Monday, February 1, 2016

Library Events for February 2016

New Children’s Librarian: Jennifer Wood
Please stop in and welcome Jennifer Wood to the Hancock Town Library and the Hancock community. Jennifer grew up in Peterborough and has worked as a Teen & Technical Services Librarian in Wilton, NH and as a Reference & Children’s Librarian at the Cincinnati Public Library. Jennifer invites you to come in and tell her about your favorite programs and/or programs you might like to see hosted by our library. She’ll be here Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Mondays at 9:00 am
Yoga with Chris Justice

Gentle stretch yoga class. Bring a mat and a blanket. $15 per class or $60 for six weeks.

Saturday February 6th from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Writing Workshop: What’s the story your life longs to tell?

Explore the stories waiting to unfold.  Using a series of accessible, invigorating prompts, Leaf Seligman will lead you on a writing path to stories that matter. Open to novice and experienced writers alike (age 16 and up). Leaf Seligman, author of A Pocket Book of Prompts delights in working with folks to make meaning, deepen connection, and inhabit joy through writing. She teaches at Keene State and serves on the board of Monadnock Restorative Community. This program is free thanks to the Friends of the Hancock Town Library but you MUST register by February 3rd. Please stop by the library or call us at 525-4411. We will need at least four participants in order to hold the class. Snow date is Saturday February 27th.

Tuesday February 9th at 7:00 pm
Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Louis Armstrong

Grab your beads and your beignets and join us for Fat Tuesday in the Daniels Room at the Hancock Town Library! In the beginning there was Satchmo…Louis Armstrong. He was the grandson of slaves and an iconic trumpeter and vocalist who brought jazz from the brothels of Storyville, New Orleans to the bright lights of New York City. Kid Ory, King Oliver and Fletcher Henderson were players in Armstrong's influential rise to stardom while the Chicago and New York mob fought over this charismatic jazz star.  Vocalist Nanette Perrotte adds this classic jazz from the Big Easy to her her portfolio of interactive multi artform jazz presentations. Laissez le bon temps rouler! Free and open to all thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Thursday February 18th at 12:30 pm
Books Sandwiched In

Bring a brown bag lunch and join our library book club this month as we discuss Anne Tyler’s latest novel, A Spool of Blue Thread. Copies of the book are available at the front desk.

Saturday February 20th at 7:30 pm at Avenue A Teen & Community Center in Antrim
Sticks and Tricks Adult Game Night

A collaboration of The Grapevine and the Hancock Town Library, this adults-only night of fun will be offered the third Saturday of each month from 7:30-10 pm.  On site pool, foosball, ping pong, board games, poker, or bring your own game! Begins Saturday, February 20th at the Avenue A Teen & Community Center, Antrim. Suggested $5 donation

Wednesday February 24th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Waiting in the Departure Lounge with Pam Erdmann

This workshop will explore the concept of Waiting in the Departure Lounge before the Big Trip.
For those of us of “a certain age" there is an awareness of being on the last leg of this journey called Life.  There is plenty of information about how to leave your assets, how to plan your funeral, how to set up living wills, etc., lots of "how to’s".  The real unspoken question is a closer examination of who we really are as we wait to make this transition, waiting in the Departure Lounge.  What do we bring with us?  What could we leave behind, with intention and deep self-understanding.  In short, what do we need to let go of and what do we need to hold close by. This experiential workshop will be done with deep self-exploration, humor and a sense of our human commonality and interest in this time of transition. Pam Erdmann is seventy-eight and intensely interested in how we hold ourselves at this stage of life.  There seem few discussion groups on this subject or even much writing so she has “invented” Waiting in the Departure Lounge for both her needs and her suspicion that other elders might also be interested in the discussion. There is no fee but Pam encourages you to make a donation to the library. Please register for this program by contacting Pam Erdmann directly at 525-4424 or by email:

Thursday February 25th at 7:00 pm
Lefty Blue Musical Concert

Monadnock area performers Brian Murphy and Monica Laskey-Rigrod joined forces to form Lefty Blue Music Duo two years ago. Brian has been a fun-loving, free-spirited vocalist and musician since dinosaurs roamed the earth. He plays a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, and mandolin, and is known to weave humorous anecdotes into his lively performances. Monica, a Hancock resident, has performed in the shower her entire life, and only in the last few years has been brave enough to open that shower door and sing in front of a live audience. Their debut performance was at this very library a year ago and ever since they have been performing at area restaurants, open mics, and nursing homes. They perform an eclectic range of musical styles, hitting every genre: Motown, country, jazz, blues, golden oldies and classic rock. They have a special affinity for romantic love songs and toe tapping, bouncy numbers that connect with their audiences to get them grooving along with them. This concert is free and open to all, thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Coming in March…
Introduction to Bridge! A three-part program to teach you the fundamentals of the card game bridge beginning Monday March 7th at 4:00 pm.

From the Children’s Room
Jennifer Wood, NEW! Children’s Librarian

A Note from Callie Faucher
I just wanted to thank you all for making my year at the Hancock Town Library so wonderful! As I move on to new adventures, I will always look back on this year with great fondness.
Hancock is filled with such kind, creative, and friendly people – it truly is a special place that I will miss. Keep reading! ~Miss Callie J

Make and Take Valentines

During the month of February, drop in anytime the library is open and make a Valentine. We will have all supplies on hand in the Children’s Room. Come by and create something special for the ones you love!

Wednesday, February 24th at 3:30
Afternoon Movie

Come watch a movie on the big screen at the library during school vacation! Popcorn will be served. Movie title to be announced.

Monday February 1st & February 15thfrom 3:30 to 4:30 PM
Paws to Read with Coffee

Come by the library after school and practice your reading with Coffee the Chihuahua! Coffee, a registered reading therapy dog, loves when kids practice their reading with him or tell him stories. Also, if you bring 3 non-perishable items for the Food Pantry, you get to choose a free stuffed animal graciously donated by Douglas Cuddle Toys! Adults are always welcome to come in just to visit and pet Coffee. Proven stress-reliever!

Saturday, February 27th from 11 AM 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 kids read to him. Reading to a therapy dog is great for children who want to improve their out-loud reading skills. Come meet Toven, you will love him! Adults are always welcome to come in just to visit and pet Toven. Proven stress-reliever!

Every Thursday at 10:30 AM
Story Time

We always have fun at Story Time! Each Thursday morning we sing songs, read stories, dance with scarves, play, and do crafts. For preschoolers and their parents and caregivers.  Held in the Children’s Room of the Hancock Town Library. No need to sign up; just drop in when you can.

Tuesdays: February 2nd & February 16th from 3:30 to 4:30 PM
Lego Club

Due to its popularity, Lego Club is now held twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Come to the library after school 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.

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