Hampstead Library Programs & News

Slime Science - May 2
Students in grades five and up can participate in a Slime Science event at the Hampstead Public Library on Wednesday, May 2 at 6 p.m. Make such things as color-changing slime, diaper slime and fluffy slime. Register in advance at 329-6411 or dvancuren@HampsteadLibrary.org.

Stuffy Sleepover - May 4
Children can drop off a stuffed animal between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. May 4 at the Hampstead Public Library for a Stuffed Animal Sleepover. After the library closes on Friday, May 4, the animals will explore, play games, and have snacks. When children retrieve their animal the next day, they will receive pictures from the night of adventure.

Pooh Bear Brunch - May 5
Hampstead Public Library holds a Pooh Bear Brunch from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5. Play games, do activities, and eat pancakes and other breakfast foods. Tea and coffee will be available for parents.

Friends’ Potluck Supper - May 8
The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library hold their annual Potluck Supper at the library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8. Come for conversation and food, along with a slideshow of Friends’ highlights. All are welcome. Register in advance at the library’s front desk, call 329-6411 or email HampsteadFriends@gmail.com. Indicate if you will bring an entrée or dessert to share.

Monthly Matinee - May 9
The Hampstead Public Library’s free Wednesday Matinee movie is “The Greatest Showman” at 1:30 p.m. May 9. Hugh Jackman stars in this musical about the birth of show business.

Celebrate Mothers Tea - May 11
Celebrate mothers at the last monthly tea of the season at the Hampstead Public Library, set for Friday, May 11 at 2 p.m. Call 329-6411 or email jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org to register for this free event. Hampstead residency is not required. Participants are invited to share a story and bring a photo to display of their mother. While not required, attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert, fruit, or tea sandwiches to share.

Ukulele Lesson - May 12
On Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m., a free ukulele lesson for all ages is offered at the Hampstead Public Library. Daniel Saunders from Let’s Play Music is instructor. In this hands-on, 45-minute workshop, learn basic chord forms and how to play simple songs. Bring a ukulele along if you have one, but instruments are provided.

PowerPoint Class - May 16
The Hampstead Public Library holds a PowerPoint Basics class at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft’s slide presentation software in this hands-on class. Computers are provided. Register in advance at 329-6411 or email circulation@hampstead.lib.nh.us.

Tech Tutoring - May 16
From 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, an open Tech Tutoring session takes place at the Hampstead Public Library. Get help with a smart phone, tablet, or laptop. Receive assistance with questions such as how to download free magazines onto your phone, set up a Facebook account on a tablet, or print pictures from your email. Bring your device, questions, and any applicable account passwords.

Book Club - May 17
The Hampstead Public Library Third Thursday Book Club is reading “The Boston Girl”by Anita Diamant. Copies are available to borrow and the discussion is May 17 at 1 p.m.  Newcomers are welcome at the discussions. Contact jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org for more information.

Family  Matinee - May 19
The May free Family Matinee at the Hampstead Public Library is “Paddington 2.” Show time is Saturday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. The movie is open to all ages. For more information, call 329-6411.

AARP Fraud Fighters - May 30
On Wednesday, May 30 at 2 p.m., a representative from AARP Fraud Fighters will be at the Hampstead Public Library to teach about fraud trends and understanding the strategy and tactics used by con artists. Also, learn about prevention strategies, resources for up-to-date fraud identification, and where to go if you are a victim of fraud. The program is free; register in advance at 329-6411 or jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org.


****************** Ongoing Programs ********************


Music and Movement
Music and Movement class for children ages 1 to 5 with a caregiver is at 10 a.m. every other Tuesday. Children explore songs, dances and instruments. The program is designed to improve gross motor skills and spark creativity while developing mind and body.


Bridge Club
The Hampstead Public Library Bridge Club meets every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m., except holidays. No advance sign-up necessary. Hampstead residency is not required.

Hampstead Seniors
The Hampstead Seniors have a free drop-in center at the Hampstead Public Library on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Come for coffee, food and conversation. Newcomers are welcome. Hampstead residency is not required.

Scrabble Club
The Hampstead Public Library offers a Scrabble® Club at 1 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. One or two games will be provided, or bring your own.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime for infants and children to age 2 with a caregiver occurs Mondays at 11 a.m. at the Hampstead Public Library. This 30-minute interactive session uses rhymes, songs and puppets to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers.

Storytime for 3- to 5-year-olds takes place at the Hampstead Public Library on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., and Fridays at 10 a.m. The librarian reads books, children participate, and then all do a craft. The same book and craft are done on Thursday and Friday; there is a new theme each week. No registration is necessary. There is no Storytime on holidays and school vacations.

Friends of Hampstead Public Library

Casino Fundraiser – May 3, 4
The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library have been chosen again by the Cheers Poker Room & Casino in Salem, NH to receive charity benefits. For the days/nights of Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, the Friends of the Library will receive 35 percent of the casino’s proceeds.

Theatre Ticket Raffle – May 8
On Tuesday, May 8, the Friends of the Library will draw the winner for their last fundraiser raffle of the season. The prize is a voucher for two tickets to see “42nd Street” at the Palace Theatre in Manchester between June 1 and 17. The raffle winner can reserve balcony seats in advance by contacting the theater box office. Raffle tickets are on sale now at the library’s front desk and are $1 for one and $5 for six. You do not have to be present at the drawing to win.
Thrift Shop
The Elaine David Thrift Shop’s hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Located in the Hampstead Public Library basement, the shop is accessible via stairs or elevator and is run by volunteers from the Friends of the Library. A large selection of clothing, shoes, and jewelry for women, men, and children is available. Donations of clean and gently used clothing spring and summer clothing are welcome at this time. All fundraising efforts by the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library help support the library by providing such things as museum passes, electronic items, cultural events, online educational programs, Spring Read giveaway books and Summer Reading programs. 

Friends of Library Coloring Book

The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library announce the availability of a new Hampstead Coloring Book, featuring drawings of town landmarks and scenery, such as the Historic Museum, the Conservation Trails, and Ordway Park. All pages were created by local students and artists, who donated their time ato help the Friends. The book is suitable for children and adults. The coloring book is a fundraiser for the Friends, to help them support the library by providing museum passes, cultural events, online educational programs, and other materials. The coloring book is available for purchase at the Elaine David Thrift Shop in the library basement, and at the Friends of the Library Holiday Shoppe table on the first floor. Other items for sale include a limited edition ball cap made of 100 percent cotton, commemorating the 2017 New Hampshire Library of the Year Award given to the Hampstead Public Library. Canvas tote bags with an illustration of the Storybook Garden, photo cards, and illustrated cards are also available for sale.

Contact: Janet Arden    
Adult Programing & Publicity Coordinator
Hampstead Public Library
9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead
(603) 329-6411
email: jarden@hampsteadlibrary.org
Website: Hampstead Public Library

For more information call : 329-6411.






























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