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Movie "Arrival", Wed. 2/22 & Thurs. 2/23


Rated PG-13  (1 hr., 56 mins.)

Wednesday, February 22 @ 1 pm AND

Thursday, February 23 @ 5:30 pm

êStarring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner

When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert codebreaker Louise Banks  - is brought together to investigate.  As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Admission is FREE. Popcorn and water are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.

Kids Hip Hop Yoga Class (Ages 9-12)

Hip Hop Yoga Class for Kids

Half yoga, half hip hop dance and a whole lot of fun! This is an hour-long class for kids ages 9-12 (classes for other age groups coming soon). Space is limited, so please call the Children's Room at 926-4729 to snag your spot! Yoga mats will be provided.

Fridays 3:30-4:30 pm, March 10-31 (3/10, 3/17, 3/24 & 3/31)

Our teacher, Barbara, was a preschool teacher for many years and teaches HIp Hop Yoga for adults in Stratham and the Children's Yoga series at a local studio. 

Meet the Author: Mary Jane Begin

Mary Jane is a WHS Class of 1981 alumni! We're excited to host her for this Winter Break event.
Explore all of her amzing artwork, read blog posts and more by the author!

The Winnacunnet High School Alumni Association has invited author and illustrator Mary Jane Begin for a special speaking engagement at the Lane Memorial Library on March 3rd at 3:30-5:00 pm. Mary Jane is a WHS class of 1981 graduate and currently resides in Rhode Island.

She began her career as an artist at a young age at Amesbury Elementary School. Her family later moved to Hampton, where she grew up on Homestead Circle. She started her freshman year at WHS and remembers with affection the times she spent biking to the beach with friends and collecting shells that she would use as references in her artwork.

In a recent interview, Mary Jane recalled that “Hampton was a wonderful, safe community to grow up in and I formed several of my most enduring friendships there. Returning to Hampton means seeing places that I have fond memories of from high school. Besides the beach, seeing the Galley Hatch brings back memories of a few first dates.”

Mary Jane also mentioned several of her teachers at WHS who left a deep impression.  “I adored Madame Patenaude who taught French and Mr. Devantry who taught Algebra, but Mr. Deshon, the long time chemistry teacher, was a stand out for me. Admittedly, he was disappointed that I didn't go into science, choosing art instead, but his teaching style definitely influenced my own rigorous expectations for my students at the Rhode Island School of Design where I teach in the undergraduate program in Illustration.”

Reflecting on her early inspirations as an artist she said, “One person who most influenced my decision to become an artist and who encouraged me with endless enthusiasm was Jill Berry, the longtime head of the art department at WHS.  I had her as a teacher the very first year that she taught there. She created such an inviting environment in the art department that we would hang out after school, just to be a part of this unique and engaging circle of creative energy. She inspired me to choose art and teaching, and for that, I'll always be grateful.”

That choice to pursue art has resulted in the publication of 13 books in addition to freelance work and teaching. She is showing a piece in the Cats in Hats Exhibition at the Springfield Museum in Springfield, MA, and the original artwork from her latest book  My Little Pony, the Dragons on Dazzle Island will be on exhibit in August, 2018 at the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, RI.

Tracy Williams, Vice President of the WHS Alumni is coordinating the event with Mary Jane.  The two are former classmates and both believe in the WHS “Warrior” spirit of perseverance and generosity. These themes can be found in Mary Jane’s personal work and the work of the alumni. Former WHS graduates like Mary Jane and Tracy stay in contact through Facebook, LinkedIn, and email. They work together to host annual luncheons were they raise money and prepare Pride Packages for recent alumni who have graduated from military training. They also attend school board meetings and present awards to an outstanding MCJROTC Senior and night school graduates.

Mary Jane’s talk at the Lane Memorial Library is open to all, with a suggested audience age of 8 years and older.  The library is located at 2 Academy Ave. in Hampton.

We recently got the chance to inteview Mary Jane and are thrilled to share her respones here!


When did you start drawing and writing?

I started drawing and writing when I was in first grade, at Amesbury Elementary School. The first illustrated story was an autobiography :)

What was a local influence on your work?

When we moved to Hampton, I had just started my freshman year at WHS.  We moved to a lovely neighborhood on Homestead Circle, and I would ride bikes with my friends to Hampton Beach.  I  collected shells to draw because I loved the color and shape of them. I have baskets of shells all over my house. They made a recent appearance in  my picture book My Little Pony, Under the Sparkling Sea.  I think I may have taken the characters on an adventure under water just so that I could draw shells!

What do you like the most about coming back to Hampton?

Hampton was a wonderful, safe community to grow up in and I formed several of my most enduring friendships there. Returning to Hampton means seeing places that I have fond memories of from high school. Besides the beach, seeing the Galley Hatch brings back memories of a few first dates.  No restaurant has ever surpassed the amazing Aquarian pizza they serve!  As a book worm,  I also spent a lot of time at the library, so it''ll be wonderful to be back among the stacks. Most importantly though, I'm really tickled to see some of those buds I mentioned, and hopefully a few familiar WHS fellow alums! 

Who was a WHS teacher that impacted your life?

I had so many truly gifted, caring and extraordinary teachers at WHS. I adored Madame Patenaude who taught French and Mr. Devantry who taught Algebra, but Mr. Deshon, the long time chemistry teacher, was a stand out for me. Admittedly, he was disappointed that I didn't go into science, choosing art instead, but his teaching style definitely influenced my own rigorous expectations for my students at RISD where I teach in the under graduate program in Illustration. I was saddened to learn of Mr. Kenney, the Driver's Education teacher's recent passing.  He was funny, irreverent and a delightful human being with a very kind heart.  When I was a senior, circumstances left me without a car to practice with or take my driving test in.  Mr. Kenney got special permission to allow me to use the Driver's Ed car so that I could take my test.  He was a very special person.  But the one person who most influenced my decision to become an artist and who encouraged me with endless enthusiasm, was Jill Berry, the long time head of the art department at WHS.  I had her as a teacher the very first year that she taught there.

She created  such an inviting environment in the art department, that we would hang out after school, just to be a part of this unique and engaging circle of creative energy. She inspired me to choose art and teaching, and for that, I'll always be grateful.

What was it like attending WHS when you were growing up?

I'll admit it, I've always been a bit of nerd, and really loved school.  Though I moved to Hampton and started WHS as a new kid, I quickly found my groove with the people who liked art, dance, literature, and science. I'm guessing that it was similar to most schools, with cliques and friend circles that don't overlap…but I found that my classmates were mostly good hearted and friendly. One friend in particular, Tracy Williams, the President of the WHS Alumni Association, was one of those people who was friends with everyone…and encouraged me to step outside my naturally reticent self and be more social. I'm sure that I ended up as Winter Carnival Queen one year, because of her excellent campaigning :) 

If you could tell your younger writer/artist self anything, what would it be?

I would tell myself this:  Have the courage to push past the natural fear that will try really hard to hold you back.  It's scary to step out on a limb and make something no one else has ever made…you risk failing, sometimes miserably!  I've learned more in the rough patches of failure than any other time, and am grateful to those moments. Write it down, build it up, sing it loudly, paint it, draw it…make it your own. You'll never regret it, you'll only regret not trying.

When did you start working on MLP books?

I started working on the MLP books around 2010.  Because Hasbro is such a large company, everything moves a bit more slowly, and it took about a year to finalize the contract, then get started on writing and illustrating the book.

How many works have you published?

I've published 13 books so far, in addition to freelance work and teaching.

Are you showing your artwork at any galleries? Or have you in the past?

I've shown in museums and galleries across the country.  Right now, I have a piece in the Cats in Hats Exhibition at the Springfield Museum in Springfield  MA and my work is  currently on view at the National Museum of American Illustration in Newport, RI.  In addition, I'll be having an exhibition of all the original art from My Little Pony, the Dragons on Dazzle Island in August , 2018 at the NMAI.

Who would be one author or illustrator that you'd love to collaborate with?

I'd love to collaborate with J.K. Rowling…more for her wildly inventive imagination than anything else!

What kind of research do you do when working on illustrations?

I spend a fair amount of time getting books from the library for content, searching for imagery on Pinterest and taking pictures for particular poses and lighting situations.  The research can be half the fun, because it's time spent learning about something new. I can get too caught up in this stage if left to my own devices!

How long on average does it take for you to finish an illustration or book?

A book can take anywhere from 6  or 8 months to 3 years…depending on the length of it and number of illustrations. The Wind in the Willows is a chapter book, and is illustrated in a complex style- that was a three year project- though I was teaching, doing freelance projects and raising two kids at the time I illustrated it.  A single illustration can take a day if it's a small single image of a character, or two weeks, if it's a complex scene.  It really depends on the complexity of the technique too. I worked in pastel and water color for both of the MLP books, and it helped to make detailed paintings take less time than the acrylic heavily layered approach of The Wind in the Willows.

What about your latest book did you find most challenging or invigorating?

The most challenging part of the latest book, My Little Pony, The Dragons on Dazzle Island was definitely drawing all those scales on the dragon.  It was one thing to draw  them in lines for the sketches, but when it came to the painting, I decided to make them iridescent (like shells!) and that was a real challenge to paint. In the end, I'm happy with how it all turned out.  The aspect of the book that I'm most proud of though, is the message of the story.  This book is about finding a place in our heart to care about someone else's babies- whether it is a pony or a dragon.The message to children and parents is  "Hug with all your Heart!"  Having an open heart and mind is a theme that holds true, especially in the world we live in today.

Tax Help Schedule - 2017

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AARP Tax Help
February 1 - April 15, 2017

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

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No Appointment Necessary


Having last year’s (2015) tax return and all of this year’s (2016) 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.

MLK DAY: Dress A Girl Around The World Sew-a-thon

Dress a girl Dress A Girl Around The World Sew-a-thon

Start your new year off by participating in a service project at Lane Memorial Library. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 16, 2017 from 9-12 the Lane Friends will be bringing Dress A Girl Around The World to the library and invite all sewers to join in making dresses for girls that have never had a dress. This is a multi country effort that has created simple, colorful, dignified dresses for over 450,000 girls in 82 countries including many cities in the USA. The dresses provide self esteem, dignity and help to prevent the girls from abuse.

Jackie Dewey, Southern Maine Ambassador for Dress A Girl, will lead the project and send the resulting dresses to places of need such as Guatemala, Senegal, Nicaragua, India, Malawi and Uganda.You do not need exceptional sewing skills to create your dress just be able to stitch straight lines on your machine and Jackie guides the group through the process. Jackie will provide irons, ironing boards, cutting boards, rotary cutters, patterns, some fabrics and trims.

We will be making sundresses and you are asked to bring the following:

• Sewing machine or serger. Extension cords, scissors, pins, hand sewing needle for the buttons, thread.
Fabric that is 45 ish” wide and 18+” long. Extra wide, double folded bias tape to match your fabric. (Two commercially packages of tape will make 3 dresses.) You may also make your bias tape if you wish.
Elastic 1/2 or 3/4 wide
Embellishments include buttons, lace, rick rack. Your design, your decision to include or not.
Excitement and friends for a fun time together.

The Lane Friends will provide snacks!

Register to join us for a fun and rewarding morning by sending your name to Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Library Director at More information about Dress A Girl can be found on their website at: and on their Facebook page.

"Beyond the Binding" - Seacoast Storytellers visit area libraries in January 2017

Seacoast StorytellersLibraries are chock full of stories. They’re stacked high with them, from fairy tales to mysteries to true-to-life accounts. But alas, the majority of them are trapped in books, waiting for their chance to get checked out so that they may be enjoyed. Enter the Seacoast Storytellers, a group of professional storytellers based in the NH Seacoast area, and the Seacoast Area Libraries, an organization of local public libraries. In this first-of-its-kind series of special events, attendees will be taken “Beyond the Binding” and into the world where stories are told live and in person, as they have been since the antiquities. Professional storytellers will visit 18 Seacoast libraries and spin their tales for adults, children, and families all throughout the month of January.

Note that each of these storytelling events will feature a program unique to the hosting library, even if it features the same storyteller.  We encourage our patrons to visit as many of these events as possible for a wonderful variety of timeless tales!


Date Time Library Storyteller
Thursday, Jan 5 2:00-3:00 pm Seabrook Anne Jennison
Monday, Jan 9 11:00-11:30 am Exeter Shawn Middleton
Tuesday, Jan 10 6:30-7:30 pm Hampton Anne Jennison
Wednesday, Jan 11 7:00-8:00 pm East Kingston Shelley Hersey
Thursday, Jan 12 7:00-8:30 pm Brentwood Shelley Hersey
Saturday, Jan 14 11:00-12:00 pm Kensington Shawn Middleton
Tuesday, Jan 17 6:00-7:00 pm New Castle Debra Ballou
Wednesday, Jan 18 6:30-7:30 pm Newmarket Mark Chamberlain
Thursday, Jan 19 6:30-7:45 pm Rye True Tales Live
Friday, Jan 20 5:00-6:00 pm Epping Michael Lang
Saturday, Jan 21 2:00-3:00 pm Portsmouth Debra Ballou
Tuesday, Jan 24 6:00-7:30 pm Newington Michael Lang
Wednesday, Jan 25 7:00-8:00 pm Greenland Michael Lang
Thursday, Jan 26 4:00-4:30 pm N. Hampton Papa Joe
Friday, Jan 27 5:30-6:30 pm Stratham Family Fort Night
Saturday, Jan 28 10:00-11:00 am Kingston Shawn Middleton
Monday, Jan 30 6:30-7:30 pm Newton Papa Joe
Tuesday, Jan 31 6:30 PM Hampton Falls Dennis Lipman


Anne JennisonOn Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30 PM, Anne Jennison will bring her special brand of Native American storytelling to the Lane Memorial Library.  Anne is a New Hampshire-based storyteller who comes from countless generations of folks who've lived in the Northeastern Woodlands.  But Anne’s worldview - and "voice" as a storyteller – has also been shaped by having lived in such far-flung places as Kansas, the Philippines, Maryland, Ohio, France, and Germany as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.   While Anne is a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander with both European and Abenaki heritage who comes from a family with a strong oral tradition, she has also had rigorous training in her art form. With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and in History, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller - to her retelling of timeless Native American stories.  In her own words, “Stories from all traditions share the wonder of life and great gifts of drama, humor and wisdom, but for their gentle yet critically important lessons of life, Native American lesson stories are my favorite to tell.  I first began learning Northeast Woodlands stories when my daughters were quite young, to teach them about their Abenaki and Mohawk heritage, and have since expanded my repertoire to include stories from all over Turtle Island”.

Artist Peg Duffin exhibits "Spirit of the Seashore" in December

Peg DuffinLocal watercolor artist Peg Duffin will be exhibiting a collection of paintings entitled Spirit of the Seashore in the downstairs Weston Gallery from December 7th through the end of the month.  Peg has been a member of Seacoast Art Association for over 20 years, is a founding member of the Hampton Art Network and has been involved in networking and outreach for the arts in Hampton.

Peg operates her gallery Art and Soul as well as teaches watercolor techniques from her home in Hampton, and her art has been published and used several times for local fundraisers.  Her painting Blue Door for example, has been used several times by Exeter Hospital Oncology Dept as both the cover to their fundraiser calendar and for the Center of Cancer Care patient handbook in 2007. The painting also appeared in the Northeast Cancer Newsletter in New Hampshire in that same year.   Most recently her work has been used for The Seacoast Youth Services winter and spring fundraisers as well as several calendars benefiting the Families First organization.

When people comment about her particular style, Peg will often respond that although she has been influenced by many talented master artists, her watercolors have a serenity that reflects both her love of the subject and the support she has received over the years from friends and family.  Her work has been on exhibit at the Gallery of Great Bay Community College as well as many local shops and venues.

We asked Peg for some thoughts on her upcoming show at the library and she replied “As I was preparing Spirit of the Seashore, I thought of how many blessings there are, living near the shore. This has been our retirement environment, and my playground of amusement – there is so much to see and to paint!  The birds, the ocean, the beach scenes, the lighthouses that adorn the coastlines of New England. These and so many other gifts are part of living along the shoreline.  I hope visitors to the show enjoy these original watercolors as much as I did creating them, finding the scenes and putting them into a composed image of what my eye could see, and my heart wanted the viewer to see.”

Peg will host an artist reception and talk about her work at the Lane Library on Monday, December 12th at 6:30 PM.  All are invited.

"Harvesting Hope for the Holidays" Jazz Concert 11/28

TJ Wheeler and Ayan Imai-HallOn Monday, November 28th at 6:30 PM the library will welcome back jazz guitarist TJ Wheeler and tap / percussionist Ayan Imai-Hall for a special concert to benefit both the Hampton Food Pantry and the Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew.  According to Tj, the concert is a perfect segue from giving thanks to creating hope and joy for those in need.  After all, sometimes even Santa needs just a little bit of help …

Musician / Activist Tj Wheeler will bring his own bag of treats to the library in the form of Blues and Jazzified Holiday classics as well as his favorite non-holiday songs that are still very poignant for this time of year.  He will again be joined by virtuoso tap dancer Ayan Imai-Hall, marking their 10th anniversary of working together. They met when at age 12 and already an accomplished dancer, Ayan joined an inter-generational Jazz / Blues ensemble class directed by Tj.  Since then they have performed at the White Mountain Blues & Boogie Festival, several MLK holiday events and Portsmouth's First Night celebrations.They were a featured act at Market Square Day, and were also recipients of a year-long Traditional Arts Membership grant from the NH State Council on the Arts.

Harvesting Hope for the Holidays is a free concert sponsored by the Lane Memorial Library and is open to all with music suitable for all ages.  Last year was 'standing room only', so we advise coming a bit early to get a good seat!

The concert will be downstairs in the Lane Room, with a collection area in the back reserved for those who wish to donate non-perishable goods and toiletries to the Hampton Food Pantry.  A collection box will also be available for monetary donations to Tj's chosen charity "Feed My Starving Children", which delivers meals directly to those in need after natural disasters.  More information about the charity is available on the website Charity Navigator, with a specific page about relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew here.

Friends' Fall Book Sale - November 16 - 19

Fall Book Sale

In just a few days the Friends of the Lane Library will throw open the doors to their Fall Book Sale!  Looking for some great books to curl up with as the nights grow long and chilly?  Thanks to the generosity of book donors in our community and the many hours donated by volunteer sorters, we will again have thousands of books on every topic and in every genre, at unbeatable bargain prices.

  • Huge selection of paperbacks and hardbacks
  • Fiction, Non-Fiction, Bestsellers and Coffee Table books
  • Children's Books
  • DVDs and Audiobooks

Friends' Preview Night : Wednesday, November 16 from 5 - 7 PM
(Memberships are available at the door)

Public Sale - November 17 through 19
Thursday, November 17 : 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, November 18 : 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 19 : 9:00 AM to 12 Noon
(Buy a Friends Tote Bag, fill it for free!)

The book sale is not only a chance to find great items at great prices, but also your chance to support the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, a wonderful group that financially underwrites many of the programs, lectures and concerts that are offered free of charge to the Hampton community throughout the year.

Artist Rob Franco "The Assateague Ponies" - Weston Gallery

Rob Franco "Circle of Life"This November we welcome artist Rob Franco to the Weston Gallery as he exibits his show The Wild Ponies of Assateague, a series of oil paintings that capture the lives of one of the last remaining band of wild ponies in America.  Rob will host a reception for the public as well as talk about his visits to Assateague Island on Saturday, November 12 at 2;30 in the afternoon.  The talk is open to all, and light refreshements will be provided.

We asked Rob to tell us a little more about his work, and he replied, "My first visit to Assateague Island National Seashore in coastal Maryland to see the wild ponies was a truly emotional and inspiring experience.The Ponies have lived on this barrier island, wild and free of human intervention since the 1700's.  Their development of short legs has allowed them to navigate the sand dunes and salt marshes while the bloated bellies are a result of foraging on salt grasses, poison ivy and other island vegetation. Many return visits allowed me to study and capture the intimate moments and interactions of these beautiful and wild creatures.  One particular family band consisting of a six week old filly foal, her mother and father and three additional mares, are the inspiration of this body of work. Following the foal's growth over the past three years has been very rewarding.  Watching her learn to forage the dunes and marshes, preparing for the harsh winters and running on the beach to escape the biting flies of summer propelled me to capture these special moments on canvas.  Now she is grown and is with a new band led by a young stallion and preparing to have foals of her own. The Circle of Life continues."