2018 summer reading programOur 2018 Summer Reading Program theme is “Libraries Rock!”
Sign up begins on June 12, program starts on July 1.

Beginning on July 1, for each day you read for at least 20 minutes, 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 11. Please bring your tally cards to the library by that date or soon after for your prize. K.A. Brett School students, save your tally card to bring to school in September. Mrs. Palmer and Mrs. Nelson are planning a back-to-school ice cream celebration for summer readers.

Prizes and supplies for our 2018 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 White Lake Speedway.

Events for the whole family

  • July 4: Ordination Rock Family Day 5K, 8:30 am
  • July 11: Movie Night, 8:30 pm
    • Bring a blanket and/or chair and come see The Princess Bride, a fun movie for all ages with lots of opportunities for audience participation. Meet on the lawn behind the library at 8:30 pm, we’ll provide popcorn.
  • July 25: Amy Beach in Words and Music, 7:00 pm
    • Former NH Poet Laureate Marie Harris will perform a show celebrating the life and music of NH composer Amy Beach. Marie will be accompanied by soprano Adi Rule. Amy Beach is the subject of our July art show, on loan from UNH Special Collections.
  • July 29: All-ages Ultimate Frisbee game, 2:00 pm
    • Meet at the Village Green in front of the Tamworth History center and Jeff Landesmann will teach you how to play
  • August 4: Bryson Lang Comedy-Juggling Show, 11:00 am*
    • In front of the library on the day of the Tamworth Street Fair, come to a family-friendly Comedy-Juggling show. Bryson uses ball-spinning, flying sombreros, giant bouncing rings, object manipulation, original comedy and audience participation to create a unique and visual entertainment experience.
  • See also Music on the Lawn, most Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in front of the library.

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

  • July 3: Amy Carter
  • July 10: Gail Marrone
  • July 17: Amy Carter
  • July 24: Jennifer Kampsnider
  • July 31: Cathy Arsenault-Shea
  • August 7: Lucy Gatchell
  • August 14: Anneliese Smith
  • August 21: Tara Schroeder, yoga storytime

Kids’ activities (for school-age kids), Tuesdays at 2:00 pm

  • July 10: Paint Friendship and Pet Rocks with Amy and Mary
  • July 17: Forest Animals: Skins and Skulls with Jessie Dubuque
  • July 24: Seven Amazing Animal Ambassadors with Wildlife Encounters
  • July 31: Ultimate Frisbee with Jeff Landesmann
  • August 7: Geology Rocks with Tin Mountain Conservation Center

Reading Clubs, Mondays at 5:00 pm

  • August 6: Bibliomaniacs reading club for ages 10 and up,
    • Talk about the book Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl, play games, eat pizza. Sign up ahead of time so we have enough pizza, and books because the author will come to the book club this time. Thanks to generous sponsors, you will get to keep your copy of Tiny Infinities and have it signed by the author.
  • August 13: Bookworms reading club for ages 7-10,
    • Talk about the book Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, play games, eat pizza. Sign up ahead of time so we have enough pizza.

Just for Teens

  • August 6: Teen Debate workshop
    • For teens age 13 and up, this workshop begins at 2:00 pm at the library. No experience necessary!

    Interested in Debate? America’s pastime isn’t baseball, it’s arguing, so get better at it! Come experience debate for an afternoon. We’ll teach you the basics of argumentation through mini debates and then finish with a tournament on a surprise topic with a prize for the winner. We’ll practice developing and researching good arguments on any topic you debate, rebutting your opponent’s claims, and most importantly debating both sides of an issue.

    Who is teaching this? Sam Davidson is a high school student who is going into his fourth year of debating.

*Bryson Lang’s Comedy-Juggling Show is a Kids, Books and the Arts with funding provided by the Saul O. Sidore Memorial Foundation in memory of Rebecca Lee Spitz, a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional funds were provided by the Friends of Cook Memorial Library.




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