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Summer Reading Programs

The Summer Reading program begins on the last day of school in Hampstead- June 22.  Come in anytime after 1PM to begin signing up for events and pick up book logs and learn how to keep track of your reading.

 Summer reading is for little kids and grown ups, so join in to win prizes and have fun at the library! 
Click here or the icon to go to our summer reading page.

Pizza and Pages Book Group
RESCHEDULED Thursday July 20 at 6:30 pm

Join Mrs. Griffin to discuss and share some of YOUR favorite reads while enjoying glorious pizza.

Squam Lake Animal Encounters at Hampstead Central School
Thursday July 20 at 10AM

Meet your friends at the Hampstead Central School for this special event, co-sponsored by Hampstead Recreation.

Meet three live animals native to New Hampshire, including a Peregrine Falcon, and hear the inspiring stories of three Earth Heroes whose work helped to ensure the survival of some amazing creatures. 

Children's Program: Music and Movement
Tuesday July 24 from 10 to 10:30 AM

Music and Movement
is a lively and noisy program for toddlers and preschoolers aged 1-5 and their caregivers.  

Join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month as we explore a variety of songs, dances, and instruments while finding new ways to move our bodies. 

This program is designed to engage children and get them excited about music, improve their fine and gross motor skills through movement, and spark their creativity while supporting the development of their mind and body.


Sharpie Tie Dye
Monday July 24 at 1PM

Learn a new way to make your own tie dye creation.  You supply your own white t-shirt and we’ll supply everything else needed.

Be Happy! Building a Happier You
Monday July 24 at 7PM

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could feel happier? Many of us do and we think we will feel happier as a result of something – such as finding a new job, finishing a project, losing 10 pounds, etc. However, psychologists and neurologists are now realizing that happiness can be achieved through changing the way we think.

 Lizzie Linn Casanave, professor of philosophy at NECC, explains this revolutionary concept and provides you with practical tools for achieving this new mindset.

A NECC Speakers’ Bureau program.
Christmas in July
Tuesday July 25 at 1PM

Do these hot days have you dreaming of icicles and candy canes?  Come to the library for a summer yuletide celebration!  There will be holiday treats, songs, stories, and an indoor snowball fight!

Family Fort Night
Thursday July 27 at 6PM

Grab a flashlight, bring some clean sheets or blankets, and work together to build your own reading fort!   When it’s finished, pick out some library books to bring into your fort and read together.

Packages for Soldiers: Build Their Morale
Wednesday July 26 6 to 8 PM

Show soldiers serving abroad that you care by writing letters, donating items to go in care packages, and helping us pack the boxes.

We’ll be collecting letters and items for the care packages from June 22 to July 26. At the packing event, we’ll also have supplies available to make cards and write letters.

Soldiers’ Wish List
Sunflower seeds
(especially flavored ones like ranch, bbq, etc)
Energy bars
Water flavoring
BBQ sauce
Hot sauce
Instant soup
Tuna packets

A list of suggestions for what the soldiers want or need is also in a printable list HERE
These are the names of the soliders who would like letters or cards: Jeff, John, Silas, Tony, Weston, Allan, Bob, Caleb, Darvin, Davy, Jean Luc, Josh, Michael, Michael, Rich, Robby, Ryan, Sam, Scott, Scott, Sergio

Candy Bar Bingo
Saturday July 29 at 12PM

Play a sweet, sweet game of bingo.  Bring one full size candy bar per participant to enter the game. 

Have the chance to win even more candy bars!  Fun for the whole family!

Water Wars
Wednesday August 2 at 1PM

Are you ready to get wet?  Meet on the front lawn of the library for WATER GAMES!  With cups, sponges, and balloons, everyone’s sure to leave soaked!

SILENT Library
Thursday August 3 at 1PM

Shhh! You're supposed to be quiet! This is a library! But can you remain silent while competeing in hair-raising, nail-biting, and squee-inducing challenges? Can you!?

Build Your Story: Memoir Workshop
Thursday August 3 at 6:30PM

You are the only one to tell the stories that have made you who you are; no one else has seen the world through your eyes. Where do you start? What do you need to begin? Do you have to be a great writer? What if others don’t like what you have to say?

Dr. Melissa Juchniewicz, professor at NECC, shows you that with just your memories and pencil and paper, you can begin to voice your wonderful stories. She provides ideas for structure and techniques for results
worthy of your experiences. Bring something to write with, and you’ll leave with something written that may be the start of a great
journey. A NECC Speakers’ Bureau program.

Local Documentary: All Gave Some - An Oral History of the Vietnam War
Wednesday August 9 at 4 PM and 7PM

In the fall of 2016, Scott Strainge, an administrator at Timberlane Regional High School, headed
a team of staff and students who documented an oral history of the Vietnam War. They interviewed local veterans and families, who shared their personal experiences through pictures, artifacts, and stories. After months of hard work, it all came together in this documentary. You have two opportunities to view this important piece of the history, and the stories of local community members.

Please indicate your interest in attending, by calling 603/329-6411 or email jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org.
SEE Science Center and Kona Ice
Thursday August 10 at 1PM

First participate in a fizzing, popping, booming science show from See Science Center.  Then head outside to celebrate the end of Summer Reading 2017 with a FREE Kona Ice!

FREE Movie: Going In Style
Wednesday August 16 at 1:30PM AND 7 PM

Lifelong buddies Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine) and Albert (Alan Arkin) decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow when their pension funds become a corporate casualty. Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three men risk it all by embarking on a daring adventure to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.