, Kingston, NH


March 6, 2014

Kimball Library News

ATKINSON - Smile! You’re not on candid camera, but the Atkinson Women’s Civic Club (AWCC) photo show is now displaying beautiful photography that you can smile at in our meeting room. Take a look around and be sure to vote for your favorite. No doubt that will be hard to chose, but it’s fun to cast a ballot for “The People’s Choice Award.” You may drop anytime we’re open, but please look at our schedule to be sure there isn’t a program scheduled for the meeting room as we don’t allow the interruption of meetings or special events taking place for browsing or voting. Voting for “The People’s Choice Award” will be from March 1st through March 12th. The Awards Ceremony will be on Sat., March 15, at 10:30 a.m.

Author Kevin Gardner describes the granite kiss as “that inevitable experience in stone work when a fingertip or two fails to escape the contact point between two large stones on the occasion of their first meeting.” Gardner distills 30 years of experience in building, restoring, and repairing traditional New England-style dry stone walls into principles and practices that are adaptable to a wide variety of designs and circumstances in his book, “The Granite Kiss”.

On March 18th, Kevin will explain how and why New England came to acquire these stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to our famous landscape.

Reserve Tues., March 18, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., in your schedule and listen to the tale of ‘the granite kiss’ and, along the way, Kevin will occupy himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for sale.

This program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by ‘The Atkinson Historical Society” and light refreshments will be served. This night will be New England at its finest. Don’t miss out.

For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website at, call (603) 362-5234, or email us at

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