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Have you spent much time with preteens and teenagers lately? Other than the ones that live in my house (for the record, just two), me either. This summer, fostered by the broadening of the scope of work of our librarians, I had the opportunity and the learning experience of spending time with about a dozen teens throughout the summer. They’ll all be back in school and roaming your neighborhoods by the time you read this. As you see them wandering just know that I found them to be:  

  1. uncommonly, uncontrollably, unintentionally loud. Oh, my goodness. So much louder than is strictly speaking necessary.  
  2. silly to a fault. Having fun and making mischief are close kin – a lesson I learned again and again. Giving them water guns may have been a mistake. 
  3. full of hope and a desire to try things. Failure was always an option, but it was never a roadblock. 

Being with hopeful people, even loud, mischievous ones, is a pleasure. They gave my summer shape and joy. I hope the library was able to give even a little bit of that back to each of them. 
~Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Director, Thank you middle school teachers! 

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The library will be hosting a variety of events highlighting the cultures and traditions of those of Hispanic or Latino decent. From music to crafts, we'll be looking at interactive ways we can learn about everything from Brazilian music to the Cuna women, an indigenous people from the San Blas Islands of Panama. We'll get hands on and thinking about the rich diversity of Hispanic culture.

Did you know the day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. Learn more at:

Events at Lane Library
Teen Event: Paint Pour Class
Tuesday, September 6th, 3:45-4:45 PM
Registration Required

Liz Premo will guide teen patrons through the supplies and techniques needed to create dazzling abstract art with acrylic pour paint. Experiment with different color combinations and create surprising pieces of abstract art! This program is for teens in 6th grade thru 12th grade. Registration is required.

Adult Craft: Hojalata Art
Thursday, September 8th, 3:00- 5:00 PM
Registration Required

To Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month Kathleen will lead adult patrons in a craft class on Mexican Tin Art or “Hojalata”. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required.

Did You Know?
Hojalata (Ho-huh-la-tuh) art is a very colorful style that became popular due to the wide availability of tin in Mexico. Tin was easy to find, and the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico introduced the locals to new and unique methods of using this material as early as the 14th century.

Leftover scraps from larger projects allowed artists a new way to express themselves- because of this, Mexican tin art (aka Hojalata) is still commonly found today. It’s used in masks, mirrors, milagros (small religious amulets), ex-votos (depictions of vows, or promises), and much more. You can see plenty of Mexico’s spirit and history shining through these colorful creations.

While the use of tin is relatively recent, this artform has deep roots in Precolumbian Mesoamerican metallurgy.  Artists of the Postclassic period (900-1521 CE) Mixtec cultures of Oaxaca created elaborate metalwork jewelry designs in gold, silver, and copper using the techniques of lost-wax casting and of forging and repoussé, or hammering the metal into shape. Traditional Mixtec metalwork was often religious, depicting gods, goddesses, and sacred symbols.  Today, descendants of the Mixtec and Mixtec Mestizo (mixed Native and Spanish heritage) artists of Oaxaca make elaborately forged tin metal ornaments that also have religious themes, but these take the form of Christian characters and symbols–and perhaps symbols that developed from both indigenous and Christian imagery. Read more:

Children’s Event: Amate Painting
Thursday, September 15th, 3:15-4:15 PM
Registration Required

Children are invited to create their own amate painting using acrylic paints and brown paper. Supplies provided. This craft is for those entering 3rd to 6th grade. For those who are in 3rd grade or lower, a parent or guardian must be present in the building. Registration required.

Did You Know?
Amatl (Amate {Spanish}) from the Nahuatl (NA-watl) language means “paper”. Amate is made from the pulp of the fig and mulberry trees. The state of Puebla to the east of Mexico City is known for their amate paper production and the artisans in small town San Pablito, who are of Otomί ancestery, continue to practice this ancient tradition of paper making. To the southwest in the State of Guerrero, amate paper is brightly decorated with beautiful scenes depicting everyday life of the villagers, such as the harvest, fiestas, weddings, religious customs and wildlife. Read more:

Adult Craft: Papel Picado
Monday, September 19th, 4:00-5:30 PM
Registration Required

Adults are invite to craft a small banner of papel picado. All supplies are provided. Registration is required.

Did You Know?
Papel Picado is a traditional Mexican folk art that consists of stacking, folding, and cutting tissue paper to create beautiful designs. Papel picado is the name given to the tissue paper flags chiseled with a variety of patterns and used to decorate buildings, Day of the Dead altars and streets during secular and religious celebrations in Mexico. The pattern used depends on the celebration and can be related to the Day of the Dead, Christmas, Independence Day, a Patron Saint, or a private party. This traditional cut paper folk art is found throughout Mexico and the former colonies of Spain as well as in the folk traditions of many other countries. In Mexico the art has reached a pinnacle of expression and is present at every major holiday in the form of brightly colored strings of cut tissue paper banners strung under the portals of homes and across the narrow streets of colonial villages. Banners of papel picado are charming announcements bearing messages on topics both sacred and profane. The materials of papel picado are ephemeral. Papel picado banners will disintegrate in less than a month if left out in the sun, wind and rain. Therefore few historic examples of this folk art exist. The Mexican art of paper-cutting is a marvelous synthesis of European, Asian, and Pre-Columbian artistic traditions. Read more:

Children's Event: Mola Paper Art
Wednesday, September 21st, 12:30-2:00 PM
Registration Required

Children will be invited to craft a version of the colorful mola art created by Cuna women of Panama out of brightly colored paper. All supplies provided. Registration required. Open to those in 2nd through 5th grade. Those who are in the 3rd grade and below must have a parent or guardian present in the building.

Did You Know?
A mola is an appliqued fabric panel created by Cuna women, an indigenous people from the San Blas Islands of Panama. The term "mola" refers to a traditional blouse made by women to serve as front and back panels of the blouses they wear everyday. Now molas are also sold to collectors and framed and exhibited. The market for the unique molas has provided an economic benefit for the Cuna Indians.

Teen Event: Mexican Food Culinary Revolution
Thursday, September 22nd 3:45-4:45 PM
Registration Required

Learn how Mexican culture and cuisine has influenced American cuisine for centuries and the origins of common Mexican foods such as tortillas and tacos. Participants will be able to make candy tacos and burritos. Materials will be supplied. This event is open to those in 6th grade and up. Registration required.

Did You Know?
Foods and flavors from Mexico have influenced American cuisine for centuries. But in the last half of the 1900s, Mexican-inspired foods found their way to every corner of the United States, merging into the mainstream. Alongside traditional foods like tortillas, tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and salsas, new dishes emerged that reflected a blending of Mexican, regional American, and other Latino cultures. For Mexican American residents and Mexican immigrants, translating their traditional foods into cookbooks, restaurants, and supermarket products provided a recipe for economic success as well as a source of cultural pride.

In San Antonio, a cookbook collection has plenty to tell us about a fascinating, complex, and frequently misunderstood cuisine.
Vibraphonist Nihco Gallo performing Brazilian Choro
accompanied by Ayan Imai-Hall
Thursday, September 8th 6:30-7:30 PM

The vibraphonist Nihco Gallo has established for himself a unique place in Southern Maine and New Hampshire music landscape, earning performance bona fides in concert halls, jazz clubs, dive bars, and on the sidewalk. Largely self-taught, Gallo incorporates broad and divergent influences into his playing and composition, from traditional jazz to Italian opera to mid-century minimalist music to Brazilian choro.

Raised in NH, Ayan began tap dancing in local dance studios as a child. His first company experience was at the age of 13 when Ayan joined the New England Tap Ensemble directed by Aaron Tolson. At the age of 17, Ayan began touring across North America with dance companies, Atlantic Steps, Tap Kids and Tapestry. In 2012 Ayan was awarded a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts with blues musician and educator, TJ Wheeler. Since working with Wheeler, Ayan has strived to perform throughout New England bringing the dance to the music and those who support it.

Choro (pronounced SHOH-roh) popularly known as "chorinho, is best described in American terms as "the New Orleans jazz of Brazil." It is a complex popular musical form based on improvisation, and like New Orleans jazz, blues, or ragtime, grew from a formalized musical structure and many worldly influences. Like samba, carnaval and futebol, it is a symbol of Brazilian national identity, and a unifying cultural force. Read more at:

Clarinet virtuoso Anat Cohen and her ensemble, Choro Aventuroso, as they explore Brazil's Choro musical style in this five-part series!

Rated PG-13 - 2h 39min
Tues, Sept 13th, 2 PM
Fri, Sept 16th, 2 PM
No Registration Required

From his rise to fame to his unprecedented superstardom, rock 'n' roll icon Elvis Presley maintains a complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, over the course of 20 years. Central to Presley's journey and happiness is one of the most influential people in his life -- Priscilla.

Where the Crawdads Sing
Rated PG-13 - 2hr 5 min
Tues, Sept 20th, 2 PM
Fri,  Sept 23rd, 2 PM
No Registration Required

Abandoned as a girl, Kya raised herself in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. For years, rumors of the marsh girl haunted Barkley Cove, isolating the sharp and resilient Kya from her community. Drawn to two young men from town, she opens herself to a new and startling world. However, when one of them is found dead, Kya immediately becomes the main suspect. As the case unfolds, the verdict as to what happened becomes increasingly unclear, threatening to reveal many secrets.

Family Movie: Vivo
Rated PG - 1 hr 43 min
Tues, Sept 21st 2 PM
No Registration Required

A music-loving kinkajou embarks on the journey of a lifetime to fulfill his destiny and deliver a love song for an old friend.

This month we welcome artist Sarah Koff to the Weston Gallery.

Working primarily in printmaking Sarah uses the unique seacoast New Hampshire landscape she calls home as inspiration. This is her place and these are the natural elements that inspire her to create. But place also involves humans and how they interact with these natural surroundings. Her great concern over the many human-caused problems affecting the natural world is what drives the subject matter of her work.

Sarah is a printmaker, gardener, and environmentalist. She creates her block prints in the woods of New Hampshire to tell nature’s stories. Stories from her own backyard, like the slow creep of the hemlock woolly adelgid, to such global hotspots as the coral reefs. But mostly she sticks to their own backyard, because that is where they first discovered a deep passion for the natural world — that passion that has driven a career and now motivates her to make.

Sarah is a former environmental educator with a masters’ degree in ecological design. They have always been intrigued by the connection between humans and the natural world. As she has grown, so too has her aspiration to inspire people to become as invested in protecting the natural world as she is. And from a woodcut studio, she strive to do just that, from telling stories with each print, to creating hand-crafted reusable goods with minimal waste to help lower our environmental impact, to giving a percentage of sales to hard-working conservation/community organizations.

Fall Storytime
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:30 AM
No Registration Required

Storytimes are all ages. We’ll read fun books, sing songs, dance, and have bubbles! If the day is nice, we may be outside on the lawn next door, or we'll be in the Lane Room. Please bring a yoga mat or blanket for your family. Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Spice Club Take Home Kit!
Get  creative in the kitchen! Do you love to cook and want to try new flavors and recipes? Or maybe you're tired of cooking the same old thing and want to try something new? Then we have got the club for you!!! Time to get spicy and join the Spice Club! A new spice will be featured each month. Participants  will receive a pre-measured featured spice, recipes, and information on how to share what they've made with each other. Kits are available now. Registration required.
We’re excited to welcome you to the Hampton Hub! Check out the Hub’s website to learn about the collaboration between Hampton Parks & Recreation and the Lane Memorial Library to build a community center for the residents of the town of Hampton. You’ll be able to explore the history of our town’s efforts to build a community center, read our FAQ, stay in touch, and take our survey.
Explore More!
There are so many amazing stories that you can explore to learn more about Hispanic and Latino communities and what they have contributed to U.S. culture. The above video is brought to us by the National Park Service.

Check out Great Big Story's coverage of peculiar, stirring, extraordinary, and distinctive Hispanic or Latino people in the world.

 In 2020, to celebrate the occasion, PBS gathered eight must-see documentaries to help gain a better understanding of the culture of those who are of Hispanic or Latino decent in the United States. These are films that strongly, in their own ways, address the role of people of Hispanic  or Latino decent in shaping American culture, politics, and economics.

Not to mention a wide range of book titles recommended by Boston Public Library.
A detail of the celebrated Aztec double-headed serpent. It is made from wood covered in turquoise mosaic, spondylus (red) and conch (white) shell. The eyes would have been rendered with inlay, probably of iron pyrite. The piece is believed to have been part of a ceremonial costume, worn as a pectoral. The snake was a potent image in Aztec religion and strongly associated with several deities, notably Quetzalcoatl. 15th-16th century CE. Read more at:
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