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Pillsbury Free Library
Serving Warner, NH since 1892
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The Library re-opened for short walk-in visits on June 28, 2021, with masks (over age 2) and distancing. We ask that you keep the visit brief and just for selecting items. Toys have been put away for now.
Borrowing via curbside pickup is still available. You can make requests by placing holds in the catalog, through online requests , or phone calls. Staff will pack your items wearing masks, and contact you about picking up when the items are ready.

Summer Programs:

Kearsarge Regional Schools Summer reading list for Elementary school students is Suggested reading – you can read anything you wish The library has print copies of the recommendations. The 2021 list is online at:

2021 Children’s; Summer Program started July 6th. “Tails and Tales” is this year’s theme. Once again it is the “Drive-in style” programming in the Telephone Museum’s parking lot, rain or shine. Description and schedule HERE, and this is the link to sign your child up for the summer: Online Registration Form .

Preschool Programs

Miss Sue is now doing an in-person preschool story time with mini-craft OUTDOORS at BookEnds, every Thursday at 10:30 am, on the grass near the patio. Bring a blanket or seats. We have a 10 x 20 tent canopy for wet days. Contact us for information if lightning is predicted, or check on the Warner Events Calendar for updates.

Annual Teddy Bear Picnic! Always the last Thursday in May at 10:30 AM- all are welcomed. Bring a “lovey”, enjoy story time outside and a project. Then we have a potluck picnic. May 27th 2021 will once again be a virtual event!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: To keep an easy reading log of how many books you and your child read, you can download a sheet from HERE. More info: 1000 books before Kindergarten and 1000bks-Parent-info-sheet.pdf

For all Ages

Depot Street to W. Joppa Road RAIL TRAIL STORY WALK–  Start at Pillsbury Free Library, near the entry on Depot Street.  Walk downhill on the sidewalk, then cross the street to the rail trail.  Enjoy 21 podiums,  each with a page of a book, and a pleasant walk along the river!  (About 1/3 of a mile each way).  The trail ends at West Joppa Road by the covered bridge.  Have some wonderful family time outside and read some fun stories together!  We try to change the book on a monthly basis. 

We have just added “STEAM to Go” kits! They include a book, a game and projects, a great way to learn and have fun together!! The titles of the 3 we have are: “Math Games and Trivia” (Grade 4 and up), “Math Patterns and Tactile Kit” ( Prek- Grade 1), and “Circuits and Technology Kit” (Grade 4 and up).

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STEAM to GO Kits
These Kits were purchased with funds from a NH State Library Summer Learning Grant, provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, Children’s Librarians of NH (CLNH) and other funds administered by the NH State Library provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

More recently we’ve also added a few more kits: “Snaptricity”, “Pulleys”, “Wind Power”, and “Fractions”.

For free digital books online see

After school Programs / Grades K-5:

After school programs and/or family craft events are usually approximately once a month during the school year. Typically they are on the Third Wednesday from 3 to 4 pm, Sept to May. Preregistration is required due to limited space. (Once the world reopens!) Right now there are crafts going home in curbside book bag requests, once a month. If you’d like one, ask Miss Sue or call the library to get on the list.

“The Book Nook” – an activity group for grades 4 and up. This branched off from the Great Stone Face program, and become a fun, interactive group, doing various activities. Activity suggestions are always welcomed, as well as book suggestions.

The last play (May 4, 2019) was “School Lunch”, based on the book written by Warner author True Kelley.   True gave permission for our very own Emma Swanson, to write the script for a play!!  (This is based on our very own Simonds school). A recording is available on DVD. Donations of non-perishable food or toiletries are the “entrance fee” for our local food pantry, and it was very successful!  We received 175 items and $153.41!  Thank you to all!  The 2020 Play, Baba Yaga has been postponed, Miss Sue is hoping for 2022!

Annual Autumn Party 2020 – CANCELLED 4th graders and up. Costume required. Must RSVP and sign up for the pot luck meal. Come and have some fun and games!!  This is also when the next play is announced!  Tentative date for this year is October 29, 2021, 5:30-8PM.

Great (Stone Face) Reading!

Grades 4-6 can read books on this special New Hampshire Great Stone Face reading list: GSF List 2021-22 and vote for a favorite one in April!    To learn more about this special New Hampshire librarian’s booklist and the award, visit the CLNH (Children’s Librarians Section) page at

The 2020-2021 winner was: Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick

Some of the 2022 Great Stone Face books are available to download at Get ready to start the reading!! Lets see how many of you can read all 20!

The 2021 GSF virtual voting PARTY was CANCELLED.

Other Reading Lists

Youth in Grades 7 & 8 should check the Teen pages for information about voting on the Isinglass Award reading list. Grades 9-12 can vote on the Flume Award list.

Ladybug List for picturebook readers in Grades 1-3! To learn more about this special New Hampshire librarian’s booklist for early readers, and the award,
visit the N.H. Center for the Book web site at

A list can be found at

For more information, about any of the above, contact the Children’s Librarian using our Children’s Librarian contact form

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