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We introduce children to stories, to each other, and to the world. Storytimes cultivate curiosity, build imaginations and bolster early literacy skills. This helps kids grow into lifelong learners. We do this by living and modeling our mantra: ‘Write, talk, read, sing and play EVERY day!’
**Please note: Storytime is currently being offered virtually using Zoom. See Event Calendar for exact dates and link to join.
We currently have a free trial for Tumblebooks. Please go here to access Ebooks and audiobooks for kids!
Wednesdays at 10:30am
Babies and their caregivers gather to sing songs, chant nursery rhymes, read board books, enjoy lap bounces and have playtime. Baby story time is for babies from birth to age two and their caregivers, but siblings are always welcome.
Tuesdays at 10:30am
The group enjoys picture books together and simple songs and movement are offered between stories. A craft is created after each story time. All preschoolers who enjoy singing, moving, sitting and listening to stories, and their caregivers, are welcome. This program is recommended for children 2-5 but siblings are also welcome.
Tinker Tales is for kids who are in kindergarten and grade school and their caregivers. We read longer fairy tales and folktales, funny books and longer stories, and work on a hands-on craft or STEAM activity each session. This is a great activity to attend after school and before the weekend hits! Great for both boys and girls Kindergarten through 4th grade– there is always a good mix of ages.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten!
How to Participate
- Visit the Library
- Pick up a NH 1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN canvas tote bag, filled with a tally sheet, a bookmark, and the book, Read to your Bunny by Rosemary Wells.
- Check out books or read books at home. We also have ten filled book bags with five fun, colorful, and playful boardbooks contained in easy “to-go” red bags on our red table as you enter the Children’s Area.
- Fill out the Reading tall Sheets–keep at home or turn in for a prize
Special thanks to the Friends of the Peterborough Town Library and The Toadstool Bookshop for purchasing the Read to Your Bunny books. The NH 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative is sponsored by CHILIS and the NH State Library, and supported by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library, the NH Academy of Family Physicians, and NH Family Voices.
Online Resources for Families
eBooks for kids!
Libby is a great app to download eBooks. There is a growing collection of children’s books and with the read aloud feature, kids can read along and see the text as they listen to the story.
Space and Toys
Talk, read, sing, and play at the library. We have learning toys, puzzles, and building blocks to inspire your little ones!