Library News

Weston Gallery - Ethel Hills, November 2019

Ethel Hills - An artist's journey

November 2 - 27

Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM

In Search of HomeEthel Hills grew up in rural Hollis, New Hampshire amidst farms, apple orchards, hayfields and woods. After high school, she attended Dickinson College for two years before taking some time off. During this break in her schooling, she explored black and white photography, primarily the natural forms in the landscape around her parents’ home in Hollis. She briefly toyed with the idea of returning to school to learn more about photography, but panicked when she found out that meant art school.

Instead, she enrolled at the University of New Hampshire to complete her BA. While at UNH, she fell in love with the seacoast area, the beaches, the rocks, the marshes, and the solitude of the area in the off season. After graduating, she moved to Hampton, eventually settling next to the salt marsh.

Shortly after moving to Hampton, she took up traditional rug hooking. As she learned more and more about rug hooking, she wanted her rugs to become more her own creation. Although she learned to plan her own colors and dye her own wool, she was still working with commercial patterns. It was her pursuit of more personal and creative hooked pieces which brought her to her love of art. Her goal was simple, to learn just enough drawing to be able to produce the very simple line drawings that are the basis of rug designs.

One thing led to another, first a couple of books on drawing, then a drawing class at a high school, then a watercolor class, then a workshop and on and on. There was always something new to learn. After getting a feel for watercolor, the next step was to strengthen her drawing skills. She went back to UNH, only this time studying in the Art Department. She’s worked hard to develop her skills by taking traditional classes at both UNH and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and also by studying with well-known watercolor artists and teachers, Dustan Knight, Don Andrews, DeWitt Hardy, Ed Betts, Skip Lawrence, and Gerry Brommer.

Hills came to art later in life and through a circuitous route, but has no regrets about it. She has been painting seriously for almost twenty years and is currently pursuing her art career from her small studio in downtown Hampton. She is an active member of the Ogunquit Artist Association, Abstract Artists’ Group of New England, Women’s Caucus for Art, Arts League of Lowell and the New Hampshire Art Association. She has exhibited in numerous juried, group and solo shows in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. She is represented by Paula Estey Gallery in Newburyport, MA.

2019 Winter Wonderland Craft Fair and Bake Sale

Friends' Craft and Bake Sale

Friends of the Lane Memorial Library
Winter Wonderland
Community Craft Fair
and Bake Sale
Saturday, November 9th, 10:00am – 2:00pm

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.

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!

If you are interested in donating to the Bake Sale, please contact Wendi at the email below.  All the proceeds from the bake sale will go directly to the Friends.

Artisans Wanted
Tables are avaiable for crafters and artists who would like to exhibit and sell their work.  Setup is on November 8th from 4 -5 PM, and a 6' x 2.5' table will be provided.  The non-refundable registration fee is $20, and registration ends on November 2nd.

Bakers and crafters may contact Wendi at wendi1031(at) for more information and to receive an application form.

"Soup of the Americas" cook-off on October 14, 2019

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 2019Entry Form 2018
WHERE: Library Main Floor

Carol & CrewCarol & Crew Puppet Show kicks off our fabulous soup day at 10:00 AM in the Lane Room. Patrons praise Carol for her fun story telling, fabulous puppets, easy rapport with children, and the many ways youngsters are able to interact with the show.

SOUP TIME: Soups will be served to the public @ 12:00 PM
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. ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, October 11th.

SOUPS MUST ARRIVE BY 11:00 A.M. ON THE MORNING OF THE COMPETITION IN A SLOW COOKER. A complete list of ingredients must be disclosed for an allergen statement.

Ronoldo'sVoting will close at 12:45 PM.  The library will hold a Chocolate Tasting at 12:30 PM, followed by a professional soup demonstration by Chefs John Amodie and Nick Grandmason from Ronaldo's Italian Restaurant in North Hampton 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 Ronaldo's in North Hampton
Chef’s 2nd - $25 Gift certificate to to Ronaldo's in North Hampton
People’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate and gift basket to On the Vine
People’s 2nd -$25 Gift certificate to Seacoast Soups

Soup of the Americas Winners 2018

Last Year's Winners: Djamel Hafiani, Stacy Mazur, Josiah Howard with assistant Annika Howard, and Jenn Beigel



Mural Unveiling on July 12, 2019

Mural Dedication

On Friday, July 12th beginning at 1:30 PM everyone is invited to drop by the library to see our new stairway mural created by artist Kit Collins, standing here with Library director Amanda Reynolds Cooper. The Friends of Lane Memorial Library commissioned this colorful new addition to the library, and we would like to celebrate her accomplishment.  We will serve light refreshments and visitors will have a chance to meet Kit and hear about her work and the story she’s created.

Amanda Reynolds Cooper and Kit CollinsThe mural has been months in the making. Kit was tasked with drafting up three different mural designs on which the Hampton community voted in person and through the library website. The three themes were "Wide World of Books", "Local, Gone Global", and "New Hampshire Nature". New Hampshire Nature was voted as the top pick and features a variety of wildlife and scenery that can be found in and around Hampton and New Hampshire. It’s playful and imaginative, with bobcats reading to their kits, an octopus flipping through an underwater novel, and more.

Starting at 2:00 PM, the Library will also be holding a Community Art Project. Just for fun, families will get to splatter, swirl and splash together a universe of color on a massive, parking-lot size roll of paper.  

"Saga of the Submarine Squalus" - May 28, 6:30 PM

The submarine Squalus

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the saga of the Squalus, a submarine built at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, which sank during it’s 19th test dive on May 23, 1939, six miles southeast of the Isles of Shoals.

During the dive, the main induction valve failed to close, and water rushed into the submarine, flooding the aft compartment.  Submerged in 240 feet of water, 33 of its 59 crew members were rescued.  It was the greatest submarine rescue in the history of the United States Navy.

To commemorate the anniversary, Karen Raynes and Mike Garland have researched and produced a documentary, “Saga of the Submarine Squalus,” that will be shown Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m., at the American Legion Post #35, 69 High Street in Hampton, and Tuesday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m., at the Lane Memorial Library.  The documentary tells the story of the rescue, salvage and rebirth of the Squalus.  The screenings are free and all are welcome to attend.

An exhibit about the Squalus is on display at the Tuck Museum of Hampton History, 40 Park Avenue in Hampton.  The museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.

November 10 will be Squalus Sunday at the Tuck Museum when the documentary will be shown at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion hosted by Raynes and Garland about the making of the “Saga of the Submarine Squalus.”

Seacoast Open Studio - Weston Gallery, May 2010

Seacoast Open Studio

This month the library welcomes 11 artists from the Seacoast Open Studio who will be exhibiting their work in the Weston Gallery during the months of May and June.  They will welcome guests and patrons at a reception on the evening of May 21 at 6:30 PM.  We asked them to share a bit about who they are and why they come together:

"Seacoast Open Studio (SOS) is an eclectic group of visual artists from the Seacoast NH area that has been meeting weekly for the last nine years in Exeter, NH.  We get together September through June on Friday mornings, 9:30-noon, upstairs at the historic Exeter Parks and Recreation Building to create art and share ideas, critiques, and inspiration.

Our styles range from wild abstracts to the more traditional.  The mediums and subjects are diverse; even the size of our works stretch from miniature to murals.

Venues where the SOS exhibits includes local libraries, D Squared Java, Exeter Hospital, the Provident Bank, Blue Moon Evolution, and Exeter Old Town Hall.

Our open and supportive group enjoys welcoming newcomers."

Seacoast Open Studio Artists

"Edenfleet" - Author talk by Coventry Forbes, April 15


We would like to invite patrons of the Lane Memorial Library to an author event on Monday, April 15th at 6:00 PM featuring our very own children's librarian Paulina Shadowens!  She will be happy to sign copies of her book for new fans, but requests that you BYOB - bring your own book (available from

Writing as Coventry Forbes, Paulina has at long last realized her dream of publishing a novel, and is looking forward to sharing the experience of how that came to be.  We asked Paulina to take a moment and give a few thoughts on how this project grew and developed.

"In 2006 I was an underslept, overwhelmed library graduate student, taking four Master’s level courses while working four part-time jobs.  At one of these, my boss—God bless her!--said I could do whatever I wanted in between assisting students.  Since I yearned to take a vacation I could not afford financially or timewise, I decided to use these lulls to devise a “literary holiday” by writing a story located in one of my favorite places (England) and set in one of my favorite time periods (the early 1800s, when many of Jane Austen’s novels take place). 

I knew I wanted to take the elements found in everything from Jane Eyre to modern-day bodice rippers—the impoverished, strong-willed governess, the wealthy, equally strong-willed master, and the mysterious manor that looms about them—and see if I could do something fun and fresh with such familiar tale-telling. Something I hoped would give its readers the same sense of delightful escape and discovery I enjoyed while writing it.

I dabbled at this novel over the years, but finally turned to it in earnest when my life once again was challenging on every level. Re-entering Edenfleet, with its long-held secrets and inhabitants I truly loved, gave me a renewed sense of purpose and drive—and laughter. In creating this imaginary world, it gave my own world the color and lift it sorely needed.

All my life I have wanted to be an author—and now, thanks to the encouragement of friends, the patience and technical skill of co-workers, and providential timing—I realize with wonder that this is at last a fulfilled dream.

And now for the sequel..."

Weston Gallery : The Art of Automobiles, April 2019

The art of automobiles
This show is a collaboration between local artists Nicole Ellis and Tony Nicholls. Nicole is a painter and Tony is a photographer. This show was first created last October for Main Street Art in Newfields, NH. Prior to that show neither artist had met. They were brought together and found that their work complimented each other, having in some cases produced images that mirrored each other or was of a similar vehicle.

For this exhibit, Tony and Nicole have produced works that emphasize the colours, textures and lines of vehicles in various states of repair or disrepair. They encompass a wide variety of automobiles from both the USA and UK, some old, some restored, some battered, some bruised.

We invite our patrons to attend a reception for both artists on the evening of Monday, April 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the Weston Gallery.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Tony Nicholls

Tony Nicholls is an English photographer living and working in both New England and the UK. He has been involved in photography since college, but recently began developing those early skills and techniques to communicate a more mature vision.

"I take photographs in order to capture the world as I see it. I tend to concentrate on scenes and objects that have strong lines, contrast and textures, sometimes in black and white to emphasize these. Many of my photographs are panoramic to capture the world as I see it, the breadth of the scene, the sweep of the countryside. I apply a similar approach to portraits, trying to find the lines, shapes and colours that make 'the person'.

In this exhibition I am trying to portray details of the subjects, to abstract patterns on a simple surface, discovering the elements that make up the shapes, textures and contrasts. I try to enhance these to bring out the elements that I wish to reveal. Some of my work seeks to force the viewer to look deeper into the image so that they find otherwise hidden details in it."

Further examples of Tony's work can be found at

Nicole Ellis

...when I grow up I want to live by the ocean and be a painter.... ~ Nicole Ellis, age 6, in upstate New York.

Fast forward through many years of retail jobs, side painting projects scattered here and there and welcome to my new reality. I have now been able to paint full time for a year and a half. With the support of my husband, I launched my own painting business, NicoleEllisArtist in 2018 and started my lifelong dream of painting unique images from quiet New England towns and the surrounding landscapes. With the realization that "none of us is guaranteed a tomorrow " and a passion for the process of painting to capture the unsung moments I see in rural New England areas, I set off to pursue my dream. My first year I curated or attended 19 events and sold 36 paintings total, pinching myself at every sale and being encouraged by friends and family.

2019 takes me into the second year of my endeavor and I look forward to a fun full summer of outdoor events: this year I've added farmers markets to my venue list as it blends my love of old barns, rusty trucks and mottled fields with other local makers and consumers who appreciate hand crafted goods to support a local economy.

The encouraging words I receive at outdoor art shows or gallery openings propels me forward to keep painting images that I love, be it an abandoned old truck, a collection of maple buckets looking like blue bonnets, the peeling paint on a time worn barn or craggily rocks of a seascape with a weary fishing shack. I look for the character present in each of these images and use paint to celebrate the life found within them.

It's by far the most rewarding chapter of my life so far and finally celebrates the life within me, found at age 6; waiting to be expressed

Learn with a Librarian - Bird Watching 101

Birdwatching 101

Would you like to learn something new in a new way? Learn with a Librarian is a lightly facilitated study group where participants can meet with a group of like-minded people to take an online course together with our free-to-patrons Universal Class.

Our first session will be facilitated by technical services librarian Kevin Robbitts, who will be leading Bird Watching 101.  The group will meet on Wednesdays April 10th, 24th, & May 8th from 1:30 - 2:30 pm in the library study room just off of the Teen area.

Course Description

Who do you think benefits the most from feeding and observing wild birds - the birds or us?  People of all ages, from all walks of life, study birds with interests that range from occasional pleasure viewing to an outright passion resulting in lengthy trips and major investments.  But one thing all bird watchers share is the excitement generated when a particular bird of interest or rarity is spotted -- similar to the thrill of the hunt, it satisfies our need to discover. Unlike traditional hunting, however, bird watching is about admiring the beauty of the birds in their natural habitats.

Bird watching is such an exciting world to explore.  Amazing birds can even be found in your own backyard! There is a great deal of joy derived from an afternoon spent watching these beautiful creatures. Many families participate in bird watching across generations, with grandparents and grandchildren often finding a shared interest when they are bird watching together.

This self-paced online course covers bird identification and location, feeding, types of birdhouses, equipment, emergency care and behavior and habitats. Whether you are a casual backyard bird watcher or a serious enthusiast, you'll soon discover that the more you watch birds the more you will want to learn about them.

The class is 11 Lessons & will take about 5 Hours to complete at a pace chosen by each patron.

While we encourage anyone to enjoy the course online, we ask that those interested in attending the study group register at the front desk.

"Counter Culture" - Author talk and book signing

Counter Culture

Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger will visit the Lane Library on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 PM to present her new book Counter Culture: Clams, Convents and a Circle of Global Citizens. This recently published memoir is an uplifting story of her family's origins as mill workers with 12 children to feed, who built a hospitality empire from a luncheonette and fried clam stand into what would eventually grow to be the Omni International Hotels. The author's profits from the sale of this book will go to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who have served immigrant communities at St Patrick's School, Lowell, MA, for 167 years.  (For those who attend, be sure to ask Eleanor about the Dunfey family connection to our very own Lamie's Inn in Hampton.)

“This spirited and spiritual journey of the Dunfey family is shared in loving, often humorous stories that reach from a mill town in America to townships in South Africa. Thank God for parents who inspired their twelve children to make a difference in our world.” — Archbishop Emeritus Desmond and Mrs. Leah Tutu

“If you want to learn how to achieve in business, faith, social justice, and politics ... then this is the book for you.” —Monica McWilliams, founder of Women’s Coalition Party, Northern Ireland, and global advocate for human rights

About the Author

Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger is the youngest of twelve children. She is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston and the University of San Francisco and was a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for thirteen years. She is professor emerita of ethics and civic engagement at Southern New Hampshire University, co-chair for 30 years of Global Citizens Circle and the recipient of honorary degrees from Southern New Hampshire University and Franklin Pierce University. Eleanor is married to Dr. James Freiburger, professor emeritus at SNHU. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.


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