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"Pronounce these words slowly: forsythia, magnolia, azalea, redbud. Spring: it's not a fantasy, it's real."  Marty Rubin

Spring is especially dear to those of us living in northern latitudes.  With spring, comes the annual recognition of Earth Day on April 22.  This year, the Library will focus on one part of the environment – trees.  Last year, our community participated in a city-wide planting of elm trees.  Our speaker for April is Kevin Martin, boat builder and author of The Big Trees of New Hampshire, a very usable guidebook which lists hikes of varying difficulty in search of the biggest trees in New Hampshire.  His program is on Zoom on April 21.  The adult book group will be discussing The Wild Trees by Richard Preston on April 27. If you are heading outside, please check out one of our backpacks stocked with binoculars and field guides.  Enjoy the season!

Best wishes,

Barbara Tosiano
Library Director
 

Celebrating National Library Week:
April 3 to 9 is National Library Week!  Come in and show your love for your Library by signing the heart in the vestibule.  Enjoy a chocolate as well.  The Library staff always enjoys seeing you and hearing from you.

New Titles Coming in April:
In April, David Baldacci continues the Archer series with Dream Town.  Allison Brennan has a new thriller, The Wrong Victim. Anne Hillerman continues her detective series set in the Navajo Nation with The Sacred Bridge. From Don Winslow, a master of crime fiction, City on Fire comes out in April. Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, has a new novel, The Candy House, which focuses on our changing technology. Call to reserve your copy today!
 
What We Are Listening To:
April being poetry month, we would like to recommend two books-in-verse. Both of these books are read by their authors, which gives a special insight into the authors' intentional use of language to tell their stories.

In Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, as a young man rides the elevator down, he is visited by a series of ghosts who question his intention to avenge his brother's murder. In Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, a daughter discovers her beloved and admired father has a secret second family.  The combined feelings of devastation for his death and the betrayal of his secrets, shakes the foundation of her love for him. Through the bond she builds with her half sister, she discovers the healing that comes through forgiveness and shared memory.

They are both available on Libby and Acevedo's book is also available (no lines, no waiting) on Hoopla.


Bridge or Chess, Anyone?
The Library owns three card tables which can be set up anywhere in the building.  If you are interested in challenging others in chess or playing bridge, let us know and we will facilitate a day and time.
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.
 
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.
"Meet the Author": Bonnar Spring
Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
In Person at the Library


Mark your calendars for a “Meet the Author” reception at the Library on Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 AM. Bonnar will do a short reading from her latest book and will answer questions about our upcoming Writers Workshop (see below for more information).
 
Her debut novel, Toward the Light (2020), was selected as an “Apple’s Most Anticipated” book. It also received a bronze medal from the Independent Publishers Association for Best First Novel and won the People’s Choice Award from the New Hampshire Writer’s Project. Disappeared, a thriller set in Morocco, releases this May.
Big Trees of New Hampshire
Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. 
A Zoom Program


New Hampshire is the second most forested state in the country.  Some of our trees are big and old.  Join us for a tour of some of these giants on Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. with Kevin Martin, accomplished outdoorsman, author, and wooden boat builder.  Kevin is the author of Big Trees of New Hampshire: Short Hikes to the Biggest Trees in New Hampshire, from the Seacoast to the North Country.  In his book, Kevin directs the reader to 28 hikes to find 85 of the largest trees on public land or in cities such as Portsmouth, Concord, and Nashua. He includes hikes for all ages and abilities, from easy to adventurous! 
 
This program is offered on Zoom. Register below to receive the Zoom link and reminder emails.

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The Library gratefully acknowledges the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this program.

Copies of Ken's books can be purchased through Water Street Books in Exeter NH.

 
Register for Big Trees of New Hampshire
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 **

 
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.
The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
April 27th at 7 p.m.
In person at the Library or by Zoom


We will continue the tree theme in the Adult Book Club. The Wild Trees by Richard Preston is the April selection for a discussion on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. The redwood trees of California are some of the largest organisms on earth. Preston unfolds the story of a group of botanists and amateur naturalists who explore the unchartered territory of the redwood canopy by climbing into it. These explorers move through the deep canopy suspended on ropes, knowing that one mistake could be fatal. Preston has been described as the “master of nonfiction narrative.” He shares his protagonists’ passion for tall trees and the fate of the world’s most splendid forest. He is the author of The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, and The Crisis in the Red Zone.

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? Copies of the book will be available at the Library.  New members are always welcome.
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It’s cold! It’s windy! It’s muddy! It’s wet! It’s April! As our stubborn tulip and daffodil bulbs push their way to the surface only to get snowed on, so too do we hope for sunny days, open windows, and the return of outdoor story times! Here at the library, we’ll be celebrating the return of spring, as well as National Library Week, Ramadan, Passover, Easter, Earth Day, and Arbor Day.

Miss Leah
Youth Services Librarian

 

Comic Book Workshop:
Save the date: May 18th and 25th

Coming soon! A Comic book workshop featuring NH-based cartoonist, musician, and educator Merek Bennet.  A small group, hands-on workshop exploring cartooning and comic creation techniques including: comic topics, drafting, editing, and drawing. Contact Ms. Leah with any questions.

New Books:
April’s book order features sequel after sequel after sequel. Come in for new installments of Aron Steinke’s Mr. Wolf’s Class; Tom Watson’s Stick Dog; Rebecca Elliot’s Owl Diaries; Tui T. Sutherland’s Wings of Fire; Katherine Applegate’s Doggo and Pupper; Dav Pilkey’s Cat Kid Comic Club; Greg Pizzoli’s Baloney and Friends; Andy Griffiths’ 13 Story Treehouse; and in Young Adult, Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, the sequel to Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders. Even picture book series have sequels forthcoming: Perfectly Pegasus, companion to Jessie Sima’s Ladybug Award-winning Not Quite Narwhal; Pretty Perfect Kittycorn, sequel to the massively popular Itty Bitty Kittycorn by Shannon Hale; Our Planet: There’s No Place Like Earth, the sixth in Stacey McAnulty’s popular and informative nonfiction “Our Universe” series; and Elbow Grease: Fast Friends by John Cena (yes, *that* John Cena).
 
Audio Book Recommendation:
If you’re looking for a heart-pounding adventure, strong female characters, and a little bit of romance, look no farther than Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen, by Tricia Levenseller. 17-year-old pirate captain Alosa gets herself kidnapped – deliberately – in order to find the treasure map her father has been after since he rose to power as the Pirate King. Trapped on her enemies’ ship, Alosa finds herself increasingly frustrated by her captors, her inability to find the map, and her own traitorous heart. As her deadline approaches, she finds herself taking more and more risks that might expose her, all while fighting her growing affection for the bewilderingly kind First Mate. Available as an audiobook on Libby, and new this month on the Library shelves.
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 recommended 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? April 6, and May 4. Sign up here.

Art Club: Learn painting techniques and create your own masterpiece. Great for kindergarten and up. April 13, and May 11.   Sign up here to join the wait list.

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 fourth grade.  April 20, and May 18. Sign up here.

April Book Club will be reading I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888. A frozen hurricane slams through the Midwest, trapping eleven-year-old John Hale and his schoolmates in blinding snow and tearing winds. How will they survive the storm?
 
Story Times:
Story times will mostly continue to be held indoors this month. On warm, dry days, please come prepared to sit outside!

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.
Don’t forget to sign up your teen for our last Vacation Book Box, no later than April 15th. Boxes will be available starting on April 20th, the Wednesday ahead of Spring vacation. If you have already signed up, please remember to bring your cardboard box back to the library so we can fill it up with goodies again!
Sign Up For Teen Book Boxes


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 Soon: Sponsorship plans for this Spring include funding 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, April 6th at 6:30 p.m. and is accessible via Zoom. For more information about our organization:
 

Friends on Facebook

Email Us at FriendsofHFFL@gmail.com

Volunteer with Us


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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