News and Views at the library

Little Kids Movie "Daniel Tiger Winter Wonderland", Fri. 1/20

Daniel TigerLittle Kids' Movietime!

Daniel Tiger: Winter Wonderland

Friday, January 20 at 10 am

Not Rated

It's a snowy day in the Neighborhood, and Daniel Tiger can't wait to play outside! Miss Elaina comes over to Daniel's house. Before they can go outside, Daniel learns that playtime in the snow is only grr-ific when he wears clothes that will keep him warm. Daniel also discovers that when an activity such as sledding or ice skating seems scary and hard to do, he can try a little bit at a time and then it's easier!

Little Kids' Movies are primarily for preschool ages and younger. We provide toddler/preschool friendly snacks. Feel free to bring a blanket if your child/ren would like to spread out on the floor during the show. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Snacks and drinks are provided courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.

Movie "The Light Between Oceans", Wed. 1/25 & Thurs. 1/26

The Light Between OceansThe Light Between Oceans

Rated PG-13  (2 hrs., 12 mins.)

Wednesday, January 25 @ 1 pm AND

Thursday, January 26 @ 5:30 pm

êStarring Michael Fassbender and  Alicia Vikander

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowing boat.

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

Movie "The Girl on the Train", Wed. 1/18 & Thurs. 1/19

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train

Rated R  (1 hr., 52 mins.)

Wednesday, January 18 @ 1 pm AND

Thursday, January 19 @ 5:30 pm

êStarring  Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux

Rachel, devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Based on Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel.

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


MLK DAY: Dress A Girl Around The World Sew-a-thon

Dress a girl Dress A Girl Around The World Sew-a-thon

Start your new year off by participating in a service project at Lane Memorial Library. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 16, 2017 from 9-12 the Lane Friends will be bringing Dress A Girl Around The World to the library and invite all sewers to join in making dresses for girls that have never had a dress. This is a multi country effort that has created simple, colorful, dignified dresses for over 450,000 girls in 82 countries including many cities in the USA. The dresses provide self esteem, dignity and help to prevent the girls from abuse.

Jackie Dewey, Southern Maine Ambassador for Dress A Girl, will lead the project and send the resulting dresses to places of need such as Guatemala, Senegal, Nicaragua, India, Malawi and Uganda.You do not need exceptional sewing skills to create your dress just be able to stitch straight lines on your machine and Jackie guides the group through the process. Jackie will provide irons, ironing boards, cutting boards, rotary cutters, patterns, some fabrics and trims.

We will be making sundresses and you are asked to bring the following:

• Sewing machine or serger. Extension cords, scissors, pins, hand sewing needle for the buttons, thread.
Fabric that is 45 ish” wide and 18+” long. Extra wide, double folded bias tape to match your fabric. (Two commercially packages of tape will make 3 dresses.) You may also make your bias tape if you wish.
Elastic 1/2 or 3/4 wide
Embellishments include buttons, lace, rick rack. Your design, your decision to include or not.
Excitement and friends for a fun time together.

The Lane Friends will provide snacks!

Register to join us for a fun and rewarding morning by sending your name to Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Library Director at More information about Dress A Girl can be found on their website at: and on their Facebook page.

"Beyond the Binding" - Seacoast Storytellers visit area libraries in January 2017

Seacoast StorytellersLibraries are chock full of stories. They’re stacked high with them, from fairy tales to mysteries to true-to-life accounts. But alas, the majority of them are trapped in books, waiting for their chance to get checked out so that they may be enjoyed. Enter the Seacoast Storytellers, a group of professional storytellers based in the NH Seacoast area, and the Seacoast Area Libraries, an organization of local public libraries. In this first-of-its-kind series of special events, attendees will be taken “Beyond the Binding” and into the world where stories are told live and in person, as they have been since the antiquities. Professional storytellers will visit 18 Seacoast libraries and spin their tales for adults, children, and families all throughout the month of January.

Note that each of these storytelling events will feature a program unique to the hosting library, even if it features the same storyteller.  We encourage our patrons to visit as many of these events as possible for a wonderful variety of timeless tales!


Date Time Library Storyteller
Thursday, Jan 5 2:00-3:00 pm Seabrook Anne Jennison
Monday, Jan 9 11:00-11:30 am Exeter Shawn Middleton
Tuesday, Jan 10 6:30-7:30 pm Hampton Anne Jennison
Wednesday, Jan 11 7:00-8:00 pm East Kingston Shelley Hersey
Thursday, Jan 12 7:00-8:30 pm Brentwood Shelley Hersey
Saturday, Jan 14 11:00-12:00 pm Kensington Shawn Middleton
Tuesday, Jan 17 6:00-7:00 pm New Castle Debra Ballou
Wednesday, Jan 18 6:30-7:30 pm Newmarket Mark Chamberlain
Thursday, Jan 19 6:30-7:45 pm Rye True Tales Live
Friday, Jan 20 5:00-6:00 pm Epping Michael Lang
Saturday, Jan 21 2:00-3:00 pm Portsmouth Debra Ballou
Tuesday, Jan 24 6:00-7:30 pm Newington Michael Lang
Wednesday, Jan 25 7:00-8:00 pm Greenland Michael Lang
Thursday, Jan 26 4:00-4:30 pm N. Hampton Papa Joe
Friday, Jan 27 5:30-6:30 pm Stratham Family Fort Night
Saturday, Jan 28 10:00-11:00 am Kingston Shawn Middleton
Monday, Jan 30 6:30-7:30 pm Newton Papa Joe
Tuesday, Jan 31 6:30 PM Hampton Falls Dennis Lipman


Anne JennisonOn Tuesday, January 10th at 6:30 PM, Anne Jennison will bring her special brand of Native American storytelling to the Lane Memorial Library.  Anne is a New Hampshire-based storyteller who comes from countless generations of folks who've lived in the Northeastern Woodlands.  But Anne’s worldview - and "voice" as a storyteller – has also been shaped by having lived in such far-flung places as Kansas, the Philippines, Maryland, Ohio, France, and Germany as well as the New Hampshire Seacoast.   While Anne is a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander with both European and Abenaki heritage who comes from a family with a strong oral tradition, she has also had rigorous training in her art form. With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and in History, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller - to her retelling of timeless Native American stories.  In her own words, “Stories from all traditions share the wonder of life and great gifts of drama, humor and wisdom, but for their gentle yet critically important lessons of life, Native American lesson stories are my favorite to tell.  I first began learning Northeast Woodlands stories when my daughters were quite young, to teach them about their Abenaki and Mohawk heritage, and have since expanded my repertoire to include stories from all over Turtle Island”.

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.

"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.