News and Views at the library

"The Winter Cherries" with Odds Bodkin - December 15th

Odds BodkinWith beautiful music on 12-string guitars and Celtic harp, master storyteller Odds Bodkin tells heartwarming Holiday tales for the entire family at the Lane Memorial Library on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30 pm. First, The Winter Cherries, an Arthurian Christmas tale from Old England. Then, Chanuka’s Most Generous Man, a Jewish tale of giving, and lastly, The Christmas Spiders, a German folktale with a song that everyone sings together. Many families include playing Odds’ stories as part of their Holiday traditions. Come see a master storyteller perform them LIVE at the Lane Library.  The concert is free of charge, and light refreshments will be provided. Ages 7+

Artist Peg Duffin exhibits "Spirit of the Seashore" in December

Peg DuffinLocal watercolor artist Peg Duffin will be exhibiting a collection of paintings entitled Spirit of the Seashore in the downstairs Weston Gallery from December 7th through the end of the month.  Peg has been a member of Seacoast Art Association for over 20 years, is a founding member of the Hampton Art Network and has been involved in networking and outreach for the arts in Hampton.

Peg operates her gallery Art and Soul as well as teaches watercolor techniques from her home in Hampton, and her art has been published and used several times for local fundraisers.  Her painting Blue Door for example, has been used several times by Exeter Hospital Oncology Dept as both the cover to their fundraiser calendar and for the Center of Cancer Care patient handbook in 2007. The painting also appeared in the Northeast Cancer Newsletter in New Hampshire in that same year.   Most recently her work has been used for The Seacoast Youth Services winter and spring fundraisers as well as several calendars benefiting the Families First organization.

When people comment about her particular style, Peg will often respond that although she has been influenced by many talented master artists, her watercolors have a serenity that reflects both her love of the subject and the support she has received over the years from friends and family.  Her work has been on exhibit at the Gallery of Great Bay Community College as well as many local shops and venues.

We asked Peg for some thoughts on her upcoming show at the library and she replied “As I was preparing Spirit of the Seashore, I thought of how many blessings there are, living near the shore. This has been our retirement environment, and my playground of amusement – there is so much to see and to paint!  The birds, the ocean, the beach scenes, the lighthouses that adorn the coastlines of New England. These and so many other gifts are part of living along the shoreline.  I hope visitors to the show enjoy these original watercolors as much as I did creating them, finding the scenes and putting them into a composed image of what my eye could see, and my heart wanted the viewer to see.”

Peg will host an artist reception and talk about her work at the Lane Library on Monday, December 12th at 6:30 PM.  All are invited.

Polar Express 2016


Join us Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm (snow date – Thurs., Dec 8 at 6:30 pm) for our Polar Express extravaganza!

We will read The Polar Express by Chris van Allsburg and there will be a secret, surprise guest. After, we’ll have snacks and a craft to bring home. Come in your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal to join in the fun!

This event is for Lane Library Members and/or Hampton Residents only and is recommended for children age 3-8. This is a popular event that has limited availability (including a limit of 2 adults per family). You must sign up to attend this event. Signups will begin Monday, November 21 (online, by phone or in person). Please come by the Children’s Room to pick up your tickets to board the Polar Express!

Please contact the Children’s Room if you would like to donate goodies for the evening (926-4729).

"Harvesting Hope for the Holidays" Jazz Concert 11/28

TJ Wheeler and Ayan Imai-HallOn Monday, November 28th at 6:30 PM the library will welcome back jazz guitarist TJ Wheeler and tap / percussionist Ayan Imai-Hall for a special concert to benefit both the Hampton Food Pantry and the Haitian victims of Hurricane Matthew.  According to Tj, the concert is a perfect segue from giving thanks to creating hope and joy for those in need.  After all, sometimes even Santa needs just a little bit of help …

Musician / Activist Tj Wheeler will bring his own bag of treats to the library in the form of Blues and Jazzified Holiday classics as well as his favorite non-holiday songs that are still very poignant for this time of year.  He will again be joined by virtuoso tap dancer Ayan Imai-Hall, marking their 10th anniversary of working together. They met when at age 12 and already an accomplished dancer, Ayan joined an inter-generational Jazz / Blues ensemble class directed by Tj.  Since then they have performed at the White Mountain Blues & Boogie Festival, several MLK holiday events and Portsmouth's First Night celebrations.They were a featured act at Market Square Day, and were also recipients of a year-long Traditional Arts Membership grant from the NH State Council on the Arts.

Harvesting Hope for the Holidays is a free concert sponsored by the Lane Memorial Library and is open to all with music suitable for all ages.  Last year was 'standing room only', so we advise coming a bit early to get a good seat!

The concert will be downstairs in the Lane Room, with a collection area in the back reserved for those who wish to donate non-perishable goods and toiletries to the Hampton Food Pantry.  A collection box will also be available for monetary donations to Tj's chosen charity "Feed My Starving Children", which delivers meals directly to those in need after natural disasters.  More information about the charity is available on the website Charity Navigator, with a specific page about relief efforts after Hurricane Matthew here.

Friends' Fall Book Sale - November 16 - 19

Fall Book Sale

In just a few days the Friends of the Lane Library will throw open the doors to their Fall Book Sale!  Looking for some great books to curl up with as the nights grow long and chilly?  Thanks to the generosity of book donors in our community and the many hours donated by volunteer sorters, we will again have thousands of books on every topic and in every genre, at unbeatable bargain prices.

  • Huge selection of paperbacks and hardbacks
  • Fiction, Non-Fiction, Bestsellers and Coffee Table books
  • Children's Books
  • DVDs and Audiobooks

Friends' Preview Night : Wednesday, November 16 from 5 - 7 PM
(Memberships are available at the door)

Public Sale - November 17 through 19
Thursday, November 17 : 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, November 18 : 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 19 : 9:00 AM to 12 Noon
(Buy a Friends Tote Bag, fill it for free!)

The book sale is not only a chance to find great items at great prices, but also your chance to support the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, a wonderful group that financially underwrites many of the programs, lectures and concerts that are offered free of charge to the Hampton community throughout the year.

Artist Rob Franco "The Assateague Ponies" - Weston Gallery

Rob Franco "Circle of Life"This November we welcome artist Rob Franco to the Weston Gallery as he exibits his show The Wild Ponies of Assateague, a series of oil paintings that capture the lives of one of the last remaining band of wild ponies in America.  Rob will host a reception for the public as well as talk about his visits to Assateague Island on Saturday, November 12 at 2;30 in the afternoon.  The talk is open to all, and light refreshements will be provided.

We asked Rob to tell us a little more about his work, and he replied, "My first visit to Assateague Island National Seashore in coastal Maryland to see the wild ponies was a truly emotional and inspiring experience.The Ponies have lived on this barrier island, wild and free of human intervention since the 1700's.  Their development of short legs has allowed them to navigate the sand dunes and salt marshes while the bloated bellies are a result of foraging on salt grasses, poison ivy and other island vegetation. Many return visits allowed me to study and capture the intimate moments and interactions of these beautiful and wild creatures.  One particular family band consisting of a six week old filly foal, her mother and father and three additional mares, are the inspiration of this body of work. Following the foal's growth over the past three years has been very rewarding.  Watching her learn to forage the dunes and marshes, preparing for the harsh winters and running on the beach to escape the biting flies of summer propelled me to capture these special moments on canvas.  Now she is grown and is with a new band led by a young stallion and preparing to have foals of her own. The Circle of Life continues."

Author Brad Boucher's "Vices" - October 27 at 6:30 PM

Author Brad BoucherWhen people find out that Brad Boucher writes horror fiction, you can bet the inevitable question is "Why?"  You can hear the story of how he became fascinated by this particular genre on Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 PM as he joins us here at the library to discuss the publication of his new book Vices.

We asked Brad to comment on whether his writing style has changed over the past several novels, and he replied, "Vessels represented a huge shift for me, not only in terms of what I like to write, but also in how I set out to tell a story, and I think it was a corner I really needed to turn if I wanted to continue challenging myself as a writer.  Vices takes that shift even further, and I'm very proud of what it says about us as people, not only in our worst moments but in our best moments as well.  In Vices, the horror aspect of my writing doesn't take center stage.  It's the human element that matters the most in this book, and I think readers will appreciate that shift.  Of course, that doesn't mean it won't scare you . . ."

Brad will have copies of his book available for purchase, and there will be time after the presentation for questions and comments.

"The Smoke Hunter" - Jacquelyn Benson, Oct. 18 at 6:30 PM

Jacquelyn BensonLocal author and Winnacunnet High School graduate Jacquelyn Benson’s debut novel, The Smoke Hunter, turns a much-loved genre on its head, putting a woman at the heart of a tale straight out of the tradition of Indiana Jones or H. Rider Haggard. The book was released on September 13th, 2016, and readers can get a chance to meet the author at the Lane Memorial Library on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room.

Seacoast audiences may already be familiar with Benson’s theatrical works, which include Interference, Crush Depth, and the Evening Broadcasts short play series. The shows received critical acclaim and have packed houses at the Players’ Ring theater.

With The Smoke Hunter, Benson takes the same sense of suspense and excitement that characterize her plays, channeling it into a rip-roaring adventure story—with a twist. “I loved stories like this when I was growing up, but I realized that none of them ever featured a strong woman at their core. I decided it was time to change that,” Benson said.

Benson’s heroine is Ellie Mallory, a frustrated suffragette with a dream of working as an archaeologist – a field essentially closed to women during the late 19th century. When Ellie stumbles across a map that purports to show the location of a mysterious ancient city, she recognizes her chance to prove herself to the world and seizes it, even though the pursuit means breaking a few rules.  “I actually set out at the start to write a historical romance novel, one with a really empowered, independent woman as the protagonist,” Benson said. “But I also wanted my book to have a lot of excitement. In the end, the adventure really took over, though the love story is still an important part of the plot.”

The blend proved appealing to publishers, with The Smoke Hunter being picked up by Grand Central Publishing in the United States and Headline Publishing in the United Kingdom. “I feel really fortunate,” Benson noted. “A lot of authors are shopping manuscripts around for years before they get picked up. I was lucky enough to get an offer my first time around.”

The talk is open to all ages, with time afterwards for audience questions about the book, the craft of writing, and Benson's successful search for a publisher.

"Dream World Exhibition" - Weston Gallery, October 2016

Catharine Pagano


The Fantasy Art Photography of Catherine MLP Pagano

These mystical, abstract, fantasy art images will be on display at the Library in our downstairs Weston Gallery
throughout the month of October, 2016

There will be a Meet and Greet Reception
Wednesday, October 5th
5:30 - 7:30 PM
in the Gallery space
All are welcome!

Catherine MLP Pagano is also the author of
Moments in Time, Volumes One and Two
Poetry, Prose and Photography

Meet Our Stars

Friends of the Lane Memorial LibraryWe are indeed fortunate to have such a wonderful support group as the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.  From raising money through book sales to funding the concerts, prizes and programs during Summer Reading, the Friends provide an indispensable service to our Hampton library community.  And the good news is that anyone can help. Do you have a few hours to spare this Fall?  Volunteer for the book sale. Looking to develop your leadership and organizational skills?  Sign up for a spot on the Friends' board. Love working with children?  Set aside a day next February to help out with the Valentine Tea Party.  Learn about these opportunities and more at the next Friends' Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30 PM.