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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.  

Friends' 2019 Spring Book Sale

Friends Spring Book Sale 2019

Wednesday, June 5 - Friends' Preview, 5:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursday, June 6 - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, June 7 - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, June 8 - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to Noon

It’s time to save the dates so you won’t miss our annual Spring Friends' Book and Media 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, romances and just about everything else.  We will also offer a wide selection of audiobooks, music on CD, 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 for $8 (2 for $15) 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.

"Hampton Birds with Stephen Hale" May 22, 2019

Hampton Birds

We would like to invite those interested in learning more about the feathered members of our community to an evening slideshow by Dr. Stephen Hale on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room.  Titled Hampton Birds, this presentation features a selection of common and uncommon birds that can be found in Hampton, NH. Whether nesting in Summer or visiting in Winter, the birds found in Hampton, NH are a spectacular assemblage that attracts birdwatchers all year-round. Residents of Hampton can find and enjoy many of these birds in their back "yards" or while walking the beach or viewing the marsh. Those who attend will see and discuss the snowy owl, piping plover, peregrine falcon, winter finches, and many more.

Dr. Stephen HalePresenter Steve Hale holds university degrees in marine biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology.  He has lived in New Hampshire over 20 years and has explored most of the state.  An avid hiker, birder, and experienced naturalist, Steve loves to share his experience and knowledge with others.

"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

Two College Workshops in May

Planning Workshop

Off to College? Great! Now what do you need to know?  Mark your calendar for Thursday evening, May 23 at 6:30 PM and join guest speaker Sharon Harris, MBA Independent Educational Consultant as she helps students and parents prepare to go to college. So much effort goes into being accepted to a college of choice that students often don't think beyond acceptance. This workshop will explain how to plan during those few remaining months before students actually leave home and "strike out to find fame and fortune.." Topics will include:

  • Keeping up with the accepted student 'Checklist'.
  • Managing your money and building a budget.
  • Finding campus resources that can help you navigate to success and manage daily life challenges.


Success this summer

One week later on Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 PM, Sharon Harris will again be here to present a College Admissions Workshop.  Joined by James Gatto of Seacoast Tutors,  they will lead students and parents through the college admissions process. Find out how to jump start college admissions during your summer vacation by answering these important questions:

  • Have you created a list of schools to investigate?
  • What criteria should you use for narrowing the list?
  • Have you scheduled campus visitations? --- Should you?
  • Should your visit include a meeting with an admissions representative?
  • Which admissions test is a better fit for you, the SAT or the ACT?
  • What are the pros and cons of test optional schools?
  • What’s the difference between Score Choice and Superscoring?
  • What’s the difference between early admissions & early acceptance?
  • When should I request letters of recommendation? Whom should I ask?

"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

Spring Storytimes

Spring StorytimeWe are changing things up a little this Spring! Our Baby Lapsit Storytime has moved to Wednesday at 10:30 am and our Reading Roundup Storytime on Thursdays is now a Family Storytime. Our Spring Storytimes begin on Tuesday, March 12 and run for 6 weeks, ending Thursday, April 21. Pick the day/time that works best for you and your child/children and drop in! All are welcome. A snack is included for all storytimes except Baby & Me Lapsit. All snacks are peanut-free but if your child has a gluten or egg (or other) allergy, please feel free to bring your own snack.

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.


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