News and Views at the library

"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.

Karen Desrosiers - Weston Gallery, September 2016

Karen DesrochiersThe Lane Library welcomes Karen Desrosiers as our featured artist this month in the downstairs Weston Gallery.  Karen Desrosiers is a visual artist and writer living and working in the seacoast region of New Hampshire.

Art has been a constant part of Karen’s life.  She studied art from a young age. The need for practicality got in the way for a while, and Karen was side-tracked by a job in corporate America and high-tech.  Even during that time, art was a constant in Karen’s life.

After 9/11, Karen decided to leave corporate America and high-tech behind.  She became the executive director of a small non-profit art center, the Exeter Center for Creative Art (ECCA), where she taught art to children and adults.  Working at ECCA also afforded Karen the time to get back to her own artwork.  During this time, she took classes in art and writing, eventually earning a MFA in Fiction Writing.

Karen has refocused her energies on her art—visual and writing.  She works in a variety of mediums, enjoying the unique results and effects she is able to create with each.  Whether oil paints, collage, photography, or mosaics, Karen’s work features color and texture.

It is the responsibility of all artists, whether literary, visual, or performing, to process the world in a way that is meaningful and authentic, and to help their readers and viewers understand the human condition in new ways.

In her fiction writing, Karen often explore the darker sides of life, how people treat each other, questions of family dynamics and relationships.  Her visual art, on the other hand, is about joy and hope, with bright colors and positive images.  More of Karen's work can be seen at

Desrochiers print

Photo Show - August 2016

All About Paper’s Photo Enthusiasts Group
2016 Group Photo Show

Photographic Interpretations of Poetry

Photographic Interpretations of Poetry

All poems and imagery will be on display for the month of August
In the downstairs Gallery
 at the Lane Memorial Library
2 Academy Ave.
Hampton, NH

There will be a Meet and Greet Reception
Tuesday, August 2nd
in the Weston Gallery
(Downstairs Lane Room)

This is a free event, open to all.
Light refreshments will be served.

Join us for an inspiring evening of photography and poetry
And meet the contributing photographers.

If you have questions or need additional information
please contact Catherine Pagano
And leave a message at 603-380-3702.

One For The Books Fun Run



Join us for the first ever Lane Memorial Library 1 Mile Family Fun Run event. As part of our Summer theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!” the goal of the run is to promote fitness, fun, health, and literacy. Everyone is welcome, even spectators! Come cheer on your friends, family and neighbors! This is a fun, non-competitive event, although a time clock will be running at the finish line courtesy of our very own former Assistant Director Bill Teschek. All ages and abilities are invited to participate! This run is free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Everyone who finishes the run will be entered into a prize drawing.To foster the spirit of fun and participation, stickers will be awarded to all participants in the 1 Mile Fun Run. Our race course will be located next door at the Hampton Academy Field.

Register Online

Printable information and form.

Contact Stacy to sign up: or 603-926-3368.

Course Map(tentative)


logoWhat's Going On This Summer?
Not sure where to start? Check out our Calendar.
Signing Up For Summer Reading:

Teens can sign-up any time! Teens will get a Summer ID, the number they'll use each time they submit their reading logs for summer reading. Check with the Library after for signing up for your Summer ID number.

Lane Memorial Library Summer Reading is generously sponsored by The Friends of Lane Memorial Library.

Teen Services Summer Reading: Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies Program

medalForm for teens to volunteer for Reading Buddies.
Form for parents to sign-up their children.

Teen Services is looking for enthusiastic teens and little buddies for our coming Reading Buddies session.

Students of all ages enjoy teaching and learning from one another. The Reading Buddies Program involves a group of teenagers reading one-on-one with a group of children every week. You'll read books together, tell stories, play word games, write stories - anything to help younger children become better readers.

Reading Buddies is for teens who love reading and volunteering. Teenagers  are an ideal role model for children. And one of the best ways to prepare and support young children for success in school is simply to read aloud with them.

To start off our program we will have a training session that will last about four hours. It will take place June 24th, 12:30-2:30 pm. Any Reading Buddies who participated over last years Summer Reading won't have to retake training.

Please remember that by doing Reading Buddies you are committing to weekly sessions from June 28th-August 23rd. Do you want to do Reading Buddies, but can't make the scheduled time frame, please let Teen Services know. We want you to read, and will try to accommodate slight schedule differences.

To comply with NH Department of Labor Regulations, those 12 and over must get a Employer Request for Child Labor Form filled out. These can be obtained from the library. Fill out the form with your parent/guardian. Then you and your parent/guardian will have to go to your SAU school office with your birth certificate or evidence of date of birth, and have it signed by the school. The school will then issue a NH Youth Employment Certificate. Those 16 and 17 years old will need to have a Parental Permission form completed.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Parents of younger children, we'd love for you to sign up your child for Reading Buddies, fill out the this form and return it to the library. You can also speak with Ms. Paulina or Ms. Wendy.

logoWhat's Going On This Summer?
Not sure where to start? Check out our Calendar.

Signing Up For Summer Reading:

Teens can sign-up any time! Teens will get a Summer ID, the number they'll use each time they submit their reading logs for summer reading. Check with the Library after for signing up for your Summer ID number.

Lane Memorial Library Summer Reading is generously sponsored by The Friends of Lane Memorial Library.

Volunteer for Summer Reading

Book Carts at Hampton Beach

bookcartLane Memorial Library will have staffed Book Carts located near the Shell Stage on Hampton Beach. Volunteers will be on hand to greet and assist beach goers as they browse a selection of books provided by the Friends of the Library.

Volunteer Qualifications:
-Must be able to interact positively with community members and other volunteers.
-Friendly, pleasant manner.

-Openly supports the mission and efforts of Lane Memorial Library and their partner the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library.

Form for volunteering for the Book Cart at Hampton Beach.

Reading Buddies: 

The Reading Buddies Program involves teenagers read
trophying one-on-one with children every week. Teens and children will read books together, tell stories, play word games, write stories - anything to help younger children become better readers. Reading Buddies runs through the summer: June 28th- August 23rd. Teens will be required to take a short training session on June 24th, 12:30-2:30pm.
Form for teens to volunteer for Reading Buddies.

Form for parents to sign-up their children.

Volunteers earn tickets for our weekly raffles and end of summer Grand Prize giveaway. Win gift cards to Las Olas, Stillwells, Blitz Park and more. You'll be entered for the drawing of an iPad Mini or Fitbit tracker.

Teens and parents can contact Stacy to sign up, or 603-926-3368.

logoWhat's Going On This Summer?
Not sure where to start? Check out our Calendar.
Signing Up For Summer Reading:
Teens can sign-up any time! Teens will get a Summer ID, the number they'll use each time they submit their reading logs for summer reading. Check with the Library after for signing up for your Summer ID number.


Lane Memorial Library Summer Reading is generously sponsored by The Friends of Lane Memorial Library.


The Twilight Book Club - 2016 Schedule

The Twilight Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Catherine Redden Room at the Lane Memorial Library.  We decide as a group what books to read for the next few months, and the library provides copies of each title through our inter-library loan system.  Discussions are lively, and we welcome new members - the current book club selection is always available for check-out at the Main Circulation desk.

Tuesday, April 5th - The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. FikryA. J. Fikry, the irascible owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years: his wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and his prized possession--a rare edition of Poe poems--has been stolen. Over time, he has given up on people, and even the books in his store, instead of offering solace, are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. Until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew.

Gabrielle Zevin’s enchanting novel is a love letter to the world of books--an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.


Tuesday, May 3rd - The Wapshot Chronicle, by John Cheever

The Wapshot ChronicleWhen The Wapshot Chronicle was published in 1957, John Cheever was already recognized as a writer of superb short stories. But The Wapshot Chronicle, which won the 1958 National Book Award, established him as a major novelist.

Based in part on Cheever’s adolescence in New England, the novel follows the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, a quintessential Massachusetts fishing village. Here are the stories of Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea dog and would-be suicide; of his licentious older son, Moses; and of Moses’ adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly. Tragic and funny, ribald and splendidly picaresque, The Wapshot Chronicle is a family narrative in the tradition of Trollope, Dickens, and Henry James.

Tuesday, June 7th - 1944 : FDR and the Year that Changed History, by Jay Wink

19441944 witnessed a series of titanic events: FDR at the pinnacle of his wartime leadership as well as his reelection, the unprecedented D-Day invasion, the liberation of Paris, and the tumultuous conferences that finally shaped the coming peace. But millions of lives were at stake as President Roosevelt learned about Hitler’s Final Solution. Just as the Allies were landing in Normandy, the Nazis were accelerating the killing of millions of European Jews. Winik shows how escalating pressures fell on an infirm Roosevelt, who faced a momentous decision. Was winning the war the best way to rescue the Jews? Or would it get in the way of defeating Hitler? In a year when even the most audacious undertakings were within the world’s reach, one challenge—saving Europe’s Jews—seemed to remain beyond Roosevelt’s grasp.

“Compelling….This dramatic account highlights what too often has been glossed over—that as nobly as the Greatest Generation fought under FDR’s command, America could well have done more to thwart Nazi aggression” (The Boston Globe). Destined to take its place as one of the great works of World War II, 1944 is the first book to retell these events with moral clarity and a moving appreciation of the extraordinary actions of many extraordinary leaders.

Tuesday, July 5th - Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff

Fates and FuriesEvery story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.

At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.

Tuesday, August 2nd - The Day the World Came to Town : 9/11 in Gander Newfoundland, by Jim DeFede

The Day the World Came to Town"For the better part of a week, nearly every man, woman, and child in Gander and the surrounding smaller towns stopped what they were doing so they could help. They placed their lives on hold for a group of strangers and asked for nothing in return. They affirmed the basic goodness of man at a time when it was easy to doubt such humanity still existed."

When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of United States airspace, the citizens of this small community were called upon to come to the aid of more than six thousand displaced travelers.

The Day the World Came to Town is a positively heartwarming account of the citizens of Gander and its surrounding communities and the unexpected guests who were welcomed with exemplary kindness.

Tuesday, September 6th - The Girl in the Spider's Web, by David Lagercrantz

The Girl in the Spider's WebShe is the girl with the dragon tattoo—a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .

The duo who captivated millions of readers in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest join forces again in this adrenaline-charged, uniquely of-the-moment thriller.

Tuesday, October 4th - Where My Heart Used to Beat, by Sebastian Faulks

Where My Heart Used to BeatLondon, 1980. Robert Hendricks, an established psychiatrist and author, has so bottled up memories of his own wartime past that he is nearly sunk into a life of aloneness and depression. Out of the blue, a baffling letter arrives from one Dr. Alexander Pereira, a neurologist and a World War I veteran who claims to be an admirer of Robert's published work. The letter brings Robert to the older man's home on a rocky, secluded island off the south of France, and into tempests of memories--his childhood as a fatherless English boy, the carnage he witnessed and the wound he can't remember receiving as a young officer in World War II, and, above all, the great, devastating love of his life, an Italian woman, "L," whom he met during the war.

As Robert's recollections pour forth, he's unsure whether they will lead to psychosis--or redemption. But Dr. Pereira knows. Profoundly affecting and masterfully told, Where My Heart Used to Beat sweeps through the 20th century, brilliantly interrogating the darkest corners of the human mind and bearing tender witness to the abiding strength of love.

Teen Babysitting Course - March 2016

Teen Services will be offering a Teen Babysitting Course starting March 1st. This is a great way for Teens to become certified babysitters. Space is limited, so sign up! The course covers a variety of topics. We'll discuss safety, the business end of babysitting, nutrition, child development and more. After the course teens can arrange to receive CPR and First Aid training with the Hampton Fire Department for free. Print out the sign up sheet here.