Hampstead Library Programs & News
Movie Day - April 12
Wednesday, April 12 is Movie Day at the Hampstead Public Library. The featured presentation is “Patriots Day” starring Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Bacon. The free movie will be shown at both 1:30 and 7 p.m. For more information, call 329-6411.
Guitar Lesson - April 15
A free guitar lesson is offered at the Hampstead Public Library on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. In this one-hour class, Daniel from Let’s Play Music discusses musical styles that feature guitar. He will also perform, and students can jam with the teacher. Instruments are provided, or those attending can bring their own. The lesson is free and is open to all ages.
Family Pizza & Pages - April 18
The Hampstead Public Library holds a Family Pizza & Pages Book Discussion on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Families are invited to join teacher LoriLyn Griffin in a discussion of “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Copies of the book can be borrowed from the library. Register in advance at 329-6411 or jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org.
Tech Tutoring - April 19
Come to the Hampstead Public Library for a free Tech Tutoring session on Wednesday, April 19 between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Learn how to download free books, start a language course or build a family tree.
Apiary Visit - April 19
The Hampstead Garden Club brings Marty and Gail London, owners of the London Buzz Bees apiary, to the Hampstead Public Library on Wednesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. for a free presentation about beekeeping and the importance of these insects.
Third Thursday Book Club - April 20
On April 20 at 1 p.m., the Hampstead Public Library’s Third Thursday Book Club discusses “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and “The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie” by Wendy McClure. Copies of the books are available to borrow. During the book discussion, author Wendy McClure will appear via Skype to chat about her book. Attendees may ask questions, and should arrive by 1 p.m. For more information, call 329-6411 or email Janet at jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org.
Woods Walk - April 22
To celebrate Earth Day, take a Walk in the Woods. Interested participants can meet librarian Janet and Hampstead Conservation Commission Chair Tim Lovell at the West Road trailhead in Hampstead on Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Lovell will lead a tour of the trails. For more information, email jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org. This is part of the Spring Read series of events.
Toddler Music - April 25
The Hampstead Public Library offers a Music and Movement class for children ages 1 to 5 on Tuesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. This program helps youngsters explore songs, dances, and instruments while finding new ways to move their bodies. It is designed to get children excited about music, improve their fine and gross motor-skills, and spark their creativity. This is a free monthly event. No registration is necessary.
Tiny Houses - April 26
On Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m., Isa Bauer from Tiny House Northeast presents “Tiny Houses: A Very Different Approach to Home Ownership” at the Hampstead Public Library. Bauer focuses on the basics of planning for and owning a tiny house on wheels and will address options for their design, heat, hot water and electricity choices.
Unbirthday Party - April 27
Families are invited to the Hampstead Public Library on Thursday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. for an Unbirthday Party to read stories, play games, create a party hat, and eat unbirthday cake. This program is most suitable for children ages 3 to 10, but all are welcome. Register in advance at 329-6411 dvancuren@HampsteadLibrary.org.
Nonfiction Book Club - May 2
The Nonfiction Book Club at the Hampstead Public Library discusses “The Famine Ships: the Irish Exodus to America” by Edward Laxton on Tuesday, May 2 at 1 p.m. Copies of the book are available to borrow. Newcomers are always welcome to the discussions.
Art Exhibit - March and April
New England photographer Art Norton brings his work to the Hampstead Public Library for an exhibition during the months of March and April. The exhibit goes up March 3 in the library’s second floor meeting room. Norton has been interested in photography since he was a child but it wasn’t until he retired from the high-tech world that he decided to seriously pursue photography. Norton travels throughout New England and New York, adding to his collection of wildlife and colorful scenic photos.
The Hampstead Public Library currently has openings on its 2017 and 2018 Art Exhibit Schedule . Photographers or painters in the area who would like to display their artwork at the library may contact Janet at jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org for further information.
Contact: Janet Arden
Adult Programing & Publicity Coordinator
Hampstead Public Library
9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead
Website: Hampstead Public Library
Friends of Hampstead Public Library
Friends’ Potluck - May 9
Tuesday, May 9 is the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library's annual potluck supper, bringing the group’s season of programs to a close. A sign-up sheet is at the front desk of the library to let the Friends know what food attendees plan to bring. The dining starts at 5:30 p.m. Violinist AnnMarie Pinard will provide music during the meal. Her selections will include Baroque pieces along with golden oldies. In addition, pictures of past Friends' events and programs will scroll across the screen in the library's meeting room, where the potluck will take place. The event is open to everyone as long as they sign up and bring a main dish, salad, bread or dessert. Friends membership is not required.
Friends’ Raffle – May 9
The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library’s spring raffle basket is on display at the front desk of the library. The basket holds seeds and pots for herbs and flowers, garden gloves and tools, a watering can and a $25 Amazon gift card, as well as a candle, poetry book, romantic music CD, chocolate truffle eggs, napkins, towel, bunny mug, flag, water bottle, tote bag and spring-themed scarf. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The winner's name will be drawn at the Friends’ potluck supper at the library on May 9. You don't have to be present to win. The Third Thursday Book Club has donated the basket.
Hannaford Shopping Bags
Hannaford Supermarket in East Hampstead is supporting the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library by offering two-tone blue shopping bags for sale, with $1 from each sale going to the Friends. Every dollar donated by Hannaford to the Friends goes to the library and the community for programs, equipment and materials.
Thrift Shop Reopens
The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library’s Elaine David Thrift Shop at the Hampstead Public Library has been closed for two weeks for restocking with a new collection of spring and summer clothing for men, women and children, and re-opens Tuesday, April 4. The shop is now accepting donations of good quality, clean, wearable clothing suitable for spring and summer. In addition to clothing, the shop has shoes, scarves, hats and jewelry for sale, and is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The thrift shop is the primary fund raising activity of the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library. The money raised by the shop supports the library in a variety of ways, including the Summer Reading Program and the monthly Friends' programs.
Contact: Janet Eagleson
Secretary, Friends of the Hampstead Public Library
Hampstead Public Library
603/329-4997 // email@example.com