By Janet Arden
Adult Programs Librarian
---- — HAMPSTEAD — For the Spring Read finale the Hampstead Public Library will have a party to celebrate the decade in which the feature book was written: the 1960’s. Come for the food, beverages and fun on Wed., May 1, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Feel free to dress in 60’s attire. Some attendees will embrace the Mad Men style. Tell us what you love about the 60’s -- the Andy Griffith show? Dick Van Dyke? bell-bottoms? go-go boots? Frankie & Annette in “Beach Party?” Please join us for this entertaining event!
MEET THE AUTHOR - A Book Launch Party for a Hampstead Public Library staff member will be held at the library on Sat., May 4, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. All are invited to help Marcia Strykowski celebrate the release of her debut novel, “Call Me Amy,” which will be published in May by Luminis Books. In the novel, a wounded seal-pup propels 13-year old Amy into an unlikely alliance with an unusual older woman and a mysterious boy in a small Maine village. Readers will cheer Amy as she protects Pup, faces challenges and gains confidence. “Well-drawn, sympathetic characters and the developing spark between Amy and Craig combine to create a pleasant, satisfying read.” --Kirkus Book Reviews. Please join us at the library to celebrate Marcia’s accomplishment. There will be food, music, door prizes and fun. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information about the book visit the author’s website: www.marciastrykowski.com.
AFTERNOON BOOK DISCUSSION - On May 16 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. Together with a group that included his son Kermit and a famous Brazilian explorer, Roosevelt faced many hardships including near starvation, Indian attack, and disease. Three men died and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. This novel brings to life these events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller. Newcomers are always welcome to join the discussion group. Copies of the book are available to check out at the library.