, Kingston, NH

October 18, 2012

Hampstead Library News

By Janet Arden
Programs Librarian

---- — HAMPSTEAD – Author Michael Tougias will be presenting a narrated slide presentation titled “400 Miles Down the Connecticut River” at the Hampstead Public Library on Tues., October 23, at 7:00 p.m. The program is based on the author’s book “River Days: Exploring the Connecticut River from Source to Sea.” The Connecticut River played an important role in New Hampshire’s development during the days of the first settlers, the French and Indian Wars, and other key historical moments. Today it represents an environmental success story. A question and answer period and book signing will follow the presentation. This event is sponsored by the NH Humanities Council. It is free and open to the public. Michael Tougias is a lecturer and an award winning author of eighteen books including “Fatal Forecast.” More about the author can be found on his website:

WEIRD SCIENCE - Creepy, crawly, ooey, and gooey, that’s “Weird Science.” Kids in kindergarten through grade four are invited to the Hampstead Public Library on Wed., October 24, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., to make slime, ooblik, invisible ink, and more. Kids, be prepared to experiment, get messy, and be amazed. There is no need to sign-up in advance for “Weird Science.” If you have any questions, call the library at 329-6411 or email

FREE MOVIE - Get in a Halloween mood by coming to the Hampstead Public Library on Tues., October 30, at 6:30 p.m., for movie director Tim Burton’s homage to the 1960’s television show “Dark Shadows.” Starring Johnny Depp, this film takes us to Collinwood Manor in the 1700’s, when Barnabas (Depp) is a rich and powerful playboy, until he breaks the heart of a vengeful witch. She dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972 where he meets the remnants of his family. This movie is free and open to the public.

BOOK DISCUSSION - At their November meeting, the Third Thursday Book Group of the Hampstead Public Library will be discussing “Vie De France: Sharing Food, Friendship, and a Kitchen in the Loire Valley” by James Haller. Award-winning chef and former owner of the Portsmouth restaurant Blue Strawbery, Haller wrote this book following his experiences in France. In addition to travel tales, “Vie de France” features dozens of recipes. The book discussion is on November 15th at 1:00 p.m., at the library. The group will welcome a very special guest: the author, James Haller. We look forward to this amiable and entertaining gentleman sharing further insights about his experiences. Copies of the book are available at the library’s front desk, and newcomers are always welcome.

NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION - For their November meeting, the Non-Fiction Book Group at the Hampstead Public Library will be discussing “Looking for Alaska” by Peter Jenkins. This book is memoirist Jenkins’ account of the eighteen months he spent traveling over 20,000 miles on the Alaska Marine Highway and Haul Road. Discussion of “Looking for Alaska” is on Mon., November 19, at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the library’s front desk. Newcomers are always welcome, and are encouraged to come and help choose further books for the group to read and discuss.