March 24, 2017
Trivia Q. What book helped launch the modern environmental movement, and led to the widespread ban of DDT?
Trivia A. "The New Yorker started serializing Silent Spring in June 1962, and it was published in book form later that year. When the book Silent Spring was published, Rachel Carson was already a well-known writer on natural history, but had not previously been a social critic. The book was widely read (especially after its selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the New York Times best-seller list), and inspired widespread public concerns with pesticides and pollution of the environment. Silent Spring facilitated the ban of the pesticide DDT in 1972 in the United States." [Source]
March 11, 2017
Trivia Q. When was the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States?
Trivia A. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City. [Source]
February 24, 2017
Trivia Q. Which US President was the only President unanimously elected?
Trivia A. George Washington
February 10, 2017
Trivia Q. According to Guinness World Records, what were the largest snowflakes every recorded: 5", 10", 15" or 20"?
Trivia A. According to Guinness World Records, the largest snowflakes on record were 15 inches (38 cm) in diameter and 8 inches thick. They fell on Fort Keogh, in eastern Montana on 28 January 1887. Nearby ranchers described the flakes as “larger than mild pans” and measured them; “8 inches thick”.
January 28, 2017
Trivia Q. Which year was the only time that the Super Bowl was not identified by a Roman Numeral traditionally used to label each game?
Trivia A. According to Wikipedia, last year's Super Bowl, known as "Super Bowl 50", was the only time that the Super Bowl was not identified by a Roman Numeral, which would otherwise have been "Super Bowl L".
January 12, 2017
Trivia Q. This character from the mega popular Downton Abbey series was originally scheduled to appear in only 3 episodes. Julian Fellows was so enamored with the character though that he kept them on.
Bonus: Gillian Anderson reportedly turned down the part of _________ on the show.
Trivia A. According to IMDB the character of Tom Branson was only scheduled to appear in 3 episodes, and Gillian Anderson reportedly turned down the part of Lady Grantham.
If you are missing Downton Abbey as much as we are please join us for a Downton Abbey Tea Party on January 26th at 2 p.m. Enjoy a presentation on Downton Abbey tea and manners by Lynda Simmons also known as 'The Duchess of Bedford'.
December 29, 2016
Trivia Q. In what year did the New Year's Eve ball drop for the first time in Times Square, NYC? Bonus Question: How much did it weigh?
Trivia A. 1907-1908 and the iron and wood ball weighed 700 pounds! Watch videos, view pictures and learn more about the history of New Year's Eve in Times Square at the official website. Remember your library when you are making your New Year's resolutions. We can help you start a new career, learn a new skill, live healthier, and save money in the new year!
December 15, 2016
Trivia Q. In the classic movie, A Christmas Story, how many times does Ralphie say that he wanted the "Red Ryder BB Gun". Bonus Question: What hit TV series did the movie inspire?
Trivia A. The answers (according to IMDB's Trivia Page) are 28 times and "The Wonder Years". Read more trivia about the movie at IMDB's - Trivia Page, and enjoy this selection of holiday season movies available through your library!
November 18, 2016
Trivia Q. Is there something in turkey that makes you sleepy?
Trivia A. While turkey does have a natural sleep agent in it, an amino acid called tryptophan, there are reasons to believe that it is not the culprit. Most likely it is the traditional Thanksgiving foods that are so heavy and high in carbohydrates. Also, a little alcohol with your meal can add to the sedative effect. Learn more at How Stuff Works – Science and see if you can stay awake after this year’s delicious Thanksgiving meal!
November 3, 2016
Trivia Q. When do Americans officially find out the winner of the presidential election?
Trivia A. According to the Howstuffworks – Ultimate Elections Quiz, “Although they vote on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November, U.S. citizens don’t always find out the winner of the election until the president of the Senate reads the electoral votes on Jan. 6.” Take the rest of the quiz today and test your election knowledge!
October 21, 2016
Trivia Q. What was the most Googled Halloween costume in New Hampshire last year?
Trivia A. Cat. You may be psychic if you were able to guess this answer correctly. Check out the most popular costumes in other States and visit our Halloween Costume Swap to save money on your child’s costume for this year!
October 7, 2016
Trivia Q. This famous person worked as a nurses aide, telephone operator, tutor, and social worker, before becoming famous for her aeronautical feats.
Trivia A. Amelia Earhart held a number of jobs before becoming a record setting pilot. She was reportedly not impressed by her first sight of a plane calling it, “a thing of rusty wire and wood”, when she saw one at the Iowa State Fair in 1908. Please join us for a special presentation at the library on Thursday, October 27 at 6:45 p.m. for an opportunity to learn more about Amelia’s fascinating life and aeronautical feats.
September 23, 2016
Trivia Q. Do you know where the oldest tax-supported public library in the world is located? Hint: It is in New Hampshire!
Trivia A.The Peterborough Town Library, established in 1833, is the oldest tax-supported public library in the world! Speaking of history. Hooksett is celebrating NH History Week during the month of October. Local organizations will be hosting trail walks, open houses, historical presentations, etc. Learn more about the events happening at your library and in your town during NH History Week.
September 8, 2016
Trivia Q. How many hours a week does the average teacher work (including after-school engagements and grading)?
Trivia A. According to a survey by the Washington Post, teachers spend an average of 53 hours working per week! Please remember teachers, we are here to help. Visit your library to find study guides for the Praxis exams, lesson planning materials, online resources, and more. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!
August 26, 2016
Trivia Q. Paleontologists just found a 2,500-pound _____ in Montana. Only about 15 of these (reasonably complete) are known to exist in the world!
Trivia A.Paleontologists just found a 2,500-pound T.Rex skull in Montana. Read more about the find and remember that you can borrow 17 different science kits from your library including one for learning about dinosaurs and one for learning about fossils!
August 12, 2016
Trivia Q. How many LEGO Bricks would it take to reach the Moon?
Trivia A. According to theLEGO Education websiteit would take a column of around40 billion LEGO bricksto reach the moon from Earth! Did you know that you can borrow LEGO kits from your library? And that we host monthlyadult LEGO nightsas well asLEGO Leagues for children Visit us soon to learn about our variety of LEGO services and the many other unique collections and resources that we offer!
July 25 & 29, 2016
Trivia Q. Portsmouth, NH was once known as ________ ___ due to the abundance of a certain type of wild fruit in the area.
Trivia A. First called Piscataqua, the settlement became known as Strawberry Banke because of the wild strawberries that were found there. The name Portsmouth was adopted in 1653 to honor John Mason, Captain of the Port in Portsmouth, England, and because it was a good harbor situated at the river’s mouth. (excerpt from www.nhes.nh.gov/).
Portsmouth is a fantastic summer destination for families and your library offers several discount passes for the seacoast area. Learn how to visit theNew Hampshire Children’s Museumin Dover, NH, or theSeacoast Science Centerin Rye, NH, at discounted rates and make the most of your next summer day trip!
July 14, 2016
Trivia Q.On July 14, 1789 what famous event marked the beginning of the French Revolution.
Trivia A.On July 14, 1789, an outraged group of Parisians stormed the Bastille, a fortress and prison in France where prisoners of influence were held, in hopes of capturing ammunition.(excerpt from factmonster.com).
Learn French online using the library’s Transparent Language service.
June 30, 2016 & July 7, 2016
Trivia Q. Approximately what percentage of the Earth’s oceans have been explored?
Trivia A. To date, we have explored less than five percent of the ocean. The ocean is the lifeblood of Earth, covering more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface, driving weather, regulating temperature, and ultimately supporting all living organisms. Throughout history, the ocean has been a vital source of sustenance, transport, commerce, growth, and inspiration. (excerpt from noaa.gov).
Satisfy your curiosity about the Earth’s oceans by borrowing some of these books and videos from your library!
June 23, 2016
Trivia Q. Name the 2016 movie that this quote comes from: “They say you gotta go out. They don’t say you gotta come back”. Hint: It involves a daring rescue off the coast of Cape Cod.
Trivia A. The Finest Hours (PG-13). Starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster. Based on the book by MA authorMichael Tougias, the film follows a Coast Guard captain and his crew who risk their lives to save a floundering oil tanker during a blizzard in 1952. Join us for a screening of the movie on July 7th at either 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.
June 20, 2016
Trivia Q. The original title of this well-known novel by Ray Bradbury was The Fireman.
Trivia A. Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury and his publishers thought The Fireman was a boring title, so they called a local fire station and asked what temperature paper burned at. The firemen put Bradbury on hold while they burned a book, then reported back the temperature, and the rest is history (excerpt from buzzfeed.com).
June 13, 2016
Trivia Q. The word “Juneteenth” is a combination of two words, June & nineteenth. Other examples of this language phenomenon are “brunch” (breakfast + lunch) and “smog” (smoke + fog). What’s it called when two words are combined?
Trivia A. Portmanteau. A portmanteau is formed when a much-used pairing of two words gets shortened down to a combination. Juneteenth is a portmanteau that refers to the date when the last slaves in the nation were freed in Galveston, Texas, over two years after Lincoln’s official Emancipation Proclamation: June 19th. Find more history about theemancipation in our collection.
June 9, 2016
Trivia Q. Where did the phrase “dog days of summer” come from? Hint: there’s also a Harry Potter character who gets his name from the same source.
Trivia A. The weeks between July 3 and August 11 are named after the Dog Star, Sirius, in the Canis Major constellation. In ancient Greece, Sirius was blamed for all the drought and discomforts of summer. Learn more about the skies above and how you can take a closer look by attending our upcoming star gazing event, borrowing a library telescope or astronomy materials, and by using our discount pass (free admission) to visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.
June 2, 2016
Trivia Q. What band made up of Joe and Paul DeGeorge is the founder of Wizard Rock?
Trivia A. Harry and the Potters.
If you enjoy music and history…join us on June 9 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation about the evolution and history of American music, politics, and society, by Kevin Comtois. Visit our online events calendar for more details!
May 27, 2016
Trivia Q. Among Irish film productions, this movie (recently released on DVD) had the best local debut at the box office in 19 years. It received a standing ovation when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Trivia A. The answer is Brooklyn (PG-13) based on the novel by Colm Toibin. Join us at the library on Thursday, June 2 at either 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. to watch the movie on the library’s big screen. Popcorn will be served! Popular movies are screened monthly at the library. Learn about more upcoming movies and events by visiting our online calendar.
Movie Description: An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. (excerpt from IMDB.com).
May 22, 2016
Trivia Q. Rembrandt’s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee and A Lady and Gentleman in Black once hung in the Dutch Room of this museum in Boston, MA.
Trivia A. On March 18, 1990, two men disguised as police officers gained access to the Gardner Museum. Once inside, they tied up the security guards and proceeded to steal 13 objects, including rare paintings by Rembrandt, Degas, and Vermeer, valued at approximately $500 million. The case represents the largest property crime in U.S. history. (Excerpt from FBI.gov)
You can learn more about the Isabella Gardner Museum heist by reading the book Master thieves : the Boston gangsters who pulled off the world’s greatest art heist by Steve Kurkjian, watching the video of Steve’s presentation at the Library, and using the Library’s discount pass to visit the museum!
May 16, 2016
Trivia Q. On a popular CBS show, a lead character frequently wears colored comic-book themed T-shirts, with the color of the shirt worn in the scene being a clue to his mood. What is the name of this character?
Trivia A. Sheldon. Check out Big Bang Theory Seasons 1 – 8 from the library!
May 13, 2016
Trivia Q. What children’s author wrote the Johnny Cash song, A Boy Named Sue?
Trivia A. Shel Silverstein, beloved poet and author of Where the Sidewalk Ends and many other children’s favorites.