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“Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life” – Melody Beattie

This month I am grateful for the little things in life: the feeling of the fall sun on my face, the gathering of family, a comfortable chair with time to read a good story, and the taste of a home cooked meal. I always feel like I am "nesting" this time of year. I bring in my house plants, clean my windows and create environments perfect for gathering with friends and family. With Thanksgiving around the corner I start to experiment with recipes, dreaming of new flavor combinations, looking for new favorites. If you're like me you'll be looking forward to our annual cookbook sale, starting the week of Thanksgiving. It is an inexpensive way to find inspiration or a gift for the home cooks in your family.

Stop in this month for a good book, some conversation or a quiet place to reflect.


Joanna Meighan - Library Director

Holiday Closings
The Library will be closed on Friday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

The Library will be closing early at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 and remain closed on Thursday, November 24 to celebrate Thanksgiving. We will re-open for our regular hours on Friday from 10-5.

Annual Cookbook Sale
Once again, the Library is pleased to offer a Cookbook Sale beginning Tuesday, November 22. The items for sale are new cookbooks, travel books, journals, and gift books.The pre-inflation price is $5 per book. Additionally, there will be themed gift baskets for those hard to shop for people in your life. Come shop at your convenience for thoughtful and beautiful gifts for everyone on your holiday list.

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 3:30-5pm or Thursday mornings at 10:30am. Share successes, challenges and/or frustrations with like-minded people. Beginners welcome.

New Books for November:
Favorite authors are back adding mystery and thrills in Michael Connelly's Desert Star, Jeffrey Deaver's Hunting Time, Anthony Horowitz's The Twist of the Knife, Phillip Margolian's Murder at Black Oaks, Louise Penny's A World of Curiosities, and Stewart Woods' Distant Thunder. Additionally, B.A Paris's latest book The Prisoner is coming to our shelves and James Patterson teams up with Brian Sitts for a new series in The Perfect Assassin.

For some non-fiction selections we turn to Michelle Obama in The Light We Carry: Overcoming In Uncertain Times. Obama
offers a series of stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge and power; the much anticipated follow up to her memoir Becoming. Stacy Schiff takes a look at statesman, political philosopher and founding father, Samuel Adams in The Revolutionary Samuel Adams. Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Schiff brings her masterful skills to illuminating Adams' transformation from aimless son of a well-off family to tireless, beguiling radical who mobilized the colonies. In Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World's Greatest Art Forger by Tony Tetro and Giampiero Ambrosi, the world’s most renowned art forger reveals the secrets behind his decades of painting like the masters—exposing an art world that is far more corrupt than we ever knew. Call and reserve your copy!

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.

Did you realize that one of every three people served by food banks are children? It is reported today nearly one of four people in soup kitchen lines is likely to be a child. More than one in three households being helped by local food banks and pantries includes children. This year’s “Scouting for Food” effort will benefit more than 150 pantries, kitchens and closets throughout New Hampshire. 

Each year on the first weekend of November, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturers, Explorers and their leaders will deliver Scouting for Food door hangers throughout their neighborhoods and state. On the next Saturday, Scouts will return to collect the donated non-perishable food items left outside with and take them to a convenient drop-off location within their local communities.

The Hampton Falls Free Library will have also have a collection box where you can drop your non-perishable goods during Library open hours. Available through Saturday, November 12.

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.
Kissing Ball Craft
Saturday, December 10th at 10:30am
In person at the Library
Cost: $10

Kissing balls date back to Victorian times when apples or potatoes were outfitted with herbs, greens, and flowers; and hung up over doorways. It was said that those who lingered to share a kiss underneath were bound to settle down in marriage. Today, kissing balls are a beautiful decoration for your home around the holiday season. Hang them from the ceiling, on your front porch, or on a light fixture right in your entryway. 

Our craft will be made from a variety of greens. We will supply the materials and tools; you will bring the creativity.

Supply Cost is $10. Limited to 15 participants. Sign up using the link below.
Sign Up For The Craft
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.
Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald
November 30th at 7pm
In person at the Library
For November, we will turn back to non-fiction with a collection of essays by Helen Macdonald, Vesper Flights. Macdonald vividly describes observing massive migrations of songbirds from the top of the Empire State Building, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, and seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk’s poplar forests. Her reflections on mushroom hunting, migraines, and the strangeness of birds’ nests are a soulful journey into the ties that bind us to the natural world. The bestselling author of H Is for Hawk, Macdonald is also a poet, illustrator and naturalist; and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She has worked as a professional falconer and has assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia.

In December, keeping with tradition, our book group will be reading a children's book, The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich. The story takes place in 1847 on Madeline Island, or Moningwanaykaning, meaning “Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker,” located on Lake Superior. The Birchbark House is a story about a young Anishinabe (Indigenous Ojibwa) girl and her family and follows their lives over the course of one year.

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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November in Hampton Falls is always a busy month. This year, the autumn colors are still going strong, but before we know it we’ll be bagging up the last of the leaves and tuning up the snow blowers. (Don’t get mad at me, it snowed on Halloween two years ago!) The library is open on Election Day, so after you cast your votes, drop by and say hello, and maybe pick up a new book or two!

Miss Leah
Youth Services Librarian

 New Books:
Speaking of new books, the newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diper Overlode, arrives this month, along with new installments of several of our favorite graphic novel series: Cat Ninja: Welcome to the ‘Burbs by Matthew Cody; Adventures of the Bailey School Kids: Frankenstein Doesn’t Plant Petunias by Marcia Thornton Jones; I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis; Miles Morales: Stranger Tides by Justin A. Reynolds; and History Comics: The Transcontinental Railroad by Andy Hirsch. In Young Adult, Marissa Meyer’s follow-up to her Rumplestiltskin story, Gilded, continues with the sequel, Cursed. For our younger readers, Mac Barnett and John Klassen have teamed up with a new twist on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, and Jory John is back with The Sour Grape, companion to his previous hits The Bad Seed and The Good Egg. Plus, Christmas! Hanukkah! Trucks! LEGO! And Jimmy Fallon!
Story Times:
Our Baby and Toddler/Preschool Story Times will be moving indoors until spring, barring any unseasonably warm November mornings. Join us for stories, songs, and finger plays with Miss Leah. Sign up is appreciated but not required; there is plenty of space in all sessions. All story times will run through December 7th and will resume in January. 
  • Baby and Toddler Lapsit story time Tuesdays at 10:30. Drop in. No sign up necessary.
  • Preschool (3-5) story time Wednesdays at 1:30 and Thursdays at 10:30 Sign Up Here.
  • After School Story Time (grades 1-4): Thursdays after school. FULL
  • Kindergarten Club: Tuesdays after school. Sign Up Here.
Email Miss Leah at with any questions.
Youth Programs: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm
In person at the Library

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? November 2, December 7  Wait List Only.

Art Club: Learn painting techniques and create your own masterpiece. Great for kindergarten and up. November 9th, December 21st  Wait List Only.

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. November 16th, December 15th   Sign Up Here.

In November, we will read I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018. Lauren Tarshis gives a heart-pounding, fictional account of California’s deadliest wildfires in over 100 years.
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Letters to Santa:
Starting November 2nd, the Library’s Santa mailbox will be available, as Santa may need extra lead time preparing gifts this year. Letters received by December 9th will receive a personalized reply from Mr. Claus himself. To make it easy on the elves, please include your name and address when dropping off your letters.

Visit From Santa: The Santa Party will take place on Saturday, December 3rd. Santa will be delivered by fire truck promptly at 10 am. Join us for photos, snacks, and Christmas cheer.

Holiday Pajama Story Time:

Miss Leah will be reading Chris van Allsburg's Christmas classic, The Polar Express on Wednesday, December 14th. Join us for one of two small sessions at 5:00 and 6:30 pm. Signup will be required. See our website to sign up starting November 4th.
Teen Vacation Book Boxes:
Back by popular demand! During the school break, teens (12+) can sign up to receive 1-2 library books chosen just for them, along with some extra treats to enjoy along with their books! Available for pick up starting Friday, December 16. Please sign up as soon as possible so that we have enough supplies for everyone!

Email Miss Leah at with any questions.

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!
Sign Up Here
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We recently provided Misty Lange, Purchasing/Warehouse Manager at The Brook (Seabrook casino) with used children's books left over from our recent Library Book Sale. The books will be shipped by The Brook to Mesquite, Nevada to help stock local school libraries in under-served communities.
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.
For more information about our organization:

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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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