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Keene Public Library To Offer Summer Reading and Learning Program

The Keene Public Library launches its Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover summer reading and learning program on Monday, June 15th, 2020.  During the next two months, the library will host a range of free Zoom activities, scavenger hunts, and online trivia nights for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

“We’ve planned a wonderful program for kids to bring the library to the community this summer. Our materials are available to you through curbside pickup; our programs are available to you through Zoom and other online platforms, and our professional librarians are available to help you find the next great read by calling the library at 603-352-0157. The library is a great place to read, learn, and discover what’s available for their enjoyment. But a library is more than a building, and we are here for students this summer,” said Gail Zachariah, Head of Youth and Community Engagement at the Keene Public Library. 

Readers and prereaders can signup for the summer reading program starting June 15th by visiting https://ci.keene.nh.us/keene-public-library/keene-public-library-summer-reading or by calling 603-352-0157. Throughout the summer, participants can track their reading through the online website or by calling the library. Prizes will be offered for children and teens that read or listen to 15 hours during the summer.

The library also is offering a full schedule of events. Special Zoom programs with guest presenters will be provided for school-age children on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. The first Terrific Tuesday event is June 23rd. The special guest, Michael Clough from the Vermont Museum of Natural History, will talk about owls and introduce children to owl pellet dissection. Grab and Go Activity Kits are being prepared for each Terrific Tuesday event, so the first 25 people that register for Dig Into Owls can receive a kit with an owl pellet and dissection tools. Other Terrific Tuesdays will feature programs on Fairy Houses, Dinosaurs, Gardening, and Insects. Visit http://keenepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar or call 603-352-0157 to sign up and reserve a Grab and Go Activity Kit.

This summer, the library’s popular Little Makers program is going virtual. Little Makers is a STEM and tinkering program for children ages two through six. The program is funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Families that register for the program will receive a kit of age-appropriate tools and materials and support from our professional librarians. On Mondays, families can join a Zoom storytime, which will introduce a week’s worth of hands-on exploration and fun. Families can register for Little Makers at Home by visiting http://keenepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar or by calling the library at 603-352-0157.

The library will again offer free summer lunches to families, Monday through Friday, from noon until 1 p.m. Lunches will be distributed through the Heberton Hall door.

There’s also a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. “Studies also indicate students who read for enjoyment outperformed those who don’t. Students read more when they can choose materials based on their interests,” Zachariah added. “Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.”

Programs for adults also will be offered this summer. On Thursday, June 25th, at 6:30 p.m., a birder will present a Zoom show on Backyard Birds. Hale holds university degrees in marine biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology. Check the library’s online calendar at http://keenepubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/Calendar for book discussions, how-to sessions, and talks on astronomy, genealogy, and gardening.

The last day of the summer reading and learning program is August 10th. Reregistration continues throughout the summer. To learn more about the summer reading and learning adventure at the library, please call <603-352-0157.

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