By Janet Arden
Adult Programs Librarian
---- — HAMPSTEAD - During the month of May, Adult Storytime at the Hampstead Public Library will take place on Fri., May 3 and May 17, at 10:00 a.m. This program is designed for developmentally disabled patrons, but all adults are welcome. We will read books, do a craft, and have lots of fun!
MEET THE AUTHOR - All are welcome to the Book Launch Party for Marcia Strykowski, a Hampstead Public Library staff member, on Sat., May 4, starting at 1:00 p.m., in the library’s 2nd floor meeting room. Help Marcia celebrate the release of her debut novel, “Call Me Amy,” which will be published in May by Luminis Books. The novel is set in a small Maine village where a wounded seal-pup propels 13-year old Amy into an unlikely alliance with an unusual older woman and a mysterious boy.
FREE YOGA CLASS - There is a free chair yoga class at the library on Tues., May 7, from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. This monthly class features non-impact exercises that are beneficial for men and women, teens and adults. Participants move at their own pace, sitting, standing, or using a chair for support. The instructor is Maggie Morgan from the Yoga Room in Hampstead.
PAWS TO READ - Johnny Claude the Listener Dog returns to the library on Mon., May 13, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. He is a certified therapy dog who loves to listen to kids read, tell stories, or act out a book. This program is terrific for reluctant readers of any age. You can set up a fifteen minute session with Johnny Claude, by signing-up at the library’s front desk or calling the library at 329-6411. Adults are also welcome to visit with Johnny Claude.
BOOK DISCUSSION - On May 16th at 1:00 p.m., the Hampstead Public Library’s Third Thursday Book Group will discuss “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey” by Candice Millard. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt decided to set his sights on the physical challenge of traversing the River of Doubt, which snakes through the Amazon jungle. This novel brings to life the adventure and hardships of this journey in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller.
NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION - On Mon., May 20, at 7:00 p.m., the Hampstead Public Library’s Nonfiction Book Group will discuss, “Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour” by Lynne Olson. This behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its WWII alliance with Britain is told from the perspective of three key Americans in London: Edward R. Murrow, head of CBS radio’s European bureau; Averell Harriman, who was sent to London by FDR to oversee Lend-Lease aid; and John Gilbert Winant, who was appointed American ambassador in 1941.
STUDENT ART EXHIBIT - Student art from the Hampstead Middle School now adorns the walls of the 2nd floor meeting room in the Hampstead Public Library. There are also 3-dimensional pieces in the glass display cases on the first and second floor. Come see the colorful and imaginative work of these students. The exhibit will be at the library through June 19.