Book talks, tax prep and love songs: Seacoast community events

ARA presents ‘A Look at the History of New Hampshire’s Poor Houses’

Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor

DURHAM — The Active Retirement Association announces a free Zoom presentation on Feb. 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. featuring Stephen Taylor, who will speak about New Hampshire’s historical treatment of its poorest citizens. He will discuss how vague laws and compulsory taxes in colonial times led to the creation of alms houses and poor farms in many New Hampshire towns where the poor were subjected to horrid conditions. Register for this free program at Please include your name; the name of the program, “NH’s Poor Houses”; the name of your city or town; and where you saw this notice.

Monthly crafting group with braided rug demo

DOVER — On Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. meet up with other local crafters at the Dover Public Library. Bring a current project and learn about what other people are making. February's meeting will feature a demonstration of rug braiding with details about what supplies and tools are needed. There will be a follow-up class scheduled for those who are interested enough to purchase the necessary items.

AARP tax prep at Gafney Library             

WAKEFIELD – Need help with your IRS tax preparation this year?  The Gafney Library in Sanbornville is again offering assistance through the AARP tax preparation program on Tuesdays in the new community room beginning Feb. 7 and ending on April 4.

AARP IRS trained tax volunteer Andy Mako will offer free tax preparation help to anyone in N.H., but if you’re 50 and older, and can’t afford a tax preparation service, this program was made especially for you. Appointments are available on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 7 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Call the Gafney at 603-522-3401 to schedule yours now.

Author Talk With Gregory Bastianelli

BERWICK, Maine — Gregory Bastianelli is the author of the novels “Shadow Flicker,” “Snowball,” “Loonies,” and “Jokers Club.” His novella “The Lair of the Mole People” appeared in the pulp anthology “Men & Women of Mystery Vol. II.” Bastianelli will be visiting the Berwick Public Library  on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m.

Perspectives NH Humanities Book Discussion

DOVER — Explore Black History Month with a challenging and unsettling account of Reconstruction-era racial history. On Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Dover Public Library will host a Perspectives Book Discussion of Henry Louis Gates, Jr’s book “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow.” Participants may attend in-person or sign up at the library’s website to attend virtually. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call the library at 603-516-6050.

Quilted pin class

DOVER — On Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Dover Public Library learn how to make a hand-quilted hexie pin. You can create any design you like and learn some basic quilting skills at the same time. No quilting, sewing, or embroidery experience needed. All supplies will be provided.

Dover Library Teen Advisory Board to meet

DOVER — On Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. TAB is a group of 7-12 graders who are interested in shaping the Dover Public Library’s programs and services aimed at middle and high-school students. Share your ideas, plan future events/services and help make the library a teen-friendly space in our community!

Adult knitting group

DOVER — On Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. knitters and crocheters are welcome to join us in the Dover Public Library's Makerspace with their projects for an in-person crafting circle. All levels are welcome.

Reading Rainbow LGBTQ+ Book Club

DOVER — On Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. join us at the Dover Public Library as we discuss “The 2000s Made Me Gay” by Grace Perry in the Trustees Room at the library. This book can be borrowed as an audio book from Hoopla and the library will also have print copies for anyone with a library card to borrow. All are welcome at this inclusive book group.

Kathy Fink and Her Cabaret Singers

DOVER — On Saturday, Feb.11 at 2 p.m. join Kathy Fink and her cabaret singers at the Dover Public Library for an afternoon of love songs from the sublime to the ridiculous. Songs include such standards as "Some Enchanted Evening" and "A Cockeyed Optimist" as well as more modern selections including "Taylor the Latte Boy" and "Winner Takes it All.”

Hand Quilting Class

DOVER — On Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Dover Public Library. Have you ever wanted to learn how to quilt but felt intimidated?  This is the class for you. In this class you'll learn the basics of English Paper Piecing, a hand quilting technique that requires nothing more than fabric, paper, and thread. All supplies will be provided and no experience whatsoever is needed. Beginners are encouraged to attend. You'll leave class with a completed pin cushion and all the knowledge you need to start a larger quilting project if you enjoyed yourself. Sign up is needed.

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Book talks, tax prep and love songs: Seacoast NH ME community events