Summer Reading Theme 2019: A Universe of Stories!


The Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library has an annual Summer Reading Program to keep kids and teens reading through the summer months. The program is filled with fun events and programs as well as a challenge to read as much as possible in order to earn prizes.

This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories!” Sign up at the library starting June 25th, and as you read this summer, keep track of your progress in the Reading Logs we’ll give you. At the end of the program, you’ll be able to pick out prizes based on the hours you’ve read—we have tickets to amusement parks, mini golf, fun museums, plus toys and more.

There are additional perks as well; if you read at least 10 hours, you’ll receive a $5 gift certificate for the Beach Plum (serving ice cream and more!). If you read at least 20 hours, you’ll receive two tickets (child + adult) to the New England Dragway’s “Jet Cars Under the Stars” show where you can meet the driver of the Shockwave Jet Truck! Be sure to check the calendar of events to see what special things are happening each week at the library!

Summer Reading Events:

6/25: Diane & Bob Kordas Concert with Puppets – 2 pm
We’ll kick off the summer with an outer-space themed concert by Diane & Bob Kordas, accompanied by some of Diane’s wonderful handmade puppets. Diane presents music with lots of audience participation, using a variety of instruments for all to discover musical fun in the library – everyone can play along and sing along! Diane has been performing music for children and families since 1992 and puppet shows since 1998. Her classic and original stories with puppets, music, humor and audience participation are enjoyed by children and families at libraries, schools, outdoor events, parties, daycares and preschools throughout New England.

7/1: Lamprey River Nature Program- 11 am
Have fun learning about and exploring our local river! Suzanne Petersen from the Lamprey River Advisory Committee will share all sorts of interesting facts about the river, using games and real samples of aquatic insects and animals that live there. If the weather is nice, we’ll take a walk down to the river access by the library and see what we can find ourselves! Please be sure children and adults wear sneakers or closed-toe sandals.

7/2: Children’s Yoga – 10:30 am
Our yoga series continues during summer reading, taught by Kripalu Yoga teacher, Leah Pacione! The class will have an outer-space theme to go with this year’s Summer Reading theme. Mats are provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own– just show up in comfortable clothes, ready to stretch and have fun!

7/8: Build a Comet – 2 pm (ages 8+)
In this workshop, participants will learn about comets through creating one themselves. They will explore questions like where do comets come from, what are they made of and how many types of comets are there? Then they will take this knowledge and through the help of an educator create a comet look like with dry ice and other materials. Presented by the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

7/12: Comedy Juggling Show 5pm & Pizza Party 4:30pm (at Epping Town Hall)
Bryson Lang uses ball-spinning, flying sombreros, giant bouncing rings, object manipulation, original comedy and audience participation for a unique and visual entertainment experience. You will definitely see things you’ve never seen before and you’ll be laughing along the way. The Reno Gazette Journal said, “A talented juggler who wins the audience with his charm.” Tahoe Spotlight Magazine called him, “Outstanding and a fast-paced mix of world-class juggling and comedy!” After the show, Bryson will teach a workshop so you can learn to juggle too! The show begins at 5:00pm upstairs at the town hall, but we’ll open doors and be serving pizza at 4:30.

7/13: Paws to Read – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Children of all ages are invited to spend 20 minute sessions reading out loud to Leon the library dog, in order to build confidence and have fun reading in the company of a black lab therapy dog that doesn’t judge. Registration in advance is recommended, but not required. Read Leon your favorite space travel story!

7/15: It’s Money, Honey: Beginning STEM Skills – 11 am
(recommended for preschoolers)
Kathy Stoughton, M. Ed and STEM curriculum designer has organized a program to introduce youngsters to key life skills. Through fun, interactive activities revolving around play money, kids will learn about math, decision-making and practical skills. After kids “shop” for pretend food, we’ll have some real treats to share!

7/16: Children’s Yoga – 10:30 am
Our yoga series continues during summer reading, taught by Kripalu Yoga teacher, Leah Pacione! The class will have an outer-space theme to go with this year’s Summer Reading theme. Mats are provided, or you’re welcome to bring your own– just show up in comfortable clothes, ready to stretch and have fun!

7/19: Turtles are Out of this World – 11 am (suggested for ages 3-10)
Who was first in the race to moon? Well…TURTLE, of course! Russian Tortoise, to be exact, on September 14, 1968. Are you ready for an engaging, fast paced, educational program? Get ready for Wild About Turtles with Mary “The Turtle Lady” Doane! The program includes storytelling, singing, movement, and creative arts. Enjoy live box turtles, aquatic turtles and our most popular NH native turtle, the Common Snapper!

7/22: Under a Starry Sky: Nocturnal Animals– 1:30 pm
Join us for a fun-filled exploration into the star-lit world of nocturnal animals. Learn how these animals have adapted to survive in their nighttime environment, under a starry sky. A museum educator from the Children’s Museum in Dover will lead participants in a fascinating, hands-on, and startlingly science-filled presentation all about these critters of the night. Participants will travel through interactive stations where they can investigate animal tracks, animal constellations, explore hands-on nature experiments, and more!

7/30: SPCA Storytime – 11 am
The New Hampshire SPCA will make a visit to the library, featuring some animal friends; come see what cute creatures they bring this time! We ask that children and adults bring dog or cat food to donate to the SPCA.

8/2: Turn in Reading Logs!
Please turn in Reading Logs so the librarians will have time to add up all your reading hours and distribute prizes! The Prize Room will open next week; check in with the librarians for details.

8/2: Magic Show & End of Summer Reading Party– 2 pm
Celebrate the end of another fun summer of reading with our favorite humorous magician, David Anderson! See what tricks he has up his sleeve (or in his magic hat) this time! Then we’ll enjoy some sweet summer treats!

8/3: “Jet Cars Under the Stars” at NE Dragway – 4:30 pm
Any participant who read at least 20 hours for the summer reading program will receive two tickets (child + adult) to the New England Dragway’s “Jet Cars Under the Stars!” The event will feature Jet Dragsters, Jet Funny Cars, Wheelstanders, Pro Comp, Top Sportsman, Top Bike, Dennis K. Burke Super Comp, Diesel Direct Super Street, Central Mass. Drag Racers, and Street Fighter. Arrive at 4:30 pm for your VIP treatment!

Here are some favorite moments from Summer Reading 2018: