Hampstead Library Programs & News

Family Movie - Jan. 3
On Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m., the Hampstead Cub Scouts host Drive-In Movie Night at the Hampstead Public Library. The featured film is “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” Children can bring a box to be their “car,” and may decorate it in advance if they wish. Light refreshments will be available, but feel free to bring your own. You do not have to be a scout to attend.

Nonfiction Book Club - Jan. 8
The Hampstead Public Library’s Nonfiction Book Club discusses “The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters” by Rose George on Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. Copies of the book are available to borrow.

Chair Yoga - Jan. 8
Work on flexibility, fitness and relaxation in the free Chair Yoga class at the Hampstead Public Library on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. Maggie Grace from the Yoga Room teaches this class for men, women, and teens. Participants work at their own pace.

Free Movie - Jan. 9
On Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m., the Hampstead Public Library shows the free movie “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.”

Slime Time - Jan. 9
It’s Slime Time at the Hampstead Public Library. Middle school students are invited to make color-changing slime, diaper slime, and other gooey fun on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Learn a bit about the science behind slime. Register in advance via the Library’s Upcoming Events calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org.

Valentines for Soldiers - Jan. 10
Now is the time to make Valentine cards for soldiers. Visit the Hampstead Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 10 between 1 and 4:30 p.m. for a Card-Making Crafternoon, using materials the library provides. This event marks the last day the Hampstead Public Library is collecting Valentine cards for the Pease Greeters to send to troops serving overseas. The Pease Greeters will give all participants a star that was part of a retired American flag.

Good Fortune Tea - Jan. 11
A Good Fortune Tea takes place Friday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library. The guest speaker is Roxie Zwicker, a tea leaf reader, story teller, and owner of New England Curiosities in Portsmouth. She is also the author of several books, including “New Hampshire Book of the Dead: Graveyard Legends and Lore.” One attendee will win her book. Register in advance by calling the library at 329-6411, emailing jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org, or visiting the library website’s Upcoming Events calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org and click on Community Tea for further instructions.

Saturday Storytime - Jan. 12
The first Family Saturday Storytime of the new year at the Hampstead Public Library is Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. The theme is snow. Children listen to wintery stories, sing songs, and do a craft. Register in advance via the library’s Upcoming Events calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org .

MS Word Class - Jan. 16
The Hampstead Public Library offers a Beginner’s Microsoft Word Class on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. Class space is limited. Register in advance by calling 329-6411.

Tech Tutoring - Jan. 16
The Hampstead Public Library’s open Tech Tutoring session takes place Wednesday, Jan. 16 between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Bring your device and any applicable passwords.

Kindermusik - Jan. 17
On Thursday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m., the Hampstead Public Library holds a Kindermusik class for children from infant to age 5 with a caregiver. Staff from Let’s Play Music in Derry lead this class, which focuses on total development of the child. Singing and chanting develop language skills. Fingerplay and instruments foster fine motor skills. Social skills are enhanced through circle dance, and throughout the class children are encouraged to express themselves creatively.

Third Thursday Book Club - Jan. 17
The Hampstead Public Library’s Third Thursday Book Club discusses “Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart on Jan.17 at 1 p.m. Copies of the book are available to borrow. All readers are welcome to the discussion.

Town Forum – Jan. 19
The second annual Hampstead Town Forum: Boards, Clubs, & Committees takes place at the Hampstead Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 19. All residents are encouraged to visit between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to meet members of Hampstead organizations, find out what they do, and discover more about how to get involved. More than 20 groups are participating, including the School Board, Selectmen, Civic Club, Mother’s Club, Recycling & Waste Disposal Committee, and Water Advocates. For a complete list of participants, visit www.HampsteadLibrary.org. Snow date, if necessary, is Saturday, Jan. 26.

Holiday Closure  - Jan. 21
The Hampstead Public Library is closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. - Civil Rights Day.  All online resources such as downloadable books, magazines and databases are available 24/7 via www.HampsteadLibrary.org.

Library Trustees
The Board of Trustees for the Hampstead Public Library meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. 

****************** 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 and is now held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 10 a.m. 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

Soaring with Christa McAuliffe - Jan. 8
The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library present “Soaring with Christa McAullife” on Tuesday Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. Judith Kalaora portrays McAuliffe in this show, which also honors the U.S. Teacher in Space Program. The program is suitable for all ages.

January Raffle - Jan. 8

The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library are raffling a large decorative basket containing two snowman mugs, two snowman bowls, two soups, a stuffed snowman, lap blanket, small tote bag, phone charger, and a $20 Prime Butcher gift card. Tickets are $1 for one and $5 for six, and can be purchased at the library’s front desk. The winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, Jan. 8. You do not need to be present to win. The prizes were donated by Pentucket Bank. All funds raised help the Friends provide museum passes, Spring Read books, summer programming, and more..

Thrift Shop News
The Elaine David Thrift Shop at the Hampstead Public Library is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with clothing for men, women and children, as well as shoes and jewelry. The shop, located in the library basement and accessible via stairs or elevator. The shop is run by volunteers from the Friends of the Library.

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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