News and Views at the library

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

DREAM WORLD EXHIBITION

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 http://www.karendesrosiers.com/artisthome.html.

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
5:30-7:30pm
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

 

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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: smazur@hampton.lib.nh.us or 603-926-3368.

Course Map(tentative)

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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, smazur@hampton.lib.nh.us 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.

 

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