Jan-Feb 2018 | Volume 11, Issue 1



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Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library

Epping's Public Library
151 Main Street, Epping

734-4587 (Adult Dept.)
679-5944 (Children’s Dept.)
679-5884 (Fax)
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Hours: Monday, Friday – 10 - 5
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10 – 8
Saturday – 10 - 2
Sunday – 12 noon - 4

Closed: January 1st – New Year’s Day
January 15th – Martin Luther King Day
February 19th – Presidents’ Day

Upcoming Events at the Library

Storytime continues on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 11:15 am, with a new story and craft each week!

January 3: Knitting & Handiwork Group - 6:30 pm

The Knitting and Handiwork group will start back up again with the new year—bring your knitting projects, cross stitch, embroidery, crocheting, hand-quilting, etc. to socialize and share ideas with other local crafters. All levels of experience welcome!

January 3: Paws to Read 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Leon returns to the library for a Paws to Read program! Children of all ages are invited to spend 20-minute sessions reading out loud to Leon in order to build confidence and have fun reading in the company of a black lab therapy dog that doesn't judge. Registration in advance is recommended.

January 9, 16, 23, 30: Children's Yoga – 4 pm

Bring the little ones to our Children's Yoga series, taught by Kripalu yoga teacher Leah Pacione. This program is a great way to introduce kids to yoga, or allow them to continue a healthy habit. Each session is a bit different than the last, tailored to the interests of participants and sometimes taking on playful themes. Just show up in comfortable clothes, ready to stretch and have fun!

January 13: TJ Wheeler Concert: "The Other Side of the Mountaintop,” honoring MLK Jr. – 3 pm

Looking into the new year, we’ll be starting our winter concert series on Saturday afternoons with the local favorite Tj Wheeler. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination Tj has created a program entitled "The Other Side of the Mountaintop.” It will highlight the hopes and work that Dr. King was planning at the time of his death and include the back stories behind the classic Civil Rights anthems as well as the “masked messages” of secular popular folk, soul, and R & B songs on up to the music of today. Examples include: I Shall Overcome, Oh Freedom, People get Ready, and Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

January16: Dusty Olde Mystery Book Group – 7 pm

The Dusty Olde Mystery Book Group will be meeting to discuss Agatha Christie's The Body in the Library, a Miss Marple mystery.

January 18: Great Gardens Lecture Series: Picking the Right Plant – 4pm

We're very excited to start a new series on gardening, presented by Patty Laughlin of Epping's Lorax Landscaping. Our first presentation will be Picking the Right Plant (and planting it in the right place) - Would that gorgeous Hibiscus in your cousin's Carolina garden grow here? How come ‘hardy’ mums don’t come back? Why isn’t my blueberry bush producing? These questions and more can be answered by understanding your garden site and a particular plant's needs. Hardiness zones, heat zones, exposure (sun, wind, slope), microclimates, soil type and pH will be covered in this informative talk. It’s sure to have you excited about, and prepared for, the spring planting season.

January 26: Art Opening - Margaret Serino - 5-7 pm

The next talented local artist to show her work at the library will be Margaret Serino. Serino, who is an Epping resident and proud member of the Epping Arts Association, creates unique paintings using alcohol inks and “acrylic pours.” Alcohol inks can be added onto a hard surface with alcohol, then manipulated by tilting, blowing with a straw, moving the ink with a piece of cloth, and other ways. Acrylic pours are created by placing different colors one at a time in the same cup, then flipping over onto a canvas; the paint is then mobile and can be tipped or moved with brushes, air, and even fingers. Learn more from the artist herself at our opening reception, and get a chance to see these colorful and exciting pieces up close. As always, we’ll have a variety of refreshments and people are encouraged to linger and socialize.

January 30: Contemporary Book Group – 7 pm

The Contemporary Book Group's next title is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. “Moving between events in Calcutta, Boston, and New York City, the novel examines the nuances involved with being caught between two conflicting cultures with highly distinct religious, social, and ideological differences." Copies will be available at the library. New members are always welcome!

February 7: Knitting & Handiwork Group – 6:30 pm

February 10: “Banjos, Bones, and Ballads” Jeff Warner Concert – 3 pm

Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Portsmouth-based musician, Jeff Warner. Warner accompanies his songs on concertina, banjo, guitar and several "pocket instruments," such as bones and Jew's harp and has has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution and has recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder Records and other labels.

February 15: Great Gardens Lecture Series: Preparing Your Garden Soil – 4 pm

February 20: Dusty Olde Mystery Book Group – 7 pm

February 27: Contemporary Book Group – 7 pm