HAMPSTEAD — Tues., September 24 is free movie night at the Hampstead Public Library. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the featured film is director Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel “The Great Gatsby.” Taking place in New York in 1922, the movie follows writer Nick Carraway as he becomes fascinated by the lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, the enigmatic Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. Come to the library for the spectacle of this movie featuring period costumes, modern music, and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.
READ FOR THE RECORD - Kids and adults are invited to Read for the Record at the Hampstead Public Library on Thurs., October 3 at 1:30 p.m. This annual reading celebration highlights the need for quality early education in America. More than two million voices around the country will call for an end to America’s early education achievement gap by reading “Otis” by Loren Long. If you sit down to read at the Hampstead Library, you’ll be standing up for children everywhere! Join us for crafts, songs, and snacks as we help break the world record for a shared reading experience. No advance sign-up is required.
OCTOBER BOOK DISCUSSION - October 17 at 1:00 p.m., the Book Group at the Hampstead Public Library will discuss “The Good Braider” by Terry Farish. Copies of the book are available at the library and newcomers are always welcome. Attendees will have a special treat: the author will be there! Farish will discuss her novel and share some of her experiences in Kenya that led to writing it. “The Good Braider” is about Viola, whose family must journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo and finally to Portland, Maine. Farish’s novel is a riveting story of escape, survival, and the struggle to build a new life.
NEW ART EXHIBIT AT LIBRARY - Now through October 29, artists from Alyson Stoddard Thompson’s Artist Proof Gallery in Hampstead have their work on display in the Hampstead Public Library’s second floor meeting room. Colorful landscapes, still life, flowers and portraits adorn the walls. The artists used various mediums including oil, acrylic, water color and pastel. In addition to Thompson, seventeen of her students, from Hampstead, Danville, Chester and Fremont, have work on display. Please stop at the library and see the paintings of these talented artists.