May 31, 2019

Summer Reading 2019!

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A Universe of Stories!

Blast off to a Summer of Learning!

What’s Summer Reading all about? Summer Reading prevents the summer slide in learning for people of all ages. It helps kids, parents, and adults stay engaged with their goals by focusing on reading as a community!

When: Starting June 24th and running for 6 weeks.

Register: Sign up at the library and receive your
challenge sheet (we have one for kids and adults!) and snazzy bag.

How:  Complete the challenge by reading 10 hours over the summer*!
Finish your reading chart and submit it to receive a free book.

*Participants may read to themselves, to someone else or listen to books. 

All are invited to the End of Summer Reading Celebration on Friday August 2nd– Two words– Galaxy Cupcakes!

Special Events:

Check out our Events Page for the full line-up!


Start of Summer Reading Kick Off Concert! – Friday June 28th at 6:30pm
We will blast off into summer with a concert featuring local songwriter Ethan McBrien. Bring a picnic dinner and get ready to dance!

Family Storytime—Tuesdays at 10:30am
We will read stories, do some movements and songs, and a craft!
Open to all ages. June 25th-July 30th

Space Crafts on Wednesdays at 10:30am
A program based on the summer reading theme with an elaborate hands-on craft project each week!
Open to all ages, best for 5 and up. June 26th-July 31st

Planetarium Show— Thursday July 11th at 9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am.
A special program run by the McAuliffe-Shepard Discover Center! An inflatable planetarium will be set up in the Peterborough Town House. Sign up at the library- space is limited!

Stargazing in Shieling Forest—Friday, July 26th at 7pm
Join Jocelyn Duffy for a special program at Shieling Forest. Bring a picnic dinner and we’ll tell stories about the stars and do some stargazing!

The Stars of Egypt- Thursday, August 1st at 10:30am
Explore the mysteries of the constellations and how they connect with the pyramids of Ancient Egypt with artifacts from the Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center’s own collection.

Summer Reading Celebration!—August 2nd at 6:30pm
We’ll end the summer reading program with a partaaaay and a book give-away. Everyone that completes the summer reading challenge will be able to choose a free book!


Take and Make- All Summer Long
New this summer we will be  offering craft projects JUST FOR TEENS to take home. Stop by the library and grab a bag with all of the supplies you need, ready to Take & Make! A new project will go out on the
15th of June, July and August. Each craft will be offered on a first come, first served basis for teens ages 10-18.

Paint the Starry Skies
Wednesday, July 31st 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join pastel painter Gregory Maichack for a pastel workshop where you will create your own version of Van Gogh’s famous masterpiece! Ages 13 and up. Sign up at the library- space is limited.

Galaxy Crafts and Far-Out Snacks
Thursday, July 18th at 3:45pm

Join us for a whole afternoon of crafting just for teens! We’ll make four different galaxy-inspired crafts and have some snacks. Ages 10+. Sign up at the library- space is limited.


Reading Groups:

Short Reads Group
Wednesdays at Noon on June 12, July 10, and August 14th
The Short Reads group reads 2-3 curated articles on science/tech/current events/climate and other interesting topics. It’s a great club if you are busy! Join us for an hour discussion and feel free to bring your lunch! Topics this summer will include NASA innovations, private space travel, and the hidden life of trees.

Literary Book Club
Meets the last Friday of the month at 11am. This summer we will read the following:
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht — discussion June 29th
Dune by Frank Herbert — discussion July 27th
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach — discussion August 31st

Cookbook Club:
The Cookbook Club is a casual fun group! Please choose a recipe that appeals to  you and prepare it.

June 13: Something’s Missing:  Cooking Vegetarian, Dairy Free or Gluten Free
July 11 :  Picnics to take with you!

Conversations on Race Book Club
June 17 – To Kill A Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
July 15 – TBD August 19 – Waking up white: and finding myself in the story of race by Debby Irving.

Technology Classes

Please register, class size is limited.
Cloud Storage – June 11th and 18th (if needed) 1pm

Consumer Reports – June 25th at 1pm

Apps for the Night Sky – July 9th at 6:30pm

Garage Band: July 16th at 6:30pm

Password Management – July 23rd at 1pm

Podcasting 101 August 7th and 14th

Google Maps vs Waze – August 13th at 1 pm

Taking and Storing Headshots and Landscape photos – August 20th at 1pm

Film Screenings

Lights, Camera, Civics! 
Screening To Kill a Mockingbird- June 14th at 6:30pm and Panel Discussion on June 15th at 10:00am.
NH Institute for Civics Education will screen To Kill A Mockingbird  as part of a multi-year statewide program. It will be followed the following day by a panel discussion designed to foster conversations with the public on law, justice, and civics

Searching for America
June 24th at 6:30 at Peterborough Community Theater
2016 Documentary featuring citizen interviews about the state of our nation, including several folks from Peterborough, NH. Filmmaker Marc Kornblatt will be here to discuss his film and facilitate a Q and A after the screening. Brought to you in partnership with the League of Women Voters.

Other Classes

Yoga For All – Kripalu Yoga: Mondays from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. Suggested $5 donation

Paint the Starry Skies
Wednesday, July 31st 6:30pm-8:30pm

Join pastel painter Gregory Maichack for a pastel workshop where you will create your own version of Van Gogh’s famous masterpiece! Ages 13 and up. Sign up at the library- space is limited.

Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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