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Pillsbury Free Library
Serving Warner, NH since 1892
Mondays & Wednesdays: 1 - 5 pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 am -12 pm, 1 - 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm
Pillsbury Free Library » Kids


“The Book Nook” – an activity group for grades 4 and up. This has branched off from the Great Stone Face program, and become a fun, interactive group, doing various activities. (Be sure to stop by and put a favorite book suggestion on the board, or just any information you’d like to share with your peers!) Activity suggestions are always welcomed, as well as book suggestions.

The play “The Emperor’s New Clothes” based on the tale written by Hans Christian Anderson was a HUGE success! We collected 139  items, and $159.00 for the local food pantry. The bake sale at intermission collected $114.58 for a fundraiser for the library!  Thank you to everyone who helped in any way for this event!! The kids as always are amazing!

Next play (2019) is “School Lunch” the book is written by Warner author True Kelley.  She gave permission for our very own, Emma Swanson, to write it into a play!!  (This is based on our very own Simonds school)

Play date is: Saturday May 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Warner town hall. Donations of non-perishable food or toiletries are the “entrance fee” for our local food pantry.

Annual Autumn Party- 4th graders and up. Costume required. Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30-8:00. Must RSVP and sign up for the pot luck meal. Come and have some fun and games!!

Summer Programs:

See our summer programs page for a detailed schedule of typical summer activities for K and up, and a downloadable copy of the most current schedule. Sign up by calling 456-2289. Spaces are limited.  Complete 2018 schedule here: 2018SRP brochure  Activities are held on Tuesdays at 9:30 AM and Wednesdays at 1:30 PM. (Unless there is a special program at a special time!) Start date for 2019 is July 9th, and the end date with the pot luck family night is August 14th.  (2019 activity schedule not available yet)

Reading activities can be done on your own schedule, if you choose. All daily events are separate, so you can choose all or some to come to. Volunteer help is welcomed. Please contact Sue.

Great (Stone Face) Reading!

Grades 4-6 can read books on this special New Hampshire Great Stone Face reading list : GSF-brochure-2018-19 and vote for a favorite one in April!    To learn more about this special New Hampshire librarian’s booklist and the award, visit the CHILIS (Children’s Librarians Section) page at

The new 2018-2019 Great Stone Face books ARE on the shelf! Get ready to start the reading!! Lets see how many of you can read all 20!!! The PARTY will be in April 12,2019, 5:30-8:00. Registration required and to come to the party you must read at least one of the books, and one must bring a prop related to one of the stories or come dressed as a character. (And shhh, don’t tell anyone so the other party goers have to guess who or what. Ask Sue for more details. This years winner (2018) is: “Ghosts” by Raina Telgemeier. Obviously, the more you read the better your chances at the game we play!!

Preschool ProgramsStory time with "Miss Sue"

Storytime Schedule:
“Lap-sit” Storytimes for children ages 1-5 are on Thursdays at 10:30 AM, year-round. Come join us for some fun, and meet other families!

Annual Teddy Bear Picnic! Always a 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. We have/had a blast! Despite the rain, we had a fun time, and yummy picnic! Looking forward to May 30, 2019.

NEW RAIL TRAIL STORY WALK-  Starting at Pillsbury Free Library is the first podium.  Walk down the road and then across the street to the rail trail.  Enjoy 21 podiums,  each with a page of a book, and a pleasant walk along the river!  (About 1/4 of a mile)  The trail ends at West Joppa road by the covered bridge.  Have some wonderful family time outside and read some fun stories together!  We hope to change the book (approximately) on a monthly basis. 

A BIG thank you to the New London Rotary club Literacy committee for a grant that covers a years worth of books and supplies for this wonderful story walk!

After school Programs:

After school programs and/or family craft events will be held 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.

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 red and green logo 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

Kearsarge Regional Schools Summer reading list for Elementary school students is usually at  This year it is at: The library has print copies.

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

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