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Pillsbury Free Library
Serving Warner, NH since 1892
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Due to COVID 19 all public programs in the Library building have been suspended but lending with curbside pickup will restart the week of May 18, 2020. You can make requests by placing holds in the catalog , through online requests , or phone calls.

Miss Sue is now doing a virtual story time on Zoom, every Thursday at 10:30 am, and the reading a chapter book Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1 pm., is now finished. Contact her for the Zoom links or check on the Warner Events Calendar. Audio files are also available at With the previous link you can listen to the chapter book in its entirety until June 30.

For free digital books online see or NEW! free online books from TumbleBooks available until August 31, 2020: free-access-to-childrens-ebooks

To keep an easy reading log of how many books you and your child read, you can download a sheet from 1000 books before Kindergarten

Summer Programs:

2020 programs are being developed to adapt to COVID 19 precautions. Some online programs and some take-home kits are expected. WATCH FOR UPDATES on this page, or on Instagram or Facebook.

Some Summer Reading activities can be done on your own schedule, if you choose. All other events are separate, so you can choose all or some to complete. Small cardboard Boxes are needed. Please contact Sue.

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. 

The New London Rotary club Literacy committee’s 2019 grant covered a year’s worth of books and supplies for this wonderful story walk! You can help fund 2020 titles by sponsoring a month for $50 at our online store or by contacting us.

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.

“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.

Last year’s 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, but may be presented this summer or in the Fall.

Annual Autumn Party- 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 30, 2020, 5:30-8PM.

Preschool ProgramsStory time with "Miss Sue"

Storytime Schedule: NOW live via ZOOM (from April 2020). “Lap-sit” Storytimes for children ages 1-5 are on Thursdays at 10:30 AM, year-round. Come join us for some fun. Contact us for the Zoom link)

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 28, 2020 will be a virtual Zoom teddy bear “picnic”! Storytime as always, bring your bear or lovey to join in. We won’t be able to have the picnic part but you could do that on your own after, and send Miss Sue a picture!

Great (Stone Face) Reading!

Grades 4-6 can read books on this special New Hampshire Great Stone Face reading list: GSF-brochure-2019-20 and vote for a favorite one in May!    To learn more about this special New Hampshire librarian’s booklist and the award, visit the CLNH (Children’s Librarians Section) page at
Last years winner (2019) was: “The Trail’ by Meika Hashimoto

The 2019-2020 Great Stone Face books are listed in the brochure above. Some of the titles are available to download at Get ready to start the reading!! Lets see how many of you can read all 20!!! The voting is done and we are awaiting the winner.

The GSF virtual voting PARTY was Thursday May 21, 2020, by Zoom at 4:00 PM. It was fun but not as much fun as the “real deal”! Thank you for joining in and we can’t wait to see who is the winner!

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

Kearsarge Regional Schools Summer reading list for Elementary school students is usually 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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