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Author Talk with Michael Ward, Nov. 19 at 7 PM

Author Michael Ward

The Lane Memorial Library and Friends of the Lane Memorial Library will present an online event, The Sketches of Lee Collection by local author Michael Ward on Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m. This is a virtual program and will be presented via the Zoom app available on most PC and handheld devices. Ward who was recently featured on WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle will present his family's story with a Q&A session at the end.

Registration is required, after which a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the meeting.  Follow this link to register in advance.

From the author’s website

Ward home“In the summer of 1957, the Ward family moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Lee, New Hampshire to escape gang violence. It was an era when racial tensions were high, and they were the first “colored family” in the area. Needless to say, over the years they encountered many interesting experiences. They also became respected members of the community, led by parents, Harold and Virginia Ward, a couple with strong character, conviction and compassion.

Harold, Michael Cameron Ward’s 94-year-old father, was hospitalized in the beginning of May 2015 with only weeks to live. On May 20th, he made a request of his son: “Michael, I want you to write the stories of our existence. I want my great grandchildren to know where they came from.”  As Michael sat at his father’s bedside on the 4th floor at Exeter Hospital, his father recounted stories of his life that had never been told before. If not captured, they would be lost forever. On June 9th, 2015 Harold died, and Michael has been fulfilling his father’s request ever since.

The Sketches of Lee collection is not just the tale of a family’s relocation in the summer of 1957 from Brooklyn, NY to Lee, NH. It is also a chronicle of family life as the “Index of Integration” for Lee and other New Hampshire towns.The first book in the collection, “A Colored Man in Exeter,” is a biographical account of Harold E. Ward’s, life and times. It begins with his maternal family’s slave origins on Zachary Taylor’s plantation in 1852-54. It proceeds through his childhood, his WWII US Navy career, and his post retirement in the Exeter, NH hospitality trade. The second book, “The Colored Folks Ain’t Gonna Make It,” is stories of the Ward’s “normal family life” as the “Index of Integration” in Lee, NH and the local area. It encapsulates the year from 1957 until 2017, with their home “Solar Vista” as the nexus. "The early years were tough. We made it, but it wasn’t easy."

The library will have a limited number of autographed copies of both books available for in-person purchase and pick-up during browsing library hours M,W,F 10am-2pm & T,TH 2-6pm. Payment will be via debit or credit card only with guided assistance at one of our computer workstations. Unautographed copies may be purchased via Amazon.

"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.

Seacoast Volunteers - help with shopping

Seacoast Volunteers provides FREE grocery shopping for seniors 60+, healthy or not. The website is at, and the contact telephone number is (603) 263-4799.

How it works

"We usually ask the senior to meet the volunteer at their local Market Basket, Hannaford, or Shaw's, since most of those grocery stores have a camera in the parking lot and the grocery store, for both the senior's and the volunteer's safety.

We ask that you both exchange license plate # and car description, for safety reasons, as well as helping you find each other. The volunteer will usually find the senior's car and with both the volunteer and the senior wearing masks and gloves, the senior will hand the volunteer their grocery list, with most important items at the top, and the estimated amount of cash. This is in case the estimated cash is not enough to cover the cost of the groceries - we can insure that the senior ends up with the most important items. Then, the volunteer will shop, and bring the groceries to the senior's car, bringing the change and the receipt, and place the groceries in the back seat for the senior.  We do ask that when you get home with your groceries that you continue wearing the mask and gloves while you clean each item before bringing them into the house.

If the person is not healthy enough to leave the house, the volunteer can stop by and pick up the list and cash, shop for the senior, and bring the items to the home, leaving them on the door step and contacting them upon arrival.

For those who use GATHER, we can get a list over the phone and shop for the senior based on both the senior's preference and GATHER's hours of operation. Those groceries are then delivered to the senior's home.

We can also do prescription pick up, as long as the pharmacy OKs the third-party pickup. Senior will have to make arrangements with pharmacy to confirm this.

All specific arrangements are made over the phone between the senior and volunteer.

Seacoast Volunteers was created as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is made up entirely of volunteers,We are not officially a non-profit, and we accept NO DONATIONS, as this is temporary during this crisis.  The best way for folks to contact us and get a volunteer response is to use the website and include their request and phone number in the 'Contact Us' section."

"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

The Real Witches of New Hampshire

The Real Witches of New Hampshire

Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed until Tuesday, January 14th from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the downstairs Lane Room.

Join Justine Paradis, reporter and host of NHPR's Second Greatest Show on Earth & Tricia Peone, historian and program manager at New Hampshire Humanities as they talk about witchcraft in New Hampshire. Their three-part series The Real Witches of New Hampshire begins with the story of Eunice Cole in Hampton, the only person convicted of witchcraft in the state. Why did this happen to Eunice Cole in Hampton, and why didn't this lead to a widespread witch hunt in New Hampshire?

Friends' 2019 Fall Book Sale

Friends Fall Book Sale 2019

Wednesday, November 20th - Friends' Preview, 5:00 to 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 21st - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday, November 22nd - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 23rd - Public Sale, 9:00 AM to Noon

It’s time to save the dates so you won’t miss our annual Fall Friends' Book and Media Sale. We’ll have thousands of books, including children’s, history, war, politics, biography, cookbooks, gardening, science, animals, sports, mysteries, poetry, classics, humor, health, art, crafts, home, self-help, religion/inspiration, local interest, Christmas, romances and just about everything else.  We will also offer a wide selection of audiobooks, music on CD, and DVDs.

Most hard cover books are $1 and paperbacks 50 cents. Most children’s books are 25 cents. There is also a table featuring collections and special books priced at $2 and up. On Saturday, shoppers can buy a Friends' Book Bag and fill it for free!

All proceeds from the book sale go to the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library, whose mission is to support the library and its programs.

Cash or check with ID, no credit cards.


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