School has been out for almost a month and the kids are beginning to get bored already. The heat is soaring toward the 100-degree mark and gas prices are still up there.

What is a family to do when there is no extra money to take that trip to the beach? Look no further than your local library. This summer, libraries all over New Hampshire are participating in the summer reading program, "Make A Splash — Read."

Derry is fortunate to have both libraries working together, as well as the Recreation Department, to bring its residents a fun-filled summer with so many activities.

Just last week, more than 800 people took part in the Kidz Night Out at MacGregor Park. The heavy rain held off that evening. The few sprinkles that came lasted only a few minutes and it ended with a beautiful rainbow. The Fun Bounces were awesome, as were the concert and movie.

This week and for the next five weeks, many activities have been planned. Whether you take part in a story hour at Hood Pond or Gallien's Beach, or a craft class at Taylor Library, something is available for all ages. On July 16, Taylor Library will try a new program, "Tiny Tots Make A Splash." This program is for youngsters ages 6 months through 2 years of age. Participants will bounce around to music and rhymes. You must preregister in order to participate as space is limited.

On July 15 at 2 p.m., Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley will once again put on their summer show. Blunt is a popular children's song writer and Kelley is a children's author and illustrator. The program will be held at First Parish Church next door to Taylor Library.

The rest of the summer will feature Reptiles in Motion, a Teddy Bear Sleepover at the library, Insects Up Close and Personal, as well as the ever famous Genius Kit Awards Night. Story hours and craft classes are held every Monday and Wednesday. Check out the library and register for any programs that might interest you.

We also have a huge selection of summer books for the children to read as they fill up their reading charts for a chance to win the grand prize of Canobie Lake all-day passes to be awarded at the end of the summer.

The library also offers passes to local museums for free or at a reduced rate. Many of these passes will cost less than a tank of gas to get there.

So when the temperatures soar to 100 degrees, stop by the air-conditioned library and hang out for an afternoon of crafts, story hours or fun with your friends.

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Linda Merrill is the director of Taylor Library, 49 East Derry Road in Derry. Visit or call 432-7186.

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