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iPod Nanos with New and Notable Titles for Teens

 

 

Nanos

The Teen Services Department is excited to offer a new way for Teens to listen to great audio books. We've added three Nanos to our Teen Audio Collection with a variety of titles. You can check out our new Nanos at the front desk.


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COMPLETE LIST OF CURRENT TITLES

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Scowler by Daniel Kraus

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi  

Etiquette and espionage by Gail Carriger  

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell  

Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson 

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black  

Flat-out Love by Jessica Park  

Half Bad by Sally Green  

Divergent by Veronica Roth  

Insurgent by Veronica Roth  

Allegiant by Veronica Roth  

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson  

Maze Runner by James Dasher  

Scorch Trials by James Dasher 

Death Cure by James Dasher 

Spy Cat by Peg Kehret 

Stranger Next Door by Peg Kehret 

Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers

Dark Triumph by Robin Lafevers

Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Infinity by Sherrily Kenyon47 by Walter Mosely

Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan  

Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Perry's Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber  

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol  

Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens  

Fault In Our Stars by John Green  

Guys Read: a day in the life by Shaun Tan 

Guys Read: bouncing the grinning goat by Shannon Hale  

Guys Read: rise of the RoboShoes by Tom Angleberger  

Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin  

Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper  

Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving  

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  

Snow queen by Hans Christian Andersen  

Stranger Next Door (Pete the Cat) by Peg Kehret  

Team Human by Sarah Rees Bren  

This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl

Vibes by Amy Kathleen Ryan  

White Fang by Jack London  

1984 by George Orwell.

Build or Expand Your Business, or Find a Job, with Reference USA

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Some introductory video tutorials are available on the Reference USA website, and they also have a series of webinars that anyone can sign up and take.

The two sections of Reference USA that hold business information are:

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Spring storytimes March 11 - April 17

Spring Story Times are coming up fast! The Children's Room offers a variety of ages/days of the week so that everyone can enjoy a Story Time. Pick the day/time that works best for you and your child and drop in! This session runs from March 11 through April 17.

Storytime

  • Wiggles and Giggles with Miss Wendy (Ages 15 months - 3 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. A snack is included (peanut-free). If your child has a gluten or egg allergy please feel free to bring your own snack. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am (runs approximately 20 minutes) in the Children's Room.
  • Bookworms with Miss Paulina (age 3-4 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Wednesdays at 10:30 am (runs approximately 25 minutes) in the Lane Room.
  • Reading Roundup with Miss Paulina (age 4-5 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Thursdays at 10 am (runs approximately 25-30 minutes) in the Lane Room.

A great idea for a New Year's Resolution

New Year's ResolutionsIt's that time of year - time to make that New Year's Resolution again. You know the one. It's the same one you've made - and broken - countless times before. But this year will be different, right? You're going to stick to that diet / quit those ciggies / keep going to the gym / [insert your Resolution here] this year unlike past years where you lasted about, what, a week or two? On a good year? Well I say forget putting yourself through that torture this year. I've got a much better idea. Resolve, in 2014, to use your public library more often! What's not to like about that? There is no deprivation involved. In fact, you'll enrich your life considerably. It won't cost you a lot of money. In fact, it could save you a bundle. For a lot of people their public library has never been a big part of their lives. Maybe you are one of them. So make 2014 the year you change that. Learn about all of the services we offer. Learn how you can save money by taking advantage of your tax dollars at work.

If you are a reader, are you the type who buys just about every book you ever read? Sure it's more convenient but is it really worth the cost? We have more books on our shelves than you can possibly ever read, even if you only count the ones likely to be of interest to you. Trust me, as someone whose reading list only grows longer, never shorter, all of your reading needs can easily be supplied by the library. And if we don't have a title you want, just request it from us and we'll do our best to get it for you. Do you read mostly best-sellers and purchase them because you hate waiting lists? Try being proactive and putting holds on upcoming bestsellers so you get them more quickly. You can logon to your account online to place holds, and you can find out what we have on order by checking this link to our catalog or subscribing to our weekly "Wowbrary" newsletter.

Have you given up on paper books and only read ebooks now? The library is part of a statewide consortium subscription to the Overdrive service which offers thousands of ebooks (and audiobooks) for free download. You have complete access. All you need is a library card. All of the ebook titles are in our online catalog. Just search for the term 'Overdrive' in our catalog and you'll find them all. Click the "Get it" link and you'll be brought straight to the Overdrive site where you can log in and get the title you want (or place a hold on it.) Did you just get an e-reader or tablet computer for Christmas and need help figuring out how to download Overdrive titles to it? We're here to answer your questions.

Are you more of a magazine and newspaper kind of reader? We have all the local papers, and some of the bigger national ones like USA Today, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Investor's Business Daily. You'll have to come into the library to read them of course, but we're a comfy spot that is warm in winter, cool in summer, and very friendly too! There's a great social benefit to reading in the library as well. You'll get to bump into friends, neighbors and strangers who aren't yet friends. As for magazines, the library subscribes to close to 200, and you can see a list here. You can also visit the online newsstand to read a selection of popular magazines online, or use our Ebscohost service to search several thousand magazine titles, many available in full text.

What? You're not much of a reader? Aside from suggesting that doing more reading would also be a good New Year's Resolution, I want to remind you that we have a lot more than books, magazines and newspapers here. We have a large collection of new and old DVD and Blu-ray movies, including most of the big new releases. Even more popular than the movies sometimes are the TV series sets we carry on DVD. Whether it's Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Homeland, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, Duck Dynasty and many more, you'll find plenty to keep you busy. And as with books, if there is a movie or TV series we don't have that you'd like to see, just put in a request and we'll see what we can do.

Are you struggling at home with a cranky computer or printer, or perhaps having trouble affording your high-speed Internet access? We have 17 Internet stations here with high-speed access and good laser printers, both color and black and white. We'll charge you for the printouts, but use of the computers is free. We also have wireless access throughout the building (and even in the parking lot) that many people use with their own laptops because they don't have an Internet connection at home.

Let's not forget the children! Our Children's Room has thousands of books, magazines, movies, music, puzzles and puppets for you to choose from, as well as very popular programs and activities throughout the year. If you are a parent don't deny your child the wonder of regular visits to the library. And while you are in our Children's Room check out the Parent Shelf for some good parent-oriented reading.

There are a number of other services that many people are unaware of. We have passes and discounts to many local museums that can be checked out. You can take a wide varity of free online classes through Universal Class. You just need a library card to sign up. That same card will give you access to the Morningstar Investment Research Center, which offers comprehensive investment advice and tools to grow your portfolio. Transparent Language Online will help you learn to speak and read about 80 different languages. Genealogists will want to check out our subscription to HeritageQuest, Ancestry.com and the databases of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. (The latter two can only be accessed from library computers.)

In closing, I want to let those of you who do plan on pursuing a more 'traditional' New Year's Resolution, that we do have resources here at the library to help you lose weight or eat right or exercise more or write your will or whatever it is that you want to do. Start your new year off on the right foot by (re)visiting your public library to find out all that we have to offer.

See you in the library!

Farewell to the Hampton Beach Firehouse (photos)

Hampton Beach Firehouse 1928Hampton Beach Firehouse - 2013

On August 13, 1936, the Hampton Union ran a story in the Souvenir Edition about the history of the Hampton Beach Fire Department.  It read in part, "... In 1922, the first fire house was built also under the direction of Chief A. H. Brown. In the same year, an Aherns-Fox pump and ladder combination was put into use making two motor driven fire engines.  In 1923, the fire house was burned down. Immediately, the work was started to rebuild a fire station of modern design and soon there was a 2-story stone structure of a cement base and has a capacity of housing 5 modern fire trucks with a 3 door run. It was rebuilt on the site of the first fire house on Marsh (Ashworth) Ave. where it still stands."

This year the new Hampton Beach firehouse was completed, marking the end of nearly a century of life for this grand old building.  To mark its passing, staff from the Lane Library was allowed inside just prior to demolition in order to take some photographs.  These shots are now available for viewing on our Flickr site.  Included are images of the various rooms and bays, plus a few close-ups of the old fixtures and some bits and pieces of daily life.  We also have a web page dedicated to the Hampton Fire Department, with many linked articles for those who would like to delve deeper into both the history of the Fire Department and some of the more notable fires from the past.

Bays 1 and 2Precinct meeting roomMedical care

You've never read anything like "The October List"

The October List book jacketI'll bet you've never read a book like Jeffery Deaver's newest. The adjective "clever" comes to mind. "The October List" is a novel of suspense written in a most unusual style. Like the movie "Memento" (which we have on DVD and is worth a watch), this book starts at the end of the story and moves backward in time, leaping to earlier points in the main characters' lives. After reading the first chapter the story appears to end in a huge cliffhanger, but by the time you finish the book I guarantee you'll figure it all out. Although if you're like me, this won't happen without having to go back and reread some chapters a few times as further clues to the puzzle that is this story are revealed. This is one book I wouldn't want to listen to in its audio version. It would be too difficult to go back and re-listen to some sections!

To see if this book is available or to place a hold, find the record in our online catalog.

Thirty years ago today

September 26, 1983 - September 26, 2013

The date September 26th has been stuck in my brain for 30 years. It has now been that long since the construction of our current library building began. At that time the library was housed in a much smaller building that included our original 1910 structure (which still forms the front of the library) and a 1957 addition that needed to be torn down. That obviously meant that we had to move the library during the entire construction period, which lasted a year and a half. We moved to a very small space in the back of Stickney Terrace, past where the Post Office is now, and also had a rented trailer out in the parking lot. To accomplish the move I came up with the 'bright' idea of asking our library patrons to check out as many books as possible and return them to the new library. It worked like a charm, and over the course of a few weeks the people of Hampton, and even neighboring libraries, checked out half of our collection. The problem with this idea was that when they were returned they all had to be reshelved! And they were not in any kind of order, as they would have been had we just removed them in order from their shelves and moved them that way.

So what is the significance of September 26th? We used orange date due index cards in those days, and that date was stamped on the cards in every one of the books that we checked out for the move. So as you can probably imagine, September 26th was a busy day for the library staff! We not only had to deal with setting up in a new location, we now had literally thousands of books that had to be reshelved. Our book drop was overflowing. One fun fact - the first book put in our book drop in our new location was Charles Dickens' "Bleak House," which pretty aptly described our new quarters. When we moved into our wonderful new building in the Spring of 1985 we were excited to find out what would be the first book put into our new book drop. Well, as the only male on the library staff at the time, I was less-then-thrilled that it was a book titled "Superior women."

The library on moving day, 1983The inside of the old library on moving day, September 6, 1983. Here
Joan Kahl is standing behind our circulation desk after all the remaining books
had been packed into boxes. We made several trips to the liquor
store to get all these boxes, and library patrons brought us many more.

Groundbreaking ceremonies
Groundbreaking ceremonies, September 23, 1983. The tall gentleman with the
hat standing in back is Wheaton Lane, last surviving male member of
the branch of the Lane family after whom the library is named.

Demolition day
Demolition day for the old 1957 addition, October 3, 1983. For these photos and
many more showing the construction phase of the library, browse the photos here.

The library in temporary quarters
A view of the inside of our temporary quarters on Stickney Terrace in the winter of 1984.

A New Favorite Author

It's always nice to stumble upon a new author whose books really excite you. A few months ago I picked up a book by a man named Blake Crouch, about whom I had heard exactly nothing. It was titled "Pines", and sounded interesting. When I read it I was so hooked by the plot that I had a hard time putting it down, and finished it in a little over a day. Since that time I've read six other of his books (including "Wayward," the sequel to "Pines"), and they have all been unputdownable (yes, that word is in Webster's, I just checked!) If you are a lover of fast, suspense and action-filled plots, you will enjoy Crouch. His books won't be confused with great literature, but they are a lot of fun. They appear to be self-published, but don't have that amateurish feel you often get with such titles. He knows how to write a great story and to keep it from seeming unrealistic or foolish. So spend some time on your couch with Crouch. I'm guessing you won't be disappointed, and you might be like me and even find a new favorite author.

 

Pines jacketSecret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels ... off. As the days pass, Ethan's investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can't he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn't anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact - he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive

 

wayward jacketThe sequel to "Pines." Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amidst picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden...except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they’re trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise. Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He’s sheriff, and one of the few who knows the truth—Wayward Pines isn’t just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone’s imagining.

 

 

snowbound jacketFor Will Innis and his daughter, Devlin, the loss was catastrophic. Will’s wife, Devlin’s mother, vanished one night during an electrical storm on a lonely desert highway and, suspected of her death, Will took his daughter and fled. Then one night, a hardedged FBI agent appears on their doorstep and says, “I know you’re innocent, because Rachael wasn’t the first…or the last.” Desperate for answers Will and Devlin embark on a terrifying journey that spans 4000 miles, from the southwest desert to the wilds of Alaska, heading unaware into the heart of a nightmare, because the truth is infinitely worse than they ever imagined.

 

 

 

abandon jacketOn Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman and child in a remote gold mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins; and not a single bone was ever found. One hundred thirteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them into the abandoned mining town so that they can learn what happened. With them is a psychic, and a paranormal photographer--as the town is rumored to be haunted. A party that tried to explore the town years ago was never heard from again. What this crew is about to discover is that twenty miles from civilization, with a blizzard bearing down, they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.

 

 

desert places jacket"Greetings. There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. Call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 P.M., the police will receive an anonymous call. I'll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on your property, how you killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in your house. (I do believe a paring knife is missing from your kitchen.) I strongly advise against going to the police, as I am always watching you." Andrew Z Thomas is a successful writer of suspense thrillers, living the dream at this lake house in the peidmont of North Carolina. One afternoon in late spring, he receives a bizarre letter that eventually threatens his career, his sanity, and the lives of everyone he loves. A murderer is designing his future, and for the life of him Andrew can't get away.

 

 

locked doors jacketSequel to Desert Places and prequel to Crouch's and Konrath's STIRRED... Seven years ago, suspense novelist Andrew Thomas's life was shattered when he was framed for a series of murders. The killer's victims were unearthed on Andrew's lakefront property, and since he was wanted by the FBI, Andrew had no choice but to flee and to create a new identity. Andrew does just that in a cabin tucked away in the remote wilderness near Haines Junction, Yukon. His only link to society is by e-mail, through which he learns that all the people he ever loved are being stalked and murdered. Culminating in the spooky and secluded Outer Banks of North Carolina, the paths of Andrew Thomas, a psychotic named Luther Kite, and a young female detective collide. LOCKED DOORS is a novel of blistering suspense that will scare you to death.

 

 

stirred coverThird book in the series, co-authored with J.A. Konrath. Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels has seen humanity at its most depraved and terrifying. She's lost loved ones. Come close to death countless times. But she always manages to triumph over evil. Luther Kite is humanity at its most depraved and terrifying. He's committed unthinkable acts. Taken human life for the sheer pleasure of it. He is a monster among monsters, and no one has ever caught him. Each is the best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched. Until now... In Luther's experience, people are weak. Even the strong and fearless break too easily. He wants a challenge, and sets his depraved sights on Jack. But with a baby on the way, Jack is at her most vulnerable. She's always been a fighter, but she's never had so much to fight for. So he's built something especially for Jack. His own, private ninth circle of hell - a nightmare world in a forgotten place, from which no one has ever escaped. It's J.A. Konrath's greatest heroine versus Blake Crouch's greatest villain in Stirred, the stunning conclusion to both Konrath's Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thriller series and Crouch's Andrew Z. Thomas series. Only one can survive. And it won't be whom you think.

run jacket5 D A Y S A G O: A rash of bizarre murders swept the country… Senseless. Brutal. Seemingly unconnected. A cop walked into a nursing home and unloaded his weapons on elderly and staff alike. A mass of school shootings. Prison riots of unprecedented brutality. Mind-boggling acts of violence in every state. 4 D A Y S A G O: The murders increased ten-fold… 3 D A Y S A G O: The President addressed the nation and begged for calm and peace… 2 D A Y S A G O: The killers began to mobilize…  Y E S T E R D A Y: All the power went out… T O N I G H T: They’re reading the names of those to be killed on the Emergency Broadcast System. You are listening over the battery-powered radio on your kitchen table, and they’ve just read yours. Your name is Jack Colclough. You have a wife, a daughter, and a young son. You live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People are coming to your house to kill you and your family. You don’t know why, but you don’t have time to think about that any more. You only have time to…. R U N

 

Titles in our collection of new DVDs and Bluray discs

The following movies can be found in the library's collection of newly received DVD and bluray movies as of August 21st. Hundreds more older movies are also available. All of these titles can be placed on hold if they are checked out.

Admission [DVD]
Anna Karenina [Bluray]
Anna Karenina [DVD]
Argo [DVD]
The Avengers [Bluray]
Beautiful creatures [DVD]
The brass teapot [DVD]
The call [DVD]
Captain America, the first avenger [Bluray]
Cloud atlas [Bluray]
Cloud atlas [DVD]
Company of heroes [DVD]
The dark knight rises [Bluray]
The dilemma [DVD]
Eclipse: The twilight saga [Bluray]
11 flowers [DVD]
Father vs son [DVD]
Flight [Bluray]
Flight [DVD]
42 [Bluray] : the Jackie Robinson story
42 [DVD] : the Jackie Robinson story
Gangster squad [DVD]
G.I. Joe : the rise of Cobra [Bluray]
A good day to die hard [DVD]
The guilt trip [Bluray]
The guilt trip [DVD]
Hit & run [DVD]
Hitchcock [Bluray]
Hitchcock [DVD]
The hobbit [Bluray] : an unexpected journey
The hobbit [DVD] : an unexpected journey
The hunger games [Bluray]
Hyde Park on Hudson [DVD]
I am number four [DVD]
Identity thief [DVD]
The impossible [Bluray]
The impossible [DVD]
Jack Reacher [Bluray]
Jack Reacher [DVD]
Jack the giant slayer [Bluray]
Jack the giant slayer [DVD]
Jack the giant slayer 3D [Bluray]
Johnny Dangerously [DVD]
The karate kid [DVD]
Kicking & screaming [DVD]
Kill the Irishman [DVD]
Killing Lincoln [DVD]
The last stand [DVD]
A late quartet [DVD]
Lawless [DVD]
Leon the professional [Bluray]
Les miserables [Bluray]
Les miserables [DVD]
Life as we know it [DVD]
Life of Pi [Bluray]
Life of Pi [DVD]
Lincoln [Bluray]
Lincoln [DVD]
The lucky one [Bluray]
Magic Mike [Bluray]
The man from nowhere [DVD]
Midnight in Paris [Bluray]
Miss Minoes [DVD]
Mission: impossible. Ghost protocol [Bluray]
Mud [DVD]
The muppets [Bluray]
Oblivion [DVD]
O brother, where art thou? [DVD]
On the road [DVD]
Oz the great and powerful [Bluray]
Oz the great and powerful [DVD]
ParaNorman [Bluray]
Parental guidance [DVD]
Parker [DVD]
People like us [DVD]
The perks of being a wallflower [DVD]
Pirates of the caribbean. on stranger tides [Bluray]
Pitch perfect [Bluray]
Playing for keeps [DVD]
The place beyond the pines [DVD]
Premium rush [DVD]
Prometheus [Bluray]
Promised land [Bluray]
Promised land [DVD]
Quartet [DVD]
Red dawn [DVD]
Redline [DVD]
Rise of the Guardians [Bluray]
Robot & Frank [DVD]
Rock of ages [Bluray]
A royal affair [DVD]
Safe haven [DVD]
The Sapphires [DVD]
Seal team six [DVD] / the raid on Osama Bin Laden
The sessions [DVD]
Seven psychopaths [DVD]
Sherlock Holmes [Bluray]
Sherlock Holmes [Bluray] / a game of shadows
Side effects [DVD]
Silver linings playbook [DVD]
Sinister [DVD]
Skyfall [Bluray]
Skyfall [DVD]
Sparkle [Bluray]
Stoker [DVD]
This is 40 [DVD]
The town [Bluray]
Trading places [DVD]
The tree of life [Bluray]
The tree of life [DVD]
Trouble with the curve [DVD]
Twelve o'clock high [DVD]
The twilight saga : breaking dawn, part 2 [DVD]
Warm bodies [DVD]
The words [DVD]
Zero dark thirty [Bluray]
Zero dark thirty [DVD]

2013 Kids' Summer Reading Program Grand Finale

Warmest thanks to all who made our Children's Room summer reading program and finale our BIGGEST EVER! 

451 kids participated and read a total of seven THOUSAND hours!!!!!  Way to go, young readers! And thank you to all the grown ups in their lives who encouraged their literacy and filled out reams of raffle tickets!

Speaking of raffle tickets, here are the winners of this summer's prizes:

KINDLES
Christian Filteau
John-William Washington
Nathan Domingos
Colin Watson

ANT FARM
Avery Phoenix

TEDDY BEARS
Kierra Martin
Monique Baril
Cameron Hurrell

GUMBALL JAR
Haylie Lewis

DOOR PRIZE
Jagger Strickland

It is a pleasure and privilege to once again thank the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library for their amazing generosity, hard work, and support.  Not only did they provide the funds for the four Kindle grand prizes, but they enabled us to hire the Toe Jam Puppet Band, who kept our finale rocking. We are very fortunate indeed to have such a group of dedicated and delightful people supporting the library in a myriad of ways.

Heartfelt thanks to the following stalwart folks who oversaw games, food, check in, clean up, and a variety of other responsibilities at the finale itself:

Fidan Chong
Emma Donnelly
Matthew and Samantha Gibb
Alma Hewitt
Diane Keyes
Jenn Jackman
Anne Marchand
Chris Silverman
Nancy Stiles
Terri Teleen
Jenny Tobler

Many thanks, too, to all the people who brought in water, napkins, and strawberries.  An enterprise of this size could not happen without the help and contributions of such wonderful neighbors.

Jaime Langton, and her daughters Sophia and Becca, did an outstanding job painting faces at the event.  The looooong (and patient) line of children waiting to have their faces painted attests to the Langtons' artistry. Thank you, Langton ladies!

We owe a great debt of gratitude to everyone at the Centre, Marston, and Sacred Heart schools.  They are so gracious in welcoming us in to talk about Lane Memorial Library's summer reading program with their students.  In the five years since we began sharing our reading programs in the schools, we have seen the number of participants triple.

A huge THANK YOU to Flatbread Pizza, who donated 25 delicious pizzas for our party.

Hurray and hugs for our subs, Sandy Kent, Carol McGrath, Nicole Cico, and Rose Hanley.  These marvelous ladies have come to our rescue so many times this summer, often at a moment’s notice, and frequently staying later than scheduled out of the goodness of their hearts and their dedication to this community.  Volunteers Sarah Coffen and Meg Cico helped keep our department tidy and cheerfully made hundreds of paper wall decorations for our readers to sign and hang up.

Most of all I would like to thank Miss Wendy, Miss Julie, and Miss Liz.  They are so amazing, both individually and as a fantastic team.

While Miss Julie is--sadly for us--moving to England soon, I am so glad she was here to witness this record-breaking summer reading program.  You will be greatly missed, Miss Julie, but please know you've left a legacy of exceptional work, great innovations, and much laughter here in the Children's Room.

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