February 2000 Library News

February Library News

By Catherine Redden Director 926-3368

Though we finally have snow, it surely feels like spring out there today. Warmer days are coming and with them, the urge to get out of the house. Have you taken yourself to one of the museums lately? We have passes to the Boston Aquarium, Boston Science Museum, Boston Children's Museum and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The first three all operate now on a ticket system. You reserve the ticket with us, and it allows up to four people reduced admission. With the ticket, you no longer have to return a pass to the library at the end of the day. The ticket system charges from $1 to $3 per person on the ticket, depending upon the Museum, still a significant savings if you take the family. We also have a library pass to the Children's Museum in Portsmouth, America's Stonehenge in Salem, and the Shaker Village in Canterbury, the last two passes being seasonal.

On Wednesday, March 1st, Piscataqua Pioneers, a collection of selected biographies of early settlers, will be presented to the Library in the New Hampshire Room by Haven Andrews and Ansell Palmer. Come and meet the authors and publisher. Copies of the book will be available.

Don't forget READ ACROSS HAMPTON DAY March 2nd! Come in and read and sign up for our free giveaway. Hampton and Hampton Beach by Bill Teschek is one of the prizes. Have you ever tried to track just what you do read in a day? You might be surprised - cereal box? newspaper? street sign? advertisement? laundry directions? no tools required assembly directions?

Try tracking your reading just for a short portion of the day - you'll astound yourself. A Kaiser Family Foundation study conducted between November 1998 and April 1999 found that although electronic media is popular, pleasure reading consumes a significant portion of young people's time with more than eight in ten reading for fun every day an average of 45 minutes. That was good news to read. However, the same report notes that a number of children spend up to five hours every day in front of the television, with most of that time unsupervised watching. Bring your family to the library for Read Across Hampton Day and stock up on reading materials for the whole family! If you have a sixth grader, come and see all the posters they did for this event; they've really brightened up the library!