Friday, May 21, 2010

Library Events for June 2010

From the Library...

Note to Lego Club Kids: Lego Club is over for the current school year, but we'll start up again in October!

2010 Summer Reading Program

Children (through 5th grade) and teens (through high school) are invited to participate in the Library's Summer Reading Program again this year. We've got lots of fun activities and events planned. This year's theme is "Make a Splash...Read!" Weekly prizes will be awarded as well as grand prizes at the end of the summer.

The challenge this year is for the children and teens of Hancock to read 700 LIBRARY books (last year they exceeded the goal of 600 by a nice margin). If they do that, in keeping with the water theme, the Library Director will dye her hair blue and be the target for a water balloon extravaganza out behind the library at the end of the summer! Reading starts at registration, Thursday July 1st, when we'll host Reptiles & Amphibians: Wet, Wild & Crazy, a presentation by Reptiles On The Move. Save the date! The Ice Cream Lady will be here in her truck and the library will treat!

Tuesday June 1st at 7:00 pm
First Tuesday Book Club

For our last book before the summer hiatus we'll be reading Fannie Flagg's Standing in the Rainbow. Join us!

Friday June 4th at 7:00 pm
Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World with Birute Regine

Join us for a stimulating conversation with Birute Regine, EdD, developmental psychologist, coach, and speaker as she leads a discussion on her newly released book, Iron Butterflies. This book goes beyond women owning their power. It is a catalyst for a new movement, where women individually and as a group in the US and globally are at a crossroad, a tipping point. It is time for women to lead a world in trouble, by bringing the power of the feminine into industry, community, and home. Together women can bring the much needed balance we all seek. Birute Regine earned her Masters and Doctorate degrees in human development at Harvard Universtiy where she collaborated with Carol Gilligan. She now resides in Cambridge, MA and Hancock.

Saturday June 5th at 11:00 am
Third Annual Sheepdog Demonstration

The sheep will be back behind the library to mow our field again this summer and Jack the Border Collie will show his stuff again this year. Don't miss this amazing demonstration of intelligence and skill. The sheep and Jack are courtesy of Sunnyfield Farm in Peterborough.

Monday June 7th at 7:00 pm
The Boccelli Garden: The Making of a Mixed Border in the Parks of Peterborough with Michael Gordon

Learn how to make a mixed border of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals. Michael Gordon of the Peterborough Parks Committee will be explaining the design of the Boccelli Garden in Peterborough. The garden is designed to look good four seasons. Gordon will demonstrate the changing plants of interest as the season progresses from spring to winter. Michael Gordon designs public gardens in Peterborough, NH and is an optometrist by profession.

Wednesday June 9th at 7:00 pm
Building a Family Emergency Kit

Red Cross representative Melody Actouka will be here to teach us all how to build a family emergency kit for the home. Important information brought to you by your local library and the Keene chapter of the Red Cross.

Wednesday June 30 at 7:00 pm
Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn with Dr. Thomas Hubka

Through architecture unique to northern New England, this illustrated talk introduces history common to New Hampshire farmers and focuses on several case studies that show how farmers converted their typical separate house and barns into connected farmsteads. Hubka's research demonstrates that average farmers were, in fact, motivated by competition with farmers in other regions of America who had better soils and growing seasons and fewer rocks to clear. The connected farmstead organization, housing equal parts mixed-farming and home-industry, was one of the collective responses to the competitive threat. Dr. Hubka is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include: issues of architecture and cultural meaning, imagery in the design process, New England farm architecture, among many others. He is currently investigating American popular housing of the 19th and 20th centuries, including case studies of working-class housing in major U. S. cities. This program is co-sponsored by the Hancock Historical Society and is made possible by a grant from the NH Humanities Council.

The NH downloadable audio books site now offers downloadable ebooks for your computer, Sony Reader or Nook. (Not compatible with the Kindle.)

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