Adult Programs

Book Sale
The annual Friends of the Hancock Town Library Book Sale is coming right up! Friday August 18th will be the Early Bird Sale from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. The Early Bird Sale is free for current members of the Friends, otherwise a $10 entry fee. Saturday August 19th we’ll be open 9:00 am til 4:00 pm with free admission. Sunday August 20th begins our bag sale ($5/bag) from 11:00 am til 3:00 pm and then through Thursday August 24th during library hours. Be sure to stop by!

Hancock Town Library Survey

Got an opinion? Share it with us and we’ll enter you in a raffle to win a $20 gift certificate to Fiddleheads Café! If you’re a library user, let us know what you like and what you think we could improve. If you don’t use the library, tell us what might bring you through the doors. Our aim is to make the Hancock Town Library a resource for everyone in town; your input will help us do that. Go online to: or pick up a hard copy of the survey at the library. Thanks so much!


Monday August 7th at 7:00pm
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards

Join “H20” girl Ellen Moran for an interactive presentation about kayaks and stand up paddle boards. The discussion will cover topics such as; kayak and paddle board design, materials and function. Ellen will also cover how to choose a paddle and fit a life jacket. Weather plays a huge role when on water, so safety will be a topic. If you want to try camping out of your kayak, pointers on how to pack a boat can be covered. Plenty of gear will be on hand. Ellen has spent 35 years working in the specialty outdoor industry. Twenty Eight years were spent with Eastern Mountain Sports, the last 12 of which, Ellen was one of the buyers on the Technical Sports team. The categories Ellen bought for were paddle sports, XC Skis, snowshoes, climbing gear, car racks and winter helmets. For over 10 years, Ellen was an open water kayak instructor and worked as a kayak guide on Cape Cod for 3 seasons. From 2000 to 2003 Ellen worked as a part time alpine ski instructor at Mount Sunapee. Water, liquid or frozen, is her passion. Free and open to all.

Tuesday August 8th at 7:00pm
Barking with Edith Milton & Judith Oksner

Edith Milton and Judith Oksner have created a new twist on the story of the mischievous, fun-loving orphan thrown into the glam life, reminiscent of Annie or Eloise and her Plaza. Barking follows the same storyline, but with a lot more fur––it stars two rambunctious King Charles Cavalier Spaniels. Emily and Charlotte are two sisters adopted and brought to live in “a big palace” in New York City. Unfortunately for Emily she inherited the barking genes (or as she says “jeans”) from her illustrious King Charles ancestors and now the whole building is petitioning to have her and Charlotte’s removed if they can’t be quiet. Poor Emily and Charlotte get into all kinds of mishaps and get their owners all tied up in trouble (not just figuratively.) Edith Milton’s spritely text is perfectly accompanied by Judith Oksner’s watercolors, which add colorful spunk to the story, and humorously bring to life Emily’s doggie point of view of what’s being said around her, which easily confuses things like genes/jeans and petitions/potatoes. Barking is great fun for children and adults alike, introducing a dash of mayhem to highfalutin’ city living, and celebrating the irrepressible spirit of dogs we all love so much. Copies of the book will be available for sale. Free and open to all.

Thursday August 31st at 7:00pm
Refugee Stories ~ In Their Own Words

Clients of the International Institute of New England will be at the library to speak about their experiences as refugees coming to the United States. The International Institute of New England has been welcoming refugees and immigrants to Massachusetts and New Hampshire for nearly a century. Throughout ten decades of service to New England, thousands of new Americans connected to the International Institute to learn English, meet other new Americans, learn about the culture of their new country, gain job skills, and receive assistance in finding employment. Historically and today, they work with local communities to help refugees and immigrants find places to settle and restart their lives. Co-sponsored with the Hancock Congregational Church. Free and open to all.