With the cost of gasoline rising each day and families on a tight budget, there are many options available for everyone this summer. Look no further than your local library. Libraries are stocked with ideas for families when they want to get away without breaking the bank.

At the Taylor Library we have library passes which will admit a family of four for free or with a reduced co-pay to many area museums.

Locally we offer the following passes for residents of Derry who have a valid Taylor Library card:

SEE SCIENCE CENTER-Manchester-(open 7 days)

CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART-Manchester (Open daily except Tuesday)

CHRISTA McAULIFFE PLANETARIUM-(open 7 days)

JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Boston (Open 7 days - $ 3 person co-pay)

BOSTON AQUARIUM-(open 7 days September through June with a $ 8.00 person co-pay up to 4 people admitted) This pass is sponsored by the Derry Friends of the Libraries.

BOSTON MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS (open 7 days) This pass is also sponsored by the Derry Friends of the Libraries.

THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF NEW HAMPSHIRE-Dover

This pass is new to the Taylor Library and has been received very well. Formerly the Children's Museum of Portsmouth, it is now located in Dover in a space which is three times the size of Portsmouth's old location. There are many interactive exhibits for toddlers through inquisitive middle school age children. You can dig for dinosaur fossils, explore world cultures, design a real flying machine, investigate a riverbank, pilot a submarine, climb into a kaleidoscope, and create art and music all in the same day you visit the museum. There are many other exhibits waiting for you. Museum programs are also available which include Birthday Parties, classes and workshops, special events and performances as well as field trips for schools and scout groups.

The museum is open Tuesday-Sat 10-5, Sundays noon-5 and Mondays during school vacation. With the library pass, there is a co-pay of $ 2.00 per person up to four per pass. Others in the family would have to pay the normal $ 7.00 per person. Children under a year are free. Why not check out this museum online to see what wonderful activities are planned for this spring and summer. You can go to their website through the Taylor Library website at www.taylorlibrary.org.

Please call the library for details on the above passes and start planning your summer day trips.

Also available now is our completed schedule for Summer Reading. Summertime and the Reading is Easy is the state them this summer. We have many events planned at the Taylor Library as well as with Derry Public Library and Parks and Recreation. Why not kick off the summer season with KIDS NIGHT OUT at McGregor Park on June 25th at 6:30 PM. For more details on this activity, call the Parks and Recreation Department.

Also coming this summer at Taylor Library will be our Annual Carnival Night on July 9th at 6:30 PM. Come and play games, win prizes and we will be serving free food for all who attend.

Check out our ad in the Derry News this summer for a complete schedule of events or come into the library to get your schedule. A schedule will also soon be posted on our new and improved website.

Summer vacation does not have to be expensive when you have all of these free activities available to you. For more information call the library at 432-7186.

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Linda Merrill is the director of the Taylor Library in Derry. The Taylor Library is located at 49 East Derry Road in Derry. For more information on library events, call 432-7186 or visit the library's Web site at www.taylorlibrary.org.

Upcoming events at Taylor Library

June 1-30- Registration for CHART YOUR READING. This will take place for the whole month of June and into July. Please pick up your summer schedules and reading charts for all of the fun-packed activities at the library and ones that are co-sponsored with Derry Public Library and Derry Parks and Recreation. Also available are Summer Reading T-shirts for $7 (all sizes).

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