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Archived Programs (2023)

Stuffie Sleepover!

Wednesday, December 13 (drop off stuffies between 9am-5pm)

[Update: Everyone had an amazing night! Click here to see a slideshow of their adventures!]

The stuffed animals of Hanover have decided to get together and have a sleepover at the Etna Library!


Drop off your favorite stuffie during our regular hours on Wednesday, December 13th. All the stuffies will spend the night at the library, reading books, watching DVDs, eating snacks, and having a great time!


Come pick them up on Thursday and we'll share photos and stories of the adventures they had!


(If you're unable to drop off your stuffed animal on Wednesday, feel free to bring him or her by earlier in the week)!

Photo of stuffed animals

John Tenney: The Journey of a 19th Century Portrait

Monday, December 11 @6pm (at the Library)


At this program co-presented by the Etna Library and the Hanover Historical Society, Alan Callaway from the historical society will speak about the life of influential 19th century Hanover resident John Tenney.


We'll reveal a portrait of Tenney that recently made its way back to NH after being rescued from a thrift shop in Fishkill, NY, and will now call the Etna Library its new home.

Refreshments will be provided and local history will be on display!

Graphic of a frame behind unveiled.

Local Author Stephanie Lozito

Monday, December 4 @6pm (at the Library)


Local Upper Valley author Stephanie Lozito will speak about her novel We Turn to Face the Sun, a story of how two sisters come to understand the complex past, present, and future of their relationship.


Told through flashbacks and memories from both sisters' perspectives, this novel examines sisterhood's fraught, loving bonds through the complexity of death and grief, loss, and love.

We Turn to Face the Sun book cover

Pie Sale

Wednesday, November 22 @9am (at the Library)


The Pie Sale is one of only two fundraisers that the Etna Library generally holds each year. Please consider supporting us by baking and donating a pie, or by coming to our sale to purchase one!

Donated pies can be dropped off between 12pm-6pm on Tuesday, November 21st, and between 8am-9am on Wednesday, November 22nd.

Pies are $15 each and we can accept cash or personal check.

Close-up photo of pie.

Secrets from the 'Green Lung' - findings from climate research conducted in the Amazon

Wednesday, November 8 @6:30pm (at the Library)


Recently moved to Etna, Joerg (George) Matschullat and Sophie von Fromm, will speak about knowns and unknows in the Amazon basin.

Since 2021, Joerg and Sophie have been working with lakes in the Amazon region on experiments of importance for global warming - looking into whether flooded lake basins act as carbon reservoirs or sources.

Join us to hear about their fascinating findings - and to meet some new neighbors!

Photo of a boat in a swampy area

Ghost Hunt

Tuesday, October 31 from 12-5:30pm


Stop by the Library on Halloween. We'll have candy, hot chocolate, and a Ghost Hunt scavenger game. Find all the ghosts and win a prize!

Illustration of a ghost

Pumpkin Decorating


The long-running Etna event returns! The library will provide a pumpkin and a decorating kit for every child who requests one.


Decorate your gourd to your heart's content and then email the library a photograph... lucky winners will receive gift cards!

Photos of many pumpkins

Spider-Web Craft

Pick up during the week of October 23


Create your own spider-web, complete with plastic spider, in this fun take-home craft!

The craft kit will be available to pick up from Monday, October 23 until Saturday, October 28.


Click here for craft instructions.

Photo of the completed spider-web craft

Haunted New England

with historian Christopher Daley

Wednesday, October 25 @6:30pm (at Trumbull Hall)


Just in time for Halloween, author and historian Christopher Daley will speak about the historical facts and fascinating myths and legends surrounding the most famous New England sites purported to be haunted.

Topics addressed in the lecture include Mercy Brown 'The Vampire' of Exeter Rhode Island, the cursed Freetown State Forest in Massachusetts, the horrors of the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River Massachusetts, and ghostly happenings at Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire.

Please Note: This event is being held at Trumbull Hall (195 Etna Road, connected to the Etna First Baptist Church, just down the street from the library).

A ghostly image of a man superimposed over a cemetery

Apple Cider Festival

Saturday, October 14 @11am (at the library)


Join us at the library for some fall fun! We'll have an apple press on-site to make delicious cider, as well as donuts and other treats.

The library will be providing some apples for those who'd like a cup or two of cider at the event. Also feel free to bring your own apples and containers if you'd like to make some cider to bring back home, or to share with others.

Photo of apples and glass jars of cider.

Behind the Scenes of Late Night TV

with Associate Producer Maggie Davis

Wednesday, October 4 @7pm (via ZOOM)


Associate Producer Maggie Davis shines a light on how the mix of entertainment and journalism is made on the Emmy® Award-winning ABC late-night talk show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”


A New England native, Maggie will also share how she turned her passion and skills into a successful career in the entertainment industry and take your questions.

The Etna Library has partnered with the Nashua Public Library to offer this program.

Behind the Scenes of Late Night TV - an illustration of a host and guest of a talk show.
Photograph of bison in a field

Corbin's Animal Garden

with local author Mary Kronenwetter

Tuesday, October 3 @6:30pm (at Trumbull Hall)

Presenter Mary Kronenwetter discusses Corbin Park, a local 22,000-acre prestigious private hunting park that has hosted illustrious guests including Theodore Roosevelt, the Prince of Wales, Joe Dimaggio, Rudyard Kipling, and Augustus Saint Gaudens.


This illustrated slideshow features archival images and a discussion of the complicated history and legacy of New Hampshire's own American Gilded Age robber baron.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities (, and through the support of the Etna Ladies Aid Society.

Please Note: This event is being held at Trumbull Hall (195 Etna Road, connected to the Etna First Baptist Church, just down the street from the library).

Photo of bison in a field

12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State

with Franklin Pierce University professor Robert Goodby

Tuesday, September 19 @6:30pm (at Trumbull Hall)

More than 12,000 years ago, small groups of Paleoindians endured frigid winters on the edge of a small river in what would become Keene, New Hampshire. 


In 2009, an archaeological survey for the new Keene Middle School discovered the remains of their stay and brought to light one of the oldest Native American sites in New England.


Franklin Pierce University Anthropology professor Robert Goodby will speak about the remarkably intact archeological site, which produced evidence of four separate dwellings containing over 200 stone tools and fragments of burned animal bone. 

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities (, and through the support of the Etna Ladies Aid Society.

Illustration of Paleoindians

Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Family Odyssey

with author Marina Kirsch

NEW DATE: Wednesday, August 30 @6:30pm

Marina Kirsch, author of Flight of Remembrance: A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival, will present a true story of resilience and new beginnings about her father, a young Latvian engineering student forced to flee his homeland in 1939 before the first Soviet takeover.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities (, and through the support of the Etna Ladies Aid Society.

Please Note: This event is being held at Trumbull Hall (195 Etna Road, connected to the Etna First Baptist Church, just down the street from the library).

NH Humanities logo
Flight of Remembrance book cover. A World War II Memoir of Love and Survival. Latvia, Poland, Germany, U.S.A. Marina Dutzmann Kirsch.

Summer Reading - Kids

June 19 - August 19

Kids, come in to the library to pick up your Summer Reading Event form! Then, set a reading goal for each week of the summer with your parents.


Each week you read, visit the library to pick out a prize. At the end of the summer, bring in your completed forms for a special (and rather tasty) treat!


This summer, stay cool, have fun, and enjoy some reading!

Summer Reading 2023 form

Summer Reading - Adults

June 19 - August 19

Each time you read a book, fill out a raffle form with a brief review. Every form you submit will be entered into an end-of-summer raffle for gift cards to local businesses such as the Co-Op!

Painting with Blueberry Ink

Saturday, August 19 @10:30am

Join the Etna Library for a bilingual reading of Blueberries for Sal. Afterwards, we'll be using blueberry ink to make art inspired by the illustrations in the book.


There will be delicious blueberries to snack on, and a stain spray cleaner in case the ink gets on clothing. Smocks will also be provided.


This program is for all ages!


Hiking the Long Trail

Wednesday, July 26 @7pm, at Trumbull Hall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run away and live in the woods for a month? Join the Etna Library's own Sarah Molesworth as she talks about her experience hiking Vermont’s Long Trail last August.


The Long Trail is 272 miles long, and spans the entire length of Vermont, from the Massachusetts-Vermont border to the Canadian border. Sarah is an avid hiker, and prior to this hike, had only spent one night in a tent, on the trail.  


After this talk, maybe you’ll catch the hiking bug, too!

Please Note: This event is being held at Trumbull Hall (195 Etna Road, connected to the Etna First Baptist Church, just down the street from the library).

A photograph of Sarah Molesworth hiking, with mountains in the background.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

From July 10 through July 22

Come use the library's sidewalk as your canvas! We'll have lots of chalk available and dedicated plots of sidewalk for each artist. Prizes will be awarded on July 23 in categories like 'most original' and 'best theme.'

Note: This event was originally scheduled to end on July 15th but, because of all the lovely weather we've been having this summer, is now extended through the 23rd!

Pieces of chalk in a row

The Mill Band

Saturday, July 8 @6pm, at Trumbull Hall

Join us for some terrific family entertainment as the Mill Band plays old country, blue grass, and gospel music!

Please Note: This event is being held at Trumbull Hall (195 Etna Road, connected to the Etna First Baptist Church, just down the street from the library).

A photo of someone playing a guitar.

Bicycle Parade

Saturday, July 1 @11am, at the library

Bring your bike (or tricycle, wagon, or stroller) and decorate it with free supplies. Once everyone is done making their ride look amazing, we'll have a parade around the library parking lot followed by ice cream treats!

Bicycle illustration

Alyx the Magician

Friday, June 23 @4:45pm, at the library

Alyx the Magician is coming back to the Etna Library this year with a brand-new show! Alyx can perform magic, incite laughter, and inspire smiles in equal measure. She's wonderful with kids and the Etna Library is thrilled to be hosting her again this summer.

Don't miss this one!

Black and white photograph of Alyx the Magician performing a trick.

Beaches & Dunes: A Family Event!

Saturday, June 17 @1pm (in-person at the library)

The UNH-based NH Sea Grant will teach kids about beaches and dunes through a series of hands-on activities involving waters, sand, life and human influences, with an emphasis on how people and nature can work together to enhance the enjoyment of all.

Activities will include:

  • Sands of the World - Explore amazing properties of sand from around the world

  • Home, Restaurant, Playground - How to better share the beach now and forever.

  • Making Waves - An 'outdoor only' activity to explore risk and resilience development.

  • Sand Grain Game - Follow the twists and turns of a sand grain as it moves on the coast.

We hope to see you there!

Photo of shells and a starfish on a beach.

National Donut Day at the Library 

Friday, June 2 from 9am-4pm (in-person at the library)

On National Donut Day (as if anyone needs an excuse to eat a donut...), the Etna Library will be celebrating with, well, donuts! Lots of varieties, all spread out on our long table, will be available for the taking.

All free and all delicious. Please stop by! (Donuts here while supplies last - so come early)!

Illustration of donuts

Seeds, Soil, and Starts: Vegetable Growing for the New England Gardener

Tuesday, May 23 @6:30pm (in-person at Trumbull Hall)

Gardening season is upon us! Wondering how to maintain your tomatoes, keep your soil healthy, or harvest perfect salad greens all season long?


Join Mink Meadow Farm co-owner Sarah Herr of Etna, NH, as she shares knowledge gained from nearly 20 years of experience working on local organic farms, applicable to any vegetable grower.  Q&A session to follow.

Note: This library event will be held at Trumbull Hall, 195 Etna Rd.

Photo of cherry tomatoes growing.

Visits with Scooter

Contact us for a reservation

Adorable pup Scooter, and his human Diane, are seasoned volunteers at Caring Animal Partners and have visited kids across NH, bringing smile to schools, libraries, and parks.

We are thrilled that Scooter and Diane will now be regulars at the Etna Library!

To make a reservation to pet Scooter and read to him, email us at, call 603-643-3112, or stop by the Circulation Desk!

Photo of Scooter the therapy dog.

Creative Writing Workshop

Wednesday, May 17 @6:30pm (via Zoom)

Author Jen Cullerton Johnson will join us via Zoom for a fun, welcoming creative writing workshop. Jen will explore how you can:

  • Try a variety of writing styles

  • Deepen your writing process

  • Tap into your creativity

  • Share that creativity with the world

Photo of Jen Cullerton Johnson working in a garden.

Spring Flower Take-Home Craft Packets

Spring has sprung, and the flowers are starting to bloom!  We have craft packets ready for your children to create some of their own beautiful paper flowers. Each craft packet contains colored paper,  cupcake liners, a straw, and pipe cleaners. There are so many different ways to make flowers with these materials!

Pick up your packets today!

Photo of flower craft samples.

How to be an Animal Adventurer

Saturday, April 29 @ 11am (in-person at the library)

Susie Spikol, author of The Animal Adventurer's Guide, will entertain with games and activities to teach children how to become expert nature observers. 

Join us outside the library for this family friendly event!

[Over the course of her 30 year career as a naturalist, Susie Spikol has taught thousands of children, parents, and teachers and given hundreds of talks at nature centers, schools, universities, libraries, and conferences. She is the recipient of New Hampshire’s Environmental Educator Award.]

Cover of the Animal Adventurer's Guide book

Author Mary Kronenwetter: Pauper Auction

March 30 @ 6:30pm (via Zoom)

In the new historical novel Pauper Auction, Grantham author Mary Kronenwetter explores this early form of 'poor relief' and life in rural New Hampshire after the Revolutionary War.

Mary will read excerpts from the book, discuss her research, and advocate for historical fiction's role in illuminating the past and helping us make sense of the world we live in today.

Cover of the Pauper Auction book

Author Hank Phillippi Ryan: The House Guest

March 16 @ 7pm (via Zoom)


Join the Etna Library for a discussion with Hank Phillippi Ryan. Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 14 thrillers, winning five Agathas, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award, and 37 EMMYs for her investigative reporting in Boston. 


Her newest novel is the page-turning standalone THE HOUSE GUEST – a story of psychological manipulation that explores the dark heart of marriage and friendship—it’s Gaslight meets Thelma & Louise! The Publishers Weekly rave review says, “Ryan is a master of a suspense.”


Cover of The House Guest

Valentines Craft for Kids


We now have packets of materials available at the library for children to take home and make Valentines! This is a fun craft that will warm the hearts of all those fortunate to receive them.


Supplies are available to pick up at the library during regular hours. We hope you can join in on the fun - let's spread some love!

Children's Valentines craft photo

Valentines Craft Drop-In for Adults


We've put together craft materials for adults to make Valentines. This will be a drop-in craft, available for you whenever the library is open. Come in when it works for your schedule, and bring a friend!


When you arrive, just ask us for the materials and we'll get them out for you.


Adult Valentines

Reading, Records, and Religion: The Congregational Library & Archives


The Etna Library will host a talk with Librarian Sara Trotta and Archivist Zachary Bodnar from the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston. 

The Congregational Library began in 1853 with the donation of 56 books from the personal collections of a group of Boston clergyman. Now, a century and a half later, the library has become an internationally recognized resource for scholars, religious leaders, and local churches.


Sara and Zachary will discuss the history of the Congregational Library & Archives and share some of the more unique items in its extensive collections. (The Library is home to materials such as Salem Witchcraft Trial records, comic books (!), and a wealth of rare documents offering a rich and remarkable view of life in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New England.

Thursday, January 12th at 6:30pm, via Zoom

Congregational Library Reading Room photo
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