HAMPTON — The Lane Memorial Library is hosting an outdoor summer concert with musician “Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe, a special storytime with the NHSPCA and other summer programs.
Learn first aid for pets
The library will host “Help! How to Provide First Aid for Your Pets” on Wednesday, July 21, 12:30 p.m. at the Summer Pavilion. Staff from the Lafayette Animal Hospital in Portsmouth will be on hand with their “patient” dog volunteer to help residents learn how to care for their four-footed friends. Learn how to recognize when home care is possible and when to call the vet, as well as ways to manage and treat common emergencies. Registration is required and can be completed on the library’s website.
“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe to perform
He’s been a newspaper editor, an ethnomusicologist, an author, a tall ship captain, an outdoor leader and an award-winning music producer. He’s been called “The Mark Twain of traditional American music,” and has traveled more than a million miles on the back roads of our nation, gathering, learning, singing and promoting the music of our diverse cultural experience.
He’s “Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe, and you don’t want to miss him when he comes to town on Saturday, July 24, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. for a free family-style outdoor concert at the library.
Now a resident of Massachusetts, with roots in Virginia and Tennessee, Jack brings his piano, guitar, fiddle, voice, wit and wisdom with him wherever he goes.
He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime & stride piano, and a powerful singer of songs from the “Great American Folk Scare” of the 1950s and ’60s. He also accompanies himself on the guitar and fiddle.
Special storytime with NHSPCA
Before the concert, families are welcome to come for a special storytime with the NHSPCA educator Miss Elizabeth Perkins on Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. In addition to reading a story, talking about taking good care of animals, and answering questions, Miss Elizabeth will bring her dog Ruby for all to meet. This event is great for those aged 3-7. Registration is required.
Senior game outings
Senior residents of Hampton are invited to the library’s Summer Pavilion for tabletop games on Mondays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have a group you like to play with? You’re welcome to meet at one of the library’s tables. The library will have limited supplies for a variety of card games and board games or bring your own supplies. These hours will be free and open to all. Please note that on Wednesday, July 21 the library is scheduled to host its Pet First Aid demonstration at 12:30 p.m. Senior tabletop games will not occur Wednesday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Activities for teens
Teen Summer Activities Session continues at the library’s Pavilion in July on Fridays at 12 p.m. On Friday, July 23, teens can learn needle felting and make a cute animal. There is no registration for this free event. All supplies are provided.
Summer Storytimes with Ms. Paulina and Ms. Wendy
Summer Storytimes with Ms. Paulina and Ms. Wendy will be weekly every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. until August 6. Summer storytimes are for all ages. Register online to read some fun books, sing some songs, and bubbles.
Take a walk. Read a book. From July 6 to August 14, the library will host a StoryWalk at Marston School. Have an adventure! Read “Ruby’s Birds” by Maya Thompson while you take a walk on the Marston School trail. Take a picture of your family participating and send it to the library online via social media or email [email protected]
Summer of reading
Summer at Lane Library will be filled with fantastic books, amazing activities, prizes, and new experiences. Enjoy the many benefits that the library offers Hampton over the course of the summer. All ages can participate to win great prizes. Adult patrons who finish a tracking card will be able to redeem it at Blue Harbor Coffee or Huckleberry’s Candies for a prize. Teens can Read, Learn, and Explore for $3 Marelli’s Candy Bags, $5 Dunkin Donuts Gift Card, or $5 Stillwell’s Ice Cream. Children can earn a $3 Marelli’s Candy Bag, tags, beads, and a stuffed animal by completing a fun bingo card.
All summer reading programs are underwritten financially by the generous support of the Friends of Lane Memorial Library. Library prizes are generously sponsored by Blue Harbor Coffee & Huckleberry’s Candies. Check the Lane Memorial Library’s website for complete program information and to register for all events. The Lane Memorial Library welcomes full-time community residents, local business partners, and summer travelers to all their events. For more information visit www.lanememoriallibrary.org or call 603-926-3368.
Reserve the Pavilion
The pavilion can be reserved during times when library events are not occurring between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Booking can be arranged by contacting the library directly at 603-926-3368. Reservations are guided by the Pavilion Use Policy available on the library website.