By Janet Arden
Adult Programs Librarian
---- — PLAISTOW - March is “Food for Fines” month at the Hampstead Public Library. If you incur a library fee during the month of March 2013, you can bring in non-perishable foods, toiletries, or paper goods and we will forgive your fine. Simply bring in your donation with your overdue items, and like magic, your fine will disappear. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped the food pantry, which is very much in need of donations. The library will give all donated goods to the Hampstead Ecumenical Food Pantry located at St. Anne’s Church.
ANTI-FRAUD WORKSHOP - Rockingham County ServiceLink will present a workshop about Medicare Fraud and Abuse on Thurs., March 14, at 10:00 a.m., at the Hampstead Public Library. Don’t be a victim of fraud. Come and learn how to protect yourself. Learn how to detect fraud, and how to report scams. This workshop is for seniors, their family, and caregivers. It is open to the public and takes place during the library’s Senior Citizen Drop-In Center. Refreshments will be served.
BOOKS FOR BREAKFAST - The next Books for Breakfast at the Hampstead Public Library takes place on Sat., March 16, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This event is designed to give families a chance to spend time together in a warm and inviting atmosphere. No sign-up is necessary. Drop in and enjoy books, crafts, hot drinks and breakfast all for free!
NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION - On Mon., March 18, at 7:00 p.m., the Non-Fiction Book Group at the Hampstead Public Library will discuss “Perilous Fight: America’s Intrepid War with Britain on the High Seas 1812-1815” by Stephen Budiansky. In this novel, the author examines the astounding performance of America’s fledgling Navy throughout the War of 1812. He also explains how it established America as an international force to be reckoned with. Books can be obtained at the library’s front desk. Newcomers are welcome to the meeting, and encouraged to share ideas for future discussions.
THIRD THURSDAY BOOK DISCUSSION - On March 21st at 1:00 p,m., the Hampstead Public Library’s Third Thursday Book Group will discuss: “Claude & Camille: a Novel of Monet” by Stephanie Cowen. This novel follows Monet to Paris where, as a young dreamer, he was intent on creating a new style of art. When Camille comes into his life, she becomes his best friend, his muse and the mother of his children. A vivid portrait of the rise of Impressionism and the artist at the center of the movement, this novel is above all a love story of the highest order. Books can be obtained at the library’s front desk. Newcomers are always welcome to the meetings.