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 Summer Reading Program

“Dream Big...Read!" Summer Reading Kickoff!

Join us at Four Tree Island on Friday, June 15th from 12-2. Come sign up for the summer reading program, make a craft, join our parade, bring a picnic, and have some fun! Rain date is Tuesday, June 19th. FOUR TREE ISLAND.


If you missed the kickoff, you may sign up at the library anytime afterwards. Keep track of how much time you spend reading on your reading log and bring it to The Black Hole summer reading store. For each hour you spend reading you will earn an astro-note to spend in The Black Hole. You may participate in the program for the whole summer or however long that you choose . AGES 5 & UP.

The Black Hole Summer Reading Store

The Black Hole is a store just for readers in our program. Opening day is July 9th. The store will be open each day that the library is open and you can shop Monday-Friday from 11-2, Saturdays 11-1. Please check the calendar for some Mondays that the store will close at 1. Last Day to shop is August 25th from 11-1. AGES 5 & UP. CHILDREN’S PROGRAM ROOM.

Summer Reading Program Activities
(listed alphabetically)

Alejandro’s Olde Tyme Magik Showe -- Monday 7/16, 1:30 p.m.
Magic and comedy with Andrew Pinard! All ages. LEVENSON ROOM


Cartooning with Yussra -- Wednesday 7/18, 2-3pm.
Learn from an accomplished young artist how to create your own comics! Space is limited, so be sure to register early! Ages 7-10. ACTIVITY ROOM


Collage w/ Jen -- Thursday 7/19.
Collage a box for a keepsake. Space is limited, so sign up early! Ages 10+. ACTIVITY ROOM


Crafts -- Drop in and make a craft. ACTIVITY ROOM
Mondays 7/9; 7/23; 8/6 and 8/14 from 2-3
Tuesdays 7/17; 7/31 and 8/14 from 2-3pm
Thursdays 7/5; 7/19 and 8/2 from 10-12


Embroidery w/ Jen -- Thursday 7/12 2-3:30
Learn the basics of embroidery create a fun project! Space is limited, so sign up early!


Family Games Night with G.Willikers! Date & time TBA


Family Movies Saturdays @ 2, LEVENSON ROOM

7/14: “Mirror Mirror”
7/28: “The Secret World of Arrietty”
8/11: “The Lorax”


Lego Engineers (3 workshops) -- Saturdays 6/23, 7/21, & 8/11
Come build with our Lego’s from 10-4. All ages. CHILDREN’S ROOM


Night Carnival -- Wednesday 7/25 from 2:30-4
Join us for carnival fun! All ages. LEVENSON ROOM


Pajama Story Time -- Wednesdays 6/27 and 7/18 from 10-11
Wear your PJs for a night-themed story time. Ages 2+. CHILDREN’S ROOM


Reading Buddies -- Beginning 6/25 and ending 7/27
Volunteers (ages 10+) pair with younger children (ages 2-6) who can enjoy being read to, or who can practice their own reading. Drop in Mondays through Fridays 11-12. CHILDREN’S ROOM


Saturday Make & Take
Drop in 10-2 & make something fun. CHILDREN’S ROOM


Science Magic with the Museum of Science -- Tuesday 6/26 from 1:30-2.
Investigate the science behind the "magic" of several classic magic tricks. LEVENSON ROOM


Story Time -- Tuesday 7/3 and Wednesday 8/1, 10-11. Ages 3-6. CHILDREN’S ROOM


Teddy Bear Sleepover (2 programs) -- Thursdays 7/12 & 8/9 from 10-11
Bring your favorite stuffed animal for a special story time. They will be spending the night in the library and will certainly have tales to tell when you pick them up the next morning. AGES 3-7 CHILDREN’S ROOM


Teen Movie -- Saturday 8/18 @ 2
“The Hunger Games” LEVENSON ROOM


Up All Night -- Monday 7/30 from 1-2
Learn all about nocturnal animals! Presented by The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.


Why Knot? Tie Knots with Mitchell! -- Wednesday 8/8 from 11-11:45
Boy Scout Mitchell Harling will show you the ropes! CHILDREN’S ROOM


Wii (3 programs) -- Saturdays 6/30, 7/21 & 8/11 from 1-2
Come play Wii games on the big screen! Recommended for ages 5+ LEVENSON ROOM

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