Monday, June 22, 2009

Library Events - July 2009

From the Children's Room

Summertime...and the Reading is Easy...Celebrate the joys of summer at the library! Children and teens are invited to register for our 2009 Summer Reading Program, "Summertime and the Reading is Easy." Special programs, prizes, and activities will be offered throughout the summer. Plus, we have a special challenge to the children & teens of Hancock. Last summer you collectively read a total of 375 library books. If you can increase that
number to 600 for the summer of 2009 (starting the week of July 1), the library director will dye her hair pink. Can you do it? Are you up to the challenge? If so, don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program!

Thursday July 2 at 7:00 pm
Wings of the Night: Owls & Bats

Join us as the NH Audubon brings some wildlife into the library! While both of these nocturnal animals rely heavily on their sense of hearing to survive, each has its own amazing way of catching prey. A live owl and hands-on educational props will help us learn how these creatures benefit the natural world. All are welcome, and kids are encouraged to sign up for the Summer Reading Program at this event. Don't miss it! Refreshments.

Starting Wednesday July 8 (through Aug. 5) at 2:00 pm
Kids' Summer Film Fest

Stop by the library to cool off in the Daniels Room and enjoy some free popcorn. Our first film will be The Tale of Despereaux (also a book here at the library). The complete schedule of films can be picked up at the library. All ages are welcome!

Every Friday in July starting July 10 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Everyone is welcome to rock out here at the library on Friday afternoons (thanks to David Selmer)! Test your ability on the guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for our very own PS2.

Tuesday July 14 at 3:00 pm
Sack Race Behind the Library

Race to the finish in the field behind the library. We'll have some cool refreshments after we've worked up a sweat. Suggested ages 4-10.

Thursday July 23 at 10:00 am
Flip-Flop Decorating Party

Sign up in advance for our flip-flop party so we know what sizes of flip-flops to purchase! All ages are welcome but this program is limited to 10 people.

Thursday July 30 at 11:00 am
Float Your Boat Contest

Come to the library to make your own boat. Once we've crafted our ships we'll float them in a pool out behind the library. Prizes for the boats that float longest. Suggested ages 6-10.

For the Grown-ups...

Tuesday June 30 at 7:00 pm
380 Million Years to the Present with Charles Kerwin

Charlie Kerwin will rock our world with information about the geology of Hancock and New Hampshire. Dr. Kerwin is currently an Adjunct Professor of Geology at Keene State College; he received his PhD from UNH in 2007.

Tuesday July 7 at 7:00 pm
Iran: Everlasting Fires with Tom and Beverly Westheimer

From 1969-1971 Tom Westheimer served in the Peace Corps in Iran and has long wanted to return to visit. This past spring he and his wife Beverly had an opportunity to return to Iran on an archaeological tour. For two weeks they traveled the country visiting significant archaeological sites and meeting the people of Iran. Don't miss this timely program!

Monday July 13 at 7:00 pm
It's Not About the Hike with Nancy Sporborg & Pat Piper

Well, if it's not about the hike...what is it about? This hour-long, free presentation highlights the journey of two 50+ year old non-hikers who one day decided to climb the 67 mountains in New England over 4,000 feet. Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper are two ordinary women who went on an extraordinary journey over the mountain summits and into their hearts. This is the story of what they found inside themselves as they hiked over 830 miles to the tops of over 140 mountains through all four seasons. Theirs is not a story of look at us...we did this. It is a story of look inside can do this too.

Tuesday July 21 from 2:30 - 3:30 pm
The Nurse Is In

Have your blood pressure checked and ask the nurse about cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other health concerns. The Nurse Is In is one of the Wellness Programs offered by Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday July 28 at 7:00 pm
A History of Sargent Camp with Paul "Hutch" Hutchinson

Founded in 1912 by Dr. Dudley Alan Sargent, educational pioneer and leading national voice in public health and physical culture, Sargent Camp has been as an innovative and progressive center of physical education, outdoor education, and the women's movement. Not only a summer camp for girls, Sargent Camp opened as a revolutionary program in higher education where the entire student body of Sargent College would be immersed in an education out-of-doors for two months of each academic year. In the 97 years since it first opened, Sargent Camp has evolved, grown, closed, reopened, and redefined itself, changing to meet the needs of America's youth. This slide presentation includes the pictures, postcards, songs and stories from nearly one hundred years of Sargent Camp and will be given by Paul "Hutch" Hutchinson, a Sargent Center staff member and doctoral student in American and New England Studies at Boston University.

Good news for those of you who have iPods and want to download audiobooks using our free audiobooks website. Now you can! Go to for more information. Call or stop by the library for the needed password.

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