All Eyes Are Upon Us: Racial Struggles in the Northeast, From Jackie Robinson to Deval Patrick

Thursday, October 8 from 6:30-8:00

Join us for a virtual presentation of the NH Humanities program "All Eyes are Upon Us; Racial Struggles in the Northeast, from Jackie Robinson to Deval Patrick" on Thursday, October 8 from 6:30-8:00. This program is presented by Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History at UNH. The Conway Public Library, The Friends of the Freedom Public Library, Cook Memorial Library, Jackson Public Library and Madison Library are pleased to cosponsor this online lecture with additional funds provided by a grant from the NH Humanities Council.
 
Because there is limited space, we recommend registering for this program ahead of time. Use this online form to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gS5qkrVBhRodnk8ZiLSwE2b-VyG3bkjlw2hZ5_-8n-g/edit  It will also be live-streamed on the Conway Public Library's Facebook page.

Program description: From Brooklyn to Boston, from World War II to the present, Jason Sokol traces the modern history of race and politics in the Northeast. Why did white fans come out to support Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 even as Brooklyn’s blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods? How was African-American politician Ed Brooke of Massachusetts, who won a Senate seat in 1966, undone by the resistance to desegregation busing in Boston?

Christina Napoli

Featured Artist through September

Christina Napoli driftwoodChristina Napoli of South Portland, ME is our featured artist for August and September...and for those of you who have been asking, Christina has provided a price list for those items in her show that are for sale! Hurry in to claim yours! Christina's whimsical paintings on found driftwood, her skillful encaustics, and bright, colorful photographs have us wishing the summer will never end. You can see Christina's work in our downstairs gallery during Library hours: T-F 12 pm - 3pm, and Sat 10am -1 pm. You can also visit her website: http://www.christinamarienapoli.com and on Instagram: @sublimeseas and @maineskylark.




 

New Temporary Hours & Restrictions


The Library is now open with new temporary hours and restrictions. The hours are Tues-Fri 12:00-3:00 and Saturday 10:00-1:00. Masks, hand sanitizing and social distancing will be required and limited numbers of patrons will be allowed in at a time. The library will continue to offer contact-free lending until further notice. Click here for all you need to know.

Creativebug is here!

Professional arts and crafts instruction


Freedom Public Library is pleased to announce that Creativebug is now available, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library. Creativebug offers easy-to-follow video instruction in more than 1000 creative pursuits including book binding, painting, knitting and crocheting, drawing, embroidery, cake decorating, canning and preserving, crafts for kids and teens, jewelry making, quilting, paper crafts and much more! All you need is a library card and way to get online. To access course material, go to https://www.creativebug.com/lib/freedomlibrary

Museum Passes Available


Thanks to the Friends of the Library, we have passes for free or reduced admission to the Remick Farm in Tamworth (open year round). Just call or come by the library to reserve the pass for the day you want to go. You do not have to return the pass to the library. 

Click for more information about the available passes!

Preschool Storytime Now on YouTube

Virtual Preschool StorytimeWe may not be able to meet in person, but that doesn't mean you have to miss storytime! Our weekly preschool storytime that usually meets on Wednesdays at 10:00 is now being recorded and uploaded to YouTube. New storytimes will be available on Wednesdays until we can resume programming at the library. Click here to go to the library's YouTube channel and be sure to subscribe so you will be notified of new videos.

Introducing Kanopy Film Streaming Service


We are excited to announce that the Freedom Public Library now offers access to the on-demand film streaming service Kanopy, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Library! Library card holders in good standing can stream up to 10 films per month with 72 hour access to the titles selected. Go to freedompl.kanopy.com to sign up for an account. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.

For more information on creating an account, click here.
 
Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers. Patrons accessing any of the Great Courses have 30 days to complete the class and patrons interested in children's programming can have access to the Kanopy Kids collection for 30 days at a time as well.

Borrow our Telescope!


Come borrow the library's telescope, donated to us by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.  The telescope circulates for a week, and is available for patrons 18+ to check out. For more information, visit us at the library, or check out our Telescope Lending Policy.

Books on Wheels

Service to Home-bound Patrons

The Freedom Public Library is pleased to announce our home delivery service, Books on Wheels. This program provides services to Freedom residents who are unable to get to the library due to short/long term illness, physical challenges, visual disabilities, inability to drive, hospitalization or long-term care residence. Some of the benefits of our Books on Wheels program are personalized visits by a library volunteer and delivery of materials tailored to your preferences. We can deliver books, movies, magazines and audio books right to your home. If you or someone you know would like this service, please call the Freedom Public Library at (603) 539-5176.