patron ID number. If you do not have one, come in and get it. If you have lost or forgotten your 14-digit number, call us 323-8510 and we’ll tell you. If you allow your computer to remember your password, you’ll only have to put the number in once. The next thing you will need to do is check for the compatibility of your device. For online help, go to the Official New Hampshire Downloadable Books Blog
Posted on | January 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
Pete Seeger, the Pied Piper of the People’s Music, died Monday at 94. His wife of 70 years, Toshi, died last July. He was out chopping wood at his log cabin on the Hudson River ten days before his death. My parents loved The Weavers and their records played constantly at our house, providing the background music for my childhood. Pete inspired a generation of musicians, beginning with Bob Dylan and on through Bruce Springstein and beyond to the present day. He was the founder of the American folk music
Back in the early 80s a friend and I took our collective four kids to the Clearwater Revival for four years in a row. The last year we went, I saw Pete and Toshi strolling arm and arm through the crowd and took the opportunity to thank him for being who he was and having such a profound impact on me and millions of others. He just shrugged and said, Aww, shucks.”
I hate to think of him not being in the world.
The portrait above is by Robert Shetterly, honoring Seeger as one of his “Americans Who Tell the Truth”.
Posted on | January 22, 2014 | No Comments
The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is offering our patrons a “buy one, get one” discount given at the lodge when accompanied by the discount pass. They are extending this offer because they “are having a banner ski season.” As a non-profit, they are happy to accept donations as well.
Jackson XC in Jackson, NH has 94 miles of world class trails, including an FIS certified international race course on which Olympians have trained. They have a spacious lodge with a cozy fireplace, lockers, showers, a wax room, and a pro shop with both skate and classic X-C equipment available for rent. Their daily groomed trails meander through covered bridges in the picturesque village of Jackson along three river valleys and up and over the ridges of the white Mountain National Forest.
So come in to the library and check out the pass for a “2 for 1″ discount. Note: you must be a registered library patron to use the pass.
Posted on | January 15, 2014 | No Comments
All students at Brett School now have a Kuno tablet as part of the school’s Digital Learning Initiative. If you would like to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from Cook Memorial Library that will work on a Kuno, you will need to be connected to wireless internet to access these resources. Cook Memorial has wireless, and we can help you connect your Kuno and access NH Downloadable Books: You will need to apply for a library patron card number to use this service, if you don’t have one already. From your Kuno’s “My E-Books” option, select the Overdrive Media Console app. The first time you use the Kuno with Overdrive Media Console, you will be asked to authorize with an Adobe ID. Follow the instructions to sign up for and enter your Adobe ID (the video link below gives details on how to do this). You only need to authorize the app with an Adobe ID once. Due to Kuno’s internet filtering, you may have to sign up for an Adobe ID on another computer. We can help you with this as well.
For instructions on how to download audiobooks and ebooks: watch this video on using OverDrive Media Console on an Android device.
Note for parents: The best way to find audiobooks and ebooks for kids in NH Downloadable Books is to choose an option listed under “Kids eBooks & Audiobooks” but be that some of the titles that appear here are more appropriate for mature readers, particularly the graphic novels.
About NH Downloadable Books: Cook Memorial Library is a member of NH Downloadable Books, a consortium of libraries that purchase e-books and downloadable books together, organized and administered by the NH State Library. Library card holders of member libraries have access to thousands of titles with this service. To use NH Downloadable Books, you will need a valid Cook Library card, the new type with a barcode and a 14-digit library card number.
Any questions? Come in with your Kuno charged up, and we’ll help.
Posted on | December 31, 2013 | No Comments
The Friends of Cook Memorial Library are staunch supporters of the library’s mission. They work hard throughout the year to provide assistance in a variety of ways. They bankroll virtually all of our programming for both children and adults. They fund purchases of equipment and supplies, continuing education opportunities for staff, our membership in Overdrive, a popular service which provides econtent (downloadable audios and ebooks) for our patrons, our movie license which allows us to show films for the public. They also run and finance the library’s “Books for Babies” program which puts a bag of books in the hands of every family in Tamworth with a new infant in the household. Literacy cannot start too early.
Beside the financial backing they provide, the Friends also create their own fun and profit-turning programs like the perennial plant sale in spring, the cabin fever book and bake sale in winter, and the monthly Annex book sales. To sell their books and other wares, the Friends often have a table at the Farmer’s Markets in summer and fall. Their well-attended annual meeting in September always includes an interesting local or NH history program.
This year the Friends also contributed a considerable sum toward the implementation costs of a new automation system for the library, and bought us a new sidewalk sign to replace the old battered one that they also bought us some years ago.
The Friends never fail to bring potluck dishes for the Holiday Open House in December. They help us celebrate as well as help us serve the community faithfully and well.
From the library trustees and staff, bless you, Friends of Cook Memorial Library, one and all. You are truly our friends and our Friends.
Posted on | December 17, 2013 | No Comments
Siena Kaplan, a Navigator at White Mountain Community Health Center, will
be at Cook Library in Tamworth from 9 am – 1 pm on Friday, December 20, to help
guide people through the process and answer any questions that come up
along the way. Bring your laptop or use the library’s computer, and get it
done! Also feel free to stop by to get more information about the
Marketplace or the process, or to get help resolving issues with existing
To apply, it’s helpful to have:
- Estimated 2014 income for everyone in your household who will file
taxes that year
- SSN and date of birth for everyone in your household
- Information about any insurance you currently have or are offered. If
you could buy insurance through an employer, have your employer fill out page two of
- If you have an email account you can access online, such as Yahoo or
Gmail, make sure you have your username and password with you
You can also enroll on your own at healthcare.gov or by calling
1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). If you can’t make these hours but
need questions answered or want to enroll in person, call White Mountain
Community Health Center at 447-8900 to schedule an appointment with Siena
or our other Navigator, Mary Jane Jarrett. You can also email or call
Siena with questions, at 447-8900 x328 or email@example.com.
In March 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or collectively referred to as the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA), into law. The ACA considerably changes the American health care system. Debates about the best ways to improve health care now focus on implementation of the law and its effect on health care.
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins on October 1st, 2013 and runs till March 31st, 2014. The AARP’s goal is to provide unbiased and fact based information to people 50+ and their families so they will understand how to access the Health Insurance Marketplace if they need insurance and also, what impact the health care law has on those with Medicare and other forms of insurance. AARP’s health law answers and fact sheets are a good starting place.
Although the sign-up process is being currently impacted by the government shutdown, information on obtaining health insurance through ACA or ‘Obamacare’ is available at the government-sponsored websites below:
Health Insurance Marketplace
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
About the Law – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Affordable Care Act – Medicaid.gov
Affordable Care Act – United States Department of Labor
Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions – Internal Revenue Service
VA, Affordable Care Act and You- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine maintains a list of links to organizations that have good information resources about ACA: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Resources
If you would prefer to ask questions relating to enrollment by phone, call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). There will be foreign language interpreters available.
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