, Kingston, NH


June 20, 2013

Hampstead Library News

HAMPSTEAD —Registration, for the Summer Reading Programs at the Hampstead Public Library, begins on Mon., June 24 at 1:00 p.m. You can sign-up that day or any day after. Please note that some events for elementary and middle school students require advance registration due to attendance limitations. A complete list of events is available at the library or on the library’s website calendar, High school students may elect to participate in either the middle school or adult summer reading program.

Joan O’Connor of “Joan’s Famous Composting Worms” will be at the Hampstead Public Library on Tues., June 25 at 6:30 p.m. to present “Vermiculture – The Wonderful World of Worm Composting.” Joan’s demonstration will show you how to become a worm-wrangler. She will demonstrate how to turn any container into a composting machine. It is a great project for gardeners, school teachers, home school groups, recyclers and environments. Anyone who hates to discard beautiful garbage can now feed it to hungry worms. Worms will be available for purchase after the program.

The summer book group for middle school students at the Hampstead Public Library will have two sessions this year: Wed., June 26 and July 17. Dubbed “Pizza & Pages,” this fun and informal group is led by Hampstead Middle School teacher Mrs. Griffin. If you are entering middle school in August 2013 and you are interested in participating, please sign-up at the library, call 329-6411, or email

June Free Movie Night at the Hampstead Public Library takes place on Thurs., June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Come and be transported from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. This movie stars James Franco, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz.

Kids what arrrrrre you doing on the afternoon of Fri., June 28? Why not come to the Hampstead Public Library at 2:00 p.m. for some pirate fun? Practice your pirate-talk, dig for buried treasure, make a parrot craft, and have pirate ship races. Don’t be a scallywag or you might have to walk the plank. Dress to get wet.

The Hampstead Public Library is pleased to announce the availability of a new discount pass which library cardholders can use for Charmingfare Farm in Candia. The pass can be reserved by calling the library at 329-6411 or it can be reserved online via the Tixkeeper page of the library’s website, Special thanks go to the Friends of the Library for funding this new pass.

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