Library Events in Greater Nashua

EDITOR’S NOTE: Library items are submitted by the libraries and are only lightly edited.

NASHUA

Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., 589-4600, carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org, nashualibrary.org.

FAKE NEWS: WHAT’S THE REAL STORY?

Join Randall Mikkelsen at 2 p.m. March 5 at the Nashua Public Library for a nonpartisan discussion on how to understand the social-media-driven news landscape and how to distinguish what’s real and what’s not. Big changes have occurred in how we get news and in how it’s produced. Some of these changes make us better informed, but some require us to be more careful consumers, so we can recognize distortion, propaganda and outright lies.

Mikkelsen has worked as a financial and political journalist with Thomson Reuters since he joined Reuters in 1988. He covered the fall of the Soviet Union, the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the war on terrorism and the financial crisis. Randall was a front-row member of the White House press corps for nearly seven years. He also covered the Justice Department, CIA and other agencies in Washington. He has won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the North Dakota Newspaper Association.

Free and open to the public. Registration not required.

PROGRAMS ABOUT OPIOIDS

On March 23, the Nashua Public Library is sponsoring two events about the opioid epidemic.

From 6-7 p.m., the city of Nashua Division of Public Health will hold a workshop on what substance-use disorder is, how to talk about it, and how to administer Narcan, a drug that can save the life of a person who has overdosed on opioids. Registration is required; go to www.tinyurl.com/npllectures.

At 7 p.m., human relations teacher Lisa Yates will lead a conversation for 18- to 25-year-olds about opioids, addiction and transformation. Young adults are encouraged to come talk about the impact the epidemic has had on their friends and families and what can be done to end it. No registration is required for this program.

Programs for teens

The Nashua Public Library’s teen services staff, Ashlee & Ashlee, have planned awesome events for kids ages 12 to 17 this spring. Teen Tech Week is March 5 to 11, and we’ll have soldering, Arduino, and tech art programs going on. Geeks can come to Anime Club or Random Fandom once a month. Gamers will like Game Time and Minecraft Open Play. Artsy kids should check out monthly Tuesday Crafternoons as well as drop-in crafts during April vacation week.

For more details, go to tinyurl.com/nplteen or call (603) 589-4612.

Kids programs

LIBRARY CRAFT CLASSES NOW START AT AGE 3

Craft classes for kids at the Nashua Public Library now start as young as age 3. The Children’s Room offers Beginner Arts and Crafts Classes for ages 3-5, Creative Craft Classes for ages 6-8 and Tween Crafts for ages 9-11.

Registration for craft classes, Lego Legion, and vacation week events has been simplified; parents no longer need to sign kids up weeks in advance. Simply come to the library on the day of the event and put your name on the list. The first 16 (or 24, depending on the class) children signed up can attend.

No child is too young to visit the library: Babies and Books Storytimes for kids up to 24 months old are held on Thursday mornings. Storytimes and Puppets Shows for all ages are held five times a week.

For all the details go to www.tinyurl.com/nplkid or call (603) 589-4631.

COME FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE WORLD’S MOST STUDIED FIGURES

Students from upper elementary grades through high school can find reliable, accurate information on a vast array of people, from historical figures to today’s newsmakers, in the Nashua Public Library’s Biography in Context. Biography in Context, published online by Gale, contains the life stories of more than 400,000 people from around the world. It includes magazines, journal articles, primary sources, videos, podcasts, and images that are continually updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information. “We are really excited to offer Biography in Context to our community,” said Library Director Jen McCormack. “It makes it so much easier to find reliable information about world-renowned figures. The best part is our users don’t have to stress about sorting through millions of search results to find what they’re looking for.”

Anyone with a Nashua Public Library card can use this resource by visiting nashualibrary.org/explore/research/a-z-resource-list and scrolling down to click Biography in Context.

WINTER EVENTS FOR TEENS

The Nashua Public Library’s new teen librarian, Ashlee Norwood, has planned awesome events for kids ages 12-17 this winter. Geeks can come to Anime Club or Random Fandom once a month. Gamers will like Game Time and Minecraft Open Play. Artsy kids should check out monthly Tuesday Crafternoons.

STORYTIMES

Open Storytimes and Puppet Shows are at 10 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Thursdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. No registration required.

Babies & Books Storytimes are at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Thursdays for ages 13-24 months and 11 a.m. and noon Thursdays for up to 12 months. No registration required.

AMHERST

Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St. 673-2288, library@amherst.lib.nh.us, amherstlibrary.org.

‘ARTFULL’ ADVENTURES SERIES

The Amherst Town Library is very happy to present a six-program series for adults, “Artfull” Adventures. No experience is needed and all supplies are provided. All workshops are free, but registration is required for each program.

1-3 p.m. March 11: “Celebrate Spring! Patel Workshop.”

1-3 p.m. April 1: “Books in Bloom.”

1-3 p.m. May 6: “Colorful Ink Tiles.”

FIFTH ANNUAL TRIVIA NIGHT

The Friends of the Amherst Town Library’s fifth annual Trivia Night will take place March 18 at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club. Make sure to reserve your table soon. Tables of 10 are a steal for $150 and single tickets are $15 each. Dinner will be served from 5:30-7 p.m., accompanied by an extensive prize raffle that benefits the library. Trivia starts at 7, and appetizers and dessert may be ordered between trivia rounds. Sign up now by emailing: 2017trivianight@gmail.com or contact Stephanie Tannariello at 377-0718 or Elizabeth Larson at 769-7039 with questions. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Amherst Town Library.

BROOKLINE

Brookline Public Library, 16 Main St., 673-3330, bplnh.weebly.com or on Facebook at Brookline Public Library, NH.

KRISTIN MARKOWICH TO TALK ABOUT HER PILGRIMAGE ON CAMINO SANTIAGO

The Brookline Public Library will host Hollis resident Kristin Markowich at 6:30 p.m. March 9, when she will share stories and photos of her 44 day, 500 mile trek on the Medieval pilgrimage route Camino Santiago in northern Spain. Every year over a quarter million people undertake this grueling, ancient ritual. Kristin will talk about what prompted her journey, how she prepared, and her experiences on the road; the people, the sites, the food.

There will be time for a question and answer period and light refreshments will be served. Free. Register at the library.

PI (PIE) DAY!

It may be a quirk of how Americans write down dates, but March 14 is 3.14, and any reason to celebrate Pi day with pie is a good reason in our book. So bring a pie at 6:30 p.m. March 14 and celebrate Pi day with us!

HOLLIS

Hollis Social Library, 2 Monument Square, 465-7721, hollislibrary.org.

DIY HOME CLEANING PRODUCTS

Join us at 7 p.m. March 8 or 11:30 a.m. March 9 in the Library Meeting Room as we make homemade and healthy cleaning products. Open to ages 16 and older. Sign-up required.

CHRIS VOLPE ARTIST RECEPTION

A reception for artist Chris Volpe will be held at 2 p.m. March 12 in the Library Meeting Room. Volpe lives in Hollis, and has a studio at large renovated artist building Western Ave Studios in Lowell, Mass. He paints landscapes, primarily, in expressive, tonalist style, influenced by abstract expressionism. The library will host a show displaying a wide range of his work. Light refreshments served. No registration required.

COLLEGE PLANNING SEMINAR

A college planning seminar, hosted by Craig Plummer, will be held at 7 p.m. March 22 in the Library Meeting Room. Sign-up required.

BIRDS OF PREY: NOCTURNAL BIRDS

On The Wing, a rehab and education center specializing in raptors, will present “Birds of Prey: Nocturnal Birds,” at 7 p.m. March 29 at the Lawrence Barn. Come see their amazing birds up close and personal. Learn about their behavior, habitat and hunting skills. They’ll cover tips on what to do in the event of finding an injured bird of prey or a nestling this spring. There will be live owls present at the talk. This program is intended for adults. Children ages 12 and older are welcome. Sign-up required.

SENIOR HOUR

Hollis seniors are invited to come to the library from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (an hour before we officially open our doors) every Wednesday for free coffee and tea, time to read the daily newspapers or current magazines, visit with friends in the Meeting Room, enjoy dedicated time with staff members, find the right book or ask a technical question. No registration required.

Programs for kids

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING

Register for all events at hollislibrary.org or call 465-7721. Registration open two weeks prior to each event.

‘VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’ KIDS YOGA

Have you ever done yoga? Have you ever done yoga to a story? We are going to stretch and grow with the “Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. You are the caterpillar moving through the adventure, beginning as an egg on a leaf and becoming a butterfly! Please dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel. For ages 3-7. Sign-up required.

TEENS MAKING ZINES

Do you like to write, draw, paint, take pictures, or just about anything else that’s creative? Come to the Library Meeting Room at 2 p.m. March 11 and help us put together a little Hollis Social Library ‘zine. Pizza and drinks will be provided. For ages 12 and older. Sign up required.

HUDSON

George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, 886-6030, askus@rodgerslibrary.org, rodgerslibrary.org or rmlnh.org/events.

NEW SUNDAY HOURS

The Rodgers Memorial Library will be open on Sundays from 1-5 p.m., through April 9.

GEOPOLITICS IN TODAY’S WORLD

The Rodgers Memorial Library is offering a new program, Geopolitics in Today’s World. The purpose of this program is to bring awareness of how geography and economics have an influence on politics and on the relations between nations. The sources of the information are obtained from world-wide think-tanks, and established world-wide geopolitical websites. The presentations will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays over 10 weeks through April 5. Presenter John Penasack has been facilitating the popular “Geopolitics and Conflicts” program for the Rivier Institute for Senior Education and will now be bringing this related program to the library. Registration is requested so adequate materials can be prepared. Walk-ins welcome on a space available basis.

ESSENTIAL OILS, NATURAL HEALTH SOLUTIONS

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to improve people’s health and well-being. Learn some properties of essential oils, including how you can use them to help you deal with beating winter blahs and dealing with many symptoms that can come with spring. Presented by Wellness Advocate & Oil Educator Marikaye Garnett at 3 and 7 p.m. March 7 at the Rodgers Memorial Library.

FREE FILMS AT RODGERS MEMORIAL LIBRARY

The Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson hosts two free film series. Second Saturdays is the Free Family Film Festival. Monday Movies are at 2 p.m. See films on our big screen, snacks will be served.

FREE TAX HELP

Volunteers from AARP will be at the library Tuesdays and Saturdays through April 15 to help senior citizens and low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages with their federal tax returns. Tax assistance volunteers do not, however, help prepare Schedule C over $10,000 in expenses, Schedule E, complicated/lengthy Schedule D forms without proper paperwork, or other specialized forms. Taxpayers with complex tax forms are advised to seek paid tax help. Online appointment registration available. Go to rmlnh.org/events or call the library to make an appointment; walk-ins welcome if space is available.

GROUP SINGING

Do you enjoy caroling, songs around the campfire or singing hyms with your congregation? If you do, then group singing is for you. You don’t have to have any talent, just enthusiasm for singing with others, no one will be listening to you alone when the group raises its voice in song. We will have copies of the group singing songbook “Rise Up Singing” available; bring your own copy if you have one. The book has guitar chords with the songs and instruments are welcome. There has been a lot of attention in the press lately to recent studies that suggest that singing boosts your immune system, keeps your memory sharp, lowers stress and anxiety and elevates endorphins. Come get happy and healthy with us as we sing together on the fourth Monday of every month from 1:30-3:30 at the library. This is a drop-in program – come in at any time.

ONGOING CLUBS AND EVENTS

Ongoing clubs and events include the Beading Group (therovingbeaders.com); Cinema Celebration (film line: 816-4535); the Genealogy Club (1:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month); Gaming Day with Play Date N.H. (noon-4 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month), Life Coaching Workshops (7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month); Coloring for Adults (drop in between 1:30-3 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month); Adult Fans of Lego Group (6-8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month) and Evening Book Discussion Group (7-8:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month). Contact the library for details.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Rodgers Memorial Library displays works by local artists in its community meeting room, with the display changing each month. They are currently looking for artists to display their work in 2015. Artists can display on their own or several artists can get together to display their work. Artists are invited to hold a reception if they wish. During the reception, the artist may bring additional works to display and sell. Information: Call Amy or Danny in the Reference Department at 886-2030.

LITCHFIELD

Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Highway, 424-4044, cutler_library@comcast.net, cutlerlibrary.blogspot.com.

TREASURE FROM THE ISLES OF SHOALS

Aaron Cutler Memorial Library has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present “Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History” at 7 p.m. March 28 at the library. Scientific “digs” on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history. Archaeologist Nathan Hamilton has unearthed 300,000 artifacts to-date on this largely uninhabited rock at the Isles of Shoals. Evidence proves prehistoric Native Americans hunted New Hampshire’s only offshore islands 6,000 years ago. Hundreds of European fishermen split, salted, and dried valuable Atlantic cod here from the 1620s. “King Haley” ruled a survivalist kingdom here before Thomas Laighton struck tourist gold when his family took over the region’s first hotel on Smuttynose. Laighton’s daughter, Celia Thaxter, spun poetic tales of ghosts and pirates.

J. Dennis Robinson, a longtime Smuttynose steward and author of “Mystery on the Isles of Shoals,” explores these treasures and the truth behind the legends of Gosport Harbor in this colorful show-and-tell presentation. Free and open to the public.

MERRIMACK

Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, 424-5021, merrimackpl@merrimacklibrary.org, merrimacklibrary.org. Registration for adult events is encouraged and may be required for some events because of space limitations.

AN EVENING OF FROST (ROBERT)

Robert Frost is greatly misunderstood. Certain people … have tried to pigeonhole him, however the man is far more complicated than the surface indicates. Presenter Stephen Collins will discuss Frost and his poems from 7-8:30 p.m. March 14 in the Klumpp Room. As part of the performance, there will be an open discussion of the following poems: “A Tuft of Flowers”, “Mending Wall”, “Birches”, “After Apple Picking”, “Acquainted with the Night”, “Desert Places”. Collins hopes that people will come having read these poems, willing to discuss them. The performance closes with a dramatic reading of Frost’s masterful use of blank verse in the hauntingly memorable “The Death of the Hired Man.” Registration required.

ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION: EXPLORE THE DATABASE

Ancestry Library Edition is a free searchable genealogical database that allows you to trace your ancestors. This is a special edition that is available to use only within the library, which is similar (but not identical) to the consumer version. So come to the library from 6:30-8 p.m. March 7 and learn all of the free resources that are available to you in the Ancestry Library Edition. Registration required for all classes.

Additional classes held noon-1:30 p.m. March 16, 6:30-8 p.m. April 11, noon-1:30 p.m. April 20 and 6:30-8 p.m. May 2.

INTRO TO MICROSOFT WORD

An Intro to Microsoft Word will be held 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. March 17. This class will use videos from the library’s AtomicTraining electronic resource and in person instruction as we move through the selected content. Some basic mouse and keyboarding skills will be necessary for this class. Registration required.

LEARNING APPLE LAPTOPS

Learn how to use an Apple laptop at a workshop held 7-8:30 p.m. March 20 in the Lowell Room. Bringing a laptop is encouraged, but not required. Registratin helpful. Brought to you by the Michael Loverme Memorial Foundation.

MICHAEL LO VERME MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ANNUAL COMPUTER CLINIC

The fifth annual Michael LoVerme Memorial Foundation Computer Clinic will be held 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 25. All services offered free of charge. In addition to answering your general technology questions, they offer personalized, dedicated one-on-one time with a technician! Bring in your computer (or other technological device) and spend time with one of our staff. They’ll work with you to tune up your computer, answer your questions, and troubleshoot any problems you have. Sign up on the library website for an appointment time slot.

MILFORD

Wadleigh Memorial Library, 49 Nashua St., 249-0645, refdesk@wadleighlibrary.org, wadleighlibrary.org. Registration is not required for most of the following free programs.

AARP TAX AIDE

Free tax help will be available at the library from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, through April 13. Appointments are not required.

YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM AND YOUR HEALTH

Join Dr. Deborah Bonfanti from 7:15-8:15 p.m. March 8 for a talk on immune health. She will introduce you to the immune system, helping you to understand how it works and why it is important for helping to maintain the most optimal level of health. What feels worse than the spring flu? Learn simple ways that you can keep your immune system primed and ready to fight off those pesky germs that will try to make you sick this spring!

Dr. Bonfanti is a state-licensed Naturopathic Physician, practicing in Amherst. She sees patients of all ages and conditions. Whether it is endocrine disorders, male/female infertility, autoimmune disorders, digestive disorders, allergies, weight management, dermatological conditions, fatigue, co-management of care in oncology, and so on, she provides a comprehensive intake in order to assess which would be the best and most effective course of action for each individual patient she sees. She utilizes a myriad of modalities, including, but not limited to, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, nutraceuticals, nutrition and homeopathy. Information: HopeNDNH.com.

MORNING BOOK GROUP

The Morning Book Group will meet 10-11:15 a.m. March 9 to discuss “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. Copies available at the Main Desk. Newcomers welcome.

CREATING A HAPPY & FUN LIFE FOR YOUR CAT

Ever wondered what your cat likes; if you’re giving them what they want and need as a feline companion? This lecture, held 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 11, will focus on having a behaviorally healthy cat by offering your feline friend the things they like from a cat’s point of view and helping them to truly act out their feline ways. Monique Chretien is an Animal Behavior Consultant. Her pet behavior services provides behavior help for dogs, cats and horses in Dracut, Mass. and surrounding areas.

HISTORY BOOK CLUB

The History Book Club will meet 6:30-8 p.m. March 15 to discuss “The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11” by Lawrence Wright. Copies available at the Main Desk. Newcomers welcome.

Programs for teens

ONGOING TEEN PROGRAMS (grades 6-12)

Ongoing teen programs include: Doctor Who Fan Club (March 7), Teen Anime Club (March 14), Teen and Tween Yoga (March 8), Grades 6-8 Book Club (March 21) and Teen Writers Group (March 15).

Programs for kids

If you have registered for any children’s program and are unable to attend, please let the library know as soon as possible so they can free up the space for another child.

YOGA TIME

Join Miss Letty from 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 21 for Yoga Time. We’ll be combining books and yoga for some flexible fun. Yoga and meditation are proven to help manage stress, gain flexibility, improve ability to focus, and give a sense of overall wellbeing. Wear comfy clothing. For grades 2-5. Registration required.

ONGOING CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Ongoing children’s programs include a Lego Party (March 16); Read to Your Librarian; Grades 2-5 Book Group; Grades 2 and 3 Book Group (March 6); Grades 4 and 5 Bookgroup (March 13); PAWS to Read (sign up to read to a certified therapy pet on March 11); Wadleigh Writer Wednesdays for grades 4-6(March 8); Makerspace (March 10); Lego Party (March 16) and Storydance. Contact the library for details.

STORYTIMES

Toddler Tales meets 9:45-11 a.m. Mondays. For 2-year-olds. No registration required.

Little Listeners meets 10:30-11 a.m. Mondays. For 3-year-olds. No registration necessary.

Baby Lapsit is from 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays. No registration necessary.

Storytime Stars is from 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays and 10-11 a.m. Thursdays. Registration required.

MONT VERNON

Daland Memorial Library, 5 North Main St., 673-7888, dalandlibrary.wordpress.com.

PINS AND NEEDLES

Join Ana Barrett from 6:30-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month for a night of communal crafting with the Pins and Needles knitting and crafting group. Adults and children 8 and older are welcome.

WILTON

Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Road, 654-2581, wiltonlibrarynh.org.

COCOA AND COLORING

Stop by the library from 6-8 p.m. March 15 for some cocoa, conversation and coloring. We will have supplies and a tasty cocoa bar with plenty of fixings.

LIBRARY CLOSING

The library will close at 5 p.m. March 16 for town meeting.

Children’s Programs

STORYTIMES

Book Buddies meet at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Storytime, songs and a craft. Ages 3-5. Siblings welcome.

Mother Goose Storytime meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Ages 3 and younger. Short stories with rhyming texts,songs, bouncy rhymes and play. Caregiver interaction is encouraged and siblings are welcome.

Family Storytime meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. All Ages. An evening storytime for families – we will read books and work together to make a craft.

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