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"Read to Feed!" 2020

St Vincet de Paul Community Kitchen

The staff of Lane Memorial Library have served the community of Hampton for over 130 years. This winter, they’re aiming to serve up some good, warm food to residents in need. “Read to Feed,” is a reading challenge that will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Community Kitchen. The library will urge children and adults to “earn” donations by reading great books. Local Hampton businesses are sponsoring the program.

"It's a winter reading program that mirrors our summer reading program. The difference is we're giving back to our community, instead of earning prizes for ourselves," said Lane Library Assistant Director Stacy Mazur.

The all-ages reading program will run from February 1st through March 31st, 2020. The library will have bookmarks available at the end of January for readers to track their progress. Students in grades K-5 read for 20 minutes, on 4 different days, per bookmark. Older students, in grades 6-12, and adults will read 4 books per bookmark. For every bookmark, a donation of $5 to the Community Kitchen will be made in the reader’s name.

The library’s initial goal is to earn $500. If the community reaches $500, the library has a “stretch” goal, where every book or 20 minutes read (by the younger kids) will earn $5 each, to reach $800. Library patrons can also make extra monetary contributions or donate non-perishable items for the Food Pantry.

"This is a great opportunity to promote literacy and encourage generosity within the Hampton community," Mazur said.

St Vincet de Paul Community KitchenThe Community Kitchen is in downtown Hampton at the Seaside Elderly Day Out Center. They serve five meals a week from mid-October to mid-May. “Clients have a sit-down dining experience when they come,” said Lisa Parker, volunteer coordinator.

Volunteers and local community organizations prepare the meals off site.  On days when volunteers are not able to meet the demand, monetary donations help to make sure a hot meal will be available for clients.  Parker spoke about the continued need for volunteers to cook meals and staff the dinner service. “We operate completely on donations and through volunteers,” she stated. “There are between three to four volunteers here every time we serve.”

The funds raised by “Read to Feed” will help in part with on-going supply costs. "I’ll come in to check and see if we have plates, silverware, or paper towels, and we’re out again. Supplies are a constant need," Parker said. Donations also go towards upkeep and maintenance of the space as well as providing food supplies for volunteers who wish to prepare a cooked meal, but do not have the funds.

Community KitchenThe Community Kitchen is an invaluable resource to the Hampton community, serving 40 to 60 people per night. “We get many donations over Thanksgiving and Christmas but find it harder to manage through the rest of winter. We still have people coming, but not as many donations or volunteers,” Parker noted.

The Community Kitchen experienced the hardship of losing their long-time space at Hampton Beach to fire. The Hampton Fire Department and Chamber of Commerce offered temporary spaces in 2018/2019. The library looks forward to helping them continue to serve the Hampton community in their new downtown location.

The library is partnering with Marston School’s Good Citizens Club on this project. Their members will make posters for the school to encourage their fellow students to take part, and they are also planning a food drive. Student representatives will be on hand to present the donations to St. Vincent de Paul at the completion of the reading campaign.

The library would like to thank local business sponsors, the Law Office of Eileen A. Nevins, Parsons Electric Co. Inc., Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton Beach Casino, Bean Insurance Agency LLC of Hampton, NH, Pauline Maloney of Stoney Knoll Realty, Lions Club International of Hampton, NH, Tom Muldowney, Strategic-Partner of Schooley Mitchell.

Friends of the Lane Library Author Series - 2020

FOL 2020 Author Series

The Friends of Lane Memorial Library will be kicking off 2020 with an author series showcasing local and regional authors. Each event will feature an author discussing their books, describing their writing methods and practices, and question and answer time. Refreshments and a book signing will follow each presentation.

Nancy Donovan, winner of the NH Writers Project People’s Choice Award 2019, and author of In The Valley of the Dragons will be at the library on Thursday February 27, 2020 at 6:30pm for our second author event.  Nancy uses magical and fairy tale themes to educate and entertain children and adults, and to raise consciousness of environmental concerns. A poet, potter, and storyteller, Nancy began writing for children with a series of personalized adventure tales for each of her eight grandchildren. Her poems are included in three anthologies published by the New Hampshire Poetry Society. A retired nurse and nurse-educator, she is a volunteer for the Odiorne Point Seacoast Science Center at the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor in New Hampshire. She is an active marine docent from the University of New Hampshire.

In the Valley of the Dragons
by Nancy Donovan, illustrated by Susan Spellman

In the Valley of DragonsA girl is visiting her favorite meadow. It’s a sad place for her now. The meadow used to be alive with flowers, bushes, green grass. There were always birds singing and butterflies dancing. This year, there hasn’t been enough rain for things to grow. Now it feels like a dead place.

While she is sitting there feeling sad, a little dragon stuck in a withered rose bush speaks to her. The young dragon brings her to the Valley of the Dragons where life is flourishing. Adult dragons take them on exciting journeys to learn how to care for the Treasures of the Earth.

Upcoming authors are:

Brian Hall author of Not Afraid to Fall, a non-fiction book that chronicles Brian's journey with Parkinson’s Disease from the early onset of the disorder, to the present day on Thursday March 26, 2020 at 6:30pm.

The Lane Memorial Library welcomes all visitors to the library for this event. For more information, visit or call 603-926-3368. Lane Memorial Library 2 Academy Ave. Hampton NH, 03842

AARP Tax Help Schedule - 2020

2020 AARP Tax Help

Appointments may be scheduled by calling 2-1-1 or visiting and selecting "Schedule an appointment now".  The library does not schedule appointments.  Book on-line or by 'phone as soon as possible.  Walk-ins are always welcome - check in with an AARP volunteer.


Please bring or have access to last year’s (2018) tax return and all of this year’s (2019) tax related information such as W-2s, Social Security account numbers, property and personal tax records, Social Security income, medical expenses, and interest and dividend statements.  This will make the process go more smoothly. A picture ID must be presented.

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.

8th Annual Youth Impressions Art Show

Youth Impressions Art Show 2020

Hampton Arts Network is pleased to announce our 8th annual Youth Impressions Art Show! This is a juried show for our young Hampton artists in Grades 3 - 8. Each year, the art teachers at Marston School, Hampton Academy, and Sacred Heart School are invited to submit student art. Three HAN artists then serve as jurors to select the pieces for our student show including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries in two Grade level categories--Grades 3 - 5 and Grades 6 - 8.

Visitors to the show are invited to vote for People’s Choice winners! Certificates, cash awards, and ribbons are presented to winners at a special awards presentation evening scheduled for February 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Youth Impressions Art Show for 2020 opens on January 2 in the Weston Gallery of Lane Memorial Library. Visitors may vote for their favorite entries during the month of January. The show runs through February 28 and is open to the community during library hours. Come enjoy some fabulous art from these young, creative artists, and plan to attend a special Artist Reception on Thursday evening, February 6th at 5:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room

The Real Witches of New Hampshire

The Real Witches of New Hampshire

Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed until Tuesday, January 14th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room.

Join Justine Paradis, reporter and host of NHPR's Second Greatest Show on Earth & Tricia Peone, historian and program manager at New Hampshire Humanities as they talk about witchcraft in New Hampshire. Their three-part series The Real Witches of New Hampshire begins with the story of Eunice Cole in Hampton, the only person convicted of witchcraft in the state. Why did this happen to Eunice Cole in Hampton, and why didn't this lead to a widespread witch hunt in New Hampshire?

Friends' 2019 Fall Book Sale

Friends Fall Book Sale 2019

Wednesday, November 20th - Friends' Preview, 5:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 21st - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, November 22nd - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 23rd - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to Noon

It’s time to save the dates so you won’t miss our annual Fall Friends' Book and Media Sale. We’ll have thousands of books, including children’s, history, war, politics, biography, cookbooks, gardening, science, animals, sports, mysteries, poetry, classics, humor, health, art, crafts, home, self-help, religion/inspiration, local interest, Christmas, romances and just about everything else.  We will also offer a wide selection of audiobooks, music on CD, and DVDs.

Most hard cover books are $1 and paperbacks 50 cents. Most children’s books are 25 cents. There is also a table featuring collections and special books priced at $2 and up. On Saturday, shoppers can buy a Friends' Book Bag and fill it for free!

All proceeds from the book sale go to the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, whose mission is to support the library and its programs.

Cash or check with ID, no credit cards.

Weston Gallery - Ethel Hills, November 2019

Ethel Hills - An artist's journey

November 2 - 27

Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM

In Search of HomeEthel Hills grew up in rural Hollis, New Hampshire amidst farms, apple orchards, hayfields and woods. After high school, she attended Dickinson College for two years before taking some time off. During this break in her schooling, she explored black and white photography, primarily the natural forms in the landscape around her parents’ home in Hollis. She briefly toyed with the idea of returning to school to learn more about photography, but panicked when she found out that meant art school.

Instead, she enrolled at the University of New Hampshire to complete her BA. While at UNH, she fell in love with the seacoast area, the beaches, the rocks, the marshes, and the solitude of the area in the off season. After graduating, she moved to Hampton, eventually settling next to the salt marsh.

Shortly after moving to Hampton, she took up traditional rug hooking. As she learned more and more about rug hooking, she wanted her rugs to become more her own creation. Although she learned to plan her own colors and dye her own wool, she was still working with commercial patterns. It was her pursuit of more personal and creative hooked pieces which brought her to her love of art. Her goal was simple, to learn just enough drawing to be able to produce the very simple line drawings that are the basis of rug designs.

One thing led to another, first a couple of books on drawing, then a drawing class at a high school, then a watercolor class, then a workshop and on and on. There was always something new to learn. After getting a feel for watercolor, the next step was to strengthen her drawing skills. She went back to UNH, only this time studying in the Art Department. She’s worked hard to develop her skills by taking traditional classes at both UNH and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and also by studying with well-known watercolor artists and teachers, Dustan Knight, Don Andrews, DeWitt Hardy, Ed Betts, Skip Lawrence, and Gerry Brommer.

Hills came to art later in life and through a circuitous route, but has no regrets about it. She has been painting seriously for almost twenty years and is currently pursuing her art career from her small studio in downtown Hampton. She is an active member of the Ogunquit Artist Association, Abstract Artists’ Group of New England, Women’s Caucus for Art, Arts League of Lowell and the New Hampshire Art Association. She has exhibited in numerous juried, group and solo shows in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. She is represented by Paula Estey Gallery in Newburyport, MA.

2019 Winter Wonderland Craft Fair and Bake Sale

Friends' Craft and Bake Sale

Friends of the Lane Memorial Library
Winter Wonderland
Community Craft Fair
and Bake Sale
Saturday, November 9th, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Looking to do a little holiday shopping?  Come and support local vendors. There will be a lot of handmade items and other wonderful items to purchase.

What will you find?  Christmas Ornaments, Hand Crafted Accessories, Wreaths, Terrariums and Buttons, Teacher Gifts, Pottery, Knitted Items, Candles, Woodcrafts, Tye Dye Shirts, Jewelry, Knitted Items, American Girl Accessories, Custom Gift Baskets, Scarfs, Pins, Keychains, Hair Accessories and more!

If you are interested in donating to the Bake Sale, please contact Wendi at the email below.  All the proceeds from the bake sale will go directly to the Friends.

Artisans Wanted
Tables are avaiable for crafters and artists who would like to exhibit and sell their work.  Setup is on November 8th from 4 -5 PM, and a 6' x 2.5' table will be provided.  The non-refundable registration fee is $20, and registration ends on November 2nd.

Bakers and crafters may contact Wendi at wendi1031(at) for more information and to receive an application form.

"Soup of the Americas" cook-off on October 14, 2019

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 2019Entry Form 2018
WHERE: Library Main Floor

Carol & CrewCarol & Crew Puppet Show kicks off our fabulous soup day at 10:00 AM in the Lane Room. Patrons praise Carol for her fun story telling, fabulous puppets, easy rapport with children, and the many ways youngsters are able to interact with the show.

SOUP TIME: Soups will be served to the public @ 12:00 PM
Enter your family favorite soup featuring 2 ingredients unique to the New World to win!  New World food examples include Corn, Potatoes, Cranberries, Chocolate, Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Pumpkin, Chilies, Allspice, Black beans, Turkey.  Soups will be judged by popular vote and Chef’s Choice. ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, October 11th.

SOUPS MUST ARRIVE BY 11:00 A.M. ON THE MORNING OF THE COMPETITION IN A SLOW COOKER. A complete list of ingredients must be disclosed for an allergen statement.

Ronoldo'sVoting will close at 12:45 PM.  The library will hold a Chocolate Tasting at 12:30 PM, followed by a professional soup demonstration by Chefs John Amodie and Nick Grandmason from Ronaldo's Italian Restaurant in North Hampton at 1:00 PM.  We will announce the winners of both the People's Choice and chef's Choice following this presentation.


Chef’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate to Ronaldo's in North Hampton
Chef’s 2nd - $25 Gift certificate to to Ronaldo's in North Hampton
People’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate and gift basket to On the Vine
People’s 2nd -$25 Gift certificate to Seacoast Soups

Soup of the Americas Winners 2018

Last Year's Winners: Djamel Hafiani, Stacy Mazur, Josiah Howard with assistant Annika Howard, and Jenn Beigel



"Hampton Beach in the 1980s" Photo Exhibit by Peter Randall

Peter Randall "Hampton in the 1980s"

Sand and surf. Babies and bikinis. Taffy and dough. Arcade and boardwalk. All offered subjects for Peter E. Randall and his small camera as he wandered Hampton Beach in the summer of 1983. Hundreds of images were edited to about 80 never before seen photographs. Here are people of all ages enjoying New Hampshire’s largest tourist community.

Randall’s pursuit of beach, boardwalk, arcade, and street photographs began when he asked Agfa to send him some test rolls of their new black and white chromogenic film thathe could use in a documentary project. Fine grained with wide latitude for recording both shadows and highlights, the film was processed by machine like a roll of color print film.

Agfa responded with 20 rolls, which he used in a small camera he could carry in his pocket. Since he lived in Hampton he could visit the beach easily anytime of the day, or day of the week. Street photographers don’t use long lenses to isolate their subjects. His little camera had a moderate wide-angle lens that required him to get relatively close to his subjects. He was rarely noticed by anyone as he photographed and was never told by anyone not to make an image.

During this period, he was starting Peter E. Randall Publisher, and working on several book projects. The Hampton Beach film was processed and filed away, forgotten due to the pressure of more immediate issue. He has been archiving his work and these images caught his attention. He had never looked at them in detail until recently. These 35-year old photographs capture a point in time. Perhaps some of his subjects will recognize themselves and remember happy days at Hampton Beach.

Hampton Beach in the 1980s will be on exhibit in the downstairs Weston Gallery throughout the month of July, 2019.  A special reception for Peter will be held on Tuesday, July 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  All are invited to attend.

About the Photographer

Peter E. Randall has been photographing professionally since 1963. His photographic travels have taken him to five African countries, Guatemala, Spain, Japan, and New Zealand. He has produced two books of photographs on the Isles of Shoals, where he has photographed since the mid-1970s. He has served as editor of The Hampton Union and New Hampshire Profiles magazine. He founded Peter E. Randall Publisher and produced some 450 titles of local history, poetry, fiction, memoirs, art, and photography. The author of thirteen books of history, photography, and travel, he wrote Hampton, A Century of Town and Beach, 1888-1988.  In retirement he made Celia Thaxter’s Island Garden, a film that has been shown on public television. Born in Seabrook and raised in Hampton Falls, he was a thirty-year resident of Hampton. He and his wife now reside in Eliot, Maine.


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