Monday, September 9, 2013

Find Your Inner Muse

Write, sing, draw, dance, act, play an instrument.

Find what inspires you to be creative in the arts.

And if you need a little help, we have some books to lend a hand. Just a few examples:


  • One Drawing a Day: a 6-week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media
  • Everything About Theater
  • Take Ten for Writers: 1000 Inspiring Exercises
  • Writing Better Lyrics

The displayed books are just a few of what we have, so be sure to check the regular shelves too.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Rescue Missions: People, Pets, Penguins and more

The 2nd floor adult non-fiction display has a new topic for you to explore. Rescue Missions: People, Pets, Penguins and more!  Books such as:


  • 33 men : inside the miraculous survival and dramatic rescue of the Chilean miners
  • Lost in Shangri-la : a true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of World War II 
  • Somewhere inside : one sister's captivity in North Korea and the other's fight to bring her home


  • One dog at a time : saving the strays of Afghanistan
  • The parrot who owns me : the story of a relationship 
  • To the rescue : found dogs with a mission



  • The great penguin rescue : 40,000 penguins, a devastating oil spill, and the inspiring story of the world's largest animal rescue 

and more!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival 2013

There were over 50 authors at this past weekend’s Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival. Writing for adults, young adults and children, there was something for everyone. I hope some of you got to attend. I've gone through the list of authors and the books they were reading/discussing and we have 17 of them. Many of the fiction and non-fiction authors, fewer (ok, just one) of the poets. 

  • Linda Barnes – Perfect Ghost (plus many other titles -  Fiction)
  • Mira Bartok – The Memory Place (Biography) 
  • Nicole Bernier – Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D (Fiction)
  • Christopher Bonanos – Instant: The Story of Polaroid (Non-fiction)
  • Rafael Campo – The Healing Art: A Doctor’s Black Bag of Poetry (Non-fiction)
  • Stephanie Cowell – Claude & Camille (Fiction)
  • Junot Diaz – This is How You Lose Her (plus other titles – Fiction & CD)
  • Andre Dubus III – previewing Dirty Love (due out fall ’13…we have earlier works in fiction and non-fiction)
  • Lisa Genova – Love Anthony (plus many other titles – Fiction)
  • Ethan Gilsdorf -  Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role  Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms (Non-fiction)
  • Stuart Isacoff  - A Natural History of the Piano (Non-fiction)
  • William Landay – Defending Jacob (Fiction)
  • Erin Byers Murray – Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm (Non-fiction)
  • Matthew Quick – Silver Linings Playbook (Book on CD)
  • B. A. Shapiro – The Art Forger (Fiction)
  • Anne Easter Smith – Queen By Right (Fiction)
  • Steve Yarbrough – previewing The Realm of Last Chance (due out this summer...we have earlier novel The End of California) 

Check our catalog for current availability. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Memoirs - real life stories, because everyone has story to tell.

The 2nd floor display is now filled with memoirs by people from all walks of life. Come see for yourself during your next visit to the library. Or check out the featured books section of our online catalog.

Hampstead Public Library Catalog

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month and here at the library we’re celebrating with a display of wonderful books by and about women and their history.

Here are just a few of the titles you can find at the 2nd floor display area:

  America's women : four hundred years of dolls, drudges, helpmates, and heroines / Gail Collins

  Juliette Gordon Low : the remarkable founder of the Girl Scouts / Stacy A. Cordery.

  Living history / Hillary Rodham Clinton

  No higher honor : a memoir of my years in Washington / Condoleezza Rice.

  Marathon woman : running the race to revolutionize women's sports / Kathrine Switzer.

  Sonia Sotomayor : the true American dream / Antonia Felix.

  Silent spring / Rachel Carson

Friday, January 11, 2013

Did you make New Year's Resolutions?

Did your New Year’s Resolutions include any of the following?

Exercise more and eat healthier?
Get out of debt?
Find a new job?
Be more organized?
Have family dinners?
Find time to volunteer?
Learn to relax and de-stress?
Finish all those half-started home improvement projects?
Learn a new instrument, to play chess, or draw?
Start writing the great American novel?

The 2nd floor display area has books on these topics and more to help you make 2013 the year you follow through on any or all of those resolutions you've made. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Author visit at Hampstead Public Library Nov 8

Come to the Hampstead Public Library on Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 to meet Hilary Weisman Graham, author of the new young adult book "Reunited". Ask Hilary about her career as an author, filmmaker and screenwriter. Eat pizza and ice cream. Bring a friend (or ex-friend) and you will have a chance to win an autographed copy of "Reunited". Learn more about the book and Hilary at Any questions or for more information on the program call 329-6411 or email

Hilary Weisman Graham is a Francestown, NH-based screenwriter, Emmy-nominated TV producer, filmmaker, and the author of Reunited (Simon & Schuster), her debut young adult novel. You may recognize Hilary from her stint as a contestant on the 2007 Mark Burnett/Steven Spielberg-produced reality show On the Lot: The Search for America’s Next Great Director. Out of a pool of 12,000 submissions, Hilary made it onto the show as one of the eighteen finalists and stayed in the competition until only nine contestants remained, making her the longest-standing female director. Visit her at:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Nashua Coin Club makes a great donation to HPL

We would like to send a special thanks to the Nashua Coin Club for generously donating 5 books about coin collecting to our library.

These titles will be available shortly:
"The Official Red Book: Guidebook of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels"
"Strike It Rich with Pocket Change"
"The Official Red Book: Guidebook of Washington and State Quarters"
"The Official Red Book: Guidebook of Lincoln Cents"
"Helpful Hints for Enjoying Coin Collecting"

You can learn more about the club here on their website:
We have many books on coin collecting, and these new ones bring us quite up to date!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Celebrating Julia Child

August 15th, 2012 would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday! The library has some great materials to learn about her life and her role in expanding the palate of the American public. 

"Julie & Julia", both the film and the novel, are fun introductions to her cooking experiences.

"My Life in France": In her own words, here is the captivating story of Julia Child's years in France, where she fell in love with French food and found 'her true calling.' From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly soigné meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn't speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu.

Come in and learn about how she revolutionized the 'cooking show' phenomena. Have you seen any of the shows from her 70's PBS broadcasts? They're wonderful and hilarious!

Boeuf Bourguignon:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Transparent Language Online available now!

How long have you wanted to learn a new language or brush up on one you learned years ago?  The library can help with that!  Since May 1st we have been offering the online language learning tool, "Transparent Language.”  Over 80 languages are available and you can access them on your own computer. There is even a mobile app to continue lessons via your phone!  Great for students and adults, this program offers top-of-the-line coursework combined with great additional resources such as a web-based flash card system, personal progress tracking, pronunciation analysis, language & cultural resources, and much more.  Your Hampstead Public Library card is your passport to a world of languages! 

Visit our website:, go to the "Research Resources” alphabetical listing and then "Transparent Language Online,” or You will first need to sign on with your 14-digit library card number, and then establish a user name and password of your own. 

Byki® Mobile allows you to take Transparent Language Online learning "on the go" with your Apple® iPad™, iPhone™, iPod™ touch, or Android powered device. There is no charge. All you need is Byki for iPhone Community Edition, which is FREE on the App Store and the Android Market. When you log in to the site and create your personalized username, you can choose to "Go Mobile" and download the app.  You will receive another individual access code to verify your Library edition of this app. Save this code as it is your log in credentials with the mobile app.
Don't hesitate to contact us at the library to get started. We're very excited to offer this valuable learning tool to our patrons.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Alternate Trustee Position Available

The Hampstead Public Library Board of Trustees is looking for new alternate members. 

What do the Library Trustees do?  They are the governing board of the Library. The Library Trustees appoint a librarian; prepare an annual budget; and expend funds from the budget, trust funds and contributions.  They also advocate for the library in the community. 

Our Trustees meet on the third Wednesday evening of the month, and three times a year with the Selectmen for Budget discussions. 

What makes a good Library Trustee?  A  love for the Library is most important, as is a desire to serve your Town.  A wide variety of skills are needed on the board. 

For more information, please contact the Library or come to the next Trustees meeting on April 18th at 7PM at the Library.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Quilt on Display

A very special quilt is currently exhibited at the Hampstead Public Library, courtesy of Hampstead crafter, Doreen Ayers.  This 70” x 86” quilt is a tribute to the Town of Hampstead, and can be found on the library’s second floor near the Nonfiction section. 

Doreen Ayers has been quilting for several years and often meets with a local group of quilters.  She is also an active member of the Hampstead Garden Club. 

Please take the time to visit the Hampstead Public Library’s second floor and view Doreen’s beautiful creation.