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Children's Program: Music and Movement
Tuesday May 23 from 10 to 10:30 AM

Music and Movement
is a lively and noisy program for toddlers and preschoolers aged 1-5 and their caregivers.  

Join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month as we explore a variety of songs, dances, and instruments while finding new ways to move our bodies. 

This program is designed to engage children and get them excited about music, improve their fine and gross motor skills through movement, and spark their creativity while supporting the development of their mind and body.


The Life and Books of John James Audubon
Tuesday May 23 at 6:30PM

From 6:30 to 7 pm, the Library will have a set of Audubon books (published in the 1850s) on display.  These special books belong to the Hampstead Public Library but normally reside at the State Library in Concord. This program is a rare opportunity for the public to see these books which reveal Audubon’s scientific and artistic skill. 

Then at 7 pm, Ruth Smith from NH Audubon gives a presentation about John James Audubon.  

In the 19th century Audubon captured the spirit of birds like no artist before him had been able to do. With life-sized and life-like paintings he showed the world the rawness and beauty of North American wildlife. After completing Birds of America, he turned to painting the Viviparous Quadrupeds – or mammals. All of these images were published in book form and sold to subscribers. The Hampstead Public Library owns a complete set of the smaller editions of these books, published in the 1850’s and 70’s.
Ruth Smith will discuss Audubon the man, his path toward fame and the impact of his art and observations which are still felt today.  
Smith has been a life-long admirer and student of John James Audubon’s life and legacy.  She has worked for NH Audubon for more than 25 years and is currently the Community Engagement Manager for statewide organization.
Kids' Perler Bead Magnets
Thursday May 25 at 6 PM

Children age 5 and up, with an adult, can create magnets with Perler beads. These colorful beads are inserted on pattern pegboards and fused together with heat. Creating with these beads can help young children develop hand-eye coordination skills, fine-tune motor skills, and develop creativity and concentration levels.

Teen Scene: Cooking Class
Thursday June 1 at 6 PM

Calling all chefs-- would like you like to slice, dice, mix, and stir up your own three course meal?  

Preteens and teens in grades 5 and above are welcome to join us for a cooking class!  Make and eat your own appetizer, main course, and dessert.  

Sign up is required for this event and spaces are limited.

Author Visit: Mary Preble
Saturday June 3 at 10 AM

Children of all ages and their families are welcome to meet local author and illustrator Mary Preble.  

Mary will read her new children's book-- Let's Go to the Zoo!-- and then teach the children about the unique illustration method she used.

Finally, children will get a chance to try it out themselves and create their own work of art to take home.  

Sign ups are required for this event, so call the library, stop by, or e-maildvancuren@hampsteadlibrary.org to reserve a spot.

Chair Yoga with Meditation
Tuesday June 6 at 3pm --- Last one until September!

Maggie Grace, registered Yoga Teacher, teaches this FREE class which is tailored to adults of all ages and anyone interested in learning these various stretches and strengthening postures. Participants move at their own pace and can do exercises while sitting in a chair or standing. The class will end with breathing techniques to relax the body and calm the mind.

Maggie has practiced yoga since 1977 and is certified through the Pathways Yoga System and registered with the National Yoga Alliance. Her journey to maintain a healthy lifestyle shows in her practice. Her instruction is gentle and can be applied to all levels of fitness and ability.  Maggie is the owner & an instructor at the Yoga Room in Hampstead.

Chairs will be provided, just bring your healthy attitude! This class is one a many ongoing programs for adults at your library and meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3 PM from September to June.

Free Movie: A United Kingdom
Wednesday June 14 at 1:30pm AND 7 pm

A United Kingdom stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. It is the story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.  Based on a true story.
Rated PG-13
Runtime 1 hr 51 minutes

You have two opportunities to see the movie: 1:30 pm and 7 pm. Free and open to the public. 

Learn to Build a Fairy Garden in Storybook Garden
Saturday June 17 at 10:30 AM

All ages are welcome to meet at the library to learn about and build a fairy house!  Build your own house or work together to build a house with your family or friends.

Participants are encouraged to bring natural materials they've scavenged from their own yards or around town-- rocks, sticks, pieces of bark or moss, leaves, flowers, etc.

Children are also welcome to wear any fairy attire they may have-- wings, outfits, wands, etc.

"BYOD" - Bring Your Own Device Tech Tutoring Session
Wednesday June 21 from 3-4:30PM

Kate will help out with questions on your technology.  Bring your own device (laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.) or borrow one of the library’s devices. Sometimes we learn something new from each other!

Bring your questions and your log in information with passwords, and we’ll do our best to provide the answers.

We will also have a list of helpful websites, and have helpful books available to check out. Learn about free ebooks and audiobooks, or simply how to take a picture with your phone.

For more information, contact Tech Librarian Kate Thomas at 603-329-6411 or kthomas@hampstead.lib.nh.us.