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Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St. 673-2288, firstname.lastname@example.org, amherstlibrary.org.
‘MINDFULNESS: SIMPLE STEPS, NO CUSHION REQUIRED’
The Amherst Town Library welcomes Paula Koppel in the presentation “Mindfulness: Simple Steps, No Cushion Required” at 7 p.m. June 24. The program is the kickoff for the library’s summer series of six programs for adults with the theme of “Minds Wide Awake.” Learn how this simple and timeless practice of mindfulness can benefit you and society. Koppel will explore the scientific findings that support the beneficial effects of mindfulness, the mind-body connection that fuels the detrimental effects of everyday stress, the simple and practical steps to incorporate mindfulness into everyday living (including ways that don’t require sitting on a cushion to meditate) and the impact this practice is having in schools, businesses, hospitals and military bases. All programs in the series are free and open to the public. However, registration is required for each program. Other programs are: “I Can’t Die But Once – Harriet Tubman’s Civil War” (an NHHC living history performance), 7 p.m. July 9; “A Night of Old-Time String Music and Song,” 7 p.m. July 15; “Iran: Persian Glory and Islamic Revolution,” 7 p.m. July 22; “Hiking the John Muir Trail,” 7 p.m. July 29; and “Mindful Eating with Chef Liz Barbour,” 6:30 p.m. July 30.
COOKBOOK BOOK CLUB
The Friends of the Amherst Town Library Cookbook Book Club offers its members an opportunity to enjoy good food, stellar company and inspiration for better cooking. Each month, members pick a new cookbook or cookbook theme to try. Club members will each select a recipe to prepare and bring to the meeting to share (stove and oven available for warming your recipe.) Then members will review the cookbook(s) used. New members are welcome and encouraged. You do not need to be a member of the Friends of the Amherst Town Library to join. For information or to sign up: Kim Ayers at email@example.com or 249-9108.
J.A. Tarbell Library, 136 Forest Road, 654-6790, jatarbelllibrary.org.
LIBRARY TRUSTEES MEETING
The library trustees meet at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEETING
The Friends of the J.A. Tarbell Library will meet at 7 p.m. June 15.
Regina Conrad, JAT staff member, will present a program on astronomy at 7 p.m. June 22. Jupiter ,Venus and Saturn are seen after 9:30 p.m. Over the next few weeks you can watch Jupiter and Venus trade places in the sky. Also, we’ll hear updates on New Horizon, which will have its first flyby of Pluto on July 14. Conrad was a weekend planetarium educator in Yonkers, N.Y., for eight years and is a 2015 JPL Solar System Ambassador.
Marcy Stanton will return with a presentation on composting at 7 p.m. July 7. Stanton is the UNH Cooperative Extension master gardener coordinator.
SUMMER IDEAS AT THE LIBRARY
With summer approaching, remember the museum reimbursement plan, online e-books and audiobooks; the telescope can be borrowed; and HeritageQuest Online as well as Ancestry Library Edition are available.
ARTS, CRAFT AND COLLECTIONS AT THE LIBRARY
The library is inviting people to show their artwork, quilts, crafts and collection at the library. This summer we will install a lock on the display cabinet in the community room to secure any collection. We will display for six to 12 weeks. Details of quilts this quarter and paintings the next or seasonal themes of various media are being ironed out. We plan on having an opening with the start of the display. Please contact the library if you are interested in sharing your treasures.
Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., 249-0645, firstname.lastname@example.org, wadleighlibrary.org. Registration required for all programs.
Grail Mania: A 21st Century Re-telling of a 12th Century Heresy
In this talk and re-telling by Diana Durham we get to understand why the young knight Perceval’s quest for the grail has as much meaning today as when the story was first told centuries ago. Humor and the rich symbolism of the Middle Ages combine as willing audience members act out a scene from a new dramatic re-telling, becoming King Arthur, Merlin, the Grieving Maiden, and other characters as we mix storytelling, acting and discussion. Free. Held at 6:30 p.m. June 9 in the Milford Town Hall Banquet Room. Use the Middle Street entrance next to the old ambulance bays and take the elevator to the third floor.
MORNING BOOK GROUP
The Morning Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. June 11 to discuss “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah. Copies are available at the main desk. Newcomers welcome.
HISTORY BOOK CLUB
The History Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 17 at the library to discuss “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larsen. Copies are available at the Main Desk. Newcomers welcome.
LEARN ABOUT ATOZDATABASES
Learn about the AtoZdatabase at 7 p.m. June 18. This business and residential directory freely available to Wadleigh Library cardholders and the Milford Community helps entrepreneurs conduct prospecting, helps students complete market studies, helps job seekers research potential employers, and even has a resume template available for creating an updated resume. Search by geographic location, business size, type of business, and more.
EVENING BOOK GROUP
The Evening Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. June 23 to discuss “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. Copies are available at the Main Desk. Newcomers welcome.
TEEN TECH SQUAD
Lost in the technology zone? Don’t know how to use your iPhone or Android? Drop in at the library Mondays between 3 and 5 p.m. to get help from students in the Milford High School technology program.
ONGOING ADULT PROGRAMS
Ongoing adult programs at the Wadleigh Memorial Library include a Spanish Conversation Group (Tuesdays); the Knit 1, Crochet 2 group (1st and 3rd Mondays); Social Networking 101 (Wednesdays); and e-book services. Contact the library for details.
Programs for teens
TEEN SUMMER READING KICKOFF PARTY
The Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Party is at 3:30 p.m. June 19. Create your own mask, then pose for our photo booth. You can also cast your votes for the summerlong Heroes vs. Villains Showdown, and sign up for summer reading.
TEEN GAMING NIGHT
Spend the evening playing board and card games – no wi-fi or electricity needed! If you have a game at home you’d like to bring in to play, feel free to bring it in to share! Held 6:30-8 p.m. June 24.
ONGOING TEENS & TWEENS PROGRAMS
Ongoing Teens & Tweens programs include a Pizza & Pages Book Club (grades 5 and up); a Dr. Who Fan Club; Teen Craft Thursdays; Geeks R Us Anime Club; Teen Gaming: Wii Wednesday; the Teen Advisory Group. Contact the library for details.
Programs for kids
SUPERHERO TRAINING PARTY
Want to know what your superpowers are? Come join us for our Summer Reading kickoff event where you will be testing your speed, smarts, strength and skills. Make a superhero mask, eat a super snack and find out just what powers you hold to help save the universe. This event is for children entering fifth grade and younger. 6-8 p.m. June 19. If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can free up space for another child.
BIG TRUCK DAY
Meet our local heroes and get a chance to see and touch their super vehicles! Starts at 10:30 a.m. June 29. No registration required.
Daland Memorial Library, 5 North Main St., 673-7888, dalandlibrary.wordpress.com.
PINS AND NEEDLES
Join Ana Barrett from 6:30-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month for a night of communal crafting with the Pins and Needles knitting and crafting group. Adults and children 8 and older are welcome.
TAG: TEEN ADVISORY GROUP
Mont Vernon teens in grades 9-12 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Group and have their voices heard. Members will be involved in book collection development for the young adult section and teen programming. TAG will meet 6-7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month. Information: 673-7888.
50 BOOK CHALLENGE
Is “read more books” on your New Year’s resolution List? If so, join the 50 Book Challenge at the library and let us help you reach your goal. Sign up and we’ll track your titles and your progress all year. Hardcover, paperback, e-books and audiobooks count toward your 50. Incentives for every 10 books you read. Readers who complete the challenge will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD. Ages 18 and older. Registration required.
Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Road, 654-2581, wiltonlibrarynh.org.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
The Book Discussion Group will meet at 7 p.m. May 28 to discuss “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey. Copies are available at the library. This is an open discussion group; new readers are welcome.
ACOUSTIC ROTUNDA OPEN MIC
An open mic concert will be held at 7 p.m. June 6 in the Rotunda. Register to perform by contacting the library. Free.