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"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.

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher - In Concert 4/28 at 6:30 PM

"Every time classical guitarist Peter Fletcher appears at Carnegie Hall, he has a packed house. Whether audience members are hearing him for the first time or were so enraptured by his technical skill and poised delivery that they’ve become diehard fans, Fletcher understands how to put together a repertoire that keeps audiences wanting more. And that is his genius." 
-- William Gooch, Fashion Reverie

Peter Fletcher, GuitaristOn Friday, April 28th at 6:30 PM classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will return to the Lane Memorial Library for a concert celebrating his upcoming appearance at Carnegie Hall, presenting a program filled with music by Bach, Albéniz, Satie and other composers who wrote or have been transcribed for 6-string guitar.  The concert will be in the lower Lane Room, and is free and open to all.

Peter has been giving over 100 concerts a year since 2003, and currently is on a nationwide tour. Peter loves giving concerts and feels that people should hear the natural acoustics of the instrument. He also feels that with concerts, sometimes a connection can be made between performer and audiences which is impossible with recorded music.   He balances well known works, such as Simple Gifts and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, with standard classical guitar music, and with his new transcriptions which in many cases have never been performed on classical guitar before.
Peter Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor, John Sutherland. In 1980 maestro José Tomás, Andrés Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long Master Class in Atlanta, GA. Peter Fletcher was the youngest student to perform in the class, playing music by Bach and Carcassi.

In December, 1983, he made his formal debut under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Wrote the critic of The Cherokee Scout, “He has technical facility but what one remembers about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics, his cadences.”

Fletcher furthered his studies in Master Classes with David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. As a performer in the Christopher Parkening Master Class in 1988, he was broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). In 1990, the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) awarded Fletcher a prize at its National Level Competition, and in 1995 he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses, and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award.

Peter Fletcher at Hedberg Public Library


Faberge Eggs: From Fine Art to Fine Craft - April 15th, 2017

Faberge Eggs : From Fine Art to Fine Craft

On Saturday, April 15 from 1 pm to 4 pm, artist Marina Forbes will present her workshop Faberge Eggs: From Fine Art to Fine Craft in the downstairs Lane Room.  This unique program combines a beautifully illustrated presentation on the life and remarkable work of Russian master jeweled egg artist, Peter Carl Faberge, with a hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to render a variety of delightful images on wooden eggs. This workshop is open to adults, teens, and families with children 6 and up. Participants will be inspired by a spectacular photo-tour of the Faberge collections at the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow. The program is free to attend and there is a materials fee of $5. per egg for anyone participating in the hands-on component of the program. This fee covers the cost of the wooden egg and stand as well as the paints and brushes for the workshop.
 
Presenter Marina Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist, Master Iconographer (2013, 2014 and 2015 awards for Artistic Excellence granted by The National Endowment for the Arts and The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts) who has lectured extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is a speaker on Russian Arts, History, and Culture with the NH Humanities Council. Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship.

Attendance will be limited to 30 participants, so please pre-register at the Lane Memorial Library Children's Room or call (603) 926-3368 and ask for the Children's Desk

Tax Help Schedule - 2017

Tax Help Wizard

AARP Tax Help
February 1 - April 15, 2017

Monday 9:15 AM to 12 Noon
Tuesday 4:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday 4:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturdays in February ONLY 9:15 AM to 12 Noon

Downstairs Little Room

No Appointment Necessary

Requirements:

Having last year’s (2015) tax return and all of this year’s (2016) 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.

"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.

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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