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!
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
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 5th from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - Everyday Embroidery - Signups begin Saturday, July 22nd.
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.
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..
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.
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..
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.