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"Walking Home" library performance May 25th at 3:00 PM

Walking Home

"Living in northern Massachusetts, we (Ryan Brown and Chris Yates) travel 40 miles and cross two state lines every day just to arrive at Berwick Academy. Therefore, we decided to use the opportunity of a Senior Project to explore the towns and communities we pass by every day on our way to school. So we thought how about we just walk home, which is why we’ve decided to call this project Walking Home. The plan is to, quite literally, walk from campus to our houses in Massachusetts with our friend Gil Hamel, another alumnus of Berwick, stopping along the way to volunteer in the surrounding communities. We are also performing music wherever we stop, either at venues or busking."

Ryan, Chris and Gill describe their music as a mix of folk, country, and Celtic tunes.  More information about the trio and their project is available on their website here.

Bob Richardson Gallery and Art Talks

Bob Richardson lectures

Bob RichardsonDuring the month of May, we are pleased to welcome local artist and teacher Bob Richardson and several of his students to the Weston Gallery.  Works on dislpay include oil paintings created plein air at locations such as Quebec City and Monhegan Island, as well as student works showing both art in progress and the finished composition. For those who would like to know more about how these works are created, Bob will present two lectures on the artistic process free of charge in our downstairs Lane Room.  The first is How To : From Sketch to Oil Painting on Saturday, May 12th and How To : Oil Painting from Photographs on Saturday, May 26th, both at 1:00 PM.  Bob and his students will also be on hand to meet members of the public at an artist reception on Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM.

Bob Richardson paints to capture a moment or a place with the intention of imprinting his feelings for that place or moment. Through the use of Cezanne’s limited palette of eight colors, Richardson’s paintings are rich with color, space, light, and bold lines. Richardson worked for 20 years in creative product development, traveled extensively in Europe and Asia throughout his professional career in pursuit of the old and the new, lost and forgotten decorative arts manufacturing processes. Richardson taught painting at the Doylestown Community Conservatory School of Music, Arts, and Drama. He now teaches oil painting classes designed to help the serious beginner get started or for those artists looking for a new direction and approach to their art.

Bob lives in Amesbury with his wife Bernice and is a member of the NAA, the New Hampshire Seacoast Artist Association, the Exeter Arts Committee and the Exeter Seacoast Open Studio. In 2005 Richard received the Best Of Show Award at the 37th annual Gallery in the Park Festival, PA as well as the Walter Emerson Baum Award in both 2005 and 2015.

"Caregiving - How Not to Lose Your Self" with Linda Champagne

Linda ChampagneHaving a loved one depend on us for care will stimulate change (stress) in our lives.  How we have learned to manage stress will determine how we will balance our time and energy.  Whether you are a caregiver for a short time or long term, you will need a plan for learning good Self-Care.

Join us on Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 PM in our downstairs Lane Room to hear local presenter Linda Champagne share her story as a caregiver for her own parents as well as offer caregiver tips derived from her experiences while working with seniors for 25 years. Participants will discuss and learn how to maintain a sense of well-being and how to avoid burn-out while caring for a loved one.  The lecture is free to all, and our Lane Room is fully accessible by elevator.

"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.

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.

After the film, meet author Lynne M. Nickerson for a book signing of "Gateway to the Paranormal: True personal accounts of the unexplained". Two investigative accounts of the James House Museum appear in her book, along with other paranormal stories of local interest.

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

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.

Patricia Wall : "Slavery in Rural Colonial New England : New Discoveries"

Salvery in Rural Colonial New England

Join us in the downstairs Lane Room on Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30 PM to hear local historian Patricia Q. Wall present intriguing new information regarding the lives of enslaved Blacks (i.e. Africans, Indians, and people of mixed African, white and/or Indian heritage) in farming communities and small towns of New England. Drawing upon findings in her recently published book, Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine. (Portsmouth Marine Society Press, 2017), Mrs. Wall not only banishes the old myth of colonial slavery’s scarcity and significance in that Maine region, she suggests that similar findings are likely still waiting to be discovered in many other New England farming and rural communities.

Mrs. Wall, now a resident of Exeter, NH, has been involved for more than forty years in educating the public about colonial American history through writing and professional and volunteer museum work as well as programs for teachers and visits with thousands of grade school students. She is also the author of two historical novels designed to introduce young people to New England’s early Black history.

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.

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.  

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