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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!

North Sea Gas - Free Concert Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 PM

Join us once again on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 PM for a free concert in the downstairs Lane Room as the popular Edinburgh-based Scottish Folk band North Sea Gas makes a return visit to the Lane Library!

Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave GilfillanWho is North Sea Gas?  They are Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan, performing for over thirty years and stronger than ever! One of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies.  Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment.

They have recorded 16 albums and are constantly adding new material to their show. Their latest album, "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for the set of tunes on the album. Celtic Radio says, "The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies." Their prior album, "Tak a Dram Afore Ye Go" continues to be very popular with fans all over the world and Alasdair Maclean (The Scots Magazine) said of "Edinburgh Toon," "The album is offered in the spirit of enjoyment, and in that it succeeds superbly."

A prior album "Rosslyn" received wonderful reviews from folk magazines, newspapers etc. including Dirty Linen (USA), the Scots Magazine, and The Living Tradition. Their show consists of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material all put together in a style of their own . This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, and many other destinations every year as well as in TV and Radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" (one of the biggest radio shows of its kind), and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBSTV stations in the U.S.

In 2008, they recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million; A highlight of any band's career!

December 2009 saw the band playing in Istanbul, Turkey, for the British Consulate St Andrews Ball and they have been invited back in 2010.

We could say more but put simply "North Sea Gas" are a highly entertaining Scottish folk band who have an ever-growing fan base ranging through all age groups thus giving the "Gas" show a wonderful atmosphere.

"No airs and graces just fantastic music"...
EdinburghGuide.com (Edin/Festival 2007)

"Through their work they introduce audiences to the wider world of the folk tradition and its Riches"
John O'Regan Living Tradition (Magazine)

An Evening with Gary Patton - September 23, 2015

Selling Mt. WashingtonHampton author and humorist Gary Patton will be at the library on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM to read from his new satirical novel Stealing Mt. Washington.  Originally from the mid-west, Gary and his wife Lenore retired to New England and and have lived in New Hampshire for the past 18 years, giving him a unique 'outsider' view of the foibles and follies of Granite State residents.

Selling Mt. Washington revolves around an attempt to pass a bill through the New Hampshire state legislature which would sell Mt. Washington State Park and allow wind turbines to be installed on it. Joe Tanner has struck a deal with his state party chairman. The chair will see to it that Joe is named state attorney general, if Joe can find a candidate for a vacant state senate seat, elect that candidate, and make sure that person votes to defeat  a bill to put wind turbines on blustery Mt. Washington.

Granite Staters proudly  claim that 6,288 foot high Mt. Washington has the worst weather in the world, with an average of 311 inches of snow accumulating from September to June, temperatures that have never risen above 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and hurricane-force winds that once set a record at 231 mph.  Fog obscures the view at the peak 300 days a year.


Joe's problem is that no one wants the Senate job. It pays only $100 per year and his party is such an underdog that his candidate stands virtually no chance of winning the seat. No one wants it , that is, but a bumpkin and "outtastatah" (out-of-stater) named Charlie Beezer. Joe's girl friend, Ann Katz, loathes Charlie Beezer, considering him to be an oaf and a clod. But Joe has no choice but to run Charlie as his candidate.
 
And there the pandemonium begins. Will Beezer win the state senate seat? Will he vote against the wind turbine bill? Will wind turbines despoil the majesty and grandeur of Mt. Washington? Will Joe Tanner become state attorney general? Will  Ann Katz's distaste for Charlie Beezer ruin her romance with Joe? As they say, "stay tuned."

Sylvia Larsen, Past President of the New Hampshire State Senate, writes, "Author Gary Patton offers up a comedic romp through the twisted paths of New Hampshire politics. With tongue-in-cheek humor, we gain real insights into the inner workings of the Granite State's byzantine political system."

The event is open to all, with light refreshments and time after Gary's talk for book signings.

"My Book Covers" - Weston Gallery, August 2015

“My Book Covers,” a creative challenge for the photographers of All About Paper Photo Enthusiasts Group, will be shown in our Weston Gallery at the Lane Memorial Library during the month of August.

The photographers created three book covers with their photos, adding a title and their name to each photo as if they were real books. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 11 for members of the public to meet and greet the creative minds behind this fun project.

Come out and meet the photographers, ask questions and get inspired. The event is free and open to all. Please contact Catherine Pagano at 603-380-3702 for information about AAPPEG.

Checking in with the Library Director

By Mike Bisceglia

Seacoast Scene , July 9-15, 2015

[The following article is courtesy of the Seacoast Scene and has been edited for accuracy]

Rose Hanley, Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Deb Covert
Life at the front desk can be hectic, but there are times just to enjoy one another's company.
Here (from left to right) are Rosie Hanley, Amanda Reynolds Cooper and Deb Covert.
[Mike Bisceglia photo]

 HAMPTON - She has been at the helm for nearly seven years, and she loves it.

"Hampton is the best of all worlds for me," said Amanda Reynolds Cooper, the Director of the Lane Memorial Library.  "My sisters are now in Lewiston, Maine, and my husband, Chris, is a librarian at Southern New Hampshire University.  My daughters, ages 6 and 4, love school.  For us, life here is very good."

Mrs. Reynolds Cooper comes from San Antonio, Texas, where she grew up in a military family.

"When it came time to go to college, I opted to go to Bates College.  I pursued a degree in biology but for four years  worked in the campus library." It was there that she met her husband, Chris, and there that she married him in 2003.

Upon completion, Mrs. Reynolds Cooper pursued an advanced degree in library science at Syracuse University.  

"That was 11 years ago.  Now, I'm busy with library work, and I'm very excited about the changes being made to the inner space of this great place."

When not working, Amanda sings with Voices from the Heart, a group of 200 women singers. "We sing it all, from gospel to blues, and from traditional to pop.  We cover all the bases.  In the near future, the group plans to sing in South Africa. We're really looking forward to the experience."

As far as cooking is concerned, Amanda bows to her husband's finesse in the kitchen.

"I don't do well at the stove," chuckled Amanda, "but I can whip up a very delicious angel food cake."

Amanda does have one particular hobby that she wishes she could spend more time developing.

"I like to create art books, often using non-traditional materials, like making a book cover out of clam shells."

Amanda Reynolds Cooper and Darrell Eifert
Darrell Eifert, Head of Public Services, and Amanda Reynolds Cooper,
Director, take a moment in their hectic day to relax in the newly renovated
Teen Room of the Lane Library. [Mike Bisceglia photo]


Amanda admits to being somewhat of a couch potato, but does enjoy walking the family Boston Terrier, Baby.

"Not that it's a job requirement, but I do love reading.  I'm an eclectic reader.  I love everything, but I especially enjoy teen fiction.  I also enjoy graphic novels.  I'm just finishing Y: The Last Man.  I highly recommend it."

Amanda admits her love for travel.

"We travel to California for family reunions, and I've taken Chris back to Texas to see where I came from.  Since many members of my family are now in the Northeast, we seem to be traveling more and more in New England and Canada, and we're loving it."

"We have over 5,000 patrons who visit the Lane on a regular basis.  I always enjoy meeting them, and always enjoy welcoming new faces as well."

          

 

Reading Buddies (Teen/Kids Summer Program)

For Teens:

I am still looking for volunteers for our Reading Buddies Program. 

The Reading Buddies Program involves a group of teenagers reading one-on-one with a group of children every week. You'll read books together, tell stories, play word games, write stories - anything to help younger children become better readers. 

To start off our program we will have a training session Tuesday, June 30th 5:30-7:30 pm. I will be providing Flatbread pizza.

Teens commit to 5 sessions of reading on July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, & Aug 3rd from 4:00-4:30 pm.

To comply with NH Department of Labor Regulations, I will have to have those 12-15 get a Employer Request for Child Labor Form filled out. The form is obtained from the library. Then both teen and parent will have to go to their SAU school office with a birth certificate or evidence of date of birth, and have it signed by the school. The school will then issue a NH Youth Employment Certificate which comes back to the library. 

If you are interested in being a Reading Buddy, please contact me ASAP for the proper forms and further information. Call 926-3368 or email stacycmazur@gmail.com  

For Parents:

I are still accepting sign-ups for children 5-8 years old for Reading Buddy. Please be aware that the aim is to have one teen for one child, so space is limited. If you're interested in signing up your child, please contact me directly via email at stacycmazur@gmail.com or call 926-3368. We can take down your name and information, and will try our best to match your child with a teen.

-Stacy

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

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