summer reading counts

Cook Memorial Library and Chocorua Public Library are teaming up to count how many books Tamworth reads this summer, and celebrate the results.

Readers of all ages are invited to count how many books they read this summer between June 21 and August 17. Tamworth residents, seasonal residents, and summer visitors are all invited to participate. For each book read, drop one penny or other coin in the summer reading jar at either library. At the end of the summer, we’ll use the money collected to throw a party for our community of readers.

Books to count can be print books, ebooks, or audiobooks, and can be from anywhere: borrowed from a library or a friend, purchased, or found. Readers can be any age, and books read aloud to others count, too.

The libraries will have pennies on hand for those who don’t have coins. Tamworth readers who cannot get to the library during their open hours may call either library* and leave a message with the number of books read, and a librarian will add coins to the jar. For those who prefer not to call, there is a short online form that can be used to add pennies for books read. The online form can be found at

After August 17, the coins collected at both libraries will be counted and totaled. How many coins will tell how many books Tamworth read as a community, and the total amount of money collected will be used to pay for a party for Tamworth readers during the last two weeks of August–date, time and place to be determined. The more books read, the bigger the celebration.

*Cook Memorial Library is located at 93 Main Street in Tamworth Village, and phone number is 603-323-8510. Chocorua Public Library is located at 25 Deer Hill Road (Route 113) in Chocorua Village, and phone number is 603-323-8610.

Summer Reading Counts!
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