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Barbara London’s Jazz & Watercolors at Lane Library

Barbara London

Barbara London’s art show, entitled “Progression”, will include watercolors showing movement from earlier representational works to abstraction. The title also suggests Barbara’s other creative career as a composer and jazz musician and includes her paintings of performers as part of the exhibit. The art reception will be held on Tuesday October 10 at 6:30 PM, and offers an opportunity for people to meet the artist and hear her talk about her work and process.

On Thursday October 19, at 6:30 PM, Barbara will perform a jazz concert with her quartet:  bassist Jim Lyden, drummer Gary Gemmiti, and guitarist Woody Allen.  The group will perform a combination of standards and Barbara’s original compositions. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Amanda Reynolds Cooper or Darrell Eifert at the library, (603) 926-3368.

Barbara London  is a musician, artist, writer, and educator. Her long career in the arts has involved leading her own jazz groups , exhibiting her watercolor paintings, producing recordings for her wild aster label, and writing workbooks and poetry.   She  has received three NEA grants for jazz composition and performance and is currently working on a new recording. After years of classroom teaching, she became the first female chair at Berklee College of Music in 1994. She left the college in 2005 to focus on her painting and composing.   As with her musical composition,  her art draws from a variety of thematic material including semi-abstracted musicians,  explorations of science and nature, and dreamscapes. Her involvement with the Abstract Artists Group of New England (AAGNE) has inspired Barbara to further explore her improvisational  approach to watercolors. She is experimenting with new colors, subjects, and process.

Jim Lyden studied with both classical and jazz bassists. He gained experience by playing throughout northern New England with blues, funk, rock, and jazz musicians including Tiger Okoshi, Herb Pomeroy, Oliver Lake, and Frank Foster. He currently performs with Curtis Clark, Thomas Snow, The East Enders,  Barbara London, Dos Eckes, Saco River Theatre, and the Portland Stage Company.
Woody Allen (who didn't have to change his name to get it) came to New Hampshire in '95 after many years in Key West. He has become one of the Seacoast’s most respected guitarists, freelancing with a variety of musicians in diverse styles. He was a regular at the Press Room Tuesday night jazz jam and continues to play on weekends in the dining room at the York Harbor Inn. His latest recording, Back in Cayo Hueso, was created with his brother Din Allen.
 
Gary Gemmiti studied with the late world-renowned Alan Dawson. Comfortable in a variety of styles, Gemmiti has worked with well-known New England artists including the Spectras, Cormac McCarthy, Cari Coltrane, and blues great Mighty Sam McClain. He currently tours and records with The Rustic Overtones and Royal Hammer. Along with Jim Lyden and Woody Allen, Gary enjoyed years of  jazz residency at the Press Room in Portsmouth with Larry Garland’s River City Jazz.

"Soup of the Americas" cook-off on October 9, 2017

Soup of the Americas 2017

WHEN: Monday, October 9, 2017Entry Form
WHERE: Library Main Floor
TIME: Soups will be served to the public @ 12:00 Noon
ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, October 6th


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.

Voting will close at 12:45 PM, followed by a professional soup demonstration by Chef Michael Whelan from the Chez Boucher Culinary Arts Training Center at 1:00 PM.  We will announce the winners of both the People's Choice and chef's Choice following this presentation.

Prizes:
Chef’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate to Chez Boucher
Chef’s 2nd - $25 Gift certificate to Chez Boucher
People’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate and gift basket to Philbrick’s Fresh Market
People’s 2nd -$25 Gift certificate to Seacoast Soups

"Our Favorite Things" : HAN exhibit - September 2017

Hampton Arts NetworkThe walls of the Weston Gallery, will be covered for the month of September with artwork created by 20 Hampton Arts Network members.  Many different subjects and art mediums, plus three-dimensional work will be on display. The public is invited to visit the Weston Gallery and vote for the "Peoples Choice" award. The HAN group show is part of their 8th annual Art Walk in Hampton. Scheduled events includes art classes, demos, raffle and a kids arts and craft night for kids 8 years old and up on Sept 21st at the Lane Library, 2 Academy Ave from 5:30-7:30. For more information contact: kmmcginness@gmail.com

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Silent Echoes: The History & Haunting of the James House Museum

A documentary film by Beyond Reality Video Productions.

Presented by @
James House Association ann Spirit Chasers Paranormal NH.

The James House, located in Hampton, NH, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of Hampton's oldest homes. Seven generations of one family lived in the home and worked the land until 1931. Skip Webb, president of the James House Association, will be on hand to share his wealth of information.

Find out about the spirits of some of the family members that linger to this day. The team of Spirit Chasers Paranormal has been investigating the home for almost 3 years and has uncovered evidence of paranormal activity which has been backed up by historical documentation.

Suggested donation of $12. All funds go to the James House Association.

Weston Gallery - "Black and White" photo exhibit, August 2017

All About Paper - 2017 Exhibit

The "All About Paper" photography group presents an exhibit of black-and-white photographs in the downstairs Weston Gallery during the month of August, 2017.  The group will be on hand to answer questions and talk to prospective members at a reception on Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30 PM.  All are welcome to attend!

In January 2012 Catherine Pagano began the All About Paper's Photo Enthusiasts Group for the purpose of bringing like-minded, amateur photographers together. We challenge ourselves to learn more about what our cameras can do for us, in a non-competitive environment. There are no experts in our group; most of us have basic "point and click" cameras. All of us enjoy challenging ourselves to take pictures out of our comfort zones.

Each month Catherine gives a specific challenge to the members. Sometimes the challenge is to utilize a specific technique or function on their cameras; other times the challenge is for a specific subject matter, etc. Then each member is asked to edit their own work and bring their best 3 shots for that month's challenge to the monthly meeting. We share these pictures with all the tips, tricks and techniques about how we obtained these shots. We talk about problems and outside challenges that presented themselves during our picture taking. We help each other find functions on our cameras that we did not know how to effectively use before. It's an environment of sharing and learning.

There is no special requirement to join our group except to have a camera and the enthusiasm to experiment with photography, learn more about your camera and challenge yourself to take better and more interesting pictures beyond your comfort zone.

There is no fee to join. You do not need to attend meetings. You can follow along with each month's challenge by logging onto www.allaboutpaperllc.blogspot.com.

Be as active and involved as you want to be. Only you can motivate yourself to just get out there and take those pictures!

Geraldine Bresnahan, Watercolors - Weston Gallery, July 2017

For the month of July, 2017 the Weston Gallery welcomes local watercolor artist Geraldine Bresnahan with her exhibit Seacoast Towns and Beyond.  Patrons are welcome to meet Geraldine and learn more about her work at a reception on Tuesday, July 18th at 6:30 PM.

From the artist:

Geraldine BresnahanA Speech and Language Pathologist by profession, I took up photography when I was a Traveling Therapist. When I settled in Newmarket, NH in 1997, my sisters and I began taking watercolor classes through the Seacoast Artist Association as a Wednesday night get-together. My sisters are no longer as active in painting, but I was hooked. Through the years, I've taken Life Drawing and watercolor painting classes at the NH Art Institute in Manchester, watercolor workshops at Mohegan Island, St. Suliac, France and Lesbos Island, Greece with Doris Rice. I've taken workshops and classes with Dustin Knight, Frank Webb and Mel Stabin. Each class has helped me hone in my skills in the area of watercolor.

I continue to depend on my camera at home and while traveling to capture people, places and events to use in future paintingsThere is so much to learn about in every medium that makes it so enjoyable. The beauty of art is not just the beauty of art, but the reminder of when, where and how it was created. I continue to be a member of the Seacoast Artist Association, Chair of the Scholarship Committee. When we contribute to our youth, we are securing a continuation of the arts for the future.

"Barns" - An Exhibit by Carol Van Loon, Weston Gallery June 2017

We are pleased to present this month an exhibit of black and white photographs of New England barns by Dover artist Carol Van Loon.  She will be here on Monday evening, June 19th at 6:30 PM to talk about her work and meet with those who would like to learn more about her craft.  All are welcome, with light refreshments provided.

Carol started photographing on a farm in western New York state while in high school. She received a degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. A project manager for a retail design company in Portsmouth she also manages the photography galleries at Camera Commons in Dover.

Moving to the seacoast in 1988 from Colorado she is very involved with the arts scene in the area. She is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, New Hampshire Art Association and New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists. She is a past president of the New Hampshire Art Association and Exeter Fine Arts boards.

Some notes on her current exhibit:

Barn Gate, Exeter"My family farm is gone. As a child I learned how to see there: wheat swaying in the breeze, the many textures of the vegetable garden, a cow’s long eye lashes, aged wood fences, trees and lots of rocks.

I stopped photographing after the death of my mother and a dear friend, months apart. Deep in grief and ungrounded, I feared I wouldn’t create any new images for a long time. Then, unplanned, I took a journey back to my roots, the landscape of my youth. I began photographing barns.

It all started with a snowy barn I seen so many times before but never photographed. I stopped and made an image. Many more images of barns were to follow as I wandered through the farmlands of western New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Driving along back roads and breathing in the familiar smells of my childhood I began to remember my stories, stories I rarely told. It slowly  came to me that as much as I had strayed from my beginnings, the sensibilities that were formed there could lead me to the next chapter of my life.

I present these images as a homage to the gifts my parents gave me, the farm I grew up on and the vanishing landscape of my childhood."

2017 Summer Reading Program for Adults

This summer we invite our adult patrons to take some time to read and reflect on our theme of Build a Better World! During the months of June, July and August, adults will have a chance to relax and read some great books while earning tickets toward a weekly gift card drawing and 2 Grand Prizes.  As always, our patrons get a gentle nudge to read outside of their usual comfort zones, with two prize cards giving a choice of 25 Fiction or 25 Non-Fiction categories.  Pick up a card today at the library, or download and print your own copy from the links provided here.  Completing any 5 boxes wins a Build a Better World insulated tumbler, and finishing off the entire card wins 15 extra tickets!

2017 Fiction Card2017 Non Fiction Card2017 Tumbler

2017 Summer Prizes

Things to Know:

  • The contest runs from June 1st through September 4th, 2017
  • Read a book from any of the categories on the playing cards - ask the staff for recommendations, or check the blue endcaps in the library each week for books in a featured category
  • Get a raffle ticket for each book you read - there are two "Winner's Choice" grand prizes for two lucky winners!
  • Get a Lane Library Build a Better World insulated tumbler after completing 5 squares on either card
  • Completing an entire card wins 15 bonus raffle tickets
  • A drawing for a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card or $20 Regal Cinema cards will be held each Monday from June 12th through September 4th.
  • The Grand Prize drawings will be held Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 and will reward two lucky winners with their choice of:
    -  A 2-month membership at the Port City Makerspace in Portsmouth
    -  A $100 gift certificate to the Camera Commons in Dover
    -  A Chez Boucher one-day cooking and baking workshop gift certificate
    -  A $100 gift certificate for art instruction at the Brush and Palette in North Hampton
    -  A $100 gift card to the Library Restaurant in Portsmouth
  • Funding for the Adult Summer Reading Program is generously provided by the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library and the New Hampshire Humanities Council

Sandra Golbert - Craft Workshops

This year the library is offering 3 craft workshops led by local fabric artist Sandra Golbert.  These sessions are offered free of charge courtesy of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, and are limited to 12 participants each.  A sign-up sheet will be avialable at the main circulation desk 2 weeks before each workshop.  More information about Sandra and her work is available on her website at http://www.fiberarte.com.

Saturday, July 1st from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - An Introduction to Silk Painting - Signups begin Saturday, June 17th.

Saturday, July 22nd from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - Jewelry Design with Polymer Clay - Signups begin Saturday, July 8th.

Saturday, August 12th from 1:00 - 3:30 PM - Everyday Embroidery - Signups begin Saturday, July 29th.

 

Jeremy D'Enremont - New England Lighthouses

Everyone knows there's "something about lighthouses" that gives them broad appeal, but their vital role in our history and culture is little appreciated. Our early nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible. Due to automation, traditional lighthouse keeping is a way of life that has faded into the past, but on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 PM, Jeremy D'Entremont will tell the history of New England's historic and picturesque lighthouses, primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of lighthouse keepers and their families.

Jeremy D'Entremont has written more than a dozen books and 300 articles on lighthouse history and other maritime topics. He is the official historian of the American Lighthouse Foundation and the founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. D'Entremont has lectured and narrated cruises from Maine to California, and his photographs have appeared in many books and magazines.  He emphasizes the rich human history of lighthouse keepers and their families in his presentations. 

Jenne Holmes - Build a Better Blog

Looking to build a better world one word at a time? For those with a yen to write about what is important and engage a wider audience, Somersworth resident Jenne Holmes has just the ticket. On Saturday, June 24th at 2:00 PM, Jenne will take a couple of hours to share how she came up with her ideas for the blog “Somersworth Now!”, talk about the daily disciplines necessary to write regularly and on a deadline, share sources and contacts for local stories, and reveal ways of promoting a blog and attracting a readership.

Jenne is a transplant from the UK who writes about the city of Somersworth, New Hampshire, in order to help others who call or have called Somersworth home connect, inspire and share it’s rich history and Hilltopper spirit. Jenne does this in part because Somersworth is her adopted home city but more simply put because she loves living there.  Read more about her story at SomersworthNow.com..

Pontine Theater - Pretty Halcyon Days

Poet Ogden Nash and his family spent their summers on Little Boar's Head, in North Hampton, NH. On Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 PM, the Pontine Theatre of Portsmouth will give a performance at the Lane Library that explores the ways in which Nash's life on the New Hampshire seashore influenced his poems and providing insights into the man, his character, and his ideas about family, society, and nature. These themes form a rich portrait of the poet and underscore how the intersection of literature and local history can deepen our understanding and appreciation of everyday events in our own backyard.

Greg Gathers, Co-Artistic Director of Pontine Theatre, holds a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has been designing and constructing Pontine’s sets, costumes and props since 1982. Marguerite Mathews, Co-Artistic Director and Founder of Pontine Theatre, earned a theater degree in Communications from Michigan State University.She studied with Etienne Decroux at L’Ecole du Mime Corporeal in Paris, France, and with Thomas Leabhart at the University of Arkansas and Valley Studio.

Steve Wood - A visit with Abraham Lincoln

On Wednesday, July 19th at 6:30 PM, Steve Wood, of Claremont, New Hampshire, will present A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, a living history presentation as our 16th president. Steve will include anecdotes from Lincoln's 1860 visit to New Hampshire, his views on slavery and abolition, some of his experiences in the White House, and conclude with a reading of his Gettysburg Address. Wood will then step out of character for questions and discussion..

Steve Wood, a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Forestry, worked for nearly thirty years with the UNH Cooperative Extension as an Extension Educator in Forest Resources, retiring at the end of 2003. Matching Lincoln's height and beard, Wood bears enough of a resemblance to make heads turn even when not wearing black trousers, vest, frock coat, and stovepipe hat.  He has been portraying Abraham Lincoln at historical societies, libraries, schools, and community events since 1995..

Darryl Thompson - The Shaker Legacy

In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. On Saturday, August 19th at 2:00 PM, Darryl Thompson will explore some of these contributions in his lecture and share some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.

Darryl Thompson's father, Charles "Bud" Thompson, founded the museum at Canterbury Shaker Village with three Shaker sisters. Thompson lived among the Canterbury Shakers, grew up to earn a BA and MA in American history at the University of New Hampshire, and was among the consultants used by Ken Burns in his documentary film The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God. Thompson has written articles, lectured widely, taught classes, and served as a tour guide.

Teen Services: Programs for Summer Reading

 Discover, Learn, Connect!
 Click here to sign up for Summer Reading
Open to incoming 6th graders and older who live in Hampton or are students of Winnacunnet HS.



EVO Rock+ Fitness Portable Rock Wall
Climb a Rock Wall on July 5th,
4:00-6:00 pm at the Centre School Parking Lot. Evo Rock + Fitness from Concord, NH will set up their portable climbing wall for kids of all ages to try! No sign-up is needed for this free event. Signed waiver are required and will be available that day. Compete in the Frozen T-Shirt Challenge to win fun prizes
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NHSPCA
Pet Toy Project

Support our local NHSPCA by crafting toys for donation. Teens will make fleece rope pulls for dogs and a catnip toy for kitties. July 6th 3:00-4:00 pm.

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Kindness Rock Project
Spread some love and random acts of kindness. Teens will get involved with the Kindness Rock project. We'll decorate rocks with inspiring and hopefully messages. Rocks will be available at the library in our Inspiration Garden. Connection through art. Kindness through community love.  7/11 at 3:00-4:00 pm.

Hip-Hop Yoga
What better way to get in motion than a combination of hip hop cardio moves incorporating basic yoga poses. High energy, fun music and constant movement! Instructor Barbara Durand will be here July 13th & August 1st, 4:00-5:00 pm. No sign-ups. First in the Door. Class size limited to 15-18.
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Breakout Box
Part game. Part mystery. A Breakout Box is a unique collection of locks, boxes, and items used to solve a puzzle and complete the game. Teens will work together to solve the mystery of the Breakout Box.  July 18th, 1:30-3:00 pm.

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Bookend Art Project

We're adding some color to the library! Teens will paint bookends that will be used throughout the stacks We'll personalize these will book covers. After they are painted, the bookends will be sealed and returned to holding up books with a lot more style!  July 25th, 3:00-4:00 pm.

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Community Mural
What does a better world look like to you? Teens attending our Art Mini-Camp will answer this question by presenting a large community mural that they invite all community members to come help color with vibrant chalk. The mural will span several spaces in our Library parking area, with a free form art area running along the sidewalk. Open to all ages! July 27th, 12:30-3:00 pm

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Join us for the second Lane Memorial Library 1 Mile Family Fun Run event. July 28th at 8:30 am. Everyone is welcome, even spectators! Open to all ages. Come cheer on your friends, family and neighbors! Registration can be found on our website. Our race will be at the WHS Track. Prizes will be awarded!

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Not A Box Event
We'll hold a special storytime reading of, "Not a Box" by Antionette Portis. Children will then have the opportunity to let their imagination run free and construct whatever they can with supplies provided by the library.
Teens will construct cardboard creations to be used at our Children's Finale! This great family event brings all ages together. July 31st, 2:30-4:00 pm.

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NH Astronomical Society Skywatch
A "Skywatch" is simply a gathering of amateur astronomers with a focus on outreach and education for a private group or for the public at large. The NH Astronomical Society will arrive before sunset, set up their equipment and choose their celestial targets with public education and outreach in mind. Open to all ages.
June 28th, 8:30 pm. Rain Date: Jun 30th. August 18th, 8:30 pm. Rain Date: August 21st.

 


 Teen Finale will be held at Family Fun Center Arcade @ Hampton Beach Casino!

This year the Teen Department will hold a separate Finale at the Family Fun Center Arcade at the Hampton Beach Casino. August 4th, 12:00-2:00 PM. Free tokens for teens who participate in Summer Reading Programs. Teens can still attend the Children's Room Finale, either for fun or as volunteers to earn more tickets!


 

All logs and raffle tickets must be completed and turned in the day before the Finale Party, August 4th, 12:00 PM in order to be eligible for the drawing.

We will have a weekly drawing for Dunkin Donuts, Stillwell's Ice Cream, Blitz Park, & Las Olas gift cards. One prize per winner.

We will have a massive prize give away at the end of Summer Reading, August 4th, 12:00 PM at the Family Fun Center Arcade at Hampton Beach Casino. We'll raffle off Amazon Gift Cards, a Music Prize Pack, a Movie Prize Pack, and a Back to School Prize pack. Tickets earned all summer will apply for these drawings.

1 Ticket = 100 Pages 10  Tickets = 5 Bingo Squares in a Row
1 Tickets = 1 Bingo Square and/or Book 25 Tickets = Attend 5 Programs or Full Bingo Card
4  Tickets = 1 Program or Volunteer 50 Tickets = Attend 10 Program, Volunteer, or Fitness Activity







 

 

 

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.

"Be a Better Photographer" - workshop with Matt Parker on May 30th, 2017

Matt Parker, PhotographerWondering why your photos don't turn out exactly as you planned?  Want to be a better "family photographer"?  Looking to explore the capablilties of your 'phone camera or shiny new DSLR?  Look no further.  Local photographer Matt Parker will present a 2 hour workshop titled Making Photos Work 101 on Tuesday, May 30th from 6 - 8 PM in the downstairs Lane Room.  The workshop is free of charge, and those who attend will learn about:

  • Types of Photography
  • Camera Basics
  • Light
  • Artistic fundamentlas
  • Computer / Software
  • Accessories
  • Preparation
  • Event Photography

Matt Parker Is a part-time freelance sports and event photographer from the Seacoast area. When not working as an Applications Engineer at QA Technology in Hampton he is covering events for Friends and Family along with Seacoast Media Groups local papers and web site seacoastonline. Examples of his work can be found at www.mattparkerphotos.com.

Matt and his wife Lisa have 4 children and reside in Hampton, NH.

Matt was exposed to photography thru his Mother who was a freelance reporter for the Goffstown News in the 70’s and his Father and Grandfather(s) who had a camera in-hand for every occasion. Going to High School in the late 70's-early 80's sparked a renewed interest in photography from a Graphic Arts class that included basic camera instruction and film developing.

His current photography phase started when cameras went digital and his children became involved in local sporting events.

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