Thursday, September 13, 2018

“An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” at Leach Library

On Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m., Rob Velella will present
“An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” at Leach Library.

Mr. Velella is an independent literary historian and playwright specializing in American literature of the 19th century.  Through public lectures, dramatic readings, scholarly publications, museum exhibitions, and tours, he has attempted to bring the writers of yesterday back to the readers of today.  His living history performances have been featured on National Public Radio and the LA Review of Books.

Join us as Mr. Velella brings Edgar Allan Poe to life.  Mr. Velella’s sympathetic portrayal of the complicated writer/editor/critic/genius is based on 15+ years of study of the author and his writings.  In addition to reading from both trademark and lesser-known works, he will explain the process of writing and the meaning behind Poe’s tales and poems.

This program is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals.  It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room.  Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Upcoming Children's Room Program


“Father Goose’s Tales Puppet Show”
Join Jim Napolitano at the Leach Library for a shadow puppet show full of silly singing fun on Monday, September 24 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. There is trouble in the nursery, Mother Goose has taken the day off and Father Goose must do all her chores, including the storytelling. Try as he might, Father Goose just can’t get the stories right. Father Goose’s Tales is a modern retelling of nursery rhymes, stories and children’s songs that will entertain the whole family. This entertaining program is open to 90 participants of all ages and advance registration is required. To register, stop by the Children’s Room, or call 432-1127 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 17.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Upcoming Children's Room Programs

“Create a Craft”
In the month of September, the Leach Library Children’s Room will be offering a new fun craft each week. At the start of each week, the library will provide supplies for a new, creative craft and place them in the box on the spotlight shelf for patrons to create. A new craft may be picked up each week starting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday 9/4, and Monday 9/10, 9/17 and 9/24.

“Delve into Knowledge”
In the month of September, Leach Library Children’s Room will be offering an exciting weekly trivia challenge. Stop by the Children’s Room desk to answer our special trivia challenge question. If you are not sure of the answer, use one of our books or the Internet to help you. All answers will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a cool prize. A new trivia challenge will be available each week starting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday 9/4, and Monday 9/10, 9/17 and 9/24.

“This is My House”
Come to the Leach Library on Monday, September 10 from
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. to explore the many different places that people and animals make into a home. From a treehouse in the backyard, to a cave deep underground, audience members never know where the next home will be found. We will have a fun matching game to match animals to their homes. Each participant will leave with an inflatable hammer. One lucky participant will win a cardboard barn playhouse to take home, decorate and build! This exciting program is open to 90 participants of all ages and advance registration is required. To register, stop by the Children’s Room, or call 432-1127 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4.

Fall Session 1 Programs:
The Leach Library Children’s Room will be offering the following programs as part of Fall Session 1: Craft Time; Shake, Move & Read; and Toddler Time. Fall Session 1 will start September 12 and end October 4. Advance registration is required. To register, stop by the Children’s Room, or call 432-1127 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4.

“Craft Time” Calling all children! Children of all ages are invited to the Leach Library to explore their creative side. Each week, participants will discover a different fun craft to make using a variety of materials. Meets on Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Advance registration is required. Meeting dates are: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26 and 10/3.
“Shake, Move & Read” This engaging program held at the Leach Library is open to participants of all ages. Each week, participants will energetically explore a different theme using songs, fantastic finger plays, a story and a simple craft. From the opening welcome song to the final finger play, participants will be moving and grooving the afternoon away. This exhilarating and fun-filled program will be held on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. Advance registration is required. Meeting dates are: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26 and 10/3.
“Toddler Time” This Leach Library program is open to children ages 2 & 3. Children attend with their parents and enjoy a fun half-hour of thematic stories, games, songs and a simple craft. Meets on Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Advance registration is required. Meeting dates are: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 and 10/4.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Leach Library to Host “John Winant: New Hampshire Man of the World”


On Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m., the Leach Library will offer the program “John Winant: New Hampshire Man of the World” by Richard Hesse.

Richard Hesse is currently Professor Emeritus at the UNH School of Law.  He has published on a variety of legal and ethical topics.  His academic concentration is on state and federal constitutional law and international human rights.

Join Mr. Hesse as he examines the life and impact of John G. Winant.  A three-time governor of New Hampshire, Mr. Winant went on to serve the nation in several capacities on the national and international level.  In the process, he became a hero to the British in World War II as well as the common man throughout the developed world.

This program is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 90 individuals.  It will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room.  Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Finale Festivities for the Children’s Summer Reading Program

“Finale Festivities!!”
This year we will be winding down our summer with a week of special programs.  Advance registration for these special programs is required. To register, stop by the Children’s Room, or call 432-1127. The event schedule will be as follows:

“Hide and Seek”
Play Hide and Seek at the Leach Library on Monday, August 6 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. This fun-filled program is more than meets the eye. Throughout this exciting program, participants will hear stories of animals that blend in with their surroundings. Participants will also hear stories of hide and seek games that took a silly turn. All participants will leave with a camouflage bucket hat to help commemorate the day. Registration is required and begins the Thursday prior to the program.

“Island Breeze”
Relax and enjoy an Island Breeze at the Leach Library on Tuesday, August 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. During this program, we will hear stories of sun and sand, surf and sea. Participants can learn some Hawaiian words and even get to do a fun tropical dance. Each participant will leave with a watermelon beach ball. Registration is required and begins the Thursday prior to the program.

“Avian Adventure”
Join Animal Adventures for an Avian Adventure at the Leach Library on Wednesday, August 8 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. During this exciting program, participants will encounter fascinating birds and other animals, and learn about their characteristics, habitats, and other interesting facts. There will be a chance to interact with some of our animal visitors, and those participants who wish to, may even have a chance to touch some of the animals. Animal visitors may include a Sunday Conure, Cockatoo, and Eurasian eagle owl (live animals). Registration is required and begins the Thursday prior to the program.

“Yo-yos, Music and Dance”
Brett “Ooch” Outchcunis will be at the Leach Library on Thursday, August 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with his Yo-yos, Music and Dance program. In this fun-filled program, Brett combines his three favorite things, yo-yos, music and dance. During the first part of the program, audience members will be amazed by Brett’s awe-inspiring tricks. Thereafter, it’s time to dance! Brett will lead participants through a range of different types of dancing. From line dances and follow along, to the freeze dance, this energetic program will put smiles on everyone’s face. Registration is required and begins the Thursday prior to the program.
                                                                                                                                                           
Those who haven’t yet reached their goal are still invited to attend the special programs. They can pick up their prize bag from the Children’s Room once they have reached their goal, ending on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Children's Summer Reading Programs

“Summer Fun Book Bingo”
Visit the Leach Library on Monday, July 30 from
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to play a fun picture version of the popular game. Every participant will win and be able to choose books from our special selection table. Registration is required and begins the Thursday prior to the program.
“Story Time – Forest frolic”
Stroll on into the Leach Library on Tuesday, July 31 from
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. to explore the many wonders of the forest. Patrons of all ages are invited to an energetic half-hour program of exciting stories, frolicking finger plays, and sensational songs. Each week, one lucky patron will win a special raffle prize. No registration is required for this drop-in program.
“Family Fun Magicpalooza”
Come to the Leach Library on Wednesday, August 1 from             11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for an interactive, fun-filled magic show. Join magician Lon Cerel as he performs incredible feats of magic. Filled with lots of audience participation and the appearance of a live bunny, participants will leave with a smile. Those participants who wish to will have a chance to go home with a balloon sculpture (live animal). Registration is required and begins the Thursday prior to the program.
“Craft Time – Design our own songbird mobile”
Come to the Leach Library on Thursday, August 2 from
10:00 – 10:45 a.m., or 1:00 – 1:45 p.m., to create your own mobile. During this program, patrons will be able to create their own mobile using a variety of materials, including feathers and markers. Each session is open to 70 participants. Registration is required and begins the Thursday prior to the program.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

“Escape the Tide Pool” at Leach Library


Have you ever wanted to try an escape room?  During select dates in August, the Leach Library will present the “Escape the Tide Pool” challenge for adults.

The lower-level meeting room will be transformed into a seaside lair during sessions on Monday, August 20, Tuesday, August 21, Thursday, August 23, and Saturday, August 25.  Solve all riddles and puzzles within the 60-minute timeframe to escape the tide pool or be swept out to sea!  Groups of 4-6 adult participants (ages 18 and older) will follow clues to investigate the tide pool, conquer the kelp forest, hunt for treasure, battle the surf, and more.  All participants will win a prize from the treasure chest.

This special event is free and open to adult library cardholders.  Adults without a library card can also participate by providing a valid driver’s license.  Advance registration is required and available first come, first serve.  Smaller groups may need to be combined for scheduling purposes.  For additional information or to register for a time slot, call the library at 432-1132.