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May Newsletter
Don't Forget: Hank Phillippi Ryan Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30
Poetry Contest Awards Reception
Thursday, May 15, 7:00-9:00. Everyone is welcome to hear award-winning author, balladeer, poet, song-writer, and former Poet Laureate of Portsmouth NH: John Perrault. After his presentation cheer on the award winners of the teen poetry contest as they recite their winning works.  
Why Do Children Do What They Do?
Thursday, May 1, 6:00-8:00.  Sharpen your understanding of your child's behavior.  For parents of children aged 0-8, presented by Maura Letourneau, a certified CSEFEL Model (Center for Social Emotional Foundations in Early Learning), Behavior Consultant and Classroom Coach.  RSVP to Lisa Cheney 978-468-5489  or
In this issue
Understanding Children
Ipswich River
Road Poet Peddlar Bridges
First Fridays series
Digital Device Drop-Ins
Children's Room
MakerBot Mondays
Teen News
Book Clubs
'Times Past' Videos
Ongoing programs
June Dates: Owls & Books


  Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 24 & Monday 26.

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Ipswich River: Lifeblood of Our Communities 
Wednesday, May 21, 7:00.  Wayne Castonguay, Executive Director of the Ipswich Watershed Assoc., will discuss the importance of the Ipswich River to residents of Hamilton, Wenham and surrounding communities with a focus on the history, ecology, and our drinking water supply. The slide show presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion with audience members about the major issues facing the river today and how they impact the communities which depend on the river. Open to the public, bring along a friend.  Full details here.
Cycles 128: A History in Sheet Metal and Chrome.
Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00.  Our own Road Poet, Peddlar Bridges, has gathered together the history of a regional institution.  Filled with anecdotes and technical information as well as grit and heart, join us as Peddlar shares some of the best bits and weaves in stories and poetry from the Road Poet News forums.  It will be an eclectic mix of the inspirational, informative, sure to be filled with the 'song of the open road'.  
'First Fridays' Series
'Mingling Souls Upon Paper' Friday May 2, 10:30. Judith Sargent Stevens was 23 years old, lovely, and intellectually curious. John Murray was a robust 33 year-old man whose charismatic presence dominated the room. But Judith was married; romance with John was out of the question. Instead, Judith hoped they could "surely, and with the strictest propriety, mingle souls upon paper". Using Judith's letters to tell the timeless love story of these two prominent 18th century figures, Bonnie Hurd Smith skillfully brings to life the story of their 14 year friendship, their 27 year marriage, and the many years they supported each others' work with mutual respect and affection. 
All lectures are free and open to the public, generously funded by the Friends of the Library.
Digital Device Drop-Ins
Get help without attitude, sales gimmicks, or a big tutoring bill, every Thursday from 3-4.  Can't get your iPad to load the Library's downloadable ebooks? Kindle app not working on your Nexus?  Our talented team can probably help.  These sessions are typically 1:1, focusing directly on your problem, with librarians Sarah, Amy or Rob. 
Children's Room
Lego-Mania every Wed. 3:00-4:00, through June 11. This program is designed for children in K-5th grade. Come create a masterpiece, share your ideas and designs, work individually or as a team. This is a non-robotics, non competitive program created to share in the joy of Legos. 
Dads & Donuts  Sat. May 10 at 11:00. Celebrate Mothers with a a selection of stories especially for Dads with children ages 2 and older.  The morning concludes with crafting a gift for someone special.
Art Club for preschool and older, Thur. May 22 & June 19 at 3:30. Drop in for a fun art project with Betsy, no experience or registration necessary. 
Spacecraft & Alien Invasion Storytime & Craft Sat. May 31 at 11:00. Read all about UFOs and space adventures and then make a craft!  No registration required, perfect for ages 2 and older.  
Pajamas & Books with Sue Shepard Tuesdays through June 17, 6:30-7:15.  Coordinated Family & Community Engagement of Hamilton-Wenham presents this pajama story time with Sue Shepard. Enjoy a cozy winding down at the end of the day. Spend time with your child enjoying books, music and intentional time together. For parents of children aged 0-5. Children are invited to attend in pajamas and with a favorite stuffed friend. Please register with Lisa: 978-468-5489,

For more information contact Lorraine Der, Children's Librarian at 978-468-5577 or check the Children's Room blog.
Maker Mondays 
Our 3-D printer is a MakerBot Replicator 2 and is available for public use. Please ask at the Reference desk or call 978-468-5577 to schedule time for MakerBot orientation or printing. Chief times are Mondays from 1:00-5:00. Patrons who wish to print must: *have a valid Library card *sign the User Agreement *show the .STL file to be printed *include a description of the project to be printed. There is a nominal fee for print jobs.
Teen Think Tank meets on Thursday, May 1 at 6:30. Stop in to be a part of the future events and happenings for teens.
Be sure to join us at the Poetry Contest Reception on Thursday, May 15 at 7:00. Former Portsmouth, NH Poet Laureate John Perrault is not to be missed, and you can cheer on our contest winners. Bring a friend, too!
The Minecraft Club is run by teens, and welcomes all ages who play well with others. The club meets every Wednesday, 2:30 to 4:30 in the Library.  Bring your own laptop and have an active Minecraft membership, beginners and advanced players are welcome.
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Book Clubs  
Mystery Mayhem meets on the 2nd Tuesday at 10:30. Join us to explore mystery & suspense, can you solve the mini-mystery of the day? The May 13 meeting theme is: "Time for Just One: Great Mystery Story Collections." Swing by for a list of titles. 
Literary Luncheon meets on Tuesday, May 20 at 11:30. The featured title is Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden. "A captivating full-length book derived from a widely read and much beloved New Yorker piece about Wickenden's grandmother and her grandmother's friend who left their affluent East Coast lives to 'rough it' as teachers in the wilds of Colorado". Bring your brown-bag lunch, beverages and dessert will be provided.
Times Past Video Series Goes Digital
Do you remember the Times Past series, produced by William Heitz and Edmund Josephs? With the kind permission of Mr. Heitz, we are uploading the television interviews about Hamilton and Wenham to the Internet Archive. Click here to see what we have uploaded so far. There will be 66 videos in all! These videos have not been tested in all browsers but work well in Mozilla Firefox.
Ongoing Programs
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Infants Group-  Mondays 11-1
Knitting- Mondays 12-2.
Hamilton-Wenham Mothers' Club: Toddlers Group- Wednesdays 10-12
Cribbage- Thursdays 10-12
Bridge- Wednesdays 10-12, and Fridays 1:30-4:30 (some exp. required) 
The Hamilton COA, the Wenham COA and the Friends of the Library invite you to join us for an animal encounter created just for adults:  Eyes on Owls! Friday, June 6 at 10:30.
Poetry for My Daughter with Dorothy Monnelly Tue. June 3, 7:00.
Local Author Gary Larrabee: Sensation at Salem: Babe Saharias's 1954 U.S. Open Victory  Tue. June 10 at 7:00.
Children's One Day Only Booksale: Wed. June 25, 11:00-7:00