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"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." --Roger Hornsby
 
Of course, spring is a time of baseball from Little League to the majors, but spring is also a time of new beginnings.  This spring at the Hampton Falls Free Library, we have a list of new programs and initiatives. 
  • First and foremost, we have a new website which will offer improved security, graphics, and functionality. We hope you find it more user friendly in that the new website presents relevant topics in a more visual setting. 
  • Literacy is defined as skilled in both reading and writing.  We have been encouraging reading for decades. This year, we are encouraging writing. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, we are able to offer two writing programs in May, a six week writers’ workshop facilitated by local author Bonnar Spring and a cartooning session for children with cartoonist Marek Bennett.
  • Check out the new and improved coffee station!  We have a new Keurig coffee maker and a new electric tea kettle.  Enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage while reading the newspaper.  
  • We will be adding a new puzzle table to better display and secure the puzzle pieces.  Feel free to add your skills to the community puzzle. 
  • To encourage outdoor activities, we have added a new collection of books on hiking, camping, and exploring sites and attractions in New Hampshire and surrounding states.
  • The Friends of the Library have also graciously sponsored passes for free or reduced admission to area museums, most of which are opening in May. Now is the perfect time to visit our state parks, nature centers, gardens, historic sites, and art museums.
The Library staff is constantly striving to add new and improved services to the community.  Let us know what we can do to serve you better.

Best wishes and happy spring!

Barbara Tosiano
Library Director

Memorial Day Weekend Closing:
The Library will be closed Memorial Day weekend May 28-30.  We be closing early at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27 to start the annual carpet cleaning.

Museum Passes Are Back!
Through the generosity of the Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library, we are pleased to once again offer Library passes for free or reduced admission to area museums and gardens.  Learn about local history at Strawbery Banke, the Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro, the American Independence Museum, as well as the three dozen historic homes and properties of Historic New England.  Enjoy the peaceful settings in Bedrock Gardens in Lee and The Fells at Lake Sunapee. Hike in one of NH’s many state parks and marvel at the natural world at the Seacoast Science Center.  Learn about art at the Currier Museum in Manchester, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME. New for this year, the Library is pleased to offer reduced price admission to the Squam Lake Natural Science Center in Holderness.  Call to reserve your pass!

The Library Website: New and Improved!
We hope you enjoy the look of our new website.  The Library staff has worked tirelessly to improve the look and functionality of our website to be visually appealing while communicating relevant Library information and news.
 
May's New Books:
New book releases are sprouting up like spring flowers! Summer is coming and so are the beach reads. We are expecting The Boardwalk Bookshop by Susan Mallery, Summer Love by Nancy Thayer, The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner, and The Lost Summers of Newport by Beatriz Williams. There are several notable non-fiction selections in May. Eric Dolin, author of A Furious Sky; Brilliant Beacons; and Black Flags, Blue Waters, has another seafaring work in Rebels at Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution. Candace Millard, author of River of Doubt, travels to another river in River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile. Our favorite nature author, Sy Montgomery, introduces us to another bird in The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty. Isabel Canas has a Mexican gothic horror novel The Hacienda. James Patterson continues his Women’s Murder Club Series with 22 Seconds. In addition to these selections, we are looking forward to new titles from Dale Brown, Jack Carr, Mike Lupica, Deon Meyer, Sara Paretsky, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, and Emily Straub.

Contact the Library if you would like to be put on the reserve list for any of these titles.
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.
In Honorarium Gardening Book Sale
The Month of April
In Person at the Library


The Hampton Falls Free Library is honored to offer a special book sale in remembrance of the late Maurine Stard. Through the generosity of the Stard estate, the Library is pleased to present over 100 gardening books from Ms. Stard’s personal collection. The items cover topics such as historic gardens, famous gardens, perennials, herbs, and small gardens. This collection is on display at the Library throughout April. All are welcome to browse and purchase items by donation to the Library in honor of Ms. Stard.
Sign Up Now For Our Writers Workshop
Workshop dates: Saturdays – May 7, 14, 21 & June 11, 18, 25
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
In Person at the Library


The Workshop is open to residents who want to hone their skills by sharing their writing with others. Each session will be facilitated by an experienced instructor and published author, Bonnar Spring.

The workshop will begin with participants sharing a short writing sample (250-500 words/1-2 pages), followed by a guided discussion. Students can bring in their own work in progress or use a writing prompt provided by the facilitator.
 
The class will be informal and interactive. Topics covered include:
  • Openings that grab the attention of your readers
  • Using more vibrant, less clichéd language
  • Importance of setting
  • Creating memorable characters
  • Making dialogue more lifelike
  • Story structure
  • Productivity vs. procrastination
  • Tips for self-editing
Please contact the Library with any questions and to sign-up.  Call 603-926-3682 or email us at hamptonfalls.library@comcast.net

** Sponsored by the Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library **

 
Make a Hummingbird Feeder
Saturday, June 4th
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
In Person at the Library


Need a way to recycle all those glass wine bottles? Stop into the Hampton Falls Free Library on Saturday June 4th between the hours of 10:30am and 12:30pm for a perfect DIY project with the intent to recycle our glass bottles and promote/support a beautiful pollinator: The Hummingbird.

The Hummingbird (Family: Trochilidae) is an amazingly adaptable pollinator. Hummingbirds drink up to two times their body weight per day. As they move from plant to plant, they carry pollen to help pollinate native wildflowers and other plants in your garden. 

ALL SUPPLIES WILL BE PROVIDED, however you are encouraged to wear clothing you’re fine painting in. Total project time takes about 15-20 minutes and previous crafting skills are not necessary.
Teens & Adults Only. Limited Space Available. Please sign up at the button below.


Please contact the Library with any questions and to sign-up.  Call 603-926-3682 or email us at hamptonfalls.library@comcast.net

** Workshop provided in collaboration with the Hampton Falls Free Library and the Hampton Falls Conservation Commissio
n **
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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.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
May 25th at 7 p.m.
In person at the Library or by Zoom


For our May selection, the choice will turn from the natural world to the world of technology. We will meet to discuss Kazuo Ishiguro’s Klara and the Sun. Ishiguro is the Nobel Laureate and author of Never Let Me Go. Klara and the Sun takes an intriguing look at artificial intelligence and the role it might play in our future. Klara is an Artificial Friend with exceptional observational abilities, which makes her nearly human. Or does it?
 
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
 
In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the next Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup promised the whole range of laboratory tests from a single drop of blood. Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.5 billion. There was just one problem: the technology didn’t work. Erroneous results put patients in danger, leading to  misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments. All the while, Holmes and her partner, Sunny Balwani, worked to silence anyone who voiced misgivings—from journalists to their own employees. At this meeting, we will be joined via Zoom by a special guest who can answer questions about blood tests, laboratory safety, and the integrity of medical technologies.

Copies of the book will be available at the Library.  New members are always welcome.
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Isn’t it a relief to be outside again? Whether you’re happiest in the garden, at the beach, on a sports field, or up a mountain, there is something about the fresh spring air that can’t be topped. But don’t work too hard out there! Take an afternoon to relax in your favorite outdoor spot with a book, a snack, and a glass of cold lemonade. The time you spend reading a book is never wasted.

Miss Leah
Youth Services Librarian
 
A Most Anticipated Book Release:
We all had our coping mechanisms during the nationwide lockdown two years ago. As a parent of young kids, one of mine was the daily episodes of Mac’s Book Club Show, hosted by children’s author Mac Barnett. (Shout out to our fellow Club Heads! It’s a hat if you believe it’s a hat!) One of the best things to come out of the pandemic was Mac’s collaboration with his best friend (and racquetball nemesis) Shawn Harris, children’s book author/illustrator and 2022 Caldecott Honoree. Every Saturday my girls and I watched their “Live Cartoons” on Instagram, laughing wildly at the antics of The First Cat in Space, the Moon Queen, and LOZ-4000, a toenail cutting robot. Happily, all these shenanigans led to a book, their first (but hopefully not last) graphic novel, The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza. It’s possibly my most-anticipated book of 2022, or at least my longest-awaited, and I am so excited to share it with my graphic novel aficionados here at the Library! (If you’d like to see the original Live Cartoons, they’re available at thefirstcatinspace.com)

Audio Book Recommendations:
If you’re looking for something light and funny to listen to, nobody does teen rom-com better than Emma Lord. The protagonists of Tweet Cute, When You Get the Chance, and You Have a Match are all intelligent but flawed, completely blind to the obvious, and aggressively prone to getting themselves into ridiculous situations, but Lord’s writing is laugh-out-loud funny, full of cringe-worthy moments and heartfelt emotion. With hints of The Shop Around the Corner, Mamma Mia, and a little bit of The Parent Trap (respectively), these three stand-alone novels are just the light-hearted comedy you need in between your heavier book-fare. Each one is expertly narrated, and all three clock in at about 9-10 hours. Available on Libby.
Comics Workshop with Marek Bennett
May 18th and May 25th from 5:00-6:00 pm
In person at the Library


Join us for a two-day comic writing workshop, led by NH based cartoonist and graphic novelist Marek Bennett. During our meetings, Marek will share his writing process and his forthcoming book, from original pages to galley proofs. Together we will make our own mini-comics. At the second meeting, we will share what we’ve been working on throughout the previous week, and see what else we can create.

This program is best suited to children in grades 3 and up. Attendance at both sessions is recommended.
No experience needed. EVERYBODY can make comics!

Please feel free to email Miss Leah with any questions regarding this program.
To learn more about Marek Bennett, visit his website at https://marekbennett.com/
Sign Up for the Workshop
Story Times:
Story Times will continue until Memorial Day, at which point we will take a three-week break until Summer Reading begins.

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 hamptonfalls.librarykids@gmail.com 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 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.
Coming this month: Sponsorship of a Writers Workshop open to residents who want to hone their skills by sharing their writing with others.
 
Please join our volunteer Friends of the Library! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. and is accessible via Zoom. For more information about our organization:
 

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Email Us at FriendsofHFFL@gmail.com

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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 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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