News and Views at the library

Classic Movie: "Holiday Inn", Wed. 12/3 @ 2 PM

Holiday InnIrving Berlin's Holiday Inn

Wednesday, December 3 @ 2 pm

Not Rated (1 hr., 41 mins.)

At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer. Starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Lyrics and music by Irving Berlin.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Popcorn and water are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.

Thanksgiving Eve Movie "How to Train Your Dragon 2", Wed., 11/26

How to Train Your Dragon 2How to Train Your Dragon 2

Rated PG (1 hr., 44 mins.)

Wednesday, November 26 @ 11 am

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Popcorn and water are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library. Chairs are set up but feel free to bring blankets if your children would like to sit on the floor during family movies.

Tablet Talk - An Introduction to Apples and Androids

Tablet TalkFor those who are considering the gift of an Android or iPad tablet this holiday season, the library will offer a "get acquainted" session on Wednesday, December 3rd at 6 PM.  Presented by our library staff using the large theater screen in the Lane Room, this session will cover the basics of operating an Apple or Android tablet as well as explore how to get on-line, take and send photos, browse the Internet and access our growing collection of downloadable e-books and audiobooks.  If you currently own a tablet and have questions, bring it along!  The staff will reserve time at the end for questions from the audience and individualized help.  For more information contact either Darrell Eifert or Amanda Reynolds Cooper at 926-3368 or stop in any time the library is open.

2014 Craft and Bake Sale - Nov. 22

Friends of the Lane Memorial Library

Winter Wonderland
Community Craft Fair
and Bake Sale

Saturday, November 22nd, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Looking to do a little holiday shopping?  Come and support local vendors. There will be a lot of handmade items and other wonderful items to purchase.

If you are interested in donating to the Bake Sale, please contact Wendi at wendi103(at)  All the proceeds from the bake sale will go directly to the Friends.

What will you find?  Christmas Ornaments, Hand Crafted Accessories, Wreaths, Terrariums and Buttons, Teacher Gifts, Pottery, Knitted Items, Candles, Woodcrafts, Tye Dye Shirts, Jewelry, Knitted Items, American Girl Accessories, Custom Gift Baskets, Scarfs, Pins, Keychains, Hair Accessories and more!

Craft and Bake Sale

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!

Simple PleasuresCeal's Day OutWetlands Route 101 & Landing

Polar Express is coming!

Polar Express

Join us Tuesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. (rain/snow date—Thursday, December 4 @ 6:30 p.m.) for our Polar Express extravaganza!

Miss Joanne will return to read The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg and afterwards there will be Christmas carols and then a secret, surprise guest. We’ll have snacks and a craft to bring home. Come in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to join in the fun!

This event is for Hampton residents only and is recommended for children 3-8 years old. This popular program fills up quickly and signup is MANDATORY so please be sure to get your name on our list. Sign ups begin on Monday, November 17 at 9 am. You can sign up in person at the Children's Room or call us at 926-4729 to reserve tickets per family.

Admission to this event is free but we do rely on donations of food and drinks to make this a fun and festive evening for everyone. Please contact the Children’s Room if you would like to donate goodies for the evening (926-4729).

Friends' Fall Book Sale

Friends' Fall Booksale

Friends' Preview

(Memberships available at the door!)
Wednesday, November 12th  5 PM to 7:30 PM

Open to the Public

Thursday, November 13th  9 AM to 7 PM
Friday, November 14th   9 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, November 15th   9 AM to Noon
(Saturday – Buy a Book Bag, Fill It For Free!)

Fall Book Sale

Mystery Writers Panel - Nov. 3 at 6:30 PM

Mystery AuthorsThrills, red herrings, edge-of-your-seat suspense…if you like mystery novels then follow the clues to the Lane Memorial Library for a Mystery Authors Panel.  Local writers Jed Power, Amy Ray, Tempa Pagel, and J.E. Seymour will read from their new books and answer your questions. Find out why there’s Blood on Hampton Beach as Jed Power reads from his third Dan Marlowe mystery. When Marlowe stumbles upon a dead body, he has to find the real killer before the murder is pinned on him. Carefully hidden secrets could turn out to be deadly in Ray’s debut thriller Dangerous Denial. Kirkus Reviews wrote, “Ray takes her time establishing her characters, including the bad guys, and with a rousing, indelible payoff, it’s well worth it.” History meets mystery in Pagel’s They Danced By The Light Of The Moon. Pagel’s character Andy Gammon seeks answers to why a woman was killed at a grand hotel and why another woman disappeared from that same room a century ago. And break out from prison with mob “troubleshooter” Kevin Markinson as Seymour reads from her latest Markinson mystery, Stress Fractures. This event is free and will take place on Monday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Teen Events for October to November

With school in full swing the Teen Area is happy to offer a variety of after school events starting in October.


The library will hold a special after hours Open House on  Friday, October 3rd from 5:00-8:30pm. Teens, their Parents and Gamers are welcomed to the library. We're happy to announce that The Sages of RPG will be at this event, as gaming facilitators! The library will not be open to the general public.

The Sages of RPG is a local table top gaming group run by Wayne Moulton. They'll bring a wide variety of table top games to try out. 

This event celebrates the completed renovation of our Teen Area, which was all possible thanks to the generous support of our Friends of the Library.

We would love parents and teens to come by and see our updated Teen Area, play video games, enjoy some pizza, and hear about what other programs we have in store for the coming year.




Teens can enter a Poetry Contest from October 1st to November 1st. Do you love to write poetry? Enter the Teen Poetry Contest to Celebrate Teen Read Week. Prizes go to three winners, who have the opportunity to be entered into another poetry contest sponsored by the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) library journal. One entry per person. Please see contest form  for complete guidelines. It is also available in the Teen Area, or download and print a copy online


Finally, on October 31st from 1:30-3:30 pm we'll have a Halloween face paint session in the Teen Area. Free face paints will be available for teens to get ready for Halloween!





Every week Teen Services will offer after school programming.


On Mondays Teens can head the Lane Room from 3:30-4:30 pm for Study Hall. Need to work on a group project? Want to hang out with your friends while you work on homework? We'll have snacks and drinks available.

On alternating Tuesdays we'll have Teen Writers' Workshop and Book Club.

Our Writers' Workshop will be lead by local writer Tamara Collins. Open to Grades 6th – 12th. Drop-ins are always welcome. Dates are Oct 7th and 21st & Nov 4th, 18th 4:00-5:00pm. Interested in creative writing?Join other teen writers every month to stretch the imagination with new techniques and diverse prompts that will inspire your creative writing process. Feel free to bring any of your writing with you. This is a great opportunity to hone your writing skills, share your work, and receive helpful feedback.

Book Club is Oct 14th and 28th, Nov 11th and 25th 4:30-5:30pm in the Lane Room. Open to Grades 6th-12th. Drop-ins are always welcome. Bring whatever books you are currently reading or have just finished to discuss. Snacks and Drinks provided at both events.

Every Wednesdays we'll have a Maker Project that teens can complete in the Teen Area. We'll be making everything from Scary Halloween Silhouettes for their windows to Paracord Bracelets.

On Fridays we'll be running Gaming Tournaments in the Teen Area. Try your skills against other teens with our WiiU and XBox 360.

The complete calendar can be found online!