Friday, March 6, 2015

Library Events for March 2015

Have you checked out our new online catalog? Go to Latest fun thing that you can do from home is to write and post a review of a book or movie. Click on the title, then scroll down until you see a tab that says either REVIEW THIS TITLE or SHOW REVIEWS, which will then reveal a REVIEW THIS TITLE tab. Won’t it be fun to share your opinions and see what others in town think about various titles? We’re hoping both adults and children will write short reviews. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call and ask Amy at 525-4411.

Monday March 9th from 5 – 7 pm
Topic of the Month: Hunting! with State Representative Jon Manley

Join State Rep. Jon Manley (Hillsborough County District 3: Bennington, Greenfield, Hancock) as he talks about current legislation having to do with hunting. Please feel free to bring questions or concerns about other issues as well. Free and open to all.

Wednesday March 18th at 7:00 pm
Extreme Coupon Workshop with Kim Bergeron of Extreme Coupon Professors

Learn where to get coupons, how to read coupons, what the coupon policies are for stores, and how to use coupons most effectively for grocery and drugstore shopping. Ms. Bergeron will also cover how to stock up without hoarding! Kim Bergeron has taught thousands of families how to save money using coupons. Extreme Coupon Professors has been a contributor to WMUR and has been featured in the Concord Monitor. Free (no coupon required at your public library!) and open to all.

Tuesday March 31st at 7:00 pm
The American Cider Renaissance with Ben Watson

Americans in huge numbers are discovering the pleasures of alcoholic or “hard” cider, yet few people know much about its rich history and cultural traditions. Join author, editor, and self-proclaimed “cider evangelist” Ben Watson for a fascinating look at the past, present, and future of this most typically New England tipple. What are the roots of cider? Why did it become so important in colonial times, only to fall into obscurity? And why is it enjoying such a resurgence today? Ben Watson is the author of Cider, Hard and Sweet (Countryman Press, 2013) and several other nonfiction books. He currently serves as Senior Editor at Chelsea Green Publishing Co. in Vermont and resides in Francestown. For many years he has been involved with conservation and biodiversity initiatives, through Slow Food and other organizations, and he is a volunteer organizer of the annual Cider Days festival in western Massachusetts. The US Cider Makers Association recently presented him with one of its first Cider Industry Awards, in recognition of his efforts to promote cider, apples, and cider producers around the world. Free and open to all.

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

Help Me Decorate the Children’s Room!

Help me turn blank bulletin boards into an art gallery! Bring in your original artwork and we will hang it up in the library. We will also have supplies out to make your own frame for your piece. Artwork will be displayed through the month of March. Drop in anytime to decorate your frame!

Teens, have you tried a “Blind Date with a Book” yet? Stop in to the Teen area of the library to pick up a book wrapped in paper. You can’t open the book until you get home. Hopefully, you will find a new favorite title! Be sure to let us know what you thought of your “Blind Date” book.

Saturday March 14th from 11:00-Noon
Mondays Beginning March 2nd from 3:15-4:15 pm
Paws to Read

We have two certified reading therapy dogs coming to the library. Toven, along with his owner Mary, will be in on Saturday, February 28th and Saturday, March 14th from 11:00am to noon. We will also have Coffee, with his owner Luci, coming to the library on Mondays from 3:15 to 4:15pm starting on March 2nd. Please sign up in the Children’s Room for your individual reading sessions with Toven or Coffee!

Thursdays at 10:30 am
Preschool Story Times

Story Time is for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers along with their parents and caregivers. Come sing, read, play, dance, and craft together!

Questions? Please call Mrs. Callie Faucher in the Children’s Room, 603-525-4411.
I look forward to meeting you all!

Library Minutes February 2015

Hancock Library Trustees Minutes

                February 25, 2015

Present: Laurie Bryan, Mary Garland Amy Markus, Suzanne Shevenell, Eric Spitzbarth – Selectman
Meeting called to order at 1:05 pm.
The minutes of January 28, 2105 were reviewed; Bryan, seconded by Garland, made a motion to accept as written.  Motion to accept was unanimous, and minutes were accepted. The Treasurer’s report for the month ending January 31, 2015 was reviewed. An amended chart of accounts, including categories for IT Support, Licenses, and Museum Passes was given to the Trustees. Shevenell made a motion, seconded by Bryon to accept a $5000 gift received during the month.  Bryon seconded the motion, and the vote of acceptance of this money was unanimous. In addition the Trustees noted with gratitude the receipt of $500 from the Hancock’s Women’s’ Club, which is designated by the Club to be spent on the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Bryon made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report for January 2105, which was seconded by Garland. Motion to accept was unanimous and the financial reports were accepted.

Director’s Report:
 Waterline: Markus reported that waterline to the building was frozen. Physical examination of the line was made and the consensus is that the water line will be frozen until the spring thaw. Notice of the water freeze issue has been posted on the Library’s web site, and Markus has brought in stored water to be used if and when needed.
Apollo ILS System: Markus demonstrated to the Trustees the program feature that allows posting of upcoming Library events on the home page of our website. Additionally, the trustees were introduced to the Patron Book Review Feature, which will allow readers to rate and comment on books from our collection.
Children’s Librarian: Markus is very pleased with Mrs. Faucher’s first weeks as Children’s Librarian. Patrons are happy with her programs, and enthusiasm!
March and April Programs: Markus presented the following program schedule summary, again noting that additional information can be found in the Hancock happenings as well as on the Library Website.
March 18: ‘Extreme Couponing’, with Kim Bergeron.
March 31: ‘Cider- It’s History in America’ by Francestown author and editor Ben Watson.
April 2, 9, 23 and 30: ‘An Exploration of Climate Issues’ by John Manley.
April 15: ‘Raised on Songs and Stories’ by Irish Musician Paul Carroll.
Markus informed the Trustees that the first full week in April is National Poetry Week and that our Library will participate in this celebration.
Building Issues: Both Director Markus and the Trustees noted the amount of snow that is currently on the roof.  Given the current amount and the potential for future wet snow and spring rain events the Trustees directed Markus to have the roof over the clapboarded section of the building shoveled as soon as possible.
MS9 report of Trust and Capital Reserve Funds Status:  Markus will check with the Trustees financial advisor to ensure that this report, which was signed by the Trustees in January, is in proper order and has been filed.
Planned Giving: Chairman Bryon stated that a compilation of the history of past gifts to the Library would be the starting point for the launch our campaign for legacy donations and gifts for the Library’s benefit. Additionally it was suggested that a program given by the Library on legacy/ estate planning would be an excellent introduction to the public of this campaign.
There being no further business a motion to adjourn was made by Shevenell, seconded by Garland. The Trustees all voted in the affirmative and the meeting was adjourned at 1:50pm.

Monday, March 2, 2015


Don't miss LEGO CLUB on the first Tuesday of the month from 3:15 - 4:15 in the Children's Room with Mrs. Faucher. Be sure to come by and build something!!

Monday, February 23, 2015


Despite several hours of work down in the bowels of the library's basement, the water pipes cannot be thawed. Frozen between the road and the building. Many thanks to Mike & Jeff of Wilder Plumbing for their valiant efforts. Public Works Dept. will be bringing in buckets of water for us so we can at least flush. A do-around til Spring! (Please, no jokes...)

No Water @ the HTL!

No water at the library today. Pipes are frozen between the road and the library (we think). Working on it but just a word to the wise: take a bathroom break before visiting the library today!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday February 26th at 7:00 PM

Lefty Blue

Please join local musicians Brian Murphy (on guitar and vocals) and Monica Laskey-Rigrod (on vocals) for an evening of new and old favorites. Playing an eclectic array of songs, from old standards to new musicals, Lefty Blue will entertain everyone in your family, from the very young to the young-at-heart. You'll want to sing along and join in the fun! Free and open to all.