Summer reading programs for children and teens are officially closed which is sad, but we have a lot to be thankful for as well as a lot of thanks to convey. It was a record-breaking year with over 250 combined child and teen registrations. Most of the children’s programs were maxed out for registrations hosting 30 plus for each event. The teens came out in record numbers as well. The children ‘traveled’ to France, Japan, Mexico, and Italy and ate various delicacies from each country represented. Over 80 children, teens, and adults joined us for ‘Reptiles on the Move’. The teens showed off their talents in a cooking contest, showed us their moves in self-defense, and got tatted up with henna. Children read approximately 29,000 minutes while the teens read and participated to the tune of roughly 500 tickets. (Most tickets equaled one book less than 200 pages, and if a book was 200 or above 2 tickets could be submitted.) All of these milestones make us incredibly proud of the youth of this area who chose to spend a portion of their summer reading, expanding their horizons, and with us.
We are incredibly thankful to ‘The Friends of Kimball Library’ who fundraise and provide us with prizes, performers, and programs for the reading programs. If it were not for the hard work and generosity of this group we would not be able to have summer reading program of any substance at all. Likewise, it takes donations from local businesses to whom we also grateful. We tip our hats to the following:
• Hannaford (E. Hampstead, NH)
• EGGIE’S Family Restaurant (Atkinson, NH)
• Charmingfare Farm (Candia, NH)
• StoryLand (Glen, NH)
• Cedarland (Haverhill, MA)
• Victorian Park (Salem, NH)
• Masiello Group (Atkinson, NH)
• East Coast Lumber (E. Hampstead, NH)
• McDonald’s Restaurants (Haverhill, MA)
• Fisher Cats (Manchester, NH)
• Canobie Lake Park (Salem, NH)
• Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey
• Topsfield Fair (Topsfield, MA)
• Rye Airfield (Rye, NH)
Without the support of our sponsors we would not be able to offer prizes which are a fabulous incentive for any age. Please join us in thanking them by frequenting their places of business. It is especially noteworthy for them to give generously in economic times such as these. We also had a number of individual private donations and we offer our kudos to those who thought of us as well.
Summer reading programs may be closed, but we are not. We are open Monday-Friday from 10am-8pm as well as Saturdays from 10am-3pm. Enjoy our a/c on the last lazy days of summer. Chill out with some magazines, music, computer use, fiction or non-fiction, audio books, eBooks, DVDs, television series DVDs, graphic novels, comics, manga, etc. The possibilities are mind-blowing because they are all for free! Take advantage of the goldmine at your doorstep.
Reminder: WOW, a LUAU at the library! Save the date ~Friday, August 19, from 5-8pm. Aloha.
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