The library has an annual program to keep kids reading during the summer. The program is filled with fun events and activities as well as a challenge to read as much as possible in the month of July. It is free for any child who lives in Epping and is a great way to encourage ongoing learning and a love of reading. No child is too young to start– many parents of young children enjoy tracking time they read together and participating in the events and activities.

Sign up by emailing the name and age of your participating child/children to: hmmlyouth@gmail.com, or come into the Youth Room of the library. Reading logs and activity kits can be picked up beginning June 28th and the program ends July 30th. During the month of July, children keep track of how much time they spend reading (whatever books they like), and at the end of the program they’re able to choose prizes based on their total reading time. All the while, we offer several outdoor and virtual events families can participate in.

Outdoor Summer Reading Events 2021

Outdoor events will take place in the park adjacent to the library, behind Town Hall.

Thurs, 7/1 – 10:30am
Butterflies, Bats & Other Pollinators
(with Jerry Schneider)
Families will get to know some of our local pollinators, featuring bees, hummingbirds, beetles, bats, dragonflies and butterflies. These are important critters that help pollinate our orchards, backyard gardens, and our rain forests. We’ll learn how to build and maintain habitats that help our pollinator populations, such as what flowers to grow in our gardens to attract butterflies and bees. Afterwards, children will create pollinator tee shirts, using a combination of fabric dye sprays, plants, and butterfly, bat and dragonfly cutouts. Children may purchase cotton T-shirts (Gildan) for $4, or bring their own.

Tues, 7/6 – 10:15 am
Family Yoga in the Park
Slow down and stretch with family yoga taught by Leah Pacione! All ages are welcome.

* Now Wednesday, 7/7 – 11:00am
No Two Tails Alike
(Squam Lakes Natural Science Center)
An animal’s tail can serve as a rudder when swimming, help with agility during flight, or can even function like an extra hand. Meet live native wildlife ambassadors as a naturalist from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center tells tales of the tails of some of New Hampshire’s native wildlife. We’ll get a visit from three of the following possible animals: opossum, skunk, porcupine, snake, hawk, falcon.

Tues, 7/13 – 2:00pm
Flying High Dogs (with Mike Piazza)
Come watch these incredible Frisbee-catching dogs! Mike Piazza is a world record holder in the sport of K-9 Frisbee and the current #1 Professional K-9 Frisbee performer in the world! Mike and his dogs have performed all around the world, including shows for the NFL, NBA, ESPN, Animal Planet, TV commercials & many more! They perform a variety of Frisbee & other entertaining tricks for a show that’s high-flying, dynamic, educational and fun for all ages!

Mon, 7/19 – 6:30pm
Birds of Prey (with Jane Kelly)
Jane Kelly, who has created a bird refuge in her Epping home, will bring three live birds of prey and talk about their unique qualities. Jane is a federal and state licensed rehabilitator, educator and falconer, specializing in raptors. Her raptor rehabilitation center, “On The Wing,” works with the Veterinary Emergency and Surgery Hospital in Brentwood, NH Fish and Game, Animal Control Officers, Local and State Law Enforcement and the general public.

Tues, 7/20 – 10:15 am
Family Yoga in the Park
Slow down and stretch with family yoga taught by Leah Pacione! All ages are welcome.

Thurs, 7/22 – 11:00am
SPCA Story Time with Ruby
The New Hampshire SPCA will make a visit for a story time, featuring our local canine friend, Ruby. The SPCA is not able to bring any classroom pets this summer, so we’ll enjoy some animal stories with Ruby and her human, Elizabeth. We recommend bringing dog or cat food to donate to the SPCA if you’re able.

Fri, 7/30 – 11:00am
Magic Show (with David Anderson)
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!

Virtual Events:

Puppet Show with Diane Kordas (watch anytime):
A Summer Reading tradition, Diane brings her puppet show to us virtually– we suggest starting off the program by watching her video! Diane has been performing music for children and families since 1992 and performing puppet shows since 1998. Her classic and original stories told with her wonderful handmade puppets, music, and humor are enjoyed by children and families throughout New England.

Finding Science in Folktales (watch anytime):
Join us for a trip around the world with the Children’s Museum of Dover as we investigate animal science through popular folktales and legends! Participants travel from East Africa to Brazil and beyond as they hear how the King of the birds was chosen, why Bear has a stumpy tail, and more. Each folktale will have a corresponding animal science focused experiment or activity. Participants will hear the following folktales and do corresponding activities:

  • ​​Why Hippo Lives in the Water (from East Africa): Craft a UV bead turtle and engineer a shelter for it
  • ​​Why Bear Has a Stumpy Tail (An Iroquois Story): Unfreeze a plastic toy fish from ice using a pipette
  • ​​How Beetles Got Their Gorgeous Coats (A Mayan Story): Design a climbing beetle toy
  • How the King of the Birds was Chosen (A story from Brazil): Build a throne for Quetzal–the King of the birds!

Tues, 7/13 – 10:15am
Family Yoga (on Zoom)
Slow down and stretch with family yoga taught by Leah Pacione! All ages are welcome.

Tues, 7/27 – 10:15am
Family Yoga (on Zoom)
Slow down and stretch with family yoga taught by Leah Pacione! All ages are welcome.

Here are some photos from past Summer Reading events:

Watch the 2020 Magic Show & Workshop with David Anderson:
View here!