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We Live We Lead - Empowering Women Leaders Workshop

We Live We Lead

Join with other community members as we explore through sharing & storytelling the concepts of leadership. Anyone can be empowered to lead. Everyone is a leader. Our workshop seeks to inspire leadership skills & competences. Sign up online at:  http://bit.ly/welivewelead This year long series that addresses a new topic each workshop. New Guest Speaker Each Month!

September Event - Navigating Change

Kabria BaumgartnerOn Thursday, September 27th from 6:00 to 7:45 PM, participants will discuss change management and listen to featured speaker Kabria Baumgartner, an Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Hampshire. To survive and thrive we all need to know how to navigate change. Learn about the change cycle and how to react at every stage. Change is something that everybody experiences, and even a positive change can be difficult. Baumgartner will share the experiences of African American women students as they acted as leaders and change agents in the antebellum Northeast.

August Event -  Leadership versus Management.

The session's aim is to help the audience identify the main differences between a leader and a manager. Why do we need leaders? What does a great leader look like? Participants will focus on leadership characteristics.

  • Introduction - 2 min
  • Strategic Thinking Brainstorming - 3 min
  • Leadership Characteristics - 10 min
  • Draw Your Leader exercise - 25 min
  • Reflections - 10 min
  • Video - 5 min
  • Speech - Tanisha Johnson, Associate Branch Director, Exeter YMCA - 30 min
  • Wrap Up & Video - 5 min
  • Survey - 5 min
Featured Speaker - Tanisha Johnson
 
Tanisha JohnsonTanisha Johnson brings more than a decade of experience in coaching and program management. Tanisha earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Leadership. She began her career in the non-profit sector in Pennsylvania, working to help families successfully manage a variety of challenges inherent in their daily lives. Tanisha held volunteer positions with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and she began several community programs and partnerships at which girls learned to channel their inner confidence to be innovators and leaders. It was during these years of working with youth and families, that her true passion for coaching and leadership became abundant.

Tanisha is currently the Associate Branch Director at the Exeter Area YMCA. Tanisha’s focus is to continue the YMCA mission: to be a pillar of community service. She is a believer in the power of building relationships, and lives by the adage, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
 

July Event - Strategic Thinking - Vision Statement

This session will focus on helping every individual draw a “road map”. A road map reflects how a person is looking at their future.  Participants will create a vision statement. Vision statements answer, “What is your dream?” no matter its size or indistinctness. A vision statement will help participants to identify their mission statement, which is how they will reach their dream. Finally, the last step will be about identifying the objectives and actions needed to achieve that dream, with each participant creating a Foot Print. By the end of the session, participants will have a life vision, have identified their passion, and the actions needed to achieve those goals.

  • Introduction - 2 min
  • Strategic Thinking Brainstorming - 3 min
  • Strategic Thinking Presentation ( vision, mission and Objectives) - 10 min
  • RoadMap Exercise - 25 min
  • Reflections - 10 min
  • Video - 5 min
  • Speech - Joanne Knight, Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch  - 30 min
  • Wrap Up & Video - 5 min
  • Survey     

We Live We Lead

June Event Strategic Thinking – Values
Wednesday, June 27th 5:30-8:00 PM

The first meeting will focus on exploring personal values to help improve self-awareness. By being self-aware participants can increase their ability to set clear goals and competence to build a vision of the future. These steps are part of the process towards reaching full potential and realizing dreams.

6:00 – 6:.05 pm Introduction:  Program’s objectives – Why we are here today?

6:05 – 6:10 pm Leadership: Brainstorming Leadership Definition.

6:10 -- 6:20 pm Strategic Thinking’s Concept

6:20 – 6:30 pm Inspirational Video

6.30 – 7:30 pm Value Tree Exercise: Explore your personal Values

7:00 – 7:30 pm Speaker: Rev Deb

7:30- 7:40 pm Book reflection

7:40- 7:45 pm Closing

Featured Speaker: Reverend Deborah Knowlton

Rev. Deb KnowltonDeb felt the call to be an ordained ministry in the Exeter Congregational Church and has served parishes over the last thirty-eight years in New Hampshire and Connecticut. She currently serves the First Congregational Church in Hampton, a town dear to her, as she grew up on a beautiful farm just outside of town. After her undergraduate studies at UNH, she earned her M.Div. degree from Andover Newton Theological School. She is the writer of Color Me Included her book that details her investigation into Hampton’s eighteenth-century African American church members. Rev. Deb has a wonderful way with words and a very special gift of making everyone feel completely welcome.

"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.

Teen Services: Read, Learn, Explore

Read, Learn, Explore
Click here to sign up for Teen Summer Reading 2019
Open to incoming 6th graders and older who live in Hampton or are students of Winnacunnet HS.


There are many different ways that we learn. That's why we're encouraging summer learning thru a wide variety of adventures all summer long. Activities you may choose are: Read, Write, Create, Explore, Play, and Give. A full list of recommendations can be found on our website or you may create your own. Read 1 Book or do an activity for at least 1 hour of time. The last day to turn in your activities is August 8th. Incentives can be picked up whenever you complete a row on the front of the card. Receive an incentive every time you finish 7 learning experiences. Move from the 1st incentive to the 5th to receive them all.

Read

There are countless benefits to reading, not the least of which is that reading exposes us to a world of imagination, showing us, nothing is impossible in this world. But did you know that reading for at least 20 minutes per day is a great way to keep your brain active? Studies show that students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months. It’s important for school-age children to read to prevent summer learning loss, but it's also essential for adults who want to keep their brains flexible and nimble.

 

 

Write

Writing goes hand-in-hand with reading. A critical skill in becoming a good reader, writing fosters our ability to explain and refine our ideas to others and ourselves, and it expresses who we are as people. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Writing Activities:

  • Write in a journal.
  • Send a hand-written letter to a friend.
  • Plan out a shopping trip with your parent, write the list.
  • Go to a poetry slam.
  • Write a poem or story.
  • Color with a family member.
  • Attend an author event.
 
 

Create

When we create, we are essentially exercising our problem-solving skills. Creativity expands our perceptions and allows us to see obstacles not just as roadblocks but also as opportunities. Creative activities also make life much more interesting and fulfilling. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Creative Activities:

  • Plant a seed.
  • Attend an art workshop
  • Knit or Crochet something.
  • Make a new recipe.
  • Paint or draw a picture.
  • Take photos with a friend or your family.
  • Make up a silly song and sing it.
  • Play a musical instrument.
  • Build a summer fort.
Explore

Exploration is vital to the human spirit. Even as babies, we're driven to explore the world around us, discover new things, and push beyond the boundaries of what we already know. Through exploration, we not only broaden our horizons, but we create new relationships and better understand ourselves and others. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Explore Activities:

  • Learn a new tech skill with a Universal Class tutorial.
  • Visit a local historic site.
  • Visit a Museum.
  • Visit the library with your family.
  • Watch a movie version of a book you've read.
  • Try a new Hobby.
  • Take a tour of Boston.
  • Visit a park you've never been to before.
  • Explore the beach.
 

Play

 Even though playtime may seem like "downtime" for the brain, there's a lot of learning happening. We're communicating with others; reading body language; experimenting; problem solving; and practicing physical movement, patience and understanding. And when your children play with you, they are also learning — that they are loved, important and fun to be around. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Play Activities:

  • Visit a playground
  • Take a walk on a nature trail.
  • Tell a joke to a friend.
  • Play a board game.
  • Play a sport.
  • Go swimming, surfing, or water skiing.
  • See how far you can skip a rock.
 

Give

Not only does it feel good to give, but there are also many learning benefits to giving. Giving provides opportunities to meet and share expertise, learn new skills, and understand and develop empathy for others. Volunteering can also actually make you healthier! Studies have shown that volunteering makes people feel physically healthier and lower stress. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Give Activities:

  • Donate canned goods to the food bank.
  • Give a friend or family member a hug.
  • Read a book to someone special.
  • Volunteer to help a neighbor with a chore.
  • Donate old clothes or toys to Goodwill.
  • Donate books to the library.
  • Help out around the house.
  • Carry the groceries inside.
  • Spend some time with an elderly neighbor.
  • Join a beach clean up

 


 Teen Finale will be held at Family Fun Center Arcade @ Hampton Beach Casino!

teens playing arcade gameThe Teen Department will hold a separate Finale at the Family Fun Center Arcade at the Hampton Beach Casino. August 9th, 12:00-2:00 PM. The final 5th Incentive will earn teens $10 in tokens. Teens can still attend the Children's Room Finale, either for fun or as volunteers to earn more tickets!



 

What's Going On This Summer?
Not sure where to start? Check out our Calendar.
Signing Up For Summer Reading:

Teens can sign-up any time! Teens will get a Summer ID, the number they'll use each time they submit their reading logs for summer reading. Check with the Library after for signing up for your Summer ID number.

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 Lane Memorial Library Summer Reading is generously sponsored by The Friends of Lane Memorial Library.

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.

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.

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