Thursday, August 30, 2007

Library Events for September 2007

Annual Friends Book Sale a Huge Success!

Many thanks to all of you who donated to the annual book sale and to all of the Friends of the Library who helped with the book sale this year - it was a great success! Special kudos go to Jill Kuchinos and Betsy Salazar who coordinated the efforts: stooping, sorting, schlepping and re-schlepping an estimated 7,500 books. Thank you!

For a nice view of our book sale, go to Catherine Pond's blog at

Summer Reading Program Finale

Fifty-five children participated in the Hancock Town Library Summer Reading Program this year. Nearly 80 people came out to see The Fairy Circus performed by the Tanglewood Marionettes, our final program of the summer. Thanks to the Woman's Club and the Friends of the Library for funding our summer reading program and making it possible to provide Toadstool gift certificates to every participant as well as fun programming like the Tanglewood Marionettes. We couldn't do it without you!

Theresa Kuchinos Wins Limousine Ride & Dinner for Two!

The winner of this year's Read, Ride and Dine raffle was Theresa Kuchinos. She won dinner for two at Applebee's Restaurant in Keene as well as a ride in a limousine from Adventure Travel. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for helping us fund this and congratulations Theresa!

First Tuesday Book Club
Tuesday September 4 at 7:00 pm

This month's book is Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between Us. There are copies at the front desk for anyone who would like to read this beautifully written and poignant novel. Join us for the discussion on September 4th.

Sunday September 9th at 1:00 pm IN THE VESTRY
Life in Sudan with James Mangok Wol, Clement Muo & Sudanese Dancers
Co-sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Hancock

James Mangok Wol and Clement Muo, two Lost Boys of Sudan, will speak about their experiences in Sudan during the early days of the civil war there. They will be joined by Sudanese dancers to share a part of their culture with us.

Mr. Wol was only 5 years old when he lost his family in an attack by Arab soldiers. He escaped with the help of a stranger, walking for 3 months until they got to Ethiopia. He came to America in 2001. Mr. Muo also fled his village as a child and ended up in Ethiopia after three months of walking (and being stalked by lions along the way). Alone and separated from his family, he made his way to Kenya where he attended school for the first time in his life, finally coming to the United States in 2001.

Bring your friends and family to this rare look at a part of the world we seldom get to see beyond the headlines. All are welcome. For more information, call the library at 525-4411.

Meditation Classes with Pamela Erdmann
Beginning Wednesday September 11 at 7:00 pm

THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL - PLEASE CALL THE LIBRARY AT 525-4411 TO GET ON THE WAITING LIST! If there is enough interest, we may do more classes at another time.

Interesting research has been developed over the last ten years indicating that meditation may have many benefits for maintaining health and well-being. There is now solid evidence that a regular meditation practice can aid the immune system's functioning as well as break cycles of depression and OCD and possibly reverse age related changes in the brain. This four week course can be a beginning to establishing a regular practice or a "jump start" for folks who wish to restart their meditation practice. No experience is necessary, only a curiousity and desire to be active in maintaining one's health.

The first session on September 11 will be an introductory session for all interested folk. We will meet weekly for one hour for the four weeks following. It is asked that participants be willing to make the committment to practicing for a minimum of twenty minutes daily in between sessions.

Pamela Erdmann is a Senior Instructor at the Center for Mindfulness at the UMass Medical School.

Third Friday Film Series
Lawrence of Arabia
Friday September 21st at 7:00 pm

This year's theme is the Middle East and we start out with a bang with the unforgettable classic, Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quinn, and Claude Rains. Grab your kaffiyah and come ready to be enthralled with director David Lean's incredible epic. Thanks to Friends of the Library we'll provide popcorn and coffee for this one (it clocks in at 228 minutes) and we'll have an intermission. You might want to bring a cushion for your chair as well!

From the Children's Room:

Story and Craft Time will start up again on Wednesday October 3rd at 3:00 pm. Please notice the new day (now Wednesdays instead of Mondays) and time (now 3:00 instead of 3:30). Suitable for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Come see what new activities Ms. Britton has planned!

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