Stack of New Hampshire-related books on table with bookshelf in the background

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Stack of New Hampshire-related books on table in front of bookshelf
Books, books, books!

The Monadnock Region will be a haven for book lovers next weekend, May 10-12, 2019, with not one, but two special Book Sales happening in Keene and Peterborough. On May 10 and 11, the Historical Society of Cheshire County is holding their 19th Annual Book Sale to raise money for the activities of the Historical Society. They expect to have over 25,000 titles in a broad range of topics, from history (no surprise), to cooking, to art books, to fiction. The event will take place at the Historical Society in Keene on Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. For more information, visit the website of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. On Sunday, May 12th from 9 AM to 2 PM, the Peterborough Poetry Project is sponsoring a return of the Peterborough Book Fair. After a several-year hiatus, this event is back… a return of the old tradition, but with some new ideas as well. In addition to the antiquarian and rare and used book sellers, the event will feature local authors with their new books for sale, a children’s poetry contest, door prizes and a special appearance by President Calvin Coolidge (as portrayed by local historian Tracy Messer). The Book Fair will take place at the Peterborough Community Center on Elm Street. For more information, visit the website of the Peterborough Poetry Project. If that is not enough, or if timing just isn’t right for you, both Peterborough and Keene are lucky to have the independent bookstore Toadstool Bookshops in our communities. With new and used books of all types, there is always something special to be found at the Toadstool. And don’t forget to visit our library! The Peterborough Town Library, established in 1833, was the first tax-supported public library in the nation!

Portico at Peterborough Town Library in Peterborough New Hampshire
Peterborough Town Library

Thinking about making the Monadnock Region part of your own book lovers literary tour? Check out our blog post on some of the authors who have connections to the area: Monadnock… A Literary Inspiration.