Exciting news here at the Hancock Town Library: we have a brand spanking new, online catalog that you can now check from the comfort of your own home. You can browse the catalog, see what’s new, what’s popular, renew and reserve books, make suggestions for purchase, and bookmark books to a list of your own. We also have new library patron cards with 14-digit numbers for you so please be sure to come into the library to pick yours up. To access our new online catalog go to https://hancock.biblionix.com. Log in with your current library card number followed by an exclamation point, ie 12345! Your password is whatever phone number you gave us when you signed up for a card (no dash needed). Once you’re logged in, click on My Account and it should welcome you and tell you how much money you’ve saved by using your public library instead of buying items!! Always a good thing.
For those of you who use OverDrive and our downloadable e-books and audiobooks, keep using it the same way you always have. But know that in the near future we will be changing the way you log into OverDrive so keep checking the library’s blog http://hancocktownlibrary.blogspot.com/or give us a call at 525-4411.
In other news, I am very sad to say that Rennie Timm is leaving the library for a full-time position in the Keene school system. She has been a wonderful children’s librarian and we will miss her good humor and creative programming. Good luck Rennie! Thanks for all you have done to make the Children’s Room a welcoming and educational place to gather.
Wednesday December 3rd at 4:00 pm (Tea time!)
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Frauds and Scams But Were Afraid to Ask
Every day, millions of Americans lose their hard-earned money to identity theft, investment fraud and other types of scams. Last year alone, 12.6 million were victims of identity theft. That’s one person every 3 seconds! And that is why the AARP New Hampshire fraud fighters and the Hancock Town Library are hosting a free presentation open to the public, to educate people about the three Rs of fraud: recognize, resist and report. The program will be presented by AARP trained “Fraud Fighter” Marc Boyd. He will present and discuss an overview of local and national fraud trends, the Con Artist Playbook, how to prevent fraud, and talk about available resources. This should prove to be a lively and informative evening. Free and open to all.
Thursday December 4th at 7:00 pm
Five Bullets with Larry Duberstein
Author Larry Duberstein will read from his latest book, Five Bullets, which even Kirkus Reviews loved. Every Jew who lived through the Holocaust had a story worth telling, but not every Jew has been inclined to tell that story. Such was the case with Karel Bondy, a rising young structural engineer in Prague when the Nazis invaded his nation and began preparing the fortress town of Terezin to “receive” his people. Married and the father of three when he was taken there (and from there to Auschwitz), he was alone when luck allowed him to fight back, first with the partisans and later the Russian army. And he was alone when after the war he came to America to begin a new life as Carl Barry. What these experiences did to a strong yet sensitive man caught in the grip of the 20th century’s greatest tragedy is at the heart of this extraordinary novel. And because Bondy/Barry was not eager to share those experiences, we must rely on his inquisitive American nephew Lewis to ferret out the details for us–and upon author Larry Duberstein to weave their tales together, in all the horror and sadness and, more unexpectedly, the beauty and humor. Karel Bondy is an unforgettable character whose story will by turns shock, intrigue, and amuse you. “Duberstein creates a powerful story of humanity and inhumanity in this tale of war, survival and healing.”—Kirkus Reviews A native of Brooklyn, Larry Duberstein now lives and works in Hancock, New Hampshire. Free and open to all.
Thursday December 11th at 7:00 pm
Claremont Boy with Joe Steinfield
In Claremont Boy, Joe Steinfield shares humorous, insightful, and often poignant recollections spanning more than half a century, recalling his New Hampshire childhood as well as his personal and professional adventures over the years. In this collection of short pieces, readers will meet immigrant grandparents and other relatives, influential public school teachers, personalities as diverse as Julia Child, a Hebrew-speaking Muslim from the Northern Caucasus Republic of Adygeya, Ozzy Osbourne, and a P.L.O. leader from Jericho in the West Bank. Originally written over several years for the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript of Peterborough, New Hampshire, these essays are united by the author’s sense of irony and the unexpected. Joseph Steinfield was born and raised in Claremont, New Hampshire, where he graduated from Stevens High School in 1957. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School. He was formerly a partner at Hill & Barlow in Boston and is currently a member of the Boston firm of Prince Lobel Tye LLP, where he specializes in litigation and media law. He and his wife, Virginia Eskin, live in Boston and in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
Saturday December 13th at 10:00 - Noon
Holiday Wreath Making
Please join Megan Dodge for a morning of merry Holiday Wreath Making. Greens, wreath forms and embellishments will be supplied. Please feel free to bring along a favorite ribbon or ornament to personalize your wreath. PLEASE REGISTER AT THE LIBRARY BEFORE DECEMBER 11th so we know how many materials Megan needs! Megan has 13 years of experience as a floral designer. She operates her business, "Flowersdamore" out of her home in Hancock. Her recent designs can be viewed at www.facebook.com/flowersdamore. Free and open to all, families welcome.
From the Children’s Room
Rennie Timm, Children’s Librarian
Thursdays in December at 10:30am
Walking and talking, the babies 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 anytime.
Wednesday, 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 Wednesday of every month. All ages welcome.
Tuesday, December 9 at 2:45-4:15pm
Wreaths, Greens, and Berries
Join Megan Dodge to make and take crafts for the Holiday Season. All ages are welcome. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun. PLEASE SIGN UP AT THE LIBRARY TO ENSURE ENOUGH SUPPLIES FOR ALL TO ENJOY.
A Special Note:
To all the families and children who have made my tenure as Hancock Children’s Librarian a joy and blessing, thank you for the opportunity to have served you. To Amy, the Friends, the Trustees, thank you for all your support and the opportunities to grow and expand my horizons as a children’s librarian and a community member. I will miss you all!