The Gay-Kimball Library is a Public Library made possible by Walter N. Gay’s land donation in 1927 and a bequest from Warren Kimball’s estate in 1945.
Our mission is to meet the recreational and informational needs of the community in a creative, professional, and welcoming manner. The Library will offer diverse resources and provide a community meeting place for people of all ages.
What’s going on at the Library?
- Cooking the Book Group, Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m.: A book club meets cooking group: adults and teens are invited to participate by selecting a recipe from our featured cookbook each month to make ahead of time and bring to the library to share with the group. This month’s book is New England Open House by Sarah Leah Chase. Copies are available at the front desk.
- Book Discussion Group, Tuesday, June 20 at 4:00 p.m.: This month’s selection is The Fifth Petal by Barry Brunonia.
- Armchair Travels: Cuba, Wednesday, July 5 at 6:00 p.m.: Join Lynn Smith as she recounts her recent travels to Cuba through her stories and photos. Light refreshments will be served.
- Birds, Bats, & Butterflies, Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00 p.m.: Steven Roberge from UNH’s Continuing Education program is back to inform us about Birds, Butterflies, and Bats of New Hampshire. Light refreshments will be served.
- Dog Tales, Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m.: Come practice your reading to licensed therapy dogs! Call the library at 242-7743 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
- Tie Dye Explosion is Back, Saturday, July 29 from 10:30-12:00 p.m.: Bring a light colored item to tie dye–perfect for freshening up those t-shirts that have stains on them. Or bring a towel to make a present or even try a pair of socks!
- Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, August 9 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Join us in saying goodbye to the summer reading program. This is the last event to earn drawing tickets as well as turn in your reading logs. Prize drawings will happen at around 6:00 p.m.
- Dog Tales, Saturday, August 26 at 11:00 a.m.: Come practice your reading to licensed therapy dogs! Call the library at 242-7743 or email us at email@example.com to reserve your spot.
- Dog Tales, Saturday, September 23 at 11:00 a.m.: Come practice your reading to licensed therapy dogs! Call the library at 242-7743 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Summer Fun Zone!
Join us Thursdays from 10:00-3:00 as we have a weekly featured activity in the meeting room along with our Lego collection out for free building and our board game collection.
Summer Reading Information!
All students at Troy Elementary will have summer reading logs sent home with them at the beginning of June. Students are encouraged to set a goal for themselves for either the number of BOOKS or HOURS they want to read this summer. It is vital that our children read over the summer so they do not fall behind due to the summer slide phenomenon.
Youth Program: To encourage reading throughout the summer, preschool and elementary aged students will have the opportunity to earn drawing tickets for prizes. For every five hours or books they read, they will earn a drawing ticket. On the flip side, there is a chart with fun activities to do this summer–each one completed earns another drawing tickets.
Teen Program: Students going into 7th grade through high school seniors will have their own bingo board to complete this summer. Each row will earn them a drawing ticket with a 5 bonus tickets for blacking out the entire board.
Adult Program: Adults there is something for you this summer too! You have your own bingo board full of options to earn drawing tickets as well.
Prizes this summer include:
- 2 BICYCLES! Donated graciously by the Altamont Masonic Lodge (one for each a boy and girl)
- 1 Kindle Fire for those under 18 (grades 4 and through high school)
- 1 Kindle Fire for ADULTS!
- Gift Cards
- Fidget Spinners
- and More!
All logs must be turned in for drawing tickets by our Ice Cream Social, happening on Wednesday, August 9 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.. Drawings will happen approximately at 6:00 p.m..
Exciting News to Share!
Our director, Stephanie, submitted a grant proposal for the Bookapalooza Award Grant, via Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC). She is THRILLED to announce to our Library has been selected as one of three winners nationwide!!
Through this Award, we will be receiving boxes of new children’s materials, including BOOKS (fiction and nonfiction), AUDIOBOOKS, and DVDs. These materials will arrive sometime at the end of the month/beginning of May–then we will be busy getting them reading for the Summer Reading Program!
We are thrilled to have been selected as a worthy recipient. These items will be an amazing addition to our collection and will benefit all the children in Troy.