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January 30, 2013

February is full of fun at Hampstead library


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAMPSTEAD — There is plenty going on at Hampstead Public Library for adults and children during the month of February. All events are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, during the next installment of the Books for Breakfast program, the library welcomes Hampstead author Frank Paolini.

He will read from his children’s book, “Gustov & Me.” This event takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. The library provides crafts, books to share and breakfast foods.

Books for Breakfast also takes place on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m.

There is a free chair yoga class Tuesday from 3 to 3:45 p.m. This monthly class features non-impact exercises that are beneficial for men and women, teens and adults.

Participants move at their own pace, sitting, standing or using a chair for support. The instructor is Maggie Morgan from the Yoga Room in Hampstead.

In honor of Wilhelm Grimm’s birthday, Hampstead Library celebrates by showing a movie on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 12:30 p.m. Based on the classic Grimm’s fairytale “Cinderella,” this Walt Disney animated movie has wonderful songs, a plucky band of helpful mice, suspense and, of course, a happy ending.

It is terrific entertainment for the whole family. Feel free to pack a lunch or snack and bring it along.

The Fiction Writers’ Group meets on Feb. 9 and 23 at 9:15 a.m. These enthusiastic local writers share their work, and help each other by talking about their process and offering editorial suggestions to each other.

If you are interested in attending a meeting, email HampFicWriters@comcast.net.

Johnny Claude the Listener Dog returns to the library on Monday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. He is a certified therapy dog who loves to listen to kids read, tell stories or act out a book.

This program is terrific for reluctant readers of any age. You can set up a 15-minute session with Johnny Claude, by signing up at the library’s front desk or calling 329-6411. Adults are also welcome to visit with Johnny Claude.

In February, the library’s Nonfiction Book Group discusses “Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson” by Mitch Albom on Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m.

Then, on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m., the Third Thursday Book Group discusses “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa.

Copies of the book are available at the library’s front desk, and newcomers are always welcome to the discussions.

Movie night for adults is on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Hampstead Library will show the recent Clint Eastwood film in which he portrays Gus Lobel, one of the best scouts in baseball.

Despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with Gus and it is having an impact on his job. The one person who might be able to help him is the one person Gus would never ask, his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams.) Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries, revealing truths which could change their future.

Now through Feb. 22, Hampstead Public Library has on display “The Road Not Taken: Artistic Interpretations of the Poetry of Robert Frost.”

Designed by Derry artists Corinne Dodge, Judy Krassowski and Ingeborg Seaboyer, this exhibit features approximately 20 works that reflect a variety of personal interpretations of Frost’s poetry.

Images in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic and oil are accompanied by a selected verse that inspired each piece. This display also provides an excellent teaching opportunity, as it shows the fine union of poetry and visual art.

For further information on these and other programs, call Hampstead Public Library at 329-6411 or visit HampsteadLibrary.org.