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Details of Special Events at the Library

New Non-Fiction Book Group
Wed. March 4 at 1pm and Thursday March 5 at 6:30 pm

Our new book group for readers of non-fiction continues with Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff. You’ll have two choices of meeting times: Wed. March 4 at 1pm and Thursday March 5 at 6:30 pm.

For more information click over to our book groups' page, or call Deb Hiett at 603/329-6411.


Meet Knitter and Designer Gina House
Saturday March 7 at 1PM

Meet New Hampshire knitter-designer-author Gina House. She will give a presentation and trunk show for all those interested in knitting.

Her books include "Sleepy Eyes Knits: Dreamscape" and "Sleepy Eyes Knits: Wonderlace." Come meet Gina and view her lovely work.

Paws to Read to Johnny Claude
Monday March 9 at 4pm

If your child is a reluctant reader who hates to read aloud or a future acting star who loves to dramatize a book or a creative writer who makes up stories, Johnny Claude is the right audience for them. He’s a beautiful big black standard poodle who is also a certified therapy dog and he loves to listen to kids read or tell stories or act out a book. He and his person, Gretchen, will be at the library to listen to kids do their thing. He’s a wonderful audience because he’s totally non-judgmental and won’t correct pronunciation or anything else. 

Please sign up your child at the front desk or call the library at 329-6411 to set up a fifteen minute session with Johnny Claude the Listener Dog. He visits the second Monday of each month.

"BYOD" - Bring Your Own Device Tech Tutoring Session
Wednesday Mar 11 from 4-5:30PM

The Library is having an open Tech Tutoring session so bring your own device (laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.) or borrow one of the library’s devices. Bring your questions 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.


For more information, contact Tech Librarian Kate Thomas at 603-329-6411 or


Movie Night: Scientist Stephen Hawking's biopic
Thursday March 12, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Based on James Marsh's biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything, this film stars Eddie Redmayne as the famous figure. Enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge, Hawking establishes himself as one of the leading minds of his generation, and begins to win the heart of Jane (Felicity Jones).

After one of his earliest breakthroughs, Hawking is diagnosed with ALS, and he becomes less and less able to control his own body. With the loyal Jane at his side, he continues his work. However, as the years progress, Jane starts to feel more like a nurse than a wife, and Hawking begins to have feelings for a woman who is hired to care for him.

This film is Rated PG-13 and runs 123 minutes.

Books for Breakfast
March 14 at 9am to 11am

Spend some relaxing time with family and friends while enjoying some great books. Pancakes and beverages will be offered during the two hours as well as craft supplies to make a creation to take home with you.


Free Matinee Movie: Marvel and Disney team up for quirky hero movie
Saturday March 21 at noon

In this 2014 Marvel and Disney joint effort film, when a criminal plot threatens the hi-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo, brilliant young robotics whiz Hiro Hamada leaps into action with his friends, and his robot companion Baymax in Disney Animation's adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series.

Movie attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch or snack, get comfortable, and enjoy the show on the big screen in our second floor meeting room.

Rated PG
102 minutes

FREE Mock ACT test
Saturday March 28 from 9am to 1:30pm; Results Mar 31 at 6pm
More and more colleges are taking ACT scores into account when considering applicants. The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. High school students should consider familiarizing themselves with this test. 

The Library is teaming up with Sylvan to offer a free mock ACT at the library on Saturday, March 28 from 9am to 1:30pm.  Advance registration is required. Call the library 603-329-6411 or email You do not have to be a Hampstead resident to participate.

Results will be available by March 31. Come to the Library for the results, and some test taking tips from 6- 8pm.


Not So Elementary, My Dear Watson: Popularity of Sherlock Holmes
Monday March 30 at 7pm

The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes television shows, movies and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21stcentury.

Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources” of Doyle’s works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry.

Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular?Ann McClellan’s presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.

Ann McClellan PhD is a professor at Plymouth State University. She is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century British literature.

 This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Spring Read
Tuesday April 7 at 9AM

Spring is finally here! In honor of The Secret Garden, the Hampstead Public Library Spring Read 2015 book, we will offer a garden themed craft for adults with disabilities at our monthly program.

We will decorate flowerpots and then plant some seeds. Take them home, add sun and water as needed, and watch your plant grow.

This series of events for adults with disabilities occurs on the first Tuesday morning of each month. Questions: contact Patty at 329-6411 or email