, Kingston, NH


April 11, 2013

Hampstead Library News

HAMPSTEAD —The Hampstead Public Library will join libraries in schools, communities, and campuses nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, April 14-20. It is a time to appreciate the value of libraries and library workers.

Today, libraries are more than just repositories for books. The Hampstead Public Library serves the greater Hampstead community by providing free access to entertaining and educational events, museum passes, a telescope, e-books, databases (e.g., Transparent Language, Online Newsstand, Britannica Encyclopedia, etc.,) books, magazines, newspapers, computers and the internet, meeting spaces, and much more. For more information about library services call 603-329-6411, visit the library, or go to

A First Aid Certification Class will be offered at the Hampstead Public Library on Sat., April 20, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Topics covered include first aid basics, injury and medical emergencies, choking and allergic reactions. There will also be a Q&A period. The fee for this class is $25.00. Advance registration and payment is required.

There will also be a CPR Class on April 20, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the library. This class is for anyone who is not a healthcare provider. It includes adult and child CPR, and AED training. The fee for this class is $40.00. Upon completion, participants will earn an American Heart Association two year CPR certification. Class space is limited. Advance registration and payment is required.

For further details as well as payment instructions for either of these classes, please contact the Hampstead Public Library at 603-329-6411 or

A little over fifty years ago the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was just getting started, and its Mercury Missions captured the imagination of the nation. On Tues., April 30 at 7:00 p.m., the Hampstead Public Library will explore this subject with the help of Dr. Mark McConnell, professor and Chair of the Physics department at UNH. McConnell will speak about the early years of NASA and about the astronauts who made history including Derry, NH native Alan Shepard. In 1961, Shepard was the first American to travel into space, and ten years later he commanded the Apollo 14 mission. This event is free and open to the public.

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