Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Library Events for June 2015

Our Summer Reading Program will start up in June with the theme, Escape the Ordinary for the adults (the children’s theme is Every Hero Has A Story!). This year Ms. Faucher (our children’s librarian) and I will sponsor a contest between the children/teens in town and the adults. Which group will read more hours over the course of the summer? For every hour you read you’ll fill out a slip which will enter you in a raffle for fabulous prizes! Come on, Adults-of-Hancock, I’m counting on you to sign up and read this summer!!

In other news, don’t forget that if we don’t have an item you’d like, we can borrow it from another library in the state through interlibrary loan. This includes audiobooks and DVDs as well as books. Don’t be shy, just ask us at the front desk!

Library Events for June

Monday June 8th from 5-7 pm
Representative Jon Manley

State Representative Jon Manley (Hillsborough County District 3: Bennington, Greenfield, Hancock) will be here to answer your questions.

Thursday June 11th at 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Watershed Council ~ Stream of Conscience
with Christine Destrempes & Andrew Fisk

The Connecticut River Watershed Council is working with River of Words Along the Connecticut River, and Art for Water to gather personal narratives about New England’s longest river through the Stream of Conscience art project. As owners of our rivers, citizens have a say in how hydroelectric facilities will be operated, how negative impacts on the river can be improved, and how renewable energy be made more sustainable. In the fall of 2012, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission began the relicensing for five hydroelectric facilities in northern Massachusetts and southern Vermont that produce over 30% of hydropower generation in New England and affect more than 175 miles of the Connecticut River.  The Stream of Conscience will be used to give input into this process; it is believed to be one of the first times that public participation art has been used for policy change. Harrisville artist Christine Destrempes of Art for Water, has worked for many years in graphic design, marketing, and publishing. In June of 2009, she completed her first public-participation installation, 13,699, after working on it for almost two years. She enjoyed the experience so much that she started Art for Water. Prior to joining the Connecticut River Watershed Project in May 2011, Andrew Fisk served as Director of the Land and Water Quality Bureau at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for seven years. Andy has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, as well as a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. He has served as President of the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Agencies and Chair of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC). He has been active in land conservation for over a decade. This program is free and open to all.

Thursday June 25th at 7:00 pm
Aguayuda (Water Help) with Bill Weaver

With over 20 years of working in developing countries around the globe, Bill Weaver brings to the Hancock Town Library a slide show and talk about the overwhelming challenges facing the indigenous Wayúu people of the drought-prone northern Colombian peninsula of La Guajira.  Currently working with the small non-profit organization 'Aguayuda' (Water Help) to bring lasting solutions in water and sanitation to isolated rural communities in the area, Bill will offer a glimpse at the richness and color of the Wayúu culture and the harsh impact of climate change on an increasingly stressed desert environment. Free and open to all.

Monday June 29th at 7:00 pm
Working Internationally for Children’s Rights

Beth Bradford, a Hancock native, works with organizations such as UNICEF and Save the Children around the world to support the development of child protection systems for preventing and responding to harm and supporting families to raise healthy children. Beth’s work involves travel to Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. It started years ago when she lived and worked in Romania from 1994-2002. Come learn more about the needs of children and families around the world, hear about the purpose and approaches behind Beth’s work, and explore some of the cultural and political differences that bring success and challenges. Free and open to all.

Wednesday July 1st at 7:00 pm
Red and White Dogs: An Introduction to the Poetry of James Merrill

James Merrill (1926-1995) won every major literary award for his ten volumes of poetry, and is often described as one of the greatest contemporary American poets. He was also the younger half-brother of long-time Hancock resident Charles Merrill.  In celebration of the acclaimed, new biography, James Merrill: Life and Art the poet's nephew Paul Merrill will share his understanding of his uncle's work. Paul says, " Many of us can feel intimidated and perplexed by poetry, and James Merrill's work, especially so.  There's a lot of it, and it's not simple! The biography inspired me to read the poems again, with more pleasure and understanding. And I noticed the recurring presence, throughout his career, of poems about dogs. So I've gathered up five, and  they will be the structure of the evening's talk. Using personal anecdotes and information I learned in the biography I hope to make this gifted artist more approachable. And his great work more enjoyable. Everyone likes dogs. So did he." Free and open to all.

From the Children’s Room: Events for Early Summer 2015
Callie Faucher, Children’s Librarian

Friday, June 5th at 7:00 pm
Froggy Went A’Courtin’

Join Folk Heritage musician Mary DeRosiers and naturalist Susie Spikol Faber for a night around the campfire as we sing and share stories of frogs and their froggy ways.  Weather permitting we will have a real campfire in the parking lot of the Hancock Town Library for a good ol’ time.  If it rains like frogs and toads, we’ll meet in the Daniels Room of the Hancock Town Library for our evening’s entertainment. Free, and for families of all ages.  Unplug and have a real good time!

Every Monday in June, from 3:15 to 4:15PM, Read to Coffee
Saturday, June 20th from 11-12pm, Read to Toven

Registered reading therapy dogs Coffee and Toven love when kids come read to them, so drop by to read the dogs a story! If you bring in 3 non-perishable items to donate to the local food pantry, you may pick out a stuffed animal graciously donated by Douglas Cuddle Toys.

All Summer Long at the Library! The Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has a Story!”
Our annual summer reading program for kids and teens is right around the corner, with heroes as the theme! Stay tuned for information about bingo, raffles, contests, prizes, special story times, movies, friendly competitions, outdoor fun and games, cupcake decorating and much more! We have a few big events planned already that you won’t want to miss (see below)!

Tuesday, June 30th from 6-7 PM
Family Puppet Show with Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals

Get ready for some fun with Lindsay and her Puppet Pals: lovingly crafted, giant hand puppets and marionettes. Her puppet show is filled with silliness, crowd participation, and unique, memorable characters. The series of charming and positive short stories Lindsay presents will delight the young and the young at heart! Free and open to all, held in the Daniel’s Room of the Hancock Town Library. You won’t want to miss this show!

July 8th through August 12th Wednesday afternoons from 2-3:30PM
“Heroes in the Story of Art” Creative Workshops with Melody Zahn Russell
Sponsored by the Hancock Woman’s Club

Join Hancock’s own experienced art educator Melody Zahn Russell, M.Ed. for our specially designed program Heroes in the Story of Art. In Melody’s words, “All through time artists and stories have helped us understand life. They are heroes of history. We will remember them and imitate them in our time.” Each week will feature various heroes of history and a project: Greek Gods and Goddesses inspire our wall hangings, King Arthur and Joan of Arc inspire our illuminated manuscripts, Raphael inspires our paintings of mothers and children, Leonardo inspires our inventions with recyclables, Michelangelo inspires our sculptures in clay, and finally, YOU as a hero will inspire our self-portraits! In each class we will start with a story and some books related to our theme. There will be a short demo of the day's project and then an hour to create! A huge thank you to the Hancock Woman’s Club for sponsoring this program!

Tuesday August 11th, 7PM
Concert with the Toe Jam Puppet Band

Mark your calendar for this wacky and zany concert that kids (and grown ups) will love! The Toe Jam Puppet Band has been entertaining for nearly 15 years with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun. All ages are welcome! Don’t miss this one!

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