Lane Library Group 'A Friend In Need’

By Liz Premo, Atlantic News Staff Writer

Atlantic News, Friday, October 28, 2005

[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News]

HAMPTON -- The Friends of the Lane Memorial Library are truly what their title says they are: Friends.

Thanks to their paid membership and ongoing fundraising efforts over the last year, the organization has been able to supply a number of useful resources to benefit both the library and its patrons.

For starters, they have funded a visit by Dr. Patrick Anderson, a professor at Colby Sawyer College who will give a film lecture at the library on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 p.m.

Entitled “Understanding Movies: The Art of Film,” Dr. Anderson’s lecture will be complemented by a series of DVDs purchased by the Friends. The DVDs, which will become a part of the library’s permanent collection, have been recommended as a film series to follow the program.

Specialty books are also being added to the library’s shelves. At their regular meeting last month, Friends President Linda Libbey presented a check for $1000 to Library Director Catherine Redden, for the purchase of large-print books. The check was given in memory of Redden’s mother, Stella Shaw McEachern, a fan of large print books who recently passed away at 91 years of age.

According to Libbey, Redden had mentioned some time ago that an individual had previously made a large donation to purchase large-print books for the library; however, the designated funds had run out. Libbey says the Friends felt it would be fitting to build up the collection by giving a gift in McEachern’s memory.

The Friends are also lending a helping hand to the library’s Homework Helpers program by purchasing a four-pack table and storage cart which will be utilized by the group. Homework Helpers is a peer support and tutoring program starting this fall.

Those who have enjoyed utilizing the library’s assortment of museum passes over the years will be pleased to know that the Friends have voted in support of continuing the program. Passes available to area museums include Strawbery Banke, the Seacoast Science Center, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the New England Aquarium, Portsmouth Children’s Museum, Boston Museum of Science, the Currier Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum. The passes allow library patrons to be admitted free of charge or at a reduce rate.

In less than one week, almost 70 people had registered for the library’s online book club, funded by the Friends. The Dear Reader book club presents the first chapter of various books to subscribers, then directs them to the library where a quantity of the selected books will be reserved. There are 11 different book clubs from which to choose, so there is something for everyone.

These and other programs made possible through the support of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library benefit all of the library’s patrons. And, the Friends are always seeking to add new members to their numbers. An annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Dorothy Little Room. Anyone who is looking to meet new people, get involved in the community, or is willing to help the library is encouraged to attend. For more information about the Friends, visit library/ friends/ index.htm, or call (603) 926-3368.