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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
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Due to COVID 19 all public programs in the Library building have been temporarily suspended and no physical items are being lent after 3/24/20. We are working on ideas to provide live or recorded story times via Internet media.

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:

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.  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 2020 MAY BE July 7th, and the end date with the pot luck family night on August 12th.  (see last year’s 2019 schedule link below)

Summer 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.

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.

“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.

Last year’s play (May 4, 2019) was “School Lunch”, based on the book written by Warner author True Kelley.  She gave permission for our very own Emma Swanson, to write the script for a play!!  (This is based on our very own Simonds school).  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!

Preschool ProgramsStory time with "Miss Sue"

Storytime Schedule: SUSPENDED
“Lap-sit” Storytimes for children ages 1-5 are on Thursdays at 10:30 AM, year-round. Come join us for some fun. Watch for future online live storytime.

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. We have/had a blast! The rain held off and we had a fun time, and a yummy picnic! Looking forward to May 2020.

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 April!    To learn more about this special New Hampshire librarian’s booklist and the award, visit the CLNH (Children’s Librarians Section) page at
This years winner (2019) was: “The Trail’ by Meika Hashimoto

The new 2019-2020 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 voting PARTY will not be held this April 2020. Registration required, and to come to the party you must read at least one of the books, and 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. Obviously, the more you read the better your chances in the trivia game we play!!

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

Depot Street to W. Joppa Rd RAIL TRAIL STORY WALK-  Start at Pillsbury Free Library: the first podium in on Depot Street.  Walk down the road and 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. 

A BIG thank you to the New London Rotary club Literacy committee for a 2019 grant that covered a year’s worth of books and supplies for this wonderful story walk!

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