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(Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson! – The Persistent Popularity of Sherlock Holmes

SherlockSilhouette_brThe Pelham Library has received a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council (NHHC) to present (Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson, a program about the invariable popularity of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed detective, Sherlock Holmes!

(Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson will be presented at the Pelham Library on Tuesday, January 27th at 6:00 PM.


Professor Ann McClellan Plymouth State University

Professor Ann McClellan will lead a public discussion on the persistent popularity of literature’s favorite flatfoot, Sherlock Holmes. “Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians have created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the “sources” of Doyle’s works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? McClellan’s presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.” (NHHC)

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The Polar Express is coming to the Pelham Library!


“All Aboard!” the conductor cries, as the Polar Express prepares to depart the “station” at the Pelham Library. On Thursday evening, December 18th at 6:00 pm all children who truly believe can experience this magical journey right from the Reading Room of the Pelham Library!

As the children board the “train,” they’ll be given warm cocoa and cookies as they settle in to hear the story The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, read by Miss Debbie. Then, after a song or two, a special visitor is due to arrive!  Children will have an opportunity for a word or two with our guest as they share their hopes and dreams for the coming holiday. Children are invited to don their holiday finery — or their pj’s! — for this night-time journey – and photo op!

This program is sponsored by our Pelham Library support group, Friends of the Library in Pelham (FLIP). Hannaford’s Supermarket is contributing all refreshments – please take a moment to thank the staff at the grocery store the next time you are in!  The library’s teen group, TAG, will provide all the elf assistance.