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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.

"Counter Culture" - Author talk and book signing

Counter Culture

Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger will visit the Lane Library on Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30 PM to present her new book Counter Culture: Clams, Convents and a Circle of Global Citizens. This recently published memoir is an uplifting story of her family's origins as mill workers with 12 children to feed, who built a hospitality empire from a luncheonette and fried clam stand into what would eventually grow to be the Omni International Hotels. The author's profits from the sale of this book will go to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who have served immigrant communities at St Patrick's School, Lowell, MA, for 167 years.  (For those who attend, be sure to ask Eleanor about the Dunfey family connection to our very own Lamie's Inn in Hampton.)

“This spirited and spiritual journey of the Dunfey family is shared in loving, often humorous stories that reach from a mill town in America to townships in South Africa. Thank God for parents who inspired their twelve children to make a difference in our world.” — Archbishop Emeritus Desmond and Mrs. Leah Tutu

“If you want to learn how to achieve in business, faith, social justice, and politics ... then this is the book for you.” —Monica McWilliams, founder of Women’s Coalition Party, Northern Ireland, and global advocate for human rights

About the Author

Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger is the youngest of twelve children. She is a graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston and the University of San Francisco and was a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for thirteen years. She is professor emerita of ethics and civic engagement at Southern New Hampshire University, co-chair for 30 years of Global Citizens Circle and the recipient of honorary degrees from Southern New Hampshire University and Franklin Pierce University. Eleanor is married to Dr. James Freiburger, professor emeritus at SNHU. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.

Weston Gallery : Ten Piscataqua Photographers, March 2019

Ten Piscataqua Photographers

The locally published coffee table book Ten Piscataqua Photographers features the portfolios of 10 regional fine art photographers.  Prints from these portfolios will be on display in the downstairs Weston Gallery throughout the month of March.  An opening reception and book signing will be held on Thursday, March 14th from 5 to 7 PM, and offer a time for patrons to talk to the photographers, buy a first edition of the book, and have it signed by the artist(s).

Ten Piscataqua is envisioned as a series of coffee table books to bring artists and their community together. Each title is a collection of portfolios for the community to discover, explore, and celebrate the local genius in our midst. Ten Piscataqua Photographers is the first in the series. The intent is to build more intimate connections between artists and art lovers sharing the same geography. The book is edited by Phillip Augusta with introductions by Laura Pope.

The Photographers

Carol Van Loon is a black and white photographer from Dover, NH. Her intimate portfolio All About Me, is an evocative exploration of her body at age 60—fearlessly taking the selfie to another level.

Philip Case Cohen‘s portfolio features a selection of architectural and scenic landscapes from his popular photoblog, The Daily Portsmouth.

Gary Samson is a fine art photographer, photography educator, and New Hampshire’s 7th Artist Laureate. His portfolio Unburdened Beauty samples a decade of portrait and figurative work with women.

Peripatetic and prolific, Rich Beauchesne is chief photojournalist for Seacoast Media Group. His portfolio Motorcycle Week tours the spectators and spectacles of Laconia’s annual bike rally.

Frog eggs, nests, tricks of light, and all manner of creepy-crawlies populate Cheryle St. Onge’s portfolio titled Natural Findings. These images evoke a powerful nostalgia—discovering, or rather rediscovering, the wonders of nature through the curious eyes of children.

In The Old Ones, Bear Kirkpatrick's portraits of men and women are multilayered wonders. The subject is first decorated in fantastic costume, often made from natural props (eg: mud, feathers, and insects) and then layered within a contextual background drawn from the old masters. The results are portraits like you’ve never seen before.

The work of Rob Karosis exhibits a consistent aesthetic, no matter what the subject. His choices are guileless, authentic, and without gimmick. His portfolio The Texture of Light draws from the natural world with images in both b&w and color.

Digital innovator Douglas Prince juxtaposes diverse visual elements to conjure up a surprisingly new photographic world, not unlike a visual poem. Images from his portfolio Panaesthetic explore the numberless possibilities offered by digital image making tools and processes.

Charter Weeks has been documenting America for nearly five decades. His portfolio of that name introduces you to people and places around the country you might think you know, but then you’re surprised with a gritty revelation or a powerful juxtaposition you didn’t notice at first.

In her photo essay The Organic Year, Karrah Kwasnik captures both the romance and the hard labor of clean sustainable agriculture. She takes us beyond the produce label for a taste of what organic really means in terms of farm life at Tuckaway and Sheltering Rock Farms in Lee, NH.

AARP Tax Help Schedule - 2019

2019 AARP Tax Help

 No Appointments

Requirements:

Having last year’s (2017) tax return and all of this year’s (2018) 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.

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.

Job Posting - Children's Room Page

Lane 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 Friday, February 15, 2019. 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

Youth Impressions Art Show 2019 - Weston Gallery

Art ShowThe Hampton Arts Network is pleased to announce their 7th annual Youth Impressions Art Show!  This is a juried show for our young Hampton artists in Grades 3 - 8.  Each year, the art teachers at Marston School, Hampton Academy, and Sacred Heart School are invited to submit student art.  Three HAN artists then serve as jurors to select the pieces for our student show including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries in two Grade level categories--Grades 3 - 5 and Grades 6 - 8.  Visitors to the show are invited to vote for People’s Choice winners!

Youth Impressions Art Show for 2019 will be on exhibit in the Weston Gallery of Lane Memorial Library during the months of January and February.  Visitors may vote for their favorite entries during the month of January.  The show runs through February 28 and is open to the community during library hours.  Come enjoy some fabulous art from these young, creative artists!

Certificates, cash awards, and ribbons are presented to winners at a special awards presentation evening scheduled for February 7 at 5:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.

MLK Jr. Day of Service 2019

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Make Valentine gift bags for residents of Cross Roads House. All ages event. Make Valentine gift bags for residents of Cross Roads House. All ages event. Items for the event can be donate starting January 2nd. We'll be looking for donations of adult male & female socks and single serve candy. Participants will make a valentine card for each bag.

Cross Roads House is looking for donations of:

  • baby wipes
  • diapers and pull-ups
  • disposable razors
  • feminine hygiene products
  • hand sanitize
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • travel size shampoo
  • conditioner
  • lotion
  • shaving cream
  • gas station, walmart, rite aid gift cards
A complete list of requested items can be found: www.crossroadshouse.org/donations/wish-list

Haven is looking for donations of:

Children’s Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Baby Shampoo
Baby Lotion
Arm & Hammer Disposable diaper bags
Wipes
Non-skid socks for children and adults
Clear plastic storage bins (Ziploc Weathershield or other waterproof)
Hand soap
Hand sanitizer (full-size)
Toilet Paper
gift cards( see website for requests)

A complete list of requested items can be found: havennh.org/donate-now/

Lane Memorial Library Hosts Speaking for Wildlife

 

Join a volunteer from the Speaking for Wildlife Program as they present:

Bats have been in the news lately. Wondering what’s up with bats in New Hampshire? This talk will give you an overview of the different kinds of bats found in our state, where to look for them, and how landowners and homeowners can help conserve these fascinating mammals. You’ll also learn about the impact of white-nose syndrome on our bats in New Hampshire, what scientists are learning about this threat, and how you can help.



In this dazzling presentation, you’ll see New Hampshire’s natural beauty through the lens of Natural Heritage Bureau ecologists and photographers Ben Kimball and Dan Sperduto. Featuring photos of rare and special plant communities and habitats throughout the state, you’ll learn new ways to look at the natural landscape and find out places to visit some of New Hampshire’s unique places.



The Reptiles & Amphibians slide presentation introduces participants to the frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes that call New Hampshire home. These species range from among the most common animals in the state, to some of the rarest. You’ll learn about the many different habitats that reptiles and amphibians use, what threats they face, and what you can do to help. Presentation includes handouts and other helpful materials.



A Garden for Wildlife is a slide presentation that shows how anyone with a backyard, garden, or landscaped area can help wildlife by altering their landscaping and gardening practices. Includes discussion of wildlife and habitats, plant choice, use of native plants, nest boxes and feeders, and issues such as invasive plants.



The Birds, Bats & Butterflies slide presentation highlights a dozen wildlife species commonly seen in New Hampshire. Participants will learn cool animal facts and find out about how the diverse mix of habitats in our region support species such as American woodcock, painted turtle, pileated woodpecker, wood frogs, little brown bats and other captivating creatures. Presentation includes handouts and other helpful materials.

December Storytimes

DecemberThe Children's Room offers a variety of ages/days of the week so that everyone can enjoy a Story Time. We will have a "Mini" 2-week session, beginning Monday, December 10, ending Thursday, December 20. Pick the day/time that works best for you and your child/children and drop in! All are welcome.

  • Baby Lapsit with Miss Joan (Babies 0 months – 14 months) Includes stories, songs and fingerplays, bubbles and dancing (runs approximately 20 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)
  • Bookworms with Miss Paulina (age 3-4 years) Includes stories, songs, activities, bubbles and dancing. Wednesdays at 10:30 am (runs approximately 25 minutes) 
  • 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)

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.

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