Hampstead Public Library News

Hampstead Public Library News for January and February 2022

Children and adults can earn badges and rewards for reading if they participate in the Hampstead Public Library’s Winter Read, now through February 28. Register on www.HampsteadLibrary.org. Ask a librarian if you need assistance. Every child who completes at least 10 hours of reading by February 28 will win a book, new bookmark, and packet of cocoa. In addition, kids can earn tickets for each hour read and for doing challenge activities. These tickets can be used to enter for a chance to win more great prizes such as a gift card to Honeydew Donuts, a plush Baby Yoda, LEGO sets, and more. Students get to choose which prizes they want to win. High School students can also use the child/teen challenge, or they can participate in the Adult Winter Read. Adults print a Winter Challenge worksheet from the Library website or get a printed sheet at the Library. For any three challenge tasks an adult completes in one line on their worksheet, they receive a chance to win great prizes including tickets to the April NH Philharmonic Orchestra Stories in Music concert, a gift card to Panera Bread, or The English Muffin, or Starbucks.

Hampstead Public Library Youth Services Librarian, Jennifer MacLeod is seeking students in grade seven and up to join the new Hampstead Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB.) Group members help plan teen events and give suggestions for teen book purchases. This is also a fun way to earn service hours. Sign-up via the Teen Homepage on HampsteadLibrary.org/teens. The first meeting will be via Zoom on Wednesday, January 19.

The Hampstead Public Library is hosting a virtual Downsizing and Decluttering event on Tuesday, January 25 at 6:30 pm. The presenter is from the AARP NH Speakers Bureau. Winter can provide a great opportunity to sort through belongings. The number one thing that impedes people from moving or getting healthcare into their homes is "stuff". This presentation helps participants understand why stuff is important to people. It also tackles practical easy-to-follow downsizing and decluttering tips to get your home, office, or vehicle organized in no time. Tips include being realistic about what we really need, and sorting things into four piles: keep, sell, donate, and trash. Register in advance via the Events Calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org or call 603-329-6411. 

The Hampstead Public Library has virtual Meditation Classes to start off the year right! Join Library associate and meditation instructor, Sue Crump, for enriching virtual meditation sessions. Whether you are a frequent practitioner or have never done meditation before, you are welcome to classes. Benefits of meditation may include reducing stress, controlling anxiety, and improving sleep. To get the Zoom information (including how to phone-in for audio only,) please register in advance via the Events Calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org. Classes are on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm and select Saturday mornings in January and February at 10 am.

The Hampstead Public Library staff is happy to offer Curbside Pickup to any patron who is not able or does not wish to enter the building. Reserve items in advance, and you will be notified when your materials are ready. Call, 603-329-6411 when you arrive or before you leave your house, and let the staff know you would like Curbside Pickup. If you’re not sure what books or movies you want, give us a call or email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org and the staff will help you make a selection.

The Hampstead Public Library has extended the ordering deadline for its Brick Fundraiser. It’s not too late to celebrate yourself, your club, your business, or honor someone you love. Become part of the permanent history of the town and the Public Library. Bricks can be ordered in person at the Library, by mail, or online. More information is in the Building for the Future section found in the center of the homepage on www.HampsteadLibrary.org. Call 603-329-6411 if you have questions. All proceeds benefit the Library’s Pavilion Project.

The Hampstead Public Library now has snowshoes and snow molds available for cardholders to borrow! Winter is upon us, so why not get out and have fun in the snow? The Library can help with that. Borrow our snowshoes and walk around the StoryWalk®. Take them home and walk around your yard or visit the Hampstead Conservation Trails. There are three sizes available. The Library also has snow mold toys available. Make small snow ducks, hearts, snowmen, and penguins with the snow-molds. It’s a fun way to decorate your yard and play with snow! These items can be reserved via the catalog on www.HampsteadLibrary.org or call 603-329-6411 and speak to a librarian. 

The Hampstead Public Library presents New Hampshire Loons, a virtual event on Tuesday, February 15 at 7 pm. For many, the haunting call of the loon is an important part of the New Hampshire lake experience. Often seen as a symbol of the northern wilderness, many lake-goers enjoy watching them as they raise their young. However, the breeding season can be a vulnerable time for loons as they face many threats from nature and humans. This presentation focuses on the biology and life history of loons, the threats they face, and the work that the Loon Preservation Committee has performed since 1975 to help recover NH’s threatened loon population. The presenter is Caroline Hughes from the Preservation Committee. Advance registration is required via the Events Calendar link on www.HampsteadLibrary.org, or call 603-329-6411.

The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library have a raffle basket full of Chocolate Happiness on display at the Library’s front desk. Tickets for this fundraiser are $1 each or $5 for six tickets. The decorative white basket contains a $20 Gift Certificate to My Favorite Chocolate, Dove chocolates, bags of Kisses, Lindt Truffles, Cadbury Crunches, Godiva and Ghirardelli chocolate bars, and more. The drawing is on Tuesday, February 8 at 7 pm during the Friends of the Library business meeting. You do not have to be present to win; however, all those who are interested in the group are welcome to the meeting.

Hampstead Public Library to receive NH State Library ARPA Grant Funding   1-10-22
The Hampstead Public Library is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $57,734 in funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ “Grants to States” program. The grant program is part of the American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 and is being facilitated by the N.H. State Library.

The Hampstead Public Library will use this grant award for redesigning the children’s program area in order to promote early literacy, as well as healthy cognitive, social-emotional, and sensory development. The Library is very grateful to the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library, Granite State Sign, Hampstead Mothers’ Club, Hampstead Civic Club, and Hampstead School District Library Media Specialists Diane Connors and Elizabeth Cameron, who have pledged to partner with the Library on this project. They have generously donated funds, materials, and services.

In the grant application, the Hampstead Public Library detailed that it would meet the current needs of the community by using grant funds to create spaces which will give children the skills and experiences they need to learn and grow. The children’s program room will have sensory toys to promote cognition and self-regulation, skills essential to higher-order thinking and healthy social development. These skills lay the foundation for understanding science and mathematics. The area of the Library that houses the books and media for children will also be rejuvenated to bring the contents and furnishings up to current standard.

In the grant application, the Hampstead Public Library detailed how it would meet the current needs of the community by using grant funds to create spaces which will give children the skills and experiences they need to learn and grow. The children’s program room will have toys and furnishings to promote healthy sensory development and encourage social-emotional learning. The area of the Library that houses the books and media for children will also be rejuvenated to bring the contents and furnishings up to current standard.

“The children's programming room has been closed due to the pandemic,” said Hampstead Public Library Director Rosemary Krol, “When it reopens with all new furnishing, it will be inviting and will encourage play-based learning while offering a safe space for children and families to interact.”

“New Hampshire’s strong relationship with its public libraries was made even more evident during the past two years, when librarians and their staffs were able to adjust services nimbly in order to continue to meet the needs of their communities,” said N.H. State Librarian Michael York. “The innovative programs funded by these grants will continue to strengthen not only public library services, but also the communities in which the libraries reside.”
“As pillars of our communities, libraries and museums bring people together by providing important programs, services and collections. These institutions are trusted spaces where people can learn, explore and grow,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “IMLS is proud to support their initiatives through our grants as they educate and enhance their communities The Hampstead Public Library’s goal is to have the new children’s area completed by the end of June 2022.

Part of the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the N.H. State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit nh.gov/nhsl.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit            www.imls.gov  and follow IMLS  on  Facebook and  Twitter

Hampstead Public Library News for November and December

StoryWalk® Week 2021 takes place from November 15 to November 19. It’s a celebration of fresh air, exercise and books. The Hampstead Public Library is happy to join the merriment with its permanent new StoryWalk® which was installed on the front lawn. The first book on display is BIG DANCE, written and illustrated by Aoife Greenham. We invite you to experience the story at your own pace. Kids and adults are welcome any time! This StoryWalk® Project was funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Edith B. and Robert P. Bass Fund, Manchester Region Community Fund. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

The Hampstead Public Library has a Sweets & Treats Recipe Exchange on Friday, November 19 at 3 pm. Register in advance via the Events Calendar on the library website or call 603-329-6411. Drop-off your favorite dessert recipe in advance at the library’s front desk or email it to jwatt@HampsteadLibrary.org . We’ll make copies to share. The day of the event, you have the option to bring samples of your treat packaged in individual serving baggies for other participants. If you are interested but unable to attend the exchange event, let us know and we’ll save copies of the recipes for you.

Tuesday, November 30 is the National Day of Giving. The Hampstead Public Library celebrates by giving a free book and treat to all patrons who visit that day (while supplies last.) It is the Trustees’ and staff’s way of thanking the community for its continued patronage and support. At 7 pm on Nov 30, there is a free event with Financial Advisor Chris Adams, from Edward Jones in Hampstead. Join Chris for a conversation about Gifting & Charitable Strategies. Chris will also give away his favorite financial strategies book. Register in advance via the Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org or call 603-329-6411. You do not have to be a Hampstead resident to attend.

The Hampstead Public Library is having a Brick Fundraiser. If you have not participated yet, this is a great opportunity to sponsor a brick as a gift, memorialize or honor a loved one, see your family name as a permanent fixture of the future pathway, or promote your business or organization. Any donation you make to the Library, including this fundraiser, is tax-deductible. The proceeds support the Library’s Pavilion Project. The goal is to build a covered pavilion on the Library’s front lawn that will be accessed by the brick pathway. The space will serve all ages and facilitate outdoor meetings and events, such as toddler story time, yoga class, book discussions, senior social gatherings, craft activities, and much more. To order a brick, pick up a form at the Library, or place your order online via www.fundraisingbrick.com/hampstead/ .

There is a New Art Exhibit in the Hampstead Public Library’s second floor meeting room. Come view the paintings of local artist Betty Felenchak now through the end of December. Betty was a long-time resident of Hampstead who began painting seven years ago. Her exhibit includes still-life, landscapes, sports heroes, and wildlife.

For Thanksgiving weekend the Hampstead Public Library closes at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 24, and is closed for the remainder of the weekend. It reopens at 9 am on Monday, November 29. Be sure to stock-up on books, movies, magazines, and museum passes by Wednesday afternoon. All online services are always available. That includes downloadable e-books, audiobooks, music and videos, plus databases and online education programs. You can also download magazines, and read Consumer Reports and the Wall Street Journal online. If you need help accessing these services, ask a librarian during Library business hours.

The Hampstead Public Library has a Polar Express event for families planned on Saturday, December 4 with sessions at 9:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. You can come in pajamas to watch the Polar Express movie, and make a Santa craft. Participants bring home an ornament and a treat. Advance registration is required via the Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org or call 603-329-6411. 

Come learn how to make the most of your phone’s camera in a Cell Phone Photography Class at the Hampstead Public Library on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 pm. Learn ways to capture stunning photographs on your phone with photographer Eva McDermott. The class will cover smartphone camera features, creative techniques, composition, and light. Advance registration is required via the Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org or call 603-329-6411.  The class takes place at the Library, but space is limited.

The Hampstead Public Library adds new items to its collection nearly every week. That includes bestsellers, books by favorite authors, and books by new authors. Customers find new nonfiction, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, and more. There are also new books for children of all ages, and new books young adult readers. And that’s not all! The Library adds movies on DVD as they become available, and books on CDs. The collection of “Tools & Toys” occasionally grows with new STEM kits for children and tech-tools for adults. Browse the New Books shelves at the Library and find your next great read. Can’t find what you want? Ask a librarian for recommendations. They’ll guide you further into the library’s collection, request the book from another library, or perhaps purchase the book you request. If you don’t have a Hampstead Public Library card, visit and sign-up. All those who live, work, or attend school in Hampstead are entitle to a free card.


The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library have a raffle basket on display near the library’s front desk. The theme is “Focus on You,” and the basket contains items to help enrich your life and help with relaxation, reflection, and organization. Items included: planners, notecards, desk tools, aromatherapy, a book with tips on how to relax, a Lily Pulitzer 17-month agenda book, and much more. The basket is valued at $200. Tickets are on sale at the front desk and are $1 each or six for $5. The raffle drawing is on December 14.

The Elaine David Thrift Shop at the Library is getting ready for the holidays with clothing and decor. They add new items to the shelves every week. The Shop is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. They have Pop-Up Sales on a regular basis! In November they have a $1 sale of slacks for men and women, and 50% off children’s clothes. You never know what incredible bargains you'll find! Donations of new and gently used clothing for men, women and children is gratefully accepted. Please drop-off donations when the Library is open.

Hampstead Public Library News for February thru March 2021

Welcome to 2021!

Although the Hampstead Public Library building is not open for in-person browsing right now, the Library staff continues to serve customers via curbside services (contactless pick up of borrowed materials, assistance with printing/faxing/scanning, take & make crafts, etc.) There are also many online downloadable materials, plus research and educational resources that are available 24/7 via our website. We are closely monitoring the community health crisis, and will adjust services when we can. In the meantime, please know that your librarians are here to help connect you to books and media. If you need help making selections, please contact us at 603-329-6411 or email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org. 

Online Storytime for toddlers has moved to Monday mornings at 10 am. Families can join Miss Jenn on Facebook Live where she’ll share stories and a song or two. Each video is also available on the Library’s Facebook page for one week after the live event. There is no live Storytime on holidays.

Weekly online Meditation Class has been extended through the end of March. Make time for self-care with this 30-minute class on Zoom, Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can reduce negative emotions, build skills to manage stress, improve rest and relaxation, and increase patience and tolerance. Join us for these classes taught by library assistant and certified meditation instructor, Sue Crump. You do not have to be a Hampstead resident to attend. Register via the Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org.

There are several take-home craft and activity kits planned for children, teens, and adults. Please please refer to HampsteadLibrary.org for more details.

Join the Great Hampstead Snowman Hunt 2021; all ages are welcome. The Hampstead Public Library is distributing large snowman coloring sheets starting Wednesday, February 17. Color, personalize, and hang your snowperson in your window or on your door. Display it through February 28. Take a family drive around town to find other snowmen. If you email your street name to youthservices@HampsteadLibrary.org, the librarian will compile a list of streets and post it on social media February 22. The list can also be emailed upon request. Adults without kids can participate too. Look for the rolled coloring sheets at the Library’s Curbside Pickup table starting February 17. Businesses in Hampstead are also welcome to participate, please email youthservices@HampsteadLibrary.org for more information. 

Live Zoom Events: On Thursday, February 18 at 7 pm, Hampstead angler Rick Little takes us on a virtual “Adventure Trip to Yellowstone & Big Sky Country.” Through the magic of Zoom and Rick's photos, discover the beauty of Yellowstone National Park and see highlights of the wildlife, geo-thermal features, and spectacular scenery of this national treasure. We’ll also explore some of the beautiful rivers, mountains, and historical sites in surrounding areas of Montana and Wyoming, and discover why they call it “Big Sky Country.” Rick Little is owner of Shadcreek Flies. He is an avid fisherman, who also makes flies. He teaches classes, and gives presentations for libraries and other organizations. Please sign up for this event via the Library Events Calendar or call 603-329-6411.

On Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30 pm, take a fun journey through Boston Red Sox history with Martin Gitlin the author of The Ultimate Boston Red Sox Time Machine Book. This Zoom presentation features videos and photographs of the greatest and most fascinating players, teams, events, and moments in franchise history. It also includes trivia questions for participants to ponder and covers Sox history from the Royal Rooters, who launched Red Sox Nation, all the way to the four World Series championships and beyond. It will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Please register in advance via the Library website


The Hampstead Public Library is pleased to offer a new online educational resource for its cardholders. Brainfuse HelpNow is a unique tutoring, homework help, and studying suite designed to assist patrons of all ages succeed. In addition to live tutoring, students in kindergarten through college can access a writing lab, skill-building tools, “send question” services, collaborative learning, and academic and standardized test prep. This includes college entrance test prep assistance (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, TEAS/HESI, etc.) With Brainfuse, adults have career resources, resume writing assistance, Microsoft Office help, live tutoring, and more. Other tools include eParachute where you can discover the college majors and careers that match your skills and interests, and FAFSA Live Help filling out your application. Library cardholders can access all this by computer, tablet, or smart phone. Look for Brainfuse in the Learn and Research (eResource) sections of HampsteadLibrary.org, or ask a librarian.

Hampstead Public Library cardholders can now also get free and easy access to Consumer Reports online. This fully interactive website, companion to the Consumer Reports magazine, includes articles, product reviews and buying guides. Now instead of a paid Consumer Reports membership, all you need is your library card! Before making a big purchase, use this reliable resource for ratings and recommendations. Visit hampsteadlibrary.org/digital-magazines-newspapers to learn more.

If you are interested in genealogy and researching family history, now through March 2021 you can use Ancestry.com for free in-home research. Go to the Library’s catalog; click “My Account” in the upper right corner of HampsteadLibrary.org. Find “Ancestry Library Edition” in the Links box on the right of the catalog homepage. Once in Ancestry.com, search billions of records and discover your family’s story. If you need assistance, please call the Library 603-329-6411 or email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org.

Want to know about all the new materials being added to the Hampstead Public Library catalog each week? Interested in certain book genres and looking for ideas for your next read? Subscribe to Library Newsletters and have the information delivered directly to your email inbox. Go to HampsteadLibrary.org and click on the “Sign up for our Newsletter!” bar at the bottom of the page to see our selection of newsletters.

Don’t have a current Hampstead Public Library card? Call 603-329-6411 or email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org. Everyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Hampstead is eligible for a free card. Non-residents can also choose to pay for a card.

Hampstead Public Library December News

Due to rising cases of COVID-19 in our community and with Rockingham County at a positivity rate over 5%, the Hampstead Public Library is temporarily suspending in-person browsing appointments for the two-week period after Thanksgiving, through December 12.

The Library’s Pandemic Policy strives to balance the needs of the community with the safety of the staff and our patrons. Assessment of the situation will be ongoing and as it changes, we will reevaluate the level of in-person services which can be offered.

Please reserve materials online for Curbside Pickup, or call the Library (603-329-6411) to get help choosing your items. The Librarians are always happy to email (circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org) or chat with you to help you find books you’ll love. You can also fill out a “Tailored for You” personalized book-match questionnaire paper which is available on the curbside table, or online via https://hampsteadlibrary.org/what-do-i-read-next. Curbside Pickup services are available six days a week from 9 - 4 pm on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, from 9 - 7 pm on Tuesday/Thursday, and from 9 - 1 pm on Saturday, except during holiday closures. 

Online resources are available 24/7. Visit www.HampsteadLibrary.org for a complete list of free digital download services for magazines, books, movies, music, and video. Plus, you’ll find fun educational resources such as Heritage Quest, Transparent Language, Creativebug, and Universal Class.

For adult and family entertainment, the Hampstead Public Library shares an online theatrical event during the month of December. Starting December 7, a link to a video of the Pontine Theatre’s A White Heron will be available on the Library website Events Calendar. If you have never seen a Pontine Theatre production, now is your chance to enjoy one for free! Join Pontine Co-Artistic Directors, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews, as they share their original staging of Sarah Orne Jewett’s beloved story A White Heron.  Jewett (1849-1909) was an American writer born into an old New England family in the coastal town of South Berwick, Maine. Drawing from her native region, she is admired for her stories celebrating small town life set on the Maine seacoast. Pontine brings Jewett’s story to life through storytelling, toy theatre figures, shadow puppetry and rolling panoramas. It is quite a thing to behold and is suitable for all ages. You can watch A White Heron at your convenience anytime between December 7 and New Year’s Day.  The video includes a behind-the-scenes look at the production with Greg and Marguerite.


Hampstead Public Library Fall 2020

The Hampstead Public Library offers cardholders Browsing Appointments 6 days a week, Mondays through Saturdays. Visit www.HampsteadLibrary.org or call 603-329-6411 to book an appointment to peruse the shelves and select items to borrow.

Curbside Pickup service is also offered six days a week. Cardholders reserve books, movies, and other materials online via the Library catalog, or call for assistance. You will be notified when your items are ready for pickup.

The Hampstead Public Library now offers cardholders the opportunity to schedule thirty-minute Computer Appointments to use a device inside the building. Patrons should use the Browsing Appointment calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org or call 603-329-6411 to schedule a time. Laptops can also be borrowed and used outside on Library property, accessing Library WiFi.

Outdoor Storytime sessions continue on Wednesdays at 1 pm and Fridays at 10:30 am, as long at the temperature is at least 40° and it is not raining. There is a new theme each week. Bundle up, grab a blanket, and join us for stories, songs, and Take & Make crafts. Should the Library need to make any last-minute Storytime changes, an announcement will be made on their Facebook page.

Chair Yoga class for adults is on Tuesday, November 10 at 12 noon. Practice stretching, strengthening, and calm breathing exercises with instructor Maggie Grace. Register in advance via the Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org. This helps staff contact you should the event location or time change. If the weather is fine, the event will be outside.

 The Library is closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. There are no Curbside Pickup nor Browsing Appointment services that day. Plan ahead to fill your book, movie, and museum pass needs in advance. Online resources such as downloadable books, magazines, music, TV, and movies, plus use of online classes and databases are available 24/7.

Family Histories & Mysteries, a live Zoom genealogy event, is on Saturday, November 14 at 10 am. Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have a family mystery? Is this something you tend to think about around the holidays when you may be seeing extended family? Learn about resources and research strategies with librarian/author Erin E. Moulton. Erin lays the foundation you need to organize your research and locate resources that produce better results. Please register in advance via the Events Calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org. Erin holds a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University and has 12 years of experience tracking down answers to interesting questions as a reference librarian.

The Third Thursday Book Club discusses The Marriage of Opposites, a novel based on the life of Rachel Pizzarro by Alice Hoffman on November 19 at 1 pm.  Please call the Library if you would like to borrow a copy of the book. The Marriage of Opposites is set on the island of St. Thomas in the 1800s. It’s about the extraordinary woman, Rachel, who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro-the Father of Impressionism.

The Hampstead Public Library Nonfiction Book Club is reading Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep, and will discuss it on Tuesday, December 1 at 1 pm. Books are available to borrow. Call the Library if you wish to reserve a copy to get during Curbside Pickup hours. In Furious Hours, Cep masterfully brings together the tales of a serial killer in 1970s Alabama and of Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, who tried to write his story. If you are interested in participating in the discussion, please also register in advance via the Events Calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org.

Hampstead Public Library News October 2020

The Hampstead Public Library staff and Trustees are pleased to announce the addition of two new employees. Sue Crump started as a Library Assistant during the summer and has quickly transitioned into front desk work and various other duties. She is a long time Hampstead resident and has recently achieved her Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Certification. Sue teaches Wednesday evening Zoom Meditation Classes for the Library. Check the Events Calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org for more details and the schedule.

In September, Jenn MacLeod became the new Youth Services Librarian. She comes to Hampstead with several years of experience, having been the Youth Services Librarian in Gilmanton where her achievements included programming and collection development for children and young adults. Jenn has a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University focusing on Family History Research and English with a concentration in Child Development. She begins work on her Master of Library Science degree in early 2021. Jenn is full of energy and enjoys creating programs, interacting with children and parents, and finding the best new books for children of all ages.

The Hampstead Public Library continues to increase services for the community. The number of Browsing Appointments have been doubled to accommodate more visitors each day, now including Fridays. Call or visit the Library website to book your appointment to peruse the shelves and select items you wish to borrow.

Curbside Pickup service continues to be offered six days a week.
Outdoor Storytime for preschool children is on Wednesday October 7 at 1 pm, weather permitting. Grab a blanket and come join us on the Library lawn for fun goat-themed stories, get to know Jenn, and leave with a take-home craft. There will be a special guest goat – yes, a real live baby goat -- at this Storytime. There are also Outdoor Storytime sessions planned for October 14 and 21 at 1 pm. In the event of inclement weather, check the Library’s Facebook page for updates.

The Library is closed on Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day.

Therefore, there are no Curbside Pickup nor Browsing Appointment services that day. Online resources such as downloadable books, magazines, music, TV, and movies, plus use of online classes and databases are available 24/7 with your computer, tablet, or phone. Visit www.HampsteadLibrary.org for further information.
The Library has an Outdoor Chair Yoga class on Tuesday, October 13 at 12 noon. Come practice stretching, strengthening, and calm breathing exercises with instructor Maggie Grace. Register in advance via the Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org. This helps staff determine how many chairs to set up, and also how to contact you should the event location or time change.  

Pumpkin Painting for children in grades K through 8 takes place on Monday, October 19, starting at 3:45 pm. Advance registration is required, via the Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org or call 329-6411. Come after school time, choose a pumpkin to paint, and hang out on the Library lawn while you get creative. You also have the option to take the supplies and paint at home. We request that those who come to events on the Library lawn kindly wear masks and maintain appropriate social distance from other families. Miss Jenn looks forward to seeing you!

The Hampstead Public Library offers a free 4-part live Zoom Photography Class on Monday evenings at 7 pm on October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 9. Advance registration is required. This class series is designed to help photographers build confidence and skills using Digital-SLR or advanced mirrorless cameras. Each hands-on session is 1-hour long. Week 1 starts with getting to know your camera, plus using and controlling various settings. In week 2, learn rules of composition, breaking those rules, visual design and more. In week 3, discover how to master the quality of light and filters. Week 4 explores processing resources and how to present your work. This course is taught by local photographer Eva McDermott (www.evamcdermottphotography.com.) Please sign up in advance via the Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org. Registrants are sent the Zoom meeting information in the week prior to the first class. If you have questions or concerns, please email Janet, jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org.

Hampstead Public Library Youth Services Librian Leaving    6-17-20

The Hampstead Public Library staff is sad to announce that Youth Services Librarian Devin Van Curen is leaving. She is going to pursue her dreams in Texas, where she will be teaching religion classes. After over four years with the Library, her last day is Friday, July 31st.

“Careers take you down many different paths,” said Library Director Rosemary Krol. “We are all thankful for the time Devin’s path was with us at the Hampstead Library. We congratulate her on her new job and wish her the best.”
Devin has especially enjoyed Mother Goose and Toddler Storytimes, as well as special events with middle school kids, like Star Wars parties. “I’ve enjoyed my time in Hampstead. It’s such a wonderful community,” said Devin. “I hope the children keep reading, keep learning, and keep exploring.”

If you would like to wish Miss Devin well, please feel free to email her at dvancuren@HampsteadLibrary.org. The public is also invited to drive through the Library parking lot between 11 am and 12 pm on Friday, July 31st, to wave and beep for Devin. She’ll have a place out in front of the building where she will be delighted to see everyone.

Curbside Pickup hours at the Hampstead Public Library have increased again! Now cardholders can get their materials 6 days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 7 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm. Reserve materials in advance, and you will be notified when they are available. For assistance, call 603-329-6411 or email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org. Barring any setbacks, the Trustees and staff hope to open the Library building to the public, by appointment, during the first week of August. More details are coming soon.

The Children’s Summer Reading program continues. Week Seven starts July 26 and participants explore Stories of Europe. Create your own knight’s coat of arms, make a stained “glass” picture, build a troll trap, and learn about the Brothers Grimm.

In the July 29th Zoom sessions, students in K through 4 hear fairy tales from around Germany at 1 pm.  Then at 3 pm, middle school students learn about the gruesome versions of favorite fairy tales and tales they have never heard before. Please register in advance.

Craft and activity packets for the remaining Summer Reading weeks are available to be picked up during Curbside Pickup hours. If you need any packets from earlier weeks, please call the Library and it will be reserved for you. Participants are encouraged to record their beads/reading time via their Padlet page. The more you read, the more chances you get to win prizes. Kids can also choose to share pictures of their crafts and activities with Miss Devin. If you have any questions, email dvancuren@HampsteadLibrary.org.

On Wednesday, August 5th at 7 pm, adults are invited to a Summer Reading Roundup, Zoom Book Discussion. Join librarians and tell us about the books you have read this summer which you have enjoyed. Learn about books coming out in August and the fall that you can look forward to. Please register in advance for this event via the calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org. Adult Summer Reading Program participants receive five chances for the prize raffle drawing by partaking in this event. Email jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org if you have questions.

Hampstead Public Library Curbside Pickup Begins    6-5-20

The Hampstead Public Library Curbside Pickup service begins on June 9th, and continues with Tuesdays and Thursdays as the designated Pickup days. Library users reserve their selections in advance via the catalog on www.HampsteadLibrary.org. If they need assistance (or a valid library card,) they can email circulation@hampsteadlibrary.org or call 603-329-6411. A librarian contacts customers when their reserves are ready, and gives them pickup procedure instructions. Pickup hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am to 1 pm, as well as 4 to 7 pm. More details and answers to frequently asked questions are on www.HampsteadLibrary.org.  All plans are subject to change, should the situation alter.

Families can now register for the Children’s Summer Reading Program via the Kids and Teens pages on the Library’s website. Summer Reading packets are available during Curbside Pickup hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first packet includes crafts and activities for weeks 1 through 3. There are also necklaces and reading logs available. There is a different theme each week, starting with Mythical Creatures Week. After registering, families are emailed instructions for how to access creative and STEM activities, how to join Zoom chats with Miss Devin, and how to record the children’s reading progress. Those who report minutes are entered into an end-of-summer prize raffle!

The first summer Zoom Chats for children are on Wednesday, June 17th, and the subject is “5 Mythical Creatures.” Miss Devin gives a lesson about five different creatures from around the world. Elementary school students can register for an 11 am or 1 pm meeting. The Middle School Zoom session is at 3 pm. All students are welcome to hang out with Devin and learn about cool creatures.
Starting the week of June 15th, Virtual Storytime is once a week. It is posted on the Library’s Facebook page on Monday mornings. Subsequently, videos can also be found in the Kids section of the Library’s website.

There is still time to register for the Zoom Ukulele Workshop which is on Tuesday, June 16th at 7 pm. An instructor from Let's Play Music and Make Art leads participants in a 45-minute class. Grab your ukulele and learn more of the tools you need to dazzle your friends, family, and yourself with your musical talent. Please register in advance, via the link on the Library’s website calendar.

The Library’s Third Thursday Book Club has a video chat meeting scheduled for June 18th at 1 pm. The topic of discussion is books they have been reading. All are welcome to attend. If you do not get an email invitation with the access link but would like to join the discussion, contact jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org.

Are you playing Library BINGO? Game boards can be found on https://hampsteadlibrary.org. Do fun things such as “take a walk” or “download music with Hoopla” and mark the squares on the board. If you complete a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) or the four corner squares, you earn one chance to win a prize. If you complete the whole Bingo board, you get five chances to win. All “chance tickets” go into a raffle, and the winners get a gift certificate to Moo’s Place Homemade Ice Cream. You have until July 1, 2020 to play; email or mail your Bingo board to the Library. Prize winners are notified by mid-July.

Hampstead Public Library Will Reopen in Phases    5-5-20

In recent days, the number one question asked of Hampstead Public Library staff is “When will you open?” The Library continues to follow the state guidelines and comply with Governor Sununu’s Stay at Home Order. Therefore, the building remains closed to the public at this time.

“Your Library team is hard at work providing you with online resources, reference help, and virtual programming,” said Director Rosemary Krol. “They are also working on a plan to reopen the library building, and it will go into effect when the Stay at Home Order is lifted.”

The Library Trustees approved of Director Rosemary Krol's Phased Plan for Increased Services although there is no timeline for moving to the next phase., that will be based on the current COVID-19 circumstances and State guidelines. If and when the library reopens to the public if patrons don't adhere to the rules and guidelines the library may have to step back a phase.      

We are starting Phase 1 on June 1st. Patrons can return materials currently checked out - this is expected to last a week.      

  Phase 2 is zero contact curbside delivery of materials with pick-updays Tuesday and Thursday and the staff divided into two teams. This phase may last for sometime.Much like other businesses, patrons will pick up items outside the building when they are ready.   

     Phase 3 would be access to the building by appointment only - but Krol indicated that Phases 3,4, and 5 have no specific details worked out as yet. The thinking is Phase 3 is dependent upon the State Guidelines and the Governor's decisions. 

The Trustees accepted the Phased Plan for Increased Services.

“Our main concern when starting in-person services is the safety of our patrons and of the Library team. We will do whatever is needed to ensure that the plan takes that into consideration first and foremost,” said Krol.

Many guidelines need to be met before phase three, when patrons are allowed back in the building. Social distancing is important to the new arrangements. The staff is also working to secure PPE (personal protective equipment) and appropriate cleaning materials, all of which are in short supply. The goal is to have enough of these items on hand, so that once opened, the Library can continue with uninterrupted service. At the start of phase three, it is likely the open-hours will be different and there will be a limited number of people allowed inside at a time.
The staff strives to safely provide patrons with the services they need. That includes a Summer Reading program based on a virtual model with take-home activities. No events will take place in the building over the summer. Hopefully, the Library can return to indoor programs in the fall, when large groups may be permitted to gather.

“We continue to monitor the situation, adjust procedures when guidelines change, and always keep the safety of the public and Library team paramount in our plans,” said Krol. “We’ll provide the community with more detailed information about the phased reopening as we get closer to implementation.”

In the meantime, the Hampstead Library team has been working hard on a new website. The project began last fall and it is now complete! The goal is to provide visitors with a more user-friendly visually-pleasing experience. The homepage highlights services and programs, and provides easy drop-down menus for finding things to borrow, download, and learn. Please go to www.HampsteadLibrary.org and explore the new website (goes live May 14.) Comments, questions, and requests for assistance are welcome, and may be sent to circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org .

The Trustees approved the Hampstead Public Library Pandemic Policy and reviewed the Hampstead Public Library Employee COVID-19 Illness Policy, reading it into the record and they will approve this at their June meeting.   

Closed for Now    4-6-20

In keeping with the advice of the American, the New England, and the New Hampshire Library Associations, as well as the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, the Hampstead Public Library will remain closed to the public. Thus, April and early May meetings and events are cancelled. As for items checked-out, patrons should keep the materials for now, because the book drop is closed. No late fees will be generated during this time. Please consider following the Library on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HampsteadNHLibrary) for more news.

Virtual Storytime
Hampstead Public Library Youth Services Librarian Devin has been recording Storytime and releasing the videos on Facebook three times a week. In addition, links to the videos can also be found on the Ongoing Kids’ Programs page (Kids Homepage) on www.HampsteadLibrary.org.  Children and parents who miss the classes at the Library can now see Miss Devin online!

Virtual Peeps Diorama Contest
For the Second Annual Peeps Diorama Contest, the Hampstead Public Library is going virtual! Participants are invited to submit pictures of their creation via email to dvancuren@HampsteadLibrary.org. Rules and details are available on www.HampsteadLibrary.org, as well as in a Facebook Event on the Library’s page. If you wish to participate but don’t have access to Peeps, we will accept a picture or drawing of a Peep in the diorama. Get creative Hampstead! Show us the Peepy world you can make with the materials you have at home! A link to online voting will be released later in April, so that people can vote for their favorites.

Download Books
The NH Downloadable Books Consortium has added hundreds of titles in recent weeks. There are ebooks and audiobooks for children and adults. They can be accessed via computer, tablet or phone with Overdrive and the Libby app. Now Overdrive’s new Deliver Later feature can help you manage your reserves better. For example, if you’re not ready for a book when it becomes available, choose the Deliver Later option. The title will go to the next waiting patron, but you won’t lose your place in line. When you pick Deliver Later, you’ll choose the earliest date you’d like to receive the title. Need help with downloading books or have questions about this new feature, email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org.

Get a Library Card
If you live or work in Hampstead and don’t have a library card or you need to renew your card, then email circulation@HampsteadLibrary.org or call 603/329-6411 and leave a message to find out how to accomplish this. The Library staff can remotely activate and renew library cards. The library card will get you free access to digital downloads and other online services. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email, phone, or Facebook message your librarians.              

Museum Passes
At the time this article is being written, all museums, for which the Hampstead Public Library has passes, are currently closed with the exception of America’s Stonehenge. The Hampstead Public Library can now offer email delivery of the pass to cardholders. Use the Library’s Tixkeeper system (access via www.HampsteadLibrary.org) and try to make your pass reservation a few days in advance.

Allow up to 48-hours (although turnaround-time may be considerably less) to receive an email with your dated pass. Please check the America’s Stonehenge website ( www.stonehengeusa.com) before you go, as their open status is subject to change. Questions about museum passes may be directed to jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org .

Friends of the Hampstead Public Library
The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library have cancelled all their regular monthly programs through the summer, including the Potluck Supper. They hope to open their 2020/2021 season in September, with a visit from television personality/journalist Ted Reinstein.
            Following the Stay at Home Order, the Elaine David Thrift Shop at the Library is closed for the time being. They hope to reopen this summer with a fresh selection of summer clothing and accessories.  No donations are being accepted at this time.


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

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