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"Granite State Gallery" - lecture on October 21, 2020

Granite State Gallery

The Lane Memorial Library in partnership with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities, will present an online program Granite State Gallery: New Hampshire Art and Artists through the Years featuring art scholar Jane Oneail on Wednesday, October 21, at 7 p.m.  This is a virtual program and will be presented via the Zoom app available on most PC and handheld devices. Patrons may follow this link to register now, after which a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the meeting.

New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the colonial era, but what is distinctive about the art made here? Oneail will answers this question as well as reflect on works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state’s scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists discussed in this program.

Oneail is an independent scholar and holds a master’s in art history from Boston University and a master’s in art in education from Harvard University. She is a New Hampshire native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as executive director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the roll of Senior Educator. Oneail has also taught at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at the NH Institute of Art.

The presentation is free and available to members of the Hampton community.

"Thresholds" Weston Gallery March 2020


This month in the Weston Gallery at the Lane Memorial Library, we have something a little different.  Two of our staff librarians, Paulina Shadowens and Darrell Eifert, returned recently from visits to the UK, and will be sharing their images and impressions in an exhibit entitled “Thresholds : Venturing Forth”.  For Paulina this was her first time with a ‘real’ camera, and the experience provided a new way of looking at the world.

“Peering through the Nikon lens was a revelation: it gave me a more complex definition of what thresholds mean—not just doorways, but entryways into fresh worlds, both physical landscapes and people’s journeys within them.

It was as if the camera provided not only an improved way to document what I saw but enabled me to see more and with heightened appreciation.  The rectangles of doors and the curves of rivers became luminous geometry, a Brecon bridge transformed into an impromptu stage for lovers to amble through. Arches in a Victorian museum, like great paleolithic ribs, mimicked those of the real dinosaur skeleton suspended beneath them.

It framed endless stories.

Because I am a photography novice, this exhibition seems especially aptly named—even as I tried to capture literal thresholds, I stand on one myself, as I venture forth into learning more about this art form and all it can convey.”

Darrell has visited the UK several times before, but always comes back with a renewed delight in the vistas and landscapes that seem to open up on all sides for those willing to look for just the right time and place.  Last year the time and place was Keswick, a small village in the famous Lake District on the northern tip of Lake Derwentwater.

“Booking an entire week at a single location means that we did not have to rent a car, learn to drive on the wrong side of the road, or be responsible to the often restrictive schedules of a tour group.  After a couple of days of rain (no big surprise) I was lucky to see a stretch of good weather that allowed me to get up at stupid o’clock in the morning and walk through the still sleeping village down to the shores of Derwentwater to catch the sunrise over a mirror-calm lake.  I hope the images on display can give some sense of the serenity and beauty of that morning walk.”

The reception originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th has been cancelled.  Online exhibit galleries are available below.

Paulina Shadowens Gallery

Darrell Eifert Gallery

"Read to Feed!" 2020

St Vincet de Paul Community Kitchen

The staff of Lane Memorial Library have served the community of Hampton for over 130 years. This winter, they’re aiming to serve up some good, warm food to residents in need. “Read to Feed,” is a reading challenge that will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Community Kitchen. The library will urge children and adults to “earn” donations by reading great books. Local Hampton businesses are sponsoring the program.

"It's a winter reading program that mirrors our summer reading program. The difference is we're giving back to our community, instead of earning prizes for ourselves," said Lane Library Assistant Director Stacy Mazur.

The all-ages reading program will run from February 1st through March 31st, 2020. The library will have bookmarks available at the end of January for readers to track their progress. Students in grades K-5 read for 20 minutes, on 4 different days, per bookmark. Older students, in grades 6-12, and adults will read 4 books per bookmark. For every bookmark, a donation of $5 to the Community Kitchen will be made in the reader’s name.

The library’s initial goal is to earn $500. If the community reaches $500, the library has a “stretch” goal, where every book or 20 minutes read (by the younger kids) will earn $5 each, to reach $800. Library patrons can also make extra monetary contributions or donate non-perishable items for the Food Pantry.

"This is a great opportunity to promote literacy and encourage generosity within the Hampton community," Mazur said.

St Vincet de Paul Community KitchenThe Community Kitchen is in downtown Hampton at the Seaside Elderly Day Out Center. They serve five meals a week from mid-October to mid-May. “Clients have a sit-down dining experience when they come,” said Lisa Parker, volunteer coordinator.

Volunteers and local community organizations prepare the meals off site.  On days when volunteers are not able to meet the demand, monetary donations help to make sure a hot meal will be available for clients.  Parker spoke about the continued need for volunteers to cook meals and staff the dinner service. “We operate completely on donations and through volunteers,” she stated. “There are between three to four volunteers here every time we serve.”

The funds raised by “Read to Feed” will help in part with on-going supply costs. "I’ll come in to check and see if we have plates, silverware, or paper towels, and we’re out again. Supplies are a constant need," Parker said. Donations also go towards upkeep and maintenance of the space as well as providing food supplies for volunteers who wish to prepare a cooked meal, but do not have the funds.

Community KitchenThe Community Kitchen is an invaluable resource to the Hampton community, serving 40 to 60 people per night. “We get many donations over Thanksgiving and Christmas but find it harder to manage through the rest of winter. We still have people coming, but not as many donations or volunteers,” Parker noted.

The Community Kitchen experienced the hardship of losing their long-time space at Hampton Beach to fire. The Hampton Fire Department and Chamber of Commerce offered temporary spaces in 2018/2019. The library looks forward to helping them continue to serve the Hampton community in their new downtown location.

The library is partnering with Marston School’s Good Citizens Club on this project. Their members will make posters for the school to encourage their fellow students to take part, and they are also planning a food drive. Student representatives will be on hand to present the donations to St. Vincent de Paul at the completion of the reading campaign.

The library would like to thank local business sponsors, the Law Office of Eileen A. Nevins, Parsons Electric Co. Inc., Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton Beach Casino, Bean Insurance Agency LLC of Hampton, NH, Pauline Maloney of Stoney Knoll Realty, Lions Club International of Hampton, NH, Tom Muldowney, Strategic-Partner of Schooley Mitchell.

Friends of the Lane Library Author Series - 2020

FOL 2020 Author Series

The Friends of Lane Memorial Library will be kicking off 2020 with an author series showcasing local and regional authors. Each event will feature an author discussing their books, describing their writing methods and practices, and question and answer time. Refreshments and a book signing will follow each presentation.

Brian HallBrian Hall, author of Not Afraid to Fall, a book that details his journey with Parkinson's Disease, will join us at the library on on a date to be determined.

Not Afraid to FallWhen his symptoms first appeared in 1976 at the age of 14, Brian really had no idea how serious a medical battle or the toll that it might take on him. However, as time went by it became abundantly clear that he was now in the fight of his life. For the majority of those 43 years, finding a balanced lifestyle and a healthy way to deal with his medical situation was to say at the very least, elusive. Eventually, Brian did find balance by making a commitment to his own unique and unorthodox approach to counteract the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

On the outside looking in, some people might think that Parkinson's disease has ruined Brian's life. Quite the contrary! His experience with the disease has undoubtedly impacted and restricted some aspects of how he lives his life. This is to be expected. It also has liberated him in ways that he never could have imagined. The gift in the real-life lessons that PD has taught him, he hopes to share with the many people afflicted with this disease, their caregivers and others that might be suffering from unresolved traumatic issues impacting their lives.

Upcoming authors are:

Bonnar Spring, author of Toward the Light, a gripping work of suspense fiction, on Thursday April 23rd, at 6:30pm.

Thomas W. Farmen, author of Bessie's Story, an inspring account of his beloved chocolate labrador's blindness, on Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 PM.

The Lane Memorial Library welcomes all visitors to the library for this event. For more information, call 603-926-3368. Lane Memorial Library 2 Academy Ave. Hampton NH, 03842

AARP Tax Help Schedule - 2020

2020 AARP Tax Help

Appointments may be scheduled by calling 2-1-1 or visiting and selecting "Schedule an appointment now".  The library does not schedule appointments.  Book on-line or by 'phone as soon as possible.  Walk-ins are always welcome - check in with an AARP volunteer.


Please bring or have access to last year’s (2018) tax return and all of this year’s (2019) tax related information such as W-2s, Social Security account numbers, property and personal tax records, Social Security income, medical expenses, and interest and dividend statements.  This will make the process go more smoothly. A picture ID must be presented.

To have a refund deposited directly to your personal bank account you must bring your checking or savings account number and bank routing information.

State returns for Massachusetts, Maine and others can be completed and filed in conjunction with your federal return.

8th Annual Youth Impressions Art Show

Youth Impressions Art Show 2020

Hampton Arts Network is pleased to announce our 8th annual Youth Impressions Art Show! This is a juried show for our young Hampton artists in Grades 3 - 8. Each year, the art teachers at Marston School, Hampton Academy, and Sacred Heart School are invited to submit student art. Three HAN artists then serve as jurors to select the pieces for our student show including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries in two Grade level categories--Grades 3 - 5 and Grades 6 - 8.

Visitors to the show are invited to vote for People’s Choice winners! Certificates, cash awards, and ribbons are presented to winners at a special awards presentation evening scheduled for February 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Youth Impressions Art Show for 2020 opens on January 2 in the Weston Gallery of Lane Memorial Library. Visitors may vote for their favorite entries during the month of January. The show runs through February 28 and is open to the community during library hours. Come enjoy some fabulous art from these young, creative artists, and plan to attend a special Artist Reception on Thursday evening, February 6th at 5:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room

Weston Gallery - Ethel Hills, November 2019

Ethel Hills - An artist's journey

November 2 - 27

Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM

In Search of HomeEthel Hills grew up in rural Hollis, New Hampshire amidst farms, apple orchards, hayfields and woods. After high school, she attended Dickinson College for two years before taking some time off. During this break in her schooling, she explored black and white photography, primarily the natural forms in the landscape around her parents’ home in Hollis. She briefly toyed with the idea of returning to school to learn more about photography, but panicked when she found out that meant art school.

Instead, she enrolled at the University of New Hampshire to complete her BA. While at UNH, she fell in love with the seacoast area, the beaches, the rocks, the marshes, and the solitude of the area in the off season. After graduating, she moved to Hampton, eventually settling next to the salt marsh.

Shortly after moving to Hampton, she took up traditional rug hooking. As she learned more and more about rug hooking, she wanted her rugs to become more her own creation. Although she learned to plan her own colors and dye her own wool, she was still working with commercial patterns. It was her pursuit of more personal and creative hooked pieces which brought her to her love of art. Her goal was simple, to learn just enough drawing to be able to produce the very simple line drawings that are the basis of rug designs.

One thing led to another, first a couple of books on drawing, then a drawing class at a high school, then a watercolor class, then a workshop and on and on. There was always something new to learn. After getting a feel for watercolor, the next step was to strengthen her drawing skills. She went back to UNH, only this time studying in the Art Department. She’s worked hard to develop her skills by taking traditional classes at both UNH and the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and also by studying with well-known watercolor artists and teachers, Dustan Knight, Don Andrews, DeWitt Hardy, Ed Betts, Skip Lawrence, and Gerry Brommer.

Hills came to art later in life and through a circuitous route, but has no regrets about it. She has been painting seriously for almost twenty years and is currently pursuing her art career from her small studio in downtown Hampton. She is an active member of the Ogunquit Artist Association, Abstract Artists’ Group of New England, Women’s Caucus for Art, Arts League of Lowell and the New Hampshire Art Association. She has exhibited in numerous juried, group and solo shows in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. She is represented by Paula Estey Gallery in Newburyport, MA.

2019 Winter Wonderland Craft Fair and Bake Sale

Friends' Craft and Bake Sale

Friends of the Lane Memorial Library
Winter Wonderland
Community Craft Fair
and Bake Sale
Saturday, November 9th, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Looking to do a little holiday shopping?  Come and support local vendors. There will be a lot of handmade items and other wonderful items to purchase.

What will you find?  Christmas Ornaments, Hand Crafted Accessories, Wreaths, Terrariums and Buttons, Teacher Gifts, Pottery, Knitted Items, Candles, Woodcrafts, Tye Dye Shirts, Jewelry, Knitted Items, American Girl Accessories, Custom Gift Baskets, Scarfs, Pins, Keychains, Hair Accessories and more!

If you are interested in donating to the Bake Sale, please contact Wendi at the email below.  All the proceeds from the bake sale will go directly to the Friends.

Artisans Wanted
Tables are avaiable for crafters and artists who would like to exhibit and sell their work.  Setup is on November 8th from 4 -5 PM, and a 6' x 2.5' table will be provided.  The non-refundable registration fee is $20, and registration ends on November 2nd.

Bakers and crafters may contact Wendi at wendi1031(at) for more information and to receive an application form.

"Soup of the Americas" cook-off on October 14, 2019

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 2019Entry Form 2018
WHERE: Library Main Floor

Carol & CrewCarol & Crew Puppet Show kicks off our fabulous soup day at 10:00 AM in the Lane Room. Patrons praise Carol for her fun story telling, fabulous puppets, easy rapport with children, and the many ways youngsters are able to interact with the show.

SOUP TIME: Soups will be served to the public @ 12:00 PM
Enter your family favorite soup featuring 2 ingredients unique to the New World to win!  New World food examples include Corn, Potatoes, Cranberries, Chocolate, Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Pumpkin, Chilies, Allspice, Black beans, Turkey.  Soups will be judged by popular vote and Chef’s Choice. ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, October 11th.

SOUPS MUST ARRIVE BY 11:00 A.M. ON THE MORNING OF THE COMPETITION IN A SLOW COOKER. A complete list of ingredients must be disclosed for an allergen statement.

Ronoldo'sVoting will close at 12:45 PM.  The library will hold a Chocolate Tasting at 12:30 PM, followed by a professional soup demonstration by Chefs John Amodie and Nick Grandmason from Ronaldo's Italian Restaurant in North Hampton at 1:00 PM.  We will announce the winners of both the People's Choice and chef's Choice following this presentation.


Chef’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate to Ronaldo's in North Hampton
Chef’s 2nd - $25 Gift certificate to to Ronaldo's in North Hampton
People’s 1st - $50 Gift certificate and gift basket to On the Vine
People’s 2nd -$25 Gift certificate to Seacoast Soups

Soup of the Americas Winners 2018

Last Year's Winners: Djamel Hafiani, Stacy Mazur, Josiah Howard with assistant Annika Howard, and Jenn Beigel



Mural Unveiling on July 12, 2019

Mural Dedication

On Friday, July 12th beginning at 1:30 PM everyone is invited to drop by the library to see our new stairway mural created by artist Kit Collins, standing here with Library director Amanda Reynolds Cooper. The Friends of Lane Memorial Library commissioned this colorful new addition to the library, and we would like to celebrate her accomplishment.  We will serve light refreshments and visitors will have a chance to meet Kit and hear about her work and the story she’s created.

Amanda Reynolds Cooper and Kit CollinsThe mural has been months in the making. Kit was tasked with drafting up three different mural designs on which the Hampton community voted in person and through the library website. The three themes were "Wide World of Books", "Local, Gone Global", and "New Hampshire Nature". New Hampshire Nature was voted as the top pick and features a variety of wildlife and scenery that can be found in and around Hampton and New Hampshire. It’s playful and imaginative, with bobcats reading to their kits, an octopus flipping through an underwater novel, and more.

Starting at 2:00 PM, the Library will also be holding a Community Art Project. Just for fun, families will get to splatter, swirl and splash together a universe of color on a massive, parking-lot size roll of paper.  


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