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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.

December Storytimes

December Storytimes

The Children's Room offers a variety of ages/days of the week so that everyone can enjoy a Story Time. Our December Storytimes begin on Monday, December 11 and run for 2 weeks, ending Thursday, December 21. Pick the day/time that works best for you and your child and drop in! All are welcome.

  • Baby Lapsit with Miss Joan (Babies 0 months – 14 months) Includes stories, songs and fingerplays, bubbles and dancing. 
  • 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 am (runs approximately 25-30 minutes) in the Lane Room.  

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.

Friends' 2017 Fall Book Sale

Friends' 2017 Book Sale

Wednesday, November 15th - Friends' Preview, 5:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 16th - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, November 17th - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 18th - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to Noon

It’s time to save the dates so you won’t miss our annual Fall Friends' Book Sale. We’ll have thousands of books, including children’s, history, war, politics, biography, cookbooks, gardening, science, animals, sports, mysteries, poetry, classics, humor, health, art, crafts, home, self-help, religion/inspiration, local interest, Christmas, romance, miscellaneous, and books, music, and movies on CDs and DVDs.

Most hard cover books are $1 and paperbacks 50 cents. Most children’s books are 25 cents. There is also a table featuring collections and special books priced at $2 and up. On Saturday, shoppers can buy a Friends' Book Bag and fill it for free!

All proceeds from the book sale go to the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, whose mission is to support the library and its programs.

Cash or check with ID, no credit cards.

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.

Prizes:
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

"Our Favorite Things" : HAN exhibit - September 2017

Hampton Arts NetworkThe walls of the Weston Gallery, will be covered for the month of September with artwork created by 20 Hampton Arts Network members.  Many different subjects and art mediums, plus three-dimensional work will be on display. The public is invited to visit the Weston Gallery and vote for the "Peoples Choice" award. The HAN group show is part of their 8th annual Art Walk in Hampton. Scheduled events includes art classes, demos, raffle and a kids arts and craft night for kids 8 years old and up on Sept 21st at the Lane Library, 2 Academy Ave from 5:30-7:30. For more information contact: kmmcginness@gmail.com

Art WalkHAN ArtistHAN ArtistDisplay Case

Silent Echoes: The History & Haunting of the James House Museum

A documentary film by Beyond Reality Video Productions.

Presented by @
James House Association ann 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.

Suggested donation of $12. All funds go to the James House Association.

Weston Gallery - "Black and White" photo exhibit, August 2017

All About Paper - 2017 Exhibit

The "All About Paper" photography group presents an exhibit of black-and-white photographs in the downstairs Weston Gallery during the month of August, 2017.  The group will be on hand to answer questions and talk to prospective members at a reception on Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30 PM.  All are welcome to attend!

In January 2012 Catherine Pagano began the All About Paper's Photo Enthusiasts Group for the purpose of bringing like-minded, amateur photographers together. We challenge ourselves to learn more about what our cameras can do for us, in a non-competitive environment. There are no experts in our group; most of us have basic "point and click" cameras. All of us enjoy challenging ourselves to take pictures out of our comfort zones.

Each month Catherine gives a specific challenge to the members. Sometimes the challenge is to utilize a specific technique or function on their cameras; other times the challenge is for a specific subject matter, etc. Then each member is asked to edit their own work and bring their best 3 shots for that month's challenge to the monthly meeting. We share these pictures with all the tips, tricks and techniques about how we obtained these shots. We talk about problems and outside challenges that presented themselves during our picture taking. We help each other find functions on our cameras that we did not know how to effectively use before. It's an environment of sharing and learning.

There is no special requirement to join our group except to have a camera and the enthusiasm to experiment with photography, learn more about your camera and challenge yourself to take better and more interesting pictures beyond your comfort zone.

There is no fee to join. You do not need to attend meetings. You can follow along with each month's challenge by logging onto www.allaboutpaperllc.blogspot.com.

Be as active and involved as you want to be. Only you can motivate yourself to just get out there and take those pictures!

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.

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