From the Library…
For the Children & Teens ~
Make A Splash….Read! is this year’s theme for our annual Summer Reading Program. The challenge this year is for the children and teens of Hancock to read 700 Hancock Town 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! Preschoolers can participate by having a grown-up read to them. We’ll also give away weekly prizes and a grand prize for one lucky child and one lucky teen at the end of the Summer Reading Program. The more you read, the better your chance of winning! Reading starts at registration, Thursday July 1st and ends August 11th. Get ready to read, read, read those library books!
Thursday July 1st at 7:00 pm
Summer Reading Program Kick-Off with Reptiles on the Move: Wet, Wild & Crazy!
Meet a variety of interesting reptiles and amphibians, including an 11-ft. long Burmese python, blue-tongued skinks, tree frogs, and legless lizards AND sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Save the date! The Ice Cream Lady will be here in her truck and the library will treat all those (children & teens) who sign up for the Summer Reading Program.
Tuesdays beginning July 6th at 2:00 pm (through August 10th)
Summer Film Festival for Kids!
Cool off in the Daniels Room and watch a movie on the big screen every Tuesday at 2 pm! The first film is Fantastic Mr. Fox on July 6th. Free popcorn! Thanks to the Friends of the Hancock Town Library for funding this program.
Thursday July 8th at 10:00 am
Flip-Flop Decorating Party
Join us as we accessorize our flip-flops! Space is limited so please sign up as soon as possible. Either at the front desk or by giving us a call at 525-4411. Flip flops will be provided.
Tuesdays beginning July 13th at 10:00 am (through August 24th)
Summer Story Time
Join us in the Children's Room for some favorite summertime stories. For ages 3-6.
Thursday July 15th at 1:00 pm
Message in a Bottle
Create your very own message to be placed in a glass bottle. The library will include contact information and set the bottles adrift at Odiorne Point. Last year we got letters from people in Massachusetts who found two of our bottles! Space is limited so sign up at the front desk or give us a call at 525-4411. Suitable for ages 5 and up.
Thursday, July 22nd at 11:00 am
Water Play for Toddlers
Bring your little one for some fun sensory play with friends. They'll pour, spray, splash, and scoop while developing important early childhood skills. The library will provide a snack.
Thursday July 29th from 2-4 pm
Instant Autobiographies at the Hancock Library with Erin Sweeney
Come and learn a simple folded book structure using one piece of everyday paper! We will write and illustrate our autobiographical stories, using a template that Erin will provide. After the work is done, we'll photocopy and fold. Each participant will leave with a set of books--one from everyone--in a folded slipcase. Suitable for elementary and middle school children. Erin Sweeney is a New Hampshire based artist, having recently completed her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She teaches and works locally at her Lovely InThe Home Press in Peterborough. Class size is limited so sign up today at the front desk or give us a call at 525-4411.
August 11th at 7:00 pm ~ Save the date ~ our Summer Reading Program Grand Finale will take place on August 11th! The Hampstead Stage Company will present Alice in Wonderland. Summer Reading Program prizes will be given away at this time.
For the Adults~
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.
Wednesday July 14th at 7:00 pm
The Elephant Project with Miranda Loud
Join us for this work-in-progress screening of the first six films (each only 3 to 15 minutes in length) of “Ele-Phantom: Twenty Short Films/Twenty Questions” with Miranda Loud, multi-media artist and filmmaker. Ms. Loud wants to get the word out about The Elephant Project which will interest a wide range of people curious not only about elephants, but how artists are using their different mediums to blend their explorations of current environmental issues with metaphor, story and craft.
Artistic Director Miranda Loud has been passionate about reconnecting audiences with nature since 2005 when she founded the not-for-profit organization NatureStage. Her multi-media works involving film with live performance on environmental themes have been hailed by the Boston Globe as a new genre; her latest work about the relationship between honeybees and beekeepers won a Gold Star Award in 2009 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. All are welcome.
Tuesday July 20th at 7:00 pm
Film & Discussion: The Mystery of Chaco Canyon with Dr. Martha Yates
Teams of researchers have been exploring the enigmas posed by the massive prehistoric ruins of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, now a World Heritage site. A new explanation of the mystery is emerging. Rather than an ancient trading center it was instead, a complex ceremonial center with extraordinary astronomical alignments between its massive buildings and roads. Before and after the film, Dr. Martha Yates will lead us in discussion about Chaco Canyon, its mysteries and how it fits into the story of the Southwest. Dr. Yates served as District Archeologist for the Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico for many years and has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara and Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Vermont. She received her BA from Goddard College, her MA from the University of Vermont, and her PhD from UCLA. She was a Resident Scholar at Harvard University, studying Sanskrit and Hindu Mythology. In 2008 the Secretary of the Interior in Washington, D.C. appointed her to the Resources Advisory Council, an advisory council to the Bureau of Land Management. This program is free and open to all.