Big Read!

Free books are available to pick up at the library, Town Hall, TD Bank, and BeaneTowne! Books were made possible by the NH Humanities and the Friends of the Library. 

There will be book discussions and programs inspired by themes found in the book.


Please check our calendar for a full list of programs. Highlights include:

Wed. Sept. 13th at 6pm: William Dunkerly of Dunk's Mushrooms discusses foraging (presented with the Hampstead Conservation Committee) CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Thurs. Sept. 21st at 1pm: The Bear book discussion 

Mon. Sept. 25th at 6pm: The Bear evening book discussion

Wed. Oct. 4th at 5:30pm: The Bear teen book discussion

Sat. Oct. 14th: Author Andrew Krivak at Bank of NH Stage in Concord (also Zoom) CLICK HERE TO RSVP



About The Bear: 

From National Book Award in Fiction finalist Andrew Krivak comes a gorgeous fable of Earth’s last two human inhabitants, and a girl’s journey home.

In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen.

A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature’s dominion.

The author has ties to NH, and many of the descriptions in the book are inspired by Mount Monadnock.



NEA Big Reads is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.