Thursday, September 22, 2011

Library Events for October 2011

Saturday October 1st 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Reception for Artists Ann Eldridge and Bill Duffy

A Photographer and a Printmaker Walked into the Woods…

The next exhibit in the Daniels Room will feature the works of photographer Bill Duffy and printmaker J. Ann Eldridge, both of Bradford, New Hampshire. During October of 2010, Eldridge and Duffy (and their dog) spent two weeks in a remote cabin on the shore of the Haskell Deadwater - a slow-moving section of the East Branch of Penobscot River in northern Maine. The cabin was without electricity or running water but came with a full complement of mice.

The isolated location and lack of distractions allowed both artists to concentrate on their work but also altered their usual methods of image-making. Eldridge, who is known for intricately drawn nature studies in the medium of intaglio (etching and aquatint), was compelled to work more rapidly with pencil and charcoal as the light faded in the autumn sky or a morning rain shower cut short a drawing session along the river.

Duffy, who uses a full-frame digital camera for his photography, was accustomed to reviewing a day’s photographs on his computer monitor each evening. Instead, he was forced to wait until the two week sojourn had ended before he could see the results of his efforts. “It was like I was shooting with film again!” he said in mock horror.

Both artists also had to develop resourceful methods to carry their tools to remote locations only accessible by foot.

The exhibit runs from October 1st to November 3rd during normal library hours

Tuesday October 4th at 7:00 pm
First Tuesday Book Club

Join the group in a discussion of Thomas Steinbeck’s novel In the Shadow of the Cypress. November’s book will be Mudbound by Hillary Jordan (copies will be available at the front desk). Here’s an excerpt from the Amazon review of Mudbound: “Jordan won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for Mudbound, her first novel. The prize was founded by Barbara Kingsolver to reward books of conscience, social responsibility, and literary merit. In addition to meeting all of the above qualifications, Jordan has written a story filled with characters as real and compelling as anyone we know.”

Thursdays: October 13th through November 17th 3:00-4:15 pm
Yoga for Health Series with Margaret Gurney

Yoga is designed to bring you present in the moment. Its focus is on developing nonjudgmental awareness, opening oneself to inner stillness in yoga practice, meditation, and daily life. By coordinating breath with postures, and focusing attention, we come to deeper states of balance and harmony. Come to stretch, quiet down, and ultimately relax.

Please bring your own yoga mat and blanket, wear loose clothing, and don’t have just eaten. $60 for 6 sessions, payable to Ms. Gurney. Register at the front desk at the library or by calling 525-4411.

Margaret Gurney has been studying yoga all her adult life, and intensively for the last 10 years. She was certified at Kripalu a year ago, and has been teaching beginner levels ever since.

Wednesdays: October 19th and 26th at 7:00 pm
Learn about Linux with Jon GrosJean

Are you having problems with your old computer like a slow boot-up, viruses and an Office program which will not open the latest .docx and .xlsx files? Confused by the Windows 7 operation and the directory structure? Don't want to spend a fortune for a Mac? Then, Linux may be for you. There are many versions, each with its unique advantages, but some like Ubuntu and Mint Linux have tried to make the user interface like the desktop you are accustomed to and offer hundreds of free software programs. Another called Puppy Linux is very small and can even be run from a USB stick. No more illegal copying of licensed software. All the programs are free and can be copied as many times as you want. Open Office and Libre Office are also available (for Windows also) and are as good or better than the very expensive office programs. They also offer features like PDF printing and will open the latest Microsoft Office formats.

The first session will show how a computer can boot up with either Windows or Linux and some of the unique features of Ubuntu Linux. If there is enough interest, in the next meeting, we can set up Linux on your computer and go through more of the features. You may want to bring in a notebook in case you want to experiment at home. We can also create Ubuntu or Mint Linux installation disks.

Thursday October 20th at 7:00 pm
Yankee Magazine Columnist Edie Clark

Edie Clark has been writing and editing from her home in New Hampshire for the past thirty years. She has written extensively about New England in feature stories for Yankee magazine, where she served as Senior Editor for ten years and then Senior Writer and Fiction Editor for another fourteen years. Her multiple part series on topics such as land development, water pollution, the Christian Science church and the Connecticut River have gained widespread attention. In her hundreds of articles published by Yankee, she has established her reputation as one who writes about ordinary lives changed by one extraordinary act or circumstance. If you’ve never heard Edie read her work, you’re in for a treat. If you have heard Edie read, we know you’ll be here. This program is free and open to all thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Hancock Town Library.

From the Children’s Room (Rennie Timm, Children’s Librarian)…

Tuesday, October 4 at 3:15 - 4pm

Join us for an afternoon snack and let your imagination run wild. Hands on learning opportunity to explore how things works. LEGO® bricks are provided by the library. Recommended for Elementary School students to Adults. This program will run through December 6, on the first Tuesday of every month. Registration recommended, please sign up in Children's Room at desk.

Thursday, October 6 & October 20 at 10:30am

Walking and talking, this toddler storytime is an interactive program for children 24 months to 36 months and their parents or care providers. We'll share books, rhymes, songs, finger play & movement. Our goal is to foster an early love of books and literacy. At the end of the program, there will be playtime for parents and caregivers to share books, puzzles, or other literacy activities with their toddler. Dress comfortably as we will be sitting on the floor in the Children's Room. This program will run through December 1, on the first and third Thursday of the month. No registration required, feel free to drop in anytime.

Wednesday, October 12 at 3:15 - 4pm

Printmaking and craft fun with Apples. Create a decorative picture frame to hold your favorite photo, poem or painting. Design notecards to share with family and friends. Recommended for elementary and middle school students. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun with younger children. Registration at Children's Room desk. Last minute drop-ins welcome.

Wednesday, October 26 at 3-5pm

Young adults learn the art of baking. Create edible treats-cookies, cupcakes and candy/caramel apples for our ONCE UPON A HALLOWEEN! program on Friday evening. No experience needed. We will meet at library and than walk over to the vestry for our cooking class. Recommended for Middle & High School students. Registration at Children's Room desk or email

Thursday, October 27 at 3:15-4pm

Fun holiday crafts for all ages. Enjoy a snack while listening to a holiday story, create a craft or decorate/carve a pumpkin. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun. Recommended for ages 6 to adult. Registration required, sign up in Children's Room.

Friday, October 28 at 7pm

Storyteller and performer Diane Edgecomb enchants us with her spine-tingling tales for the spookiest time of the year. Once Upon A Halloween is a fun-filled, Halloween event-complete with a huge cauldron bubbling over with fog for the last dramatic story! This family program contains some old chestnuts as well as great new Halloween stories full of surprises. Come in costume and join us for Spooky Treats at the end of the performance. This is a family program especially fun and appropriate for ages 5 on up.

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