NEW HAMPTON — The Gordon-Nash Library is again offering its summer reading program to the families of the Newfound Area. This year’s theme is Build a Better World and children’s programming will be focused on building and construction as well as on ways to show kindness and empathy to others.
Three sessions will be offered each week. Tuesday evening programs, from 6:30-7:30, will feature performances and events for the whole family. Wednesday nights at 6:30, we will show family movies, rated PG. Our regular Thursday morning story Times at 10:45 will focus on stories and crafts for children of all ages.
The 2017 Summer Reading Program will begin on Tuesday, June 27, with an ice cream social at 6 p.m. followed by a performance by New Hampshire musician TJ Wheeler. TJ is a roots-related musician who performs blues, jazz, and ragtime on a variety of stringed instruments, like seven string guitar, ukulele and banjo, all while foot-tapping percussion. He has received state and national awards for his lively music. Funding for this Kids, Books, and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Other Tuesday evening events at the library will be “Animal Architects” with live animals from the Squam Lakes Science Center, a “Build-Your-Own-Fort” Night with a stuffed animal sleepover, CactusHead Puppets presenting “The Pied Piper of Hamlin,” and a touch-a-truck evening with construction and emergency vehicles and more.
The Summer Reading Program will end on Aug. 1 with a 6:30 p.m. presentation from magician-comic Bob Riordan The annual ice cream party will follow.