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"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!

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."

          

 

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