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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Our holiday books are on display, ready for our patrons to stop by and browse the collection! There are Christmas themed mysteries by Anne Perry and Mary Higgins Clark, novels, crafts books, recipe books, and more!

Are you looking for some gift giving ideas? A Haverhill Library tote filled with our hometown cookbook, and "like new" books we have for sale, would be just the thing! Mini totes are $6.00, regular totes are $10.00 and our cookbooks are $10.00 as well.

Holiday hours: The library will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Passenger Pigeon Discussion

The library will hold a discussion of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction by Joel Greenberg on Monday, November 10 at 7:00 PM. This will be the second in a series of book discussions on the theme “Extinction!”

In the early nineteenth century 25 to 40 percent of North America’s birds were passenger pigeons, traveling in flocks so massive as to block out the sun for hours or even days. But as naturalist Joel Greenberg relates, the pigeons’ propensity to nest, roost, and fly together in vast numbers made them vulnerable to unremitting market and recreational hunting. Although a billion pigeons crossed the skies 80 miles from Toronto in May of 1860, little more than fifty years later passenger pigeons were extinct. The last of the species, Martha, died in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo one hundred years ago, on September 1, 1914.

The passenger pigeon’s demise, as recounted by Greenberg, is “a story of unremitting, wanton, continental-scale destruction,” says the New York Review of Books. It is “equal parts natural history, elegy, and environmental outcry,” says The New Yorker, which notes that, “answering even basic questions about the passenger pigeon requires a sort of forensic ornithology, which gives [this book] an unexpected poignancy at the very points where it is most nature-nerdy.” The Chicago Tribune hailed this account as “a brilliant, important, haunting and poignant book.”

The “Extinction!” series will conclude with a discussion of Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes by Svante Pääbo on December 8.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

James Thurber Discussion

The library will host a discussion of two stories by James Thurber as part of its Book Club for Writers program on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 PM. Copies of “The Catbird Seat” and “You Could Look It Up” will be available in advance at the library, and the discussion will be free and open to the public.

James Thurber (1894–1961) was one of America’s foremost humorists, best known for his cartoons and short stories, which mostly appeared in The New Yorker. He began his career in journalism with his hometown newspaper, the Columbus (OH) Dispatch, and moved to New York to work for the New York Evening Post. With the help of E. B. White, he joined the staff of The New Yorker as an editor in 1927, but did not begin his career as a cartoonist until 1930, when White found some of his cartoons in the trash and submitted them for publication in the magazine.

Thurber’s best-known works include Is Sex Necessary? (co-written with E. B. White), My Life and Hard Times, The Middle-Aged Man on the Flying Trapeze, My World and Welcome to It, and the short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” one of the most frequently anthologized stories in American literature. “Mitty” was adapted for a 1947 film starring Danny Kaye – an adaptation that Thurber disliked – and was recently adapted a second time for a film released last year. Thurber’s work has also inspired other films, plays, and television shows; “The Catbird Seat” was the basis for the movie The Battle of the Sexes. The Thurber Prize for American Humor is named in his honor.

Book Club for Writers is a fiction discussion program that meets four times a year. Discussions are open to all, and focus particularly on questions of craft and technique that will interest writers and aspiring writers. Created by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, Book Club for Writers is sponsored locally by a fiction writing group that meets weekly at the Haverhill Corner Library.

The next Book Club for Writers discussion will be held January 15, 2015 and will feature “A Conversation with My Father” by Grace Paley and “The Harvest” by Amy Hempel.