Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Library Events for October 2012

Get out your calendars, we have a LOT going on in October. You won't want to miss any of these upcoming programs! 

Wednesday October 3rd @ 7 pm
First Wednesday Book Club

Join us as we discuss Dan Brown’s thriller Deception Point. Next month’s book will be Through a Glass Darkly by Donna Leon.  Copies will be available at the front desk. As Paul Skenazy of the Washington Post writes, "Few detective writers create so vivid, inclusive and convincing a narrative as Donna Leon, the expatriate American with the Venetian heart…One of the most exquisite and subtle detective series ever."  Feel free to join the library’s book club anytime you can. We’re always looking for new members!

Thursday October 4th @ 7 pm
Richard “Dobbs” Hartshorn – Bach with Verse

Join us for a special concert event featuring double bassist Richard “Dobbs” Hartshorne of Bach With Verse. A superb instrumentalist and marvelous storyteller, Dobbs performs the Bach Cello Suites and take us along on his musical adventures in hilarious comedic stories. He discusses his transformative work bringing this music to children around the world in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and Uganda as well as inmates in US prisons and will present a short documentary film about his tours. Come join us and see how music can change the world! Dobbs Hartshorne is a world-renowned double bass virtuoso, composer and storyteller. A graduate of The Julliard School and Oberlin Conservatory, Dobbs is a classically trained double bassist who brings a unique creativity to the art. Dobbs spent six years performing in Latin America with the Peace Corp as principal bass in several orchestras and was one of the designers of the free youth music program in Costa Rica. He was a member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players based in Sullivan, NH for 30 years bringing music to the worn-torn areas of Israel and Arab nations, Ireland, and the Caucasus Region through their Playing for Peace project and served as director of their summer festival. In 2004, Dobbs formed Bach With Verse, traveling extensively to bring music to underserved audiences in worn-torn areas. Free and open to all thanks to the Friends of the Hancock Town Library.

Thursday October 11th @ 7 pm
Discovering New England Stone Walls with Kevin Gardner

Kevin Gardner’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls, The Granite Kiss, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics.  He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.  He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for sale. This program is free and open to all thanks to the Friends of the Hancock Town Library.

Thursday Oct. 18th @ 7 pm
Duke Ellington & The Harlem Renaissance with Nanette Perrotte

The Duke: who is he? Genius interpreter of Big Band Swing and the Harlem Renaissance moment – melody maker and aficionado of putting on the Ritz – Sir Duke. Will we ever know the real Duke Ellington and will we ever understand the complexity and mystery of his collaboration with the great Billy Strayhorn. Here is a life that is graced in so many ways: a loving supportive family, the ease and confidence of a good education and a desire to maintain the true style of a Duke.  Here is the leader who created the perfect orchestra, building it one superb player at a time. The titles tell a story: Lush Life, Take the A Train, Prelude to a Kiss, It Don't Mean a Thing, Satin Doll…Join us as we sing the great songs and look at the internal workings of the music.  The period of Ellington's intense creativity 1924-1930 gives us a portrait in music of the extraordinary moment we call the Harlem Renaissance:  The Cotton Club, The Savoy… 142nd street and Lenox Avenue, a time when Harlem was the playground of the rich.  Nanette Perrotte, BA Jazz Composition Berklee College of Music, MA Ed Lesley University has been a professional Jazz singer for 25 years and 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 program is free and open to all. For more information call the library at 525-4411.

Wednesday October 24th @ 7 pm
In Search of Community: Archaeology at the Abyssinian Meeting House Portland, Maine with Martha Pinello

The Abyssinian Meeting House is a simple wood-frame building constructed between 1828 and 1831 to serve Portland, Maine’s African American community. The Meeting House was the cultural center for African-Americans in southern Maine from its inception until it closed in 1917. When established, it was the third African American Meeting House in the United States after Boston and Nantucket, Massachusetts. It housed Portland's 19th century public school for black children. The congregation was also involved in the political issues of the day, especially those affecting African Americans. Meetings, church services, the segregated school, concerts, dinners and entertainment made the Abyssinian the center of political and social life throughout the 19th century.Martha E. Pinello, Principal Investigator for Monadnock Archaeological Consulting, LLC of Stoddard has over three decades of experience working on historic sites throughout New England. She served for many years as Chief Archaeologist at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH, and has special expertise in paleoethnobotany and landscape archaeology. Pinello joined the team restoring the Meeting House in 2006. This program is free and open to all!

Mondays: October 29, November 5th & 12th, Noon – 2 pm
Nanette on Jazz!

Three 2 hour workshops that are designed as in-depth extensions to the two presentations: Ella Fitzgerald, It Don’t Mean a Thing and Duke Ellington & the Harlem Renaissance.
These workshops will allow us to dive into the source material of this American musical movement and distinguish its different major stylists.  Using songs like, Lush Life, Azure Blue, It Don’t Mean a Thing, Lover Man we can analyze arrangements, examine improvisation and method of composition. There will be a pre-workshop listening list to use in our discussion.  Come ready to listen, analyze and join in the singing! Nanette Perrotte, BA Jazz Composition Berklee College of Music, MA Ed Lesley University has been a professional Jazz singer for 25 years and now teaches Music History and Voice at both Endicott College and The New Hampshire Institute of Art.  There is a $50 fee for all three classes and you must register with the library in advance. Stop by or call us at 525-4411.

Coming in November – save the dates!

Thursday November 1st Hancock resident Hank Huber will tell us about his recent hike to Machu Picchu.

Thursday November 15th NH author Ernie Hebert will be here to read from his new book, Never Back Down.

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

Tuesday, October 2 at 3:15 - 4pm
Block Party: LEGO® Fun
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 program will run through December 4, on the first Tuesday of every month. All ages welcome.

Thursdays in October at 10:00am (NEW TIME)
Laptop Storytime

Walking and talking, this babes to 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.

Wednesday, October 10 at 3:15 – 4:15pm
Habits and Habitats of New Hampshire Wildlife

Sponsored by NH Fish & Game, docent Donna Roscoe will have students explore the habits and haunts of New Hampshire wildlife. Games and hands-on activities are used to teach what habitat is and why it’s important.  Recommended for ages 8-11.

Friday, October 12 at 6:00 - 8:45pm
Movie & Trivia Night for Tweens & Teens

Middle School and High School Students are invited to gather with friends, munch on popcorn & watch a movie together.  Our feature presentation will be “The Hunger Games”. How much do you know about Katniss Evergreen and the characters in ‘The Hunger Games’? Bring along trivia questions to stump your friends….!

Wednesday, October 17 at 3:15 – 4:00pm
The Art of Book Making Workshop
Calling all children for an after-school book-making art project! Join Michelle Russell, to make your own hand-bound book. We'll decorate covers with drawings and collage and stitch the binding together. At the end of the afternoon, you'll leave with a blank book to fill with pictures, to write your own story, or to use as a journal. All ages welcome. 

Tuesday, October 23 at 3:15 - 4pm
“Shadows in the Night” - Mariposa Museum

Explore the folk art form of shadow puppetry.  We’ll take a look at the Museum’s collection of shadow puppets, learning a bit about their history. Watch a small shadow puppet show and create your own shadow puppet to take home. Recommended for ages 4+.

Wednesday, October 31 at 2:45-4:15pm
Night Shivers- Vampires, Zombies, Ghosts and Monsters

Fun Halloween crafts and activities for all ages. Enjoy a snack while listening to a seasonal story, create a craft or decorate your face with ghoulish makeup for your trick or treat adventure in town. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun. All ages are welcome.

Calling all adults and children age 10+ interested in ARCHERY, Lucy Morris, our summertime instructor will be back hopefully this October for another archery course. Call the Rennie, the Children’s Librarian for more information.
See Lucy on Chanel 9 the Chronicle

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