HOLIDAY CONCERT - With the holiday season upon us, the Hampstead Public Library would like to give back to the community with a free Holiday Concert and refreshments on Sat., December 8, from 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. We’ll have books to read, crafts for kids, plus coffee, hot cocoa, pastries and other goodies. We’ll give an award to the person with the most fabulous holiday sweater or outfit. Best of all, you will be entertained by the fantastic Profile Chorus! Performing between noon and 1:00pm, this women’s a-cappella show chorus sings joyfully in four-part harmony. If you plan to go to the town parade, you will still have plenty of time to drop-in at the library first and fortify yourself with hot drinks, goodies, and wonderful music. Bring family and friends and join us for this relaxing event.
NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION - For their December meeting, the Non-Fiction Book Group at the Hampstead Public Library will be discussing “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. This novel gives a real-life, eyewitness perspective inside the Nazi hierarchy as Hitler came to power. William E. Dodd became the first US ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in 1933. He and his family lived there for about five years. Drawing on the diaries and letters of Dodd’s 24-year old daughter, much of the book centers on her romantic affairs with high-ranking Nazi officials and her eventual heroism when she realized Hitler’s true character.
Meanwhile, Dodd informed the US State Department of increasing Jewish persecution and received little response. The book sheds light on why it took so long for the world to recognize the threat posed by Hitler. Discussion of “In the Garden of Beasts” is on Mon., December 17, at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the library’s front desk. Newcomers are always welcome, and are encouraged to come and help choose further books for the group to read and discuss.