Adult Programs

"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.

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.

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

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

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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.

"Writing Our Way" - a creative writing group

Writing Our Way
A creative writing group for all levels
With author/poet Christie Close

Writer’s choice; fiction, memoir, non fiction or poetry

  • Do you think you could be a writer and want to give writing a try?
  • Do you have some experience and want to write more?
  • Would you like to meet other writers and share your writing?

Each week you will have the opportunity to read, listen to readings of other writers, then spend time freewriting with fun prompts, creative exercises and supportive guidance provided by Christie. Suggestions for few hours of writing on your own each week will be given.

Saturdays, 2-4 PM in the downstairs Lane Room, Jan 9 through Feb 27, 2016
Writer's party and public readings on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM

This is an 8 week series. Attending all meetings is recommended, but is not a requirement. We will complete the series with an optional public reading, on the evening of March 2nd, to celebrate the writers who complete the series.

REGISTRATION:  The series is voluntary and drop-in, but to give Christie an idea of how many people will be showing up, we ask that participants register either at the library Circulation Desk or by sending an email to deifert(at)

Holiday Jazz Concert with TJ Wheeler and Ayan Imai-Hall

TJ Wheeler and Ayan Imai_HallJazz up your Holidays & lose your Humbug Blues in a special family Holiday kickoff Concert to help the Hampton Food Pantry featuring award winning musicians TJ Wheeler & Ayan Imai- Hall on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the Lane Library. The concert is free, but audience members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or a free will donation to support the Hampton food pantry.

Think you've heard every possible variation of the Holiday classics? Think again. Tj & Ayan have their own distinct Jazz & Blues interpretations of a wide diversity of classic songs which is both a visual as well as an audio treat. Ayan Imai-Hall at 22 is a nationally respected tap dancer, and Tj Wheeler is an internationally respected Blues & Jazz Guitarist / vocalist / educator. As well as old chestnuts (so to speak) like The Christmas Song, sing-alongs like an Otis Redding infused version of Deck the Halls, or a Louis Armstrong Christmas Time in New Orleans, they will also include more recent favorites from the Polar Express. We hope that entire families will attend this concert, as it is truly an ALL-ages event.

The two performers are also celebrating their 10th year of musical partnerships. Ayan started performing with TJ when he was only 12 years old, and Wheeler was ...well let's just say old & wise enough to know a rising talent when he saw one. Three years ago the two received and completed a yearlong grant in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award category from the NH State Council on the Arts . During that period as well as working on new perspectives for tap improvisations, they concentrated on creating a additional ensemble role for tap as a supportive percussionist. Ayan commented on the process “The traditional role of the Jazz tap dancer; only being featured for a number or two and then leave the stage to the rest of the musicians, in a way marginalized taps musicality as well as its versatility” Wheeler added “When I'm soloing, or simply stating the melody vocally or instrumentally, Ayan is backing me up as I do for him when he's being featured. He's on stage with me at all times just as a drummer would be.” Another heightened characteristic that the two employ to its full advantage is improvised, and imaginative interplay. That interplay is in the moment and never quite the same way twice, which gives each performance its own unique place in time.

Ayan has performed at many area festivals include NE Tap in the Boston Beantown Festival, Tappy Holidays and Tap City in New York, Something to Tap About, Tapped, and Boston Celebrates Tap. Within those four years, Ayan gained opportunities to  travel to major cities such as NYC and Washington D.C. in order to study with some of the greatest tap dancers today including Jason Samuels Smith, Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, and Cartier Williams. In 2011 Ayan joined the Boston Tap Company under the direction of Sean Fielder and performed at the D.C. Tap Festival. Later that same year, Ayan became a member of the nationally touring company Tap Kids, performing from California to Canada in major cities throughout North America. Just a few months before his graduation from high school, he toured with the Irish step dancer Brian Cunningham in  Atlantic Steps, a brand new show that integrates the old fashioned Irish step dancing of Sean Nós, with North American native tap dancing. Ayan has had plenty of influences in his life that shapes his tap dance, and he's quickly tapping his way into his own unique style, while keeping the traditions stepping forward.

TJ Wheeler is a two time winner of the prestigious, NH State Arts Council outstanding Individual Artist Award, the Granite State Award from the University of NH, the “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” from the International Blues Foundation, and the Paul Robeson Diversity award from the United State Post Office. The 2015 -16 school year marks the 25th anniversary of his concert/ workshop in the school program "Hope. Heroes' & the Blues." The program has reached over 500,000 students across 5 continents. He recently returned from a 6 week concert/ workshop tour of Missouri.

Have a cool yule and head down for this family event!

Elizabeth Barcomb - "Needle and Thread" Weston Gallery

Elizabeth BarcombPlease join us on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 PM as we host a reception for Hampton artist Elizabeth Barcomb, who loves to talk about her lifelong passion for doing needlework. She has explored many different styles, but her most favorite is crewel embroidery because of the amount of individuality it allows in terms of shading and color nuances.  She derives her inspiration from Mother Nature and other still life compositions, such as her own flower arrangements.

Her love of doing needlework began as a child and has continued throughout her life. She was first taught by her mother and then continued this pursuit under the tutelage of the sisters of the Academie Villa Augustina in Goffstown. In the past Elizabeth has conducted classes and passed on her love of this art form, attracting students and teaching on an individual basis.

Elizabeth considers her time spent doing needlework as her peaceful time. It allows for introspection, contemplation and meditation. Many a concern has been resolved during this time!

Elizabeth’s creativity does not stop with her needlework.  She is a professionally trained singer who has performed in New York City, Boston and the Lake George Opera. These days you may hear her at weddings or doing solo work at various churches during the summer. She is an active and integral member of the music program at the Hampton United Methodist Church.

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North Sea Gas - Free Concert Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 PM

Join us once again on Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 PM for a free concert in the downstairs Lane Room as the popular Edinburgh-based Scottish Folk band North Sea Gas makes a return visit to the Lane Library!

Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave GilfillanWho is North Sea Gas?  They are Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan, performing for over thirty years and stronger than ever! One of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies.  Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment.

They have recorded 16 albums and are constantly adding new material to their show. Their latest album, "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for the set of tunes on the album. Celtic Radio says, "The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies." Their prior album, "Tak a Dram Afore Ye Go" continues to be very popular with fans all over the world and Alasdair Maclean (The Scots Magazine) said of "Edinburgh Toon," "The album is offered in the spirit of enjoyment, and in that it succeeds superbly."

A prior album "Rosslyn" received wonderful reviews from folk magazines, newspapers etc. including Dirty Linen (USA), the Scots Magazine, and The Living Tradition. Their show consists of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material all put together in a style of their own . This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, and many other destinations every year as well as in TV and Radio appearances on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" (one of the biggest radio shows of its kind), and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBSTV stations in the U.S.

In 2008, they recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million; A highlight of any band's career!

December 2009 saw the band playing in Istanbul, Turkey, for the British Consulate St Andrews Ball and they have been invited back in 2010.

We could say more but put simply "North Sea Gas" are a highly entertaining Scottish folk band who have an ever-growing fan base ranging through all age groups thus giving the "Gas" show a wonderful atmosphere.

"No airs and graces just fantastic music"... (Edin/Festival 2007)

"Through their work they introduce audiences to the wider world of the folk tradition and its Riches"
John O'Regan Living Tradition (Magazine)


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