Toadstool to donate proceeds of WWII DVD

As Veterans Day approaches, the George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library has released a DVD of longtime Francestown resident Sirkka Tuomi Holm, “Sirkka Tuomi Holm Shares Her World War II Experiences.”

In it, Holm shares her experiences as a member of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II. The DVD is being sold as a fundraiser for library.

After recent coverage of the DVD fundraiser in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, the Toadstool Bookshop contacted the library, offering to sell the DVD at its Peterborough store. Toadstool co-owner Willard Williams said, “I have known Sirkka Holm through the bookstore for many years, and have always admired her and her husband. She is an amazing woman. I saw the nice article about her in the paper. If the library wants another outlet for the DVD, we would be happy to have it here — full price would go to the library since I understand it is a fundraiser.”

Beginning Saturday, the DVD will be available for sale for $15 at the Toadstool Bookshop, located at 12 Depot Square.

The DVD also is available to purchase for $15 at the library at 52 Main St. or online at, where people can also preview a clip from the DVD and download an order form.

The George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library was originally a private residence, built in 1827 by Titus Brown. The library completed a renovation and expansion of the building in 2009 to meet the growing needs of the community. Today, the main and second floors house the circulation desk, public access computers, books of fiction, large print books, cookbooks, periodicals, audio books and the Harwood reading room. The lower level is devoted to young readers, with a space designated for quiet reading and study: the Schott Room. The library has wireless internet capacity a copy machine, and computers available to patrons. It hosts a number of exhibits, lectures, book discussions and special programs for adults and children.

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