Wednesday December 12th at 7:00 pm
First Wednesday Book Group (yes, that’s right, a week late…)
This month’s book is Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen. The First Wednesday Book Group will take January off but will be back in February. Stay posted for our next choice!
Tuesday December 18th at 7:00 pm
A Child’s Christmas in Wales with Sebastian Lockwood & Nanette Perrotte
Celebrate the season with a reading of one of Dylan Thomas’ most popular works. We’ll also sing Christmas carols with Nanette Perrotte. A wonderful evening for all ages. This program is free and open to all thanks to the Friends of the Hancock Town Library.
Thursday December 20th at 7:00 pm
Amahl and the Night Visitors
A one-of-a-kind video has emerged which will acquaint area residents with the magic that was once known as The New England Marionette Opera. This summer, theatre founder and general director Ted Leach, was viewing the few VHS tapes that survived the tragic fire that totally destroyed the Marionette Opera and its home theatre in Peterborough on January 1, 1999.
It was literally the last tape to be viewed, “number 51 out of 51” recounts Leach and it was a complete performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors. The company gave over 120 performances of the iconic holiday piece and, according to Leach, “this appears to be the final performance.”
He viewed the tape only once, fearing that another viewing might result in the tape breaking which had happened with many of the tapes. The tape was sent to facility in Boston that converted it to a DVD.
Normally the theatre did not videotape its performances, but for this performance, not only did they videotape it but the video camera was manned with the videographer following the action on the stage.
“We knew our way around Amahl,” said Leach, “and this performance was a world-class marionette exhibition.” The performance was followed by a pair of Christmas carols performed by the marionettes with some audience participation at the end. From beginning to end the DVD is about one hour long. “This was a bittersweet discovery” said Leach, “it’s fabulous that we have this vibrant record of what we were all about, but one can’t watch it without a mega-feeling of remorse.” This program is free and open to all.
From the Children's Room
Rennie Timm, Children’s Librarian
Tuesday, December 4 at 3:15 – 4:15pm
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. All ages welcome.
Thursdays in December at 10:00am (NEW TIME)
Walking and talking, this babes to toddler story time is an interactive program for all pre-schoolers and their parents or care providers. No registration required, feel free to drop in anytime.
Friday, December 7 at 6:00 - 8:45pm
Movie, Popcorn & 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 determined by the group in attendance.
Wednesday, December 12 at 3:15 – 4:15pm
Crafts with Michelle Russell- Stars to brighten up the holiday season!
Calling all children to an after-school craft project in the library! Join Michelle Russell to fold colorful, transparent stars for your windows, and hear a star-story from the library collection. All ages welcome.
Calling all adults and children age 10+ interested in ARCHERY, Lucy Morris, our summertime instructor will be back hopefully this Spring for another archery course. Call Rennie, the Children’s Librarian for more information.