HAMPSTEAD —The Hampstead Public Library is screening a special preview of the American Experience and PBS documentary mini-series “Chasing the Moon” on Thurs., June 13 at 12:00 p.m., and again on Tues., June 18 at 7:00 pm. “Chasing the Moon” upends much of the conventional mythology surrounding the race to the moon. The creators have used archival footage including previously lost or overlooked materials, including new interviews featuring a diverse group of people who played key roles in these historic events. The Library is showing a preview clip about 1968, a volatile time when the country is rife with social struggles and the Soviets advanced their own space program. NASA kept pushing forward and by the end of the year, showed the nation and the world something it had never seen before. Join us in this celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. There will be light refreshments, and a brief discussion afterwards for all who are interested.
On Wed., June 19 at 7:00 pm, the Library hosts a Meet the Romance Novelists event, featuring local authors Stephanie Queen, Kari Lemor, Suzanne Eglington, and Andy Ramos. Learn the secrets of the trade and find your Summer Beach Reads. Take a look behind the scenes to learn about what it takes to put a romance novel together. If you are curious about writing a romance, or any type of novel, visit and ask questions. Visitors might win a basket full of goodies including books, chocolates, gift cards and surprises!
The Library has a free Microsoft Excel Shortcuts Class on Wed., June 19 at 2:00 p.m. Learn ten shortcuts that will help make your work in Excel faster and easier. Computers are provided. Please register in advance via the Upcoming Events calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org.
Need assistance with your phone, tablet, or fitness tracker? Visit the Library’s Tech Tutoring session on Wed., June 19 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. and bring your questions, device and any applicable passwords. If you cannot attend this drop-in session, please call 603-329-6411 and make an appointment for another time.
The Children’s Summer Reading Program opening event is Life as an Astronaut, on Fri., June 21 at 1:00 p.m. An educator from the McAuliffe Shephard Discovery Center teaches about life aboard the International Space Station. Through a combination of NASA videos, visual and hands-on demonstrations, you’ll learn about what astronauts eat, how they adjust to micro-gravity, how they train, and what they do all day in space.
Rising High School Seniors should not miss an opportunity for a free College Application Essay Workshop on Sat., June 22 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hampstead Public Library. Expand on what you have learned in the classroom with the help of College Admissions Coach Nancy Steenson. Discuss how to pick an engaging topic, tell your unique story, and avoid clichés. In this interactive workshop, learn the most effective style of writing, discuss the Common Application essay prompts, and do some writing. Leave with an idea of how to stand out from thousands of other applicants by writing an essay that captures the attention of admissions officers. You do not need to be a Hampstead resident to attend. Please register in advance via the Upcoming Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org.
On Mon., June 24 at 1:00 p.m., children in grades K-4 make Galaxy Jar Necklaces at the Library. Learn about galaxies, nebulae, and interstellar space gas. Then participants create a mini galaxy in a bottle necklace. Please register in advance via the Upcoming Events Calendar on HampsteadLibrary.org.