Hampstead Library Programs & News

Book Sale - Aug. 24 to August 29
The Hampstead Public Library’s annual Book Sale starts Friday, Aug. 24 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 29.  Books, audiobooks, and DVDs are sold starting at 25 cents. All sales are during regular library business hours. The sale lasts three fewer days than in past years.

Holiday Closure - Sept. 3
The Hampstead Public Library is closed on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. Online resources are available 24/7 via the website, www.HampsteadLibrary.org.

Nonfiction Book Club - Sept 4
The Hampstead Public Library’s Nonfiction Book Club meets Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. The group discusses “Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson. Copies of the book are available to borrow with a Hampstead Library card. All are welcome to attend.

Chair Yoga - Sept 4
Chair Yoga is back at the Hampstead Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. Men and women of all ages are welcome to this free class. The teacher is Maggie Grace, a certified instructor from the Yoga Room in Hampstead.

Artists’ Reception - Sept 8
Artist Susan Monty and photographer Thomas Mackey exhibit their work at the Hampstead Public Library from Sept. 1 through the end of October. Monty works in diverse media including colored pencils, acrylics, oils, and mixed media.  On Saturday, Sept. 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m., the artists will attend a reception at the library.

Movie - Sept 12
The Hampstead Public Library’s free monthly matinee is “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. This documentary features the life of children's entertainer Fred Rogers, star of “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.”

Tech Tutoring - Sept. 19
Hampstead Public Library offers a session of Tech Tutoring from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. Get help with your smart phone, tablet, or laptop. Receive assistance with questions such as how to download free magazines, update your e-book app, or start a language learning course. Bring your device and your questions. Those who cannot attend but still need help may call 329-6411 to make an appointment for assistance.

Third Thursday Book Club - Sept 20
In honor of Banned Books Week, the Hampstead Public Library’s Third Thursday Book Club discusses “1984” by George Orwell on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. Newcomers who have read the book are welcome to the discussion.

Ukulele Sing-a-Long for Seniors - Sept 27
All seniors and friends are welcome to a Sing-A-Long with ukuleles at the Hampstead Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m.  Kathi Hanson from Let's Play Music will lead participants through easy ukulele lessons. Instruments are provided. This free event follows the Senior Drop-In Center, which begins at 9 a.m. Light breakfast foods are served.

Library Open House – Sept 29
On Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to visit the Hampstead Public Library and help celebrate the 130th anniversary of its establishment. Children’s book author Marcia Strykowski is celebrating the release of her third novel and will be there as well. Door prizes will be awarded frequently, and all those who visit can be entered to win a piece of Red Sox memorabilia.


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

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.

Starting Sept. 6, Storytime at the Hampstead Public Library is on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 10 a.m. Children listen to stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, and make a craft in this 45-minute class. No registration is necessary.

Music & Movement

Music & Movement for children ages 1 to 5 with a caregiver has a new time at the Hampstead Public Library. It is now held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. The next classes are Sept. 6 and 20. Children explore songs, dances and instruments. The program is designed to engage children and get them excited about music, improve their fine and gross motor skills, and spark their creativity.

Spinners & Knitters
The Spinners & Knitters group meets at the Hampstead Public Library on the first Friday of each month. It is comprised of mainly knitters and spinners who create their own yarn on spinning wheels; however, all needle-workers are welcome to join. No instruction is provided. Before your first time attending, contact Nancy at the library or email nmcmullen@HampsteadLibrary.org.


Friends of Hampstead Public Library

Thrift Shop
The Elaine David Thrift Shop at the Hampstead Public Library is closed from Aug. 38 through Sept. 8 for restocking with fall clothing. It reopens on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Raffle Fundraiser - Sept. 11

The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library have a new raffle basket on display at the library. The basket contains a variety of scratch tickets worth $100, plus playing cards and chocolate bars. The raffle has been donated by the Hampstead Literary Guild, a 14-member book club established in 2001. Raffle tickets are on sale at the library’s front desk. Proceeds benefit the Friends and their support of the library. The winning ticket will be drawn before the Stone Walls program on Sept. 11.

New England Stone Walls - Sept. 11

The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library kick off their Fall 2018 season with the program “Discovering New England Stone Walls” on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Kevin Gardner, author of "The Granite Kiss," explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the New England landscape. During the presentation, Gardner will build a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. This program is funded in part by New Hampshire Humanities.

'Inside Scoop' - Sept 15
The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library host the program “Inside Scoop on Daily News: From In-Front to Behind the Camera” on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. WHDH reporter Steve Cooper, WHDH Remoter Operations staff Phyllis Leocha, and cameraman Tony Leocha share anecdotes of memorable events and will explain how news stories are produced and put on the air.

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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