LONDONDERRY — Leach Library in Londonderry is hosting Summer Reading Programs for children, young adults and adults in the community. These programs will encourage a summer full of reading and will include a number of events and prizes for all ages.
Children’s Summer Reading: Have a mammoth good time with this summer’s reading program. The theme is Dig Into Reading.
All reading program participants will work on one team to try to read enough books to dig a tunnel the length of Mammoth Road in Londonderry, from the Windham town line in the south, to the Manchester town line in the north and back again, with a total goal of 34,496 yards, or 19.6 miles. Each book read will equal one yard of tunnel dug. Follow our worm as it tracks our progress through the tunnel.
The program is open to all children from birth through sixth grade. Upon registration, participants will receive a packet containing calendars noting the dates and times of all programs.
The library will be leaping into the summer reading program with a Visit with Froggy. Come hear some fabulous stories of summertime fun. There will be plenty of time for pictures and a hug with Froggy. The visits will be held on Tuesday, June 25, through Thursday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to noon. Registration is required and begins on Thursday, June 20, at 9 a.m.
Weekly activities include Guess It and Trivia Contests, Craft Time Thursdays, and a Saturday Scavenger Hunt. A variety of special programs include Beach Blanket Book Bingo, Underground Edibles, Parade Day, Jack Tuesday: Fairy Tale Investigator Puppet Show, Time Capsule, Reptiles on the Move, Walk like An Egyptian, and Sing Along with Jeff Jam. These programs require prior registration the week before the event.
The summer will wind down with a series of special programs at the library. On Monday, Aug. 12, travel to Alaska in Gold Rush, followed by a trip Down the Rabbit Hole on Tuesday, Aug. 13, Wildlife Encounters will be here Wednesday, Aug. 14, with animals that live and dig underground and Scott Kepnes will finish the program off on Thursday, Aug. 16 with a concert of Rocking Down Underground. Registration is required and begins on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m.
Young Adult Summer Reading: Leach Library’s Young Adult Summer Reading Program 2013 is open to any student entering grades 6-12. Registration is ongoing from June 1 through Aug. 12.
The theme this year is Beneath the Surface. This summer, enjoy activities and books that help you learn about yourself and the world around and below you. Weekly meetings will be held on Thursday nights in the lower level meeting room beginning Thursday, June 20.
The first meeting is a movie night and runs from 5 to 7:15 p.m. We will be watching “Journey to the Center of the Earth, 3-D.” All other meetings are from 6 to 7 p.m.
Meetings include journal making, games night, writing an action adventure story, and a book discussion. Come and discuss “Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins. There are paperback copies available to the first 30 participants who sign up for this discussion. Snacks and drinks are served at each meeting, and all attendees will receive a raffle ticket for one of various door prizes.
Also, participants who sign up and read will receive a raffle ticket for every book of more than 80 pages or every group of three magazines read. These slips must be turned in no later than 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12. Raffle slips will be drawn at the wrap-up pizza party on Thursday, Aug. 15, for the following raffle prizes: passes to Canobie Lake, passes to Water Country in Portsmouth, an 18-hole round of golf from the Londonderry Country Club, and gift certificates to Cinema 12, American Eagle, and Barnes and Noble. Attendance at the pizza party is not required to win the grand prizes.
Keep a reading log of all the books you read through Saturday, Sept. 7. Every Londonderry Middle School student entering grades 6-8 who turns in a reading log with 12 titles or more listed, will receive a certificate to give to their English teacher for an extra credit or homework pass in English. Also, every participant in grades 6-12 who turns in a reading log by Sept. 7 will be eligible to win the Janice Anagnos Memorial Certificate and grand prize. This prize is awarded, in memory of a former library trustee, Janice Anagnos, to the student who reads the most books during the Young Adult Summer Reading Program.
Adult Summer Reading: The 2013 Adult Summer Reading Program theme is Groundbreaking Reads.
Registration for the program will begin on Saturday, June 1, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 31. The program is open to any Leach Library adult card-holder. Participants may register at any time at the Reference Desk where they will receive an information sheet and a bingo card to be filled out during the summer. This card can be turned in when five blocks are completed for a chance to win a prize. The first participants to register will also receive a folded-up, zippered tote bag in addition to the information sheet and bingo card. Quantities of the tote bag are limited and are available first come, first serve.
For every book or three magazines read after registering for the program, participants will receive one raffle ticket. These tickets can be completed and returned for entry into weekly raffle drawings. Prizes for the weekly raffle drawings include a variety of items; many of them featuring the “Groundbreaking Reads” logo. Additionally, gift certificates will be raffled off that have been generously donated by local businesses such as Avandi’s, The Coach Stop Tavern and Restaurant, Coffeeberries, C.R. Sparks Kitchen, and Giovanni’s, among others. The participant who reads the most books over the summer will receive a grand prize gift basket.
Check out the central display each month over the summer for a selection of reading material with different topics relating to the theme, such as groundbreaking reads, subterranean experiences, and archaeology. Additionally, there will be a game sheet to be completed each month and returned to the Reference Desk. Game sheets are available at the central display. Every completed game sheet that answers all questions correctly will be entered into a monthly prize drawing.
For more information, call the library at 432-1132.