2019 Summer Reading Program for Adults

2019 Adult Summer Reading

Pick Your Books -- Pick Your Prize!

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Lane Library and donations by our sponsors, the library this year will again provide prizes to every adult who reads 4 books on any topic or in any genre.  Beginning on June 24th, 2019 and running through August 5th, patrons can pick up a Universe of Stories prize card at the Circulation Desk and start their summer reading adventure.  On the back of each card is a list of recommended books by our staff members - be sure to chat with the library staff about their favorite reads.  Heard of a great book or movie that we don't have?  Just ask and we will find it for you.  Readers who complete 4 books can get their bookmark stamped for a prize of their choice which includes either a free Kiddie Kone at the Sagamore Golf Center King Kone in North Hampton, or a $5 credit at Huckleberry's Candies or Harp's Variety.  Read 8 more books for two additional prize cards, and visit all 3 of our sponsors!.

Summer Concerts and Speaker Events at Lane Library

Concert - A Musical Baseball Show

Howie Newman will be here on Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30 PM in the Lane Room to present A Musical Baseball Show.  Howie is a former sportswriter for the Lowell Sun, Patriot Ledger, Boston Globe, and other newspapers. He covered the Red Sox for many years and has also remained an avid fan, having visited 94 major and minor league ballparks. He will sing baseball songs, offer up baseball trivia and talk about his days on the Bosox beat. Newman will also play classic songs from yesteryear, including the music of Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond.

“Baseball is the one sport that really lends itself to music,” said Newman, whose experience also includes three years of radio color commentary for the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox farm team. “I’ll be playing a few of my own baseball songs and some other baseball standards that everyone knows. We’ll talk baseball, do some trivia and just have fun. If people have questions about the Red Sox and what it’s like to cover the team, I’ll be happy to answer them.”

Concert - Sea Brass Quintet

Remember when families used to gather on the town green and listen to local brass bands play their favorite music?  No?  Well on Thursday, July11th at 6:30 PM we will re-create those days with A Summer Evening at the Bandstand presented by The Sea Brass Quintet in our downstairs Lane Room. They will provide an evening of favorite summertime tunes drawn from ragtime, bandstand, sea shanties, and classic popular music. The Sea Brass Quintet is a dedicated group of Seacoast musicians who gather together to perform the music they love. They play all musical genres, from classical and jazz to show tunes. The group is made up of John Stewart on Tuba, Holly Gagnon on Trombone, Kim Sterl on French Horn, John Gunkler on Trumpet, and Howie Singer on Trumpet.

Creative Feast

On Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 PM come to the Lane Memorial Library for a ‘Creative Feast’ lecture and demonstration. Chef Liz Barbour will show how easy it is to prepare healthy meals in only 15 minutes! We all want to eat well but our busy schedules often keep us from taking the time to cook healthy meals.  Understanding what ingredients to have in your refrigerator, pantry, and freezer is key to whipping up a fast, healthy, and delicious meal. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of 2 recipes and samples for all to taste.

Lecture - Research Your Old House

Every house has a history. How do you discover it? Join the NH Preservation Alliance’s Andrew Cushing on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Lane Room as he reveals tools, tricks, and tips for researching your old house. Using a combination of sources – common and uncommon – anyone can start to assemble their home's history.

Concert - Scottish Fiddle and Cello

The Lane Memorial Library’s Summer Concert Series ends with Elizabeth and Ben Anderson performing traditional Scottish music with fiddle and cello on Tuesday, July 30th at 6:30 PM. Elizabeth and Ben are a Boston-based Scottish fiddle and cello duo who enjoy an enthusiastic following both in the U.S. and internationally. Blending Scottish tunes with lively rhythms and innovative harmonies, the pair create a sound rooted in tradition, inspired by the contemporary, and completely original. On stage, they captivate audiences with their ability to effortlessly communicate musical nuances as only siblings can.

Lecture - Rules of the Road

Mention the word "investing", and many will respond "too risky" or "not interested" or "only for rich folks".  The truth is that a sound investment strategy can be of benefit to nearly everyone, regardless of current income or debt level.  On Monday, August 5th at 6:30 PM Nancy Andrew, from the Hampton office of Edward Jones will offer a free seminar for both the curious and the cautious called Rules of the Road: An Intro to Investing. Bring your questions!