Friday, June 12, 2015

Harper Lee Book Discussions

The library will hold a discussion of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 PM. The discussion will be free and open to the public.

This will be the first of two Harper Lee programs. The library will also hold a discussion of Go Set a Watchman on Tuesday, July 28. Participants must secure their own copies of both books.

Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize and become one of the most beloved of American novels. Its nostalgic yet clear-eyed portrait of life in the Depression-era South; its engagement with issues of class and, especially, race; and its unforgettable characters, especially the young narrator, Scout, and her father, the noble Atticus Finch, have made this book a contemporary classic. Few books can match its iconic stature.

Harper Lee is now eighty-nine years old, and for decades, To Kill a Mockingbird was famously her only published fiction. Now a second novel, Go Set a Watchman, is scheduled for publication this summer. In this book, set some twenty years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, an adult Scout Finch travels from New York to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her father, Atticus.

The Haverhill Library Association is marking this literary milestone by scheduling discussions of both novels.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Teju Cole Book Discussion

The library will hold a discussion of Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole on Monday, April 20. This will be the third and final in a series on “New African Writers.”

The discussion will begin at 7:00 PM and will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available to borrow in advance.

Named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times and National Public Radio, Every Day is for the Thief is about a young Nigerian living in New York City who goes home to Lagos for a short visit, finding a city both familiar and strange. He witnesses the “yahoo yahoos” diligently perpetrating email frauds from an Internet cafĂ©, longs after a mysterious woman reading on a public bus, and recalls the tragic fate of an eleven-year-old boy accused of stealing at a local market. Along the way, the unnamed narrator reconnects with old friends, a former girlfriend, and extended family, and slowly begins to reconcile the profound changes that have taken place in his country and the truth about himself.

Raised in Nigeria, Teju Cole attended college in the United States and now lives in New York. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is currently the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.

Every Day is for the Thief concludes the library’s “New African Writers” discussion series, which also featured works by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and NoViolet Bulawayo.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Murder Mystery Dinner Party

The Haverhill Corner Library will hold a murder mystery dinner party on Friday, April 24 at 5:00 PM.

The Scenario

“You are invited by Rock N. Roley to attend the 5th reunion of the Class of ’54 at Roley High School in Roley City, USA. Rock is the next Elvis Presley, and will entertain with a special concert during the celebration.”

“It is August, 1959, in a small town in the U.S.A. The local high school class of 1954 has scheduled its 5th year reunion to coincide with the return to town of Rockford "Rock" N. Roley, the nationally famous rock 'n roll star. "Rock", himself a member of the '54 graduating class, has agreed to begin the festivities with a concert. A group of Rock's high school friends have planned to meet with the star after the show to talk about old times. Excitement is running high until the recollection of a high school prank leads to the discovery of murder. The friends must dig into the past to determine who amongst them has committed the crime.”

Where and When

The event will be held Friday, April 24 at 5:00 PM at the Williams Tavern, home of Joe and Maryellen Kirkpatrick, at the corner of Court and School Streets in Haverhill Corner, NH, with dinner in the ballroom.

Tickets are $20 per person in advance, with a limit of 40. Make checks payable to the Haverhill Library Association and send to Vesta Smith at 222 Dartmouth College Highway, Haverhill, NH 03765.

There will be a murder, so put on your thinking caps and try to be the first to figure out whodunit!

Friday, February 13, 2015

The library will hold a discussion of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Monday, February 16. This will be the first in a series of book discussions on “New African Writers.”

The discussion will begin at 7:00 PM and will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available to borrow in advance.

Winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, Americanah tells the story of a young Nigerian woman who emigrates to the United States for a university education. Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, Americanah was also shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship, Adichie is the author of three other novels, including Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize. She divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

The “New African Writers” series will continue on Monday, March 16 with a discussion of We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, and will conclude on Monday, April 20 with a discussion of Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole

Saturday, January 17, 2015


 The public is invited to our
Annual Meeting
Monday, January 19th
at 7:30 pm