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"Barns" - An Exhibit by Carol Van Loon, Weston Gallery June 2017

We are pleased to present this month an exhibit of black and white photographs of New England barns by Dover artist Carol Van Loon.  She will be here on Monday evening, June 19th at 6:30 PM to talk about her work and meet with those who would like to learn more about her craft.  All are welcome, with light refreshments provided.

Carol started photographing on a farm in western New York state while in high school. She received a degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. A project manager for a retail design company in Portsmouth she also manages the photography galleries at Camera Commons in Dover.

Moving to the seacoast in 1988 from Colorado she is very involved with the arts scene in the area. She is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, New Hampshire Art Association and New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists. She is a past president of the New Hampshire Art Association and Exeter Fine Arts boards.

Some notes on her current exhibit:

Barn Gate, Exeter"My family farm is gone. As a child I learned how to see there: wheat swaying in the breeze, the many textures of the vegetable garden, a cow’s long eye lashes, aged wood fences, trees and lots of rocks.

I stopped photographing after the death of my mother and a dear friend, months apart. Deep in grief and ungrounded, I feared I wouldn’t create any new images for a long time. Then, unplanned, I took a journey back to my roots, the landscape of my youth. I began photographing barns.

It all started with a snowy barn I seen so many times before but never photographed. I stopped and made an image. Many more images of barns were to follow as I wandered through the farmlands of western New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Driving along back roads and breathing in the familiar smells of my childhood I began to remember my stories, stories I rarely told. It slowly  came to me that as much as I had strayed from my beginnings, the sensibilities that were formed there could lead me to the next chapter of my life.

I present these images as a homage to the gifts my parents gave me, the farm I grew up on and the vanishing landscape of my childhood."

Teen Services: Programs for Summer Reading

 Gather, Connect, Learn!
 Click here to sign up for Summer Reading
Open to incoming 6th graders and older who live in Hampton or are students of Winnacunnet HS.


 

 
   
  

 Teen Finale will be held at Family Fun Center Arcade @ Hampton Beach Casino!

The Teen Department will hold a separate Finale at the Family Fun Center Arcade at the Hampton Beach Casino. August 10th, 12:00-2:00 PM. The final 5th Incentive will earn teens $10 in tokens. Learn how to earn your Incentives here. Teens can still attend the Children's Room Finale, either for fun or as volunteers to earn more tickets!



What's Going On This Summer?
Not sure where to start? Check out our Calendar.

Signing Up For Summer Reading:

Teens can sign-up any time! Teens will get a Summer ID, the number they'll use each time they submit their reading logs for summer reading. Check with the Library after for signing up for your Summer ID number.

 Lane Memorial Library Summer Reading is generously sponsored by The Friends of Lane Memorial Library.

"Be a Better Photographer" - workshop with Matt Parker on May 30th, 2017

Matt Parker, PhotographerWondering why your photos don't turn out exactly as you planned?  Want to be a better "family photographer"?  Looking to explore the capablilties of your 'phone camera or shiny new DSLR?  Look no further.  Local photographer Matt Parker will present a 2 hour workshop titled Making Photos Work 101 on Tuesday, May 30th from 6 - 8 PM in the downstairs Lane Room.  The workshop is free of charge, and those who attend will learn about:

  • Types of Photography
  • Camera Basics
  • Light
  • Artistic fundamentlas
  • Computer / Software
  • Accessories
  • Preparation
  • Event Photography

Matt Parker Is a part-time freelance sports and event photographer from the Seacoast area. When not working as an Applications Engineer at QA Technology in Hampton he is covering events for Friends and Family along with Seacoast Media Groups local papers and web site seacoastonline. Examples of his work can be found at www.mattparkerphotos.com.

Matt and his wife Lisa have 4 children and reside in Hampton, NH.

Matt was exposed to photography thru his Mother who was a freelance reporter for the Goffstown News in the 70’s and his Father and Grandfather(s) who had a camera in-hand for every occasion. Going to High School in the late 70's-early 80's sparked a renewed interest in photography from a Graphic Arts class that included basic camera instruction and film developing.

His current photography phase started when cameras went digital and his children became involved in local sporting events.

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher - In Concert 4/28 at 6:30 PM

"Every time classical guitarist Peter Fletcher appears at Carnegie Hall, he has a packed house. Whether audience members are hearing him for the first time or were so enraptured by his technical skill and poised delivery that they’ve become diehard fans, Fletcher understands how to put together a repertoire that keeps audiences wanting more. And that is his genius." 
-- William Gooch, Fashion Reverie

Peter Fletcher, GuitaristOn Friday, April 28th at 6:30 PM classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will return to the Lane Memorial Library for a concert celebrating his upcoming appearance at Carnegie Hall, presenting a program filled with music by Bach, Albéniz, Satie and other composers who wrote or have been transcribed for 6-string guitar.  The concert will be in the lower Lane Room, and is free and open to all.

Peter has been giving over 100 concerts a year since 2003, and currently is on a nationwide tour. Peter loves giving concerts and feels that people should hear the natural acoustics of the instrument. He also feels that with concerts, sometimes a connection can be made between performer and audiences which is impossible with recorded music.   He balances well known works, such as Simple Gifts and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, with standard classical guitar music, and with his new transcriptions which in many cases have never been performed on classical guitar before.
Peter Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor, John Sutherland. In 1980 maestro José Tomás, Andrés Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long Master Class in Atlanta, GA. Peter Fletcher was the youngest student to perform in the class, playing music by Bach and Carcassi.

In December, 1983, he made his formal debut under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Wrote the critic of The Cherokee Scout, “He has technical facility but what one remembers about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics, his cadences.”

Fletcher furthered his studies in Master Classes with David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. As a performer in the Christopher Parkening Master Class in 1988, he was broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). In 1990, the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) awarded Fletcher a prize at its National Level Competition, and in 1995 he received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses, and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award.

Peter Fletcher at Hedberg Public Library


Faberge Eggs: From Fine Art to Fine Craft - April 15th, 2017

Faberge Eggs : From Fine Art to Fine Craft

On Saturday, April 15 from 1 pm to 4 pm, artist Marina Forbes will present her workshop Faberge Eggs: From Fine Art to Fine Craft in the downstairs Lane Room.  This unique program combines a beautifully illustrated presentation on the life and remarkable work of Russian master jeweled egg artist, Peter Carl Faberge, with a hands-on workshop where participants will learn how to render a variety of delightful images on wooden eggs. This workshop is open to adults, teens, and families with children 6 and up. Participants will be inspired by a spectacular photo-tour of the Faberge collections at the Faberge Museum at the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow. The program is free to attend and there is a materials fee of $5. per egg for anyone participating in the hands-on component of the program. This fee covers the cost of the wooden egg and stand as well as the paints and brushes for the workshop.
 
Presenter Marina Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist, Master Iconographer (2013, 2014 and 2015 awards for Artistic Excellence granted by The National Endowment for the Arts and The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts) who has lectured extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture. She is a speaker on Russian Arts, History, and Culture with the NH Humanities Council. Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship.

Attendance will be limited to 30 participants, so please pre-register at the Lane Memorial Library Children's Room or call (603) 926-3368 and ask for the Children's Desk

Teen Services: Read, Learn, Explore

Read, Learn, Explore
Click here to sign up for Teen Summer Reading 2020
Open to incoming 6th graders and older who live in Hampton or are students of Winnacunnet HS.


There are many different ways that we learn. That's why we're encouraging summer learning through a wide variety of adventures all summer long. Learning activities are grouped into categories: Read, Write, Create, Explore, Play, and Give. Read 1 book or do an activity that equals at least 1 hour of time. The last day to turn in your activities is August 6th. Log your activities on your tracking sheet and receive a gift card to Stillwell's Ice Cream or Dunkin Donuts when you complete it.

Read

There are countless benefits to reading, not the least of which is that reading exposes us to a world of imagination, showing us, nothing is impossible in this world. But did you know that reading for at least 20 minutes per day is a great way to keep your brain active? Studies show that students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months. It’s important for school-age children to read to prevent summer learning loss, but it's also essential for adults who want to keep their brains flexible and nimble.

 

 

Write

Writing goes hand-in-hand with reading. A critical skill in becoming a good reader, writing fosters our ability to explain and refine our ideas to others and ourselves, and it expresses who we are as people. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Writing Activities:

  • Write in a journal.
  • Send a hand-written letter to a friend.
  • Plan out a shopping trip with your parent, write the list.
  • Go to a poetry slam.
  • Write a poem or story.
  • Color with a family member.
  • Attend an author event.
 
 

Create

When we create, we are essentially exercising our problem-solving skills. Creativity expands our perceptions and allows us to see obstacles not just as roadblocks but also as opportunities. Creative activities also make life much more interesting and fulfilling. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Creative Activities:

  • Plant a seed.
  • Attend an art workshop
  • Knit or Crochet something.
  • Make a new recipe.
  • Paint or draw a picture.
  • Take photos with a friend or your family.
  • Make up a silly song and sing it.
  • Play a musical instrument.
  • Build a summer fort.
Explore

Exploration is vital to the human spirit. Even as babies, we're driven to explore the world around us, discover new things, and push beyond the boundaries of what we already know. Through exploration, we not only broaden our horizons, but we create new relationships and better understand ourselves and others. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Explore Activities:

  • Learn a new tech skill with a Universal Class tutorial.
  • Visit a local historic site.
  • Visit a Museum.
  • Visit the library with your family.
  • Watch a movie version of a book you've read.
  • Try a new Hobby.
  • Take a tour of Boston.
  • Visit a park you've never been to before.
  • Explore the beach.
 

Play

 Even though playtime may seem like "downtime" for the brain, there's a lot of learning happening. We're communicating with others; reading body language; experimenting; problem solving; and practicing physical movement, patience and understanding. And when your children play with you, they are also learning — that they are loved, important and fun to be around. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Play Activities:

  • Visit a playground
  • Take a walk on a nature trail.
  • Tell a joke to a friend.
  • Play a board game.
  • Play a sport.
  • Go swimming, surfing, or water skiing.
  • See how far you can skip a rock.
 

Give

Not only does it feel good to give, but there are also many learning benefits to giving. Giving provides opportunities to meet and share expertise, learn new skills, and understand and develop empathy for others. Volunteering can also actually make you healthier! Studies have shown that volunteering makes people feel physically healthier and lower stress. We have provided a small selection of activities here. To see the full list, please login to your Summer Break account.

Recommended Give Activities:

  • Donate canned goods to the food bank.
  • Give a friend or family member a hug.
  • Read a book to someone special.
  • Volunteer to help a neighbor with a chore.
  • Donate old clothes or toys to Goodwill.
  • Donate books to the library.
  • Help out around the house.
  • Carry the groceries inside.
  • Spend some time with an elderly neighbor.
  • Join a beach clean up


 

 


SRPmainlogoSummer reading is here!  The fun starts July 6th and lasts through August 7th. We have a summer of fun and reading planned for the Hampton community.  Just like everything else, summer reading looks a bit different this year.  For the health and safety of our community, patrons, and staff many parts of our summer reading program will be completely digital. Click the links below to view other summer reading events at the Lane Library.

 Lane Memorial Library Summer Reading is generously sponsored by The Friends of Lane Memorial Library.

One For The Books 1 Miler 2018

 

ABOUT:

Join us for this fast around-the-block one miler to benefit the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton, NH. First run in 1982, the One For The Books was a 5-miler organized by Bill Teschek, former Assistant Director who worked for the library for 37 years.  Bill retired from the library but continues his work with Granite State Race Services and will be timing the event, a recently revived 1 miler. Come cheer on your friends, family and neighbors! Our race is officially certified by USATF.  All proceeds benefit The Friends of Lane Memorial Library who generously underwrite our Summer Reading programs.

We'll have prizes for first male and female finisher & first boy and girl finisher under 16. Strollers are allowed but we are asking slower runners to please stay on the sidewalk to allow faster runners access to the road.  All ages and abilities are invited to participate!

Register at: http://www.gsrs.com/event/3574


 

What's Going On This Summer?
Not sure where to start? Check out our Calendar.
Signing Up For Summer Reading:
Teens can sign-up any time! Teens will get a
Summer ID, the number they'll use each time they submit their reading logs for summer reading. Check with the Library after for signing up for your Summer ID number.


Lane Memorial Library Summer Reading is generously sponsored by The Friends of Lane Memorial Library.

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