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Pillsbury Free Library
Serving Warner, NH since 1892
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Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9 am -12 pm, 1 - 8 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 2 pm
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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).

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.

Lending with curbside pickup is now possible. You can make requests by placing holds in the catalog, through online requests , or phone calls. Staff will pack your items wearing masks and gloves to protect you, and contact you about picking up on the following library day.

Miss Sue is now doing a virtual preschool story time on Zoom, every Thursday at 10:30 am, and was reading a chapter book Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1 pm, which is now finished. Contact her for the Zoom links or check on the Warner Events Calendar. Audio files of Sue reading Arcade and the Triple T token by  Rashad Jennings. are available at Thanks to publisher permission, you can listen to the chapter book in its entirety (11 parts) until August 31, 2020.

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

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

MidAmerica Books is allowing free access to all their titles as eBooks online during COVID-19, for summer 2020. Beginner level, Elementary Grades, Secondary level grades,

Summer Programs:

2020 program is now over, but what a great time we had, even having top do the “Drive in style” programming! Description and schedule HERE, and this is the link to sign your child up for the summer: Online Registration Form . The 18 children read 1,264 books and chapters!

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.  There is also a scavenger hunt on the story walk. Please leave them there for others to find, thank you!

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, Miss Sue is hoping for 2021!

Annual Autumn Party- 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 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.

Great (Stone Face) Reading!

Grades 4-6 can read books on this special New Hampshire Great Stone Face reading list: GSF List 2020-21 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

The 2019-2020 winner was: New Kid by Jerry Craft

Some of the 2020 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 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!

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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