Winter Reading Challenge

January and February Children and Adults Reading Challenge!

Kids and Adults! Can’t wait for summer reading? Join us for our Winter Reading Challenge all of January and February. Read a book to “float” your inner tube down the paper river for a chance to win a gift certificate to float the Saco River this summer, or win movie tickets! Come into the library starting December 30th to pick up your game sheet.  (All reading counts, from fiction to non-fiction, picture books to novels, magazines to graphic novels, eBooks, and audiobooks.) All ages are welcome to participate. Prizes furnished by The Friends of the Hampton Falls Free Library and Vision Max Cinema. Completed sheets must be returned to the library by noon on Friday, March 3, 2023.

Adult Book Club

January 25 at 7pm

For our January meeting, we will be reading a memoir about a lawyer turned police officer in Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City. Journalist and law professor Rosa Brooks goes beyond the blue wall of silence in this radical inside examination of American policing. In her forties, with two children, a spouse, a dog, a mortgage, and a full-time job as a tenured law professor at Georgetown University, Rosa Brooks decided to become a cop. A liberal academic and journalist with an enduring interest in law's troubled relationship with violence, Brooks wanted the kind of insider experience that would help her understand how police officers make sense of their world--and whether that world can be changed. In 2015, against the advice of everyone she knew, she applied to become a sworn, armed reserve police officer with the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department.

Copies of the books are available at the Library. We welcome new members. If you would like to receive reminders and supplementary materials, click the link below to join our email list.
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Home School Meetup

Fridays from 2-4pm

Homeschool Meetup

Stop in to: talk and collaborate on art; play chess; work on a project; or work on a puzzle. This is an undefined program meant to encourage collaboration and socialization.

Take Your Child to the Library Day!

Saturday, February 4th 10am-2pm

Take your child to the library day

Drop in and sign up for a library card, do a craft, play a game and listen to a story. Win a door prize! We’ll also have drinks and refreshments. All family members welcome. No sign up necessary.

The NOT SO Young Adult Book Club

Book discussions will be quarterly at 10:30 am on Saturdays

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
February 11th at 10:30 am
In person at the Library
 
Starting in February, we invite all of our patrons who have outgrown the label "Young Adult" but will never outgrow YA books to join the Young (at Heart) Book Club (Not-So-Young-Adult Book Club? We're still working on the name). Our first meeting will take place on Saturday, February 11 at 10:30 AM. The group's first selection is Naomi Novik's Uprooted, a twisty take on the classic Russian Baba Yaga fairy tale. 

Copies of the books are available at the Library. We welcome new members. If you would like to receive email reminders and supplementary materials, click the link below to join our email list.
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Journey to Ethiopia with Hampton Falls Resident, Scott Faiia

Wednesday, February 8th at 6:30pm (Snow Date February 15) In person at the Library

Scott joined the Peace Corps in 1973. Since then he has lived and worked in Asia for twenty-six years, in East Africa for nine years, in Haiti for three years, and in Egypt for three years. His serious interest in photography developed as a means to interact with the diverse people and cultures he encountered in his work. In many ways this interaction, and the possibility of capturing through photography the hope and beauty he encountered, was a counterbalance to the grim realities he grappled with in his relief and development work. His main photographic interests are candid portraiture and documenting the daily life of people. He loves sharing his images and the stories behind them.

Scott will introduce you to Ethiopia’s natural beauty and fascinating culture. He will take you on a photographic journey through his images from Ethiopia and share his experiences living there in the 1980s. This was a time when Ethiopia faced it’s most devastating famine, when the country’s people demonstrated that they could face their challenges with dignity and grace. This will be a thought-provoking and inspiring look into a culturally and geographically rich and diverse country.

Free and open to the public. Sign up for reminders and cancelation information.

Join our team!

Permanent Part-Time Library Assistant: Programming and Promotion:

The Library is looking for a permanent, part time, team member for 10-15 hours per week depending on programming and promotional needs. Working alongside the Director, duties will primarily consist of communication with presenters, scheduling of programming and assisting with internal and external promotion. Additional duties shall include: assisting customers at the circulation desk, checking library materials in and out, preparing inter library loan items for delivery, assisting customers on the computers, updating the website as needed, and shelving returned materials.

 

Qualifications are a college diploma, excellent customer service, communication, writing and organizational skills; and ability to work well with a team.

 

Proficiency with Zoom, Canva, Mailchimp, Eventbright and social media required.

 

Hours to include Wednesday nights (5-8), Friday afternoons (1-5) and two Saturdays (10-2) a month.

 

Permanent Part-Time Library Assistant:

The Library needs a permanent part-time Library Assistant to work SATURDAYS from 10-2 with the opportunity for additional hours providing vacation coverage for Library staff. Duties will primarily consist of assisting customers at the circulation desk, checking library materials in and out, preparing inter library loan items for delivery, assisting customers on the computers, updating the website as needed, and shelving returned materials. Qualifications are a high school diploma, Bachelor’s degree preferred, computer skills, excellent customer service skills, and the ability to work well with both adults and children.

 

Part-Time Subsitutes:

The Library needs subs for providing vacation coverage for Library staff. Duties will primarily consist of answering customer queries at the circulation desk, helping customers with computers, shelf reading, and shelving returned materials. Positions available until filled. Qualifications are a high school diploma, basic computer skills, excellent customer service skills and the ability to work well with both adults and children.

 

Interested candidates: Please send cover letter and resume to: hamptonfalls.library@comcast.net

 

 

 

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Art Club

Winter Sessions

Phot of children with art work

Just for kids! Come to the Library to try your hand at watercolors with a new tutorial by Let's Make Art. Art Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 4:00-4:45 AND 5:00-5:45. All materials will be provided. First grade and up.

January 18 * February 15 * March 15 * April 12 * May 17

Sign up here.

"I Survived" Book Club

Winter Sessions

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Once a month, this group reads a book from Lauren Tarshis's "I Survived..." series, short historical fiction books that cover major natural and man-made disasters and events throughout history. Fires, volcanoes, wars, animal attacks, earthquakes, and hurricanes are just some of the topics covered by this series.

Wednesdays: January 25 * February 22 * March 22 * April 19 * May 24  (4:00-4:30pm)

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Lego Club

Winter Sessions

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LEGO Club is a once-monthly program here at the Library, usually the first Wednesday of the month, from 4:00-5:00. All children in Kindergarten and up are welcome to join us! We have thousands of LEGO bricks to explore; what will you build?

January 11 * February 8 * March 8 * April 5 * May 3 * June 7  (4:00 - 5:00pm)

Sign up here.

Story Times

Winter Sessions

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Baby/Toddler Story Time will resume on Tuesday, January 10 at 10:30. Preschool Story Time will resume on Wednesday, January 11 at 1:30 and Thursday, January 12 at 10:30. Signup is not required for these programs, but we appreciate having your contact information in case of cancellation due to weather or illness.

 

 

We are looking at adding an evening story time once a month at the Library. If you would be interested in attending, please fill out this short form to indicate the best time for your family. We will use your email address to contact you when we have created a schedule.

 

The first meeting of Kindergarten Club will be on Tuesday, January 10.  After-School Story Time for grades 1-4 will return on Thursday, January 12. There will be no Kindergarten Club on January 24 or March 14, and neither club will meet during school vacations. Sign up here.

 

Email Miss Leah at hamptonfalls.librarykids@gmail.com with any questions.

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