Bears, games and reading books at HPL | Libraries

HAMPSTEAD —The Hampstead Public Library renovation of the Children’s Space takes place soon! The entire children’s area is closed from Monday April 25 to the end of May. This includes all book and DVD shelves, as well as the children’s program room. A limited number of picture books (e-books) and Early Reader books can be found in other areas on the first floor. Between April 11 and April 23, families can check out as many books and movies as they want, and the due date won’t be until May 31. Creature crates, games, STEM kits, microscopes, and other tools and toys will continue to be available. when closing the section.

All are welcome to a presentation on black bears at the Hampstead Public Library on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 p.m. The presenter is Don Allen, a fish and wildlife steward with the NH Fish & Game Department. NH’s black bear population has returned after being greatly depleted in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Now they can be found in every county in the state. Don Allen tells us all about these majestic creatures and answers your bear questions. Please register in advance via the events calendar on or call 603-329-6411. The next of the Library Teen game night is Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m. This event is open to all middle and high school students. There are a variety of games available, including board games, cards, role-playing games and the Wii. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own games from home.

The last Spring story time the session is Monday, April 18 at 10 a.m. Sing, move and read in the upstairs meeting room with Miss Jenn. There is a craft to take away for participants. Please note that we will be taking a break from story time after this session as we prepare to complete the renovation of the Children’s Zone and Program Room. Story time will return this summer.

For the next month, book clubs at Hampstead Public Library are focusing on titles related to the 2022 community reading theme: “Bitter Injustice, The Internment of Japanese Americans in World War II.” The Third Thursday Book Club’s discussion of “They treated us as enemies” is April 21 at 1 p.m. This memoir in the form of a graphic novel chronicles the childhood of actor/author/activist George Takei imprisoned in American concentration camps during World War II.

The Hampstead Public Library Nonfiction Book Club discusses “Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese-American Heroes of World War II” by Daniel James Brown on Tuesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. This book is about the patriotism and courage of the Japanese U.S. Army Special Unit who overcame brutal obstacles in Europe, while their families are incarcerated in camps back home .

The library also has discussions on “Hotel at the corner of bitter and sweet” by Jamie Ford on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, May 19 at 1 p.m. Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and the Japanese American internment camps of the era, this novel tells the heartwarming story of the widower Henry Lee, his father and his first love Keiko Okabe. All readers are welcome to the discussions. Copies of these books are available at the library. Discover the effects of climate change on health through the NH Health Workers for Climate Action Wed., April 27 at 7 p.m. This is a virtual event. Please register in advance via the events calendar on to receive the Zoom link. Presenter Cynthia Nicholas has a background in conservation biology and currently works as a nurse care manager. She is passionate about finding ways to help mitigate the environmental and health impacts of climate change and contribute to more resilient, equitable and environmentally responsible communities.

Parents and guardians of preschoolers, have you tried the 1000 books before kindergarten program? The aims are to promote reading among newborns, infants and toddlers, and to encourage bonding through reading. Early reading is associated as an indicator of future academic success. The challenge is a manageable effort. Read any book with your child (multiple readings of the same book count each time) with the goal of reading 1,000 by kindergarten. You can now register online and track books through a computer or an app on a mobile device. Find information about If you prefer a paper tracking method, the library has 100-book sheets to mark progress. For 100 books read, a prize is won starting with a canvas satchel!

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