Hampstead Library Programs & News


Holiday Closure - July 4
The Hampstead Public Library is closed on Tuesday, the Fourth of July. On Monday, July 3, the library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Wednesday, July 5, the library is open from 1 to 8 p.m.

Teen Book Group - July 5, 19
The Middle School Book Group, Pizza & Pages, meets at the Hampstead Public Library on Wednesdays, July 5 and 19, at 6:30 p.m. Students join Lori-lyn Griffin to discuss favorite books and eat pizza. This program is for students entering grade five and above. Register in advance at 329-6411 or email

Matinee Movie - July 6
On Thursday, July 6 at 1:30 p.m., the featured matinee film for adults at the Hampstead Public Library is “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”

Kids’ Coloring - July 6
The Kids’ Coloring Club meets Thursday, July 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library. Coloring, snacks and music are featured. The library supplies coloring sheets and all other materials, but those attending may bring their own. All ages are welcome.

Guitar Lesson - July 8
Daniel from Let’s Play Music gives a free guitar lesson on Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m. at the Hampstead Public Library. All ages are welcome. Instruments are provided, or bring your own.

Scrabble & Ice Cream - July 10
Adults are invited to Scrabble & Sundaes at the Hampstead Public Library on Monday, July 10 at 4 p.m. Build a sundae and eat it while you build words with Scrabble. Register in advance at 329-6411 or email

Essential Oils 101 - July 12
Learn about the science, scent and purity of essential oils at the Hampstead Public Library on Wednesday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Discover how essential oils can be used for beauty and health. Attendees may smell a variety of oils and discuss their uses, and will make something to take home. This program is presented by Dianne McCarthy, a local high school counselor who is also completing her aromatherapy certification.

Kids’ Build - July 12
Wednesday, July 12 at 2 p.m. is the Master Builder Challenge for children at the Hampstead Public Library. Participants have 45 minutes to put together a creation using recycled materials the library provides.

S’mores Solar Oven - July 13
Middle school students can build S'Mores Solar Ovens on Thursday, July 13 at 1 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library. Advance sign-up is required at 329-6411 or email Participants construct their own solar oven, and cook s'mores using the power of the sun. This event is for students entering grades five and above. Rain date is Friday July 14 at 1 p.m.

Family Movie - July 15
For the monthly Family Movie Matinee, the Hampstead Public Library is showing the animated feature film “The LEGO Movie” on Saturday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome.

Book Club - July 20
The Hampstead Public Library’s Third Thursday Book Club discusses “And After the Fire” by Lauren Belfer on July 20 at 1 p.m. Books are available to borrow, and newcomers are welcome to the meeting.

The Science of Happiness - July 24
Lizzie Linn Casanave, professor of philosophy at Northern Essex Community College, explains the science of happiness and provides practical tools for achieving a new mindset in a program at the Hampstead Public Library on July 24 at 7 p.m. She appears courtesy of the NECC Speaker’s Bureau.

Care Packages for Soldiers – Through July 26
From June 22 to July 26, the Hampstead Public Library is collecting letters and items for care packages to be sent to the Air Force Combat Search & Rescue Squadrons serving overseas. All ages are invited to a Building Care Packages event on July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The group will assemble the boxes, with materials available for cards and letters. The servicemen and women would appreciate sunflower seeds (including flavored seeds,) jerky, energy bars, water flavoring, coffee, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, instant soup, and tuna packets. For more information, email

Summer Storytime - Through July 28
During the summer, Storytime for 3- to 5-year-old children at the Hampstead Public Library is on Fridays at 11 a.m. through July 28. Children listen to stories, learn songs and poems, and make a craft based on a different theme each week.

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

Renovations Aid Shopping Experience at Hampstead Library Thrift Shop

In addition to new fixtures that allow for more stock to be more neatly displayed, the layout of the Elaine David Thrift Shop at the Hampstead Public Library has been changed to make finding items much easier.

As you enter the door, all the men's clothing is on the left side of the shop. The double hanging racks hold shirts and pants and the shelves across the aisle have sweatshirts and T-shirts.

Children’s clothes are at the back of the shop, including a shelf of infants' items above T-shirts and pants. Off to the left, opposite the dressing room, is a circular hanging rack of children’s items. Also along back are shoes and the women's plus-size rack.

Women's clothing claims the rest of the space, with a circular rack of jackets to the left, a single rack of dresses to the right, a double hanging rack of blouses on top and skirts and slacks at the bottom. Sweatshirts and T-shirts are on the shelves to the left of the hanging racks.

There's also a new desk and chairs for the volunteer who is covering the desk and checkout. Jewelry is still displayed on the table next to the checkout desk.

Shop hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless the library is closed.

All proceeds from Thrift Shop sales are used by the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library to support the library. The Friends offer free programs from September through April and help fund the library's Summer Reading Programs. The AED (automated external defibrillator) behind the front desk was purchased by the Friends, who also fund staff training in its use. And many of the museum passes available for reduced entrance fees are funded by the Friends.

Membership brochures for the Friends can be found at the front desk of the library. Local businesses are welcome to join as well.

Hannaford Shopping Bags
Hannaford Supermarket in East Hampstead is supporting the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library by offering two-tone blue shopping bags for sale, with $1 from each sale going to the Friends. Every dollar donated by Hannaford to the Friends goes to the library and the community for programs, equipment and materials.

Thrift Shop
The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library’s Elaine David Thrift Shop at the Hampstead Public Library is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The thrift shop is the primary fund raising activity of the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library. The money raised by the shop supports the library in a variety of ways, including the Summer Reading Program and the monthly Friends' programs. 







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