News and Views at the library

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher - In Concert 4/28 at 6:30 PM

"Every time classical guitarist Peter Fletcher appears at Carnegie Hall, he has a packed house. Whether audience members are hearing him for the first time or were so enraptured by his technical skill and poised delivery that they’ve become diehard fans, Fletcher understands how to put together a repertoire that keeps audiences wanting more. And that is his genius." 
-- William Gooch, Fashion Reverie

Peter Fletcher, GuitaristOn Friday, April 28th at 6:30 PM classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will return to the Lane Memorial Library for a concert celebrating his upcoming appearance at Carnegie Hall, presenting a program filled with music by Bach, Albéniz, Satie and other composers who wrote or have been transcribed for 6-string guitar.  The concert will be in the lower Lane Room, and is free and open to all.

Peter has been giving over 100 concerts a year since 2003, and currently is on a nationwide tour. Peter loves giving concerts and feels that people should hear the natural acoustics of the instrument. He also feels that with concerts, sometimes a connection can be made between performer and audiences which is impossible with recorded music.   He balances well known works, such as Simple Gifts and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, with standard classical guitar music, and with his new transcriptions which in many cases have never been performed on classical guitar before.
Peter Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor, John Sutherland. In 1980 maestro José Tomás, Andrés Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long Master Class in Atlanta, GA. Peter Fletcher was the youngest student to perform in the class, playing music by Bach and Carcassi.

In December, 1983, he made his formal debut under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Wrote the critic of The Cherokee Scout, “He has technical facility but what one remembers about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics, his cadences.”

Fletcher furthered his studies in Master Classes with David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. As a performer in the Christopher Parkening Master Class in 1988, he was broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). In 1990, the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) awarded Fletcher a prize at its National Level Competition, and in 1995 he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses, and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award.

Peter Fletcher at Hedberg Public Library


Faberge Eggs: From Fine Art to Fine Craft - April 15th, 2017

Faberge Eggs : From Fine Art to Fine Craft

On Saturday, April 15 from 1 pm to 4 pm, artist Marina Forbes will present her workshop Faberge Eggs: From Fine Art to Fine Craft in the downstairs Lane Room.  This unique program combines a beautifully illustrated presentation on the life and remarkable work of Russian master jeweled egg artist, Peter Carl Faberge, with a hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to render a variety of delightful images on wooden eggs. This workshop is open to adults, teens, and families with children 6 and up. Participants will be inspired by a spectacular photo-tour of the Faberge collections at the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow. The program is free to attend and there is a materials fee of $5. per egg for anyone participating in the hands-on component of the program. This fee covers the cost of the wooden egg and stand as well as the paints and brushes for the workshop.
 
Presenter Marina Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist, Master Iconographer (2013, 2014 and 2015 awards for Artistic Excellence granted by The National Endowment for the Arts and The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts) who has lectured extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is a speaker on Russian Arts, History, and Culture with the NH Humanities Council. Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship.

Attendance will be limited to 30 participants, so please pre-register at the Lane Memorial Library Children's Room or call (603) 926-3368 and ask for the Children's Desk

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

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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.

Tax Help Schedule - 2017

Tax Help Wizard

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

Downstairs Little Room

No Appointment Necessary

Requirements:

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.

"Writing Our Way" - a creative writing group

Writing Our Way
A creative writing group for all levels
With author/poet Christie Close

Writer’s choice; fiction, memoir, non fiction or poetry

  • Do you think you could be a writer and want to give writing a try?
  • Do you have some experience and want to write more?
  • Would you like to meet other writers and share your writing?

Each week you will have the opportunity to read, listen to readings of other writers, then spend time freewriting with fun prompts, creative exercises and supportive guidance provided by Christie. Suggestions for few hours of writing on your own each week will be given.

Saturdays, 2-4 PM in the downstairs Lane Room, Jan 9 through Feb 27, 2016
Writer's party and public readings on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM

This is an 8 week series. Attending all meetings is recommended, but is not a requirement. We will complete the series with an optional public reading, on the evening of March 2nd, to celebrate the writers who complete the series.

REGISTRATION:  The series is voluntary and drop-in, but to give Christie an idea of how many people will be showing up, we ask that participants register either at the library Circulation Desk or by sending an email to deifert(at)hampton.lib.nh.us.

Holiday Jazz Concert with TJ Wheeler and Ayan Imai-Hall

TJ Wheeler and Ayan Imai_HallJazz up your Holidays & lose your Humbug Blues in a special family Holiday kickoff Concert to help the Hampton Food Pantry featuring award winning musicians TJ Wheeler & Ayan Imai- Hall on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the Lane Library. The concert is free, but audience members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a free will donation to support the Hampton food pantry.

Think you've heard every possible variation of the Holiday classics? Think again. Tj & Ayan have their own distinct Jazz & Blues interpretations of a wide diversity of classic songs which is both a visual as well as an audio treat. Ayan Imai-Hall at 22 is a nationally respected tap dancer, and Tj Wheeler is an internationally respected Blues & Jazz Guitarist / vocalist / educator. As well as old chestnuts (so to speak) like The Christmas Song, sing-alongs like an Otis Redding infused version of Deck the Halls, or a Louis Armstrong Christmas Time in New Orleans, they will also include more recent favorites from the Polar Express. We hope that entire families will attend this concert, as it is truly an ALL-ages event.

The two performers are also celebrating their 10th year of musical partnerships. Ayan started performing with TJ when he was only 12 years old, and Wheeler was ...well let's just say old & wise enough to know a rising talent when he saw one. Three years ago the two received and completed a yearlong grant in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award category from the NH State Council on the Arts . During that period as well as working on new perspectives for tap improvisations, they concentrated on creating a additional ensemble role for tap as a supportive percussionist. Ayan commented on the process “The traditional role of the Jazz tap dancer; only being featured for a number or two and then leave the stage to the rest of the musicians, in a way marginalized taps musicality as well as its versatility” Wheeler added “When I'm soloing, or simply stating the melody vocally or instrumentally, Ayan is backing me up as I do for him when he's being featured. He's on stage with me at all times just as a drummer would be.” Another heightened characteristic that the two employ to its full advantage is improvised, and imaginative interplay. That interplay is in the moment and never quite the same way twice, which gives each performance its own unique place in time.

Ayan has performed at many area festivals include NE Tap in the Boston Beantown Festival, Tappy Holidays and Tap City in New York, Something to Tap About, Tapped, and Boston Celebrates Tap. Within those four years, Ayan gained opportunities to  travel to major cities such as NYC and Washington D.C. in order to study with some of the greatest tap dancers today including Jason Samuels Smith, Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, and Cartier Williams. In 2011 Ayan joined the Boston Tap Company under the direction of Sean Fielder and performed at the D.C. Tap Festival. Later that same year, Ayan became a member of the nationally touring company Tap Kids, performing from California to Canada in major cities throughout North America. Just a few months before his graduation from high school, he toured with the Irish step dancer Brian Cunningham in  Atlantic Steps, a brand new show that integrates the old fashioned Irish step dancing of Sean Nós, with North American native tap dancing. Ayan has had plenty of influences in his life that shapes his tap dance, and he's quickly tapping his way into his own unique style, while keeping the traditions stepping forward.

TJ Wheeler is a two time winner of the prestigious, NH State Arts Council outstanding Individual Artist Award, the Granite State Award from the University of NH, the “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” from the International Blues Foundation, and the Paul Robeson Diversity award from the United State Post Office. The 2015 -16 school year marks the 25th anniversary of his concert/ workshop in the school program "Hope. Heroes' & the Blues." The program has reached over 500,000 students across 5 continents. He recently returned from a 6 week concert/ workshop tour of Missouri.

Have a cool yule and head down for this family event!

2015 Craft Fair and Bake Sale

Friends of the Lane Memorial Library

Winter Wonderland
Community Craft Fair
and Bake Sale

Saturday, November 14th, 10:00am – 4:00pm


Looking to do a little holiday shopping?  Come and support local vendors. There will be a lot of handmade items and other wonderful items to purchase.

If you are interested in donating to the Bake Sale, please contact Wendi at wendi103(at)hotmail.com.  All the proceeds from the bake sale will go directly to the Friends.

What will you find?  Christmas Ornaments, Hand Crafted Accessories, Wreaths, Terrariums and Buttons, Teacher Gifts, Pottery, Knitted Items, Candles, Woodcrafts, Tye Dye Shirts, Jewelry, Knitted Items, American Girl Accessories, Custom Gift Baskets, Scarfs, Pins, Keychains, Hair Accessories and more!

Craft and Bake Sale

Elizabeth Barcomb - "Needle and Thread" Weston Gallery

Elizabeth BarcombPlease join us on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 PM as we host a reception for Hampton artist Elizabeth Barcomb, who loves to talk about her lifelong passion for doing needlework. She has explored many different styles, but her most favorite is crewel embroidery because of the amount of individuality it allows in terms of shading and color nuances.  She derives her inspiration from Mother Nature and other still life compositions, such as her own flower arrangements.

Her love of doing needlework began as a child and has continued throughout her life. She was first taught by her mother and then continued this pursuit under the tutelage of the sisters of the Academie Villa Augustina in Goffstown. In the past Elizabeth has conducted classes and passed on her love of this art form, attracting students and teaching on an individual basis.

Elizabeth considers her time spent doing needlework as her peaceful time. It allows for introspection, contemplation and meditation. Many a concern has been resolved during this time!

Elizabeth’s creativity does not stop with her needlework.  She is a professionally trained singer who has performed in New York City, Boston and the Lake George Opera. These days you may hear her at weddings or doing solo work at various churches during the summer. She is an active and integral member of the music program at the Hampton United Methodist Church.

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Friends' Fall Book Sale - 2015

Friends Fall Book Sale

Friends' Preview

(Memberships available at the door!)
Wednesday, November 18th  5 PM to 7:30 PM

Open to the Public

Thursday, November 19th  9 AM to 7 PM
Friday, November 20th   9 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, November 21st   9 AM to Noon
(Saturday – Buy a Book Bag, Fill It For Free!)

Brad Boucher "The Craft of Horror Fiction" - 10/27 @ 6:30 PM

Book CoverLocal author Brad Boucher grew up watching monster movies every Saturday afternoon and began writing suspense and horror stories as soon as he could fit words together in a coherent sentence.  Join us on Tuesday evening, October 27th at 6:30 as Brad recounts his journey from fascinated fan to published author, with a special emphasis for aspiring authors on both the craft of writing and the process of self-publishing and promotion through social media and author events.  Signed copies of his books will be available, as well as light refreshments.  Don't miss this chance to learn the "nuts and bolts" of how to get your work noticed in the modern digital age!

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