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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.

Job Opening - Children's Services

LibraryLane Memorial Library JOB OPPORTUNITY

The Children’s Room is currently looking for a Library Page for 4 hours a week. Work involves shelving books and other materials, checking that materials are in their appropriate places, and other library tasks as needed.   Consistent attention to detail is a must.

Skills/Qualifications:

The library page must be able to file materials within the appropriate classification scheme, particularly the Dewey Decimal Classification System.  Instruction will be given in this.

  • Ability to alphabetize and put things in numerical order.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions in English at an eighth (8th) grade level.
  • Ability to learn routine library procedures.
  • Ability to adhere to library policies and procedures, including dress code.
  • Ability to work independently and thoroughly with a minimum of supervision.
  • Minimum of 14 years old.

Minimum Physical Qualifications

Must be able to:

  • Push and pull library book trucks weighing up to fifty pounds across seventy feet of carpet.
  • Carry up to ten pounds (10 lbs) of books across the length of the Children’s Room (approximately 70 feet).
  • Stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Bend and stretch to reach high and low shelves

The current salary is $7.25 an hour.

Applications are available at both the Adult and Children’s circulation desks and must be submitted to Paulina Shadowens, Head of Children’s Services, no later than Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by the department head and you will be contacted if an interview will be scheduled.

Lane Memorial Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ADA concerns: “The Library Page position may be performed with partial physical disabilities although the position is physically demanding and requires bending, lifting, and reaching. Persons with visual disabilities may have difficulty filing Library materials, although speech and hearing disabilities would present few problems. Intellectual impairment may not hamper performance where the ability to file quickly is present”. —from OCLC Computer Library Center

 

Culture Keepers / Culture Makers Art Exhibit - Weston Gallery, October 2018

Culture Keepers

This artwork depicts how life could be—without segregation, without bias, without the terrible lack of connection among many of us human beings. The art was created through group sessions led by artist Richard Haynes, who developed a tracing technique so that anyone, artist or not, could join his trade and express the wish to change our culture. Fourteen people from the Seacoast participated to learn how artists are, not only culture keepers, but also, culture makers.

Haynes asked participants to imagine their art being uncovered by the people of a future generation. He asked, “What do you want people to discover from your drawing? How will you show them what it was like to be living in a time when we were emerging into a world without racism?”

As a group, they defined “diversity” and “racial unity” and then were asked, “How did you learn bias and prejudice in the first place?” The art students named systems: our families, our schools, our political and social cultures and healthcare—citing all the opportunities given only to white people in order to succeed and thrive. They asked themselves how we might have colluded with those systems of oppression—or how we confronted them. And, for eight weeks, they talked about their lives, laughed and cried together, and imagined a better future.

This project was organized by the Racial Unity Team and supported by a grant from the NH Charitable Foundation. Find the Racial Unity Team on Facebook or email them at racialunityteam1@gmail.com.

"Soup of the Americas" cook-off on October 8, 2018

Soup of the Americas 2018

WHEN: Monday, October 8, 2018Entry Form 2018
WHERE: Library Main Floor
TIME: Soups will be served to the public @ 12:00 Noon
ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, October 5th


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.

401 TavernVoting will close at 12:45 PM, followed by a professional soup demonstration by Chef Aaron Duvall from the 401 Tavern at 1:00 PM.  We will announce the winners of both the People's Choice and chef's Choice following this presentation.

 

Prizes:
Chef’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate to the 401 Tavern - Jenn Beigel, Turkey Chili
Chef’s 2nd - $25 Gift certificate to the 401 Tavern - Stacy Mazur, Lasagna Soup
People’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate and gift basket to Philbrick’s Fresh Market - Josiah Howard, Cream of Potato & Corn Soup
People’s 2nd -$25 Gift certificate to Seacoast Soups - Djamel Hafiani, Seafood Chowder

Soup of the Americas Winners 2018

Pictured Winners: Djamel Hafiani, Stacy Mazur, Josiah Howard with assistant Annika Howard, and Jenn Beigel

Winning Recipe - Cream of Potato and Corn Soup

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cups Frozen Corn
10 Cups Chicken Broth
½ Cup minced Onion
½ tsp Salt
¾ tsp White Pepper
2 8oz blocks of Cream Cheese
Bacon Bits
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:
Boil potatoes, corn, onion, salt, and pepper in chicken broth until tender. Reduce heat to low. Cut cream cheese into chunks and add to soup. Stir often until cream cheese melts. Serve hot with bacon and shredded cheese sprinkled on top

Italian Wedding Soup by Chef Aaron Duvall, courtesy of the 401 Tavern

Ingredients:

8 - 10 pieces bone-in chicken thighs / legs
2 heads escarole, thin sliced
2 medium white onions, julienned
2 qt. Swanson (or equivalent) chicken stock
1 small box orzo
6 whole carrots, small dice
6 stalks celery, small dice
1 lb. ground beef rolled into small balls
5 eggs, hard boiled and chopped
2 chicken bouillon cubes

Place chicken in a pot with water enough to cover to a depth of 2 inches.  Boil until cooked through (about 20 minutes) and remove from water.  Chill chicken to room temperature and reserve broth.  Pull chicken meat and cut into soup-sized pieces.  Combine escarole, onions, carrots and celery with cut chicken and add to broth along with the chicken stock and bouillon cubes.  Simmer for 2 hours, while preparing hard boiled eggs and rolling the meatballs out to around 1 - 2 oz. each.  After the 2 hours is up, add meatballs and chopped hard boiled eggs and simmer for an additional 1 to 2 hours. Add cracked black pepper to taste and serve with cooked orzo and shredded Parmesan cheese as desired.

"Make Art Work" - Emily Kalina reception and talk

Emily Kalina - Make Art Work

Plan to drop in at the library on Saturday, August 18th at 2:00 PM in the downstairs Lane Room to meet local artist Emily Kalina and learn about her experiences in making a living in the art world.  As she describes it, "To make art that sells in the world today, you have to wear many hats. One is the creator, the artist. But the artist needs to not only create the artwork, but also sell and market, while simultaneously promoting it on social media as well as managing a website where people can find your work.  If it seems like a lot, it is! However it can be done. Come join me to talk about what it means to make art work."  Some of Emily's work will also be on display in our Weston Gallery for the month of August, including digital prints on canvas, a selection of patterned scarves, and a handbag.

Emily graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 with a degree in Illustration and immediately entered the gallery world in which she exhibited and sold her signature style of layered, textured, and patterned watercolors. As a young watercolor artist Kalina always had an eye for the interplay of color, texture and layering. This innate skill quickly evolved and expanded as in 2009 as she left the gallery world to pursue the exciting world of print and textile design. Using her watercolors as a basis for her prints, she combines her sharp eye for trends with an innate sense of color and style to produce vibrant designs that are appealing to a wide variety of clientele.

Kalina successfully transformed her 14 years of layered and textured watercolors into best selling scarves and a variety of products for Nine West Dress, Michael Kors, Barney’s New York, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Elie Tahari, Nordstrom, Target and TJX to name a few.

We Live We Lead - Empowering Women Leaders Workshop

We Live We Lead

Join with other community members as we explore through sharing & storytelling the concepts of leadership. Anyone can be empowered to lead. Everyone is a leader. Our workshop seeks to inspire leadership skills & competences. Sign up online at:  http://bit.ly/welivewelead This year long series that addresses a new topic each workshop. New Guest Speaker Each Month!

September Event - Navigating Change

Kabria BaumgartnerOn Thursday, September 27th from 6:00 to 7:45 PM, participants will discuss change management and listen to featured speaker Kabria Baumgartner, an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Hampshire. To survive and thrive we all need to know how to navigate change. Learn about the change cycle and how to react at every stage. Change is something that everybody experiences, and even a positive change can be difficult. Baumgartner will share the experiences of African American women students as they acted as leaders and change agents in the antebellum Northeast.

August Event -  Leadership versus Management.

The session's aim is to help the audience identify the main differences between a leader and a manager. Why do we need leaders? What does a great leader look like? Participants will focus on leadership characteristics.

  • Introduction - 2 min
  • Strategic Thinking Brainstorming - 3 min
  • Leadership Characteristics - 10 min
  • Draw Your Leader exercise - 25 min
  • Reflections - 10 min
  • Video - 5 min
  • Speech - Tanisha Johnson, Associate Branch Director, Exeter YMCA - 30 min
  • Wrap Up & Video - 5 min
  • Survey - 5 min
Featured Speaker - Tanisha Johnson
 
Tanisha JohnsonTanisha Johnson brings more than a decade of experience in coaching and program management. Tanisha earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Leadership. She began her career in the non-profit sector in Pennsylvania, working to help families successfully manage a variety of challenges inherent in their daily lives. Tanisha held volunteer positions with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and she began several community programs and partnerships at which girls learned to channel their inner confidence to be innovators and leaders. It was during these years of working with youth and families, that her true passion for coaching and leadership became abundant.

Tanisha is currently the Associate Branch Director at the Exeter Area YMCA. Tanisha’s focus is to continue the YMCA mission: to be a pillar of community service. She is a believer in the power of building relationships, and lives by the adage, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
 

July Event - Strategic Thinking - Vision Statement

This session will focus on helping every individual draw a “road map”. A road map reflects how a person is looking at their future.  Participants will create a vision statement. Vision statements answer, “What is your dream?” no matter its size or indistinctness. A vision statement will help participants to identify their mission statement, which is how they will reach their dream. Finally, the last step will be about identifying the objectives and actions needed to achieve that dream, with each participant creating a Foot Print. By the end of the session, participants will have a life vision, have identified their passion, and the actions needed to achieve those goals.

  • Introduction - 2 min
  • Strategic Thinking Brainstorming - 3 min
  • Strategic Thinking Presentation ( vision, mission and Objectives) - 10 min
  • RoadMap Exercise - 25 min
  • Reflections - 10 min
  • Video - 5 min
  • Speech - Joanne Knight, Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch  - 30 min
  • Wrap Up & Video - 5 min
  • Survey     

We Live We Lead

June Event Strategic Thinking – Values
Wednesday, June 27th 5:30-8:00 PM

The first meeting will focus on exploring personal values to help improve self-awareness. By being self-aware participants can increase their ability to set clear goals and competence to build a vision of the future. These steps are part of the process towards reaching full potential and realizing dreams.

6:00 – 6:.05 pm Introduction:  Program’s objectives – Why we are here today?

6:05 – 6:10 pm Leadership: Brainstorming Leadership Definition.

6:10 -- 6:20 pm Strategic Thinking’s Concept

6:20 – 6:30 pm Inspirational Video

6.30 – 7:30 pm Value Tree Exercise: Explore your personal Values

7:00 – 7:30 pm Speaker: Rev Deb

7:30- 7:40 pm Book reflection

7:40- 7:45 pm Closing

Featured Speaker: Reverend Deborah Knowlton

Rev. Deb KnowltonDeb felt the call to be an ordained ministry in the Exeter Congregational Church and has served parishes over the last thirty-eight years in New Hampshire and Connecticut. She currently serves the First Congregational Church in Hampton, a town dear to her, as she grew up on a beautiful farm just outside of town. After her undergraduate studies at UNH, she earned her M.Div. degree from Andover Newton Theological School. She is the writer of Color Me Included her book that details her investigation into Hampton’s eighteenth-century African American church members. Rev. Deb has a wonderful way with words and a very special gift of making everyone feel completely welcome.

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

CLOSED PRESIDENTS' DAY FEBRUARY 19

Requirements:

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.

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.

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.

"Be a Better Photographer" - workshop with Matt Parker on May 30th, 2017

Matt Parker, PhotographerWondering why your photos don't turn out exactly as you planned?  Want to be a better "family photographer"?  Looking to explore the capablilties of your 'phone camera or shiny new DSLR?  Look no further.  Local photographer Matt Parker will present a 2 hour workshop titled Making Photos Work 101 on Tuesday, May 30th from 6 - 8 PM in the downstairs Lane Room.  The workshop is free of charge, and those who attend will learn about:

  • Types of Photography
  • Camera Basics
  • Light
  • Artistic fundamentlas
  • Computer / Software
  • Accessories
  • Preparation
  • Event Photography

Matt Parker Is a part-time freelance sports and event photographer from the Seacoast area. When not working as an Applications Engineer at QA Technology in Hampton he is covering events for Friends and Family along with Seacoast Media Groups local papers and web site seacoastonline. Examples of his work can be found at www.mattparkerphotos.com.

Matt and his wife Lisa have 4 children and reside in Hampton, NH.

Matt was exposed to photography thru his Mother who was a freelance reporter for the Goffstown News in the 70’s and his Father and Grandfather(s) who had a camera in-hand for every occasion. Going to High School in the late 70's-early 80's sparked a renewed interest in photography from a Graphic Arts class that included basic camera instruction and film developing.

His current photography phase started when cameras went digital and his children became involved in local sporting events.

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