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It is summer at the Seacoast, arguably our best season! It is time for backyard barbecues, bare feet, beaches, baseball, and boats! During this season, take advantage of all your Library has to offer. Check out a telescope and observe the night skies. Check out a backpack and go hiking or bird watching. Check out a museum pass and enjoy gardens and historic sites. Download eBooks for road trips. Enter the adult summer reading program and win gift cards to local businesses. Sign up the kids for some of the very exciting activities planned for the children’s summer reading program, Oceans of Possibilities.
Come on in! We hope to see you soon!
Barbara Tosiano, Library Director

Summer Reading for Grownups
Once again, the Library will offer a summer reading program for adults. For Library newcomers, the program is simple. Sign up at the front desk. Earn a raffle ticket for every book you read. Write your name and phone number on the ticket and place it in the prize bucket of your choice. The Library gratefully acknowledges the following local businesses for donations of gift cards: Churchill’s Garden Center, Coastal Living Paint and Hardware, Dodge’s Agway, The Galley Hatch Restaurant, The Old Salt Restaurant, and Quicksilver Fine Jewelry. In addition, The Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library have sponsored a grand prize of a gift card to Water Street Books in Exeter. The adult program will run from June 7th through July 30th.
New Books, Coming Soon:
Geraldine Brooks, author of People of the Book, Caleb’s Crossing, and Year of Wonders, has a new historical fiction titled Horse. Based on actual events, this book is set in 1860, 1954 and 2019. It is the story of a remarkable race horse named Lexington and the enslaved black grooms who raised and trained him. The story continues in 1954 with the discovery of a painting of the horse, and in 2019 with research by scientists and historians who worked to uncover the story of this animal and the humans who cared for him.

Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch returns in Paul Doiron’s latest installment, Hatchet Island.

Speaking of pandemics,
The Empress and the English Doctor is a non-fiction work by Lucy Ward. Empress Catherine the Great brought in an English doctor in an effort to combat smallpox in 18th Century Russia, an attempt not without controversy.

Contact the Library if you would like to be put on the reserve list for any of these titles.

Return of the Book and Bake Sale
The Library will once again hold the annual book and bake sale! This year’s sale is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 from 10-2. The Library staff will accept donations of gently used adult  and children’s books beginning in August. The Library is in need of volunteers to help sort books and set up the sale. If you love books and are interested, please see a staff member.
Libraries Connect Communities
If you see construction between the Library and the Public Safety Building this summer, there will soon be a sidewalk installed to connect the buildings. It was a long-term goal of the Library Board of Trustees to install a sidewalk enabling use of both parking lots and avoiding the dangers of parking on Drinkwater Road during events.

Audio Book Recommendations:
India Holton’s “Dangerous Damsels” series, beginning with The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels and followed by The League of Gentlewomen Witches, is one of the most original romance series I have ever read. Cecilia Bassingthwaite, proper Victorian lady and unabashed thieving pirate, is thrilled to have had, at last, a professional attempt made on her life – proof that her fellow lady pirates are finally beginning to take her seriously. She’ll be admitted to the Wisteria Society any day now, she is sure. Ned Lightbourne, her would-be assassin, is determined to take Cecilia for his – er – victim. Yes, that’s it. Definitely planning to kill her any day now. She’s prickly, sarcastic, fascinating – wait, no, infuriating – and her imminent murder is certainly his only goal. Packed from cover to cover with literary references, witty innuendo, and scathing sarcasm, these books are both narrated flawlessly and are, I would argue, better in audio format than they are on paper. 
Puzzle Table
The family of the late Hugh Schrier, long term Library patron and volunteer, has graciously donated a puzzle table to the Library. This exquisite piece of furniture, which was designed and crafted expressly for the Library, is co-sponsored by Hugh’s friend and neighbor Laura Pouliot. Feel free to spend a few minutes and add to the community puzzle in progress. The current puzzle is a photo of Hugh kayaking. The Library has an extensive collection of puzzles. Check one out for those inevitable rainy summer days.
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.
Tales of New England Life: the Stories of Alice Brown
August 1st at 6 pm
First Congregational
Congregational Society Unitarian Church
143 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls NH
Looking ahead to August, Hampton Falls will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary! The Tricentennial Committee has planned a very busy week filled with activities throughout the week of July 31st through August 6th. As part of this celebration, the Library is showcasing the works of Alice Brown in a performance of three of her short stories on August 1st at 6:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Society Unitarian Church by the Pontine Theatre performers. Alice Brown was a well-known author, poet and playwright, whose stories about rural New England life were very popular during the years 1895-1910. The performance is free, but registration is requested due to seating limits.

Registration will be available at the Tricentennial website:

The Library has the privilege of being the custodian of Alice Brown’s personal library. During the Tricentennial week, books from her personal collection, as well as those she authored, will be on display at the Library.
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.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
June 29th at 7pm
In person at the Library or by Zoom
On Wednesday, June 29th, the adult book group will meet to discuss Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. This outstanding work of non-fiction is the investigation into the controversial Theranos Corporation, a company currently facing charges of fraud and embezzlement, not to mention, the inspiration behind the TV series, The Dropout. We will be joined remotely by a research specialist with over five years of experience in clinical assay development in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLA) certified lab. She also developed an assay for a single copy detection of HIV which was copyrighted for licensing. As a disclaimer, the researcher is my daughter, Melissa Tosiano.

The group will take a break in July as the Library has a very full summer reading calendar, as well as the Tricentennial events coming up. The group will resume meeting on Wednesday, August 31st and return to fiction with Amor Towles's latest best seller, The Lincoln Highway.

Copies of the books will be available at the Library.  New members are always welcome.
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Summer Reading is back and better than ever! We invite children ages 3 and up to enjoy our “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program at the Library this summer.  The program encourages reading for pleasure and participation in an exciting line-up of programs. We also have some wonderful activities continuing through the summer for kids of all ages.

Pre-Registration for Summer Reading starts now! Visit the Youth Services section of our website and fill out a short form to let us know that you will be participating this summer. This will help us to streamline registration. Programming materials will be available to pick up at the Library beginning on June 21st at 10 am.

The program will run from June 21st through July 30th. Earn brag tags and beads all summer, plus new books and fun raffle prizes including a Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the program. For younger children, we offer Rubber Ducks as an alternative prize to small beads. Tweens and teens may choose to collect brag tags and beads, or participate for raffle tickets only. Children do not have to be signed up for the reading part of the program to attend the special events, although we do encourage it!

Miss Leah
Youth Services Librarian
New Books Coming Soon:
Now that the 2022 Great Stone Face award winner has been announced (Alan Gratz, Ground Zero) we turn our shelves over to the 2023 nominees. Look for Yehudi Mercado’s graphic novel memoir Chunky; Joe McGee’s The Haunted Mustache; Alone in the Woods by Rebecca Behrens; and Secondhand Dogs by Caroline Crimi, all arriving this month. Already on our shelves we have Allergic (graphic novel) by Megan Wagner Lloyd; The Last Bear by Hannah Gold; Operation Do-Over by Gordon Korman; A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus; and Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner. More additions will be forthcoming.

Sequels abound yet again: in Graphic Novels, the Barb the Last Berserker and Secrets of Camp Whatever series add a sophomore installment. Young Adult author Namina Forna’s The Gilded Ones is followed up by The Merciless Ones, while American Royals by Katharine McGee returns with American Rivals, the third in the series. In Nonfiction, Kate Messner’s History Smashers series continues with The Underground Railroad, and History Comics is back with The National Parks as well as The Stonewall Riots, just in time for Pride month.
Story Times:
Summer story times will be held from June 24th through July 29th. Drop in, no reservation is necessary.

Baby & Toddler Story Time: Tuesdays at 10:30 am
All Ages Story Time: Fridays at 10:30 am

Email Miss Leah at with any questions.
Download a calendar of events (Subject to change. Visit our website to confirm dates and times.)

The following programs will be held at the Public Safety Building, no registration necessary:
  • Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm: Wildlife Encounters!
    You will meet and learn about a variety of wildlife. What animals are coming to visit? You’ll have to be there to find out! Sponsored by the Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library.
  • Wednesday June 29th at 6:00 pm: Ed Pop! Magic
    New to the Library this year! Sponsored by the Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library and the Rubin Family.
  • Wednesday, July 27th at 6:00 pm: Center for Wildlife!
    Learn about Raptors and Reptiles with the Center for Wildlife’s animal ambassadors. Sponsored by the Hampton Falls Tricentennial Committee.
The following programs will be held at the Library, are limited in size, and require registration. Registration for programs will begin on Tuesday, June 21st:
  • Wednesday, June 29th at 4 PM: Explore the Ocean World with the Hampton Oceanarium!
  • Wednesday, July 6th at 5:00 and 6:30 PM: Pajama Story Time with Miss Leah!
  • Wednesday, July 13th at 4 PM: Whales and Seals with UNH Marine Docents!
  • Tuesday, July 19th at 4 PM: LEGO Club!
  • Wednesday, July 20th at 4 PM: Seacoast Science Center!
  • Watercolor Painting Club!: Dates vary, please register for no more than three sessions
PLUS! Back by popular demand! (Open to all, held at the Library, and no registration necessary):
  • All Day Thursday, July 28th. (Rain date Friday July 29th): Tie-Dye Party!
  • Thursdays at 2pm: "Crafternoons" - a different craft each week
 For Teens Only!
  • Sign up to receive one or both of our summer-themed Teen Book Boxes
  • Wednesday July 13th from 6-8 PM: Join us for board games
  • Wednesday, July 20th from 6-8 PM: Watercolor Painting

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!

Email Miss Leah to sign up by clicking the sign up button below.
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The Friends of the Library, with a matching grant from the State Street Give More Program administered by the State Street Foundation of the State Street Corporation, Boston MA; sponsor numerous enrichment programs for children and adults. Just this year, The Friends have funded an updated set of Eyewitness books for children, a comic workshop for children, a writer's workshop for adults, and a dozen passes to area museums. The Friends are a 501(c)(3) organization and are eligible for matching grants.
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: Bedrock Gardens, Currier Museum of Art, Fells Historic Estate, Historic New England, Strawbery Banke, the Seacoast Science Center and the Wright Museum of World War II. 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 .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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