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A Sad Tale from Hampton of Old

You can find some very interesting stories in the local papers of the 19th century. This one comes from the Exeter News-Letter of 1892. If you're an animal lover you might not want to read this story, as it has a very sad ending. It's not a story you'd be likely to see in today's paper, as I think the situation would have been handled very differently. Sometimes things do change for the better.

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Useful websites for New Hampshire voters


There are a few websites with information for voters.

Town website Elections page
There isn't much information here beyond where and when to vote and copies of the ballots that you can download.

In The Know Hampton
One citizen's attempt to pull together information on all of Hampton's ballot articles.

Rational Taxpayers of Hampton
The website of the authors of the "Yellow Sheet"

The Most Frequently Read Novels of 2013

If you are looking for a good read, try one of the 25 novels below. According to the library's circulation statistics these are the most popular novels that our patrons read last year. Best of all you probably won't have to go on a long waiting list to read them. Many are probably just sitting on the shelf waiting for you to grab them. There's a pretty wide variety here, too. Something for most peoples' tastes. And, of course, the obligatory five titles by James Patterson.

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A great idea for a New Year's Resolution

New Year's ResolutionsIt's that time of year - time to make that New Year's Resolution again. You know the one. It's the same one you've made - and broken - countless times before. But this year will be different, right? You're going to stick to that diet / quit those ciggies / keep going to the gym / [insert your Resolution here] this year unlike past years where you lasted about, what, a week or two? On a good year?

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You've never read anything like "The October List"

The October List book jacketI'll bet you've never read a book like Jeffery Deaver's newest. The adjective "clever" comes to mind. "The October List" is a novel of suspense written in a most unusual style. Like the movie "Memento" (which we have on DVD and is worth a watch), this book starts at the end of the story and moves backward in time, leaping to earlier points in the main characters' lives.

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Thirty years ago today

September 26, 1983 - September 26, 2013

The date September 26th has been stuck in my brain for 30 years. It has now been that long since the construction of our current library building began. At that time the library was housed in a much smaller building that included our original 1910 structure (which still forms the front of the library) and a 1957 addition that needed to be torn down. That obviously meant that we had to move the library during the entire construction period, which lasted a year and a half.

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A New Favorite Author

It's always nice to stumble upon a new author whose books really excite you. A few months ago I picked up a book by a man named Blake Crouch, about whom I had heard exactly nothing. It was titled "Pines", and sounded interesting. When I read it I was so hooked by the plot that I had a hard time putting it down, and finished it in a little over a day.

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A Presidential Trip Through Hampton


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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