Sunday November 2nd at 2:00 pm
The Hourglass Readers Perform “The School for Scandal”
The Hourglass Readers will present a reading of the 18th century comedy of manners, The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Wendy Almeida will direct a cast that includes Martin Hanft, Carrie Kidd, Heather and Sherman Morrison, Catherine and Frank Behrens, Marilyn Simons, Ben Wise, John McMahon, Wendy Almeida, Jonathan Flower and Kevin Colarusso. The Hourglass Readers are dedicated to performing readings of classical works in abridged versions. Performances are always free and open to the public.
Wednesdays November 5, 12, & 19th 3:00 – 4:30 pm
The Knit Lits Knitting Group
Learn to knit or, if you’re an experienced knitter, bring a project to our Knit Lits Knitting Group every Wednesday afternoon. We can help each other become better knitters and we’ll keep you in stitches! All ages and ability levels are welcome.
Thursdays beginning November 6th 2:00 – 4:00 pm (runs 6 weeks)
Imaginative Writing Classes with Becky Sakellariou
Imaginative Writing: a six-week workshop for anyone who wants to play with their imagination through writing. We will do different kinds of writing exercises every week, stimulating, fun, outrageous, and there will be time for us to read things we've written to each other. We will create an environment amongst each other of trust and ease, and there will be no requirements to "produce" or "achieve." We will always be surprised and pleased by what we do. Becky Sakellariou has written since she was a child. Much of her professional life has also included writing -- editing journals, writing non-fiction articles for professional journals, teaching writing and publishing her own essays and poetry. Fee for the class, payable to Becky Sakellariou, is $120 for six weeks. Please register at the library as space is limited. Call us at 525-4411.
Thursday November 6th at 7:00 pm
The Next Steps: Deeper Energy Conservation in our Homes with Margaret Dillon
The price of oil may continue to fluctuate, but all signs point to an end to the era of cheap oil. What was standard for a building when oil was $1.00/ gallon is no longer acceptable. Homeowners are looking for ways to drastically reduce their energy consumption and heating bills. While rising fuel prices have prompted many homeowners and builders to look at renewable energy such as geothermal, wind and solar, by far the greatest energy, financial and environmental savings are to be had by reducing the load by improving the building envelope. Conserving energy in a building involves managing moisture, air flow, and heat transfer. With a background in Environmental and Building Sciences, Energy consultant Margaret Dillon will give an overview of how to think about, and plan for, deep energy retrofits and how the homeowner can lower costs while maintaining - or improving comfort and air quality. Dillon will talk about basic principles of heat and moisture transfer, how to assess the building envelope and prioritize home energy improvements, and indoor air quality. Presenter Margaret Dillon has 25 years experience with building, designing and managing buildings, always within the context of promoting energy and resource efficiency and creating a more sustainable built environment. Dillon is a Certified HERS Rater, BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist.
Friday November 7th at 7:00 pm
Emotional Freedom Technique with Beverly Leach
Beverly Day Leach will present information on Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a form of energy healing that consists of tapping on various acupuncture points to rid the body of negative energy. It is highly effective for mental, emotional and physical issues and the basics can be learned in about 15 minutes. The talk will involve participation from willing audience members and everyone should leave with the ability to use EFT on themselves. Free and open to all.
Sunday November 9th at 4:00 pm
70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Songs of Resistance and Hope with Stephanie Hurley
November 9th marks the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, a night of coordinated violence against Jews throughout Nazi Germany. Nearly 100 Jews were killed that night, 30,000 were arrested and deported to concentration camps, and more than 200 Synagogues as well as countless homes and businesses of German Jews were destroyed. In commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Hancock Town Library is sponsoring a program focusing on songs from the Holocaust - songs of endurance and defiance - presented by Stephanie Hurley. Stephanie presents a slide show outlining some facts about the ghettos and concentration camps during the Holocaust. Interspersed throughout, Stephanie performs hauntingly beautiful songs that were composed and sung by people living under terrible and inhuman conditions. Singer Stephanie Hurley is an accomplished vocalist in many genres of music. She graduated with honors from Keene State College, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Music History. This performance is an extension of her research conducted at the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College. Inspired by this research, Stephanie resolved to bring the voices of the people who lived during the Holocaust back to life by performing their songs. This program is free and open to the public.
Thursday November 13th at 7:00 pm
Documentary Film: Legacy – Generations of Family Business
A documentary portraying the dreams, stories and future prospects of families running enterprises over multiple generations will be presented by Jim Howard, Senior Producer and Photographer. Today, only one-third of family businesses survive the transition from founder to the 2nd generation. This extraordinarily low survival rate marks an alarming decline in recent years. This documentary, in conjunction with public forums, web presence, and media attention, will take a decisive step towards reversing this decline. Family businesses provide an anchor that binds our communities. A discussion of the practical actions we can take to support these enterprises will follow the 30-minute film. The beloved 4th generation Edmunds Hardware Stores in Antrim and Henniker will be featured, as will the 10th generation Graves family dairy farm in Walpole among other enterprises. Free and open to the public.
Saturday November 15th at 4:00 pm
Absolutely Wild with Kim Cunningham
Join Kim Cunningham as she reads from her newly published children’s book of sophisticated verses (written by her father) combined with beautiful illustrations by Kim. She will also bring some "show and tell" items describing the process of designing and producing the illustrations. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend!
Thursday November 20th at 7:00 pm
Navigating Careers and Family in Modern China
Hancock resident Eleanor Falcon recently took an extensive trip to China. Traveling with guides in Beijing and the North, joining a Chinese family and teaching English language to elementary school children in Shanghai and Central China, and living with her Chinese family in Changsha and Central China, provided unique opportunities to observe and participate in the daily life of her Chinese hosts. In many cities and villages she was the first American and Caucasian woman the Chinese had met. She will share her experiences and reflect on the complicated relationships of the people she was given the honor to meet. All are welcome.
Friday November 21st at 7:00 pm
Cheap Date Night Film: The Bourne Identity
This year’s Cheap Date Night Film Series theme is Spy Movies and this month we’ll show the recent, yet already classic, Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon. Edge of your seat suspense, free popcorn and Matt Damon. What better way to spend a Friday night?
Coming in December…
Saturday December 6th 10 am til Noon
The Elves Workshop with Melody Zahn Russell
Come be an Elf! Moss & berries, paints and bells, colors and candles ~ create your own secret holiday gifts! For children ages 6 – 10 years old. There is a $10 materials fee for this program and you will need to register at the library (or call us at 525-4411) since class size is limited to 12 elves. Melody Zahn Russell, MEd, our Chief Elf, is an experienced art educator and local artist.