Friday, May 30, 2014

Library Events for June 2014

Don’t forget that the library now has a telescope that you can check out – a great summer activity on a clear night. Just ask for it at the front desk!

And we just renewed museum passes for The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens in Newbury, NH. Summer is a great time to visit the renowned gardens and restored home of John Milton Hay, private secretary to Abraham Lincoln. In addition to museum passes for The Fells, we have passes to the Cheshire Children’s Museum in Keene, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, Canterbury Shaker Village, the MFA in Boston, Mariposa Museum, the Montshire Science Museum in Norwich, VT, and Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth. Please use them! Many thanks the Friends of the Hancock Town Library for providing these passes.

Thursday June 5th at 7:00 PM
Cheaters Sometimes Prosper: Aristotle Onassis, Alexei Solyanik, and other Scoundrels of Modern Whaling

Early in the 20th century, scientists and bureaucrats were already worried that whaling was unsustainable, yet after decades of effort to regulate whaling they were never able to create a sustainable system. UNH Professor Kurk Dorsey will discuss the role of cheaters in undermining the rules established in the middle of the century to make modern whaling rational, focusing on notorious capitalist Aristotle Onassis and less well known Communist whaler Alexei Solyanik.  The lecture draws on his new book "Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas," which recently won the John Lyman award from the North American Society for Oceanic History for the best book in the area of science and technology. Kurk Dorsey, a native of Cincinnati, received his PhD in History from Yale University in 1994. He has taught at UNH since then. He lives in Durham with his wife, Professor Molly Dorsey, and their two sons. Free and open to all.

Wednesday June 11th at 7:00 PM
Discover Monadnock with Gordon Peery

Discover Monadnock is a new web site (and related social media) for promoting the Monadnock region as a cultural tourism destination. It is a collaboration of Art's Alive and the Monadnock Travel Council. Gordon Peery, project manager and editor of the web site, will provide a tour of the site and talk about plans for continued development of both the site, and the larger initiative of creating a brand for the Monadnock region. This will also be an opportunity for businesses and individuals to provide ideas for how the project can evolve. Free and open to all.

Thursday June 12th at 7:00 PM
Learning & Installing Linux with Jon GrosJean

Since there was quite a lot of interest in Linux at the last meeting, Jon thought it would be helpful to do an actual installation on an old Windows XP laptop computer. Anyone who is interested can bring in a computer to do the same. Jon will have some different Linux distributions available both on CDs and DVDs. The installation will preserve the Windows installation, so a backup drive will not be needed unless the hard drive on the computer does not have enough free space available. Jon GrosJean has been a Linux fan for some time now and has installed Linux on all his computers with the old Windows XP running in a virtual machine. This program is free and open to all.

Thursday June 26th at 7:00 PM
Film: The Long, Hot Summer

This 1958 film was the first in which Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward appeared together (they got married the same year). Based on short stories of William Faulkner, this Southern Gothic story, reminiscent of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, got good reviews from critics at the time. Ben Quick (Paul Newman), a sullen but self-confident drifter, arrives in a small Mississippi town where his father had a bad reputation as a firebug. Will Varner (Orson Welles), the town's patriarch, still holds a grudge against Quick's dad, and when the young man decides to stay in town and sharecrop on Varner's land, Will goes out of his way to make his life difficult. However, Will develops a grudging respect for Quick's guts and determination, and he wishes that his weak-willed son Jody (Anthony Franciosa) could be more like him; Jody's wife Eula (Lee Remick) happens to agree. In time, Will gets the idea that Quick might be a good match for his daughter Clara (Joanne Woodward) and a better choice to take over his business dealings than Jody. Join us to find out what happens! Free admission & popcorn thanks to the Friends of the Library.

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

Summer Reading Program is just around the corner!

Readers of all ages will explore the world we live in this summer as the Hancock Town Library presents “Fizz, Boom, Read!” This summer’s theme is all about science, technology, math, and engineering. The 2014 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 23 and run through August 7, with a grand finale performance by magician Norman Ng. Sign up and enjoy our kickoff program on June 19 at 7pm with a live animal program “Animals with Bad Reputations” by the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Stop in the library to pick up a flyer of summer events and your registration packet. Sign up is ongoing throughout June.

Thursdays in June at 10:30 am
Laptop Storytime

Walking and talking, this babies 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.

Tuesday, June 3 at 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Block Party: LEGO® Fun

Join us for the afternoon 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.

Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 pm
“Animals with Bad Reputations”

The public image of some animals is often inaccurate and responsible for many negative attitudes. Join us to consider the good side of these creatures. The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center kicks off our 2014 Summer Reading Program with their “Animals with Bad Reputations” live animal performance. Sign up for summer reading will begin at 6:45pm. We look forward to seeing children of all ages and the young-at-heart join us for a fun-filled evening. Free and open to all.

Saturday, June 21 at 11:00 am - noon
PAWS to Read

Welcome Toven and Mary Stefanik (his handler) to the Hancock Town Library PAWS to Read program. Sign up at the front desk or email Rennie at  Each child will read to their dog for 15 minutes. Parents are asked to bring their child to the library 10 minutes prior to the scheduled reading time. If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment please call and let us know, so that we can notify any children on the waiting list.

Tuesday, June 24 at 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Science Exploratorium
Are you curious? Science really comes to life when children have a chance to get their hands dirty, explore, observe and create. This summer we will discover and explore how things work, finding answers to the whys. In this one hour session we will engage in hands-on-science activities to explore the world we live in. Come prepared to get dirty and have fun. All ages welcome.

Tuesday, June 24 at 6:00 - 7:00 pm
PAWS to Read

Welcome Mozart and Nancy Benda (his handler) to the Hancock Town Library PAWS to Read program. Sign up at the front desk or email Rennie at  Each child will read to their dog for 15 minutes. Parents are asked to bring their child to the library 10 minutes prior to the scheduled reading time. If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment please call and let us know, so that we can notify any children on the waiting list.

Wednesday, June 25 at 3:00 pm
Family Summer Movie Series- E. T. the Extra-terrestrial

Relive the adventure and magic in one of the most beloved motion pictures of all-time, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, from Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg. Captivating audiences of all ages, this timeless story follows the unforgettable journey of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy he befriends. Join Elliot, Gertie and Michael as they come together to help E.T. find his way back home. FREE POPCORN and air conditioning to stay cool. All ages welcome.
Runs 120 minutes, Rated PG

Thursday, June 26 at 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Miss Melody Russell presents “Art meets Author”

Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mary Pope Osborne are just a few authors children love and adore. In this 6 week program, Miss Melody Russell will take children on a journey of artistic discovery using an assortment of art mediums linking an art form with an author’s writing/illustration style. Each week we will introduce a new author and a corresponding art form, such as watercolor or pen and ink, clay, masks or mobiles, collage, or recycled creatures. This program is for children ages 6-11. Participants are required to pre-register, class size is limited.

Thursday, June 26 at 4:30 pm
Bedtime Math Family Pajama Party

Playing with numbers can be a blast, for both kids and adults!  From Slinkies to ninjas to finger-painting otters, Bedtime Math Problems get everyone laughing and math-ing. That’s what math should be about!  In a world where far too many grown-ups dislike math or are even afraid of it, Bedtime Math’s goal is to overhaul that culture. Just as we read for pleasure, we should do math for fun, too. So we’re serving up truly kid-appealing math to raise a next generation who loves numbers. Bedtime Math is excited to announce a brand new partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), which provides more than 16,000 libraries across the country with high-quality summer reading program materials each year. So join us for an afternoon of family fun with numbers and shapes. Parents are encouraged to partnership with their young children. This program is appropriate for ages 3-9. Pre-registration is recommended, space is limited.

WANTED: Classic old fashioned tea cups and saucers for our floral arranging program. Please drop donations off at front desk. Thank you!

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