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DANVILLE —Don’t miss – Anti-stress massage and raffle at the spa! December is a blur for many with holiday shopping, party planning, travel, and family reunions. Who couldn’t enjoy a sixty-minute massage at a Sacred Grove Body in Mind in East Hampstead plus a basket full of aromatic candles and bath amenities?

Tickets cost $ 1.00 each or six tickets for $ 5.00. The profits are donated to the Friends of the Library. The winner will be chosen on Saturday, December 18 at 1 p.m. The hour-long massage was generously provided by Jocelyn Billbrough, Massage Therapist at Sacred Grove.

New Museum Passes Available

Passes are now available for the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. Children’s Museum Passes offer a 50% reduction on entry for up to four people. (Children under 1 are free.) Discovery Center passes allow entry for up to four people with children under 2 admitted free. Planetarium shows cost an additional $ 5.

Both require online reservations for scheduled tours.

Reservations must be made online at or

We also have passes to the Children’s Museum in Boston, Seacoast Discovery Center in Rye.

Thank you to Friends of the Library for purchasing the Seacoast Discovery Center pass!

Holiday pastries sale

Need to bring dessert to a holiday party or just looking for something to satisfy a sweet tooth? The Friends of the Library and the Cookbook Club will sponsor a bake sale on December 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 at the library. Buy whole plates of treats or unique items.

Holiday closing

In addition to Christmas Day, the library will be closed for three additional days for holidays – Tuesday December 21, Wednesday December 22 and Thursday December 23. {em} Please refuel in advance!

We need more friends!

If you are a library lover or are new to the city and looking to get involved, consider joining the Friends of the Colby Memorial Library. The Friends sponsor several fundraisers per year and support the library by donating funds for museum passes, programming and more.

The Friends meet every third Saturday at 10:00 am at the library. The next meeting is December 18th.

Reminder – Colby Exhibition

Colby Pond, Colby Road, The Colby Memorial Library. The name of one of Danville’s most important founding families is everywhere, but have you ever wondered who they are? A new installation at the library highlights Lester Colby and his family history with an astonishing collection of personal objects and photographs.

The Colby Memorial Library and the Danville Heritage Commission invite you to the library to view their exhibit celebrating Lester Colby, the library’s greatest benefactor. Visitors will be able to learn stories about the family and see many personal artifacts that were donated to the library by members of the Colby family and to the town of Danville by the Hawke Historical Society.

Items held by the Heritage Commission include a Colby family bible, Lester’s great-great-grandfather’s 1800s military canteen, crafts from Lester’s mother Lucy Spofford Colby, including a quilt and sewing bookmarks as well as photographs of the family farm and the mill. The library also has a detailed family history book compiled by descendants. Lester Colby’s replicated diary entries when he was 12 provide a rare glimpse into life in Danville in the 1870s.

Regular weekly outdoor storytelling times

Join us every Thursday for stories, action songs, puppetry and movement, and take home a bag with materials to make crafts. Upcoming themes include the holiday season and winter. Toddlers get together at 10:00 a.m., followed by pre-K at 11:30 a.m. Prior registration is required. To register, call 603-382-6733 or email [email protected]

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