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Pillsbury Free Library
Serving Warner, NH since 1892
Mon 10-12 & 1-5
Tue 9-12 & 1-8
Wed 1-5
Thu 9-12 & 1-6
Sat 9-2
Pillsbury Free Library » Kids


The Library is open, with masks (over age 2) and distancing recommended. We ask that you keep the visit brief and just for selecting items. Most toys are still 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:

2022 Children’s; Summer Program will start July 6th. “Oceans of Possibility” is this year’s theme. Description and schedule HERE.

Preschool Programs

Miss Sue is now doing in-person preschool story time in the library, every Thursday at 10:30 am. Contact us for information needed, 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 26th 2022, hoping to be in person!

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. Currently these are in person at the Warner Town Hall so that we can space appropriately.

“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 2022 Play, is “Baba Yaga” , May 7th, at 4:00 PM at the Warner Town Hall. The “Entrance Fee” is a donation to the local food pantry.

Annual Autumn Party 2022 – 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 28, 2022, 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!    The party was April 8th, 2022 at 5:30-8 PM. The votes were cast and “Brave Like That” by Lindsey Stoddard got the most votes. The state vote should be coming soon. Contact Miss Sue to sign up and for more details. 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!

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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