News and Views at the library

Audrey Covert Watercolors - Weston Gallery, April 2014

Audrey CovertThis month we welcome Dover artist Audrey Covert to the Weston Gallery.  Audrey enjoys water color painting and finds children's toys to be great subjects for her art work, specifically many of her granddaughter's toys, which she finds interesting and inspiring.  Audrey took several art classes at the University of New Hampshire where she was able to work closely with many talented instructors.  Audrey's favorite painting is of the Portsmouth Lighthouse.

The library will host a "meet and greet" reception for Audrey in the Lane Room Weston Gallery on Monday, April 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  All are welcome!

Feature Film "Saving Mr. Banks", Wed. 4/16 & Thurs. 4/17

Saving Mr. BanksSaving Mr. Banks
Wednesday, April 16 at 1 pm AND
Thursday, April 17 at 5:30 pm
Rated PG-13 (2 hours, 5 mins.)

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film that reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for 20 years to obtain the rights to author P. L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set “Mary Poppins” free. 

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

"Four Views, Four Seasons" - Weston Gallery, March 2014

BlueberriesIn 2004 four friends and artists - Patricia Crowley of Windham, Corinne Dodge, Judy Krassowski and Ingeborg V. Seaboyer of Derry - presented an art exhibit at the Massabesic Audubon Center which drew inspiration from the seasonal variety of New England, and highlighted their individual work in Oils, Pen & Ink, Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Photography and Mixed Media.  Ten years later, with a decade of new works to draw from, they revisit the theme this winter.  So on a cold winter's day stop in to enjoy an artistic winter, a memory of autumn, a preview of summer and a reminder that spring is not so far away.

Autumn's HarvestWinterberry HollyHobblebush

Family Movie: "Frozen"

Saturday, April 5 @ 11 am AND
Friday, April 18 @ 10 am (Little Kids' Movietime) AND
Wednesday, April 23 @ 1 pm (Sing-Along during April school vacation)
Rated PG
1 hour, 42 minutes

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell.

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

Weston Gallery in February: "A Tail of Two Kitties", with Illustrator Libby Chase

Libby ChaseFor the month of February, local artist Libby Chase will be displaying the full-sized framed illustrations for her children's book "A Tail of Two Kitties" in the Weston Gallery of the Lane Memorial Library.  Written by her brother and brought to life by an innovative financing campaign through, the book was inspired by the tale of Eddie's two kitties, Rusty and Sparky.  Noting that the full title of the book is  "A Tail of Two Kitties; Their Adventure with Antonyms, Homonyms & Synonyms",  Eddie recalls drawing on his Masters in Education in order to play with the twists and turns of words in the English language.  The result is a fun read for all ages.

The exhibit is an arrangement of 10 of the original illustrations from the book matted and framed. The pages selected are ones that just have Rusty & Sparky in them - from being the Best of cats to the Worst of cats!

Libby will be speaking at the Lane Library on Tuesday evening, February 11 at 6:30 PM where she will discuss the book and the process of how it was published through a Kickstarter "crowd funding" campaign.  All are welcome to attend, especially those who might be interested in going this route for their own creative efforts.  Crayons and a special coloring-book illustration of Rusty and Sparky at the Lane Library will be available to keep the younger ones entertained throughout Libby's talk.

Libby Chase is not only an illustrator but also a Graphic Designer and Teacher of Art & Design at local New Hampshire Colleges. She has a BA in Studio Art (Printmaking) from Plymouth State University and an MS in  Package Design (Graphic Design) from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Libby has been in the Graphic Design/ Illustration Industry since 1984, beginning in freelance design and illustration work in 1996.

Student Art Exhibit and Reception

Hampton residents are cordially invited to an opening night reception for art students of Jane Copp at our downstairs Weston Gallery on Thursday, January 9th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, with light refreshments served.  Student works on display will include paintings and drawings by Cate Cassassa, Nancy Drew, Sara Duhamel, Isabelle Bleming, Maggie Ginieres, Meredith Maloney and Michaela Maloney.  The exhibit will continue thorughout the month of January, and all are welcome to stop by and enjoy the exhibit any time the library is open.

The Road Not Taken: Interpetations of Robert Frost - Weston Gallery, December 2013

The Road Not TakenThe Road Not Taken is an art exhibit inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost and conceived by Derry artists Corinne Dodge, Judy Krassowski and Ingeborg Seaboyer for the grand re-opening of the Derry Public Library, Derry NH, in September 2011. After a few months’ residence at the Derry site, the artists decided to look for other New Hampshire venues for the exhibit - other “roads” for it to travel. The art collection is currently touring public libraries, community and university venues throughout southeastern New Hampshire, and has received requests to bring the show to Massachusetts and Vermont.

The artwork viewed in The Road Not Taken includes both new works inspired by the words of Robert Frost and some older pieces that provide vivid and connective imagery for his anthology of poems. Planning for this exhibit afforded the three artists the opportunity to revisit Frost’s work, reading and rereading, to match just the right words to its appropriate visual. Many of the poems resurfaced with the familiarity and comfort of old friends; others, more unfamiliar or obscure, presented their own intrigue and challenges. The artists chose one poem to be interpreted with their individual styles as the lead works for the exhibit. Each subsequent work is accompanied by a selected verse with artist’s notes, explaining the process or personal perspective that the artist applied to that particular piece.

The exhibit will be on display in the Weston Gallery through the end of December, 2013.  Stop by and view the works inspired by America’s most famous unofficial poet laureate, Robert Frost. Enjoy the comfort of an old friend, or introduce yourself to his view on neighbors, survival and nature.

Friends to host first-ever 'Winter Wonderland' craft fair

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By Liz Premo

Hampton Union, December 3, 2013

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

Craft sale items

HAMPTON — There's a brand new craft fair coming to town this weekend, and it promises to be a fun, friendly event for participating vendors as well as for shoppers.

Coordinated by Friends of the Lane Memorial Library President Wendi Lewis and her friend Kristin Lyons, the first-ever "Winter Wonderland" craft fair and bake sale will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Lane Room at the library, located at 2 Academy Avenue in Hampton.

"There's going to be lots of different things," said Lewis. "I think it's going to be great."

Twenty craft vendors have signed up to take part, and according to Lewis there will be an impressive selection of crafts from which to choose.

Offerings include jewelry and other accessories, blankets, tie-dye clothing, knitted hats, wood crafts, ornaments, candles, decorative household items, and much more. There will also be a couple of local authors selling their books.

"We got a great response right off the bat. That was really nice," said Lewis, noting that each vendor paid $10 for a table upon which to display their wares.

Additionally, each vendor will be donating one of their specialty items that will go into a drawing, for which tickets can be purchased.

Lewis added that this newly-formed event isn't necessarily a major fund-raising effort for the Friends — it's also an opportunity for crafters to display their wares and benefit as well.

"This is the time of year we look for donations, which is great," Lewis said. "But I thought, 'let's just do something fun so people can make some holiday spending money.' I just wanted it to be a fun thing."

The idea for the Friends' "Winter Wonderland" community craft fair was generated through Lewis' participation in a project for which Lyons and her daughter Catherine set a goal last spring to make and donate 100 knit hats for Children's Hospital in Boston.

The hats were created on a Loops & Threads Knit Quick knitting loom set. According to Lewis, "Kristin showed me how to do it, and I have been hooked ever since. I haven't been able to stop. I love it."

As her interest and proficiency in loom knitting grew (depending upon the style, she can create a hat in two hours or less) and her inventory increased, Lewis found that an idea was also starting to take shape.

She said she began to wonder "if the library would like to do some kind of craft fair" during the holiday season, particularly since the Friends' highly popular American Girl doll clothing sales are no longer being held.

"My take on it is that it would be nice for people to see local people's stuff. I thought it would be a good replacement," said Lewis, who ran the idea past library staff and discussed it with the Friends' board at one of their meetings.

Finding hearty interest and receiving approval all the way around, Lewis and Lyons set to work, promoting the event and getting the word out to potential vendors via e-mail and online, including through the Friends' Facebook page.

Response was swift. "Within a week, I had almost all my 20 vendors," said Lewis, adding that holding the event the same day as the annual Hampton Christmas Parade holds the potential for plenty of foot traffic into the library.

Lewis herself will be one of the vendors, and as of last week had close to 60 hats from child to adult sizes to sell, with more coming. One of her specialty designs features plenty of snowman style, complete with top hat, button eyes and a "carrot" nose. "Everyone who has seen the hats says, 'I didn't know you knew how to knit.' I don't know how to knit!" she laughed. "I have been having a good time with this."

Lewis, a frequent library patron who has been deeply involved with other Friends' events (including the group's popular annual Valentine tea), is looking forward to this inaugural effort as well. "I am glad we got so many people interested. We're really excited about it. I think it's going to be a fun time," she said. "We're testing the waters. I hope it works out and we get to do it again."

Proceeds generated through the bake sale, drawing and table rentals will benefit the mission of the organization in its ongoing support of the library.

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Artist Richard Widhu: "Nature in Art", November 2013

Water Smartweed, Flagstaff LakeAs you walk in the woods of New Hampshire you can see a continuous variety of shapes, colors and textures, arranged seemingly randomly as a result of the natural forces at play. Richard Widhu’s paintings are inspired by these views of nature, while also following certain tendencies in modern art such as randomness, a continuous overall image, and a shallow depth of field. He is especially attentive to color as it appears in nature, modified to present a harmonious composition. Widhu aims to create art which reflects a calm, almost meditative mood, resulting from his spiritual attitude toward nature.

Widhu has studied art at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, and the NH Institute of Art. He has been painting for 50 years and his work has been exhibited in juried shows in New England and nationally.

The paintings of Richard Widhu will be on exhibit in the Weston Gallery throughout the month of November, 2013.  The Lane Memorial Library will also host an artist reception for Mr. Widhu on Saturday, November 9th from 2-5 PM. The reception is open to all, with light refreshments provided.

Hepatica3 Layers of BirchBirch Bark, Mount Shaw

Understanding and Navigating the Affordable Care Act - October 17th at 6:00 PM

Affordable Care ActFamilies First Health and Support Center and the Lane Memorial Library have partnered to both help area residents better understand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide support and assistance to people who want to enroll for coverage but may be a little uncertain how to do so.

Under the ACA (also known as “Obamacare”) individuals without health insurance or with private insurance will be able to enroll for coverage through the new healthcare exchange marketplace that first went live on October 1, 2014.   Subsidies are available through the exchange marketplace for those at 100 percent to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.  This means that individuals making between $11,490 and $45,960 and a family of four making between $23,550 and $94,000 will be eligible to receive a subsidy from the federal government that will reduce the cost of the premiums they will have to pay for coverage.

To help explain the impact of these changes and answer questions that people may have, Families First and the Lane Library are sponsoring an informational meeting on Thursday October 17 at 6:00 PM at the Lane Library.  Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register.

Did you miss the presentation? View the slideshows now.

Entitled  “The Affordable Care Act: What Does it Mean to Me?”, the session will feature representatives of the New Hampshire Department of Insurance and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as representatives from Families First and the Lane Library.

Notes Susan Turner director of the Rockingham County Community Resource Network at Families First,  “We are happy that the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton is interested in working with us to ensure that the people of southern Seacoast understand the impact of the bill.”

“The library has been an important resource for members of the community to obtain information and assistance in preparing their taxes for many years now” added Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Director of the Hampton Lane Memorial Library.  “We hope to be able to provide that same service to the members of our community when it comes to the ACA.  Not only will we have forms and brochures available, but people without access to a computer at home will be able to access on-line information through one of the 12 computers we have available for use by the public.”

“We are also planning to have one of our enrollment coordinators on-site in the library at scheduled times to answer’s people’s questions and offer hands-on assistance,” said Turner.

State Representative Robert “Renny” Cushing and Chris Muns of Hampton and Elaine Ahearn of Hampton, Hampton Falls and Seabrook are helping to organize the event on October 17.   “The ACA is changing the way that health insurance is purchased in our state” said Rep Muns. “Representatives Ahearn, Cushing and I are very happy that Families First and the Lane Library are taking the lead to make sure that the community has access to resources and expertise that will help individuals and families successfully navigate these new procedures.  We encourage anyone with questions to attend this session on the 17th.”