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Keene Public Library Offers Summer Reading and Learning Program. Sign up starts on June 16th

Keene Public Library launches its Reading Colors Your World summer reading program on June 19th.

During the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading. In addition, participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

Readers and prereaders can signup for the summer reading program starting June 16 by visiting https://ci.keene.nh.us/keene-public-library/keene-public-library-summer-reading or by calling 603-352-0157. You can also sign up during the Reading with Ribby Night at the Swamp Bats on Wednesday, June 16 and at Keene's first Juneteenth Celebration from 11 am to 2 pm on June 19 at Railroad Square. Make sure to time your visit to the Juneteenth Celebration so that you don’t miss hearing Edwin Owusu, a hip-hop artist from Burlington, Vt. perform and speak about the African diaspora. Then, participants can track their reading through the online website or by calling the library throughout the summer. we will offer prizes for children and teens that read or listen for 15 hours during the summer.

"We've planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what's available for their enjoyment," said Gail Zachariah, Head of Engagement and Youth Services at the Keene Public Library. We will provide special virtual programs with guest presenters and outdoor library programs for people of all ages. All summer reading participants will receive a free book during registration.

Keene Public Library is thrilled to announce its partnership with Page Turner Adventures, the Emmy-Award Winning team of Jill Nadler and Kenny Mikey, known for bringing stories to life with their comedic approach at libraries and schools, and theaters across the world.  Starting Monday, June 21, the Keene Public Library will give patrons access to a Virtual Summer Reading Program geared towards children in grades K-3, including comedy shows, crafts, recipes, children's book author interviews, guest performers, contests, games, and much more.

There's 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."

The last day of the summer reading and learning program is August 15. Registration continues throughout the summer. To learn more about the library's summer reading and learning adventure, please call 603-352-0157

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