What a summer of big happenings at the library! We learned to ballroom dance with Peggi Morrow, marveled at Bob Riordan* magically turning a cloth into an umbrella, identified local animal tracks and insects with Kaytee Hojnacki, ate and planted strawberries with Kiska Alexandropoulos. We also watched caterpillars turn into painted lady butterflies, watched the hit movie Zootopia, heard TJ Wheeler play the blues, learned yoga poses, got soaked together and made water art!
227 people attended our 9 summer events so far (not counting weekly Family Hour on Fridays,) an average of 25 people per event. Thank you to everyone who participated in Summer Reading! We distributed logs to 26 participants, who completed 450 combined hours of reading and activities, approximately 200 hours of reading. Congratulations to our raffle prize winners, Keagan, Maggie, Noel, Ellie, Josie and Natalia—don’t forget to pick up your prizes! Special congratulations goes to Elsa, who completed the most total hours, at 110 combined hours of reading and activity this summer. We are so impressed with all of our young readers’ accomplishments this year!
It’s been a smooth (though sad) transition from Heather Lindsay as programming assistant to Amy Covell. Thank you to the town of Newington for making Miss Amy feel so welcome.
Next week we finish our summer activities with a drop-in craft program on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 1:30—we will make sandcastle art, CD spinners, and jump ropes together. Don’t forget our last summer movie, Beetlejuice, on Thursday, Aug. 11 at dusk (rain date is Tuesday August 16.) You bring chairs and blankets, we’ll bring the lemonade and popcorn!
Check our website and Facebook for more upcoming events, and our catalog for reading recommendations! Our new “What Newington is Reading” list is here.
*Bob Riordan appeared at the library courtesy of a Kids, Books and the Arts grant. Funding for Kids, Books and the Arts is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment of Museum and Library Services.