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“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”—Albert Einstein
While searching for an inspiration for New Year wishes, I came across this quote from Albert Einstein. It seems very apt in today’s uncertain times.
At this time of year, we always take a moment to recognize the many individuals and businesses who have helped the Library in so many ways. The Library is fortunate to have the support of so many – our gratitude is deep!
In alphabetical order, they are: Family and Friends of Elaine Ahearn, Glen Aldrich, Town Administrator Karen Anderson, Cpt. Larry Anderson, John Ashak, Marilyn and Paul Ayles, Board of Trustees of the Hampton Falls Free Library, Carolyn Brown, John Clemons, Linda and David Coe, Ken Crooks, Jackson Crouse, the Davidson Family, Henry DeBoer, Ann Diltz, Police Chief Rob Dirsa, the Doerr Family, Heather Fabbri, Jim Faber, Scott Faiia, Beth Forgione, Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library, Lt. Alexis Garrant, Karen Gulla, Melodee Guyette, Sean Hanson, Stacie Hanson, Hampton Falls Police and Firefighters, Leslie Hill, Glenn Johnson, Matt Knowlton, Lincoln Akerman Staff, Fire Chief Jay Lord, Richard McDermott, Kathy McLaughlin, Amy Magnarelli, Jim and Gisela Manna, Family and Friends of Betty Merrill, Beverly Mutrie, Shelley Parish, Laura, Michael and Ainsley Pouliot, the Rubin Family, Marissa Rogers, Town Administrator Lori Ruest, Town of Hampton Falls Select board, Town of Hampton Falls Staff, SAU 21, Tim and Anne Marie Samway, Carol Sanborn, Hugh Schrier, Paul Schleppy, Jane Shanahan, Building Inspector Mark Sikorski, the Estate of Maurine Stard, Traci Thompson, Marc Tosiano, Louise Vance, and Lt. Ryan Veno.
In addition, we would like to thank the following business for their continuing generosity:
AM-PM Janitorial Service, Bauer, Captain’s Cove Adventure Golf, Churchill’s Garden Center, Coastal Living Hardware, Crow Haven Farm, Dodge’s Agway, Epping Well and Pump Company, Carolyn Buckley Fusco LMT, Hampton Rotary Club, Home Depot of Seabrook, QA Technology, Rolling Green Nursery, Rye Driftwood  Garden Club, Smoky Quartz Distillery, Storyland, Twin Lanterns Dairy Bar, Walmart of Seabrook , and Water Country.

On behalf of the Library, I would like to wish you all a safe and happy new year! We remain ever optimistic and hopeful for tomorrow.

Best wishes,

Barbara Tosiano
Library Director

New Titles Coming in January:
January’s releases feature a selection of mysteries and thrillers to entertain readers on those cold, dark nights. Ace Atkins has Robert B. Parker’s Bye Bye Baby. Lisa Gardner has One Step Too Far. Elizabeth George has another installment in the Inspector Lynley series, Something to Hide. Rachel Hawkins, author of The Wife Upstairs, has Reckless Girls.  Brad Taylor continues the Pike Logan series with End of Days. On another note, Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein and The Only Woman in the Room, has a new historical fiction novel featuring a woman lost to history. Her Hidden Genius features Rosalind Franklin, a scientist who was the first to photograph the double helix of DNA.  Sadly, her discovery was appropriated by James Watson and Francis Crick who won the Nobel Prize. Finally, because we all need a little levity, Catherine Price offers The Power of Fun which highlights the real happiness in everyday connections instead of doom scrolling, binging on TV, and obsessing with social media posts.
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.
Let's Visit Our National Parks
Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m.
A Zoom Presentation

John Bunker resides in Stratham and has visited twenty-five national parks during the past two decades. While serving as the Associate Dean of UNH's College of Health and Human Services, he developed a presentation for an undergraduate class on his adventures and misadventures to some of his favorite national parks: Badlands, Bryce, Canyonlands, Glacier, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Zion. Bunker's presentation covers a broad range of issues related to visiting our national parks: lodging and dining, budget considerations, logistics and planning activities, and safety.

A Zoom presentation. Register below to receive reminders and the Zoom link. Free and open to the public.
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Making A Junk Journal With Wendy Harrington
Saturday, January 22 at 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
In person at the Library

A "Junk Journal" is a book which is made from found and recycled materials to be used as a way to collect and record memories, thoughts, ideas and inspiration. Your junk journal can be for your everyday lists and thoughts, a planner, a memory book or a personalized gift. It can be a place to do art, to record a trip, an event, or any theme that is in your life!

Wendy Harrington is a Hampton Falls resident. She has been making junk journals for several years and sells them on Etsy. A selection of her journals will be on display at the Library.

*The program is limited to 6 participants. The cost of the program is $5 to cover supplies. Register by clicking the button below.

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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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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.
Citizens of London by Lynne Olson
January 26 at 7 p.m.
In person at the Library or by Zoom

In January, the choice returns to Non-Fiction. The group will meet on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Citizens of London by Lynne Olson. An acclaimed author of history, Olson reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the U.S. ambassador to Britain and former governor of New Hampshire.
The selection for the February discussion is The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. 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.

The date for this discussion is Wednesday, February 23. As always, a Zoom option will be available.
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Although it is cold, dark, and snowy, and we are recovering from the post-holiday letdown, January can be a time of new beginnings. The days slowly lengthen, the seed catalogs begin to arrive, and we resolve to do something – anything – better in the coming year. Read more books; eat less sugar; shop local; spend less money. But 2022 marks the fourth – FOURTH! – calendar year in which Covid-19 has existed, so this year, perhaps we should give ourselves permission to resolve only to do our best to survive with our physical and mental health intact. Ok. And to read more books. After all, reading is a low-risk activity, contains zero fat, and is always free at your friendly local library.
Miss Leah
Youth Services Librarian

New Titles Coming in January:
New Books: Popular graphic novel series Wings of Fire, Bad Kitty, and Cat Kid Comic Club offer new installments this month. For younger readers, There’s a Unicorn in Your Book is sure to be a hit. Teens looking for their next read can check out Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, voted Best YA Fiction on Goodreads for 2021.

We are always looking for new book recommendations, especially in Young Adult. If you would like us to add a book to our collection, email Miss Leah with your suggestions!

Audiobook Recommendations:
The Enchanted Chronicles series by Patricia C. Wrede
Performed by a full cast, these four unabridged productions are an excellent listen at any age. One unusual princess, a no-nonsense dragon, and a band of dastardly wizards are just the beginning of this fractured fairy tale. Available as an audiobook on Libby and Hoopla, and in print and on audio CD at the Library.  
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
For older listeners or adults who want to feed their inner Nancy Drew, this full cast production sounds just like a serial true crime podcast. Everyone in Fairview knows the story. Beautiful and popular Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. Five years later Pip feels sure there is more to the story and begins to investigate the crime as her senior class project. Someone doesn't want her digging up the past, and as Pip gets closer, her life may be in danger. The 2022 Flume Nominee available on Libby or in print at the Library.
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. January 12,  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. For January we will be discussing I Survived the Joplin Tornado and I Survived the Hindenburg Disaster. Copies of the books are available at the Library. Great for first through fourth grade. January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, and May 18. Sign up here.
Baby Toddler and Pre-School Story Times:
Story Times with Miss Leah resume on January 11th. 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

Email Miss Leah at for more information.

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 Trustees and Staff to improve library services and resources. Sponsored programs are designed to add to the educational and cultural life of our community.

Some of the events and services we sponsor are:
· Author Visits
· Speakers on Topics Such as Local History and Nature
· Musical Performers
· Local Museum Memberships
· Summer Reading Prizes
· Outdoor Furniture

Please join our volunteer Friends of the Library! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 2nd at 6:30 p.m. 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 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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