News and Views at the library

Kids and Teens Summer Programs Week of July 27 - August 1

Summer Events for Teens and Kids This Week!

 

KIDS

 

Just a reminder that you have 6 library days left to turn in tickets for our end-of-summer raffles (all red and yellow tickets are due by Noon on August 3) for the Summer Reading Program! and 5 library days to turn in blue tickets for our last Gift Card Raffles (Regal Cinemas on Friday, 7/31). The more you read and the more activities you finish on the bingo card, the more chances you have to win!!!

 

Our annual Talent Show is coming up next week on Wednesday, July 29! If your kid(s) would like to participate please have them sign up at the Children's Room Desk as soon as possible call (926-4729) or stop by.

 

Fri., July 31 @ 1 pm: The Incredibles, Rated PG

 

Tues., Aug. 4, 5-7 pm: Summer Reading Finale Party—This will be an outdoor event on the field next to Centre School. We will have games, fun and music for the whole family. There will be a separate blog post/email for this event in the next couple of days. (Rain date—Thursday, Aug. 6) 

 
TEENS
 
Summer Reading is almost over! I can't believe how quickly the time has flown this month. I'm proud of all of you who read, volunteered, and participated in programs. 
 
I know school is starting to creep up. Please enjoy the last bit of your summer. Go for a hike. Camp in your back yard. Ride a roller coaster. Look for beach glass at sun rise. Store up all the wonderful memories of halcyon days you can.
 
Here's what we'll be doing in our last six days:
July 27- will be our second to last Weekly Raffle in the Teen Area from 3:30-4:00 pm. Turn in your reading or attend to earn tickets. The Kona Ice Truck will show up for one last time!
 
July 27- The second to last Reading Buddies 4:00-4:30 pm, Children's Room. Our Reading Buddies program is full. 
 
July 28- Photo Booth 3:30-4:30 pm, Teen Area. We'll have some props for you to take selfies with. If you missed the Make a Mask program, and think you'd still like to give this a try, I'd be happy to break out the supplies. 
 
July 29- Game Booth Brainstorm Session 3:30-4:30 pm, Teen Area. Volunteers are still welcomed to help design a game booth for the End of Summer Finale Party. The booths will be for the younger children who participate in the Children's Room Summer Reading Program. Free snacks. Bring your completed ideas and list of items you plan to gather for your game booth.
 
July 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Movie in the Teen Area with free popcorn. 
July 31, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Last Water Balloon Battle, Library Lawn. I have around 400 water balloons... it would be a shame if they went to waste. 
July 31, 8:30-11:00 p.m. Skywatch with the NH Astronomical Society, North Beach, Hampton, NH.  The Society will bring several of their telescopes to this event. A beach star watch is pretty much the most awesome thing to do. Everyone should try it once. Open to all ages.
August 3, Final Game Booth Brainstorm Session 3:00-4:00 pm, Teen Area.
August 3, Final Reading Buddies 4:00-4:30 pm, Children's Room.
August 4, SUMMER FINALE PARTY!!!!! Starts at 5:00 pm, Centre School Lawn.
 
Reminders:
Earn tickets by attending any daily program(weekly raffle, movie night, Tuesday activities, etc) or volunteer program. Attend 7 programs and earn 25 tickets. There are at least 7 programs above that you could attend.
 
Don't forget that the Teen Bingo Card earns you extra tickets. Completing a Bingo Card earns you 25 tickets!
 
I'll be sending one additional email about the Summer Finale Party. And don't forget to stop by and sign our Summer Yearbook! ~ Stacy

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By Mike Bisceglia

Seacoast Scene , July 9-15, 2015

[The following article is courtesy of the Seacoast Scene and has been edited for accuracy]

Rose Hanley, Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Deb Covert
Life at the front desk can be hectic, but there are times just to enjoy one another's company.
Here (from left to right) are Rosie Hanley, Amanda Reynolds Cooper and Deb Covert.
[Mike Bisceglia photo]

 HAMPTON - She has been at the helm for nearly seven years, and she loves it.

"Hampton is the best of all worlds for me," said Amanda Reynolds Cooper, the Director of the Lane Memorial Library.  "My sisters are now in Lewiston, Maine, and my husband, Chris, is a librarian at Southern New Hampshire University.  My daughters, ages 6 and 4, love school.  For us, life here is very good."

Mrs. Reynolds Cooper comes from San Antonio, Texas, where she grew up in a military family.

"When it came time to go to college, I opted to go to Bates College.  I pursued a degree in biology but for four years  worked in the campus library." It was there that she met her husband, Chris, and there that she married him in 2003.

Upon completion, Mrs. Reynolds Cooper pursued an advanced degree in library science at Syracuse University.  

"That was 11 years ago.  Now, I'm busy with library work, and I'm very excited about the changes being made to the inner space of this great place."

When not working, Amanda sings with Voices from the Heart, a group of 200 women singers. "We sing it all, from gospel to blues, and from traditional to pop.  We cover all the bases.  In the near future, the group plans to sing in South Africa. We're really looking forward to the experience."

As far as cooking is concerned, Amanda bows to her husband's finesse in the kitchen.

"I don't do well at the stove," chuckled Amanda, "but I can whip up a very delicious angel food cake."

Amanda does have one particular hobby that she wishes she could spend more time developing.

"I like to create art books, often using non-traditional materials, like making a book cover out of clam shells."

Amanda Reynolds Cooper and Darrell Eifert
Darrell Eifert, Head of Public Services, and Amanda Reynolds Cooper,
Director, take a moment in their hectic day to relax in the newly renovated
Teen Room of the Lane Library. [Mike Bisceglia photo]


Amanda admits to being somewhat of a couch potato, but does enjoy walking the family Boston Terrier, Baby.

"Not that it's a job requirement, but I do love reading.  I'm an eclectic reader.  I love everything, but I especially enjoy teen fiction.  I also enjoy graphic novels.  I'm just finishing Y: The Last Man.  I highly recommend it."

Amanda admits her love for travel.

"We travel to California for family reunions, and I've taken Chris back to Texas to see where I came from.  Since many members of my family are now in the Northeast, we seem to be traveling more and more in New England and Canada, and we're loving it."

"We have over 5,000 patrons who visit the Lane on a regular basis.  I always enjoy meeting them, and always enjoy welcoming new faces as well."

          

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Tuesday, 7/7: Superhero Pajama Storytime AND Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Stuffed Animal SleepoverTues., July 7 @ 6:30 pm: Superhero Pajama Storytime AND Stuffed Animal Sleepover—  Join Miss Paulina for a super fun evening storytime. Wear your best jammies and bring your (second) favorite stuffed animal. After the storytime your stuffed animals are welcome to stay for a library sleepover. When you come back the next day to pick them up we’ll have pictures to show you all of the fun they had while you were at home asleep! (Lane Room)

Reading Buddies (Teen/Kids Summer Program)

For Teens:

I am still looking for volunteers for our Reading Buddies Program. 

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. 

To start off our program we will have a training session Tuesday, June 30th 5:30-7:30 pm. I will be providing Flatbread pizza.

Teens commit to 5 sessions of reading on July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, & Aug 3rd from 4:00-4:30 pm.

To comply with NH Department of Labor Regulations, I will have to have those 12-15 get a Employer Request for Child Labor Form filled out. The form is obtained from the library. Then both teen and parent will have to go to their SAU school office with a 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 which comes back to the library. 

If you are interested in being a Reading Buddy, please contact me ASAP for the proper forms and further information. Call 926-3368 or email stacycmazur@gmail.com  

For Parents:

I are still accepting sign-ups for children 5-8 years old for Reading Buddy. Please be aware that the aim is to have one teen for one child, so space is limited. If you're interested in signing up your child, please contact me directly via email at stacycmazur@gmail.com or call 926-3368. We can take down your name and information, and will try our best to match your child with a teen.

-Stacy

Muriel Angelil - "A Childhood in Alexandria" - Weston Gallery

In close embraceMake plans to join us on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 PM for an evening of poetry readings and discussion with Muriel Angelil, our current artist exhibiting in the Weston Gallery.  Currently living in Amesbury, MA, Muriel Angelil started to write in the 1980’s encouraged by her late husband Joseph Godwin who also was a writer. She has written poetry, children’s stories, a journal and technical articles on Expressive Art Therapy. As a way to understand her own life's journey, Angelil published a memoir Back to the Past, A Daughter of the Nile which described her life in Alexandria, Egypt and her reasons for leaving and settling in the USA.

Recently she started to attend an Open Mic in Newburyport and her journey as a poet was launched. In a year, she has written over one hundred poems describing her relationships with family members, lovers and friends and her personal thoughts on death, love, dance and travels.

Muriel Angelil is also an artist and has been exhibiting her paintings, monotypes and sculptures for the last thirty years. Her artworks show abstracted figurative shapes inspired by her life: including dancers, horses, little girls, women, and men.  Other works are simply abstracts inspired by her love of music and especially jazz. Fluid strokes and color are predominant in her abstract and encaustic (wax) paintings, serving to  express visually a world of action and mystery.  In her monotypes one can see a bold graphic quality a simple use of color and a fluidity of expression.

Memories Of FallDancers, Little Girl, Arab WomenDancers

"Stories of the Portsmouth Naval Prison", Monday, February 23 at 6:30 PM

Filmmaker Neil NovelloFor all who have wondered about the story behind the hulking ruin known as "The Castle" glimpsed across the water on the Portsmouth Naval Base, the library is delighted to present an evening with filmmaker Neil Novello, who has created a unique documentary on the Portsmouth Naval Prison.

He will join us on Monday evening, February 23 at 6:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room to unfold the history behind this closed-to-the-public military institution.  The video documentary covers three different time periods of the Naval prison’s history from the end of World War I up through World War II and into the Vietnam War era.

Those who attend will see photos and hear commentary on the construction of the prison in 1908, see some of the early commanders of the Naval Prison including the civilian reformist Thomas Mott Osborne, and view some rarely seen footage filmed in May 1945 of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the Naval prison.

Mr. Novello will also screen extended video clips from “The Castle” where he used a Navy produced documentary, along with interviews of local residents who served in the Marines and Navy, to tell the story of the prison during the Vietnam war era.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about one of the Seacost area's most interesting slices of military and local history!

 

New Library Spaces

New Library SpacesThe library is moving into phase 1 of a project to relocate the main floor circulation desk. The original 1986 desk has been a hindrance to good service for many years and in 2014 we finally developed a plan that we believe will alleviate sight line problems, provide adequate work space for all staff, and enable us to more conveniently serve patrons with disabilities. As excited as we are to see this plan realized over the next few weeks we expect some noise, disruption, and confusion. Please bear with us and ask if you need help locating anything. We will do our best to serve you throughout this transition without reducing our open hours.

 

 

The new location for the front desk

The new location for the front desk.

Tax Help Schedule - 2015

Tax Help Wizard

AARP Tax Help
February 2 - April 15, 2015

Monday 9:15 AM to 12 Noon
Tuesday 4:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday 4:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturdays in February ONLY 9:15 AM to 12 Noon

Downstairs Little Room

No Appointment Necessary

Requirements:

Having last year’s (2013) tax return and all of this year’s (2014) tax related information such as W-2s, Social Security account numbers, property and personal tax records, Social Security income, medical expenses, interest and dividend statements will make the process go more smoothly. A picture ID must be presented.

Note: This year proof of medical insurance coverage is a new requirement. Medicare, Medicaid, employer sponsored coverage or coverage purchased privately all qualify. If coverage was purchased on a state or Federal exchange a Form 1095-A must be obtained as proof of insurance for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents.

To have a refund deposited directly to your personal bank account you must bring your checking or savings account number and bank routing information.

State returns for Massachusetts, Maine and others can be completed and filed in conjunction with your federal return.

2015 Lane Memorial Library Improvements Warrant Article #23

The purpose of this Warrant Article request is twofold:

1) To replace the fan coils and thermostats throughout the building. They date from the opening of the addition in 1985 and are all beyond their useful life. We are paying above the service contract to fix components as they fail. The thermostats absolutely do not work and are still pneumatic. The new ones will be digital and we will be able to eliminate the compressor completely. The compressor is another piece of equipment that we annually sink money into above the service contract costs. As an added bonus removing the compressor will reduce noise in the room used by the seniors for cards and bingo.

2) To replace the carpet on the first floor which also dates to the opening of the addition and is in very poor shape after 30 years (The carpet in the Dearborn Redden Room and Teen corner are much newer and are not included in this plan. The lower level also has much newer carpet that does not need replacing at this time). The plan is to replace with carpet squares since that will allow us to repair stains over the life of the new carpet effectively.

See the slideshow below for more information.

Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Director

"Celia Thaxter's Island Garden" - Film Presentation

Please join us on Monday, January 12th at 6:30 PM for a unique look at one of the more interesting locations off the coast of New Hampshire.  Nineteenth-century Isles of Shoals poet and author Celia Thaxter was also known for her imaginative Victorian island garden.  Her friend, impressionist Childe Hassam, prepared illustrations for Celia's last book, An Island Garden, published in 1894 just before her death. Based on her book, the unique garden  has been recreated on Appledore Island and now attracts hundreds of visitors annually. This  film tells the story of Celia and her garden, her friendship with Hassam and other artists,  and the effort made by Shoals Marine Laboratory founder Dr. John Kingsbury to recreate the  garden 80 years after Thaxter's death.

Peter Randall, who produced, directed, and photographed the garden, will present the story behind the film and be on hand for questions from the audience.  The film presentation is free and open to all ages.