Summer Reading Program 2019 imageOur 2019 Summer Reading Program theme is “A Universe of Stories” and we have planned a variety of reading-related activities for our special corner of the universe.
Sign up begins on June 12, program starts on July 1.

Beginning on July 1, for each book you read, put a check mark on your tally card. After each week of reading, stop in the library with your tally card and get an ice-cold popsicle.

There will be fun grand prizes for summer readers when the program ends on August 17. Please bring your tally cards to the library by that date or soon after for your prize.

Prizes and supplies for our 2019 Summer Reading Program have been donated by Barnstormers Theatre, Friends of Cook Memorial Library, Hannaford Supermarket, Shaw’s Supermarket, The Other Store, Story Land, and Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf.

Cook Memorial Library and Chocorua Public Library invite readers of all ages to help us count how many books Tamworth reads this summer. At the end of the summer, we’ll have a party to celebrate readers and reading. Let us know how many books you read!

Events for all ages

  • July 4: Ordination Rock Family Day 5K, 8:30 am
    • Race starts at Ordination Rock on Cleveland Hill Road at 8:30 am. Register now at the library or on race day at the K.A. Brett School between 7 and 8:00 am. For the whole family; kids under 10 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. More info and registration form can be found at
  • July 13: View the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, 8:30 pm
    • South Tamworth resident astronomer Marc Stowbridge will bring telescopes and show you how to see places in our solar system.
  • July 16: Global Launch, 3:00 pm
    • Join in the worldwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch on July 16, 2019 by launching your own rocket!
      UNH Cooperative Extension’s 4-H science educator Claes Thelemarck will show you how to make a stomp rocket to launch. Claes will also be leading three rocket-making workshops for kids on Mondays this July at our library (see below).
  • July 27:  Join us on the Village Green in front of the Tamworth History Center for:
    • Baby Games, 10:00 am: Just what it sounds like! Bring baby for a fun time with bubbles, balls, and more
    • Solar Viewing, 11:00 am: Marc Stowbridge will bring solar telescopes and other equipment, and show you how to view the sun safely
  • July 28: All-ages Ultimate Frisbee game, 1:00 pm
    • Meet at the Village Green in front of the Tamworth History Center and we will teach you how to play
  • August 3: Magic by George, 11:00 am* on the library lawn (inside if raining)
    • Get ready to blast off with a magic show that’s completely out of this world! This fast-paced show harmoniously combines George’s playful persona with jaw-dropping magic, lighthearted humor, captivating storytelling and plenty of audience participation.
  • August 23: Summer readers’ celebration, 3:00 p.m. on the library lawn
    • All who participated in this year’s summer reading programs at Cook Memorial Library and Chocorua Public Library are invited to come celebrate reading and enjoy some ice cream with toppings!
  • See also Music on the Lawn, Wednesdays, July 10 through August 21 at 6:30 pm in front of the library.

Story Times for young children, Tuesdays at 10:30 am

  • July 2: Ellen Farnum
  • July 9: Waldorf Puppets
  • July 16: Amy Carter
  • July 23: Gail Marrone
  • July 30: Polly Mahoney
  • August 6: Lucy Gatchell
  • August 13: Anneliese Smith
  • August 20: Amy Carter
  • August 27: Polly Mahoney

Kids’ activities (for school-age kids), Mondays at 3:00 pm

  • Rockets! with Claes Thelemarck
    • July 15: Straw Rockets, for ages 5 to 8 (ends at 4:00 pm)
    • CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN. July 22: Stomp Rockets for ages 8 to 13 (ends at 4:30 pm)
    • July 29: Bottle Rockets for ages 9 and up (ends at 5:00 pm)
  • August 5: Nocturnal Animals with Tin Mountain Conservation Center

Reading Clubs, Mondays at 5:00 pm

  • August 5 12 (note date change, now combined with Bookworms): Bibliomaniacs reading club for ages 11 and up
    • Talk about the book The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart, play games, eat pizza. Borrow a book to read ahead of time, and sign up so we have enough pizza.
  • August 12: Bookworms reading club for ages 7-10
    • Talk about the book Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech, play games, eat pizza. Sign up ahead of time so we have enough pizza.

For Teens

  • Chess Club, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm (for all ages, but teens are especially welcome)
  • Time to Write, for ages 11-15, Fridays, 10:30 am on July 12, 19, 26
    • If you like to write, bring your notebook or tablet and join writing coach Louise Wrobleski at the library this summer for Time to Write. Each session will begin with a quick writing exercise followed by time for your own choice of writing. As a community of writers, we will support each other, helping to brainstorm and revise our mysteries, poems, short stories, fiction, and any pieces you choose to work on that morning.

*Funding for Magic by George, a Kids, Books and the Arts event, is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds administered by the New Hampshire State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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