Thursday, June 12, 2008

Library Events for June 2008

For the Adults...
Friday June 13 at 7:00 pm
The Hourglass Readers present Volpone by Ben Jonson

Back by popular demand, The Hourglass Readers will present a reading of an abridged version of the play "Volpone" by Ben Jonson. Ben Jonson (1572-1637) was a contemporary of Shakespeare and wrote many plays and masques for the court of James I. His plays were mostly satires that frequently landed him in trouble with the authorities, and even earned him prison sentences. "Volpone" was first performed in 1606 at the Globe Theatre by the King's Men. It is a black comedy, set in Venice (for Londoners of the time a place both of sophistication and depravity), that focuses on the vices (particularly greed and lechery) of mankind rather than the virtues. Volpone (the fox) pretends to be dying and encourages others to visit him and bring him costly gifts, telling each one that he/she is his heir. He is aided in this endeavor by Mosca (the fly), who is a master of cunning, a supreme manipulator who ultimately uses his talents to deceive even his master, Volpone. "Volpone" is being directed by Catherine Behrens. The Hourglass Readers is dedicated to bringing classical works to modern audiences in abridged versions. Performances are always free and open to the public.

For Children...

Summer Reading Program Events!

This year's Summer Reading Program theme is "G'Day for Reading" - focusing on all things Australian. So grab your kangaroo and hop on over to see what activities we're offering. Registration begins Thursday June 26th with our kick-off event from the Boston Museum of Science, a program called REPTILES!

Thursdays beginning June 12th at 10:00 am - Preschool Story and Craft Time. Suitable for ages 3-5.

Thursday June 26th at 7:00 pm - Summer Reading Program Kick Off with the Boston Science Museum's traveling exhibit: REPTILES! Suitable for preschool and elementary school children.

June 26th - August 7th : Teen Summer Reading Contest. Read a book, enter a ticket for each book you've read, then be entered in a drawing to win an iPod! Suitable for 5th through 12th graders. Weekly drawings for gift certificates, too.

Friday June 27th at 7:00 pm - Wild Card Game Night for Middle & High School students. We'll supply the cards and the snacks, you supply the music and the fun!

Wednesday afternoons beginning July 2 (through August 6th) from 3:00 - 5:00 Summer Film Festival for Children! Escape the heat - come watch a movie at the library. Suitable for elementary school children. Free popcorn!

Friday July 11th at 7:00 pm - Guitar Hero Contest for Middle and High School Students. Don't miss this chance to show off your guitar licks and compete for the honor of Guitar Hero Master of Hancock. We'll provide the game and some treats, come show us your stuff!

Tuesday July 15th at 1:00 pm - Ductagami for Middle and High School Students. Create flip-flops, wallets, purses, tool belts, you name it, out of duct tape. All are welcome!

Friday July 18th at 7:00 pm - Family Game Night - bring your favorite board game. Suitable for all ages. Refreshments.

Tuesday July 29th and August 5th at 10:00 am - Lapsit Storytime for babies and parents. Suitable for infants and toddlers up to age 2.

Thursday August 7th at 7:00 pm - The Summer Reading Program Finale with UNH's Little Red Wagon Theater. The Ugly Duckling will be performed. Suitable for all ages.

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