Vellamo Concert (Finnish Folk Music)

July 19, 2017
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Vellamo Concert
Tuesday, September 12th, 7pm
New Ipswich Library

Vellamo first visited the New Ipswich Library in August of 2015, and due to the popularity of the show, we have invited them back for another performance! Enjoy an entertaining musical performance and get an introduction to the Finnish language and the folk music tradition combining Scandinavian and Slavic influences with Finnish folklore.

Vellamo is led by the performing and songwriting team of Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala. Their music is characterized by haunting melodies, Pia’s ethereal lead vocals, and Joni’s virtuosic guitar stylings. In Finnish mythology, Vellamo is the goddess of the sea. Based in Kokkola, on the western coast of Finland, Vellamo combines the rich tradition of Finnish folk song with an appealing “retro” sensibility, creating a modern folk music experience.

Pia Leinonen, originally from the arctic region of Lapland, is Vellamo’s lead singer. Her exquisite voice combines her love and vast knowledge of Finnish folk music with the western singer–songwriter tradition in a unique and beautiful way. Her moving and evocative expression has been compared to other story-centric performers such as Joan Baez and Marlene Dietrich.

Joni Tiala, originally from the Finnish port of Kokkola, began playing guitar at the age of 11. His eclectic musical background includes writing and performing for theater, progressive and alternative rock and Finnish and western folk. In addition to his work in Vellamo, Joni is an accomplished theater and session musician, and is founding member of the renowned Finnish progressive rock band, Moonwagon.

In addition to shows in their homeland, Vellamo spends half of each year touring abroad; their adventures have led them throughout the United States, Europe, and New Zealand. Vellamo’s third album “Koskenkylä”, featuring all original material, was released in November 2015.

You can learn more about the duo at their website: http://www.vellamomusic.com/index/.

This event is free, but a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville is always appreciated.


National Parks Talk

July 10, 2017

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National Parks Talk

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7pm

New Ipswich Library

Join Steve Farrar for a discussion about our national parks system and a discussion of some parks you may not have heard of. Steve has visited all 50 states and 54 (out of 59) national parks!

This event is free, but we request that a donation be brought for the ​St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville.


Children’s Summer Program: Dan’s Balloons & Kona Ice

June 30, 2017

Summer is here!

Head down to the New Ipswich Library for some live entertainment. Our Children’s Summer Program for 2017 is

Dan’s Balloons Live!

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Tuesday, August 15th, 1:30pm

New Ipswich Library

Dan‘s Balloons Live! is a 45 minute adventure meandering through balloons, magic, imagination, and silliness.  It’s a very interactive show that involves anywhere from 10-15 kids from the audience.  It even has a moving, talking balloon robot! This year, Dan has some really great tricks to go along with the build-a-better-world theme.

Dan Staples is an award-winning balloon artist and entertainer based out of Nashua, NH.  Dan has been a balloon artist for 3 years, twisting at corporate events, birthday parties, baby showers, and holiday events.  Dan’s Balloons was created as a place to share fun artwork with people who need a smile.

This event is free, but a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville is always appreciated.

At the end of the show, the Kona Ice truck from Kona Ice of NH will be parked outside the Library. Bring some money to enjoy a cold treat and you can help support the Library – if Kona Ice makes enough in sales, they will donate part of their profits to the Library!


“Ramblin’ Richard” – American Patriotic Songs Over the Ages

May 26, 2017

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“Ramblin’ Richard” – American Patriotic Songs Over the Ages

Thursday, June 29th, 7pm

New Ipswich Library

“Ramblin’ Richard” is coming back to the New Ipswich Library, and you don’t want to miss his show!

This interesting and entertaining program covers American patriotic songs over the ages. The hour-long program is “illustrated” with music and will include narrative introductions and descriptions of all of the songs played – their background, history, and relationship to the times in which they were popular.

Over the past two years, “Ramblin’ Richard” has been invited to appear at nearly 75 libraries, historical societies, and museums in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. A sample from his World War II program may be found on-line at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaOUioJsptE&feature=youtu.be.

Richard, a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is a retired professor who studied Gospel and American folk music and is an active musician who makes more than 200 performances each year. He tells the stories and sings the songs while accompanying himself on guitar, 5 string banjo, and baritone ukulele.

This event is free, but a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville is always appreciated. This program is sponsored by the Stearns Burton Lecture Committee.


The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

May 18, 2017

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The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

New Ipswich Library

Thursday, May 25th, 6:30pm

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. This program provides info about the disease and related dementias, the benefits of early detection, causes and risk factors, treatment, and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Association requests that you pre-register through them by calling
800-272-3900.
This event is free, but we request that a donation be brought for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville.

Rescheduled Train Talk with Dale Russell

April 7, 2017
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Join us for a talk about trains!

New Ipswich Library

Thursday, April 27th, 7pm

Dale Russell is a train historian from Greenfield. He’s been collecting photos of old railroads and railroad stations, mostly in NH, for about 17 years. He has a collection of over 14,000 photos!
Dale will provide a brief history of railroads in NH and will have a slide show of some of his photos, as well as maps of railroads in southern NH. Joining him will be a retired train engineer from Texas. Dale will also bring some of his photo albums for people to look at after his presentation.
This event is free, but we request that you bring a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville.

Book Club Pick for May 2017

April 6, 2017

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The New Ipswich Library’s Adult Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month. Books are agreed upon by members of the group and topics vary.

In May, we’ll discuss Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 7pm. No registration is required, but if you’d like to borrow a copy of the book, please contact Anne Soini at 603-878-4644.