Closed Monday September 7th for Labor Day!
Update on the Book Sale...
The Friends of the Hancock Town Library’s annual book sale was a huge success again this year! Many, copious thanks to all of the people who donated thousands and thousands of books and then to those who helped sort, pack, move to the basement, move back up from the basement, unpack, arrange, sell, then pack up again to be taken away. It’s like cordwood: how many times did we touch those books? There must have been 50 community members helping with all the work that needed to be done. It’s a truly gratifying community event. And the women at the top who ran the show so calmly and competently? Donna Geer and Jane Richards-Jones. Words cannot convey our gratitude. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (And by the way, we will be accepting donations of used books, dvds, and cds beginning in September. Don’t tell Donna or Jane just yet…)
Thursday September 10th at 7:00 pm
Unlaunch’d Voices - An Evening with Walt Whitman
Performed by Stephen Collins
Unlaunch’d Voices - An Evening with Walt Whitman opens with the elderly Whitman on the evening of his seventieth birthday. The audience is a visitor in his room as he prepares for his birthday celebration. Whitman begins to reminisce and to question his success as a man and a poet. He tells us his work has proved to be "less than a failure...." Join us for this poignant telling of Whitman’s life and poetry. Stephen Collins grew up in Cambridge, and received a BA in Literature from UMass Boston. After twenty plus years in a sales career, he is back doing what he truly loves - performing and teaching. Enthusiastically praised by audiences throughout New England, this is a performance not to be missed. Free and open to all.
Monday September 14th at 7:00 pm
State Representative Jon Manley
State Rep. Jon Manley (representing Bennington, Greenfield and Hancock in Hillsborough County District 3) will be here to answer your questions about legislation in Concord.
Wednesdays Starting September 16th from 4:30 – 5:30
Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis with Howard Eng
Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis has gentle seated movements for those with arthritic conditions. However, this Tai Chi form is also great exercise for those without arthritis and are seated passengers on long journeys traveling in trains, planes, or automobiles. After 8 years of Tai Chi practice, Howard Eng became a certified instructor, teaching over the last 3 years in the community. Other Tai Chi forms include the Yang 24-Form and a standing modified Sun Style specifically for Arthritis.
6-week program on Wednesdays at 4:30 PM
Start date: 9/16
Duration: 1 hour, once a week
Location: Hancock Library Daniel’s Room
For registration / questions please call Howard Eng: (603) 716-0798
Space is limited.
Minimum 8 registered participants to run the class
Thursday September 17th at 12:30 pm
New HTL Book Club: Books Sandwiched In!
Books Sandwiched In will start September 17th at 12:30 pm in the Daniels Room and will continue once a month on the third Thursday of the month. Bring a brown-bag lunch and come enjoy a lively discussion. We'll get multiple copies from other libraries so you don't have to do a thing but pick it up, read it, and return it! Our first book will be The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Books will be available at the front desk beginning in late August. Our book club facilitator will be Joyce Perry, a long-time book club enthusiast. Joyce taught literature in Philadelphia and at Simmons College in Boston and throughout her life has been a passionate advocate for public education and literacy. She looks forward to meeting other Hancock readers and helping to create a group that reflects our personal and our community interests. This is free and open to all but you must have a Hancock Town Library card in order to borrow the books. Please register this first time only so that we know how many will be attending. Call us at 525-4411 or stop by the library.
Thursday September 17th at 7:00 pm
Coral Reefs with Karen Cangialosi, PhD
Join Professor of Biology Karen Cangialosi as she teaches us about coral reefs in general and specifically about her reef monitoring project in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Dr. Cangialosi has been teaching Introductory Tropical Marine Biology on the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2001. The more time she spent on Provo, the more she realized the importance of doing conservation work on the island. Together with her colleague in the Biology department, Dr. Scott Strong, they began a reef monitoring program in 2008. Come hear this about this fascinating work. Free and open to all.
Thursday September 24th from 10:00-11:45 am
Hancock resident and retired English teacher Margaret Carlson will offer a class in developing writing skills. The class will meet for 7 weeks, on Thursday mornings from 10:00 – 11:45 beginning September 24th. Space is limited to 12 participants and pre-registration is required. Writers from last spring should call in their plans as well. This is a comfortable round-table format to work on any kind of writing. Try it! Free and open to all. Call (525-4411) or visit the library to register.
Thursday September 24th at 7:00 pm
An Invitation To Pause with Janet Archer
Join local author Janet Archer as she reads from her new book, An Invitation to Pause: Musings From a Mindfulness Teacher, a collection of 28 inspirational stories. These are stories that invite you to pause and reflect on your own life from a place of compassion, gratitude and humor while at the same time reminding you that we are all traveling on this journey of life together. Janet Archer is a student and teacher of Yoga, Meditation and mindfulness. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology with a Focus on Yoga- Body/Mind Health from Sonoma University. She interned with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She is a registered Yoga and Yoga Therapy teacher and soon to be a Master level Life Coach from the Life Coach School. She lives in Antrim and teaches yoga and mindfulness at the Bond Wellness Center. Free and open to all.
Tuesday September 29th at 7:00 pm
Paris Noir- Bricktop, Baker and Porter with Nanette Perrotte
For this third part of her series on Jazz (we’ve already hosted her programs on Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington), vocalist and storyteller Nanette Perrotte steps back into the window of pre Word War I Paris. The Jazz and cabaret scene was risqué, unusual and exciting. Saloon host and doyenne of cafe society, Bricktop, hosted luminaries such as Cole Porter, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and F. Scott Fitzgerald at her hot spot Chez Bricktop. Guitarist Django Reinhardt ushered in the Gypsy Jazz Quintet of Hot Club de Paris. Follow Josephine Baker as she arrives on the shores of France in Revue Negre and Cole Porter as he pens the lyrics and melodies of this bright young time in word history. Born to an Ecuadorian mother and French father, Perrotte was raised in Amsterdam Holland and Orlando Florida before attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music where she received her BA in Jazz Composition and Arranging with a principal instrument of Voice. She lives in Greenfield, NH. This program is free and open to all.
From the Children’s Room
Callie Faucher, Children’s Librarian
Every Thursday at 10:30 AM
Come join the fun! Each Thursday morning we sing songs, read stories, play with scarves, and do crafts! For preschoolers and their parents and caregivers. Held in the Children’s Room of the Hancock Town Library.
Tuesday, September 1st from 3:15 to 4:15 PM
It’s time for Lego club to start again! Come to the library the first Tuesday of each month to work on your Lego creations or try a Lego building challenge. Bring your friends! Held in the Children’s Room of the Hancock Town Library.
Now through September 17th
Gears! Gears! Gears!
As part of its “Makers-Play” initiative, the New Hampshire State Library has kindly loaned us a “Gears! Gears! Gears!” Kit which is available to try out in the Children’s Room of the Hancock Town Library from now until Thursday, September 17th. The kit includes a variety of blocks and gears that can be connected and built upon. Come try out the kit and see how many gears your structure will turn!
Saturday, September 19th from 11 to 12 PM
Paws to Read with Toven
Come read to Toven, a gentle Great Pyrenees dog! Toven, a registered reading therapy dog, comes to the library one Saturday a month and loves when children read to him! Reading to a therapy dog is great for children who want to improve their out-loud reading skills. Sign up at the library today!
Monday, September 14th & 28th from 3:15 to 4:15 PM
Paws to Read with Coffee
Come by the library after school to read to Coffee the Chihuahua! Coffee, a registered reading therapy dog, loves when kids practice their reading with him. Also, if you bring 3 non-perishable items for the Food Pantry, you may choose a stuffed animal graciously donated by Douglas Cuddle Toys.
Back to School Reminder!
It’s already almost time to go back to school! As a reminder, the library offers the resources you need to complete school projects and reports. If we don’t have a certain book you need, inter-library loan is always an option. Just allow 1-2 weeks for the request to process. So if you know you have a big project due, don’t delay, stop by the library today!