Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Friends of the Lane Memorial Library announce activities

Fall is here and the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library are offering up programs and services that include lectures, student tutoring, large-print book acquisitions, book clubs and more.

At the September meeting the Friends voted to support the Dear Reader Program for a year.

The program is an online book club that offers the first chapter of books to participants and then directs them to the library where the books will be reserved. There are 11 book clubs available and they can be viewed at by clicking "Online Book Clubs."

The Friends have also purchased a four-pack table and storage cart for Homework Helpers, the peer support and tutoring program that begins in the fall.

The group has also voted to replace the library's membership admission passes that allow Lane Memorial Library members access to Strawbery Banke, Seacoast Science Center, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Portsmouth Children's Museum and more.

A check for $1,000 was presented to Friends' President Linda Libbey for the purpose of purchasing large-print books. The check was presented to Catherine Redden and was given in memory of Stella Shaw McEachern, Redden's mother.

Children's Book Week begins Nov. 14 with a book sale at the library. The group is in need of beginner reader books as well as picture books. Classes from Centre School will be visiting on field trips.

Donations of gently used books can be dropped off at the library. For information on this sale, contact the Children's Room.

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library will take place Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Dorothy Little room. All are invited.

Friends of the Lane Memorial Library are always accepting new members. Membership fees include the $10 individual level, $15 family, $50 patron and $100 benefactor. Membership forms are available online or at the library.

Links and information to the above programs and events can be found online at or by calling the library at 926-4729.


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