Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wednesday July 1st at 7:00 PM

Red and White Dogs: An Introduction to the Poetry of James Merrill

James Merrill (1926-1995) won every major literary award for his ten volumes of poetry, and is often described as one of the greatest contemporary American poets. He was also the younger half-brother of long time Hancock resident Charles Merrill. In celebration of the acclaimed, new biography, James Merrill: Life and Art the poet's nephew Paul Merrill will share his understanding of his uncle's work in a presentation he is calling Red and White Dogs: An Introduction to the Poetry of James Merrill. Paul says, "Many of us can feel intimidated and perplexed by poetry, and James Merrill's work, especially so. There's a lot of it, and it's not simple! The biography inspired me to read the poems again, with more pleasure and understanding. And I noticed the recurring presence, throughout his career, of poems about dogs. So I've gathered up five, and they will be the structure of the evening's talk. Using personal anecdotes and information I learned in the biography I hope to make this gifted artist more approachable. And his great work more enjoyable. Everyone likes dogs. So did he." Free and open to all.

Library Events for July 2015



“Escape the Ordinary” this summer at the Hancock Town Library! Our Summer Reading program will pit the grown-ups against the kids: who will read more hours this summer? (Note: must be library books!) Come in and find out more about how to participate and about the great prizes you could win!

Don’t forget to donate your gently used books, CDs and DVDs (no VHS or audiocassettes) to the Friends of the Library Book Sale! We’re collecting now until August 8th. Bring them in anytime during library hours!

Wednesday July 1st at 7:00 pm
Red and White Dogs: An Introduction to the Poetry of James Merrill.

James Merrill (1926-1995) won every major literary award for his ten volumes of poetry, and is often described as one of the greatest contemporary American poets. He was also the younger half-brother of long time Hancock resident Charles Merrill. In celebration of the acclaimed, new biography, James Merrill: Life and Art  the poet's nephew Paul Merrill will share his understanding of his uncle's work in a presentation he is calling Red and White Dogs: An Introduction to the Poetry of James Merrill. Paul says, "Many of us can feel intimidated and perplexed by poetry, and James Merrill's work, especially so.  There's a lot of it, and it's not simple! The biography inspired me to read the poems again, with more pleasure and understanding. And I noticed the recurring presence, throughout his career, of poems about dogs. So I've gathered up five, and  they will be the structure of the evening's talk. Using personal anecdotes and information I learned in the biography I hope to make this gifted artist more approachable. And his great work more enjoyable. Everyone likes dogs. So did he." Free and open to all.

Monday July 13th 5:00-7:00 pm
Rep. Jon Manley

State Representative Jon Manley (Hillsborough County District 3: Bennington, Greenfield, Hancock) will be here to answer your questions about legislation in Concord.

Tuesday July 14th at 7:00 pm
Lizzie Borden!

Lizzie Andrew Borden of Fall River, MA was tried and acquitted for the brutal murder of her father and step-mother on August 4, 1892. The resulting trial was a global sensation and secured Lizzie an infamous place in American history. But the real story behind what happened has been distorted by a well-known children's jingle as well as numerous films, plays and true crime paperbacks that rarely told the events as they happened. This lecture will explore and explode the myths and reveal a very human Lizzie Borden. Richard Behrens is the author of the Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective series of mysteries and a frequent lecturer on notorious American women and silent film comedy at Keene State College. Free and open to all.

Tuesday July 21st at 7:00 pm
Calamity Jane!

The legend of Calamity Jane has been handed down to us through yellow journalism and dime store paperbacks that shamelessly exploited personalities of the old West. Hollywood musicals and HBO mini-series have further obscured the reality of the woman behind the myth. This lecture will recapture Martha Canary's true story to give us a vivid, outrageous and often tragic view of a life that merged with myth with sad and poignant results. . Richard Behrens is a frequent lecturer on notorious American women and silent film comedy at Keene State College. Free and open to all.

From the Children’s Room
Callie Faucher, Children’s Librarian

Tuesday, June 30th from 6-7 PM
Family Puppet Show with Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals

KICK OFF EVENT FOR SUMMER READING PROGRAM Get ready for tons of fun with Lindsay and her Puppet Pals: Giant, handmade puppets and marionettes. Lindsay’s puppet show is filled with silliness, crowd participation, and unique, memorable characters. Free and open to all, held in the Daniel’s Room of the Hancock Town Library. You won’t want to miss this show!

Starting June 22nd “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program for Kids
“Unmask” Summer Reading Program for Teens (age 13 and up)
Sign up & get all you need for the program starting June 22nd at the library. Keep track of hours read for small prizes and free books! Let’s see who can read the most hours this summer- kids & teens or adults? Play bingo for more raffle tickets. This year’s grand prizes are a giant stuffed lion and storybook, a 142-piece art set, or a Kindle Fire tablet! You chose which prize you want your raffle tickets to go towards. All the details when you sign up!

Every Thursday at 10:30AM 
Story Time for infants to age 6

Parents & Caregivers are invited to bring their little ones to story time! We always have fun hearing stories, singing songs, dancing and playing. Be sure not to miss the following special story times:
July 2nd at 10:30AM Super Hero Story Time
Hear super hero stories, make a super hero mask, arm bands (and bring an old T shirt to make a cape!) and try some feats of super hero strength! Bring cameras!
July 16th at 10:30AM Doggy Story Time
Hear dog stories and then meet a special visitor, Coffee the Chihuahua! Coffee is a Registered Reading Therapy Dog who loves to meet kids!
August 6th at 10:30AM Community Heroes and Touch-a-Truck Event!
Come meet Hancock’s community heroes after a special truck-themed story time! Kids will get to meet members of the Fire, Police, and Public Works Departments. They will be able to touch and take pictures with all sorts of trucks and vehicles. There will even be a K9 demonstration.

Every Tuesday at 2:30 PM starting July 7th
Movie Tuesdays

Beat the heat this summer! Some awesome movies will be shown on the big screen in the Daniel’s Room at 2:30PM. Popcorn will be served.  July 7th : The Incredibles. July 14th : Monsters University. July 21st : Despicable Me 2. July 28th : Finding Nemo. August 4th : Cloudy with a Chance of  Meatballs. August 11th : Frozen.

July 8th through August 12th Wednesday afternoons from 2-3:30PM
“Heroes in the Story of Art” Creative Workshops with Melody Zahn Russell, sponsored by the Hancock Woman’s Club ~ Sign Up Today at the Library!

Join Hancock’s own experienced art educator Melody Zahn Russell, M.Ed. for our specially designed program Heroes in the Story of Art. Each week will feature various heroes of history and a project: Greek Gods and Goddesses inspire our wall hangings, King Arthur and Joan of Arc inspire our illuminated manuscripts, Raphael inspires our paintings of mothers and children, Leonardo inspires our inventions with recyclables, Michelangelo inspires our sculptures in clay, and finally, YOU as a hero will inspire our self-portraits! In each class we will start with a story and some books related to our theme. There will be a short demo of the day's project and then an hour to create! A huge thank you to the Hancock Woman’s Club for sponsoring this program!
And P.S. from Melody Zahn Russell, “On our last session, Wednesday August 12th we will create costumes for ourselves based on a favorite hero or heroine from a favorite book. We will use recycled dress-up, curtains, hats, props, really anything! Then whoever wants to join us in the Old Home Days Parade held on Saturday August 15th will be ready to go! The theme this year for Old Home Days is “New Life for Old Treasures” which combined with our summer reading theme “Every Hero has a Story” equals YOU in your own story!”

June 29th, July 13th, July 27th Monday afternoon from 3:15-4:15 Read to Coffee
Saturday July 18th from 11AM-12PM Read to Toven

Don’t let your reading skills slip this summer! Practice reading out loud to one of our very sweet and friendly registered reading therapy dogs when they come visit the library! If you bring a few canned goods for the food pantry, you may pick a stuffed animal graciously donated by Douglas Cuddle Toys to take home!

Wednesday, July 15th from 5-6PM
Iron Chef Competition for Teens

Come put your cooking skills to the test! Teams will compete for the title of “Iron Chef”! What will the secret ingredient be? Come find out and bring your friends! The winner will get a Fiddleheads gift card! Ages 12 and up, please. Sign up at the library.

Thursday, July 30th from 1:30-2:30
Outdoor Fun Water Balloon Games

Let’s have some fun in the sun! We will be playing a few different water balloon games (outside of the library of course!) Please sign up so we know how many balloons to fill! Elementary school aged kids and up please.

Wednesday, August 5th from 5-6
Teen Cupcake Decorating Competition

Cupcakes and all the toppings will be provided for teens to decorate their own! Cupcakes will be voted on and the “best in show” will receive a Fiddleheads gift card. Ages 12 and up, please. Sign up at the library.

Friday, August 7th at 6PM
Insurgent DVD Release Party for Teens

Calling all Divergent fans! Come watch the newly released Insurgent on the big screen at the library! Wear the colors of your favorite faction if you want! Popcorn and other snacks will be provided. Ages 12 and up please. Sign up at the library.

Tuesday August 11th, 7PM
Concert with the Toe Jam Puppet Band Summer Reading Finale
Grand Prize winners will be announced!

Mark your calendar for this wacky and zany concert that kids (and grown-ups) will love! The Toe Jam Puppet Band has been entertaining for nearly 15 years with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun. All ages are welcome! Don’t miss this one!

Library Trustee Minutes 6.17.15



Present: Laurie Bryan, Mary Garland Amy Markus, Suzanne Shevenell, Meeting called to order at 1:00 pm
The minutes of April 22, 2105 were reviewed; Bryan, seconded by Garland, made a motion to accept as written.  Motion to accept was unanimous, and the vote to accept the minutes was unanimous.
The trustees reviewed the Treasurer’s report for the month ending March 31, 2015. The trustees discussed the March 2015 Statement of Income and Expenses. Director Markus was asked to contact Town Administrator Kendall, and to arrange with her a monthly payment schedule of $1000, beginning in June, of the $7000 approved in for library use in the 2015 warrant. Shevenell  seconded by Byran, made the motion to accept the March, 2015 Treasurer’s report. Motion to accept was unanimous. The Trustees at the July 22, 2015 meeting will review the financial reports for April, May and June 2015.

Director’s Report: Markus provided the trustees with summary of the adult/ teen/ children summer reading program.  There are two themes this year: Adult readers are encouraged to “Escape the Ordinary”, while teen and younger readers will center on “ Every Hero Has a Story”. A challenge will be made by our 2 librarians to all Hancock readers to see which group, adults, or the younger readers can read the MOST HOURS!  The contest begins on June 29 and runs through August 11, 2015. Information is available at the Library Front Desk. Markus reviewed with the trustees the calendar of events that are planned by Children’s Librarian Callie Faucher. These events are in part the result of the monies received earlier in the year from the Hancock’s Women’s Club, which were accepted by the trustees earlier this year. Markus summarized briefly the adult programs which will run in July, of which a detailed description of topic, and times are available on the Library website and in the July volume of Hancock Happenings. She stated that as in the past, activity in August is centered on the all-important Friends of the Hancock Library Book Sale. This is the Friends main fundraiser for the Library, and donations are welcome.

Library Building Maintenance: The trustees discussed the need for the scheduling of the yearly building rug cleaning, and asked Director Markus to solicit bids from area contractors, and to schedule the cleaning after Old Home Activities have ended. The trustees will begin gathering cost information to replace the building’s carpet, with a time frame to review the associated costs with the Town’s Capital Improvement Committee for the 2017 budgeting session.

Other Business: Markus is arranging with volunteers to have a person with her for both Tuesday and Thursday evenings, between 5 and 7pm.

The volunteer thank you luncheon has been scheduled for September 25, 2015, at 1pm at the Harris Center.

Next trustee meeting is scheduled at 1pm on July 22, 2015.

There being no other issues at hand, Shevenell made a motion to adjourn at 2:10 pm, which was seconded by Garland, and voted so in the affirmative by the three trustees. Meeting adjourned.










Wednesday July 1st at 7:00 pm


Red and White Dogs: An Introduction to the Poetry of James Merrill.

James Merrill (1926-1995) won every major literary award for his ten volumes of poetry, and is often described as one of the greatest contemporary American poets. He was also the younger half-brother of long time Hancock resident Charles Merrill. In celebration of the acclaimed, new biography, James Merrill: Life and Art  the poet's nephew Paul Merrill will share his understanding of his uncle's work in a presentation he is calling Red and White Dogs: An Introduction to the Poetry of James Merrill. Paul says, "Many of us can feel intimidated and perplexed by poetry, and James Merrill's work, especially so.  There's a lot of it, and it's not simple! The biography inspired me to read the poems again, with more pleasure and understanding. And I noticed the recurring presence, throughout his career, of poems about dogs. So I've gathered up five, and  they will be the structure of the evening's talk. Using personal anecdotes and information I learned in the biography I hope to make this gifted artist more approachable. And his great work more enjoyable. Everyone likes dogs. So did he." Free and open to all.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Monday June 29th at 7:00 PM


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WorkingInternationally for Children’s Rights
 
Beth Bradford, a Hancock native, works with organizations such as UNICEF and Save the Children around the world to support the development of child protection systems for preventing and responding to harm and supporting families to raise healthy children. Beth’s work involves travel to Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. It started years ago when she lived and worked in Romania from 1994-2002. Come learn more about the needs of children and families around the world, hear about the purpose and approaches behind Beth’s work, and explore some of the cultural and political differences that bring success and challenges. Free and open to all.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thursday June 25th at 7:00 PM

Mark your calendars, folks, you won't want to miss this one!

Aguayuda (Water Help) with Bill Weaver

With over 20 years of working in developing countries around the globe, Bill Weaver brings to the Hancock Town Library a slide show and talk about the overwhelming challenges facing the indigenous Wayúu people of the drought-prone northern Colombian peninsula of La Guajira. Currently working with the small non-profit organization 'Aguayuda' (Water Help) to bring lasting solutions in water and sanitation to isolated rural communities in the area, Bill will offer a glimpse at the richness and color of the Wayúu culture and the harsh impact of climate change on an increasingly stressed desert environment. Free and open to all.