News and Views at the library

Summer Movies, July 30-31

The Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel
Wednesday, July 30 @ 11:30 am AND
Thursday, July 31 @ 5:30 pm
Rated R (2 hours)
 
The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Starring Ralph Fiennes and F. Murray Abraham.
 





IsabelleIsabelle Dances Into the Spotlight
Thursday, July 31
1 PM
Not Rated (1hr., 40 minutes)

This is a free event but attendance is limited to 60 kids. Please call the Children's Room (926-4729) or drop by to sign up.

Nine-year-old Isabelle is an inspired dancer with a flair for fashion design. She's thrilled to be studying ballet at a prestigious performing arts school, but her classmates are so talented—and she can't help feeling that she's always in the shadow of her "perfect" older sister, Jade. So when her idol, a famous ballerina, encourages her to audition for a professional ballet, Isabelle isn't sure she can land the role. And when a competitive classmate starts pointing out Isabelle's every mistake, her confidence sinks even further. Can she find the courage to step into the spotlight and discover her own way to shine? 

American Girl event and "Isabelle" movie - Thurs. 7/31

Join us for our first-ever American Girl event! Bring your American Girl doll or stuffed animal and you can make something special for them!

This is a free event but attendance is limited to 60 kids. Please call the Children's Room (926-4729) or drop by to sign up.

Thursday, July 31

AG Star12:45 - Picnic in the library! Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to enjoy before/during the movie


AG Movie1:00 - Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight. Nine-year-old Isabelle is an inspired dancer with a flair for fashion design. She's thrilled to be studying ballet at a prestigious performing arts school, but her classmates are so talented—and she can't help feeling that she's always in the shadow of her "perfect" older sister, Jade. So when her idol, a famous ballerina, encourages her to audition for a professional ballet, Isabelle isn't sure she can land the role. And when a competitive classmate starts pointing out Isabelle's every mistake, her confidence sinks even further. Can she find the courage to step into the spotlight and discover her own way to shine? Not Rated. 100 minutes.


AG Star2:40 - Ballet Dance Presentation. Dancers from the NHAPA dance company will be here to show off some of their ballet moves and to teach the kids a few!

 

AG Star3:00 - Doll t-shirt design project. Each kid will receive a hand-made AG doll-sized t-shirt and we will have supplies to create your own design on the shirt.

 

Last but not least, we are having a trivia question raffle based on Isabelle's American Girl books. Click here to download the questions! Call the Children's Room to place the books on hold, read the books, answer the questions and turn the sheet in at the Children's Room. We will be raffling off copies of the Isabelle books, as well as an AG-doll-sized bed and other doll acessories. (You do not need to be present at the event to win.)

"Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography", July 9th at 6:30 PM

We welcome photographer Adam Woodworth to the Weston Gallery as our July artist.  He has mastered the amazing art of blending beautiful night skies with striking landscape compositions to produce etheral and almost surreal images.  Adam will also present an illustrated lecture on how he makes the magic, free and open to the public on Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 PM

Introduction to Landscape Astrophotography will take you on a night time journey across locations in Northern New England with a couple stops in New Brunswick and Quebec.  Adam will look at landscape photos that feature the galactic center of the Milky Way and discuss the stories and techniques behind the photos.

Woodworth is a landscape photographer, fine art printer, award winning filmmaker, and software engineer.  He is originally from Kittery, Maine, and now resides in Rye, New Hampshire.  He has had a love of photography for over 15 years, and since 2008 he has focused on landscape photography.

His goal as a photographer is to create compelling images using high quality tools and techniques.  His attention to detail as a long time computer programmer is not lost in his photography and fine art printing.
He often strives to produce images that capture the beauty of nature, but he also uses special techniques to create images that often times look otherworldly.

Adam can frequently be found wandering around the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the seacoasts of Maine and New Hampshire, or other beautiful areas of New England.

Boulder Beach and Otter CliffsThunder HoleCovered BridgeWest Quoddy Head

Summer Storytimes!! June 24-August 1

StorytimeJoin Miss Wendy and Miss Paulina for drop-in storytimes on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 am in the Children's Room, from June 24 through August 1. All ages are welcome (although the Tuesday group tends to be younger/toddler-aged). We'll have great books, lots of music, bubbles and silly games.

Local Author Brad Boucher - June 16th at 6:30 PM

Why write horror fiction?  That is a question local author Brad Boucher is happy to answer whenever he has an audience of interested fans.  You can hear the story of how he became fascinated by this particular corner of the writing universe on Monday, July 16th at 6:30 PM as he joins us here at the library to kick off the publication of his new book Readings from the Book of Pain.  In addition to a discussion about the merits and challenges of writing horror fiction, Brad will also touch on the subject of how writing short fiction for various publications is different from maintaining suspense throughout a full novel.  Budding writers of any genre take note!

Boucher's short stories have been published for many years, some of them in magazines that are now rare or have ceased publication.  He will give away several of these original magazines as raffle prizes.

Brad will also invite audience members to help choose the cover design for his new work during the course of his presentation.  The library has set up a voting station just around the corner from the circulation desk for those who would like a running start on the decision.

Vote your choice

Nancy Morgan, Fabric Artist: June exibit in the Weston Gallery

Nancy MorganDuring the month of June, Nancy Morgan will be exhibiting her textured scenes of coastal life in our downstairs Weston Gallery. At first glance many viewers are hard pressed to believe that these images are created from bits of fabric and a variety of stitching techniques. We asked Nancy to share a little bit of how she creates these amazing photo-realistic works.

She replied that many of her pieces begin with a photograph she takes of local scenes. “The actual process is much the same as painting,” she says, “My sewing machine being my brush and my fabric and thread being my medium. Fabric is layered, stitched using the free motion technique, and the excess fabric cut away for each element of the piece, also known as raw edged appliqué. Thread and tulle (nylon net) are then sewn as shading or accents. My intent is to depict as much detail as possible using the medium of fabric, thread and tulle."

Morgan’s intimate acquaintance with fabric comes from the years that she has been sewing since she was a child. Her very early love of dancing, which continued through adulthood when she studied dance at Adelphi University, resulted in many hours spent at the sewing machine to fashion costumes. 

Although self taught she has always had an interest in art and graphic design. Several years ago she was introduced to the technique of free style quilting and discovered a way of combining her sewing and artistic skills. Although she still uses the basic technique that she learned originally, “It has been through trial and error, and by studying many other fabric artists,” says Nancy, “that I have developed a style of my own.”

Born in Portsmouth, NH, Morgan has lived her entire life on the seacoast, currently residing in Portsmouth, NH and Shapleigh, ME.

"Summer in the square"Tyrant

The Barbara London Jazz Trio - May 29 at 7:00PM

Barbara LondonPlease join us on Thursday May 29, at 7 PM in the downstairs Weston Gallery for a jazz concert featuring Hampton’s own Barbara London on flute, keyboard, and vocals, joined by bassist Jim Lyden and drummer Gary Gemmiti.  The trio will play selections from Barbara’s new recording, Moonlight, as well as favorite jazz standards.  There will be a chance to meet the artists and a Q & A  opportunity.  Barbara’s new CD and watercolor cards will be on display and available. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Amanda Reynolds Cooper at the library, (603) 926-3368.

Barbara London is an award-winning flutist, composer, pianist, vocalist, artist, and educator. Recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts jazz performance grants, she has performed across the country and abroad and produced eight recordings of original compositions on her wild aster label.

Jim Lyden studied with both classical and jazz bassists. He gained experience by playing throughout northern New England with blues, funk, rock, and jazz musicians including Tiger Okoshi, Herb Pomeroy, Oliver Lake, and Frank Foster.

Gary Gemmiti studied with the late world-renowned Alan Dawson. Comfortable in a variety of styles, Gemmiti has worked with well-known New England artists including the Spectras, Cormac McCarthy, Cari Coltrane, and blues great Mighty Sam McClain.

Istanbul picture exchange in May - Weston Gallery

Child at vendor stallIn May 2014 the Lane Library will host a picture exchange with a photo group based in Istanbul Turkey entitled Large City Small Town: We all walk in the same world.  A library in Turkey will host pictures from a Hampton photo group in their gallery space as well, providing patrons of each library with a glimpse into the daily lives of people halfway around the globe.  The brainchild of Katharine Harake, who lives in both worlds, the photo exchange is facilitated by Karen Raynes, who collected and mounted the photos of Hampton and Istanbul for display in the library. 

The idea took off when Katharine started thinking about her early life in Hampton.  "I benefited greatly from growing up in a town like Hampton with such a great library and was curious why libraries are not as prevalent in Turkey, where I have lived for nearly 20 years.

I visited an award winning library in Istanbul last year called Turabibaba, and was very impressed by their efforts to improve the reading culture in their neighborhood. Their director, Mustafa Erdem, uses innovative programs like speed reading classes and youth activities to bring readers through the door.   I told him about life in Hampton and the library, and he suggested some type of cultural exchange to help raise awareness.  We decided on a photo exhibit showing pictures of Hampton and Istanbul, taken by photograph enthusiasts such as Karen and the others in her group. Most of the photos in Istanbul are taken by members of the photo club of an expat group called International Women of Istanbul  headed by an English expat ( and very talented photographer) named Julia Cooke. She has been an invaluable help in putting this exhibit together.

Turkish people often ask me what life is like in Hampton, and people in Hampton are equally curious about my life in Istanbul. These pictures give a glimpse into both worlds, and while viewers can make their own judgements I ultimately hope it will spark the same curiosity that motivated me to learn about the world - with the help of their local library."

Katherine will be here to talk about her experiences in Turkey on Monday, May 5th at 6:30 PM.  All are invited, with light refreshments provided by the Library.  In addition to images by Karen, photographs of life in Hampton are kindly provided by Christina Kraich-Rogers, John Gebhart, Marcia Hannon-Buber and Darrell Eifert.

Audrey Covert Watercolors - Weston Gallery, April 2014

Audrey CovertThis month we welcome Dover artist Audrey Covert to the Weston Gallery.  Audrey enjoys water color painting and finds children's toys to be great subjects for her art work, specifically many of her granddaughter's toys, which she finds interesting and inspiring.  Audrey took several art classes at the University of New Hampshire where she was able to work closely with many talented instructors.  Audrey's favorite painting is of the Portsmouth Lighthouse.

The library will host a "meet and greet" reception for Audrey in the Lane Room Weston Gallery on Monday, April 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  All are welcome!

Feature Film "Saving Mr. Banks", Wed. 4/16 & Thurs. 4/17

Saving Mr. BanksSaving Mr. Banks
Wednesday, April 16 at 1 pm AND
Thursday, April 17 at 5:30 pm
Rated PG-13 (2 hours, 5 mins.)

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film that reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for 20 years to obtain the rights to author P. L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set “Mary Poppins” free. 

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