News and Views at the library

"Stories of the Portsmouth Naval Prison", Monday, February 23 at 6:30 PM

Filmmaker Neil NovelloFor all who have wondered about the story behind the hulking ruin known as "The Castle" glimpsed across the water on the Portsmouth Naval Base, the library is delighted to present an evening with filmmaker Neil Novello, who has created a unique documentary on the Portsmouth Naval Prison.

He will join us on Monday evening, February 23 at 6:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room to unfold the history behind this closed-to-the-public military institution.  The video documentary covers three different time periods of the Naval prison’s history from the end of World War I up through World War II and into the Vietnam War era.

Those who attend will see photos and hear commentary on the construction of the prison in 1908, see some of the early commanders of the Naval Prison including the civilian reformist Thomas Mott Osborne, and view some rarely seen footage filmed in May 1945 of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the Naval prison.

Mr. Novello will also screen extended video clips from “The Castle” where he used a Navy produced documentary, along with interviews of local residents who served in the Marines and Navy, to tell the story of the prison during the Vietnam war era.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about one of the Seacost area's most interesting slices of military and local history!

 

New Library Spaces

New Library SpacesThe library is moving into phase 1 of a project to relocate the main floor circulation desk. The original 1986 desk has been a hindrance to good service for many years and in 2014 we finally developed a plan that we believe will alleviate sight line problems, provide adequate work space for all staff, and enable us to more conveniently serve patrons with disabilities. As excited as we are to see this plan realized over the next few weeks we expect some noise, disruption, and confusion. Please bear with us and ask if you need help locating anything. We will do our best to serve you throughout this transition without reducing our open hours.

Tax Help Schedule - 2015

Tax Help Wizard

AARP Tax Help
February 2 - April 15, 2015

Monday 9:15 AM to 12 Noon
Tuesday 4:14 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday 4:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturdays in February ONLY 9:15 AM to 12 Noon

Downstairs Little Room

No Appointment Necessary

Requirements:

Having last year’s (2013) tax return and all of this year’s (2014) tax related information such as W-2s, Social Security account numbers, property and personal tax records, Social Security income, medical expenses, interest and dividend statements will make the process go more smoothly. A picture ID must be presented.

Note: This year proof of medical insurance coverage is a new requirement. Medicare, Medicaid, employer sponsored coverage or coverage purchased privately all qualify. If coverage was purchased on a state or Federal exchange a Form 1095-A must be obtained as proof of insurance for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents.

To have a refund deposited directly to your personal bank account you must bring your checking or savings account number and bank routing information.

State returns for Massachusetts, Maine and others can be completed and filed in conjunction with your federal return.

2015 Lane Memorial Library Improvements Warrant Article #23

The purpose of this Warrant Article request is twofold:

1) To replace the fan coils and thermostats throughout the building. They date from the opening of the addition in 1985 and are all beyond their useful life. We are paying above the service contract to fix components as they fail. The thermostats absolutely do not work and are still pneumatic. The new ones will be digital and we will be able to eliminate the compressor completely. The compressor is another piece of equipment that we annually sink money into above the service contract costs. As an added bonus removing the compressor will reduce noise in the room used by the seniors for cards and bingo.

2) To replace the carpet on the first floor which also dates to the opening of the addition and is in very poor shape after 30 years (The carpet in the Dearborn Redden Room and Teen corner are much newer and are not included in this plan. The lower level also has much newer carpet that does not need replacing at this time). The plan is to replace with carpet squares since that will allow us to repair stains over the life of the new carpet effectively.

See the slideshow below for more information.

Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Director

"Celia Thaxter's Island Garden" - Film Presentation

Please join us on Monday, January 12th at 6:30 PM for a unique look at one of the more interesting locations off the coast of New Hampshire.  Nineteenth-century Isles of Shoals poet and author Celia Thaxter was also known for her imaginative Victorian island garden.  Her friend, impressionist Childe Hassam, prepared illustrations for Celia's last book, An Island Garden, published in 1894 just before her death. Based on her book, the unique garden  has been recreated on Appledore Island and now attracts hundreds of visitors annually. This  film tells the story of Celia and her garden, her friendship with Hassam and other artists,  and the effort made by Shoals Marine Laboratory founder Dr. John Kingsbury to recreate the  garden 80 years after Thaxter's death.

Peter Randall, who produced, directed, and photographed the garden, will present the story behind the film and be on hand for questions from the audience.  The film presentation is free and open to all ages.

John LeCours - "Homeward Bound" - Weston Gallery

John LeCours is a New Hampshire based painter who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  John takes inspiration from the natural beauty of his native new England and often takes Master classes to improve his craft and learn new techniques.  John most often works in oils and acrylic.

His central goal in painting is to create beautiful imagery.  John's creative process centers on a direct spiritual response to nature in the tradition of George Inness, JMW Turner and in harmony with the essays and ideas of Henry David Thoreau.

When he is not painting, John works as a Project Manager at Applied Graphics in Amesbury, MA.  He lives in Danville, NH.

We invite the public to welcom John and learn more about his work at a reception in his honor on Saturday, December 20th at 3 PM.

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Hampton artist Maggie Ginieres - "Simple Pleasures" - Weston Gallery

Seaside MumThe library welcomes local artist Maggie Ginieres as our exhibitor in the Weston Gallery for the month of November.  Maggie works primarily in oils and covers a variety of subjects, from still life to landscapes.  We will be hosting a reception on Tuesday, November 18th at 6:30 PM, and welcome all who would like to visit with Maggie and learn more about her work.

 

A little bit about me ...

Originally from Lowell, MA, eldest of a dozen children, I also lived in Portsmouth, NH and Washington, DC, before settling in Hampton in 1996. 1 am a former high school teacher, restaurant owner, research assistant and office manager. But apart from being with my family -nuclear and extended --drawing, painting, writing, singing and acting have always been my great loves. So, of course, retirement has been a joy! Especially in Hampton, where there are terrific opportunities for sharing friendships and being part of the larger seacoast community. The First Congregational Church just across the street, my home away from home sometimes, is a particularly nice place that makes me happy to live here. Over the past few years the Hampton Historical Society has given me many chances to hone my acting with performances at Centre School and lectures for classes visiting the Tuck Museum. (I especially enjoyed being wife to the ox cart man!) Best of all, during the past Summer I joined the Hampton Arts Network (at the insistence of a good friend -you know who you are!) where once again I marveled at what a group of nice people can make happen. 

While I've been drawing since I first stopped eating crayons, I think anyone who is really interested in producing art should find good instructors and work hard with them. And it doesn't matter how old you are when you begin formal study! This is a truth I learned over time. I've been fortunate to live with a husband who encourages me to seek out great teachers. It was my privilege to study with Susan Abbott at the Torpedo Factory in Washington, D.C., and recently, at her mountain top studio in Vermont. Whenever possible I take classes at the Currier Art Center where Bruce McColl and pastel artist Robert Carsten both have offered insightful criticism and encouragement. Locally, Jane Davis Copp of North Hampton continues to provide lessons, support and friendship. I really believe that art is a far less lonely pursuit than advertised. Just like every other pursuit in life, it's the people you meet along the way that make all the difference!

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Rye Artist Lee Perrault: "Prospecting + Pondering" - October 2014, Weston Gallery

Lee PerraultI grew up in rural, western NH during the 50’s and 60’s, drawing with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. When my Jon Gnagy ‘Learn To Draw’ set was reduced to tatters, I moved on to ‘paint by numbers’. My favorite subject matter then was almost always animals. College still found me in the fine arts and, later, there was calligraphy, ceramics, photography and a profession in graphic design. Since moving to the seacoast in 1997, I have worked as a Colorist and Interior Design Consultant, with my company, Via Design, in Rye.

My mom was an artist who also returned to her art later in life. As she was able to paint less and less, her wealth of oils and pastels began finding their way into my cellar, and I accrued a pile of materials. One day after she had passed on, I had an epiphany. Shortly thereafter, I began to dabble in paint once again.

Three years ago, I built a studio onto my home, giving me a permanent place to paint. To say that picking up the brush again has been a rebirth, would probably be an understatement.  Currently still working, I use my painting time to explore subject matter, medium and technique – the reason you will see quite a variety! The animal subjects are still near and dear to my heart, with many more to follow. I also enjoy painting ‘plein air’ in areas near where I live, which happily offer infinite subject matter.

Somehow, I always knew I would want to paint on wood (panels) as opposed to canvas, a correct assumption so far. I recently began making my own hardboard/poplar panels from scratch, ‘as well as ‘cradling’ most of my existing painted panels. This allows them to be hung as is and makes it convenient for someone who purchases one to have it framed according to her/his own tastes. It also allows me the freedom to paint small or large, while giving me the satisfaction of completely controlling my art.

It is my hope that you enjoy these paintings as much as I have relished creating them!

Reception - Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM, with light refreshments.

Artist Jean Roughan: "Favorite Places" - September 2014, Weston Gallery

The library will be exhibiting the works of Dover artist Jean Roughan in our Weston Gallery during the month of September.  Jean's primary interest is in plein air landscapes in oil, but she also enjoys still life and portraits. Her paintings are currently in private collections throughout the United States and Canada, as well as at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Jean is a past member of various local art associations, including Seacoast Art Association, Newburyport Art Association, Ocean City Art League, MD. And is currently a member of Great Bay Art Association.  We will host an artist reception at the library on Monday, September 15th at 6:30 PM.  All are welcome.

We asked Jean to tell us a little about her work:

Artist Jean Roughan"I became serious about my painting when my husband and I retired to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where I studied with several well-known local artists. I began seeing the beauty of the marshes and waters of the shore, learning to 'see' with an artist's eye. I noticed glorious splashes of color in unexpected places: puddles, patches of pavement, sand and water, dark stands of trees. My vision expanded when I began painting 'en plein air' and my soul was stirred by the beauty of foggy, cold days at the shore and quiet mornings in the marshes.

Here in New England the colors are more vibrant. I love to paint near the ocean and especially enjoy adding figures to a landscape or including quaint buildings. I have learned much from local artists here in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Most of my work is of local landscapes, painted on site or in my home studio. I am currently painting places and people I have seen while travelling as well. I also do still life and portrait work. Capturing the essence of a person creates a special bond with them and with my own humanity.

My painting experiences have helped me deal with life's challenges, including surviving cancer. When someone is moved by one of my paintings, perhaps reminded of a location or a quiet day enjoying nature, I feel honored to be able to share how I see the world around me and how I feel when I am painting it."

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Kids' Summer Reading 2014 - Finale and Thank You's!!

Party PicCONGRATULATIONS to all the youngsters who joined this year’s summer reading program.  We had 414 kids sign up!!!  What amazing readers you are!  Yay you! Also, all the grown ups who participated deserve a big hand for the reading aloud they did, for all the tickets they filled out, and for all they do to support Lane's Children's Room in the summer and throughout the year. 

We couldn’t do such an ambitious program without the strong support and collaboration with the local schools, their staff and administration. It is an honor and joy to work with such wonderful educators. 

The Hampton PTA do so much for us, both with birthday books throughout the year AND with supplying the plywood cut-out that kids and their families so enjoyed at the finale.
 
Warmest thanks to all our phenomenal volunteers and everyone who helped throughout our busy six weeks. They assisted at programs, helped with set up and break down, and two of our teen volunteers, Danielle and Maggie, patiently counted out hundreds of tickets and wall cut-outs. We literally could not do this without you!!  

We also could NOT do these large events without the generous support of our patrons. Thank you all for your assistance and much-appreciated donations of water, in addition to your will.

Flatbread Pizza was beyond good to us and donated 25 pizzas, in addition to partnering with us on fundraising via sales of their pizza.
 
It is also my great privilege and pleasure to say huge thank yous to the Friends of the Lane Library.  They enabled us to hire our band for the finale, in addition to Norman Ng, the magician who kicked off our summer events, AND very generously providing the money for the 4 Kindles Fires which are our grand prizes. 
 
The Friends work tirelessly all year round, fund-raising so that we can have new furniture, games, programs, the murals in the Children’s Room, and other additions that Party Pic 2make this library an ever-growing and vital place.  Thank you, Friends, so very, very much. 
 
We also had an anonymous benefactor who provided a very generous check that enabled us to purchase the supplies for our family reader grand prizes. You know who you are, and YOU ROCK!
 
The law office of HOLMES and ELLS helped us tremendously by giving us access to their electric outlets so the bands could play—and did so with great good cheer and community spirit.  They even lent us extra electrical cord, which was way above and beyond.  Thank you, Steve and company!
 
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our subs: Sandy Kent, Tamara Holland, Melissa Phoenix, Chris Singleton, Sharon Svirsky, and Carol McGrath, fabulous ladies all who saved the day more than once and held the fort with grace and good cheer.
 
An especially big note of thanks to Miss Wendy, Miss Nicole, and Miss Liz.  They are so amazing, both individually and as a fantastic team. The Children's Room is truly blessed to have a staff of such dedicated, caring, and enthusiastic women.