Check out some great videos from library programs!
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The Great Sheep Boom
September 13, 2018
The Great Sheep Boom in the early 19th century changed the landscape of New Hampshire for generations. Hundreds of thousands of sheep once roamed the hillsides yielding wool for sale and trade. Business was rapidly growing, and with it architecture and infrastructure, like the stone walls, to match. The industry was doomed by out of state competition and shifts in demand, changing the economy and source of prosperity for years to come. Steve Taylor visited the Gilford Public Library on Thursday, September 13th from 6:30-7:30pm to share the little known history of the Great Sheep Boom. This was a joint program with the Thompson-Ames Historical Society.
Death in the White Mountains
June 26, 2018
Author Julie Boardman presents at the Gilford Public Library on the historical deaths in the White Mountains, the common themes among them, and how best to avoid tragedy. She draws upon the research done for her book by the same name.
Tales from the Home of the World's Worst Weather
April 26, 2018
Bitter cold, dense fog, heavy snow, and record winds: Mount Washington is known worldwide for its unpredictable and dangerous weather. For a mountain its size, why is Mt. Washington called the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”?
Join Mount Washington Observatory's Will Broussard for an investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. We will explore how the mountain's weather works and what it can tell us about New England’s own weather patterns. This program will include interactive demonstrations, weather instruments, stunning photography, and video footage from the summit. This exciting program is appropriate for adults and children alike.
Put on by the Friends of the Gilford Public Library.
Soul Pine Pottery with Molly Harper
March 15, 2018
Maybe you've seen her at the library, or at the Framer's Market, or seen her work on Facebook or on a friend's table! Molly Harper, potter and owner of Soul Pine Pottery will be here to talk about her work, being a small business owner, and what being a potter means.
Medicinal Mushrooms with Nathan Searles
January 16th, 2018
Master Herbalist Nathan J. Searles leads an exploration into New Hampshire's native Medicinal Mushrooms and their broad medicinal potential. An avid wildcrafter and student of mycology, Searles has spent years experimenting with native New Hampshire mushrooms. He uses a hot water extraction method and is careful to harvest sustainably. This program was free and open to the public. More information can be found at ForgottenTraditionsLLC.com or by reading Searles’ book, “The Ancient Reishi: an exploration into Ganoderma Applanatum”.
NH Humanities: The Middle East
September 26, 2017
The term "Middle East" is a changing geopolitical concept. Throughout recent history, this term referred to a political, a cultural, and a geographical region with no clear boundaries. Moreover, this concept serves to generate stereotypes and misunderstanding. This multimedia presentation by Mohamed Defaa provides an analytical framework to understand the histories, social identities, and cultures behind this complex concept of "Middle East." Sponsored by the NH Humanities.
Renewable Energy Solutions with Carolyn Johnson
August 19, 2017
Energy consumption can roughly be divided into 3 sectors, almost equally: buildings, transportation and electricity. Each of these markets is in transition. Carolyn Johnson will summarize and explain the transformations that are underway in the emerging energy industry in the US and around the world.
Along "The Way" with Betty and Jim Tidd
August 3, 2017
Maybe you've seen pictures, or heard stories from people who've walked the Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James, the pilgrimage route to the shrine of St. James. Betty and Jim Tidd recently undertook the last 100km of the French Way, and 85km from Santiago to Finisterre, or "the end of the world". Here they share their pictures and stories!
Black Bear Happenings in NH
July 25th, 2017
Black bears have a mixed reputation as mostly harmless foragers that have the potential to be dangerous wild animals. Learn about the natural history of our native wildlife, related research and management activities in New Hampshire, and the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program that makes the work possible. Gilford local Brenda Leary visited the Library on July 25th, as part of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Fish and Wildlife Stewards program, aimed at increasing public awareness of the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs and the important Fish and Game projects they fund.
Wrecks of Winnipesaukee
July 18, 2017
Lake Winnipesaukee’s surface is well traveled, but beneath the surface there are several curiosities to discover. Scuba Diver and history buff Hans Hug Jr. from Exeter, NH visited the Gilford Public Library to present ’Wrecks of Winnipesaukee’ on Tuesday, July 18th from 6-8pm. Hans has 28 years of diving experience and has used side scan sonar to help him find artifacts under water. He has located over 70 wrecks and has taken photographs and videos during his dives.
Restoring the Colonial
June 27, 2017
Many have heard that there are plans to renovate the Colonial Theater in downtown Laconia, but few have heard details about the project plan, who is renovating it, or what it will be used for after renovation. On Tuesday, June 27th from 5:30-6:30pm, Justin Slattery of the Belknap EDC visited the Gilford Public Library to speak about the Colonial Restoration project and how the renovated Colonial Theater will provide opportunities for arts, entertainment, and economic growth in the Lakes Region. The historic Colonial Theater has been a part of the Lakes Region for over 100 years, and is a place where "history and memories will be made once again".