Friday, April 29, 2016

Thursday May 5th at 7:00 pm

Music with the Sugarbush Road Band

Sugarbush Road is made up of a group of local musicians who combine vocal harmony and acoustic instruments. They cover various genres of music including folk, rock and pop in a "coffee house" style.  This performance will include three of the four members of the band: Monica Laskey-Rigrod, who lives in Hancock and performs in a number of different bands; Skip Sweeney from Antrim, who has performed in bands and musicals in the area for many years; and Sean Sweeney, who lives on Sugarbush Road here in Hancock and also performs in various bands from the area.  Please come out and listen! Free and open to all. You don't have to be a Hancock resident to enjoy programs at the Hancock Town Library. For more information give us a call at 525-4411.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Librarian's Favorite Hostovsky Poem - Hear Paul Hostovsky April 28th at 7:00 PM at the HTL


We couldn't have been more than twelve
or thirteen, sitting on that green bench in the late
sixties or early seventies, me and Michael Zucker
who was much more savvy and world-weary
than I, when I asked him to please explain
the meaning of the words to a song by Carly
Simon, who was simply gorgeous—that much was
plain—after we'd resolved the essential question
of whether or not she was wearing a bra
in that photo of her with the blue top and thick
lips on her album cover. "I don't get it," I said.
"'You're so vain. You probably think this song is about you.'
But the song IS about him, isn't it?" I asked Zucker,
holding my palm up in the air like one who is
trying to ascertain the truth about whether or not
it has started to rain. Zucker looked away then,
gingerly fingering the green slats, as though he were
reading the carved names of the lovers and obscenities
tactually. Then he took a deep breath and exhaled
miserably, took the album cover out of my hands
and gazed awhile at Carly Simon who was gorgeous,
famous, braless, and older than me and Zucker put together.
"That's the point," he said. "She's in love with him."

Thursday April 28th at 7:00 PM

An Evening of Poetry & Pie with Paul Hostovsky

Paul Hostovsky is back by popular demand for his second reading at the Hancock Town Library. Come for the poetry but stay for the pie! Mr. Hostovsky will provide the poetry and volunteers (you interested in helping? Give us a call: 525-4411) will provide the pies. Paul Hostovsky is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The Bad Guys. His poems have won a Pushcart Prize and he has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Almanac. He makes his living in Boston as a sign language interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Please join us for this one-of-a-kind evening. Free and open to all. Just FYI: free Community Supper at the Vestry in Hancock that night as well. What a wonderful evening out!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Friday April 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Peterborough Town House

Hancock's own Sy Montgomery will talk about her research on the fascinating lives of octopuses. Her book, The Soul of an Octopus, was short-listed for the 2015 National Book Award. Don't miss the culminating event of our Big Community Read with the Peterborough and Jaffrey Public Libraries. Free and open to all.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thursday April 21st at 7:00 pm

iCloud, iPhone and iDunno What I'm Doing

Let's learn from each other in how to make these mysterious connections in "the cloud" work best for us in managing our photos and our files. We'll go through the basics on setting up your accounts and how to understand what's being saved to where, and when. Confused? You're not alone. Come with your devices and we'll see if we can clear up the cloudiness! Christine Halvorson, of Halvorson New Media, is New Hampshire's most knowledgeable and entertaining technology and social media guru. Don't miss this one! Free and open to all. (You don't have to live in Hancock to attend the programs at the Hancock Town Library!)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tuesday April 19th at 7:00 pm

Meadows Under the Sea:  The Ecology and Conservation of Eelgrass in New England

Enter the beautiful and ecologically vital undersea world of eelgrass, the unsung hero of ocean habitats! Dr. Cynthia Hays is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Keene State College where she studies the evolution and ecology of marine “plants” – seaweeds and seagrasses. Her talk will introduce some of the beautiful and diverse photosynthetic organisms that live in our nearshore regions, with a focus on Zostera marina, or eelgrass.  Eelgrass provides us with many critical ecosystem services, including stabilizing the sediments, improving water clarity, and providing habitat for many commercially important fish and invertebrate species, but eelgrass is experiencing substantial decline in temperate regions worldwide.  Come learn what eelgrass is, why it’s important, and what scientists have discovered about the effect of genetic diversity in this habitat-forming species. Free and open to all.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Thursday April 14th at 3:30 pm

Thursday April 14th @ 3:30pm
UNH - Our Rocky Shore

Spanning the area between the low and high tide lines, the intertidal zone of the rocky shore of the New England seacoast is an ecological treasure trove of organisms. Join us to learn more about this dynamic ecosystem! In addition to seeing a diversity of red, green, and brown seaweeds, students will get to observe and handle such organisms as snails (periwinkles and dog whelks), sea stars, sea urchins, and green and Asian shore crabs, among others. Recommended for grades 1–4. Free and open to all!