Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Family Concert! Thursday June 30th at 6:00 PM

Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley team up for a show that offers sing-along, read-aloud, laugh-a-lot fun for the whole family. Steve is a teacher and performer whose CD’s “Hang On, Henry!” and “Outta School!” have won Parents’ Choice “Approved” Awards. Marty is a best-selling author/illustrator whose titles include Fall is Not Easy, Winter Woes and The Rules. Together, Steve & Marty present a rollicking mix of songs & stories on guitar, harmonica, djembe, etc.--with originality and humor. And Marty reads a few of his books with illustrations projected onto the big screen! More information is available at: and    

This concert was made possible with a KBA grant. Funding for the Kids, Books and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please request a sign language interpreter in advance if needed.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


“Where I live,” opens Sheds, a new book by Howard Mansfield with photographs by Joanna Eldredge Morrisey, “we really have only one kind of building, old and new, big and small: the shed. From woodsheds to barns, to houses, meetinghouses, and covered bridges, they are all sheds.”

Through a fundraiser for the Hancock Town Library, locals and visitors can tour a variety of sheds in Hancock and environs on July 23. The event begins with a brief talk by Mansfield at 11 a.m. at the library, where the shed tourists will be provided with a copy of the book and a map to seven sheds. The sheds will be staffed by docents (aka “shedsters”) and open for viewing until 3 p.m. Tour participants are invited to meet up at the Hancock Inn at 3 to enjoy a Shed Brown Ale.

The tour includes a range of structures, from a sugar shack to a barn to a sculptor’s studio to a sauna to carriage sheds – and then some. Tickets are $25 and include the talk, the tour, and a copy of the book, which is priced at $25. They are available at the Hancock Town Library.

Like the shed tour, the book Sheds is a local production. Author Mansfield writes about preservation, architecture, and American history from his home in Hancock. Photographer Morrissey lives in Peterborough, where she serves as photographer for the MacDowell Colony. The book is published by Bauhan Publishing of Peterborough. 

For more information on the shed tour, call the Hancock Library at 525-4411.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday June 9th at 7:00 pm

Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood with Paul Hertneky

Just like the mill towns of New England that preceded them, the steel towns of the Rust Belt have set loose a diaspora that spreads across the country.  Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood  portrays a moment in time: the last gasp of the industrial north where European immigrants had raised families and built communities and cities, but saw the end of their way of life looming on the horizon. Approximately six million baby boomers, like the narrator, fled the Rust Belt. Another six million remained.  Through Hertneky’s vivid storytelling, we can smell his Czechoslovakian grandmother’s cooking, see the streets lined with saloons, hear the backroom politicos’ deal-making at a local restaurant, and feel the aspirations of a generation. Over twenty-five years, Paul Hertneky has written stories, essays, and scripts for the  Boston Globe, Athens News, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette​New Hampshire Union Leader, NBC News, The Comedy Channel, Gourmet, Eating Well, Traveler’s Tales, The Exquisite Corpse, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Adbusters and many more. His work centers on culture, food, industry, the environment, and travel, winning him a Solas Award, and two James Beard Award nominations. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, he serves on the faculty of Chatham University. Free and open to all.

Library Trustee Meeting for June 2016

The Hancock Town Library Trustees meet regularly on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm. However, in June (and only for June), we will meet on Wednesday June 15th at 5:00 pm. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday May 24th at 7:00 pm

Wrestling with Beowulf at the Library

Remember when the outstanding storyteller Sebastian Lockwood began his Beowulf performances with one in Hancock? Remember that Francelia Clark worked with him on the original language from her career specialty, which was this Old English poem? They’re at it again, but deeper and more fully. Now they are translating the whole epic, line by line, into Beowulf: A Storyteller’s Version. They want you to come and hear the pleasure of working with this poem. They are making choices from the best edition for translators, as well as from the most artistic rendition by Seamus Heaney. Sebastian tests how the new lines work by telling them. You will hear how an oral storyteller can bring a work alive. You may also hear either arguing or ecstasy, as these two translators uncover meanings and effects. Almost everything about this epic is a puzzle. Two Anglo-Saxon monks were writing down the poet’s words in a monastery in about 1000 AD, just before the Norman invasion that would change their world. The poet was telling an old story, masterfully. He was alternating between pagan and Christian values; he was celebrating, scaring, teaching, mourning. And so you hear Old Testament and the Walking Dead, and sharp talk between European tribal leaders from 500 years before. Come join Francelia and Sebastian as they work through this experience! Free and open to all.