By Janet Arden and Patty Falconer
HAMPSTEAD —As part of the library’s summer reading program, award-winning magician Mike Bent brings his Readers of the Lost Book Magic Show™ to the Hampstead Central School on Mon., July 15 at 10:00 a.m. This family-friendly program uses amazing magic, storytelling, puppets, mind-reading ants and hilarious comedy to show kids that reading can be a real adventure!
This archeology, dinosaurs, bugs and all things dirt show is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
CAN YOU DIG IT? Kids and parents are invited to celebrate the 70’s at the Hampstead Public Library on Wed., July 17 at 2:00 p.m. Groovy activities include a peace-sign craft and a group macramé project. Participants should also bring a white cotton t-shirt to tie dye. No advance sign-up is necessary for this event.
ROCK OUT! Kids can bring rocks of all sizes to the Hampstead Public Library on Fri., July 19 at 2:00 p.m. and transform them into pet rocks, treasure rocks, and “yarney stones.” Yarney stones are rocks wrapped in colorful yarn that can be stacked and admired. Participants will also make and eat edible rocks. No advanced sign-up is required.
DIG INTO THE DEEP SEA: On Tues., July 23 at 2:00 p.m., the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire will present a special program at the Hampstead Public Library, “Dig Into the Deep Sea.” This interactive program will focus on the deepest trenches of the ocean and the unique bioluminescent creatures that live there. Children will explore why some sea creatures glow and what scientists are doing with this science today. The museum educator will lead participants in a deep sea adventure using specimens, vibrant images and videos of animals. Participants will take home a glowing creature activity! Attendance is limited and advanced registration for this event is required. Please visit or call the library (329-6411) to check availability.
HAMPSTEAD TALENT SHOW: Warm up your voice, practice your dance, tryout your jokes and get ready for the Hampstead Public Library’s sixth annual “Hampstead Idol!” Kids and adults are welcome to be a part of the show. Singers, dancers, poets, comedians, magicians -- whatever your talent is, we hope you will share it.
Sign-up in advance at the library, call 329-6411, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This event takes place on Thurs., July 25 at 6:30 p.m.
FREE MOVIE SHOWING: On Tues., July 16 at 6:30 p.m., the Hampstead Public Library will show the film based on Louis Sachar’s award-winning novel “Holes.” The book comes to life in this fun and adventure filled movie. Dogged by bad luck stemming from an ancient family curse, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a very strange correctional camp. He and his campmates must each dig a hole a day for the warden. As Stanley forges friendships, they begin to unearth a mystery. This movie is fun for all ages, so come in, get comfy, and enjoy the library’s big screen.
BOOK DISCUSSION: The Third Thursday Book Group at the Hampstead Public Library will meet on Thurs., July 18 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss “Defending Jacob” by William Landay. This novel is about a Massachusetts assistant district attorney, Andy Barber, who is blindsided when his 14 year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Award-winning author William Landay has written a suspenseful, character-driven and spellbinding mystery.
Copies of the book are available at the library’s front desk. Newcomers are always welcome to the discussion.