Adult Programs

Saturday April 21st - Silent Echoes: The History & Haunting of the James House Museum

On Saturday, April 21st at 1:00 PM the Lane Memorial Library will host "Silent Echoes", a documentary film by Beyond Reality Video Productions presented by James House Association and Spirit Chasers Paranormal NH.

The James House, located in Hampton, NH, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of Hampton's oldest homes. Seven generations of one family lived in the home and worked the land until 1931. Skip Webb, president of the James House Association, will be on hand to share his wealth of information.

Find out about the spirits of some of the family members that linger to this day. The team of Spirit Chasers Paranormal has been investigating the home for almost 3 years and has uncovered evidence of paranormal activity which has been backed up by historical documentation.

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.

AARP Tax Help Schedule - 2018

AARP Tax Help
February 3rd - April 14th, 2018

Saturday 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Tuesday 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Downstairs Little Room

No Appointment Necessary



Having last year’s (2016) tax return and all of this year’s (2017) 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.

Movie: "Goodbye Christopher Robin", Wed. 1/24 & Thurs. 1/25

Goodbye Christopher RobinGoodbye Christopher Robin

Rated PG (1 hours, 47 mins.)

Wednesday, January 24 @ 1 pm AND

Thursday, January 25 @ 5:30 pm


êStarring Domhnall Gleason and Margot Robbie


GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Popcorn and water are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.

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.

Movie "The Glass Castle", Wed. 11/29 & Thurs. 11/30

The Glass CastleWednesday, November 29 @ 1 pm

Thursday, November 30 @ 5:30 pm

Rated PG-13 (2 hrs., 7 mins.)

An all-star cast shines in this inspiring film based on THE NEW YORK TIMES best-selling memoir. Jeannette (Oscar® winner Brie Larson) had a poor but wildly adventurous childhood, raised by her free-spirited father (Oscar® nominee Woody Harrelson) and her mother (Oscar® nominee Naomi Watts), an eccentric artist. But when her father's behavior become erratic, Jeannette must find the courage to live on her own terms in this uplifting story of unconditional love.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Popcorn and water are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.

Barbara London’s Jazz & Watercolors at Lane Library

Barbara London

Barbara London’s art show, entitled “Progression”, will include watercolors showing movement from earlier representational works to abstraction. The title also suggests Barbara’s other creative career as a composer and jazz musician and includes her paintings of performers as part of the exhibit. The art reception will be held on Tuesday October 10 at 6:30 PM, and offers an opportunity for people to meet the artist and hear her talk about her work and process.

On Thursday October 19, at 6:30 PM, Barbara will perform a jazz concert with her quartet:  bassist Jim Lyden, drummer Gary Gemmiti, and guitarist Woody Allen.  The group will perform a combination of standards and Barbara’s original compositions. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Amanda Reynolds Cooper or Darrell Eifert at the library, (603) 926-3368.

Barbara London  is a musician, artist, writer, and educator. Her long career in the arts has involved leading her own jazz groups , exhibiting her watercolor paintings, producing recordings for her wild aster label, and writing workbooks and poetry.   She  has received three NEA grants for jazz composition and performance and is currently working on a new recording. After years of classroom teaching, she became the first female chair at Berklee College of Music in 1994. She left the college in 2005 to focus on her painting and composing.   As with her musical composition,  her art draws from a variety of thematic material including semi-abstracted musicians,  explorations of science and nature, and dreamscapes. Her involvement with the Abstract Artists Group of New England (AAGNE) has inspired Barbara to further explore her improvisational  approach to watercolors. She is experimenting with new colors, subjects, and process.

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 (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 was a regular at the Press Room Tuesday night jazz jam and continues to play on weekends in the dining room at the York Harbor Inn. His latest recording, Back in Cayo Hueso, was created with his brother Din Allen.
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 enjoyed years of  jazz residency at the Press Room in Portsmouth with Larry Garland’s River City Jazz.

"Soup of the Americas" cook-off on October 9, 2017

Soup of the Americas 2017

WHEN: Monday, October 9, 2017Entry Form
WHERE: Library Main Floor
TIME: Soups will be served to the public @ 12:00 Noon
ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, October 6th

Enter your family favorite soup featuring 2 ingredients unique to the New World to win!  New World food examples include Corn, Potatoes, Cranberries, Chocolate, Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Pumpkin, Chilies, Allspice, Black beans, Turkey.  Soups will be judged by popular vote and Chef’s Choice.

Voting will close at 12:45 PM, followed by a professional soup demonstration by Chef Michael Whelan from the Chez Boucher Culinary Arts Training Center at 1:00 PM.  We will announce the winners of both the People's Choice and chef's Choice following this presentation.

Chef’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate to Chez Boucher
Chef’s 2nd - $25 Gift certificate to Chez Boucher
People’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate and gift basket to Philbrick’s Fresh Market
People’s 2nd -$25 Gift certificate to Seacoast Soups

Geraldine Bresnahan, Watercolors - Weston Gallery, July 2017

For the month of July, 2017 the Weston Gallery welcomes local watercolor artist Geraldine Bresnahan with her exhibit Seacoast Towns and Beyond.  Patrons are welcome to meet Geraldine and learn more about her work at a reception on Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30 PM.

From the artist:

Geraldine BresnahanA Speech and Language Pathologist by profession, I took up photography when I was a Traveling Therapist. When I settled in Newmarket, NH in 1997, my sisters and I began taking watercolor classes through the Seacoast Artist Association as a Wednesday night get-together. My sisters are no longer as active in painting, but I was hooked. Through the years, I've taken Life Drawing and watercolor painting classes at the NH Art Institute in Manchester, watercolor workshops at Mohegan Island, St. Suliac, France and Lesbos Island, Greece with Doris Rice. I've taken workshops and classes with Dustin Knight, Frank Webb and Mel Stabin. Each class has helped me hone in my skills in the area of watercolor.

I continue to depend on my camera at home and while traveling to capture people, places and events to use in future paintingsThere is so much to learn about in every medium that makes it so enjoyable. The beauty of art is not just the beauty of art, but the reminder of when, where and how it was created. I continue to be a member of the Seacoast Artist Association, Chair of the Scholarship Committee. When we contribute to our youth, we are securing a continuation of the arts for the future.

2017 Summer Reading Program for Adults

This summer we invite our adult patrons to take some time to read and reflect on our theme of Build a Better World! During the months of June, July and August, adults will have a chance to relax and read some great books while earning tickets toward a weekly gift card drawing and 2 Grand Prizes.  As always, our patrons get a gentle nudge to read outside of their usual comfort zones, with two prize cards giving a choice of 25 Fiction or 25 Non-Fiction categories.  Pick up a card today at the library, or download and print your own copy from the links provided here.  Completing any 5 boxes wins a Build a Better World insulated tumbler, and finishing off the entire card wins 15 extra tickets!

2017 Fiction Card2017 Non Fiction Card2017 Tumbler

2017 Summer Prizes

Things to Know:

  • The contest runs from June 1st through September 4th, 2017
  • Read a book from any of the categories on the playing cards - ask the staff for recommendations, or check the blue endcaps in the library each week for books in a featured category
  • Get a raffle ticket for each book you read - there are two "Winner's Choice" grand prizes for two lucky winners!
  • Get a Lane Library Build a Better World insulated tumbler after completing 5 squares on either card
  • Completing an entire card wins 15 bonus raffle tickets
  • A drawing for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card or $20 Regal Cinema cards will be held each Monday from June 12th through September 4th.
  • The Grand Prize drawings will be held Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 and will reward two lucky winners with their choice of:
    -  A 2-month membership at the Port City Makerspace in Portsmouth
    -  A $100 gift certificate to the Camera Commons in Dover
    -  A Chez Boucher one-day cooking and baking workshop gift certificate
    -  A $100 gift certificate for art instruction at the Brush and Palette in North Hampton
    -  A $100 gift card to the Library Restaurant in Portsmouth
  • Funding for the Adult Summer Reading Program is generously provided by the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library and the New Hampshire Humanities Council

Sandra Golbert - Craft Workshops

This year the library is offering 3 craft workshops led by local fabric artist Sandra Golbert.  These sessions are offered free of charge courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, and are limited to 12 participants each.  A sign-up sheet will be avialable at the main circulation desk 2 weeks before each workshop.  More information about Sandra and her work is available on her website at

Saturday, July 1st from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - An Introduction to Silk Painting - Signups begin Saturday, June 17th.

Saturday, July 22nd from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - Jewelry Design with Polymer Clay - Signups begin Saturday, July 8th.

Saturday, August 12th from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - Everyday Embroidery - Signups begin Saturday, July 29th.


Jeremy D'Enremont - New England Lighthouses

Everyone knows there's "something about lighthouses" that gives them broad appeal, but their vital role in our history and culture is little appreciated. Our early nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible. Due to automation, traditional lighthouse keeping is a way of life that has faded into the past, but on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 PM, Jeremy D'Entremont will tell the history of New England's historic and picturesque lighthouses, primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of lighthouse keepers and their families.

Jeremy D'Entremont has written more than a dozen books and 300 articles on lighthouse history and other maritime topics. He is the official historian of the American Lighthouse Foundation and the founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. D'Entremont has lectured and narrated cruises from Maine to California, and his photographs have appeared in many books and magazines.  He emphasizes the rich human history of lighthouse keepers and their families in his presentations. 

Jenne Holmes - Build a Better Blog

Looking to build a better world one word at a time? For those with a yen to write about what is important and engage a wider audience, Somersworth resident Jenne Holmes has just the ticket. On Saturday, June 24th at 2:00 PM, Jenne will take a couple of hours to share how she came up with her ideas for the blog “Somersworth Now!”, talk about the daily disciplines necessary to write regularly and on a deadline, share sources and contacts for local stories, and reveal ways of promoting a blog and attracting a readership.

Jenne is a transplant from the UK who writes about the city of Somersworth, New Hampshire, in order to help others who call or have called Somersworth home connect, inspire and share it’s rich history and Hilltopper spirit. Jenne does this in part because Somersworth is her adopted home city but more simply put because she loves living there.  Read more about her story at

Pontine Theater - Pretty Halcyon Days

Poet Ogden Nash and his family spent their summers on Little Boar's Head, in North Hampton, NH. On Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 PM, the Pontine Theatre of Portsmouth will give a performance at the Lane Library that explores the ways in which Nash's life on the New Hampshire seashore influenced his poems and providing insights into the man, his character, and his ideas about family, society, and nature. These themes form a rich portrait of the poet and underscore how the intersection of literature and local history can deepen our understanding and appreciation of everyday events in our own backyard.

Greg Gathers, Co-Artistic Director of Pontine Theatre, holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has been designing and constructing Pontine’s sets, costumes and props since 1982. Marguerite Mathews, Co-Artistic Director and Founder of Pontine Theatre, earned a theater degree in Communications from Michigan State University.She studied with Etienne Decroux at L’Ecole du Mime Corporeal in Paris, France, and with Thomas Leabhart at the University of Arkansas and Valley Studio.

Steve Wood - A visit with Abraham Lincoln

On Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30 PM, Steve Wood, of Claremont, New Hampshire, will present A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, a living history presentation as our 16th president. Steve will include anecdotes from Lincoln's 1860 visit to New Hampshire, his views on slavery and abolition, some of his experiences in the White House, and conclude with a reading of his Gettysburg Address. Wood will then step out of character for questions and discussion..

Steve Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Forestry, worked for nearly thirty years with the UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, retiring at the end of 2003. Matching Lincoln's height and beard, Wood bears enough of a resemblance to make heads turn even when not wearing black trousers, vest, frock coat, and stovepipe hat.  He has been portraying Abraham Lincoln at historical societies, libraries, schools, and community events since 1995..

Darryl Thompson - The Shaker Legacy

In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. On Saturday, August 19th at 2:00 PM, Darryl Thompson will explore some of these contributions in his lecture and share some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.

Darryl Thompson's father, Charles "Bud" Thompson, founded the museum at Canterbury Shaker Village with three Shaker sisters. Thompson lived among the Canterbury Shakers, grew up to earn a BA and MA in American history at the University of New Hampshire, and was among the consultants used by Ken Burns in his documentary film The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God. Thompson has written articles, lectured widely, taught classes, and served as a tour guide.


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