Thursday, May 1, 2014

Library Events for May 2014

Don't forget that we have puzzles to swap and museum passes to give out thanks to the Friends of the Library! We have passes to the Currier in Manchester, the MFA in Boston, Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, Shaker Village in Canterbury, The Montshire in Norwich,Vermont, the Mariposa in Peterborough, and the new Cheshire Children's Museum in Keene.  Please use them!

Monday May 5th at 7:00 PM
Learn About Linux with Jon GrosJean

Now that many people are facing the obsolescence of Windows XP, it may be time to consider a free operating system which will run faster on your old computer and includes a free office suite which will import and export Microsoft word documents.  It operates about the same way as the system you have been using but is much more customizable with different desktops.  Web browsing is exactly the same and it is very easy to become familiar with LibreOffice, the office suite.   Installation simply involves making a copy of your old files in My Documents, inserting a CD or DVD and following the instructions.  The files are then copied into the new installation. If you have some programs which will only run in Windows XP, it can be installed in what is called a virtual machine in Linux so that is safe from malware.  You can run your old programs or hardware and move files between the two systems. 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.  The first session will be to show how Linux operates, and the different versions which are available.  If there is enough interest, we can get started with the conversion process. Free & open to all.

Thursday May 8th at 7:00 PM
Postcards from Peru with Jess Gerrior

Experience Iquitos, Peru, the largest city with no roads connecting to the outside world, through the eyes of a North American environmental educator. Learn about Jess Gerrior’s experience of the International Association of Universities' 2014 International Conference on “Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development” which Jess attended in March 2014 in Iquitos, Peru. Learn about the drafting of the IAU Statement on Higher Education for Sustainable Development and how the IAU's 2014 International Conference may shape UNESCO's (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Post-2015 Development Agenda. This is a child-friendly program, but know that some images may evoke strong emotion. Jess Gerrior has an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and currently works as Sustainability Coordinator for Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. Ms. Gerrior is also a proud member of Monadnock Roller Derby. She lives in Antrim with her family. This program is free and open to all.

Thursday May 15th at 7:00 PM
Legislative Update from Hancock’s State Representatives

State Representatives Jon Manley and Dick McNamara will be here to give us an update on legislation in Concord. Bring your questions! Free and open to all.

Thursday May 22nd at 7:00 PM
Film: A Little Romance (1979) with Diane Lane and Sir Laurence Olivier

A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), attending school in Paris, meet and begin a romance. They befriend Julius who enchants them with his storytelling. In an attempt to solidify the teens’ love forever, the three journey to Venice. This is Diane Lane’s first feature film at the age of 14. You may recognize her from the lead role of Frances in Under the Tuscan Sun, but she has many other films to her credit. A glimpse of the roots of Diane Lane’s lovely style and talent paired with the experience and class of Olivier. Wonderful. Free admission and popcorn thanks to Friends of the Library.

Thursday May 29th at 7:00 PM
Music & Poetry for Memorial Day

Join us as we listen to poetry and classical guitar in memory of the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have died in the service of their countries. Poet Rodger Martin will read from his book The Battlefield Guide and other works. He will be joined by classical guitarist Ted Mann as they combine the spoken word with music in commemoration of Memorial Day. Martin teaches journalism at Keene State College and is a co-editor of Hobblebush Books’ Granite State Poetry Series. Ted Mann is an award-winning musician and composer who teaches music and composition at Keene State College. Free and open to all.

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

Thursdays in May 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, May 6 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.

Tuesday, May 6 at 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Mother-Daughter Tea Party and Floral Arrangements

Moms, grandmothers, daughters, join Megan Dodge for an afternoon of creative tea cup floral arranging. Share a story, make a lovely tea cup centerpiece and indulge in an old fashion tea, complete with cookies. Pre-registration required. Call the library or email Rennie ( All ages welcome.

Thursday May 8 at 10:30am – 11:15 am
Merry Music for Kids with Miss Katy

This program combines the joy of singing with action-oriented activities. Puppets and live music with the accompaniment of the baritone ukulele, mandolin, banjo and various percussion instruments create a fun filled show for children ages 2-6.

Saturday, May 17 at 11:00 am - Noon
PAWS to Read

A DOG in the Library?

Children reading storybooks to dogs—what could be cuter? But every day we’re learning there’s more than just cuteness when this happens. The smiles on a child’s face, the wagging tail of the dog, the excitement of doing something different (even forbidden in some public places) proves there’s anticipation when it comes to reading in this particular setting. And that’s what it’s all about. Youngsters of all ages are not only learning to read, they’re looking forward to it. They’re learning to love to read!
So please 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, May 20 at 3:15 – 4:15 pm
Crazy Bands…Rainbow Loom Club
Create your own bracelets, rings, necklaces….go wild with bright colored glow in the dark rubber bands. Crazy-rainbow bands will be provided, just bring your imagination and expertise to share with others. If you have your own loom, please bring it, as we have a limited number to share with the group. All youth welcome.

Tuesday, May 27 at 6:00 - 7:00 pm
PAWS to Read

A DOG in the Library?
Please 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.

Thursday, May 29 at 4:30 – 6:45 pm
Movie & Popcorn 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 Book Thief” based on the book by Markus Zusak. Check the library Facebook page for updates.

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

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