April 2014

Istanbul picture exchange in May - Weston Gallery

Child at vendor stallIn May 2014 the Lane Library will host a picture exchange with a photo group based in Istanbul Turkey entitled Large City Small Town: We all walk in the same world.  A library in Turkey will host pictures from a Hampton photo group in their gallery space as well, providing patrons of each library with a glimpse into the daily lives of people halfway around the globe.  The brainchild of Katharine Harake, who lives in both worlds, the photo exchange is facilitated by Karen Raynes, who collected and mounted the photos of Hampton and Istanbul for display in the library. 

The idea took off when Katharine started thinking about her early life in Hampton.  "I benefited greatly from growing up in a town like Hampton with such a great library and was curious why libraries are not as prevalent in Turkey, where I have lived for nearly 20 years.

I visited an award winning library in Istanbul last year called Turabibaba, and was very impressed by their efforts to improve the reading culture in their neighborhood. Their director, Mustafa Erdem, uses innovative programs like speed reading classes and youth activities to bring readers through the door.   I told him about life in Hampton and the library, and he suggested some type of cultural exchange to help raise awareness.  We decided on a photo exhibit showing pictures of Hampton and Istanbul, taken by photograph enthusiasts such as Karen and the others in her group. Most of the photos in Istanbul are taken by members of the photo club of an expat group called International Women of Istanbul  headed by an English expat ( and very talented photographer) named Julia Cooke. She has been an invaluable help in putting this exhibit together.

Turkish people often ask me what life is like in Hampton, and people in Hampton are equally curious about my life in Istanbul. These pictures give a glimpse into both worlds, and while viewers can make their own judgements I ultimately hope it will spark the same curiosity that motivated me to learn about the world - with the help of their local library."

Katherine will be here to talk about her experiences in Turkey on Monday, May 5th at 6:30 PM.  All are invited, with light refreshments provided by the Library.  In addition to images by Karen, photographs of life in Hampton are kindly provided by Christina Kraich-Rogers, John Gebhart, Marcia Hannon-Buber and Darrell Eifert.

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.