HAMPSTEAD — The next free chair yoga class at the Hampstead Public Library is on Tues., April 3 at 4:00 p.m. Men and women are welcome to attend. Participants move at their own pace, sitting, standing or using a chair for support. The instructor is Maggie Morgan, a certified yoga teacher from the Yoga Room in Hampstead.
April is National Poetry Month and the Hampstead Public Library will be celebrating with a free workshop on Tues., April 3 at 6:30 p.m., because everyone can write poetry! Come to discuss the basics of imagery and figures of speech, or delve into the complexities of rhyme and meter in a workshop for all ages and stages of poetry writing. The presenter is Ginger Hurajt, professor of English at Northern Essex Community College, where she teaches Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and other literature courses. Workshop space is limited, so please sign-up at the library's front desk, call 329-6411, or email programsHPL@gmail.com.
The Hampstead Public Library is pleased to have on display the wonderful paintings and color pencil drawings of Mary Ann Manning and Tina Gagnon. You can view their work in the library's second floor meeting room through April 25. Mary Ann works in acrylic, watercolor, and charcoal. Her subjects include vivid still-life subjects, scenes from Wool Day in Canterbury, landscapes, and portraits. Tina's colored pencils capture the very vivid and subtle colors in nature, resulting in a high degree of realism. Her subjects include butterflies, flowers, and animals. Both artists have won several awards for their work. Please come meet the artists at a reception on Sat., April 14, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
The Hampstead Public Library is kicking off the 2012 Spring Read series, featuring the book "Charlotte's Web", with an event about author E.B. White. On Mon., April 16 at 7:00 p.m., Melissa Juchniewicz, professor of Children's Literature at Northern Essex Community College, will lead us on a journey as we explore the twists and turns in White's life on his way to publishing his classic novel. Learning about White and the time in which he wrote will enrich our experience of reading "Charlotte's Web." Even if you don't have the opportunity to read the book, please join us to hear the fascinating anecdotes and tales about Elwyn Brooks White.
A very special quilt is currently exhibited at the Hampstead Public Library, courtesy of Hampstead crafter, Doreen Ayers. This 70" x 86" quilt is a tribute to the Town of Hampstead, and can be found on the library's second floor near the Nonfiction section. Inspired by an "America the Beautiful" pattern she found in a McCall's Quilting magazine, Doreen gathered a variety of materials in reds, blues, golds, and greens to create her Hampstead quilt. On it you can find landmarks such as Town Hall, a school, Ordway Park, the Meeting House, the Police Station, and the library with the Storybook Garden. Doreen Ayers has been quilting for several years and often meets with a local group of quilters. She is also an active member of the Hampstead Garden Club. Please take the time to visit the Hampstead Public Library's second floor and view Doreen's beautiful creation.
The Hampstead Public Library will have Adult Storytime sessions on Fri., April 6 and Fri., April 20, at 10:00 a.m. We will read seasonal books and do a craft. This program is designed for developmentally disabled patrons, but all adults are welcome.
The "Sewing Socialites" meet on the second and fourth Fridays of every month at the Hampstead Public Library. Drop in between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to spend time working on your needlework project, sharing this pastime with others in a congenial atmosphere. Refreshments are available along with conversation and shared experience. Those who do needlework of any form and at any level of expertise are welcome. No sign-up is necessary. April meetings are on April 13 and April 27.