By Janet Arden and Patty Falconer
HAMPSTEAD —Do you have piles of paper that never get smaller? Are those molehills of clutter turning into mountains? Are your closets and drawers filled to capacity? Perhaps it is time to dig-in, de-clutter, and reorganize! To start you on your way, the Hampstead Public Library has invited professional organizer Ann Cope to speak at the library on Wed., July 10 at 7:00 p.m. She will give you some quick tips on how to improve your home or work space. Remember, an organized clutter free environment is a happy environment. Ann Cope is from “A State of Order” in Andover Massachusetts, a professional organizing company.
CHILDREN’S MINI GARDEN: Kids are invited to the Hampstead Public Library on Mon., July 8 at 2:00 p.m. to do garden crafts. Make a soda bottle terrarium, design a lovely butterfly, and create a mural with root vegetable printing. Participants will also enjoy a snack picnic outside in the Storybook Garden. If you have empty liter soda bottles to spare, please bring them to the library.
BOOK DISCUSSION FOR KIDS: The Hampstead Public Library will have a special edition of a summer book discussion on Tues., July 9 at 6:30 p.m. The featured book is “Call Me Amy” by Marcia Strykowski. This event is particularly appropriate for kids who will be entering middle school or high school, but adults are also welcome to attend. Copies of this terrific summer read are available at the library. Come and discuss the book with the author, and enjoy some homemade treats that are featured in the novel. Advanced sign-up is required to secure your book and treats.
Please call the library (329-6411) or email email@example.com to register. For more information about the book, check out the author’s website http://marciastrykowski.com.
GEOCACHING AT LIBRARY: On Wed., July 10 at 2:00 p.m., the Hampstead Public Library has a Geocaching event for students who will be entering middle school. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS,) or mobile device and other navigational techniques, to hide and seek containers called “geocaches” or “caches.” Participants at this event will learn about this high-tech treasure hunting and the group will create their own geocache. Join us for the fun! No sign-up necessary.
INDIANA JONES PARTY: Kids and parents are invited to an Indiana Jones party at the Hampstead Public Library on Thurs., July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Put yourself in this famous fictional archaeologist’s shoes and complete an obstacle course, play boulder ball and turn your friends into mummies. Come join a team and see who wins, the Snakes or the Scorpions.
FREE MOVIE SHOWING: Families can dig into a free movie on Tues., July 16 at 6:30 p.m., when the Hampstead Public Library screens the film based on Louis Sachar’s award-winning novel “Holes.” The book comes to life in this fun and adventure filled movie. Dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a very weird correctional camp. He and his campmates must each dig a hole a day for the warden. As Stanley forges friendships, they begin to unearth a mystery. This movie is fun for all ages, so come in, get comfy, and enjoy the library’s big screen.