Hampstead Library Programs & News


Book Sale - Aug. 25-Sept. 2
The Hampstead Public Library’s annual Book Sale starts with a pre-sale for library cardholders on Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26. The sale opens to the public on Monday, Aug. 28 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 2. Books, audiobooks, and DVDs are sold at low prices during regular library business hours. Check for hours and directions.

Holiday Closure - Sept. 4
The Hampstead Public Library is closed Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day.

Nonfiction Book Club - Sept. 5
The Hampstead Public Library’s Nonfiction Book Club discusses “The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson on Sept. 5 at 1 pm. Newcomers are welcome. Books can be borrowed from the library. Contact: 329-6411.

Chair Yoga - Sept. 5
A free chair Yoga class takes place at the Hampstead Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. Maggie Grace from the Yoga Room in Hampstead leads this class for men and women. Contact:

Scrabble Club - Sept. 7
The Hampstead Public Library starts a new Scrabble® Club on Sept. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. One or two games will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own game. The club continues on the first Thursday of each month at the same time. Contact: 329-6411.

Mock S.A.T. - Sept. 9
The Hampstead Public Library offers a free Mock S.A.T. for high school students on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Advance registration is required at 329-6411. Hampstead residency is not necessary. The test is recommended for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want tips and practice, and is administered and scored by Sylvan Learning. It offers timed sections in mathematics, critical reading, and writing.

Toddler Music - Sept. 12
A Music and Movement class for children ages 1 to 5 with a caregiver is offered at the Hampstead Public Library every other Tuesday at 10 a.m., starting Sept. 12. Children explore songs, dances and instruments. The program is designed to improve gross motor skills and spark creativity while developing mind and body. Contact:

Remembering 9/11 - Sept. 12
The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library present “Remembering 9/11” on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the library. When two hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center, Barry Mawn was the assistant director of the FBI's New York City bureau. Mawn will relate his experiences of that day. He wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for the firefighters who saved him several times on Sept. 11, 2001. Seating is limited. The program is free.

Movie Day - Sept. 13
Movie Day at the Hampstead Public Library is Wednesday, Sept. 13 with a screening of “Beauty and the Beast” (2017) at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. The movie is free. Contact: 329-6411.

Marine Mammal Rescue – Sept. 16
The Marine Mammal Rescue Program of the Seacoast Science Center will bring the first ever Saturday Friends of the Library program to the Hampstead library on Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. They will explain what to do if you encounter a seal washed up on shore, and will discuss the other animals that live in the intertidal zone. Learn how to adopt a seal and help save the seals along the coast. The Seacoast Science Center is a non-profit educational organization based in Odiorne Point State Park. The Marine Mammal Rescue Program started in 2014 to protect all marine mammals that haul out or strand on New Hampshire's coast, and offers a hotline for reporting stranded animals at 997-9448. The program is free and children are welcome to participate in a mock rescue.

Living History - Sept. 20
Author Cynthia Neale presents a living history program, “The Irish Dresser,” at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.  Neale will discuss her new book “The Irish Milliner,” as well as her writing process.

Book Club - Sept. 21
The Hampstead Public Library’s Third Thursday Book Group discusses “All the Light We Cannot See”by Anthony Doerr on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. Books are available to borrow, and newcomers are welcome to the meeting. Contact:

Family Movie - Sept. 23
The Hampstead Public Library shows a Family Matinee on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. The free featured film is “Captain Underpants.” Contact: 329-6411.

Retirement Planning - Sept. 26
The Society for Financial Awareness presents a free Advanced Retirement Planning Strategies workshop at the Hampstead Public Library on Sept. 26. Register in advance for one of two sessions, at 2 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Learn about estate planning, power of attorney, Social Security and annuities. Call 329-6411 to register.

Excel Class - Sept. 27
The Hampstead Public Library offers a free Microsoft Excel user class at 2 p.m. Sept. 27. Learn about use of borders, cell styles, pictures, charts and icons. Advance registration is required at 329-6411 or

Ukulele Lesson - Sept. 30
Come to the Hampstead Public Library at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 for a free ukulele lesson. Daniel from Let’s Play Music is the instructor. Instruments will be provided.

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. At the sessions, the librarian reads books, children participate, and then all do a craft. The same book and craft are in both sessions; there is a new theme each week. No registration is necessary. Contact: 329-6411.

Mother Goose on the Loose
Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime for infants and children to age 2, with a caregiver, takes place 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. Contact: 329-6411.

Artists Wanted
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 for further information.


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

Friends of Hampstead Public Library


Friends of the Hampstead Public Library
September is Membership Month for the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library. Members are welcome to join at any time, but the Friends' year begins in September. Dues are $5 a year for an individual. The Friends also offer a business membership at $25 a year and a corporate membership for $100 a year. Dues are used by the Friends to support the library in ways that aren't covered in the town budget. Membership does not require anything, but volunteer opportunities are available at the Elaine David Thrift Shop and at the annual Bake Sale. A brochure and membership application form are available at the library.

Thrift Shop Reopens – Sept. 19
Volunteers have finished the seasonal clothing switch at the Elaine David Thrift Shop at the Hampstead Public Library, and it reopens Tuesday, Sept. 19 with fall and winter clothing. Clothing donations are welcome at the Hampstead Public Library during regular open hours. No spring or summer clothing can be accepted. All profits from the thrift shop are used by the Friends of the Library to support the library. The Friends have funded activities of the Summer Reading Program for years and buy many of the books that are distributed free for the Spring Read. They also bring free monthly programs eight times a year and are adding four daytime programs this year. The telescope that is available for borrowing was purchased by the Friends as well, along with the AED (automated external defibrillator) and related staff training.

Bag Sale
The Hannaford grocery store in East Hampstead is selling two-tone blue karma shopping bags in September to support the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library. The reusable bags have inside loops to hold bottles or big jars or cans upright and sell for $2.29. Hannaford donates $1 for every bag sold to the Friends of the Library.

Raffle Basket
This year the first monthly basket raffle from the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library will be on display on the front desk of the library by the second full week of August. Thanks to donations from Neil Reardon, Esq., Hampstead's Moderator; State Farm Insurance of Hampstead; and AlphaGraphics of Manchester, this basket is geared to the commuter. The “Commuter Pack” basket holds the latest Amazon Fire, an 8-inch tablet with Alexa and 16GB of memory, along with a black tablet case that can be converted to a stand. Also included are an 8GB flash drive, ear buds with a microphone that can be used for hands-free phone use in the car, commuter bag with strap, padded portfolio, maglite flashlight, cell phone holder, stylus pen, thank you note cards and a mouse pad with wrist support, in addition to a stainless steel travel mug and two $10 gift cards for Dunkin' Donuts. Purchase raffle tickets at the front desk of the library at $1 each or six for $5.  The winning ticket will be drawn just before the first Friends program of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the library. All proceeds from raffle basket ticket sales are used by the Friends of the Library to support and enhance the Hampstead Public Library






Contact: Janet Eagleson    
Secretary, Friends of the Hampstead Public Library
Hampstead Public Library
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