By Patty Falconer
Youth Services Librarian
---- — HAMPSTEAD - There will be no Storytime or Mother Goose on the Loose during school vacation week (Feb 25th to March 1st) at the Hampstead Public Library. Patrons are welcome to come in and use the children’s room facilities, which include books, computers, Legos, trains, puppet house, magnetic wall art and more.
FREE FAMILY MOVIE MATINÉE — In honor of Dr Seuss’s March birthday, the Hampstead Public Library encourages patrons to rediscover and check out his books. Plus, on Sat., March 9 , at 12:30 p.m., the library will have a “Brown Bag Lunch” matinee featuring a movie based on one of Seuss’s popular tales. This animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it, he must first discover the story of Truffula trees and the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his natural world. This movie provides wonderful entertainment for the whole family. It is free and open to the public. You are welcome to pack a lunch or snack and bring it along.
MUSEUM PASSES — Looking for things to do during school break? The Hampstead Public Library has many museum passes available for patrons; a complete list can be found at: http://hampsteadlibrary.org/museum-passes.asp. Call the library (329-6411) to reserve the date & pass you wish. Pick up the pass at the library, get a discount or, in many cases, free admission, and go have fun! Things you can do include: find dinosaurs at the SEE Science Center in Manchester; check out the Currier Museum of Art’s “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor” display and on Wed, Feb 27th in their Family Studio you can create a work of art based on the exhibit; go to a planetarium show at the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center (open daily Feb 24 to March 3); at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston get an Art Connection Card, explore the galleries with the kids, and search for objects or images; take advantage of Free Film Friday on March 1st at the Museum of Science’s IMAX theater; visit the JFK museum in Boston and see the Project Mercury Freedom 7 capsule that New Hampshire’s own Alan Shepard flew in; count butterflies in the warmth of the Butterfly Place in Westford, MA. To help you decide when & where to go, we recommend you look at each institution’s website for details about exhibits and events.