HAMPSTEAD — It’s time to make Valentine Cards for Soldiers at the Hampstead Public Library. Drop-in and visit the card craft table near the front desk. Choose pre-made cards or make your own to send Valentine cheer to soldiers serving overseas. You can also create/fill-out your cards at home, and bring them to the Library. These cards will go in packages sent out by the Pease Greeters. The deadline for Valentine cards for soldiers is Sat., January 18.

The Elaine David Thrift Shop at the Hampstead Public Library is having a Winter Dollar Sale on Sat., January 18, Tues., January 21, and Sat., January 25. Everything is being sold for $1.00 each, except some pieces of jewelry and décor. The Shop has clothing for men, women, and children. As well as jackets, shoes, handbags, toys, and puzzles.

The Library is closed on Mon., January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. / Civil Rights Day. Library patrons are reminded to pick up any materials they need and museum passes reserved for that Sunday and Monday, by 2:00 p.m. on Sat., January 18. All online classes, downloadable materials, and research resources are available 24/7 via www.HampsteadLibrary.org.

The Library Board of Trustees meets on Tues., January 21 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss Library business. The public is welcome to attend. If you have any questions or concerns about the meeting, please contact Library Director Rosemary Krol at 603-329-6411 or director@hampsteadlibrary.org.

Children in grades K through 4 can register now for a Frozen Afternoon at the Library on Wed., January 22 at 4:00 p.m. Chill out with winter books and icy crafts. Sign-up via the Events Calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org.

Children and their parents or caregivers are invited to a special Yoga Class at the Library on Thurs., January 23 at 6:00 p.m. Balancing Bear Yoga brings this 45-minute class to the Library, so that children can discover the magic of yoga through games, music, movement, breathing, and more. It’s a great way to connect with parents and other children. No yoga experience is needed. The class content is geared toward ages 3-7, however, all children are welcome. Please bring a yoga/exercise mat. Water is also recommended. This class is sponsored by the Hampstead Mothers’ Club.

On Tues., January 28 at 6:30 p.m., Health Coach Maria Kuhl gives a presentation about Good Gut Health at the Hampstead Public Library. Start your new year out right, learn how to get back to a healthy diet after the holidays. Learn what ‘good gut health’ is and why it’s so important to maintain. Discover ways to improve your health. Maria Kuhl is a certified Health and Life Coach. She has an A.S. in Food Science and Nutrition, B.S. in Health Science and an M.S. in Management. She is the owner of Empowered You, a coaching service company in Hampstead.

The Nonfiction Book Club is reading “Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia” by Christina Thompson. Copies of the book are available to borrow and all readers are welcome to the discussion on Tues., February 4 at 1:00 p.m. For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. How did the earliest Polynesians find and colonize these far-flung islands? How did people without writing or metal tools conquer the largest ocean in the world? This conundrum, which came to be known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, emerged in the eighteenth century as one of the great geographical mysteries of mankind. A masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, “Sea People” combines the thrill of exploration with the drama of discovery in a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world.



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