Thursday May 5th at 7:00 pm
Music with the Sugarbush Road Band
Sugarbush Road is made up of a group of local musicians who combine vocal harmony and acoustic instruments. They cover various genres of music including folk, rock and pop in a "coffee house" style. This performance will include three of the four members of the band: Monica Laskey-Rigrod, who lives in Hancock and performs in a number of different bands; Skip Sweeney from Antrim, who has performed in bands and musicals in the area for many years; and Sean Sweeney, who lives on Sugarbush Road here in Hancock and also performs in various bands from the area. Please come out and listen! Free and open to all.
Wednesday May 11th at 7:00 pm
Goat Mothers, Women in Agriculture, and the Vision of Main Street Cheese
In celebration of the feminine, come hear about this year's kidding season, women in agriculture, and the vision behind Main Street Cheese. From goats and cheese to trade policy and climate change--it's all related at Main Street Cheese where they work to liberate Main Street from Wall Street through local, artisan cheese! And of course, there will be a chance to taste their offerings--both their cheeses and meats. Owner and Manager, Sarah Laeng-Gilliatt has been making cheese and tending goats for about ten years. She interweaves her background in Gandhian nonviolence, socially engaged Buddhism, agricultural policy, and economic justice into an inspiring vision for ecology, food sovereignty, and life-affirming economics. Free and open to all.
Thursday May 19th at 12:30 pm
Books Sandwiched In
Join us as the HTL’s book group discusses Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Copies of the book available at the front desk.
Thursday May 19th at 7:00 pm
Sabbatical! An Adventure in Education and Lifelong Learning with Diane Goodman
Diane Goodman has been teaching Spanish in public school systems for the past 20 years.
A graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Antioch University of New England and Keene State College, she has taken post graduate language teaching courses as well as classes in cultural diversity. Her passion for travel has brought her to many places around the world. Diane has taught at South Meadow School, Great Brook School, and is presently teaching at Marlborough School in the Keene District. This year she was given the gift of a sabbatical. Come and visit pieces of her adventure in lifelong learning as you travel back and forth to Mexico and to the southern part of the United States to work with Dog rescue at Dogs Deserve Better in Smithfield, Va. Free and open to all.
Tuesday May 24th at 7:00 pm
Wrestling with Beowulf at the Library
Remember when the outstanding storyteller Sebastian Lockwood began his Beowulf performances with one in Hancock? Remember that Francelia Clark worked with him on the original language from her career specialty, which was this Old English poem? They’re at it again, but deeper and more fully. Now they are translating the whole epic, line by line, into Beowulf: A Storyteller’s Version. They want you to come and hear the pleasure of working with this poem. They are making choices from the best edition for translators, as well as from the most artistic rendition by Seamus Heaney. Sebastian tests how the new lines work by telling them. You will hear how an oral storyteller can bring a work alive. You may also hear either arguing or ecstasy, as these two translators uncover meanings and effects. Almost everything about this epic is a puzzle. Two Anglo-Saxon monks were writing down the poet’s words in a monastery in about 1000 AD, just before the Norman invasion that would change their world. The poet was telling an old story, masterfully. He was alternating between pagan and Christian values; he was celebrating, scaring, teaching, mourning. And so you hear Old Testament and the Walking Dead, and sharp talk between European tribal leaders from 500 years before. Come join Francelia and Sebastian as they work through this experience! Free and open to all.
From the Children’s Room
Jennifer Wood, Children’s Librarian
A Note from Miss Jenn~
We are trying out new things at the library! We have started producing a monthly calendar of events as well as creating an email list for those who want email reminders about children’s programming. We now offer 3 children’s magazines to help give the children new activities and stories every month. Thomas & Friends, Ranger Rick, and Fun to Learn are all available in the Children’s Room! If you need a photocopy of any of the mazes, etc. just ask at the desk.
This month in the Children’s Room we will be voting on summer reading prizes! All month long you will be able to cast your votes for which prizes you want us to have for this summer’s reading program.
Make and Take Craft
Origami templates and paper will be available this month for children to try their hands at this unique art form. Other crafts will also be available for younger children.
Tuesday May 3rd 3:30 pm
This program is open to all ages who like to play with Legos. You can build individually or work together on a project.
Thursday May 5th 3:30 pm
Mother’s Day Crafts
Mother’s Day is Sunday May 8th this year! Come create a special card or gift for that special mother figure in your life. Craft supplies will be provided along with various age and skill leveled projects. All children welcome!
Thursday May 12th 7:00 pm
Storytelling with Papa Joe
This program is unique to Papa Joe and encourages the audience to participate in the sharing of a story. By challenging their minds and inspiring creativity, he takes the children by the hand to help them find their voice within. Unlike TV or even stage performances, Papa Joe interacts with the audience to create a unique program which they all cherish. No one gets left out or left behind. They retell the tales long after the day has past.
We welcome children and parents to come dressed up as their favorite character or in their favorite pajamas. This will be a fun and creative evening for all!
Wednesday May 25th 3:30 pm
Fairies & Fairy Houses
Sign-Up Required! We will be creating our very own garden fairies. Weather permitting we will then go outside and create little fairy houses in the side yard by the benches!
Supplies for this project will be limited so please sign up ahead of time to ensure there are enough supplies. Children under 6 should be accompanied by an adult to assist in the craft project if they wish to participate.
Tuesday May 17th 6:00 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 once 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!
Monday May 2nd & May 16th 3:30 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!
Every Tuesday @ 10:30 Family Storytime
This storytime is open to all ages. Come listen to some stories and dance with scarves!