Thursday, December 29, 2011

Library Events for January 2012

From the Library…

Mondays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6 & 13
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Jujitsu – Adult Mix Class

This is a beginning class for men and women. You will learn basic, simple techniques of jujitsu in order to overcome an attacker with very little effort. Open to men and women age 15 and up. The class will be taught by Sensei Marc Mosher who has trained in jujitsu since 1980. Mosher has studied with Steven Seagal and owned a school in Henniker, NH. He is currently a 5th degree black belt and resides in Hancock. Fee is $45 for a six week session. For more information or to register for the class, call Marc at 603-313-1576. Visit Sensei Mosher’s website at

Thursdays, January 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9 & 16
7:30 – 9:00 pm
Women’s Streetwise Safety

Women (15 and up) will learn basic techniques to stay physically safe. This class builds self-confidence in handling physically stressful or dangerous situations. Taught by Sensei Marc Mosher. Fee is $45 for a six-week session. Please call Marc at 603-313-1576 for more information and to register for the class. Visit Sensei Mosher’s website at

Thursdays, January 5th and ongoing, from 3:00 – 4:15 pm
Kripalu Yoga with Margaret Gurney

Join us for beginning yoga with Margaret Gurney. Gentle, relaxing class – you’ll feel better afterward! Wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and a blanket. Cost is $10 per session. Register by calling the library at 525-4411.

Friday January 20th at 7:00 pm
Since Otar Left - Foreign Film Series

Join us for our Foreign Film Series on the third Friday of every month. This month’s movie is Since Otar Left, a film produced by companies in France and Belgium but set in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. A family is forced into deception for the sake of their matriarch in this poignant drama. Three generations of women share a tiny apartment in Tbilisi, a Georgia city that has been devastated by war, political instability, and a ruined economy. Eka (Esther Gorintin) is an elderly woman whose health is failing, but her will remains strong and she holds sway over the household. Eka's daughter, Marina (Nino Khomassouridze), is a middle-aged woman who is still dealing with the devastating circumstances of her childhood and the death of her husband. And Marina's daughter, Ada (Dinara Droukarova), is a college student who feels trapped by her circumstances and abraded by her lack of privacy; she has a lover, but since she must share a bed with her mother, they can only make love in his car. The light of Eka's life is her son, Otar, who has fled Tbilisi and lives in Paris. Otar writes frequently and sends money as often as he can, and while Marina resents her mother's obvious favoritism toward her brother, she and Ada realize how important his letters are to her. While Eka is visiting friends, Marina and Ada receive devastating news -- Otar has died in Paris, and since he wasn't carrying his visa when his body was found, he's been buried in an unmarked pauper's grave. Afraid this news would be a severe blow to Eka's poor health, Marina doesn't tell her mother what has happened, and Ada begins writing letters as Otar to maintain the illusion that he's alive. The ruse works well enough until Eka announces she's raised enough money by selling her possessions to visit her son in France. Depuis Qu'Otar Est Parti... (aka Since Otar Left) is the first feature film from director Julie Bertuccelli; it received an enthusiastic reception when it was screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. Free admission and popcorn thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Wednesday January 25th at 6:30 pm (Snow date of February 1st)
Star Party with Scott McCartney

Come take a look at the winter sky out behind the library! Hancock resident and amateur astronomist Scott McCartney will bring his telescope and teach us a bit about the planets and stars we can see. Appropriate for elementary school aged children and up. Free and open to all! Dress warmly as we’ll be outside.

Friday January 27th at 7:00 pm
The Two Weeks by Larry Duberstein

We are fortunate to host novelist Larry Duberstein who will read from his latest book, The Two Weeks. “A novel of love and lust, memory and desire. Duberstein’s narrative technique allows him to approach The Two Weeks indirectly, 30 years after the event. This chronological dislocation allows the characters to match the reality of their lived experience against the distortion of memory. Duberstein writes vividly and explores the space between life as we live it and as we wish we could.” –Kirkus Reviews And the New York Journal of Books has this to say: “A sensitive...story that is assured in what it wants to say. The Two Weeks is written by a veteran author who is not trying to dazzle with literary showmanship but with intimate storytelling.” Mr. Duberstein, a native of Brooklyn, New York, was an undergraduate at Wesleyan University and a graduate student at Harvard University. He now resides mostly in Hancock, sometimes in Cambridge. This event is free and open to all.

From the Children's Room
Rennie Timm, Children’s Librarian

Thursdays, January 5,12,19,26 at 10:30am

Walking and talking, this toddler story time is an interactive program for all pre-schoolers 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. No registration required, feel free to drop in anytime.

Tuesday, January 3 at 3:15–4:15pm
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO® Fun for First and Second graders

Join us for an afternoon snack and let your imagination run wild. Hands on learning opportunity to explore how things work. LEGO® bricks are provided by the library. This session is for early elementary children. Registration recommended, please sign up in Children's Room.

Thursday, January 12 at 3:15-4:15pm

Create a winter wonderland, build a magical castle out of sugar cubes and sweet treats. Recommended for elementary students. Registration required, sign up in Children’s Room, call the library at 525-4411 or email

Tuesday, January 17 at 3:15–4:15pm
BLOCK PARTY: LEGO® Fun for Third and Fourth graders

Join us for an afternoon snack and let your imagination run wild. Hands on learning opportunity to explore how things work. LEGO® bricks are provided by the library. Middle School students welcome. Registration recommended, please sign up in Children's Room.
Wednesday, January 25 at 2:45-4:30pm

Middle school students come join us for an afternoon of duct tape creations. We will start simple, making wallets. Duct tape diva, Mackenzie Wetherill will lead the session. Tape will be supplied by the library, but feel free to bring your own supplies. Registration recommended. Please email

Tuesday, January 31 at 3:30-5pm

Join Harris Center Naturalist Susie Spikol Faber and Children’s Librarian Rennie Timm for an afternoon of finding out about New Hampshire’s Winter Birds. We’ll discover which birds stay in NH during these cold months. And we’ll make them tasty bird treats to hang outside the library. Bird legends and stories will fill your imagination with these feathery friends and you’ll get to make and take your own bird field guide and bird feeding treat. Elementary aged children, come join us for this special tweet. Registration required, sign up in Children’s Room, call the library at 525-4411 or email Co-sponsored with the Harris Center. Free

A special thank you to the McGuiness family and Beth Grosjean for their generous donation of puzzles to the Children’s room. The toddlers are excited to have new puzzles to play with.

I would also like to recognize the middle schoolers who helped with our Holiday craft workshop, Veronica R., Skye C., Hannah P., Lily D., Mackenzie W., and Isabelle R. You were all a great help. –Rennie Timm

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