News and Views at the library

Ladies' Night Movie: "Practical Magic", Wed. 10/24

Practical MagicLadies' Night Out
Practical Magic
Wednesday, October 29
Potluck Snacks @ 5:15 pm/Movie @ 5:30 pm

Actor Griffin Dunne improves a bit on his first film as a director, Addicted to Love, with this drama-comedy about a family of witches. Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock play spell-casting sisters of different temperaments: the former is a high-living, free-spirited sort, while Bullock's character is a homebody who can't get around a family curse that kills the men in their lives. A widowed single mom, Bullock gets into a jam with an abusive Bulgarian (Goran Visnjic) and is helped out by her sibling, but the result brings a good-looking, warm, inquisitive cop (Aidan Quinn) into their lives. The film has a variety of tonal changes--cute, scary, glum--that Dunne can't always effectively juggle. But the female-centric, celebratory nature of the film (the fantasies, the sharing, the witchy bonds) is infectious, and supporting roles by Dianne Wiest and Stockard Channing as Kidman and Bullock's magical aunts are a lot of fun. --Tom Keogh

Admission is FREE. This is a potluck evening. Please bring a snack or dessert to share. Popcorn and water are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.

Little Kids' Movie: "Octonauts: Deep Sea Mission", Fri. 10/24

Octonauts: Deep Sea MissionOctonauts: Deep Sea Mission

Friday, October 24 @ 10 am

Not Rated (70 mins.)

Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts, as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats - above and below the waves. In this exciting adventure, join the Octonauts as they explore the Midnight Zone, encounter the mysterious Vampire Squid, get help from a strange-looking Spookfish with a see-through head, and help evacuate sea creatures before an underwater volcano erupts!

Admission is FREE. Toddler-appropriate snaks 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 typicall 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!

Rye Artist Lee Perrault: "Prospecting + Pondering" - October 2014, Weston Gallery

Lee PerraultI grew up in rural, western NH during the 50’s and 60’s, drawing with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. When my Jon Gnagy ‘Learn To Draw’ set was reduced to tatters, I moved on to ‘paint by numbers’. My favorite subject matter then was almost always animals. College still found me in the fine arts and, later, there was calligraphy, ceramics, photography and a profession in graphic design. Since moving to the seacoast in 1997, I have worked as a Colorist and Interior Design Consultant, with my company, Via Design, in Rye.

My mom was an artist who also returned to her art later in life. As she was able to paint less and less, her wealth of oils and pastels began finding their way into my cellar, and I accrued a pile of materials. One day after she had passed on, I had an epiphany. Shortly thereafter, I began to dabble in paint once again.

Three years ago, I built a studio onto my home, giving me a permanent place to paint. To say that picking up the brush again has been a rebirth, would probably be an understatement.  Currently still working, I use my painting time to explore subject matter, medium and technique – the reason you will see quite a variety! The animal subjects are still near and dear to my heart, with many more to follow. I also enjoy painting ‘plein air’ in areas near where I live, which happily offer infinite subject matter.

Somehow, I always knew I would want to paint on wood (panels) as opposed to canvas, a correct assumption so far. I recently began making my own hardboard/poplar panels from scratch, ‘as well as ‘cradling’ most of my existing painted panels. This allows them to be hung as is and makes it convenient for someone who purchases one to have it framed according to her/his own tastes. It also allows me the freedom to paint small or large, while giving me the satisfaction of completely controlling my art.

It is my hope that you enjoy these paintings as much as I have relished creating them!

Reception - Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments.

Teen Events for October to November

With school in full swing the Teen Area is happy to offer a variety of after school events starting in October.


The library will hold a special after hours Open House on  Friday, October 3rd from 5:00-8:30pm. Teens, their Parents and Gamers are welcomed to the library. We're happy to announce that The Sages of RPG will be at this event, as gaming facilitators! The library will not be open to the general public.

The Sages of RPG is a local table top gaming group run by Wayne Moulton. They'll bring a wide variety of table top games to try out. 

This event celebrates the completed renovation of our Teen Area, which was all possible thanks to the generous support of our Friends of the Library.

We would love parents and teens to come by and see our updated Teen Area, play video games, enjoy some pizza, and hear about what other programs we have in store for the coming year.




Teens can enter a Poetry Contest from October 1st to November 1st. Do you love to write poetry? Enter the Teen Poetry Contest to Celebrate Teen Read Week. Prizes go to three winners, who have the opportunity to be entered into another poetry contest sponsored by the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) library journal. One entry per person. Please see contest form  for complete guidelines. It is also available in the Teen Area, or download and print a copy online


Finally, on October 31st from 1:30-3:30 pm we'll have a Halloween face paint session in the Teen Area. Free face paints will be available for teens to get ready for Halloween!





Every week Teen Services will offer after school programming.


On Mondays Teens can head the Lane Room from 3:30-4:30 pm for Study Hall. Need to work on a group project? Want to hang out with your friends while you work on homework? We'll have snacks and drinks available.

On alternating Tuesdays we'll have Teen Writers' Workshop and Book Club.

Our Writers' Workshop will be lead by local writer Tamara Collins. Open to Grades 6th – 12th. Drop-ins are always welcome. Dates are Oct 7th and 21st & Nov 4th, 18th 4:00-5:00pm. Interested in creative writing?Join other teen writers every month to stretch the imagination with new techniques and diverse prompts that will inspire your creative writing process. Feel free to bring any of your writing with you. This is a great opportunity to hone your writing skills, share your work, and receive helpful feedback.

Book Club is Oct 14th and 28th, Nov 11th and 25th 4:30-5:30pm in the Lane Room. Open to Grades 6th-12th. Drop-ins are always welcome. Bring whatever books you are currently reading or have just finished to discuss. Snacks and Drinks provided at both events.

Every Wednesdays we'll have a Maker Project that teens can complete in the Teen Area. We'll be making everything from Scary Halloween Silhouettes for their windows to Paracord Bracelets.

On Fridays we'll be running Gaming Tournaments in the Teen Area. Try your skills against other teens with our WiiU and XBox 360.

The complete calendar can be found online!


3rd Annual Columbus Day Family Soup Contest!

Soup Day!Plan to bring the family down to the Lane Library on Monday, October 13th at 12 Noon for our 3rd annual Soup of the Americas Family Cook-off, featuring soup concoctions with at least TWO ingredients found in the New World.  Entries are now being accepted from patrons and members of the Hampton community who wish to try their hand at bringing their best soup to the table!  Chef Ron Boucher from Chez Boucher will be on hand to judge the entries and everyone will get the chance to vote for People's Choice.  Voting will close at 12:45, with an invitation for all who attend to stay for a demonstration at 1 PM by Chef Boucher on how to create one of his favorite new soup recipes.

Prizes for the popular vote and Chef's Choice will be:

  • Chef's 1st - $50 Gift certificate to Savory Square Bistro
  • Chef's 2nd - $25 Gift certificate to Savory Square Bistro
  • People's 1st - $50 Gift certificate and gift basket from Philbrick's Fresh Market
  • People's 2nd - $25 Gift certificate to Seacoast Soups

Please pick up (or download) a registration form at the Lane Library Circulation Desk, and return it to the Library by Wednesday, October 8th.  You may also email the form information directly to Amanda Cooper at acooper(at)  Soups must arrive by 11 AM on the morning of the competition in a slow cooker.

Soup Entry Form

North Sea Gas - Free Concert Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 PM

Join us on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 PM for a free concert in the downstairs Lane Room by the Edinburgh-based Scottish Folk band North Sea Gas.  A favorite at the Edinburgh Fringe festival for many years, North Sea Gas also tours the US and presents small venue concerts at libraries throughout the country. 

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 bands 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"... (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)

"Navigating Difficult Conversations" with Gina Genest, M.Ed.

Two FREE sessions
Tuesdays, September 30th & October 7th
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Downstairs Lane Room

  • Do you ever wonder why some difficult conversations don’t go as well as you had hoped?
  • Ever walk away from a difficult conversation wishing you had the manual on how to better handle yourself?
  • If a difficult conversation presents itself, do you avoid it altogether?

Come learn about an approach that transforms difficult conversations into partnership conversations and helps you to navigate them with greater ease and confidence.  Based on the work of Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, local counselor Gina Genest, M. Ed., will introduce participants to the four elements of Non-violent Communication during two stress-free, discussion-based forums.

A certified PeopleMap ™ Trainer with a strong background in psychology, counseling and coaching, Gina has provided her workshop, Win-Win Conversations, for Exeter Hospital, and local school districts in NH and MA and is the founder of Transformational Opportunities, LLC.

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."


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.

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