HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Public Library’s Big Annual Book Sale is coming! It opens on Fri., August 23 and runs through Wed., August 28 during regular library hours. Most prices are between twenty-five cents and $2.00. Sale items include children’s books, teen novels, adult books, fiction and nonfiction, newer books and older books. In addition, there is also a selection of audiobooks, music, movies, and more. The money raised from this event is used to purchase new materials and augment the budget, so the Library can continue to provide patrons with the latest services and resources. Visit www.HampsteadLibrary.org for hours and directions.

Please note the Library is not accepting donations of any materials now until October 1. As an alternative, try Goodwill, Savers, or Salvation Army. You can also put paperback books with your recycling, which is a good alternative especially if they are old, moldy, ripped, etc.

The Hampstead Public Library’s Nonfiction Book Club is reading “Sons and Soldiers: the Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler” by Bruce Henderson. Copies of the book are now available to borrow, and all readers are welcome to the discussion on Tues., September 3 at 1:00 p.m. Bestselling author Henderson captures the heartbreaking stories of parents choosing to send their young sons away to uncertain futures in America, perhaps never to see them again. As these boys became young men, they were determined to join the fight in Europe. Henderson describes how they were recruited into the U.S. Army and how their unique mastery of the German language and psychology was put to use to interrogate German prisoners of war. “Sons and Soldiers” is an epic story of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten.

New this fall, the Library is making a small change to the Storytime program for three to five year-old children. Registration is requested for each three-month session. The fall session is on Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for the months of September, October, and November. Storytime themes during this period will include reading, ABCs, apples, pumpkins, family, food, and more. Please register online via the Upcoming Events calendar on www.HampsteadLibrary.org. The first Fall Storytime is on Fri., September 6 at 10:00 am. Call 603-329-6411 or email dvancuren@hampsteadlibrary.org if you would like further information.

The Elaine David Thrift Shop is having a $1.00 Sale on Sat., August 24 and Tues., August 27. All items (except some jewelry) can be purchased for a dollar. Stock includes clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children. The Shop is open to the public and hours are Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. It is located in the Hampstead Public Library at 9 Mary E. Clark Drive in Hampstead, near the intersection of Routes 111 and 121/Stage Road. The Shop will be closed for restocking on Sat., August 31 and Tues., September 3. It will reopen on Sat., September 7 with fall clothing.

The Friends of the Hampstead Public Library open their new season of programming on Tues., September 10 at 6:30 p.m. with a delightful cooking program featuring Chef Liz Barbour. Liz is also a gardener, cooking instructor, and author. She’ll present Feasting From Our Local Farms; the Benefits of Eating Locally. The modern movement of eating locally grown and raised seasonal fare has its roots deeply planted in our historic kitchens. Chef Barbour explores our modern journey back to the local farm with a discussion about the benefits of buying locally and eating within the season. Enjoy a slide presentation, followed by a cooking demonstration of two seasonal recipes, with a small sample for all. Farm fresh ingredients never tasted so good! Advance registration is required, please visit the Library to pick up your event ticket, or call 603-329-6411 for information.



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