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Happy New Year!

We've all heard the phrase, "Out with the old, in with the new", which seems appropriate this time of year. It is a time to make new resolutions, new plans and new dreams to pursue. Here at the Library we too are thinking about trying new things. We're starting a new book club for readers of young adult books who may be more mature than that title suggests. We're incentivizing more reading this season with our Winter Reading Challenge, where completing our reading goal earns you a chance to win a big prize. We are planning new in-person programs that bring you into the library to learn, explore, and visit with friends and neighbors. If a little color is what you need, treat yourself to a bouquet from Hannaford in Hampton and $1 will be donated to the Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library (more details below). We hope you will include the Library in however you choose to bring "new" into your life.

Wishing you health and happiness in 2023,
Joanna Meighan - Library Director


Free COVID Tests
The Library has a limited supply of COVID tests available to the public for free. Stop by our lobby to pick one up. 

Museum Passes: 
Don't hide inside when the cold weather blows, visit a museum!  The Currier, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the MFA, Portland Museum of Art and the Seacoast Science Center are all great options to spend a day. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Hampton Falls Free Library , our library passes provide you free or reduced admission.

New Books in December:
New in non-fiction, Tracy Kidder writes a powerful story of an inspiring doctor who made a difference by helping to create a program to care for Boston's homeless community in Rough Sleepers. Brad Meltzer teams up with Josh Mensch in The Nazi Conspiracy The little-known true story of a Nazi plot to kill FDR, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill at the height of World War I. In Of Ice and Men, Fred Hogge explores the relationship that man has had with ice since the dawn of civilization. 

Lots of new thrillers coming in January from well known authors: Allison Brennan's Don't Open The Door; James Grippando's Code 6; Jane Harper's Exits, third in her Aaron Falk series; Rachel Hawkins' The Villa; Mary Kubica's Just The Nicest Couple; The Murder Book by Thomas Perry; Douglas Preston and Lee Child bring us The Cabinet of Dr. Leng, the latest in their Agent Pendergast series; and Brad Taylor has a new Pike Logan book, The Devil's Ransom. If thrillers are what keep you warm at night, Call the library to reserve your copy!

Knitting Groups Invite New Members:
Build friendships while working with your hands! Our knitting groups want to invite anyone who knits, crochets, or has any handwork project, to join them on Tuesday afternoons from 3-5pm or Thursday mornings from 10-noon. Share successes, challenges and/or frustrations with like-minded people. Beginners welcome.

Job Opening:
Library Assistant: Programming and Promotion: The Library is looking for a permanent, part time team member for 10-15 hours per week depending on programming and promotional needs. Working alongside the Director, duties will primarily consist of communication with presenters, scheduling of programming, and assisting with internal and external promotion. Qualifications are a college diploma, excellent customer service, communication, writing and organizational skills; and ability to work well with a team. Proficiency with Zoom, Canva, Mailchimp, Eventbright and social media required. Hours to include Wednesday nights (5-8), Friday afternoons (1-5) and two Saturdays (10-2) a month. For a complete job listing see our website.

Winter Reading Challenge
January and February

Kids and Adults! Can’t wait for summer reading? Join us for our Winter Reading Challenge all of January and February. Read a book to “float” your inner tube down the paper river for a chance to win a gift certificate to float the Saco River this summer, or win movie tickets! Come into the library starting December 30th to pick up your game sheet.  (All reading counts, from fiction to non-fiction, picture books to novels, magazines to graphic novels, eBooks, and audiobooks.) All ages are welcome to participate. Prizes furnished by The Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library and Vision Max Cinema. Completed sheets must be returned to the library by noon on Friday, March 3, 2023.

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-person format.

Coffee with a Cop
January 20, 2023 at 10am
In Person at the Library

Stop by the library for coffee, doughnuts, and conversation with an officer from the Hampton Falls Police Department. No sign up necessary.
Journey to Ethiopia with Hampton Falls Resident, Scott Faiia
Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30pm (Snow Date February 15)
In person at the Library

Scott joined the Peace Corps in 1973. Since then he has lived and worked in Asia for twenty-six years, in East Africa for nine years, in Haiti for three years, and in Egypt for three years. His serious interest in photography developed as a means to interact with the diverse people and cultures he encountered in his work. In many ways this interaction, and the possibility of capturing through photography the hope and beauty he encountered, was a counterbalance to the grim realities he grappled with in his relief and development work. His main photographic interests are candid portraiture and documenting the daily life of people. He loves sharing his images and the stories behind them.

Scott will introduce you to Ethiopia’s natural beauty and fascinating culture. He will take you on a photographic journey through his images from Ethiopia and share his experiences living there in the 1980s. This was a time when Ethiopia faced it’s most devastating famine, when the country’s people demonstrated that they could face their challenges with dignity and grace. This will be a thought-provoking and inspiring look into a culturally and geographically rich and diverse country.

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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 at the Library.
Tangled Up In Blue: Policing the American City by Rosa Brooks
January 25th at 7pm
In person at the Library
For our January meeting, we will be reading a memoir about a lawyer turned police officer in Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City. Journalist and law professor Rosa Brooks goes beyond the blue wall of silence in this radical inside examination of American policing. In her forties, with two children, a spouse, a dog, a mortgage, and a full-time job as a tenured law professor at Georgetown University, Rosa Brooks decided to become a cop. A liberal academic and journalist with an enduring interest in law's troubled relationship with violence, Brooks wanted the kind of insider experience that would help her understand how police officers make sense of their world--and whether that world can be changed. In 2015, against the advice of everyone she knew, she applied to become a sworn, armed reserve police officer with the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department.

Copies of the books are available at the Library. We welcome new members. If you would like to receive reminders and supplementary materials, click the link below to join our email list.
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Book discussions will be quarterly, begin at 10:30 am on Saturdays and last 1 hour. Copies of the books are available at the Library.  New members are always welcome.  We meet in person at the Library.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
February 11th at 10:30 am
In person at the Library
Starting in February, we invite all of our patrons who have outgrown the label "Young Adult" but will never outgrow YA books to join the Young (at Heart) Book Club (Not-So-Young-Adult Book Club? We're still working on the name). Our first meeting will take place on Saturday, February 11 at 10:30 AM. The group's first selection is Naomi Novik's Uprooted, a twisty take on the classic Russian Baba Yaga fairy tale. 

Copies of the books are available at the Library. We welcome new members. If you would like to receive email reminders and supplementary materials, click the link below to join our email list.
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January can be a lot of things. It can be a time for renewal, a clean slate, a fresh start; it can also be a reminder of all the tasks left unfinished or the adventures we didn't embark on. As we tiptoe into the New Year, I'm striving for cautious optimism: more travel, more books, more time with friends. 
In this new year, I'm hoping to read some of my favorite old books to my own kids. The Hobbit, The Castle in the Attic, and Dealing With Dragons, to name a few. I've been reminded by my 9 year old that we have three books each still to read in A Series of Unfortunate Events, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson - a TBR list that will get us at least into June. What is your family reading together?
Speaking of reading together, I hope your family will join us in our Winter Reading Challenge over the next few months. Kids and adults of any age can enter to read (or be read to!) all January and February long for a chance to win a gift certificate to float the Saco River this summer. Your bookish adventures can turn into a real adventure at the Library! 

Miss Leah
Youth Services Librarian

Bring Your Child to the Library Day:
Saturday, February 4th

Drop in and sign up for a library card, do a craft, play a game and listen to a story. Win a door prize! We’ll also have drinks and refreshments. All family members welcome. No sign up necessary.

New Books:
There are some great new books coming out this month! Fans of Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Treehouse series can pick up Rhinos at Recess, while graphic novel readers will be happy to know that not one, not two, but THREE of Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty series have been converted to full-color editions. YA readers who enjoyed Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious series can check out her newest title, Nine Liars.

Audio Book Recommendation:
Told in two points of view by dual narrators, Darcie Little Badger's A Snake Falls to Earth is one of my favorite audio books of 2022. The author draws on traditional storytelling techniques to weave the stories of two young people, from two very - very - different worlds, Nina and Oli, who must find each other and learn to work together against threats to both their homes, friends, and families. Superbly written and beautifully narrated, recommended for kids 10+ and adults.

Baby/Toddler Story Time:
Baby/Toddler Story Time will resume on Tuesday, January 10 at 10:30. Preschool Story Time will resume on Wednesday, January 11 at 1:30 and Thursday, January 12 at 10:30. Signup is not required for these programs, but we appreciate having your contact information in case of cancellation due to weather or illness.
After School Story Times:
  • The first meeting of Kindergarten Club will be on Tuesday, January 10. 
  • After-School Story Time for grades 1-4 will return on Thursday, January 12.
There will be no Kindergarten Club on January 24 or March 14, and neither club will meet during school vacations.

Evening Story Times:
We are looking at adding an evening story time once a month at the Library. If you would be interested in attending, please fill out this short form to indicate the best time for your family. We will use your email address to contact you when we have created a schedule.
Youth Programs: Wednesdays
In person at the Library
Sign ups for all youth programs begin on Tuesday, January 3rd at 10am.

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? January 11, February 8, March 8, April 5, May 3, and June 7 from 4:00 - 5:00pm. Sign up here.

Art Club: Learn painting techniques and create your own masterpiece. Great for first grade and up. Two sessions each date: January 18, February 15, March 15, April 12, and May 17 from 4:00 - 4:45 and 5:00 - 5:45. 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. Copies of the books are available at the Library. Great for first through fifth grade. January 25, February 22, March 22, April 19, and May 24  from 4:00-4:30pm. Sign Up Here.

At our January meeting we will read I Survived the Wellington Avalanche, 1910. In the newest installation of Lauren Tarshis's popular series, a days-long snowstorm spells disaster for the trapped passengers on a train in the Cascade mountains. When lightning strikes, a wall of snow plows down the mountain, leaving nearly 100 people dead. 

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!
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Support the Hampton Falls Free Library while making someone’s day with a floral bouquet (or two, or three)! Go to the Hannaford located in Hampton and purchase the Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle  sticker. We will receive a $1 donation for every Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet sold in January 2023. It’s as simple as that!
The Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library organization works in cooperation with the Library Director and staff to support enrichment programs and supplement library resources. Among the events and services we sponsor are:
  • Purchase of educational books and materials such as the recent updating of Eyewitness Books, a series of nonfiction reference books for children and young adults.
  • A Writers Workshop for residents facilitated by an experienced instructor and published author, Bonnar Spring.
  • A writing program for children, focusing on comic books as a medium for storytelling.
  • 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, including: Currier Museum of Art, The Fells Historic Estate, Historic New England, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Portland Museum of Art, Strawbery Banke, the Seacoast Science Center. Many of these passes include outdoor venues that have provided safe recreational and learning opportunities for patrons during the pandemic.
  • Summer Reading Program materials and prizes.
  • 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.
We fund free family passes to 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 this short video Other “lending” library items include snow shoes and poles (for adults and children), a telescope for star gazing, and a metal detector for treasure hunting.

The Friends is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization in support of the Library’s central and vital role in our community. We welcome the participation of residents through memberships and tax-deductible contributions.
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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 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Friends (a 501(c)(3) 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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