“Folk Music of the Civil War Era” at the Leach Library
On Thursday, November 13, at 7 PM, the Leach Library will host an evening of folk music from the Civil War era presented by the Hardtacks.
The Hardtacks is a musical duo comprised of A.W. Pringle, musician, educator, and member of the Bradford Bog People band, and Marek Bennett, New Hampshire native and award-winning cartoonist and musician. Together, the two have toured extensively throughout New Hampshire and the surrounding states.
In this program, The Hardtacks will use camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes to provide a year-by-year musical look at the politics, personalities, and perspectives that made a nation in the Civil War era. Audience members participate and sing along in an engaging, exploratory forum as they explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from primary sources.
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.
Science fiction is often considered the literature of possibilities. It is always asking “what if?” It usually involves an alternate or futuristic time and place, innovative technology or alien characters. Within this broad genre there are countless sub- genres. Classic science fiction includes writers such as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, or Isaac Asimov. Readers have enjoyed their writings for years, if not centuries.
Cyberpunk features information technology or cybernetics and usually involves a breakdown of the social order. Brian Herbert’s new Mentats of Dune, the second of the Schools of Dune series belongs in this group. The Mentats, Navigators, and the Sisterhood all try to improve the human race in the battle for humanity’s future.
Another subgenre of science fiction is Dystopian/Utopian, the creating of either a terrifying or an ideal world. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown is an example of Dystopia. As Darrow, a member of the Red caste, works hard to build a future for all humanity on Mars, he comes to realize he has been betrayed by the Gold overlords who have made the Reds their slaves.
Space Opera emphasizes romantic or melodramatic adventure in outer space. In Star Road, by Matthew Costello, Ivan Delgato, a former leader of the Runners has a mission to reach Omega and convince the Runners to surrender. He uses a mysterious transportation system called the Star Road, where suspicions and danger reside, to arrive at his destination.
Lilith Saintcrow’s writing could be considered both Steampunk and Alternative History. The Iron Wyrm Affair, a Banon and Clare novel, is set in Victorian England where Industrialism and magic collide. The magic continues in the sequel titled The Red Plague Affair where Emma Bannon, Sorceress Prime is faced with finding a cure for a poisonous weapon. If you haven’t visited science fiction in a while, why not see how many kinds there are. You may find a new reading pleasure.
Children’s Room News
It’s a Mystery!
Come to the library on Monday, November 10 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for an exciting program filled with amazing mysteries. Participants will hear tales of mesmerizing mysteries, daring detectives and kind hearted bandits. During the program we may even discover Who stole the cookie? Each participant will leave with a paper magnifying glass to decorate at home and a smiley face notebook, perfect for recording notes while solving a mystery. This exciting program is open to 90 participants of all ages. Advance registration is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 3. To register, call 432-1127 or pop on into the Children’s Room.
Sammie Haynes in Concert
Join award-winning children’s performer Sammie Haynes at the library on Monday, November 17 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for an evening of musical fun. Sammie’s interactive and exciting performances have enchanted participants from coast to coast. Come and listen to Sammie’s clever songs about everything from dogs and rivers to libraries and messy cars! This fun-filled program is open to 90 participants of all ages. Advance registration is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 10. To register, call 432-1127 or come into the Children’s Room.
The Children’s Room will be offering the following programs as part of Fall Session 2: Story Time, Shake, Move & Read, and Toddler Time. Fall Session 2 will run October 29 through November 20. Advance registration is required and has already begun. To register call 432-1127 or stop by the Children’s Room.