HAMPSTEAD — Hampstead Public Library is joining the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to mark Library Card Sign-up Month in September. All Hampstead residents and those employed in Hampstead are encouraged to obtain a free card that will save them money while reaping rewards. Today’s libraries offer the resources and programming you need, whether you’re looking for a job, starting a small business, trying a new hobby, or pursuing a degree. From online tools to in-person training, there’s something for everyone. A library card is also the most important school supply a student can have. If you don’t have a Hampstead Public Library card, please visit and discover how to get one. If you do have a card – thank you!
Register now for the free Google Docs Class at the Hampstead Public Library, which is on Wed., September 18 at 2:00 p.m. Google Docs is a free and cloud-based alternative to Microsoft Word. Participants learn about starting Docs from Gmail, creating a document, auto-save, basic formatting, and more. Advance registration is required via the Upcoming Events calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org. This class is open to the public.
Need general help with your phone, tablet or laptop? Visit the Tech Tutoring session at the Library on Wed., September 18 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. The Tech Librarian can help with things like using the Hoopla app for more free music, movie, and book resources. You can also receive assistance with your FitBit, or tackle those pesky phone and email issues, etc. Drop-in and bring your device and any applicable passwords.
The Hampstead Public Library has a College Application Essay Workshop for on Sat., September 21 at 10:00 a.m. This workshop is free and open to all High School Seniors, regardless of their town of residence. It is a valuable opportunity to supplement what is learned in the classroom. College Admissions Coach Nancy Steenson gives students tips on how to stand out from thousands of other applicants, and further their goal of getting into the college of their choice. Participants discuss how to pick an engaging essay topic that tells their unique story. They also learn about cliché topics to avoid, and the style of writing that is most effective. This workshop is interactive. Participants read and compare sample essays, brainstorm topics, and write. Recommended: bring a fully charged laptop or tablet with power cord. Advance registration is required via the Library’s Upcoming Events Calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org.
On Thurs., September 26 at 7:00 p.m., the Library has a presentation about Planning for Your "Digital Afterlife." Your last will may take care of who gets your possessions, but what about your Facebook account? Or who will be able to access your email account? Hopefully, you won't need to enact such plans anytime soon, but it never hurts to be prepared. Sarah Ambrogi, founder and Managing Partner of Ambrogi Law Office in Manchester, gives a presentation about planning for what happens after you're gone, with a special focus on what can happen to your digital assets after death. She includes information about relevant laws and gives examples. There will be time for Q&A. All are welcome to this free event.
Mark your calendar now, you won’t want to miss author and historian Roxie Zwicker present Spirits of the Granite State; The Ghosts of New Hampshire at the Hampstead Public Library on Wed., October 2 at 7:00 p.m. Roxie is founder of New England Curiosities in Portsmouth, and she has been sharing her stories of New England legends and lore since 1993. This presentation features tales from the White Mountains, to the ghosts of the Seacoast. Journey through haunted woods, find mysterious cemeteries and be captivated by ghostly lighthouses during this virtual journey. You’ll even find out some of the best places to explore spirited happenings. New Hampshire has a lot more than just beautiful scenery, and this presentation will take you there. This event is free and open to the public.