Introduction to Mindfulness, with Landon Hall

green Grant BrookTuesday, September 1, 7 p.m.

Converse Free Library, 38 Union Street, Lyme, NH

Mindfulness, a term that has exploded in popular awareness over the past decade, describes a practice that has increased well-being for thousands of people.  This class will explore the meaning and roots of the word and the forces behind its growing popularity.  During our time together we’ll engage in several short mindfulness practices, such as sitting meditation and mindful movement, and allow time for addressing questions about this growing phenomenon. Information on the scientifically validated benefits of mindfulness and its positive influence in many areas of American life will also be explored. People interested in integrating a mindfulness practice in their lives will also learn about the many opportunities available in the Upper Valley to do so.

Landon Hall began practicing meditation in the 1970s and is a trained teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) through the UC-San Diego Center of Mindfulness. A student of Qi Gong, she's currently preparing for teacher certification through the Santa Cruz Chi Center training program.  She practices primarily in the Insight Tradition, but in her teaching she draws from a broad range of contemplative practices that have taken root in the west over the past 45 years.

For more information, call 603-795-4622 or visit  

Co-sponsors: CommunityCare of Lyme, LCC Health Ministry

Art Show: Juliette Belmonte

patronsaintfinal.belmonteAugust 3 to September 30, 2015

Born in Costa Rica to a French mother and an Argentinian father, Juliette Belmonte has lived all over the world, drawing both personal inspiration and professional wisdom from each of the places she has called home. Her paintings are often inspired by friends and family, converting their gestures, expressions and dreams into whimsical tales of animals, mermaids, and other fantastical creatures, including fellow human beings. Juliette studied at the Art Student’s League of New York and the Art Institutes of Chicago and Fort Lauderdale and has shown her work in Palm Beach, Chicago, New York, London, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

New Services, New Look for HeritageQuest

from Bobbi Slossar, Technology Services Librarian at the New Hampshire State Library

There are some wonderful updates to the HeritageQuest Online database for genealogical research. The database is now running off of the Ancestry platform and incorporates many fantastic features from the popular commercial database. This database is licensed for at-home patron use. Please contact the library to access the account username and password.

New Features (Click any image to enlarge)

Check out the added transcription at the top and bottom of records!

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Users can send the information as links to themselves.

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Or save the image to their computer.

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And there are printer-friendly versions of records just a click away!

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While viewing an image from the census, it is possible to click on the Tools menu and browse the film strip. This can be helpful in finding other nearby family members.

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Thankfully, one of the more useful features of the original HeritageQuest Online still exists in the new platform: the ability to browse the census records by location. This can be really helpful in cases when you know where the family lived, but name searches fail.

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And thanks to the Ancestry platform, any spelling changes previously recommended by subscribers help you find your relatives!

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You can learn more about the new features on the HQO help.