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Ladies' Night Movie: "Black or White", Wed. 5/27

Black or WhiteLadies' Night Movie

Black or White

Rated PG-13 (2 hours)

Wednesday, May 27

Snacks @ 5:15 pm/Movie @ 5:30 pm


Starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer 


When his wife dies in a car crash, Elliott Anderson (Kevin Costner) fields another blow: the realization that he must raise his biracial granddaughter, Eloise (Jillian Estell), alone. However, the child's paternal grandmother, Rowena (Octavia Spencer) feels that she is better equipped to take care of the child, and sues for custody. With Eloise caught in the middle, both Elliott and Rowena are forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness and understanding.


Admission is FREE. Donations of snacks (cookies, chips/dip, etc.) are welcome. Popcorn and water are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Barbara London Jazz Concert - May 28th at 7:00 PM

Jazz flutist, pianist, and vocalist Barbara London will return to the Lane Library in Hampton for a spring jazz concert with her group on Thursday, May 28, at 7 PM. Her trio with  bassist Jim Lyden and drummer Gary Gemmiti, will add special guest Woody Allen on guitar. They will perform favorite jazz standards and London’s original compositions, including selections from her latest release, Moonlight.  There will be a Q & A opportunity and Barbara’s CD’s and watercolors will be on display and available. The concert is free and open to the public.

Barbar London Barbara London  is an award-winning musician, composer, artist, and educator. A resident of Hampton, she grew up in a musical family in Aroostook County, Maine and has a studio in the Salmon Falls Mills in Rollinsford. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, London is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts jazz performance grants and a NH State Council on the Arts fellowship. She has performed across the country and abroad and produced eight recordings of original compositions on her wild aster label. She taught in the Harmony Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1986-2005 becoming the first female chair in 1994.
Jim Lyden 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. He currently performs with Curtis Clark, Thomas Snow, The East Enders,  Barbara London, Dos Eckes, Saco River Theatre, and the Portland Stage Company.
Woody Allen Woody Allen (who didn't have to change his name to get it) came to New Hampshire in '95 after many years in Key West. He has become one of the Seacoast’s most respected guitarists, freelancing with a variety of musicians in diverse styles. He continues to be a regular at the Press Room Tuesday night jazz jam and on weekends, in the dining room at the York Harbor Inn. He recently released a new recording, Back in Cayo Hueso, with his brother Din Allen.
Gary Gemmiti 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. He currently tours and records with The Rustic Overtones and Royal Hammer. Along with Jim Lyden and Woody Allen, Gary has enjoyed an extended jazz residency at the Press Room in Portsmouth with Larry Garland’s River City Jazz.


"Landscapes and Landmarks" - Weston Gallery Exhibit and Travelogue

Photographer Darrell EifertLane Library staff member Darrell Eifert will host a photography exhibit in the Weston Gallery during the month of May, and together with his wife will present a photographer's talk and tips for independent travelers on Tuesday, May 19th, starting at 6:30 PM.

Being librarians, when Darrell and Ruth started planning their 30th anniversary trip to England and Scotland, they both did their research.  Darrell consulted his favorite British photography magazines, while Ruth requested books through her library consortium, did online research on bus and train schedules, investigated tourist web sites, and started consulting travel and accommodation blogs. When they were finished, they ended up with a three-week itinerary that took them from Northumberland to Scotland to the medieval city of Wells-the smallest city in England.

Come hear the Eiferts talk about their trip, view Darrell's photographs and talk with Ruth and Darrell about ways to minimize the cost of travel in the UK. Leave with some trip planning ideas and possibly be inspired to make your own trip.

When asked to share some of his thoughts about the prints on display, Darrell replied, "The particular group of images on display at the Lane Library during the month of  May all revolve in some way around the theme of Landscapes and Landmarks.  Filled with astoundingly beautiful nooks and crannies, the English hillsides have attracted photographers for generations, and I am certainly no exception.  Ever since my first trip to Canterbury, England, I have also been fascinated by the stunning and awe-inspiring architecture of the English cathedrals, abbeys and churches.  Sometimes described as “melodies in stone”, these massive but graceful centers of worship evoke for me a unique combination of reverence, peace and a sublime sense of geometric beauty.

Taken primarily in England (Wells, Windemere and Salisbury), Wales (Monmouthshire and Pembrokeshire), and Scotland (Isle of Arran)  these prints are part of my very happy memories of those lovely places."

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.