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Sign up for our Summer Reading Programs

The Keene Public Library launches its Build a Better World summer reading programs on June 10, 2017, with a party on the lawn.

Readers and prereaders can get a jump start on summer reading by preregistering now so that they can begin reading and logging reading starting on June 10th. 

Kids Summer Reading and Learning Game

Early Literacy: Babies, Toddlers, and Others 

Teen Summer Reading 

Summer Reading for Adults

During the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes by reading and completing library challenges.

 “We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Services. "You might be surprised by all that we offer. We have vibrant, boisterous programs that involve music and movement, stories and songs. There are learning equipment, games, and puzzles for young children. Conversation, crafting, and creation every day in our Youth Department. 

Themed events include Build-a-Rama challenges on Mondays at 3:30 p.m., a Duct Tape Network club for young designers on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., Children’s Make and Take Embroidery on Thursdays at 11 a.m., Makers' Camp for kids ages 9 to 14 on Thursdays at 2 p.m., Pixel Press Academy with Bloxels beginning on July 25, 2017. at 2 p.m., and Build a Bot Camp for kids ages 9 to 13 beginning Aug 1st, Tuesdays at 2 p.m. There are also special programs designed for the whole family including a Family Fort Night on June 30 at 6 p.m., family art workshops with artist Susan Schwake on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., and a Family Engineering Fun Night on Friday August 21, 2017, at 6 p.m.

A program called “Book Buddies” pairs young rookie readers with trained veteran readers. Students entering kindergarten, first, second, third, or fourth grade are encouraged to sign up now so that they can be matched with older students entering the fifth through the twelfth grade and adults. For four weeks starting July 6, 2017, these “Book Buddies” will meet regularly at the library to read, write, and talk about books. Meeting times are Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. “Studies also indicate students who read recreationally outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their own interests,” Zachariah added. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”

Registration will continue throughout the program which will end on August 14th. To learn more about the summer reading adventure at the library, please call 603-352-0157.