Music, Art & Media

The Nashua Public Library is looking for teen musicians to perform for a crowd of over 100 fans at the 2013 Teen Summer Reading outdoor kick-off concert on Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in performing should send an email to by Friday, May 24, listing the following:

  • Band name
  • Ages of members
  • Description of your music
  • Name, email, and phone number
  • School
  • Link to a music sample

If you do not have an electronic copy of your music you can drop off a CD at the reference desk of the Nashua Public Library, Attn.: Sophie Smith. Performers who have been selected to play will be informed by Saturday, June 1. For more information, call (603) 589-4601 or email

A few years ago the previous library director instituted a rule that customers under age 18 could not check out movies with an R rating or any that were unrated. Just this month we decided to reverse that decision and bring the rules for borrowing movies back in line with the rules for borrowing books, magazines, music or anything else we loan to our customers. The library places no age restrictions on the borrowing of any other materials and we firmly believe that families and individuals should make those choices for themselves.  Movie ratings will still appear clearly on cases to help families and individuals make viewing choices.

As the current library director I know that this change will be confusing to some customers and upsetting to others so I’ve tried to put together a brief FAQ to help explain the shift. Not everyone will agree with our decision but I hope this document helps explain our point of view.

  • Aren’t you breaking the law by letting kids check out R rated movies? There is no force of law behind MPAA ratings; ratings are given to movies specifically to give individuals and families more information that will help them choose appropriate movies.  You can read more about ratings and what they mean at or, and the MAM staff has a list of other websites that explain more about the ratings system and why specific movies have earned their ratings.  Ask at the desk and a member of the staff will be glad to help you
  • I really don’t want my kids to check out R rated movies, why can’t you help me enforce that rule? We support the rights of parents to set limits on what their children read, watch or listen to but we recognize that those limits are different for every family and are not ours to set or enforce. We offer families and individuals information to help make selections that are enriching, enjoyable and appropriate for them, we encourage families to use the library together and for parents to continue a dialogue with their children about the library materials they select.  Many of us here are parents ourselves and really do appreciate the challenges that parents face.
  • Why are you changing the rule now? Since coming to work in Nashua a couple of years ago I’ve been tackling a number of projects and problems,  fixing this disparity was always on my “to-do” list but it didn’t rise to the top until now. The borrowing restrictions violated basic library principles regarding intellectual freedom and I am glad we were able to finally lift them. If you’d like to read more about those basic library principals you can start here with “Libraries, an American Value”

Questions, comments and feedback are welcome in the comments or you can email me directly at

This is my first blog post as the supervisor of Music Art, & Media Department of the Nashua Public Library. It’s very exciting.

The MAM Department has been through many changes since last spring.

Long-time MAM Supervisor Charlie Matthews became the director of the Hudson (NH) Public Library, three staff members resigned, and a fourth went on maternity leave.

When I came on board at the Nashua Library this summer the remaining MAM staff was feeling slightly grim and a little out of sorts.

black metal sculpture from MAM of a disjointed skull


The collection was sadly need of some love and attention.

overflowing booktruck

Ozzy pointing his finger didn’t help.

photograph on book cover of Ozzy Osbourne pointing his finger at viewer


But time has passed and as of September we are fully staffed. Order is beginning to gain an upper hand.

Look, an empty book truck!empty book truck

I am loving being here. The staff is wonderful, the community is wonderful and I have lots of ideas. Stay tuned my darlings!

headshot of Cara Barlow

Sincerely, Cara Barlow, supervisor, Music, Art & Media Department



Here’s what’s happening this summer at just a few of the museums you can visit free, or at greatly reduced prices, using library museum passes. For more information on borrowing the passes, go to

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston opened a new addition in January, with spaces for concerts, exhibitions, and classes, along with enhanced visitor amenities. Special exhibits and events

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum addition

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum addition opened earlier this year.

are planned for the addition’s inaugural season. As a Nashua Public Library cardholder, you can visit the museum for just $5 by reserving our museum pass.


At the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass., sculptor Soo Sunny Park and sound artist and composer Spencer Topel have transformed the Window Gallery into a multisensory environment. Their installation, Capturing Resonance, is an ever-changing sculptural soundscape created by the interplay of intense natural light and the flow of museum visitors through the space. Through July 29. Our museum pass admits four people free—a savings of up to $56.

At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, “Gems of Rajput Painting” features the museum’s superb collection of paintings made for the princes of Rajasthan and the Punjab hills (known as “Rajputs”). Through September 3, in the newly renovated Asian Paintings gallery. Pass admits two adults for $7 each (regular admission: $22 each).

“Transcending Nature: Paintings by Eric Aho” at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH, is a survey exhibition of works by this landscape painter who grew up in Hudson, NH.  Through September 9. Pass admits two adults (regular admission: $10 each).

“Secrets of Circles” is the title of a special exhibit at the SEE Science Center in Manchester, NH, through September 9. Explore the math, science, engineering, and culture of circles. Discover what makes the circle the best shape for both pizzas and car wheels, or why bubbles, the sun and the iris of your eye are all circles. Pass admits any number of adults in the same household (regular admission: $8 each).