Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Reading Program Grand Finale!

Thursday Aug. 7th @ 7 pm 

Season Finale of the 2014 Summer Reading Program With Magician Norman Ng

Norman Ng (Pronounced "ing") has been performing his exciting and unique brand of magic throughout the US for over 21 years. He has performed for more than 500,000 people live in 48 states.The show is an exciting fusion of magic, comedy, and audience participation! It features never before seen magic, laugh out loud comedic situations and the best part!....it stars you the audience! Norman combines original and amazing magic tricks with his unique style of story telling, action, and audience interaction. The curtain is pulled back and the audience is invited to a world where anything is possible. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to join in the fun. This program is FREE and open to the public.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hancock Town Library Wins Grant!

We are happy to announce that the Hancock Town Library has won a Books for Children grant from the Libri Foundation. The Libri Foundation matches a sponsoring organization's donation (in this case, the very generous Friends of the Hancock Town Library's $350 gift) on a two-to-one basis, thus bringing our total up to $1,050 worth of books. Rennie Timm, our Children's Librarian, will choose the books from a list supplied by the Libri Foundation. Look for new books in the Children's Room soon!! 

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. For more information about the Libri Foundation, click here.

Library Events for July 2014

THE BOOK SALE COMETH!!!  Don’t forget that the Friends of the Hancock Town Library’s annual book sale (and only major fundraiser) is coming up August 15th – 21st so we’re ready for your gently used books, CDs and DVDs! (Please, no musty books, outdated medical, legal or computer books, and no textbooks.) Call us at the library (525-4411) if you’d like one of our volunteers to pick up your items. Thank you!

Saturday July 19th 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Food, Glorious Food – A Celebration in Writing

The bounty of summer gardens and farmers’ markets; the sensory delight of flavor, texture, aroma and color; the rich associations, memories, and stories food conjures are all ripe for the picking in this creative experience. Join Leaf Seligman and Elizabeth Gordon, both writers, teachers of writing and culinary enthusiasts, in a wordplay adventure evoking gastronomic gladness. With simple prompts we’ll decipher the lessons of vegetables and pay homage to what nourishes and sustains us. Our writing time will be followed by a delectable sampling of savories and sweets. Cost is $35. Please register at the library or by calling 525-4411. Leaf Seligman joyfully lives a writing-centered life in Troy, New Hampshire. She teaches at Keene State College and offers writing experiences and guidance to groups and individuals.

From the Children's Room
Rennie Timm, Children’s Librarian

Summer Reading Program is here!

This summer readers of all ages will explore the world we live in as the Hancock Town Library presents, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” This summer’s theme is all about science, technology, math, and engineering. The 2014 Summer Reading Program is free and open to children of all abilities, babies through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story hours, and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to-Me portion of the program. We’ll begin June 23 and run through August 7, with a finale performance by Norman Ng, the Magician at 7pm. Remember to turn in your reading raffle tickets for our weekly Monday prize drawings.

Thursdays in July at 10:30 am
Laptop Storytime

Walking and talking, this babies-to-toddler story time is an interactive program for all preschoolers and their parents or care providers. We’ll share books, rhymes, songs, finger play and movement. Our goal is to foster an early love of books and literacy. At the end of the program there will be playtime for parents and caregivers to share books, puzzles, or other literacy activities with their toddler. Dress comfortably as we will be sitting on the floor in the Children’s Room. No registration required, feel free to drop in anytime.

Tuesdays, July 1 at 3:00 pm
Engineering with LEGO Bricks

The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, tall buildings around the world, how are they constructed? Can you design and construct a building out of LEGO blocks? How about a bridge? Is your bridge strong enough to hold 100 pennies? Take the challenge. All ages welcome.

Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 23, and 30 at 3:00 pm
Family Summer Movie Series

Check our website or facebook page for weekly movie listing.
FREE POPCORN and air conditioning.

Thursdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and July 31 at 1:00 pm
Miss Melody Russell presents “Art meets Author”

Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mary Pope Osborne are just a few authors children love and adore. In this 6-week program, Miss Melody Russell will take children on a journey of artistic discovery using an assortment of art mediums linking an art form with an author’s writing/illustration style. Each week we will introduce a new author and a corresponding art form, such as watercolor or pen and ink, clay, masks or mobiles, collage, or recycled creatures. This program is for children ages 6-11. Participants are required to
pre-register, class size is limited.

Saturday, July 5 and 26 at 11 am
PAWS to Reading

The smiles on a child’s face, the wagging tail of the dog, the excitement of doing something forbidden (dogs in the library) provides a setting where youngsters of all ages are not only learning to read, they’re looking forward to it. They’re learning to love to read! Each child reads a book of their choice for 15 minutes to Toven, a Great Pyrenees. Pre-registration is preferred.

Tuesdays, July 8, and July 22 at 3:00 pm
Science Exploratorium

Are you curious? Science really comes to life when children have a chance to get their hands dirty, explore, observe and create. This summer we will discover and explore how things work, finding answers to the whys. In this one hour session we will engage in hands-on-science activities to explore the world we live in. Come prepared to get dirty and have fun. This program is for children ages 6-14.

Tuesdays, July 8, 15, 22 and July 29 at 12:30 pm
Merry Music with Miss Katy

This interactive program combines the joy of singing with action-oriented activities. Puppets and live music with the accompaniment of the baritone ukulele, mandolin, banjo and various percussion instruments create a fun-filled show for children ages 2-6.

Tuesday, July 15 at 3:00 pm
Rainbow Loom

Create your own bracelets, rings, necklaces….go wild with brightly-colored glow in the dark rubber bands. Crazy-rainbow bands will be provided, just bring your imagination and expertise to share with others. If you have your own loom, please bring it as we have a limited number to share with the group. All ages welcome.

Wednesday, July 16 at 3:00 pm
Teen Movie & Ice Cream Social
“Back to the Future”

With the help of a wacky scientist, a young teen travels back to 1955 in a Delorean- turned time-machine. Once there, he meets his parents, still teenagers, but his presence throws things out-of-whack and he must ensure they fall in love and get married or else he'll never come to exist. Rated PG, runs 2 hours. Pre-registration preferred.

Thursday, July 24 at 4:30 pm
Bedtime Math Family Pajama Party

Playing with numbers can be a blast, for both kids and adults! From Slinkies to ninjas to finger-painting otters, Bedtime Math Problems get everyone laughing and math-ing. That’s what math should be about! So join us for an afternoon of family fun with numbers and shapes. Parents are encouraged to partner with their young children. This program is appropriate for ages 3-9. Pre-registration is recommended, space is limited.

WANTED: Classic old fashioned tea cups and saucers for our floral arranging program. Please drop donations off at front desk or on Children’s Librarians desk. Thank you for your contribution and support.

Library Trustee Minutes ~ June 18, 2014

Present: Laurie Bryan, Mary Garland Amy Markus, Suzanne Shevenell. Eric Spitzbarth

Meeting called to order at 1:00 pm.
The May 28, 2014 minutes were reviewed, and unanimously approved as written upon a motion by Bryan, seconded by Shevenell.
The Treasurer’s corrected April report was reviewed. Director Markus stated that the May and June reports would be presented at the July meeting. Motion by Shevenell, seconded by Garland to move to accept corrected April report. All affirmed.
Director’s Report:
Library Sign and Post: Markus stated that the new Library Sign and post is ready for installation, and the Trustees approved this purchase, and asked that Markus contact Custom DeSigns of Keene and arrange for installation.
Outstanding Payroll issues: Markus, together with Town Office Staff have corrected staff payroll issues, after review with the Trustees, via email and writings during June.  The Trustees concur with the actions taken on this matter.
Summer Reading Program Kickoff: Markus reminded the Trustees of the Children’s Summer Reading Kickoff Program at the Library on Thursday June 19th. Staff from the Squam lakes Science Center will present a program on ‘Animals with Bad Reputations’ at 6:45pm.  Children’s Librarian Timm has many projects in place for the school summer vacation period.
Library Policy Review:
Job Description Policy: Markus will present updated Library Director and Children’s Librarian Job descriptions for Trustee review, and adoption at the July Trustee meeting.  Duties will be reviewed, changed and updated to reflect current library practices.
Daniels Room Policy: The Trustees, with input from Director Markus discussed the use of the Daniels Room by out of town groups.  There was a unanimous agreement that future use of this facility by out of town groups will be subject to a $20.00 per hour building usage fee as well as signing a hold harmless and indemnification waiver, holding the Library and the Town of Hancock free of any liability issues.  The Trustees accepted these additions to the current Daniels Room Policy unanimously.
Unattended Child Policy: Markus summarized her review of other NH Library Policies for unattended children.  After discussion with the Trustees and the Director the policy will be voted on at the July meeting.
Patron Behavior Policy: Markus has reviewed current policies on this subject currently in place at NH Libraries.  She will present for Trustee consideration and vote a policy that covers this issue at the July Trustees’ meeting.

NH House Bill 297: Shevenell summarized the changes in Library Trustees Investment Authority, which now allows the Trustees in association with their investment advisor to follow Prudent Investor Rule in monies donated directly to the Library.  Chairman Bryan asked that Markus invite Chairman of the Trust Funds Dowse to the July meeting for his comments on the funds performance year to date held by the Town for the benefit of the Library. The Library trustees advisor will be invited to attend the September meeting.

Building Light Bulbs: Mr. Spitzbarth stated that the Library should work with volunteers to deal with light bulb replacement.  Chairman Bryan asked Markus to contact PSNH to research LED replacement fixtures for future energy savings.

The next Trustees meeting will be at 1pm on July 23, 2014. THERE WILL BE NO AUGUST MEETING.

Garland made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Bryan, and the May meeting was adjourned at 2:10 pm.


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Animals with Bad Reputations

Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 pm

The public image of some animals is often inaccurate and responsible for many negative attitudes. Join us to consider the good side of these creatures. The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center kicks off our 2014 Summer Reading Program with their “Animals with Bad Reputations” live animal performance. Sign up for summer reading will begin at 6:45pm. We look forward to seeing children of all ages and the young-at-heart join us for a fun-filled evening. Free and open to all.

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Thursday June 12th at 7:00 PM
Learning & Installing Linux with Jon GrosJean
Since there was quite a lot of interest in Linux at the last meeting, Jon thought it would be helpful to do an actual installation on an old Windows XP laptop computer. Anyone who is interested can bring in a computer to do the same. Jon will have some different Linux distributions available both on CDs and DVDs. The installation will preserve the Windows installation, so a backup drive will not be needed unless the hard drive on the computer does not have enough free space available. Jon GrosJean has been a Linux fan for some time now and has installed Linux on all his computers with the old Windows XP running in a virtual machine. This program is free and open to all.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Wednesday June 11th at 7:00 PM

Wednesday June 11th at 7:00 PM
Discover Monadnock with Gordon Peery
Discover Monadnock is a new web site (and related social media) for promoting the Monadnock region as a cultural tourism destination. It is a collaboration of Art's Alive and the Monadnock Travel Council. Gordon Peery, project manager and editor of the web site, will provide a tour of the site and talk about plans for continued development of both the site, and the larger initiative of creating a brand for the Monadnock region. This will also be an opportunity for businesses and individuals to provide ideas for how the project can evolve. Free and open to all.