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Virual Peeps Diorama Contest!
Submit entries via email between Monday, April 6 and Saturday, April 25, 2020

2020 Virtual Peeps® Diorama Contest

There are five categories*, divided by age: Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Family (mixed ages), and Adult (18+). Work by yourself or with a team. There is no assigned theme this year. Let your creativity flow; however, it must be suitable for viewing by all ages.
The Rules
  • Peeps® must feature prominently in your diorama. If you can’t obtain Peeps®, this year we will accept a picture or drawing cut-out of the Peeps®.
  • Limit one submission per individual/team contestant.
  • To enter, EMAIL the following information to dvancuren@HampsteadLibrary.org:
    • Your name,
    • the title of your diorama,
    • your age/category*,
    • if it was a group effort, list all participants’ names
    • up to 3 photos of your diorama
  • Submit entries via email between Monday, April 6 and Saturday, April 25, 2020.
The Awards
  • An online means of voting for the Peeples’ Choice Award will be announced.
  • Library staff and Trustees will judge for the “Best in Class” award for each age category.
  • Winners will be announced by May 6 via the Library’s Facebook page and other media. We may not be able to award physical prizes this year (TBD) but you will certainly get bragging rights and a fabulous award certificate.
Friends of the Library present: Wicked Pissed; New England's Most Famous Feuds
POSTPONED until September 8

Friends have been able to reschedule Ted's visit. 

New England author, journalist, and WCVB-TV contributor, Ted Reinstein, gives a presentation about the stories in his book Wicked Pissed.

New England is as dotted with colorful and fascinating feuds as it is with low stone walls and big, red barns. And many feuds go back just as far! For instance, did you know that the Breeds and the Bunkers are still fighting over a hill? Or that the revolution is still being fought by Lexington and Concord?!

From the colonial era through early aviation, to Red Sox versus Yankees, and present‑day food fights, Ted Reinstein tells us who’s really “Wicked Pissed” in New England, and why. There will be time for Q&A, followed by Ted’s book selling & signing.

Stories from Mt Washington: Movie & Talk with Dan Szczesny
POSTPONED until May 26- watch the calendar for more details

Stories from Mount Washington, a 40-minute documentary film by Bill Millios, based on journalist Dan Szczesny’s 2018 book “The White Mountain,” is shown at the Library. After the screening, Dan Szczesny and Bill Millios will discuss the film with the audience and answer questions.

Narrated by Szczesny, the film includes video footage, interviews and photos compiled during the book’s research period, including rare footage of legendary AMC Hut Girl Barbara Hill Richardson and of 97-year-old ultra-runner George Etzweiler. In addition, Stories from Mount Washington features music by composer Jeff Rapsis as well as poetry by Mike Morin, Skyler Jaye Rutkowski and Rob Greene.

Over the course of one calendar year, Dan Szczesny explored the history and mystique of New England’s tallest mountain. From dressing as Walt Whitman and reading poetry up the mountain to spending a week in winter cooking for the scientists at the observatory, the mountain became Szczesny’s muse. In “The White Mountain,” Szczesny turned a veteran journalist’s eye toward exploring 6,288-foot Mount Washington’s place in the collective consciousness of the country and how this rugged landscape has reflected back a timeless history of our obsession and passion for exploration and discovery. Millios’ film is a back-stage look at the characters and personalities that have contributed to the mountain’s history and mystery.

The program is free and open to the public. All hikers, history buffs, and those who love a good story will enjoy this movie and discussion.

Bill Millios has written and directed the feature-length films, Old Man Dogs (1997) and Dangerous Crosswinds (2005), both of which were well received in Variety, The Boston Globe and American Online and screened at theaters throughout New England. His company, Back Lot Films, produces corporate videos. Millios has taught digital video production and film history at Southern NH University and is also co-author of the book, “The Digital Filmmaking Workshops: Producing, Marketing, and Screening Your Independent Feature-Length Film.” Learn more about Bill’s work at www.backlotfilms.com.

Dan Szczesny is a long-time author and journalist living in the New Hampshire. His books include travelogues on Nepal, Alaska, and the White Mountains. He is a Hemingway Foundation finalist for short fiction and has also written collections of short stories and poetry. He has traveled widely throughout the country speaking about adventure travel and the importance of getting kids into the outdoors. He currently calls Manchester his base camp, where he lives with his wife and daughter. Learn more about Dan’s work at www.Danszczesny.com.