Guruge returns to Gilman Library for astronomy talk

ALTON — Members of an enthusiastic audience enjoyed a stellar presentation at the Gilman Library on Friday, October 17 presented by local resident/author Anura Guruge. This was the first of a two part series "The Night Sky Over Alton, N.H.: A Basic Introduction to Astronomy to Better Enjoy the Gilman Library's Telescope".
The second part of the series will be presented on November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room at the Gilman Library, 100 Main Street, Alton. This second part of the presentation will set out to explore further afield and spend time looking at the mysteries of galaxies – not just the Milky Way, but those beyond.
There will be a definite emphasis, throughout, on detailing the resources available – whether online, in the form of APPS, or through the use of old fashioned paper star -charts – to learn more about the sky at night, locate the objects worth peering at through a telescope or identify beguiling bright 'stars' twinkling in the heavens.
The new Orion StarBlast table top telescope will be made available for circulation by library card holders over the age of 18 and in good standing on Saturday, November 22.

'Experiment and Explore' Arts in Early Learning Conference

PLYMOUTH — Using the arts to teach young children the foundations for science and math is the subject of a creative, hands-on and fun Arts in Early Learning conference to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at Plymouth Elementary School.

The Arts in Early Learning conference, presented annually by VSA NH and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, is designed for early childhood educators (pre K to grade 2), librarians, teaching artists, pre-school and child care administrators and care providers, as well as parents and grandparents.

Lead presenter Deborah Stuart of VSA NH says, "During this year's conference, we'll use all art forms — music, dance, theater and the visual arts — and a rich array of the best children's books, including non-fiction for the very young. The activities we'll share not only encourage young scientists and mathematicians, but they show how arts integration strategies also build language and expression in learners of all ages and abilities."

Particular attention will be given to meeting the needs of children with developmental and learning differences.

Deborah Stuart, who was the editor and contributing writer for Start with the Arts, is a folk musician who has worked with children for 40 years and is active around the country as a speaker, trainer and children's musician. She will be joined by Will Cabell, a professional puppeteer, actor, musician and educator, by dancer and movement educator Kelly Doremus Stuart and by theater artist Richard Moses.

Registration is $35 for the first registrant from a school, library, or center; reduced rates are offered for each additional registrant from the same site as well as for Arts Alliance members and for students. Scholarships are available on request. Professional development credits are offered; the workshop has been approved for credits by the Child Care Licensing Bureau.

Preregistration for the conference is required; register online at For additional information, contact the Arts Alliance at 323-7302, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Morning snacks will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a lunch.


Rebecca Rule in Meredith on Sunday

MEREDITH — Rebecca Rule author of Live Free and Eat Pie: a storyteller's guide to New Hampshire will be appearing at the Inter-Lakes High School auditorium on Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m.

Best known for her live presentations of humorous New Hampshire stories, Rule has entertained audiences throughout New Hampshire, prompting New Hampshire Magazine to name her "Thalia: the Muse of Comedy" in its list of notable New Hampshire muses. This event is free and is paid for through a grant by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Nineteen libraries in the Lakes Region participated in the Lakes Region Reads in October which involved everyone in the region reading and discussing the same book. The New Hampshire Humanities Council has designated this year's Lakes Region Reads as one of its 40th anniversary signature grant-funded projects.

Transportation Advisory Committee to meet Wed. at Meredith Community Center

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5 at the Meredith Community Center, located at One Circle Drive, Meredith.

At this meeting TAC members will hear presentations by community representatives from Ashland, Bristol, Laconia, and Wolfeboro about proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Each of the proposals is competing for a portion of funding made available statewide through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The TAC will evaluate six proposals from four Lakes Region communities and provide input to the NH Department of Transportation about regional priority projects.

The LRPC Transportation TAC encourages all members of the public who are concerned about any aspect of transportation to attend and provide their input. For additional information about this meeting contact the Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.