Do You Read? Why Not Review?

Some of you who check regularly may have noticed that there aren’t a whole lot of new book reviews being posted lately. I love writing book reviews, but I can only read so much – and my tastes don’t overlap with a lot of popular types of books.

So I’m looking to you to help fill out our review section. If you are an avid reader, we want to hear from you! We are looking for anyone interested in writing short reviews of books they read, whether new or old, and in any genre (including non-fiction).

You don’t have to be a great writer, just someone willing to share your thoughts with others. You can be anonymous if you want, and I can help edit out any typos before it gets posted to the website. They don’t have to be very long – a few paragraphs is plenty. And you don’t have to submit them on a schedule – just whenever you get around to it.

So what do you say? Care to help us out, and try your hand at reviewing? If so, contact me at, or visit me at the library. I’ll be happy to talk you through the process.

Open House Review

This past Sunday was our 2nd Annual Griffin Free Public Library Open House. Thanks to a long-anticipated lovely spring day, our attendance was down from last year’s event. Still, the library had quite a few visitors to enjoy our trivia and door prizes, our wandering magician, lots of tasty snacks, and great company.

For those of you who attended – and those of you who assisted with the event – thank you so very much! The Open House would not be possible without everyone pitching in, and it wouldn’t mean much without the great people who visit and enjoy the day with us.

If you couldn’t attend, I hope you will keep us in mind for next year. We plan to make the Open House a fun yearly event that has something for the whole family. We are already cooking up some new entertainment ideas and enhancements for next year’s event!

In addition, here is an overview of the exciting programs, initiatives, and features that we wanted to promote this year. If you are interested in any additional information on these topics, feel free to call, email, or drop in!

2014 Open House Overview

  • Topic specific reference guides are available on now
  • Programs for adults are available 2-3 times each month on average. Keep up with our online calendar and Facebook accounts, and by reading our crier articles each month for more details
  • Most programs are held in the front room, where movable shelving provides us a larger area for seating people comfortably
  • Our age-specific storytimes begin in May, so that you can best choose the right events for your children to attend!
  • Look for the new Griffin Free Public Library logo in a few months; I hope you have room for a new bag or t-shirt!
  • The subject-based picture book shelving system will be in place later this year, allowing young children to choose books based on categories and subjects they want!
  • We hope you adjust to our new comfortable seating coming soon to our front room – giving you more options to read, work, and learn right here at the library
  • This fall, our homebound program will offer delivery services to people who cannot for any reason make it to the library. We will be seeking volunteers to assist and patrons to sign up after the summer reading program has finished.
  • We are currently exploring options for hosting laptops and mobile devices for in-library use by our patrons. This would allow you access ebooks, email, and the web from anywhere in the library.
  • In order to provide additional workspace for our patrons, we are hoping to acquire a new circulation desk that would open up more space in that room of the library for tables or workstations.

Thanks for checking in with!

Coming in June: Your Hit Parade

Griffin Free is proud to welcome local scholar Calvin Knickerbocker, part of the New Hampshire Humanities Council, for another great program sponsored by the Friends of Griffin Free Public Library.

The following is the official press release for this event:



Popular music has evolved over the years. Major shifts seem to occur about every 10 years. “Your Hit Parade” chronicled the changes in popular music from its debut in 1935 to its “death by Rock and Roll” in 1959.

This program summarizes the origin of the show, its own evolution over the years, the well-known vocalists who performed its songs, and the influence of musical trends which affected it. It also covers the effect of the show’s sponsor, Lucky Strike cigarettes, whose president monitored and controlled almost every aspect of the show.

The show began using unknown and uncredited singers. The rise in popularity of vocalists caused “Your Hit Parade” to schedule famous singers from the late 1930s on. Most important of these was Frank Sinatra, who was a regular during two periods, 1943-1944 and 1947-1948. The era from the early 1940s to the mid 1950s was truly a “Golden Age of Vocalists.”

As Rock took over the popular music field, the importance of the song (as contrasted to a specific performance of the song) became less. Since “Your Hit Parade” used its own cast, its renditions were no longer what fans wanted. The show could not compete with, for example, Elvis Presley’s rendition of “Hound Dog”. The show was dropped by NBC in June, 1958. A revised version was attempted by CBS in the fall of 1958, but died in March, 1959.

Much of this program is devoted to playing excerpts from recordings of songs played on actual broadcasts during the years of “Your Hit Parade’s” reign.


This program will take place at Griffin Free Public Library on Monday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required. We hope that you will put this program on your calendar and join us for a night of fun and entertaining music and memories!

There’s another new book club in town…

The first meeting of the Health and Wellness bookclub will be on Thursday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this book club will be to discuss new and classic books on topics about health, the human body, diet, exercise, cooking, mental health, and any other topics related to the well-being of people.

A sign-up sheet is available at the library if you are interested in joining this group. Even if you cannot make the first meeting, the organizer would like to have your name and contact information in order to arrange future meeting dates.

If you would like additional information about this book club, please contact If you are interested in signing up, stop by the library, email, or call to get your name on the list.


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