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"Writing Our Way" - a creative writing group

Writing Our Way
A creative writing group for all levels
With author/poet Christie Close

Writer’s choice; fiction, memoir, non fiction or poetry

  • Do you think you could be a writer and want to give writing a try?
  • Do you have some experience and want to write more?
  • Would you like to meet other writers and share your writing?

Each week you will have the opportunity to read, listen to readings of other writers, then spend time freewriting with fun prompts, creative exercises and supportive guidance provided by Christie. Suggestions for few hours of writing on your own each week will be given.

Saturdays, 2-4 PM in the downstairs Lane Room, Jan 9 through Feb 27, 2016
Writer's party and public readings on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM

This is an 8 week series. Attending all meetings is recommended, but is not a requirement. We will complete the series with an optional public reading, on the evening of March 2nd, to celebrate the writers who complete the series.

REGISTRATION:  The series is voluntary and drop-in, but to give Christie an idea of how many people will be showing up, we ask that participants register either at the library Circulation Desk or by sending an email to deifert(at)hampton.lib.nh.us.

Checking in with the Library Director

By Mike Bisceglia

Seacoast Scene , July 9-15, 2015

[The following article is courtesy of the Seacoast Scene and has been edited for accuracy]

Rose Hanley, Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Deb Covert
Life at the front desk can be hectic, but there are times just to enjoy one another's company.
Here (from left to right) are Rosie Hanley, Amanda Reynolds Cooper and Deb Covert.
[Mike Bisceglia photo]

 HAMPTON - She has been at the helm for nearly seven years, and she loves it.

"Hampton is the best of all worlds for me," said Amanda Reynolds Cooper, the Director of the Lane Memorial Library.  "My sisters are now in Lewiston, Maine, and my husband, Chris, is a librarian at Southern New Hampshire University.  My daughters, ages 6 and 4, love school.  For us, life here is very good."

Mrs. Reynolds Cooper comes from San Antonio, Texas, where she grew up in a military family.

"When it came time to go to college, I opted to go to Bates College.  I pursued a degree in biology but for four years  worked in the campus library." It was there that she met her husband, Chris, and there that she married him in 2003.

Upon completion, Mrs. Reynolds Cooper pursued an advanced degree in library science at Syracuse University.  

"That was 11 years ago.  Now, I'm busy with library work, and I'm very excited about the changes being made to the inner space of this great place."

When not working, Amanda sings with Voices from the Heart, a group of 200 women singers. "We sing it all, from gospel to blues, and from traditional to pop.  We cover all the bases.  In the near future, the group plans to sing in South Africa. We're really looking forward to the experience."

As far as cooking is concerned, Amanda bows to her husband's finesse in the kitchen.

"I don't do well at the stove," chuckled Amanda, "but I can whip up a very delicious angel food cake."

Amanda does have one particular hobby that she wishes she could spend more time developing.

"I like to create art books, often using non-traditional materials, like making a book cover out of clam shells."

Amanda Reynolds Cooper and Darrell Eifert
Darrell Eifert, Head of Public Services, and Amanda Reynolds Cooper,
Director, take a moment in their hectic day to relax in the newly renovated
Teen Room of the Lane Library. [Mike Bisceglia photo]


Amanda admits to being somewhat of a couch potato, but does enjoy walking the family Boston Terrier, Baby.

"Not that it's a job requirement, but I do love reading.  I'm an eclectic reader.  I love everything, but I especially enjoy teen fiction.  I also enjoy graphic novels.  I'm just finishing Y: The Last Man.  I highly recommend it."

Amanda admits her love for travel.

"We travel to California for family reunions, and I've taken Chris back to Texas to see where I came from.  Since many members of my family are now in the Northeast, we seem to be traveling more and more in New England and Canada, and we're loving it."

"We have over 5,000 patrons who visit the Lane on a regular basis.  I always enjoy meeting them, and always enjoy welcoming new faces as well."

          

 

A Presidential Trip Through Hampton

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George WashingtonOne would think, given New Hampshire’s status as the first in the nation Presidential Primary state, that there would be any number of sitting Presidents who had visited Hampton. But the reality is quite different. As far as I know, there have been only two sitting Presidents who have ever been in Hampton, and they were both just passing through on their way to Portsmouth. Any number of Presidential candidates have been to Hampton, and you can read about many of their visits on our website. But once in office they have not come back. I imagine you’ll be surprised to hear that one of the two who did make it to Hampton was none other than George Washington.

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