Monday, August 25, 2014

Library Events for September 2014

Archer Mayor
A plethora of programs in September! And some great authors coming to visit: Archer Mayor on September 23rd, Newsday columnist John Hanc on September 25th, and Castle Freeman (you MUST come in and read his books because you will fall in love with his writing) on September 29th. But plenty of other great speakers as well. Just plan on being here a lot in mid-late September!!

Sunday August 31st at 7:00 pm
Classical Indian Dance with Neela Zareen AT THE VESTRY!!!

Welcome to an evening of Kuchipudi performance, an Indian classical dance form rich in ancient tradition, exuberant rhythm and graceful storytelling. The artist depicts tales of deities from the Hindu tradition. See the all-pervasive Lord Shiva perform his cosmic dance, mighty Goddess Durga combat demons and the lotus-eyed Lord Krishna coming to the rescue of a beautiful princess. Please join us at the Hancock Vestry for an evening of classical Indian dance with Neela Zareen of New York City. Dr. Zareen has been training in Indian classical dance for the past 15 years. Don’t miss this fascinating glimpse into another culture! Free and open to all.

Monday September 15 at 7:00 pm
Rosaly Bass: Organic! A Gardener’s Handbook

Rosaly Bass will be here to discuss ORGANIC! A GARDENER’S HANDBOOK her book filled with practical advice gathered from over 40 years of raising vegetables and flowers at Rosaly’s Garden in Peterborough. Rosaly’s Garden sprouted from a few seeds planted in 1973. It’s grown to be New Hampshire’s oldest and largest organic farm. In Organic! Rosaly Bass shares practical advice for gardeners and farmers who want to grow organic. Learn best practices, from planting and watering to pest control. Learn how to grow vegetables, berries, herbs and flowers exactly the way Rosaly grows them. Plus, harvesting and storage tips and even a few recipes. Free and open to all.

Wednesday September 17th at 7:00 pm
The Pellet Stove Almanack with Ken MacDonald

Join Ken MacDonald as he talks about his book, The Pellet Stove Almanack which explores all aspects of purchasing and owning a wood pellet stove from the consumer’s point of view. The book describes the savings, comfort, environmental benefits, convenience, and safety inherent in these stoves. Pellet stoves offer stark contrast to outmoded conventional heating systems - found in most homes - which are based on technology perfected just after the Civil War. Free and open to all.

Thursday September 18th at 7:00 pm
The Sharing Housing Option: Why It's a Really Good Idea

Join Annamarie Pluhar, author of Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates and learn why having a home-mate is a fabulous idea for mature, self-reliant adults. A “home-mate” is a person you share a home with by mutual agreement for the benefits of cost, company, cooperation, and comfort. The key is finding the right person. Come if you are intrigued by this idea. Annamarie Pluhar, M.Div. helps self-reliant, mature adults discover how they can share a home with other(s) for the benefits of cost, company, cooperation and comfort. She became an expert on sharing housing through twenty or more years of personal experience combined with expertise in group process and interpersonal relations. A facilitator and training professional, she has worked with clients in Fortune 100 firms as well as non-profits. She has appeared on numerous radio shows, in print and on the web. Free and open to all.

Tuesday September 23rd at 7 pm
Author Archer Mayor

Mystery fans have a treat in store when Archer Mayor, author of the New York Times bestselling, Vermont-based mystery series featuring detective Joe Gunther, appears here at the Hancock Town Library! A funny and lively storyteller, Mayor keeps fans entertained. A death investigator for Vermont's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a detective for the Windham County (VT) Sheriff’s Office, Archer Mayor has authored 24 Joe Gunther police procedurals based on real-world field experience. The result is greater depth, detail, and veracity for his characters and their tribulations. The New York Times calls him “the boss man on procedures.” Booklist: "Mayor's Joe Gunther novels are among the best cop stories being written today.” This program is in honor of all our volunteers at the Hancock Town Library and is made possible by the Friends of the Library. Free and open to all. Come early, this will be a well-attended event!

Wednesday September 24th at 7 pm
Walk With Me: 500 Miles Along Spain’s Camino de Santiago with Heidi NiemelaThomas

Walk 500 miles across Spain?! Every year, thousands of modern-day pilgrims walk a centuries-old trail leading to the tomb of St. James in Santiago, Spain. What is the Camino de Santiago, and why are so many drawn to making this journey today? Heidi Niemela Thomas will tell us about her pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, which she accomplished in the fall of 2013 walking from St. Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Heidi will share her story through breathtaking photography and the inspirational video she produced. Hear about one woman recognizing her courage to accomplish her dream. Ms. Thomas lives in Dublin, New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters. Free and open to all.

Thursday September 25th at 7 pm
The B.A.A. at 125: The Official History of the Boston Athletic Association with Author John Hanc

When most people think of the Boston Athletic Association, they think of the Boston Marathon. If you're one of those people, John Hanc wants to expand your thinking. Hanc, a senior writer for Runner's World, is the author of The B.A.A. at 125, a surprisingly rich and varied history of the organization behind, yes, the world's most famous marathon, but also many other developments in the intersection of sports and society in American history. John Hanc’s eleven books include the award-winning memoirs, The Coolest Race on Earth about his experience running the Antarctica Marathon; and Not Dead Yet, the story of type 1 diabetic bike racer Phil Southerland. He is a longtime columnist and contributor to Newsday in New York and a contributing editor to Runner’s World magazine. His work also appears in The New York Times, Family Circle, Smithsonian and Yoga Journal. Hanc teaches journalism and communications at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, he earned his master’s degree at the journalism school of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He resides in Farmingdale, New York. Free and open to all. Special thanks to Paul Hertneky for making Mr. Hanc’s appearance here possible.

Monday September 29th at 7 pm
Author Castle Freeman

Castle Freeman is the author of six novels, fifty short stories and, as he writes, “rather more” than a hundred essays and other nonfiction. His writing is funny, poignant and spot on about rural northern New England. Please come in during the month of September to check out one of his books (we have several) because once you read him you won’t want to miss this chance to see him in person. Here’s what the critics say about Mr. Freeman’s writing: “Freeman’s beautifully cadenced dialogue is rich with humor, philosophic depth and a near-mythic sensibility.”– Publisher’s Weekly. And this, from Kirkus, “Go With Me is a small masterpiece of black comedy and suspense about a trio of backwoods heroes who embark upon a modern-day quest. . . . If all novels were this good, Americans would read more.” Free and open to all.

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


Our Grand Prize winners: Mallory Mason and Anthony Spinale won a stuffed dog & companion created by Anne Kenney, Addy Charron claimed the large stuffed panda and the books ‘Perfect Time for Panda’ and ‘Chu’s First Day of School’, Kady Bedard was the recipient of the Kindle Fire. Congratulations.

This year’s summer reading program had 87 children participating, with over 1560 hours logged in and accounted for. AMAZING, keep on reading!!!

We had a number of new programs this summer; Animals with Bad Reputations, Science Exploratorium, Art Meets Author with Miss Melody, PAWS to Reading with Toven, Merry Music with Miss Katy. Programs were well attended and enjoyed by all. Our finale performance by ‘Norman Ng the Magician’ topped our all-time record with 125 in attendance.

A special thank you to the Friends of the Hancock Town Library, The Hancock Woman’s Club, and Anne Kenney for all their support and contributions that made our summer program possible.

Every Thursday at 10:30am
September 4, 11 & 25
Laptop Toddler Storytime

Walking and talking, this 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.


First Wednesday of the month (note the new day)
October 1 at 3:15–4:15pm
Block Party:Lego®

Join us for a hands-on learning opportunity for children to explore how things work. LEGO® bricks are provided by the library. No registration required, feel free to drop in anytime. All ages welcome.

Every Thursdays at 10:30am
October 2, 16, 23 & 30
Laptop Toddler Storytime

See description above.

Tuesday, October 14 at 3:15 - 4pm
Arts and Crafts

Creative fun crafts for all ages to make and take. Enjoy a snack and embrace the spirit of the season. Recommended for elementary and middle school students. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun with younger children. Registration preferred. Last minute drop-ins welcome.

Thursday, October 30 at 2:30-4pm
Halloween Activities to be announced

Coming soon will be books from the Libri Foundation Grant, keep a lookout on our library blog or Facebook page for their arrival.

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