For summer 2022, our theme will be “Oceans of Possibilities!”

Friday, June 17: Summer Reading Program begins! Come to the library and pick up an “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program Bingo card with 24 fun reading activities. Mark your Bingo card each time you do one of the activities.

  • Each 5-in-a-row earns you 2 tickets toward prize drawings (on July 16 and August 20) 
  • After 3 5-in-a-row Bingos, you earn a free mini golf game at Pirates Cove!

Bring your Bingo card with you when you visit the library. Plus, you can get a free book and a popsicle with each library visit!

EVENTS

Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Community Art-Making for all ages. Help us decorate for our “Oceans of Possibilities” summer reading program by painting fish and other sea creatures to hang in the library.

Weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM: Outdoor nature-based storytime. Meet outside behind the library for a time of stories, songs, and outdoor nature-based play for little ones and their caregivers. Bring a blanket to sit on and dress for active outdoor play, which in hot weather may include getting wet! See the schedule below to see when we’ll have special storytime visitors. 

Saturday, July 9 at 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Robot car STEM activity for kids ages 4 to 8 and their caregivers. Make mazes for Sphero the robot car using color coded cards, a screen-free STEM activity!

Tuesday, July 12, 10:30 AM: Special Storytime Sea Shanties with Dexter Harding: Dexter has songs, stories and games about the people and creatures of the sea.

Wednesday, July 13, 5:00 PM: Cooking with Polly for youth ages 10 and up. Sign up ahead of time. 

Saturday, July 16 at 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Community Art-Making with Lucy for all ages. 3-D sculptures using newspapers. And at 12 Noon, the first drawing for prizes for Summer Reading Program Bingo players.

Tuesday, July 19, 10:30 AM: Special Storytime with Lobsters! A Marine Docent from UNH Cooperative Extension will share cool things about lobsters and answer questions with hands-on activities, such as lobster measuring and banding and learning how a lobster trap works.

Friday, July 22, 3:00 PM: Oceans of Fun coloring activity! Color a fish and see it come to life with augmented reality using the Quivervision app. 

Monday, July 25, 5:00-6:30 PM: Summer Book Club for 7-9 year-olds. Sign up and pick up a copy of Wishtree by Katherine Applegate ahead of time. Come to talk about the book, play games, eat pizza!

Wednesday, July 27, 2:00 PM: GET WET! Drinking Water program with Green Mountain Conservation Group. Participants may conduct their own water tests with guidance from GMCG, or have their samples tested for them. Please pre-register for the program by contacting education@gmcg.org. This program is free and open to the public, including children and families. FMI and how to take your water sample, visit www.gmcg.org.

Monday, August 1, 5:00-6:30 PM: Summer Book Club for 10-14 year-olds. Sign up and pick up a copy of Wolf Keepers by Elise Broach ahead of time. Come to talk about the book, play games, eat pizza!

Tuesday, August 2, 10:30 AM: Special Storytime with Living Shores Aquarium: Come see and learn about some of the aquarium’s sea creatures. 

Wednesday, August 10, 5:00 PM: Cooking with Polly for youth ages 10 and up. Sign up ahead of time. 

Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 PM: Potluck and movie (at dusk)! Outdoor showing of the movie Delicious.

Saturday, August 20, 11:00-1:00 PM: Oceans of Fun movie making! Come make an undersea-themed movie using the Stop Motion Studio app. And at 12 Noon, the second drawing for prizes for Summer Reading Program Bingo players.

Wednesday, August 24, 7:00 PM: Dive into the Ocean: Amazing Underwater Photos, an outdoor slide show for all ages with award-winning underwater photographer, scuba diver, and best-selling author Brigitte “Deda” Wilms.

Also happening at the library this summer:

  • Ordination Rock Family Day 5K Race, Monday, July 4, race starts at 8:30 AM, register between 7:00-8:00 AM at the Brett School. 
  • Indigenous Conservation Today, Monday, July 11, 6:30 PM outside behind the library. A talk by Denise Pouliot, Sag8moskwa, and Paul Pouliot, Sag8mo for the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook and Abenaki People. Cosponsored with Chocorua Lake Conservancy.
  • NH Humanities “Perspectives” Book Discussion, Tuesday, August 23, 6:00 PM Potluck and 6:30 PM discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer led by Damian Costello. Cosponsored with Chocorua Lake Conservancy.
  • Music on the Lawn, Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM July 6 through August 10
  • Riverside Serenades, Saturdays 4:00-5:00 PM July 9 through September 24
  • Friends of Cook Memorial Library Book Sale, Saturday, August 6, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Look for our Mobile Library at the summer programs at Bearcamp Center! 

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