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Kickoff party for Lego Club at Gilman Library

ALTON — The brand new Lego Club at the Gilman Library will hold a kick-off on Saturday, January 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room on the lower level of the library.

To kick-off the Lego Club a special movie will be offered. Light refreshments will be served.
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Writers: Phil Lord (screenplay), Christopher Miller (screenplay), Dan Hageman (story), Kevin Hageman (story), Phil Lord (story), Christopher Miller (story)
Stars: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Keith Ferguson, Will Ferrell, et al
The first official club meeting will be held on the third Saturday of February, on the 22 at 11 am, in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room on the lower level of the library.

The club is still accepting and welcomes more Lego donations for the club.
For more information call 875-2550 or visit the library website www.gilmanlibrary.org
If the Gilman Library is closed due to inclement weather, the program will be held the following month on the third Saturday.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:40

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WinnAero offers series of teacher workshops

GILFORD — Winn Aero, the STEM-oriented educational non-profit organization, has announced its upcoming winter-spring series of Teacher Workshops.

The six workshops entitled Aerospace Dimensions will run on Saturdays and will take place at the Terminal Building at Laconia Airport. The workshops may carry professional development credits in STEM based on the sending school district's policies. Check-in will be at 8:30 and adjournment at 3:30. The workshops are based on the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Aerospace Education modules. There is a $40 registration fee for teachers who are already Aerospace Education Members of CAP. Non-members pay $75 for their first workshop and then $40 for all subsequent workshops. The first-time $75 fee includes membership in the CAP Aerospace Education Program which automatically makes the teacher eligible for follow-on workshop discounts as well as access to CAP's nationally recognized learning modules. For all attendees, their workshop registration fee covers the costs of all materials, lunch and snacks.

The six sessions are: January 24, Introduction to Flight; February 7, Aircraft Systems and Airports; March 7, Air Environment; March 21, Rockets; April 4, Space Environment and April 18, Spacecraft. Teachers who attend these workshops will actually "do" the hands-on activities just like their students would. They will also learn about grant organizations which could help the teacher implement the subject matter in his/her classroom. Teachers may sign up for just the workshops which interest them or for the full schedule.

WinnAero Education Director, Dan Caron, will conduct and oversee the workshops. Caron is currently a high school Technology/Engineering teacher and has been recognized numerous times for teaching excellence by educational organizations. Those recognitions include CAP Teacher of the Year, Air Force Association Teacher of the Year, ITEEA Distinguished Technology Educator, AIAA Educator Achievement Award Recipient and EbD-STEM Professional Development/Curriculum Author. Registration forms and additional information are on-line at www.winnaero.org or by contacting Caron directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Seating is limited.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:18

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Verizon donates $1,000 to Voices Against Violence


PLYMOUTH — Voices Against Violence is pleased to announce receipt of a donation of $1,000 from the Verizon HopeLine Program.

The donation is given each year to support holiday gift purchases for clients of organizations that provide services for victims of domestic violence. Voices Against Violence has purchased gift cards to be used by clients of the local crisis center.

The HopeLine Program connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide and protects the environment by collecting and refurbishing or recycling donated cell phones. Voices has been connected with the program for a number of years and has provided HopeLine phones to many clients.

Voices Against Violence, based in Plymouth, is Southern Grafton County's resource for the most updated and current information, state and federal guidelines, and best practices around the issues of domestic assault, sexual violence and bullying. Confidential services are provided without charge for victims, survivors and non-offending family members and friends in an attempt to break the cycle of violence by creating social change through education and action and by uniting our voices in support.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:10

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Free Workshop Shows How Comics Can Bring History to Life

LACONIA — Are you a member of a historical society that would like to connect better with young people? Or an educator looking for a new approach to teaching local history? Comics are part of a long tradition of engaging readers through pictures— and they could be the answer to both of these needs.

Learn how creating comics can offer a great way to explore, interpret and share history during a daylong workshop on Wednesday, January 14, at Laconia Public Library.

Teachers, members of local historical societies and everyone who loves comics or history are invited to attend "Drawing from the Past: Using Local History Sources to Inspire Learning," presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and the Laconia Public Library. The workshop will be led by comics artist and educator Marek Bennett and historian Sophia Woodley.

The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. workshop is free. A pizza lunch will be provided, and professional development credits are offered for teachers. No arts experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring primary sources from their historical society or that they use for teaching, and to attend as a community team if possible (e.g., teachers from different subject areas, local historians, artists, etc.).

Workshop topics include the history and key techniques of sequential art (comics), illustrating local history by synthesizing and interpreting primary sources, and designing engaging comics-based history lessons that will appeal to a diverse audience and address the Common Core standards.

"Comics are a great way to engage educators and youngsters in using the amazing resources in our local museums and historical societies," says Frumie Selchen, Executive Director of the Arts Alliance.

A New Hampshire native and faculty member at the Center for Cartoon Studies, Bennett actually got the idea for his "Live Free and Draw" program while traveling and teaching in Slovakia. "I was researching and drawing comics about my family's roots there," he says. "In Central and Eastern Europe, centuries of cultural change have left layers upon layers of images and stories. I found myself looking at graveyards and churches, museums and schools, even the streets and paths people walk every day, as clues to the stories of these places and the people who live there. I thought to myself, 'Why don't we have this kind of history back in New Hampshire?' Then it hit me — we DO have it!

"I decided when I returned to New Hampshire I would start paying closer attention to the stories and artifacts all around us, and that I would draw comics from those stories. Sharing them on my LifeFreeandDraw.com website was the next step. Now we're reaching out to get other Granite Staters involved."

Bennett notes, "It's amazing to see the energy and excitement unleashed through the act of drawing comics out of our state's stories. Through teachers and historical societies, we can reach the next generation and really get them involved in the work of exploring and shaping our collective identity!"

Bennett and Sophia Woodley, a Laconia native who has a doctorate in history from Oxford, make a great teaching team, Selchen says. "Marek has worked with students of all ages and conveys his excitement to everyone he encounters. And we are so lucky to have Sophia to help us understand the historical resources that exist in our towns, schools — and, sometimes, in our own homes — and how we can draw great stories from them."

"This hands-on process represents a truly fresh and innovative approach," says Susan Hatem, Community Grants Coordinator for the New Hampshire Humanities Council, which is providing funding for the January 14 workshop. "Marek Bennett's use of comics as a tool for learning can be a real benefit to anyone interested in exploring our history."

Enrollment in the workshop is limited. Online registration is open at www.aannh.org, or call 323-7302 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:58

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