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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thursday May 19th at 7:00 PM

Sabbatical! An Adventure in Education and Lifelong Learning with Diane Goodman

Diane Goodman has been teaching Spanish in public school systems for the past 20 years. A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Antioch University of New England and Keene State College, she has taken post graduate language teaching courses as well as classes in cultural diversity. Her passion for travel has brought her to many places around the world. Diane has taught at South Meadow School, Great Brook School, and is presently teaching at Marlborough School in the Keene District. This year she was given the gift of a sabbatical. Come and visit pieces of her adventure in lifelong learning as you travel back and forth to Mexico and to the southern part of the United States to work with Dog rescue at Dogs Deserve Better in Smithfield, Va. Free and open to all.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tuesday May 17th at 7:00 pm

Adventure In Mid-Life - Travels, Life & Learning in Mexico and Malaysia with Lisa Goodhue

Two years ago, at the age of 55, Lisa Goodhue gathered up some courage and quit her job. She had been teaching in the public school system for 24 years. Her passion for classroom teaching had started to wane, her three children had grown up and moved on with their lives, and she had the choice to teach for another 10 years to collect a great pension, or to take a risk and try something new. She chose to move to Tampico, Mexico, and to continue her teaching career there for half of the salary she was making in the U.S.
Lisa grew in Tampico: she met people, learned Spanish, traveled the country, and continued to teach. Before she left for Tampico she had posted her resume all over the place, and had applied for many jobs of all types. After a few months in Mexico, she got a request from Dynamic WordWorks to be an SME (Subject Matter Expert) for an on-line world mythology course. Lisa accepted and learned how to be an SME, leading to a job in Malaysia.
Come learn about taking personal risks and following an unexpected path with this presentation by former Conval teacher Lisa Goodhue. Free and open to all. You don't have to be a Hancock resident to enjoy programs at the Hancock Town Library!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thursday May 12th at 7:00 PM ~ Storyteller Papa Joe!

Join us for a fun-filled evening of storytelling with Papa Joe! Come dressed in your favorite PJs or costume - just for the fun of it!! All ages welcome.