Summer Reading in NH
Each summer, New Hampshire librarians encourage readers of all ages to include reading as part of their activities.
In the summer of 2019, 16,000 libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs. The slogan “A Universe of Stories” was chosen by library professionals to help inspire children of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves, and create their own story. This summer learning program will coincide with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
Summer reading programs throughout the world have these goals:
- Helping young children build reading and language skills.
- Preparing elementary aged children for success by developing early language skills.
- Motivating teens to read and discuss literature.
- Encouraging adults to experience the joy of reading.
Elementary School Summer Reading Grades K-4
Here's how it works: Stop by the library to check out a book, audio book, DVD, or magazine. Come to play or just relax and read. Preschoolers through 4th grade can pick a prize every time they visit the library!
Storytime for ages 3-5 Fridays 10:00-10:45 from June 21 to August 9
Listen to stories, sing songs, learn rhymes, and make a craft relating to a different theme each week.
Mother Goose on the Loose for infants-2 year olds with Caregiver. Mondays 11:00-11:30 Year round!
Join us for stories, songs, rhymes and fun geared towards our youngest community members and their caregivers.
Summer Reading Challenge for kids entering grades K-4
Earn your colors!
Register for summer reading at the library to receive a summer reading log and necklace. Your mission is to fill your sheet by logging minutes of reading. For every milestone you complete, you’ll earn a colored bead to display proudly on your necklace. Will you earn your golden bead this summer?
Please note: The last day to get beads is Aug 10th.
Print a copy of the events brochure
Middle School Summer Reading
Record your reading time on the calendar on the reverse side of the Middle School schedule (see below). For every hour you read, you’ll get a scratch ticket with a chance to win a prize!
The events listed on the schedule are for middle school students only and all events require advance sign up. Middle schoolers are also invited to several “all ages” programs listed on the calendar.
Print a copy of the schedule HERE
Adults and Teens Summer Reading
The Adult Summer Reading Program (SRP) theme for 2019 is “A Universe of Stories” and it runs from June 18th to August 10th. Register for the Program on or after June 18, be a part of the reading community and have fun!
High School students are welcome to participate in the Adult Program.
There are no required amounts or book topics for adults to read; however, the more you read (and audiobooks count) the more chances you have to win prizes! You can fill out more than one book review or book log.
When you register for the program, you’ll receive a packet with a list of events, a book review, and a book log. Additional copies of those materials are available at the Library and here: You can print extra copies of the book log and reviews.
Commemorative Vermont Teddy Bear Raffle for Summer Reading
Drawing on July 20
The Hampstead Public Library is raffling an Astronaut Bear to raise money for their Garden Path Project. The prize is a 15” honey-furred bear from the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. It includes a removable spacesuit, helmet, and boots. The suit has a stuffed backpack with fabric flames, detailed embroidered artwork, and an American flag patch. The bear features hypoallergenic fur, poseable limbs, recycled stuffing, and is guaranteed for life.
Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six tickets. Proceeds go toward design and implementation of a safe pathway to the Storybook Garden behind the Library. The drawing is on July 20th, the same day as the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.