News and Views at the library

Artist Jean Roughan: "Favorite Places" - September 2014, Weston Gallery

The library will be exhibiting the works of Dover artist Jean Roughan in our Weston Gallery during the month of September.  Jean's primary interest is in plein air landscapes in oil, but she also enjoys still life and portraits. Her paintings are currently in private collections throughout the United States and Canada, as well as at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Jean is a past member of various local art associations, including Seacoast Art Association, Newburyport Art Association, Ocean City Art League, MD. And is currently a member of Great Bay Art Association.  We will host an artist reception at the library on Monday, September 15th at 6:30 PM.  All are welcome.

We asked Jean to tell us a little about her work:

Artist Jean Roughan"I became serious about my painting when my husband and I retired to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where I studied with several well-known local artists. I began seeing the beauty of the marshes and waters of the shore, learning to 'see' with an artist's eye. I noticed glorious splashes of color in unexpected places: puddles, patches of pavement, sand and water, dark stands of trees. My vision expanded when I began painting 'en plein air' and my soul was stirred by the beauty of foggy, cold days at the shore and quiet mornings in the marshes.

Here in New England the colors are more vibrant. I love to paint near the ocean and especially enjoy adding figures to a landscape or including quaint buildings. I have learned much from local artists here in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Most of my work is of local landscapes, painted on site or in my home studio. I am currently painting places and people I have seen while travelling as well. I also do still life and portrait work. Capturing the essence of a person creates a special bond with them and with my own humanity.

My painting experiences have helped me deal with life's challenges, including surviving cancer. When someone is moved by one of my paintings, perhaps reminded of a location or a quiet day enjoying nature, I feel honored to be able to share how I see the world around me and how I feel when I am painting it."

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Kids' Summer Reading 2014 - Finale and Thank You's!!

Party PicCONGRATULATIONS to all the youngsters who joined this year’s summer reading program.  We had 414 kids sign up!!!  What amazing readers you are!  Yay you! Also, all the grown ups who participated deserve a big hand for the reading aloud they did, for all the tickets they filled out, and for all they do to support Lane's Children's Room in the summer and throughout the year. 

We couldn’t do such an ambitious program without the strong support and collaboration with the local schools, their staff and administration. It is an honor and joy to work with such wonderful educators. 

The Hampton PTA do so much for us, both with birthday books throughout the year AND with supplying the plywood cut-out that kids and their families so enjoyed at the finale.
 
Warmest thanks to all our phenomenal volunteers and everyone who helped throughout our busy six weeks. They assisted at programs, helped with set up and break down, and two of our teen volunteers, Danielle and Maggie, patiently counted out hundreds of tickets and wall cut-outs. We literally could not do this without you!!  

We also could NOT do these large events without the generous support of our patrons. Thank you all for your assistance and much-appreciated donations of water, in addition to your will.

Flatbread Pizza was beyond good to us and donated 25 pizzas, in addition to partnering with us on fundraising via sales of their pizza.
 
It is also my great privilege and pleasure to say huge thank yous to the Friends of the Lane Library.  They enabled us to hire our band for the finale, in addition to Norman Ng, the magician who kicked off our summer events, AND very generously providing the money for the 4 Kindles Fires which are our grand prizes. 
 
The Friends work tirelessly all year round, fund-raising so that we can have new furniture, games, programs, the murals in the Children’s Room, and other additions that Party Pic 2make this library an ever-growing and vital place.  Thank you, Friends, so very, very much. 
 
We also had an anonymous benefactor who provided a very generous check that enabled us to purchase the supplies for our family reader grand prizes. You know who you are, and YOU ROCK!
 
The law office of HOLMES and ELLS helped us tremendously by giving us access to their electric outlets so the bands could play—and did so with great good cheer and community spirit.  They even lent us extra electrical cord, which was way above and beyond.  Thank you, Steve and company!
 
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our subs: Sandy Kent, Tamara Holland, Melissa Phoenix, Chris Singleton, Sharon Svirsky, and Carol McGrath, fabulous ladies all who saved the day more than once and held the fort with grace and good cheer.
 
An especially big note of thanks to Miss Wendy, Miss Nicole, and Miss Liz.  They are so amazing, both individually and as a fantastic team. The Children's Room is truly blessed to have a staff of such dedicated, caring, and enthusiastic women.

Little Kids' Movietime: "Sofia the First and the Enchanted Feast", Friday, Sept. 5

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Friday, September 5
10 am
Rated G (1 hour)

There's more than meets the eye when you join SOFIA THE FIRST for a royally scrumptious adventure! All the monarchs from Enchancia's neighboring kingdoms have come to watch a dazzling display of magic: First, Cedric will conjure up a fabulous feast. Next, he'll transform the banquet room into a hall of amazing "morpho-mirrors." But before the fun begins, wicked Miss Nettle (disguised as "Sascha The Sorceress") crashes the party with a scheme to steal Sofia's magical amulet. Can Sofia foil the bad fairy's plan before it's too late? Perhaps...with help from Snow White, who reminds her it's important to trust your instincts. Sparkling with music and excitement -- plus four more spellbinding episodes -- THE ENCHANTED FEAST may be the fairest of them all! 

Admission is FREE. Toddler-appropriate snacks are provided but feel free to bring your own. These movies and shows are specifically for our preschool set (younger brothers/sisters are welcome). The shows typically run about 1 hour and we provide snacks and comfortable seats for everyone. The kids are welcome to bring blankets/pillows, etc. so they can stretch out on the floor and make themselves comfortable!

Feature Film: "Belle", Wed. 9/3 & Thurs. 9/4

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Wednesday, September 3 @ 1 pm
Thursday, September 4 @ 5:30 pm
Rated PG (1 hr., 44 mins.)

The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle and becomes a force for change in 18th century England. 

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

Photo Enthusiast's Group Show with Reception - Weston Gallery, August 2014

The All About Paper photo enthusiast group will be exhibiting their work at the Lane Memorial Library during the month of August.  8 members have chosen a collection of their favorite selections in response to the challenge "My Favorite Subject Matter or Technique Is ...".  A reception and 'Meet and Greet' is planned for the evening of Wednesday, August 6th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, with light refreshments.

Come out and meet the photographers, learn about the group and their monthly challenges, take a look through the member photo albums, ask questions, and get inspired for your own photography!

More information about the monthly challenges is available at www.allaboutpaperllc.blogspot.com.

"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.

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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.

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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.