You may have noticed that the small field behind the library has been plowed (thanks to Leo Cormier). The Library along with the Cornucopia Project and children from HES are planning (and planting) a pumpkin patch! Hopefully, we’ll be able to have our own little pumpkin fest in the fall. Maybe even line Main Street with pumpkins come Halloween. If you’d like to volunteer just a little bit of time to help tend our pumpkin patch, please call us (525-4411) and let us know; we could use your help. And grow some of your own pumpkins this year – who knows what we can do with all those pumpkins come October!
Veggie Swap on Tuesdays @ the Hancock Town Library
Speaking of growing things, if you have a little too much of something in your garden this year, bring some (not too much!) of the extra to the library on Tuesdays (we’re open 10 – 7). Others may be looking for just that thing. Radishes and greens in late spring, peas at the 4th of July, zucchini and cukes in August – whatever! We’ll put them on the front desk and see what happens. If no one needs them, we’ll make sure the extras get taken to the food bank in Peterborough. Thank you!
Summer Reading Program for the Grown-Ups!
The Hancock Town Library is hosting our first ever Summer Reading Program for Grown-ups! The theme is Between the Covers. We’ll start June 18 and run through August 3, same as the Summer Reading Program for the children. For every LIBRARY book you read (this includes downloadable audios or ebooks that you get from the library’s Overdrive site online) you can enter a raffle for great prizes. Watch our blog (http://hancocktownlibrary.blogspot.com/) or our Facebook page for more information!
FRIDAY JUNE 1st at 7:30 pm
The Word, The Poem, The Note and The Song
The Word, The Poem and The Song in improvisation, invention, possibility and surprise.Come to an evening of beauty, grace and mystery where Poets and Musicians will weave their sounds together. Poets: Becky Sakellariou and Rodger Martin. Musicians: Frank Wallace and Amy Knight. Free and open to all.
Tuesday June 5th at 7:00 pm
First Tuesday Book Club
The last meeting before taking a break for summer! We will discuss the book Obsessive Genius:The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith. Join us.
Thursday June 7th at 7:00 pm
It Don't Mean a Thing… the Music of Ella Fitzgerald with Nanette Perrotte
The singer that all other singers call the best – Ella Fitzgerald. This is the story of a young woman who against impossible odds achieved fame as a Jazz singer by the age of seventeen. She would go on to perform around the world for another 58 years. Nanette Perrotte tells Ella's story and sings her signature songs: Loverman, It Don't Mean a Thing, Misty, Tisket a Tasket, and Azure Blue. Nanette Perrotte has a BA in Jazz Compostion from the Berklee College of Music, an MA Ed from Lesley University and has been a professional Jazz singer for 25 years. She now teaches Music History and Voice at both Endicott College and The New Hampshire Institute of Art. She is the director and founder of the John Singer Sargent Choir as well as being a member of Hancock's Norway Pond Festival Singers. This new performance allows Perrotte to combine her singing, storytelling and teaching talents to bring together Ella Fitzgerald's masterful work and complex life story. Free and open to all. Not to be missed!
From the Children's Room
Rennie Timm, Children’s Librarian
Summer Reading Program is just around the corner!
CALLING ALL DREAMERS! Readers of all ages will explore the night this summer as the Hancock Town Library presents “Dream Big—READ! This summer’s theme is all about things nocturnal—dreams, stars and planets, bats, owls, spooky stories, and more. The 2012 Summer Reading Program is free and open to children of all abilities, babies through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story hours, and more. Families are invited to join the Read-to Me-portion of the program. We’ll begin June 18 and run through August 3, with a finale performance by Norman Ng, the Magician at 7pm. Sign up will begin June 13th at our HES assembly with Ken Sheldon and will be ongoing. Stop in the library to pick up a flyer of summer events and your registration packet.
Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21 &28 at 10:30am
Laptop Toddler Storytime
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.
Thursday, June 21 at 11:30pm
Join us for games and activities centered around the theme “nighttime-bedtime”. Many visitors make appearances at night in children’s stories and folklore. Mr. Sandman, the Tooth Fairy, the elves from “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, even Santa Claus. We’ll read stories, sing songs and make crafts to take home. Registration Preferred, call, email or sign up in Children’s Room.
Wednesday, June 20 & 27 at 3:00pm
Family Summer Movie Series
FREE POPCORN and air conditioning to stay cool.
Tuesday, June 26 at 4:00pm
Nocturnal Animals with Susie Spikol-Faber
Come find out how some animals stay up all night. Discover how a bobcat's eyes are different than yours and just how a fox can use its ears and snout to locate prey on the darkest nights. Howl at the moon and hunt by starlight through stories, games and observation. Recommended for children ages 6-12. Parents are welcome to join in the fun with younger children. Registration Preferred, call, email or sign up in Children’s Room.
Volunteers Wanted: have a special skill or talent you would like to share with young children or teens, contact the Children’s Librarian. Ideas that come to mind- yoga instructor, theatre, writers, artists, chess players, etc.
Coming in July….
Archery with Lucy Morris
Wonders of Wildlife -Habits and Habitats sponsored by NH Fish & Game
The Dream Big Theatre Venture, a workshop with Jason Lambert
Night Walk with Susie Spikol-Faber