Upcoming School Holiday Break Activities at the Library

Tuesday ~ December 30 ~ 1:00 PM

Join Derek and his amazing animal ambassadors on an imaginary safari around the world in 60 minutes!!
Refreshments will be available after the program.

Wed ~ December 31 ~ 1:00 PM

Arts & Crafts Hour

seasonal crafts to make and take home

All activities are free and all are welcome!


Holiday Break Programs

The library will offer several programs during the upcoming school vacation.  Signup is not required, and those from other towns are always welcome at the Hill Public Library.  Celebrate the season and join us for these fun and free events!

Wednesday ~ Dec. 26 ~ 1:00 PM:

WINTER WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER!  presented by The W.I.L.D. Center & Zoological Park of New England– Come experience a fascinating, interactive, and education opportunity to meet and learn about how animals native to New England as well as other parts of the world, adapt to the winter season. From cold temps to lack of food… you will be inspired by the amazing wildlife adaptations!

Thursday ~ Dec. 27 ~ 1:00 PM

CRAFT  HOUR- Seasonal crafts for kids ages 5 and up

Friday ~ Dec. 28 ~ 1:00 PM

MOVIE MATINEE- “The House Without a Christmas Tree” (NR/72 min.)- 1972 TV movie based on a children’s book by Gail Rock

**Thank you Friends of the Hill Public Library for your support of these programs**

See you at the library!

See you at the library!

New England Author Visit this Fall

Rosamond van der Linde will be reading excerpts of her new book “A Piano In Every Room” on October 11, 2011 at 7 PM at the Hill Public Library, 30 Crescent Street, Hill, NH.

 Rosamond van der Linde co-founded a music school unlike any other, blending love of music, love of people and a passionate commitment to education, and community service. “A Piano In Every Room” tells the astonishing tale of a family living in 42-room house with 34 pianos. Their story includes Rosamond’s victory over childhood polio, while her husband, Rein van der Linde, survived the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. Their sheer courage created their destiny. Later, raising a remarkable musical family of seven pianists the parents shaped their own children’s lives, embraced their community, and grew into a cultural treasure for America, and friends around the world.

For close to forty years the entire family has been involved in teaching piano, building the music school, summer and adult camps all of which have been written up in books, magazines, The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, and profiled on PBS, New England Channel News, and CNN News. This has generated hundreds of questions as to how it all came about and how the van der Lindes did it. This book provides the answers by the founder herself. The story is about a dynamic family that created a music enterprise and thrived within it. The tale reveals a passion for piano, a delightful family story, and a unique learning experience.

The event is free and open to the public. For further details contact Lynn Christopher, Director, at 603.934.9712.

Get in the Holiday Spirit!

The Friends of the Hill Public Library invites you to celebrate the season with a presentation of, “A Poets’ Christmas”, performed by the Pontine Theatre of Portsmouth, NH.  This special program, created to appeal to audiences of all ages, will feature the following holiday works:

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, a cherished holiday classic,  is full of colorful aunts and uncles, playmates and adventures, all set in a snowy December long ago and far away.  Pontine Theatre’s co-directors, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews, bring Thomas’ images to life with poetic movement and charming bits of stage magic.

The centerpiece of the program is a story poem by Ogden Nash, The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t. Upon its publication in 1957, the plot of this tale was amusingly summarized in a New York Times review:  “Take a rollicking jolly king and his cheering subjects, add an evil nephew, bring it to a boil with other assorted hags and hoodlums, create an inextricable situation, send a boy to extricate, and have him meet a bad, bad bird and good little girl and a long-dead saint.”

The performance also includes a lively staging of Clement Moore’s A Visit From St. Nicholas. Perhaps we’ll all have a chance to give our wish lists to Santa!

This fun and festive program will be held on Sunday, November 28, 1 PM, at the JD Blake School Auditorium, 32 Crescent St., Hill, NH.  Admission is free.   Following the performance, audience members are invited to enjoy refreshments and get a close-up look at Pontine’s handcrafted set and props.  Don’t forget to bring a camera.

Pontine’s 2010 Holiday Tour is made possible in part by a grant from the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation.





We’ll be drawing the winners of our Holiday Raffle on this afternoon, too!  Good luck and thanks for your support.

Holiday Craft Program

The library will host a Holiday Craft Party on Friday, Nov. 28, 1-3 PM.  The program starts with a reading of The Christmas Ornaments.   Following the read-aloud, children 4 years and up will be able to make ornaments to take home.  And of course, it wouldn’t be a party without cookies and hot cocoa!  “RSVP” by Nov. 24, 934-9712.

Rocket Club Exhibit

Club members met each week through October, building and painting their rockets.  After a great deal of hard work ( and a little fun), all models were finally complete and ready to go.  “How high will this thing fly?”  “I hope my parachute opens!”  The kids were eager to learn how successful their efforts had been.  The date was set; “Launch Day” would be held November 5!!

On a beautiful fall afternoon, the club met for the last time in the field behind the school.   Club leader Dan Huntley, prepared the launch site as the kids did a final check on their rockets.  At 2 pm  J.D. Blake students, staff, and parents gathered for the presentation.  I never expected so many spectators! 

Club members fired their rockets one by one and immediately the crowd was applauding and cheering.   The odor of sulfur permeated the air, while students began counting down to “lift off” before each rocket was launched. Shrieks and laughter could be heard as some of the rockets took peculiar flight paths.  It was an incredibly fun and exciting event.

Once the last rocket had landed, the judges began to deliberate.  The results were:  “Lightest Rocket”-Mac Camara; “Best Looking”-Alex Hildreth; “Highest Flying”-Nathan Cartier; “Best Landing”-John Nesteruk; and “Biggest Crash”-Ian Safford.  All of the participants did an awesome job, and it was a pleasure to work with them.

Many thanks to the following who made this program possible:  Dan Huntley, for all his time and effort in organizing and leading the program; The Friends of HPL for funding the project; Cody Hunter, for assisting Dan and the students each week; our Launch Day judges, Principal Wayne VanGorden and Superintendent Jo Ellen Divoll.  I’d also like to thank school secretary Leah Twombly for her help with getting the kids to the library each week. 

At the end of the launch, Dan mentioned that next time we’ll need additional items to improve on the rockets.  Hmm, next time?  Watch for details this spring!

Children’s Literacy Foundation Grant

The library is pleased to annouce the award of a Rural Public Library Grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation of Waterbury Center, VT.  CLiF is a nonprofit organization serving children in rural areas, and children at high risk of growing up with low literacy skills.  Each year, CliF sponsors 24 libraries across New Hampshire and Vermont.   This will be HPL’s third sponsorship since the organization was founded in 1998.

As part of this grant, approximately $2,000 in new books will be added to the children’s collection at the library.  As well, Duncan McDougall, CLiF’s Executive Director, will speak with the children of Hill about the joys of reading and writing, perform inspiring storytelling, and read aloud from some of the library’s newly delivered books.  The presentation will take place in November at Jennie D. Blake School.

In addition to the presentation at the school and new books for the library, CLiF has added a new component to the Rural Library Sponsorship.  The organization has asked that we nominate a local childcare center to receive new books and storytelling for its children.  The Tiny Twisters Center in Franklin will be receiving 15 new books for the center, a special storytelling presentation, and all of the kids will be provided with a new book to take home.

CLif is a wonderful organization, and the kids of Hill are truly deserving of this sponsorship!  Their enthusiasm for the library makes it a pleasure to be able to provide them with fresh reading material.