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Details of Special Events at the Library

Hampstead Spring Read
Many events throughout April

Secret Garden Illustration

Each year, the Hampstead Public Library encourages the community to come together by reading and celebrating one book with a Spring Read. This year’s featured book is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. After such a challenging winter, it seems only fitting to celebrate nature’s renewal, gardens, and life.

The Secret Garden is a timeless classic about two spoiled and sickly children who are transformed by their blossoming friendship and their efforts to care for a mysterious garden. The strong characters and distinctive setting create a charming tale, which has captivated young readers for over 100 years and remains a favorite of adults.

During the month of April, the Library will have several events related to the book’s themes, including: an April 1 presentation about author Frances Hodgson Burnett’s life, April 13 UNH professor Cheryl Smith gives us Tips for Growing Healthy Garden Plants, April 16 we’ll discuss the book, April 18 we’ll show the movie, April 27 families can come plant with Patty, April 28 we’ll celebrate gardening with the Hampstead Garden Club, and on April 30 we’ll have a poetry party in the Storybook Garden. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the Spring Read and events please call the library, 603-329-6411, email, or visit the library website

Family Program: Make Your Own Miniature Garden
Monday April 27 at 2pm

Spring is in the air and parents and kids may find inspiration in gardens. Come to the Library and make your own miniature garden to take home.

The Library will provide all supplies and there is no need to sign up for this event. Come have spring vacation fun!

Celebrate Gardening with the Hampstead Garden Club
Tuesday April 28 at 7pm

The Secret Garden reveals how a garden can bring hope and joy into your life. The Hampstead Garden Club helps us celebrate gardening with this special event. Come meet the Club members. See a slideshow of their wonderful gardens. Experience the Storybook Garden at the Library.

A Garden Club representative will give a talk about preparing your garden for spring, and will demonstrate how to properly divide plants to better control growth. The Garden Club members are volunteers who help beautify Hampstead. It is through the Club’s efforts that the Library has the Storybook Garden plus plantings in front of the building. The Garden Club maintains several other gardens for the Town of Hampstead. Please join us as we celebrate gardening; a fitting objective after this challenging winter.

Poetry Garden Party
Thursday April 30 at 1pm

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate the Poetry of Nature and Gardens with us as we read a selection of poems. We encourage you to bring your favorite poem(s) to share, whether you wrote it yourself or it was written by a favorite poet.

Perhaps you will even be inspired to create an ode to spring during the event. Weather permitting we will take our poetry party to the Storybook Garden behind the Library. We will also have a few refreshments for your enjoyment.

Black Bear Happenings
Tuesday May 5 at 7pm

A Wildlife Steward from the N.H. Fish and Game Department presents "Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire.” This fascinating talk includes information about the natural history of black bears, current research taking place, and how that data will affect management for the species.

Plus, you will get background information on the Wildlife Restoration Program which has made all this work possible.

Call 603/329-6411 for more information.

New Non-Fiction Book Group
Wednesday May 6 at 1pm and Thursday May 7 at 6:30 pm

Our new book group for readers of non-fiction continues to read "Lost in Shangri-La" by Mitchell Zuckoff in April and May. You’ll have two choices of meeting times for discussion: Wed. May 6 at 1pm and Thursday May 7 at 6:30 pm.

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



Movie Night: Angeline Jolie directs movie based on "Unbroken" tale
Wednesday May 6 6:30 to 9pm

Angelina Jolie directs this true-life tale of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in World War II, only to fight for his life against nature and eventually as a prisoner of war. The Coen brothers provide the script.

Louis grows up a rough-hewn kid on the verge of becoming a full-on delinquent, until his brother starts training him to be a track star. Louis excels at the sport, and eventually represents America at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. During his training, he learns to become resilient and disciplined; his brother's words of advice, "If you can take it, you can make it," push him to overcome any adversity.

He must live up to that adage under the most extreme circumstances after his plane is shot down during another bombing raid. He is stranded at sea for more than a month, only to be found by the Japanese and forced to endure constant physical abuse at the hands of sadistic prison-camp guard Mutsuhiro Watanabe, who wants to break Louis' indomitable spirit.

Run time: 137 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Release Year: 2014

Spring Fairy Workshop
Thursday May 7 at 6:30pm


Families are invited to join us at the Library for a Spring Fairy Workshop. Fairy Jasmine will lead this fun and imaginative "make and take" program which is perfect for children ages three and up.

Using natural materials and a lot of creativity, participants will create fairy dolls, gnomes, and furniture.

Space is limited. Please call the library at 603/329-6411 or email pfalconer@hampsteadlibrary.orgto sign-up for this event.

Paws to Read to Johnny Claude
Monday May 11 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.

Hampstead Special Education Community Network offers Documentary Film "Lost in Laconia"
Wednesday May 13 at 7PM

Lost in Laconia Film Cover

In conjunction with the Hampstead Special Education Community Network, the Library screens Lost in Laconia. This documentary traces the history of the Laconia State School from its initial beginnings as the New Hampshire School for the Feebleminded in the early 1900's until its closure in 1991.


During a time when people who were branded as "feebleminded" and a danger to society were banished to a life of isolation and total segregation, thousands of children and adults were institutionalized in large state operated institutions throughout the country. In the case of New Hampshire, that place was the Laconia State School.


This documentary uses archival footage and current interviews with former residents of the institution, families of former residents, and people who worked at the institution, along with an extensive collection of photos, newspaper articles, and state documents. It examines the social values and cultural ideals of the twentieth century relative to individuals and families who were labeled "feebleminded," deficient, or disabled in New Hampshire.


One family member of a former Laconia State School resident, will give a talk at the Hampstead Middle School on Tuesday, May 19 at 7 pm. Freda Smith is a longtime advocate for the disabled and will have interesting and educational information to share. Sponsored by the Hampstead Special Education Community Network, all are welcome to attend.

"BYOD" - Bring Your Own Device Tech Tutoring Session
Wednesday May 13 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 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.

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


Back to Earth
Tuesday May 19 from 7- 8 PM

image of compost

The Hampstead Recycling & Waste Disposal Committee hosts a one hour workshop about composting, and raffles off a compost bin to one lucky attendee.

Yard trimmings and food residuals constitute 27% of the US municipal solid waste stream. A representative from the Northeast Resource Recovery Association discusses how composting offers obvious resource management benefits and creates a useful product from organic waste that would otherwise have been landfilled. This workshop, available for all age groups, explains how composting works and how to make it work.


This event is made possible by a grant received by the Hampstead Recycling & Waste Disposal Committee to promote recycling initiatives.