In the Gallery

Elements from the Field

"Elements From the Field" exploration and interpretation of the natural world from two visual artists, works on paper from Deborah Bruns-Thomas and photography of David Thomas.


Author Presentation

The Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid in Saigon by Sandy Hanna

Author presentation Friday, June 28th at 7:30

The Ignorance of Bliss tells the true story of ten-year-old Sandy, who moved with her American military family to Saigon, Vietnam, where her father, the Colonel, serves as a military advisor to the South Vietnamese Army.

In 1960s Saigon, Sandy finds a world of crushing poverty and extraordinary beauty; a world of streets, villas, and brothels where politics and intrigue reside between plot and counterplot. Blissfully living a life of French decadence, Sandy maneuvers between coups, spies, bombings, corruption, and scandal as she and her thirteen-year-old brother, Tom, run an illicit baby powder and Hershey bar business on the black market and live a life of school, scouts, dance parties, and movies at the underground theater.

But when the Colonel's counterpart, Colonel Le Van Sam, delivers an expose on the current ruling Diem regime, Sandy finds that her constant spying on her father's activities has brought her face to face with the reality of Vietnam and the anti-American sentiment that pervades it. This coming-of-age story takes place in a turbulent country striving for nationalism, giving the reader a stunning look into the life of military dependents living abroad and the underlying ignorance that surrounds a misunderstood time in history.

Presentations and Discussion:
Colonel George T. Hanna was an avid amateur photographer and his daughter, Sandy, has been able to rescue images from their time in Saigon to use for a colorful presentation of the life she and her family lived during the pre-war years of 1960-1962. Her story is one that will provide a window into the 'what and the why' of America's involvement in this small country; its history and its culture. Life in Saigon was different for these military dependent BRATs (British Regiment Attached Transfers) that went to Vietnam. Sandy provides a unique look at the life of children that follow their military families from transfer to transfer. Sandy's story is not only educational, it is a riveting tale.

About the Author:
A resident of New York City and Lambertville, New Jersey, Sandy Hanna grew up in Saigon, Vietnam, and has been telling her story about that experience all her life. She is an artist and a writer. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a MEd in the Biology of Cognition, her undergraduate degree is from Knox College in Interdisciplinary Programs in Science and Literature. She spent a year studying design at the California Institute of the Arts and did post graduate studies at Wharton. She was a designer of children's play spaces for Sesame Place, a joint venture between Children's Television Workshop and Busch Entertainment. She has consulted on a variety of design and marketing strategies for corporate museums, theme parks, and the modular industry. Her passion, however, is story telling. More information about Sandy Hanna can be found at www.Facebook.com/SandyHannaAuthor and www.sandyhanna.net.




SUMMER READING KICK-OFF!!
  • June 19, 2019

    6:30-7:00 PM
    Color an outer space decoration for the stairwell.

    7:00-7:45 PM
    "Heracles' Arrow in the Sky"
    Stories from the Stars with Chris Davis from Historical Comedy

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Preschool Programs
  • JUNE
    8

    Drag Queen Story Time

    Drag Queen Story Hour offers an imaginative storytelling experience with two charismatic performers, local Drag Queens Morgan Kennedy and Vertigo, at the library.

    RSVP online HERE
    Saturday, June 8
    11:00 AM
  • JUNE
    19

    Summer Reading Program Kick-off

    6:30-7:00 PM
    Color an outer space decoration for the stairwell.

    7:00-7:45 PM
    "Heracles' Arrow in the Sky"
    Stories from the Stars with Chris Davis from Historical Comedy

    Wednesday, June 19
    6:30PM - 7:45PM
  • JULY
    10 - 17 - 24 - 31

    Music Time with the Birdhouse

    Singing! Dancing! Music! Recommended for ages 0-7. Free.

    Wednesday afternoons in July
    2:30 PM

Elementary Programs
  • June
    19

    Heracles' Arrow In The Sky

    Help kick off our summer of fun with stories from the stars by Historical Comedy's Chris Davis. This program transforms Greek myths about stellar constellations into hilarious comic scenes starring audience volunteers of all ages playing heroes, gods and monsters!

    Wednesday, June 19
    7:00 PM
  • JUNE
    26

    Star Wars Craft Night for all ages

    Use the force to create fun crafts based on the movies and books from a galaxy far far away. Costumes welcome but leave your light sabers at home.

    Wednesday, June 26
    6:30 PM
  • JUNE
    27

    Great Apollo Saturn V Rocket Lego Build

    Calling all master builders – A group build of the three foot model of the Saturn V rocket, which carried the first astronauts to the moon. From 5:30-6 we will build our stamina with pizza while we watch a short video of how the rocket was launched and carried the Eagle. Then we will (hopefully) complete the rocket by working in groups and getting it all together at the end. This will be on display in the library all summer. Ages 10 and up.

    Thursday, June 27
    5:30 to 8:30 PM
  • July
    3

    Drum Circle for Kids with Four Arrows Education

    With drums, we welcome the four directions, the seasons, the plants and animals present all around us. We ask questions that make us wonder about our place here in our community and ways in which we can always keep it clean and balanced. From seed to tree, creek to ocean, we share and show thanks!

    Wednesday, July 3
    6:30-7:15 PM
  • July
    9

    Outdoor Galaxy Night with Telescopes

    Rain or clouds, event will be moved to Wednesday, July 10 – Our space evening begins with crafts and activities about constellations, planets and the solar system. For those who stay as it gets dark, we will have two telescopes and an amateur astronomer to help us understand what we are seeing. Saturn will be at its very best viewing, and maybe we will see its rings!

    Tuesday, July 9
    7:00-9:45 PM
  • July
    10 - 17 - 24 - 31

    Wednesdays In July with the Birdhouse

    Nurture curiosity and spark a lifelong appreciation for music with Justin and Bronwyn! They purposefully tailor rhythmic-based activities, group singing and interactive dance movements to support social and musical development.

    Wednesdays in July
    2:30 PM
  • July
    13

    Drag Queen Story Hour A Universe of Stories

    An imaginative storytelling experience that teaches differences are ok and fosters awareness and acceptance. Registration required. See the July library web page for details.

    Saturday, July 13
    10:45 AM
  • July
    16

    The Bucks County Playhouse Presents Excerpts from "Shrek"

    The Youth Company from the Playhouse will be showcasing their upcoming program Shrek with songs and scenes from the musical. After the performance there will be a question and answer period with the actors. The Youth Company from the Playhouse will be showcasing their upcoming program Shrek with songs and scenes from the musical. After the performance there will be a question and answer period with the actors.

    Tueday, July 16
    6:00 - 6:30 PM
  • July
    17

    One Giant Leap: A Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Party

    A community party for all ages to celebrate the amazing moment we landed on the moon. Food, trivia, activities plus a showing of a brief clip of the moon landing on our projector screen. The highlight will be Moon Landing Memories shared by those who witnessed it.

    Wednesday, July 17
    7:00 - 8:30 PM
  • July
    18

    The Wonderful World of Bats

    Learn about the importance of bats for a healthy environment, farmers, fruit growers, the rainforest and us. Plus learn about vampire bats, echolocation, hibernation and some of our local bats. After the program children can design their own pollinator T-shirt. Shirts are available for $4 or bring your own.

    Thursday, July 18
    6:00- 7:00 PM
  • July
    16 thru 24

    Mission Control: Lambertville – A Scavenger Hunt Around Town

    Get the clues from the library any time during this moon landing anniversary week, and spend about an hour walking around town to find the answers.

    Wednesday, July 24, 7:00-8:00 -- Come to the library to finish the hunt by completing the final challenge. Then, claim your reward! If you can't come Wednesday night, you can still do the hunt around town.

  • July
    31

    Lego Night

    A group free-build! Find out the theme of the evening, create your Lego structure alone or with friends, and then share and display what you've made.

    Wednesday, July 31
    6:30 - 7:30 PM
  • August
    7

    Magic Bob – "Outer Space Magic"

    A family fun magic show with aliens, robots, space ships and astronauts that is truly out of this world!

    Wednesday, August 7
    7:00 PM
  • August
    13

    Mad Science Presents "Up, Up and Away Into Space"

    This show opens up the fantastic world of space and flight. Floating planets, rockets and a hovercraft are the highlights of this super fun show.

    Tuesday, August 13
    7:00 PM

Teen Programs
  • JUN
    20

    Melted Crayon Art

    Create a masterpiece to add some fun color to your walls using crayons, hot glue, poster board and a hairdryer. It's simple yet the end result can be stunning.

    Thursday, June 20
    6:30 PM
  • JUN
    26

    Star Wars Craft Night for all ages

    Use the Force to have fun creating projects based on the Star Wars movies. Costumes welcome. This is an all ages program.

    Wednesday, June 26
    6:30 PM
  • JUN
    27

    Great Apollo Saturn V Rocket Lego Build

    Calling all master builders – A group build of the three foot Model of the Saturn V Rocket, which carried the first astronauts to the moon. From 5:30-6 we will build our stamina with pizza while we watch a short video of how the rocket was launched and carried the Eagle. Then we will (hopefully) complete the rocket by working in groups and getting it all together at the end. This will be on display in the library all summer. Ages 10 and up.

    Thursday, June 27
    5:30 to 8:30 PM
  • JUL
    11

    Explore Your Horoscope – With Local Astrologist and Personality Dwayne Dunlevy

    Dwayne will explain the basis for astrology, the system of horoscopes claims to predict aspects of personality based on the positions of the sun, moon, and other planetary objects at the time of birth. He will also discuss how your birth astrology relates to your everyday life. Bring your birth details: the town, state and country and the exact time of day so you can get your individualized chart. Pizza will be served from 6:30-7:00.

    Thursday, July 11
    6:30 to 8:30 PM
  • JUL
    17

    One Giant Leap - A 50th Anniversary Moon Landing Party

    A community event with food and fun activities to commemorate the first astronauts landing on the moon in July 1969. Listen to those who remember it live share a one minute moon landing memory. – We need some teens to video and post this event!

    Wednesday, July 17
    7:00 PM
  • JUL
    25

    Gender Neutral Makeup Tutorial with Drag Queen Vertigo

    Ever wonder how to achieve those glam looks that drag queens pull off? Now you can, as Vertigo shares tips and techniques for amazing eyes. Supplies provided!

    Thursday, July 25
    7:00 PM
  • JUL
    16-24

    Mission Control: Lambertville – A Scavenger Hunt Around Town

    The week of July 16 - July 24: Get the clues from the library any time during this moonlanding anniversary week, and spend about an hour walking around town to find the answers.

    Wednesday, July 24, 7:00-8:00 -- Come to the library to finish the hunt by completing the final challenge. Then, claim your reward! If you can’t come Wednesday night, you can still do the hunt around town.

     

    July 16 - 24
  • AUG
    1

    Anime Night

    Pick out your favorite anime from the library to watch with friends. Pizza will be served.

    Thursday, August 1
    5:30 - 8:45 PM
  • AUG
    8

    Game Night

    Join us for an evening of board games & snacks! We have a bunch of great board and card games including Munchkin, Bananagrams, Uno, and more. Have a board or card game you love to play? Bring it with you! Who doesn't love to discover a new game?

    Thursday, August 8
    6:30 - 8:30 PM