Tuesday September 16, 2014
Start: 09/16/2014 5:30 pm
End: 09/16/2014 8:00 pm

Please join us for a very special event featuring writer SARAH SMILEY and her book, DINNER WITH THE SMILEYS.

The heartfelt true story of a wife and
mother’s yearlong experience inviting one new guest to dinner for each
week that her husband was deployed.

But Dinner With the Smileys isn’t really
about dinner. And it’s not about the military. It’s about strangers
who came together to help raise three boys in the absence of their

It’s a love story about marriage, motherhood, and the importance of community in all of our lives.

Inside this personal story are the
universal issues of loss, grief, loneliness, regrets, sacrifice, and,
ultimately, unexpected joy and finding one’s own strength.

In the spirit of community and Sarah's memoir, we invite you to join the Masons, Lion's Club, SHARE, and the Souhegan Transition Network for their weekly spaghetti (salad, garlic bread) dinner at the Masonic Temple on 30 Mont Vernon Rd, Milford (603-673-3681). Ample parking in the lot, next door at the Milford Post Office, and across the street at Rite Aid. After dinner, Sarah will present her wonderful book and be available to sign copies. Please don't miss this opportunity to step 'outside the box', meet friends old and new, and (re)discover the beauty and diversity in your community. It's as simple as saying "Yes".

The event is NO CHARGE for this event. We kindly ask an RSVP (673-1734) to insure ample seating, and that you each bring a non-perishable item. Monetary donations are always welcome to offset food expenses.

YOU can skip the meal and still attend Sarah's presentation. Dinner should be wrapping up between 6:30 and 7 p.m. We'll start the book portion of the program over coffee and dessert.


Thursday September 18, 2014
Start: 09/18/2014 6:30 pm
End: 09/18/2014 8:00 pm

The Classics Crowd meets every other month on the third* Thursday to discuss books voted on by concensus. Join them for lively chats on treasured favorites, or discover a new gem. Interested members are always welcome. Don't be shy!

Next meeting: SEPTEMBER 18 for DUBLINERS by James Joyce.

*almost every 3rd Thursday, sometimes they move the meeting up or down a week to accomodate the most members. Call to confirm if you interested in attending.




Saturday September 20, 2014
Start: 09/20/2014 2:00 pm
End: 09/20/2014 4:00 pm

There is a wealth of talent among us. Please come join us for an open house featuring several local writers where they'll present themselves and their books, discuss publishing, style, technique, and later have books available for purchase and signing. It's a great way to meet and support the arts in our community! Did we mention refreshments?

Featured authors:






Wednesday September 24, 2014
Start: 09/24/2014 7:00 pm

Event to be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7PM at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts.

The Wadleigh Memorial Library is honored to welcome Harvard Law Professor and one of Scientific American’s
Top 50 Visionaries, Lawrence Lessig, as he deconstructs one of the
primary concerns of voters across the political spectrum: the corporate
corruption of Congress. Lessig details in his latest book, USA is Lesterland,
the large majority of campaign donations to political candidates come
from a very tiny percentage of citizens -- a percentage approximately
equal to the number of people named “Lester” in the United States. He
persuasively illustrates how a small number of people actually decide
what happens in this country—and what doesn’t. His two most recent TED
talks focused on this subject and have been collectively downloaded
over 1.2 million times.

Professor Lessig’s presentation has been
described as “blistering…with rapid-fire visuals” in showing “how the
funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and
issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many….” We
hope you will be able to join us for this very special evening with one
of the greatest minds of our time. Professor Lessig will follow his
talk with a book signing. The Toadstool Bookshop will have copies of USA is Lesterland and Republic, Lost for sale on site.

PLEASE NOTE: this event will be held at the
Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon Road in Milford NH
and is FREE and open to all. There will be no tickets or RSVPs. The
theater seats approximately 400 people; seating will be first come,
first serve. Call the Wadleigh Library at 603-673-2408 for further assistance.

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman
Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of
Rootstrikers and NH Rebellion, both networks of activists leading the
fight against government corruption. In addition to USA is Lesterland, he has authored numerous books including
Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It,
Code and other Laws of Cyberspace; Free Culture; and Remix.

serves on the Boards of Creative Commons, AXA Research Fund and, and on the Advisory Boards of the Sunlight Foundation,
the Better Future Project, and Democracy Café. He is a Member of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical
Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free
Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named
one of Scientific American‘s Top 50 Visionaries.

holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of
Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.
As Professor at Stanford Law School, Lessig founded the school’s Center
for Internet and Society. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the
7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United
States Supreme Court.

Saturday September 27, 2014
Start: 09/27/2014 11:00 am

Join us in welcoming children's author & poet David Elliott to our store where he will be reading from and talking about his children's poetry collection On the Wing. He will also be hosting a poetry writing workshop for your budding poet!

David Elliott’s witty verse takes flight with gorgeous illustrations
in an enchanting look at fifteen avian species for birders of all ages.

Take to the sky to explore a glorious array of all things avian, from the tiny, restless hummingbird to the inscrutable horned owl to the majestic bald eagle. David Elliott and Becca Stadtlander bestow a sense of wonder onto such common birdfeeder visitors as the sparrow, the crow, and the cardinal and capture the exotic beauty of far-flung fowl like the Andean condor, the Australian pelican, and the Caribbean flamingo. Concise, clever verse from an award-winning author pairs with striking artwork from a debut illustrator to make this a true pleasure for anyone who loves birds.

David Elliott is the award-winning author of many books for children, including several books of poetry for the very young, On the Farm, In the Wild, and In the Sea, all illustrated by Holly Meade. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

Start: 09/27/2014 3:00 pm

Join us in welcoming runner and author John Hanc who will be visiting our store before the DeMar half-Marathon from Gilsum to Keene on September 28th. He will be discussing and signing his book The B.A.A. at 125: The Official History fo the Boston Athletic Association, 1887-2012.For more information about thehalf-marathon see

Founded in 1887 and celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012, the
Boston Athletic Association is one of the oldest sports organizations in
America. It's best known today for its signature annual event, the
Boston Marathon, which is the third-largest marathon and attracts tens
of thousands of participants and worldwide media coverage. But the
B.A.A. has also been amazingly prescient in anticipating what would
become one of the major social trends of the late twentieth and early
twenty-first centuries: the modern fitness movement.

Consider some of the B.A.A.'s firsts: Nine out of the fourteen members of the US team participating in the modern Olympic Games in Athens (1896) were B.A.A. athletes. The B.A.A. launched the first US marathon, the Boston Marathon, in 1897. The B.A.A. pioneered and actively promoted many of today's popular sports, including football and water polo. The original B.A.A. club house, in the historic Back Bay section of Boston, is the precursor of today's health club.

Still, the B.A.A. story is not simply one of athletic achievements and firsts. It's also the dramatic story of people and the times in which they lived--a social history that unfolds in nineteenth-century Boston but takes readers around the world, up to the present, and includes a large and international cast of characters. A wonderfully illustrated history, The B.A.A. at 125 highlights the Boston Athletic Association's important role in American sports history.

John Hanc is a contributing editor for Runner's World magazine. Hanc,
also teaches writing and journalism at the New York Institute of
Technology in Old Westbury, New York.


Tuesday September 30, 2014
Start: 09/30/2014 7:00 pm
End: 09/30/2014 8:00 pm

Our Socrates Cafe meets each month for philosophic discussion. New members and curious thinkers are always welcome to join the forum!

NOREEN STRAUCH has offered to moderate the group and is looking for people to restart the 'cafe'. Please contact her at 603-673-6948 for more information.

Next meeting: ??? The Socrates Cafe has been one our longest running groups here at the store. We'd love to see it up and running again!



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