, Kingston, NH

January 28, 2013

HPL Friends News

Carriage Towne News

---- — HAMPSTEAD —The holidays are over, snow covers the ground, winter doldrums have set in. Now it’s time to lighten up a bit. Join the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library and storyteller Pat Spalding for “Tales of Romance and Adventure” on Tues., February 12, 7:00 p.m. at the library.

Many of you are already familiar with Pat Spalding’s marvelous storytelling skills and delightful humor so you know any program featuring Pat will be a treat. If you’ve never yet heard her regale her adult audiences with stories of love, loss, changing relationships, and letting go, mark your calendars now so you don’t miss her appearance at the library.

Pat describes herself as a “monologist/majorette”. She tells stories about the circuitous route she has taken to find her bliss. That explains the “monologist” part of her description. But what about the “majorette”? After all, she’s admittedly over 60. But she learned to twirl a baton and now leads the Leftist Marching Band of Portsmouth, dressed in her majorette’s outfit, complete with tasseled boots. And she’ll tell you how this came about as well.

As with all Friends of the Library programs, Pat’s appearance is free and open to the public. Come enjoy a charming evening that will leave you feeling much happier than when you came in on February 12 at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will follow the program. Members of the Friends are invited to stay for the monthly meeting that follows.

VALENTINE RAFFLE BASKET: TD Bank has once again donated a really big raffle basket full of wonderful items to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Of course there are chocolates, because what would Valentines’s Day be without candy? But there are so many other goodies in this really big basket as well: a DVD of Jennifer Lopez in “The Back Up Plan”, a CD of “The Soul of the 80’s”, a bottle of wine with two “be mine” glasses, the book “All We Need is Love”, a warm and cuddly Valentine throw, heart themed decorations and cooking supplies. Tickets for this overloaded Valentine basket are available at the front desk of the library. They are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The winner will be drawn just before the start of the February 12 program with Pat Spalding. You don’t have to be there to win, but you’ll miss a charming program if you don’t come.

Businesses, organizations and individuals who would like to donate a raffle basket for a future monthly raffle may contact Ruth Paul at She’ll be happy to explain the raffles and the Friends to you. All funds raised by the raffles go to the Friends and support your public library so please think about donating a basket.