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Smile! It’s February!
February may be the shortest month, but it is filled with promise. There is enough snow for the skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes. It is cold enough for skaters to enjoy the ponds. Chinese New year starts on February 1 with the Year of the Tiger. The Groundhog appears on February 2 to let us know how long winter will last. Presidents' Day offers an opportunity to honor Lincoln and Washington as well as enjoy a holiday weekend. Every day, there is a little more daylight as we are halfway through winter. Finally, and most importantly, there is Valentine’s Day – a wonderful excuse to indulge in chocolate and remind our loved ones of how much we truly love them.
 
Be well!
 
Barbara Tosiano
Library Director
 


New Titles Coming in February:
 
To dispel the winter gloom, we have new thrillers on order for February. Lucy Foley, author of The Guest List, has a locked room mystery in The Paris Apartment. Berlin must be a popular location for spy novels as we have two: The Berlin Exchange by Joseph Kanon and The Matchmaker: a Spy in Berlin by Paul Vidich. Ben Mezrich, who has written non-fiction bestsellers such as Bringing Down the House, The Antisocial Network, and Once Upon a Time in Russia, is venturing into fiction with The Midnight Ride, a thriller which links the heist at the Gardner museum with a fascinating secret from American history. Call to reserve your copy today!

February's Audio Book Reviews:

Leah's recommendation:
I have just finished listening to Hamnet, by Maggie O’Farrell. Reading a “Novel of the Plague” during, well, an actual plague is not necessarily recommended. Still, Hamnet is undeniably fascinating: a fictional account of the family of a certain playwright, and the uncertainty of life in the late sixteenth century. Keep the tissues handy.

Joanna's recommendation:
Looking for an escape with a guaranteed happy ending, I recently enjoyed a romance by Beth O'Leary called The Switch. Eileen is just about to turn 80 and recently single. Her granddaughter Leena, an over achiever, is burned out and making critical mistakes at work. When Leena is ordered to take a sabbatical, Eileen suggests they switch living arrangements. Eileen moves to London and Leena to the countryside. The change of venue opens both their hearts to new opportunities.


Both books are available on Libby and The Switch is also available on Hoopla.
The Hampton Falls Free Library has taken pride in presenting quality programs on topics such as hurricanes, bobcats, chocolate, brewing, herbs, and women in the military. To that end, we will continue to offer quality educational and cultural programs, online and in a limited in-person format.
African American Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire during the American Revolution
Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. 
A Zoom Program


One of the most interesting aspects of the American Revolution is the role played by African Americans in the fight for independence. Officially prohibited from serving in military units and largely considered “undesirable elements,” how is it that these African American soldiers came to fight for the cause of liberty, even when their own personal liberty was not  guaranteed? Scholar and author Glenn Knoblock examines the history of African American soldiers’ service during the war, including how and why they enlisted, their interaction with white soldiers, service on the battlefield, how they were perceived by the enemy, and their treatment after the war.
 
This program is offered on Zoom. 

*The Library gratefully acknowledges New Hampshire Humanities for sponsoring this program.
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The Role of Women in Irish History
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. 
A Zoom Program


Sean Murphy, noted local scholar, will return to Hampton Falls on Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 for a virtual presentation The Role of Women in Irish History. In ancient Ireland, women played leading roles in society and in the professions. The law protected their personal property in marriage, and upon divorce, they were entitled to a just settlement. Indeed, all the ancient names for Ireland, apart from one, were derived from ancient Irish queens. Over the centuries, the roles and rights of women in Ireland have changed dramatically. This presentation will introduce you to some of the bravest and most determined women the world has known. They were leaders in the struggle for national independence, universal suffrage, land wars, and rebellions, as well as in their communities.
 
This program is offered on Zoom. Register below to receive the Zoom link and reminder emails.

*The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library.

 
Register Here
Adult book discussions begin at 7 pm. on the last Wednesday of the month. Copies of the books are available at the Library.  New members are always welcome.  The group reads both fiction and non-fiction books.  We meet in person and a Zoom option is available.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
February 23rd at 7 p.m.
In person at the Library or by Zoom


The Vignes twin sisters who grew up in a small, southern black community will always be identical. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town of their birth while the other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' story lines intersect? Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing as white.

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
March 30th at 7 p.m.
In person at the Library or by Zoom

Wolves have been extinct in Scotland for centuries. In an effort at rewilding, Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland to lead a team of biologists tasked with reintroducing fourteen gray wolves into the remote Scottish Highlands. She hopes to heal the dying landscape, as well as her twin sister Aggie who is suffering from a prior trauma.

The wolves surprise everyone by thriving, but when a farmer is found dead, Inti knows where the town will lay blame. Unable to accept her wolves could be responsible, Inti makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn’t make the kill, then who did?

McConaghy is the author of the bestseller Migrations. For readers interested in this topic, there is an excellent nonfiction work American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee which details the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park.
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A huge congratulations to the many winners and honorees of the ALA’s children’s literature awards. We are happy to report that several of these titles are available at the library, with a few more on their way in the next book order!
 
Picture Books:
  • Watercress, written by Andrea Wang and illustrated by Jason Chin – Caldecott Winner, Newbery Honoree, Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature for Youth Literature Winner
  • Have You Ever Seen a Flower? by Shawn Harris – Caldecott Honoree
  • Mel Fell by Corey Tabor – Caldecott Honoree
  • ¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge by Raúl the Third – Pura Belpre Illustrator Award Winner
  • The Christmas Mitzvah by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Michelle Laurentia Agatha – Sydney Taylor Book Award Silver Medalist
  • A Walk in the Words by Hudson Talbott – Schneider Family Book Award Honoree
  • Summertime Sleepers: Animals That Estivate, written by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen – Robert F. Sibert Award Honoree for informational book for children
  • I Sang You Down from the Stars by Tasha Spillet-Sumner, illustrated by Michaela Goade – American Indian Youth Literature Award Honoree
  • Fox at Night by Corey Tabor – Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner
  • Nothing Fits a Dinosaur by Jonathan Fenske – Geisel Award Honoree
Juvenile/Middle Grade:
  • The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera –  Newbery Winner and Pura Belpre Author Award Winner
  • Jo Jo Makoons: The Used-to-Be Best Friend by Dawn Quigley, illustrated by Tara Audibert – American Indian Youth Literature Award Honoree
  • Stuntboy, in the Meantime, written by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Raúl the Third – Schneider Family Book Award Honoree
Young Adult:
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo – Stonewall Book Award Winner, Printz Award Honoree, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Youth Literature Winner
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley – Printz Award Winner and William C. Morris Award Winner
  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas – Printz award Honoree
  • Starfish by Lisa Fipps – Printz Award Honoree

What's new in books for February:
Perhaps the best thing that can be said about February is that it is, at least, short: cold, wet, and icy, and leading only to cold, wet, and muddy March, it is not a month I look forward to. This year, even our “February Vacation” takes place mostly in March. Fortunately, however, publishers are gracing us with a slew of new titles to take our minds off of the dreary-weary weather and transport us to our favorite fantasy lands, big cities, small towns, and alternate universes. Joanna Ho follows up her stunning debut picture book, Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, with the companion book Eyes That Speak to the Stars. In graphic novels, sequels abound: two new "Babysitter’s Club" stories; the fifth installment in Aron Nels Steinke’s “Mr. Wolf’s Class” series; and Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel. Early readers will enjoy The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess, while older readers can check out the late Gary Paulsen’s final book, Northwind.

An Audiobook Review:
I’ve been cleaning, driving, and falling asleep to audio books more and more lately, and am always grateful to be able to multitask. I love a good rewritten fairy tale, and Marissa Meyer never fails to deliver. Her take on the story of Rumpelstiltskin, Gilded, was wonderfully written and completely engrossing, blending the characters of the traditional story with the spine-chilling Wild Hunt. Serilda is a gifted storyteller – too gifted, perhaps, and accused more than once of being a liar. But somehow, her stories are turning out to be more truthful than she ever knew. This book kept me on the edge of my seat for most of its 20-hour run time; about an hour from the end, however, I realized that there was no way the author was going to be able to wrap up all the loose ends in the remaining time. Sure enough, it is the first in a series, so I can’t recommend reading it until November, when the sequel is set to release.
Gilded is available as an eBook and Audio book from Libby.


Miss Leah
Youth Services Librarian
Looking for a book to help your child through a difficult experience? Check out our Parenting Section, located near our Young Adult books, for advice on raising children of all ages, as well as books on topics such as death and dying, bullying, allergies, asthma, unfamiliar medical procedures, and more.
Youth Programs: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm
In person at the Library

After school programming is still on hold, but we will be holding three monthly programs on Wednesday afternoons starting at 4:00 pm. Each club will meet one Wednesday per month. Registration will be required so we can plan for the necessary supplies.  Masks are also required for these programs.

LEGO/Builders Club: use your imagination with Legos, Snap Circuits and Keva Blocks. Great for kindergarten and up. We have thousands of LEGO bricks to explore; what will you build?  February 2, March 2,  April 6, and May 4. Sign up here.

Art Club: Learn painting techniques and create your own masterpiece. Great for kindergarten and up. February 9, March 9, April 13, and May 11.   Sign up here.

The "I Survived" Book Club: Read and discuss a book from the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis with Miss Leah and your friends. This month’s I Survived… Book Club we will be reading and discussing I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 by Lauren Tarshis. Jessie Marlowe suddenly finds herself in the middle of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic event in U.S. history. Ash and rock are spewing everywhere. Can Jess escape in time? Copies of the books are available at the Library. Great for first through fourth grade. February 16, March 16, April 20, and May 18. Sign up here.
Story Times:
We will be meeting indoors until spring. Masks are encouraged but not required.

Baby & Toddler Story Time: Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Preschool Story Times: Wednesdays at 1:30 pm and Thursdays at 10:30 am


New This Month!
Saturday, February 5th at 10:30 am: We are adding to the schedule a Saturday morning Story time for working parents looking to attend a library program. This Story time will be geared toward all ages. We will be reading
three freshly-minted Caldecott picture books.

Email Miss Leah at hamptonfalls.librarykids@gmail.com for more information.
Sign your teen up to receive a personalized box with two books and lots of treats to get them through winter vacation! The deadline to sign up for the February Box is 2/18; the boxes will be available to pick up on 2/23 or later.
 
Sign Up For Teen Book Boxes


The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a national program that encourages early literacy and fosters a love for reading. This program is always open for enrollment for children from birth to age 5. More details can be found on our website.

For those of you who have started the program but have fallen out of the habit of recording the books you have read, now is a great time to jump back in! Stop by to pick up a fresh tracking log (or print one here!). Let’s get those avatars moving along!

Email Miss Leah to sign up by clicking the sign up button below.
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The Friends work in cooperation with the Library Staff to support enrichment programs and supplement library resources. Among the events and services we sponsor are:
  • Speakers on topics such as travel, cooking, music, local history and nature.
  • Area museum and cultural institution memberships which offer free or discounted admission to Library patrons
  • Summer Reading Program materials and prizes
  • The Friends fund and stock the Little Free Library boxes located at the Library parking lot and at Governor Weare Park, providing a selection of books for both children and adults - available 24/7.
  • Our sponsorship of free family passes includes the NH State Park system, and the Library has fully equipped backpacks available for outdoor activities, including a backpack specifically outfitted for bird enthusiasts. Learn more by watching a short YouTube video.
  • Other “lending” library items include snow shoes and poles (for adults and children), and a telescope for star gazing.
Coming Soon: Sponsorship plans for this Spring include funding a Writers Workshop open to residents who want to hone their skills by sharing their writing with others. Our Writers Workshop will be facilitated by an experienced instructor and published author.
 
Please join our volunteer Friends of the Library! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 p.m. and is accessible via Zoom. For more information see our Facebook page.

We invite you to designate the Hampton Falls Free Library as your favorite charity when you shop on Amazon. Simply log on at smile.amazon.com and select The Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library. Amazon will donate .5% of your eligible purchases to the Friends (a 501c3 charitable organization) to help fund enrichment programs such as “1000 Books Before Kindergarten,” children’s summer reading programs, guest speakers, enhanced digital and online services, and so much more. It’s an easy and free way to make a year-round difference, right here in our community!

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