News and Views at the library

Kids' and Teens' Summer Programs Week 3!

Here's what's coming this week for Teens and Kids' at the Library 

logoMonday, July 6 @ 9 am: Signups start for the American Girl Event (to be held on Friday, July 17). Call 926-4729 or come by the Children's Room. Signups are required for this event.

Tuesday, July 7 @ 10 am: Storytime with Miss Wendy in the Children's Room. Summer storytimes are "all ages" and drop-in.

Tues., July 7 @ 6:30 pm: Superhero Pajama Storytime AND Stuffed Animal Sleepover—  Join Miss Paulina for a super fun evening storytime. Wear your best jammies and bring your (second) favorite stuffed animal. After the storytime your stuffed animals are welcome to stay for a library sleepover. When you come back the next day to pick them up we’ll have pictures to show you all of the fun they had while you were at home asleep! (Lane Room)

K9 RescueWed., July 8 @ 10 am: NE K-9 Search & Rescue—“Lostproofing” Your Kids: New England K-9 SAR has a strong commitment to educating children and adults about how to be safe in the woods. We talk to children about how to “lostproof” themselves.; and if they get lost, how to stay safe. And of course, the dogs enjoy showing off their nosey talents! (Starting in the Lane Room and then moving to the field next to Centre School-Weather Permitting)

Thursday, July 2 at 10 am: Storytime with Miss Paulina in the Children's Room. Summer storytimes are "all ages" and drop-in.

Fri., July 10 @ 10 am: Curious George 3, Not Rated

Fri., July 10 @ 1 pm: Batman: The Movie, Rated PG
Teen Programs
Teens can sign-up any time! Teens will get a Summer ID, the number they'll use each time they submit their reading logs for summer reading. Check with the Library after signing up for your Summer ID number.
teen sloganHere's a rundown of the programs coming up:
Monday, July 6th: Our first Weekly Raffle in the Teen Area from 3:30-4:00 pm. Turn in your reading or attend to earn tickets! The Kona Ice Truck will be here. You don't have to do summer reading to get a Kona Ice. Kona has graciously agreed to be here once a week for anyone to get something cold and delicious. 
July 6th Reading Buddies 4:00-4:30 pm, Children's Room. Volunteer to read one on one with a eager reader. 
July 7th Game Booth Brainstorm Session 3:30-4:30 pm, Teen Area. Volunteer to design a game booth for the End of Summer Finale Party. The booths will be for the younger children who participate in the Children's Room Summer Reading Program. Free snacks.
July 8th Blue Ocean Society 1:00-2:00 pm. Learn about marine conservation and meet Ladder, their life size inflatable whale.
July 8th Blue Ocean Society Beach Clean-up, 6:00-8:00 pm. Volunteer to clean up at Jenness Beach. Parents can drop teens off but must sign a permission form.
July 9th 3:00-5:00 p.m. we'll host a Movie in the Teen Area with free popcorn.
July 10th Water Balloon Battle,  4:00-5:00 pm Lane Library Lawn. 
Weekly Prizes: Blitz Park, Captain's Cove, Las Olas, & Dunkin Donuts 
You'll earn tickets for any daily program(weekly raffle, movie night, Tuesday activities, etc) or volunteer program that you come to. Attend 7 programs and earn 25 tickets. 
Weekly raffle tickets are put towards the end of summer drawing every week.
Don't forget that the Teen Bingo Card earns you extra tickets.
You'll need your Summer ID number. This number can be found back near the Teen Area. The person at the Ref Desk can help you find your number. You can also call 926-3368 to find out Summer ID.
You can turn in your summer reading online. Follow the directions. You're entered for the weekly and end of summer drawings. That simple. 
I'll be sending periodic emails through out the summer talking about the programs we have and that you've signed up for. 
That's all for now, til next week.
Teen Services Librarian

Tuesday, 7/7: Superhero Pajama Storytime AND Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Stuffed Animal SleepoverTues., July 7 @ 6:30 pm: Superhero Pajama Storytime AND Stuffed Animal Sleepover—  Join Miss Paulina for a super fun evening storytime. Wear your best jammies and bring your (second) favorite stuffed animal. After the storytime your stuffed animals are welcome to stay for a library sleepover. When you come back the next day to pick them up we’ll have pictures to show you all of the fun they had while you were at home asleep! (Lane Room)

Reading Buddies (Teen/Kids Summer Program)

For Teens:

I am still looking for volunteers for our Reading Buddies Program. 

The Reading Buddies Program involves a group of teenagers reading one-on-one with a group of children every week. You'll read books together, tell stories, play word games, write stories - anything to help younger children become better readers. 

To start off our program we will have a training session Tuesday, June 30th 5:30-7:30 pm. I will be providing Flatbread pizza.

Teens commit to 5 sessions of reading on July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, & Aug 3rd from 4:00-4:30 pm.

To comply with NH Department of Labor Regulations, I will have to have those 12-15 get a Employer Request for Child Labor Form filled out. The form is obtained from the library. Then both teen and parent will have to go to their SAU school office with a birth certificate or evidence of date of birth, and have it signed by the school. The school will then issue a NH Youth Employment Certificate which comes back to the library. 

If you are interested in being a Reading Buddy, please contact me ASAP for the proper forms and further information. Call 926-3368 or email  

For Parents:

I are still accepting sign-ups for children 5-8 years old for Reading Buddy. Please be aware that the aim is to have one teen for one child, so space is limited. If you're interested in signing up your child, please contact me directly via email at or call 926-3368. We can take down your name and information, and will try our best to match your child with a teen.


Movie "Danny Collins", Wed. 7/8 & Thurs. 7/9

Danny CollinsDanny Collins

Rated R (1 hr., 48 mins.)

Wednesday, July 8 @ 1 pm AND

Thursday, July 9 @ 5:30 pm


Starring Al Pacino and Annette Bening


Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can't give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he changes course with the help of a new friend (Annette Bening) and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. 


Admission is FREE. Water and popcorn are provided by the Friends of the Lane Memorial Libary.

Muriel Angelil - "A Childhood in Alexandria" - Weston Gallery

In close embraceMake plans to join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 PM for an evening of poetry readings and discussion with Muriel Angelil, our current artist exhibiting in the Weston Gallery.  Currently living in Amesbury, MA, Muriel Angelil started to write in the 1980’s encouraged by her late husband Joseph Godwin who also was a writer. She has written poetry, children’s stories, a journal and technical articles on Expressive Art Therapy. As a way to understand her own life's journey, Angelil published a memoir Back to the Past, A Daughter of the Nile which described her life in Alexandria, Egypt and her reasons for leaving and settling in the USA.

Recently she started to attend an Open Mic in Newburyport and her journey as a poet was launched. In a year, she has written over one hundred poems describing her relationships with family members, lovers and friends and her personal thoughts on death, love, dance and travels.

Muriel Angelil is also an artist and has been exhibiting her paintings, monotypes and sculptures for the last thirty years. Her artworks show abstracted figurative shapes inspired by her life: including dancers, horses, little girls, women, and men.  Other works are simply abstracts inspired by her love of music and especially jazz. Fluid strokes and color are predominant in her abstract and encaustic (wax) paintings, serving to  express visually a world of action and mystery.  In her monotypes one can see a bold graphic quality a simple use of color and a fluidity of expression.

Memories Of FallDancers, Little Girl, Arab WomenDancers

"Stories of the Portsmouth Naval Prison", Monday, February 23 at 6:30 PM

Filmmaker Neil NovelloFor all who have wondered about the story behind the hulking ruin known as "The Castle" glimpsed across the water on the Portsmouth Naval Base, the library is delighted to present an evening with filmmaker Neil Novello, who has created a unique documentary on the Portsmouth Naval Prison.

He will join us on Monday evening, February 23 at 6:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room to unfold the history behind this closed-to-the-public military institution.  The video documentary covers three different time periods of the Naval prison’s history from the end of World War I up through World War II and into the Vietnam War era.

Those who attend will see photos and hear commentary on the construction of the prison in 1908, see some of the early commanders of the Naval Prison including the civilian reformist Thomas Mott Osborne, and view some rarely seen footage filmed in May 1945 of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the Naval prison.

Mr. Novello will also screen extended video clips from “The Castle” where he used a Navy produced documentary, along with interviews of local residents who served in the Marines and Navy, to tell the story of the prison during the Vietnam war era.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about one of the Seacost area's most interesting slices of military and local history!


New Library Spaces

New Library SpacesThe library is moving into phase 1 of a project to relocate the main floor circulation desk. The original 1986 desk has been a hindrance to good service for many years and in 2014 we finally developed a plan that we believe will alleviate sight line problems, provide adequate work space for all staff, and enable us to more conveniently serve patrons with disabilities. As excited as we are to see this plan realized over the next few weeks we expect some noise, disruption, and confusion. Please bear with us and ask if you need help locating anything. We will do our best to serve you throughout this transition without reducing our open hours.



The new location for the front desk

The new location for the front desk.

Tax Help Schedule - 2015

Tax Help Wizard

AARP Tax Help
February 2 - April 15, 2015

Monday 9:15 AM to 12 Noon
Tuesday 4:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday 4:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturdays in February ONLY 9:15 AM to 12 Noon

Downstairs Little Room

No Appointment Necessary


Having last year’s (2013) tax return and all of this year’s (2014) tax related information such as W-2s, Social Security account numbers, property and personal tax records, Social Security income, medical expenses, interest and dividend statements will make the process go more smoothly. A picture ID must be presented.

Note: This year proof of medical insurance coverage is a new requirement. Medicare, Medicaid, employer sponsored coverage or coverage purchased privately all qualify. If coverage was purchased on a state or Federal exchange a Form 1095-A must be obtained as proof of insurance for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents.

To have a refund deposited directly to your personal bank account you must bring your checking or savings account number and bank routing information.

State returns for Massachusetts, Maine and others can be completed and filed in conjunction with your federal return.

2015 Lane Memorial Library Improvements Warrant Article #23

The purpose of this Warrant Article request is twofold:

1) To replace the fan coils and thermostats throughout the building. They date from the opening of the addition in 1985 and are all beyond their useful life. We are paying above the service contract to fix components as they fail. The thermostats absolutely do not work and are still pneumatic. The new ones will be digital and we will be able to eliminate the compressor completely. The compressor is another piece of equipment that we annually sink money into above the service contract costs. As an added bonus removing the compressor will reduce noise in the room used by the seniors for cards and bingo.

2) To replace the carpet on the first floor which also dates to the opening of the addition and is in very poor shape after 30 years (The carpet in the Dearborn Redden Room and Teen corner are much newer and are not included in this plan. The lower level also has much newer carpet that does not need replacing at this time). The plan is to replace with carpet squares since that will allow us to repair stains over the life of the new carpet effectively.

See the slideshow below for more information.

Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Director

"Celia Thaxter's Island Garden" - Film Presentation

Please join us on Monday, January 12th at 6:30 PM for a unique look at one of the more interesting locations off the coast of New Hampshire.  Nineteenth-century Isles of Shoals poet and author Celia Thaxter was also known for her imaginative Victorian island garden.  Her friend, impressionist Childe Hassam, prepared illustrations for Celia's last book, An Island Garden, published in 1894 just before her death. Based on her book, the unique garden  has been recreated on Appledore Island and now attracts hundreds of visitors annually. This  film tells the story of Celia and her garden, her friendship with Hassam and other artists,  and the effort made by Shoals Marine Laboratory founder Dr. John Kingsbury to recreate the  garden 80 years after Thaxter's death.

Peter Randall, who produced, directed, and photographed the garden, will present the story behind the film and be on hand for questions from the audience.  The film presentation is free and open to all ages.