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Bestselling author Luis Montalván & Tuesday are coming to Plaistow!
Join us Sunday, April 27 at 2 pm

Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Registration is available at

Thank you, Granite State South Board of REALTORS®, for co-sponsoring this wonderful event!

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalván.

Captain Luis Montalván, a 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army, including multiple combat tours in Iraq, was decorated with numerous awards including two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge. After returning home from combat, the pressures of his wounds, traumatic brain injury, and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. Haunted by the war and in physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the hospital. Alienated and alone, he began to wonder if he would ever recover.

Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived amongst prisoners and at a home for troubled boys; he could turn on lights, open doors, and sense the onset of anxiety and flashbacks. But because of a unique training situation and sensitive nature, he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being--until Luis.

Until Tuesday is the story of how these two wounded warriors found salvation in each other. It is a story about the love between a man and dog and how together they healed each others' souls.

The Plaistow Public Library is delighted to welcome both Luis and Tuesday on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. The event will include an author presentation on his book and animal-assisted therapy, a Q&A session, photo ops, a book signing and opportunity to purchase copies of Luis's book.

Luis and his memoir won the 2012 USA Best Book Award in the Autobiography/Memoir & Audiobook Non-fiction categories and was a finalist for a both a 2012 APA Audie Award and a 2012 International Latino Book Awards. Luis is the recipient of a 2011 Voice Award and the 2011 Invisible Hero Honors Award for his efforts to educate the public about trauma and experiences of veterans and people with disabilities. He has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Military Review, and he and Tuesday have been featured on NPR, CNN, CSPAN, National Geographic and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Library Now Offering Notary Services

Raven Gregg, our cataloging librarian, is now a commissioned Notary Public, offering free notary services on a limited basis.

Please call (382-6011) prior to your visit to confirm that she will be available.
Reading Passport Program
April 7th - May 2nd

Hey kids, read during the month of April and win!
All children are welcome to participate ~ Non-readers through high school.

Here’s how it works…

  • Beginning April 7th come to the library and pick up your Reading Passport.
  • Read a book from each genre and earn a raffle ticket (Books will be by genre at the library)
  • Complete 5 genres by May 2nd and earn 1 new book of your choice.
  • Complete 10 genres by May 2nd and earn 3 new books of your choice.
  • By May 2nd bring in your passport and collect raffle tickets.
  • Winners will be drawn the week of May 5th.


Read free e-books for kids online through TumbleBooks.


*This is a great resource for the Reading Passport Program.

Marjay's Blog - Emotional Books
Lots of new book reviews! - click on the green tab above

I never have considered myself as a sap. I thought I was more on the stoic side of life. However recently I have been more emotional especially with sad books, commercials, and movies. Books can bring out emotions that are sometimes surprising. What I never expected is how deeply some books would affect me.

I prefer books that end Happily Ever After (HEA). Life is real enough in so many instances that I need to read about the good things that can and do happen. That is not to say I am a pessimist, because I am not, I lean toward being a Pollyanna.

Our book club is reading Alice Bliss this month. This book is emotional poignant. It really makes you realize the sacrifices that many Americans make when their loved ones are deployed to the front lines. Alice is a budding teenager who has a very strong connection to her father. Things are quite difficult for her whole family with his absence.

This book didn’t just make me sad, I cried. At one point I was crying too hard to even continue reading. That is the type of emotional response that always surprises me. I can read some books that are emotionally challenging without a problem. While with others I am emotionally attached to the characters. This can be so unsettling. I sometimes think this reaction is in direct response to my mother’s increasing dementia. At other times, I believe it has more to do with the quality of the writing and the story line.

Books have the ability to bring so much into our lives. They bring us: joy and laughter, fear and loathing, hopes and promises with dreams of new worlds. Sometimes they allow us to express our emotions that we have spent so much time tamping down. Maybe this book allowed me to release some of the unhappiness and sadness that life offers.Or maybe I am just a sap!

Books to cry over and with:

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Wind is not a River by Brian Payton

The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

April Vacation Week
April 28th - May 2nd

Start getting ready for our Recycled Project Contest. Collect any recycled goods... boxes, bottles, cans, etc. between now and April 28th.

The contest will begin Monday April 28th to kick off school vacation week. Stop in between 10am - 2pm to start making your project. Final projects are due to the library by Friday May 2nd at 5:00pm for judging of best art work, wearable item and invention.

Monday April 28th

Earth Day Celebration Contest
*Start collecting recyclables now.

Join us at the Plaistow Public Library from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and cre
ate a recycled project. The Recreation Department and Library will offer some supplies so be sure to bring your own. Contest will have 3 categories:  
  • Art
  • Invention
  • Wearable item.  

Participants will have all week to work on their items at home. Recycled projects must be turned into the Library by Friday, May 2nd at 10:00 am. Projects will be displayed and prizes will be award for the top contenders!

Tuesday April 29th

Jungle Jim's Harry Potter Hogwarts Academy Training

This is a fully-interactive show that prepares participants to become wizards themselves! Professor Jungle-Flick uses over 100 balloons to delight and entertain with his special brand of comedy-ballooning. Children learn how to  perform their own magic, play some Balloon Quidditch and even learn Defense Against the Dark Arts!

Wednesday April 30th & Thursday May 1st

Plaistow Recreation Department Days 
Please contact Christina at the Recreation Department for more details.
603-382-5200 X12
Friday May 2nd

Earth Day Celebration Contest 
Projects are due by 10:00am for display. Judging will occur throughout the day and winners will be announced Monday May 5th.

Family Movie

Join us for popcorn and a matinee showing of
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Reading Passport Program Ends 
Please return your reading passports by 5:00pm to collect raffle tickets. Winners will be announced Monday May 5th. 

Recreation Flyer

Library Flyer

Imajine That! Visits
Imajine That! is coming to PPL ages 3 - 6.

Wednesday April 23rd - 10:00am - 10:30am
Art Studio: Puppet Show! - Design your very own paper puppet friend to make a puppet show at home!

Wednesday May 14th - 10:00am - 10:30am
STEM: Magnetic Personality - Explore the power of magnets with a variety of activities that test their strength!

Please register on the calendar page. We hope to see you there!

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