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Saturday Storytime
Saturday September 22 at 11AM for Ages 3-8

Join us for this special Saturday Morning Storytime!

Children aged 3-8 are welcome to participate.

The theme for this storytime will be FALL.  Listen to fall stories, sing songs, have a fall snack, and make a craft.

Sign up is required for this program.

Click HERE to sign up.  Please fill out a separate registration form for each child who will be attending.
Senior Drop-In with Special Guests
Thursday Sept 27 at 10:30AM

All seniors in the area are welcome to attend.  Light breakfast refreshments are served, and there are fun activities, conversations, and monthly special guests or programs.

In September, join us for a Ukelele Sing-a-long with instructor Kathi Hanson from Let's Play Music.
Learn basic chord forms and simple songs.
Bring your own, or try a ukulele which the teacher provides.

130th Anniversary Open House
Saturday September 29 from 10AM to 2PM

In February 1888, Nelson Ordway submitted a proposition to the Selectman of the Town of Hampstead, New Hampshire to establish a public library. The proposition was accepted. To celebrate the 130th anniversary of this momentous event, the Board of Trustees and staff of the Hampstead Public Library invite the public to an Anniversary Open House Celebration on Saturday September 29th from 10 am to 2 pm.

 Within a year of Ordway’s proposal, doors of the first Hampstead Public Library opened at 48 Main Street with hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In 1897, the “new” library on Main Street was built, and hours and the collection were expanded. As the community grew, so did the need for a larger public library. In 1994, the Library opened at its current location, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive.

“Today’s Library is very different from that of a hundred or even twenty years ago,” said Hampstead Public Library Director, Rosemary Krol. “For the cost of a couple of books at a book store, Hampstead taxpayers have access to so much more! In addition to paperbacks and hardcover books, the Library offers downloadable audio and e-books, graphic novels, movies, magazines, and media converters.”

Krol hopes that many Hampstead residents take the opportunity of the Open House to visit and discover all the things the Library has to offer. From computers to cozy reading nooks, from novels to newspapers, from cake pans to a telescope, the staff is here to show and demonstrate access to all the free services and materials available including online resources.

“We’d also like to reach out to Hampstead and East Hampstead business owners to let them know that they, and their employees, can get a free library card,” stated Krol. “This will give them access to all our amenities including computers and free scan to email service.”

At the Open House, visitors can explore the Library and meet staff, Trustees, and Friends of the Library. They can also shop at the Elaine David Thrift Shop, and view the lovely Storybook Garden. Hampstead Garden Club members will be on-hand to answer questions about the Garden’s design and maintenance.

In the Children’s Room on the first floor, Miss Devin will have stories and crafts available for young visitors. There will be scarecrows on display on the front lawn, and children can enter the Name the Scarecrow contest.

In the second floor meeting room, guests can meet librarian and children’s book author Marcia Strykowski who is celebrating the release of her third novel, Roller Boy. Marcia will have copies of all her books available. Light refreshments will be provided.

Door prizes will be awarded frequently, and all those who complete a simple Library Scavenger Hunt can be entered to win a piece of Red Sox memorabilia.

Please join us!
Chair Yoga for Teens and Adults
First Tuesday of each month

Play Scrabble!
Thursday October 4 at 1PM

Come play Scrabble with others interested in the game!

If you have a Scrabble game at home, please bring it to be sure we have enough game boards.

We'll be meeting the first Thursday of every month at 1 pm, as long as there is interest.

FREE Movie: Book Club
Wednesday October 10 at 1:30PM

Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage, Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached, Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through her decades-old divorce, and Carol's (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The lives of these four lifelong friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous "50 Shades of Grey," catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices.

Rated PG-13
1hr 44 mins

Tech Tutoring: Get Your Questions Answered
Wednesday October 17 from 3-4:30PM

Kate will help out with questions on your technology.  Bring your own device (laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.) or borrow one of the library’s devices. Sometimes we learn something new from each other!

Bring your questions and your log in information with passwords, and we’ll do our best to provide the answers.

We will also have a list of helpful websites, and have helpful books available to check out. Learn about free ebooks and audiobooks, or simply how to take a picture with your phone.

For more information, contact Tech Librarian Kate Thomas at 603-329-6411 or kthomas@hampstead.lib.nh.us.