Philip Read Memorial Library

Japanese Calligraphy Workshop Ginger Armstrong

Ginger Armstrong began studying Japanese Calligraphy over ten years ago in Vermont with a woman from Hokkaido, Japan. Later she moved to Japan, where she furthered her studies with two teachers. Her final teacher, Ooba Sensei, taught in the Chinese tradition and presented calligraphy as an expression of spirit and not just form. He also stressed the carving history of calligraphy which gives it its great strength and movement.

Friday, March 24 at 2 pm

Limited to 10 participants.  

Covered Bridges of Plainfield

Join Kim as she presents a detailed history of the Meriden Bridge, an overview of the four Cornish bridges, and shares information on the area covered bridges that have been lost to time. Following the program, Kim will be available to sign copies of Covered Bridges of New Hampshire.

Perspectives Book Group - The Humans Facilitated by Alice Fogel

As part of New Hampshire Humanities' Perspectives Book Groups, we're reading "The Humans," by Matt Haig. The bestselling, award-winning author of The Midnight Library offers his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a “silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful” (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel that’s “full of heart” (Entertainment Weekly).


Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 PM PRML

Anyone is welcome to join the discussion. Complimentary books from NH Humanities are available for pick up at the libraries.

Japanese Calligraphy Art Show Ginger Armstrong

The art form is Japanese Calligraphy (SHODOU in Japanese).It is practiced by all children in school in Japan. It is one of the Zen Arts like tea ceremony and flower arrangement. The artist who follows this path practices everyday. The mind is emptied of all thought and only the word that is being written is considered. I will be demonstrating the practice at the opening on February 28. People will also be able to sign up for an introductory class given at the library. I began my practice in the 1990’s with Aya Itagaki from Hokkaido, Japan. She was living at the time in Fairlee Vermont.

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Take Your Child to the Library Day


9:00-12:00 PRML

On the first Saturday in February, thousands of libraries across the world celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day.   Join us for a morning of fun activities.

Holiday Book Reading


Come hear local author Billy Sharff read his new book When Santa Came to Stay.

Billy Sharff is an author who writes picture books and poems for kids of all ages. He lives in the woods of New Hampshire with his wife and two children. When he’s not writing stories, he makes movies, writes songs, and visits every bookstore he can find.


Then stay for holiday crafts and treats.