The library will close at 1:00 pm on December 24th and 31st. We will be closed on December 25th and January 1st. Otherwise we will have regular hours during December.
Tuesday December 3rd at 7:00 pm
How to Have Conversations with Difficult People
An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
NVC: an awareness practice masquerading as a communication technique!
Paul Merrill presents the fundamental assumptions of NVC and, through participatory exercises, how to begin applying them in your life. People who learn NVC have found increased compassion for themselves and others, greater authenticity in their communication, and superior conflict resolution. Paul Merrill began his study of NVC in 2002 and has been leading workshops in New York and then Boston since 2008. He works as an NVC mediator with an emphasis on couples counseling. A life-long, part time resident of Hancock Paul is also an artist and a father. Free and open to all.
Wednesday December 4th at 7:00 pm
First Wednesday Book Club
Join us as we discuss the book, Mink River by Brian Doyle. Still copies available at the front desk for your enjoyment. "Community is the beating heart of this fresh, memorable debut with an omniscient narrator and dozens of characters living in Neawanaka, a small coastal Oregon town...The fantastical blends with the natural elements in this original, postmodern, shimmering tapestry of smalltown life that profits from the oral traditions of the town's population of Native Americans and Irish immigrants. Those intrigued by the cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest will treasure every lyrical sentence." --Publishers Weekly
Thursday December 5th at 7:00 pm
Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter
Howard Mansfield will be at the library to talk about his new book: Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter. “Whenever I read Mansfield’s work I come away feeling not only informed, but expanded. His books don’t just sit on the surface of my mind, but enter it, giving me pause, inspiring me to think in new ways and invoking old conceptions, which surface in fresh form. And he does this with grace and humor, which makes it possible to digest the steady flow of ideas without feeling overwhelmed. “We are most at home,” Mansfield writes, “when we’re sheltered completely, body and soul.” Dwelling in Possibility is a shelter for the intellect, inviting, warm and true.” – Deb Baker, The Concord Monitor This program is free and open to all.
Thursday December 12th at 7:00 pm
Poems: In a Larger Frame
Six regional poets, members of the Visual Poetry Collective, will exhibit their work in the Daniels Room from December 10 to December 23, 2013, with readings of the poems and a discussion of their project "Poems: In a Larger Frame" on December 12th. The show consists of eighteen visual art and poetry panels. Each poet designed three of the panels by pairing either photographs, drawings, collages, or paintings with text. The purpose of this mixed media effort is to explore and expand the possibilities of poetry-off-the-page, using the visual stimulus of art to enhance, reflect or converse with the written poem. Members of the Collective include poets, Candace Bergstrom, Stoddard; Alice Fogel, Acworth; Kate Gleason, Keene; Rodger Martin, Hancock; Patrice Pinette, Wilton; and Becky Sakellariou, Peterborough. Some of the writers are visual artists as well and work in a variety of mediums, including photography, pastels, acrylics, paper collage, and textiles. A number of poem-posters are collaborations between writers and other artists. Copies of the panels along with books by the individual authors will be for sale after the reading. Free and open to all.
Thursday December 19th at 7 pm
A Child's Christmas in Wales with Charles Coe
Please join us as Boston poet Charles Coe returns for a special holiday program. Charles read at the Hancock Library back in June to celebrate the release of his latest book, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for My Parents and attracted the largest audience we’ve ever had for a poetry reading. Charles’ December program will feature poetry and short prose related to the holiday season, including excerpts from Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” and Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Power of Light.” He’ll close the program by reading the full version of “Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” There’s no admission charge, but Charles asks that in the spirit of the holidays, those who attend consider making a donation to the Hancock-based Cornucopia Project, which is “dedicated to planting the seeds for a lifetime of healthy eating.” Free and open to all.
From the Children's RoomRennie Timm, Children’s Librarian
Thursdays in December at 10:30am
Walking and talking, this babes to toddler story time is an interactive program for all pre-school children 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
Tuesday, December 3 at 3:15 – 4:15pm
Block Party: LEGO® Fun
Let your imagination run wild, a hands-on learning opportunity to explore how things work. LEGO® bricks are provided by the library. This program is on the first Tuesday of every month.
All ages welcome.
Tuesday, December 3 at 4:15pm
READING TO THE DOGS
A Meet and Greet opportunity to learn about our new program and sign up to read aloud to MOZART, a therapy dog. Sponsored by Therapy Dogs International, the “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” program encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to that won’t laugh at them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to them and enjoy the story being read to them.
Wednesday, December 11 at 2:45-4:15pm
Wreaths, Greens, and Berries
Join Megan Dodge and Miss Rennie to make and take crafts for the Holiday Season. All ages are welcome. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun. PLEASE, PARENTS MUST SIGN UP BY DECEMBER 9th AT THE LIBRARY TO ENSURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES FOR ALL TO ENJOY.
Friday, December 20 at 6:00 - 8:00pm
Movie 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 to be determined .