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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.

"Barns" - An Exhibit by Carol Van Loon, Weston Gallery June 2017

We are pleased to present this month an exhibit of black and white photographs of New England barns by Dover artist Carol Van Loon.  She will be here on Monday evening, June 19th at 6:30 PM to talk about her work and meet with those who would like to learn more about her craft.  All are welcome, with light refreshments provided.

Carol started photographing on a farm in western New York state while in high school. She received a degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. A project manager for a retail design company in Portsmouth she also manages the photography galleries at Camera Commons in Dover.

Moving to the seacoast in 1988 from Colorado she is very involved with the arts scene in the area. She is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, New Hampshire Art Association and New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists. She is a past president of the New Hampshire Art Association and Exeter Fine Arts boards.

Some notes on her current exhibit:

Barn Gate, Exeter"My family farm is gone. As a child I learned how to see there: wheat swaying in the breeze, the many textures of the vegetable garden, a cow’s long eye lashes, aged wood fences, trees and lots of rocks.

I stopped photographing after the death of my mother and a dear friend, months apart. Deep in grief and ungrounded, I feared I wouldn’t create any new images for a long time. Then, unplanned, I took a journey back to my roots, the landscape of my youth. I began photographing barns.

It all started with a snowy barn I seen so many times before but never photographed. I stopped and made an image. Many more images of barns were to follow as I wandered through the farmlands of western New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Driving along back roads and breathing in the familiar smells of my childhood I began to remember my stories, stories I rarely told. It slowly  came to me that as much as I had strayed from my beginnings, the sensibilities that were formed there could lead me to the next chapter of my life.

I present these images as a homage to the gifts my parents gave me, the farm I grew up on and the vanishing landscape of my childhood."

2017 Summer Reading Program for Adults

This summer we invite our adult patrons to take some time to read and reflect on our theme of Build a Better World! During the months of June, July and August, adults will have a chance to relax and read some great books while earning tickets toward a weekly gift card drawing and 2 Grand Prizes.  As always, our patrons get a gentle nudge to read outside of their usual comfort zones, with two prize cards giving a choice of 25 Fiction or 25 Non-Fiction categories.  Pick up a card today at the library, or download and print your own copy from the links provided here.  Completing any 5 boxes wins a Build a Better World insulated tumbler, and finishing off the entire card wins 15 extra tickets!

2017 Fiction Card2017 Non Fiction Card2017 Tumbler

2017 Summer Prizes

Things to Know:

  • The contest runs from June 1st through September 4th, 2017
  • Read a book from any of the categories on the playing cards - ask the staff for recommendations, or check the blue endcaps in the library each week for books in a featured category
  • Get a raffle ticket for each book you read - there are two "Winner's Choice" grand prizes for two lucky winners!
  • Get a Lane Library Build a Better World insulated tumbler after completing 5 squares on either card
  • Completing an entire card wins 15 bonus raffle tickets
  • A drawing for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card or $20 Regal Cinema cards will be held each Monday from June 12th through September 4th.
  • The Grand Prize drawings will be held Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 and will reward two lucky winners with their choice of:
    -  A 2-month membership at the Port City Makerspace in Portsmouth
    -  A $100 gift certificate to the Camera Commons in Dover
    -  A Chez Boucher one-day cooking and baking workshop gift certificate
    -  A $100 gift certificate for art instruction at the Brush and Palette in North Hampton
    -  A $100 gift card to the Library Restaurant in Portsmouth
  • Funding for the Adult Summer Reading Program is generously provided by the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library and the New Hampshire Humanities Council

Sandra Golbert - Craft Workshops

This year the library is offering 3 craft workshops led by local fabric artist Sandra Golbert.  These sessions are offered free of charge courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, and are limited to 12 participants each.  A sign-up sheet will be avialable at the main circulation desk 2 weeks before each workshop.  More information about Sandra and her work is available on her website at http://www.fiberarte.com.

Saturday, July 1st from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - An Introduction to Silk Painting - Signups begin Saturday, June 17th.

Saturday, July 22nd from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - Jewelry Design with Polymer Clay - Signups begin Saturday, July 8th.

Saturday, August 12th from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - Everyday Embroidery - Signups begin Saturday, July 29th.

 

Jeremy D'Enremont - New England Lighthouses

Everyone knows there's "something about lighthouses" that gives them broad appeal, but their vital role in our history and culture is little appreciated. Our early nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible. Due to automation, traditional lighthouse keeping is a way of life that has faded into the past, but on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 PM, Jeremy D'Entremont will tell the history of New England's historic and picturesque lighthouses, primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of lighthouse keepers and their families.

Jeremy D'Entremont has written more than a dozen books and 300 articles on lighthouse history and other maritime topics. He is the official historian of the American Lighthouse Foundation and the founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. D'Entremont has lectured and narrated cruises from Maine to California, and his photographs have appeared in many books and magazines.  He emphasizes the rich human history of lighthouse keepers and their families in his presentations. 

Jenne Holmes - Build a Better Blog

Looking to build a better world one word at a time? For those with a yen to write about what is important and engage a wider audience, Somersworth resident Jenne Holmes has just the ticket. On Saturday, June 24th at 2:00 PM, Jenne will take a couple of hours to share how she came up with her ideas for the blog “Somersworth Now!”, talk about the daily disciplines necessary to write regularly and on a deadline, share sources and contacts for local stories, and reveal ways of promoting a blog and attracting a readership.

Jenne is a transplant from the UK who writes about the city of Somersworth, New Hampshire, in order to help others who call or have called Somersworth home connect, inspire and share it’s rich history and Hilltopper spirit. Jenne does this in part because Somersworth is her adopted home city but more simply put because she loves living there.  Read more about her story at SomersworthNow.com..

Pontine Theater - Pretty Halcyon Days

Poet Ogden Nash and his family spent their summers on Little Boar's Head, in North Hampton, NH. On Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 PM, the Pontine Theatre of Portsmouth will give a performance at the Lane Library that explores the ways in which Nash's life on the New Hampshire seashore influenced his poems and providing insights into the man, his character, and his ideas about family, society, and nature. These themes form a rich portrait of the poet and underscore how the intersection of literature and local history can deepen our understanding and appreciation of everyday events in our own backyard.

Greg Gathers, Co-Artistic Director of Pontine Theatre, holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has been designing and constructing Pontine’s sets, costumes and props since 1982. Marguerite Mathews, Co-Artistic Director and Founder of Pontine Theatre, earned a theater degree in Communications from Michigan State University.She studied with Etienne Decroux at L’Ecole du Mime Corporeal in Paris, France, and with Thomas Leabhart at the University of Arkansas and Valley Studio.

Steve Wood - A visit with Abraham Lincoln

On Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30 PM, Steve Wood, of Claremont, New Hampshire, will present A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, a living history presentation as our 16th president. Steve will include anecdotes from Lincoln's 1860 visit to New Hampshire, his views on slavery and abolition, some of his experiences in the White House, and conclude with a reading of his Gettysburg Address. Wood will then step out of character for questions and discussion..

Steve Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Forestry, worked for nearly thirty years with the UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, retiring at the end of 2003. Matching Lincoln's height and beard, Wood bears enough of a resemblance to make heads turn even when not wearing black trousers, vest, frock coat, and stovepipe hat.  He has been portraying Abraham Lincoln at historical societies, libraries, schools, and community events since 1995..

Darryl Thompson - The Shaker Legacy

In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. On Saturday, August 19th at 2:00 PM, Darryl Thompson will explore some of these contributions in his lecture and share some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.

Darryl Thompson's father, Charles "Bud" Thompson, founded the museum at Canterbury Shaker Village with three Shaker sisters. Thompson lived among the Canterbury Shakers, grew up to earn a BA and MA in American history at the University of New Hampshire, and was among the consultants used by Ken Burns in his documentary film The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God. Thompson has written articles, lectured widely, taught classes, and served as a tour guide.

Teen Services: Programs for Summer Reading

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


 

 
   
  

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

The Teen Department will hold a separate Finale at the Family Fun Center Arcade at the Hampton Beach Casino. August 10th, 12:00-2:00 PM. The final 5th Incentive will earn teens $10 in tokens. Learn how to earn your Incentives here. 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.

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

"Be a Better Photographer" - workshop with Matt Parker on May 30th, 2017

Matt Parker, PhotographerWondering why your photos don't turn out exactly as you planned?  Want to be a better "family photographer"?  Looking to explore the capablilties of your 'phone camera or shiny new DSLR?  Look no further.  Local photographer Matt Parker will present a 2 hour workshop titled Making Photos Work 101 on Tuesday, May 30th from 6 - 8 PM in the downstairs Lane Room.  The workshop is free of charge, and those who attend will learn about:

  • Types of Photography
  • Camera Basics
  • Light
  • Artistic fundamentlas
  • Computer / Software
  • Accessories
  • Preparation
  • Event Photography

Matt Parker Is a part-time freelance sports and event photographer from the Seacoast area. When not working as an Applications Engineer at QA Technology in Hampton he is covering events for Friends and Family along with Seacoast Media Groups local papers and web site seacoastonline. Examples of his work can be found at www.mattparkerphotos.com.

Matt and his wife Lisa have 4 children and reside in Hampton, NH.

Matt was exposed to photography thru his Mother who was a freelance reporter for the Goffstown News in the 70’s and his Father and Grandfather(s) who had a camera in-hand for every occasion. Going to High School in the late 70's-early 80's sparked a renewed interest in photography from a Graphic Arts class that included basic camera instruction and film developing.

His current photography phase started when cameras went digital and his children became involved in local sporting events.

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher - In Concert 4/28 at 6:30 PM

"Every time classical guitarist Peter Fletcher appears at Carnegie Hall, he has a packed house. Whether audience members are hearing him for the first time or were so enraptured by his technical skill and poised delivery that they’ve become diehard fans, Fletcher understands how to put together a repertoire that keeps audiences wanting more. And that is his genius." 
-- William Gooch, Fashion Reverie

Peter Fletcher, GuitaristOn Friday, April 28th at 6:30 PM classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will return to the Lane Memorial Library for a concert celebrating his upcoming appearance at Carnegie Hall, presenting a program filled with music by Bach, Albéniz, Satie and other composers who wrote or have been transcribed for 6-string guitar.  The concert will be in the lower Lane Room, and is free and open to all.

Peter has been giving over 100 concerts a year since 2003, and currently is on a nationwide tour. Peter loves giving concerts and feels that people should hear the natural acoustics of the instrument. He also feels that with concerts, sometimes a connection can be made between performer and audiences which is impossible with recorded music.   He balances well known works, such as Simple Gifts and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, with standard classical guitar music, and with his new transcriptions which in many cases have never been performed on classical guitar before.
Peter Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor, John Sutherland. In 1980 maestro José Tomás, Andrés Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long Master Class in Atlanta, GA. Peter Fletcher was the youngest student to perform in the class, playing music by Bach and Carcassi.

In December, 1983, he made his formal debut under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Wrote the critic of The Cherokee Scout, “He has technical facility but what one remembers about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics, his cadences.”

Fletcher furthered his studies in Master Classes with David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. As a performer in the Christopher Parkening Master Class in 1988, he was broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). In 1990, the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) awarded Fletcher a prize at its National Level Competition, and in 1995 he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses, and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award.

Peter Fletcher at Hedberg Public Library


Faberge Eggs: From Fine Art to Fine Craft - April 15th, 2017

Faberge Eggs : From Fine Art to Fine Craft

On Saturday, April 15 from 1 pm to 4 pm, artist Marina Forbes will present her workshop Faberge Eggs: From Fine Art to Fine Craft in the downstairs Lane Room.  This unique program combines a beautifully illustrated presentation on the life and remarkable work of Russian master jeweled egg artist, Peter Carl Faberge, with a hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to render a variety of delightful images on wooden eggs. This workshop is open to adults, teens, and families with children 6 and up. Participants will be inspired by a spectacular photo-tour of the Faberge collections at the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow. The program is free to attend and there is a materials fee of $5. per egg for anyone participating in the hands-on component of the program. This fee covers the cost of the wooden egg and stand as well as the paints and brushes for the workshop.
 
Presenter Marina Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist, Master Iconographer (2013, 2014 and 2015 awards for Artistic Excellence granted by The National Endowment for the Arts and The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts) who has lectured extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is a speaker on Russian Arts, History, and Culture with the NH Humanities Council. Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship.

Attendance will be limited to 30 participants, so please pre-register at the Lane Memorial Library Children's Room or call (603) 926-3368 and ask for the Children's Desk

Teen Services: Read, Learn, Explore

Read, Learn, Explore
Click here to sign up for Teen Summer Reading 2018
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 through a wide variety of adventures all summer long. Learning activities are grouped into categories: Read, Write, Create, Explore, Play, and Give. A full list for each category & recommendations can be found on our website or create your own. An activity should equal at least 1 hour of time. The last day to turn in your activities is August 9th. Incentives can be picked up whenever you complete a row on the front of the card. Log your activities on your tracking sheet and 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!

The Teen Department will hold a separate Finale at the Family Fun Center Arcade at the Hampton Beach Casino. August 10th, 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!



 

logoWhat'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.

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

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