Childrens Programs

Youth Impressions Art Show 2019 - Weston Gallery

Art ShowThe Hampton Arts Network is pleased to announce their 7th annual Youth Impressions Art Show!  This is a juried show for our young Hampton artists in Grades 3 - 8.  Each year, the art teachers at Marston School, Hampton Academy, and Sacred Heart School are invited to submit student art.  Three HAN artists then serve as jurors to select the pieces for our student show including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries in two Grade level categories--Grades 3 - 5 and Grades 6 - 8.  Visitors to the show are invited to vote for People’s Choice winners!

Youth Impressions Art Show for 2019 will be on exhibit in the Weston Gallery of Lane Memorial Library during the months of January and February.  Visitors may vote for their favorite entries during the month of January.  The show runs through February 28 and is open to the community during library hours.  Come enjoy some fabulous art from these young, creative artists!

Certificates, cash awards, and ribbons are presented to winners at a special awards presentation evening scheduled for February 7 at 5:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

Winter Storytimes

Winter StorytimesThe Children's Room offers a variety of ages/days of the week so that everyone can enjoy a Story Time. Our Fall Storytimes begin on Monday, January 14 and run for 6 weeks, ending Thursday, February 21. Pick the day/time that works best for you and your child/children and drop in! All are welcome. A snack is included for all storytimes except Baby Lapsit. All snacks are peanut-free but if your child has a gluten or egg (or other) allergy, please feel free to bring your own snack. 

~Baby Lapsit with Miss Joan (Babies 0 months – 14 months) Includes stories, songs and fingerplays, bubbles and dancing (runs approximately 20 minutes) 

~Wiggles and Giggles with Miss Wendy (Ages 15 months - 3 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am (runs approximately 20 minutes). 

~Bookworms with Miss Paulina (age 3-4 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Wednesdays at 10:30 am (runs approximately 25 minutes) 

~Reading Roundup with Miss Paulina (age 4-5 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Thursdays at 10:30 am (runs approximately 25-30 minutes)

Great Bay Sailor Concert - December 18th at 6:30 PM

Great Bay Sailor

Plan to bring the family and join us on Tuesday, December 18th at 6:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room for a special Yuletide concert by local folk group Great Bay Sailor.  Promising an evening of music that they call "the hidden sounds of the season", the GBS Yuletide repertoire is comprised of songs from traditions honored in such diverse settings as isolated Irish village churches, English pubs, the mountain cabins of Appalachia, Hebridean households, Canadian social clubs, and the creative genius of contemporary bards and songwriters.  This is a Christmas that you have never heard before!

As a special treat, and as an end-of-year "thank you" to our wonderful patrons, the library will provide hot mulled cider and a delicious assortment of staff-baked cookies for those who arrive a little bit early.  The concert is free of charge, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.

About the performers:

Great Bay Sailor Group Photo

Great Bay Sailor performs a brash but thoughtful brand of “contemporary/traditional” folk music.  The crew is composed of singers Bruce MacIntyre, Steve Carrigan and Mike Blaire; fiddle player, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki; multi-instrumentalist Taylor Whiteside and noted Nashville strings man, Jim Prendergast.   A hallmark of the band is its eclectic repertoire of maritime, Irish/Scottish and ol’ timey songs and tunes, out of which the band weaves a rollicking, toe tapping, romantic, bitter-sweet and soul-soothing musical tapestry for the enjoyment of listening audiences in Northern New England.

Friends' 2018 Fall Book Sale

Friends Fall Book Sale 2018

Wednesday, November 14th - Friends' Preview, 5:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 15th - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, November 16th - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 17th - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to Noon

It’s time to save the dates so you won’t miss our annual Fall Friends' Book and Media Sale. We’ll have thousands of books, including children’s, history, war, politics, biography, cookbooks, gardening, science, animals, sports, mysteries, poetry, classics, humor, health, art, crafts, home, self-help, religion/inspiration, local interest, Christmas, romances and just about everything else.  We will also offer a wide selection of audiobooks, music on CD, and DVDs.

Most hard cover books are $1 and paperbacks 50 cents. Most children’s books are 25 cents. There is also a table featuring collections and special books priced at $2 and up. On Saturday, shoppers can buy a Friends' Book Bag and fill it for free!

All proceeds from the book sale go to the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, whose mission is to support the library and its programs.

Cash or check with ID, no credit cards.

"Early Literacy Development" presentation by Linda Martin

Early Literacy Development

Attendees will learn the general progression of early literacy skill development while reflecting on early literacy experiences. Linda will connect early literacy experiences with the development of other important skills. She'll give an introduction to New Hampshire RSA 200:58-59 & what it means for struggling readers. The time with end with a question & answer session and a list of resources.

Linda Martin holds a M.Ed., CAGS, & AOGPE. She specializes in reading, writing, and handwriting tutoring while working with the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center.  The lecture in our downstairs Lane Room is free and open to all, with elevator access.

Make Time to Read - with prizes!

Make Time To Read

As we begin our final month of winter in New England, the staff at the Lane Memorial Library would like to offer our patrons the chance to warm up with a free coffee at the Depot Café.  Is there a catch?  Of course there is, but it’s a great catch.  Adults and teens who read four books between February 20th and March 20th, 2018 can visit the library, fill out a prize card, and then redeem it at the Depot Café for one of their wonderful coffee creations.  For younger readers, the library staff encourages families and children to read together 20 minutes on 4 different days, and the prize will be a cute “I love to read” bracelet that children will receive from staff in the Children’s Room. Depot Cafe
Amanda, Kathy, Paulina

In a recent interview with Depot Cafe owner Kathy Faulkingham and children's librarian Paulina Shadowens, director Amanda Reynolds Cooper expressed how excited she is for the library to host this first-of-its-kind winter reading program.  “We love to see new and familiar faces at our door, and the staff is always happy to help someone find a good book if they’re stumped.  We can find anyone four fantastic books to fill that prize card and get their coffee treat.”  Noting that setting time aside to read even in the 'slower' winter months often requires a deliberate choice, she concluded “I hope that people take 20 minutes for themselves – get the blanket, get the pillow, get snuggy and grab a book.  If you would rather be tucked in and reading a book, make that choice and leave some of the other things behind for a while.”

Prize cards for adults, teens and children will be available at the library beginning on February 20th, 2018 and will remain vaild until March 21st, 2018.

Winter Storytimes (January 16 - February 22)

Winter Storytimes

The Children's Room offers a variety of ages/days of the week so that everyone can enjoy a Story Time. Our Winter Storytimes begin on Tuesday, January 16 and run for 6 weeks, ending Thursday, February 22. Pick the day/time that works best for you and your child and drop in! All are welcome.

*Baby Lapsit/Mommy and Baby Yoga with Miss Joan (Babies 0 months – 14 months) Introducing our new Mom and Baby Yoga class, held as part of our baby lapsit storytime. Yoga for Mom and Baby is a celebration of Motherhood. It will provide you with a wonderful yoga practice that is both invigorating and relaxing, while incorporating your baby into poses. Yoga for mom and baby allows you to strengthen and tone your body, while connecting with your baby. Wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat (if you have one, some will be available). Miss Joan will also provide baby storytime with songs and stories. Mondays at 11 am in the Lane Room (runs approximately 50 minutes).

*Wiggles and Giggles with Miss Wendy (Ages 15 months - 3 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. A snack is included (peanut-free). If your child has a gluten or egg allergy please feel free to bring your own snack. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am (runs approximately 20 minutes) in the Children's Room.

*Bookworms with Miss Paulina (age 3-4 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Wednesdays at 10:30 am (runs approximately 25 minutes) in the Lane Room. 

*Reading Roundup with Miss Paulina (age 4-5 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Thursdays at 10:30 am (runs approximately 25-30 minutes) in the Lane Room.  

Yuletide Concert - December 18th at 6:30 PM

Great Bay Sailor

Plan to bring the family and join us on Monday, December 18th at 6:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room for a special Yuletide concert by local folk group Great Bay Sailor.  Promising an evening of music that they call "the hidden sounds of the season", the GBS Yuletide repertoire is comprised of songs from traditions honored in such diverse settings as isolated Irish village churches, English pubs, the mountain cabins of Appalachia, Hebridean households, Canadian social clubs, and the creative genius of contemporary bards and songwriters.  This is a Christmas that you have never heard before!

As a special treat, and as an end-of-year "thank you" to our wonderful patrons, the library will provide hot mulled cider and a delicious assortment of staff-baked cookies for those who arrive a little bit early.  The concert is free of charge, open to the public, and suitable for all ages.

About the performers:

Great Bay Sailor Group Photo

Great Bay Sailor performs a brash but thoughtful brand of “contemporary/traditional” folk music.  The crew is composed of singers Bruce MacIntyre, Steve Carrigan and Mike Blaire; fiddle player, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki; multi-instrumentalist Taylor Whiteside and noted Nashville strings man, Jim Prendergast.   A hallmark of the band is its eclectic repertoire of maritime, Irish/Scottish and ol’ timey songs and tunes, out of which the band weaves a rollicking, toe tapping, romantic, bitter-sweet and soul-soothing musical tapestry for the enjoyment of listening audiences in Northern New England.

December Storytimes

December Storytimes

The Children's Room offers a variety of ages/days of the week so that everyone can enjoy a Story Time. Our December Storytimes begin on Monday, December 11 and run for 2 weeks, ending Thursday, December 21. Pick the day/time that works best for you and your child and drop in! All are welcome.

  • Baby Lapsit with Miss Joan (Babies 0 months – 14 months) Includes stories, songs and fingerplays, bubbles and dancing. 
  • Wiggles and Giggles with Miss Wendy (Ages 15 months - 3 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. A snack is included (peanut-free). If your child has a gluten or egg allergy please feel free to bring your own snack. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 am (runs approximately 20 minutes) in the Children's Room.
  • Bookworms with Miss Paulina (age 3-4 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Wednesdays at 10:30 am (runs approximately 25 minutes) in the Lane Room. 
  • Reading Roundup with Miss Paulina (age 4-5 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Thursdays at 10 am (runs approximately 25-30 minutes) in the Lane Room.  

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