Saturday, June 25, 2022

Summer Reading Program Pirate Kick-Off

Arrghhh!
In one Saturday, close to twenty readers signed up for the "Oceans of Possibilities" Summer Reading Program! They found their pirate names and made pirate headbands, and they took pirate selfies with props. They played games like "Skull & Crossbones Tic-Tac-Toe" and "Pirate Match". They "walked the plank" over shark-infested waters. They followed clues until they found the Treasure Box and they claimed their prizes! They visited with their friends and checked out books to get themselves started on their personalized Summer Reading goals. 

We'll be here again next Saturday, June 25th from 11:30-1:30 for one more opportunity to sign up. If you miss us then, you can of course sign up any time by dropping in or calling during regular library hours. But you'll miss the opportunity to walk, talk, and have fun - like a PIRATE! Hope we see you Saturday!! 

Part 2 - the second Saturday, with more pirate fun and more Summer Reading Program sign-ups!  If you missed these events, stop by anytime to sign up and get your Summer Reading packet!
Thanks to all the families who brought their kids to this fun event!

Thursday, June 16, 2022

2022 Summer Reading Program, with Oceans of Possibilities!

We at the Gordon-Nash Library are so excited to offer this year's in-person, Summer Reading Program to area children and families. Our Tuesday evening family programs and our Thursday Storytimes are all ocean or water-themed. We have reading logs and stickers so kids can easily track reading progress. Wednesday LEGO time is back, with the addition of a few STEM programs. And we'll be holding an end-of-summer raffle with fabulous prizes generously donated by our local businesses.

Details are below - email or call with questions. Be sure to bring your kids to sign up. Keep an eye on this page for updates, Like our Gordon-Nash Facebook page, and look for weekly emails. We can't wait to see you and your family at the library this summer!

2022 SUMMER READING PROGRAM AT THE GORDON-NASH LIBRARY:

OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES!


Saturday, June 18 or June 25: 11:30-1:30: Kick-off event to SIGN UP for the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program. Wear your pirate gear, take some pirate selfies, make a pirate craft, pirate games, books, and activities - and maybe some treasure! Pick up reading logs & stickers to track reading progress, and earn a ticket for our end-of-summer raffle with fabulous community-sponsored prizes!


Tuesday Night Family Events 

  • June 28: Special Build-a-Bear type workshop, by invitation only, for the first 20 kids to sign up for the Summer Reading Program after June 17. 

  • July 5 at 6pm: Movie Night: “Oceans” rated G. Air-conditioned, downstairs at the library.

  • July 12 at 6pm: Whales & Seals Storytime, with Hands-On Interactive Experiences Led by Marine Docents From UNH. On the lawn under the maple, across from the library. Bring a blanket and bug spray.

  • July 19 at 6:30pm: MiniBoats Across the Ocean: How a student-made boat sailed across the Atlantic (and how to follow other miniboats now at sea!). Presentation with Sheila Adams & Students from Rye Middle School. Downstairs at the library. 

  • July 26 at 6:30: Aquatic Critters from The Squam Lakes Science Center. On the lawn under the maple, across from the library. Bring a blanket and bug spray.

  • August 2 at 6pm: Movie Night: “The Little Mermaid (Rated G) - the interactive/sing-along version! Air-conditioned, downstairs at the library.

  • August 9 at 6:30: Melodious Zach’s Seaside Review. Back by popular demand, Zach Benton with songs, comedy, skits, and friends from the ocean. On the lawn under the maple, across from the library. Bring a blanket and bug spray.

  • August 16 at 6:30: Ice Cream Social on the lawn under the maple, across from the library. Bring a blanket and an ice cream topping to share!


Wednesdays: Drop in LEGO or STEM programs from 4-5pm, upstairs in the library.

Thursdays: All-ages Storytime from 10:45-11:45. Ocean-themed stories & a craft & fun with your friends. 


For questions or additional information, call or email

Christine Hunewell, Children’s Program Coordinator

chunewill(at)newhampton.org

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Please support our raffle donors! 

Jeremy Hiltz Excavating, Inc ● Store#2369 Tilton Walmart ● Rossi’s Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria ● Subway of New Hampton ● White Meowtain Grooming ● Pinnacle Kitchens ● Newfound Coin & Jewelry ● Twin Designs, Home of Diane the Turtle New Hampton Community School ● Lafayette Family Resort-Wells, ME.


The Gordon-Nash Library at New Hampton School

69 Main Street, New Hampton, NH 03256

603-677-3740

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

2022 Summer Reading Program


 

GORDON-NASH LIBRARY

2022 SUMMER READING PROGRAM 

"Oceans of Possibilities"


Tuesday Evening FAMILY PROGRAMS


Tuesday, July 5th 6-7:30pm
MOVIE NIGHT: Oceans (rated G)
Bring all your kids and start off the Summer Reading Program viewing spectacular footage of the Earth’s oceans and the marine life under the sea. Film will be shown in the air-conditioned community room - please enter through the downstairs entrance. 


Tuesday, July 12th. 6-7pm

WHALES & SEALS

Explore the lives of the whales and seals in our ocean waters. Special Storytime with hands-on science activities and experiments led by volunteers from UNH’s Marine Docent program. On the campus lawn across the street from the library. Bring blankets/chairs, bug spray.  


Tuesday, July 19th, 6:30-7:30pm. 

MINIBOATS ACROSS THE OCEAN

Join Rye NH Middle School students and teacher Sheila Adams as they share their experiences tracking a student-made boat they launched to the sea. These kids and their boat made national news last winter - come and find out why. Also, learn from them how to track the many miniboats that are at sea right now. Program will be held in the community room of the library - please enter through the downstairs entrance. 


Tuesday, July 26th, 6:30-7:30pm

AQUATIC CRITTERS FROM THE SQUAM LAKES SCIENCE CENTER

Water is essential for life on our planet. From marshes and ponds to lakes and rivers, aquatic communities support an amazing array of life. Join a Science Center naturalist to meet three different live animals who depend on New Hampshire’s waters. Learn about their habitats, adaptations, and populations. On the campus lawn across the street from the library. Bring blankets/chairs, bug spray. 


Tuesday, August 2nd 6-7:30pm

MOVIE NIGHT: The Little Mermaid (rated G)

Interactive scripts and fun props will bring The Little Mermaid to life during a special screening of this movie. Sing along with Ariel as you watch with your family and friends. Film will be shown in the air-conditioned community room - please enter through the downstairs entrance. 


Tuesday, August 9th 6:30pm
ZACH BENTON’S “SEASIDE REVIEW”.

He’s back! Melodious Zach! Sing-along music, comedy, skits, and more from this local talented performer. On the campus lawn across the street from the library. Bring blankets and chairs, bug spray and water. 


Tuesday, August 16th at 6:30 

OUR FINAL CELEBRATION

An ice cream social! We provide the ice cream; you bring a topping to share. Also, bring chairs and bug spray. On the campus lawn across the street from the library, in the shade of the maple tree.


ALSO

Every Wednesday: Drop-in LEGO or STEM times 4-5pm

Every Thursday: All-ages Storytime - Stories & a craft, friends & fun. 10:45-11:45am

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Gordon-Nash Library at New Hampton School
69 Main Street
New Hampton 03256.
Summer Reading Program - June 18th to August 18th


Please support our raffle donors! 

Jeremy Hiltz Excavating, Inc ● Store#2369 Tilton Walmart ● Rossi’s Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria ● Subway of New Hampton ● White Meowtain Grooming ● Pinnacle Kitchens ● Newfound Coin & Jewelry ● Twin Designs, Home of Diane the Turtle New Hampton Community School ● Lafayette Family Resort-Wells, ME.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Kings & Queens

 Someone else had a birthday this week. 

So at Storytime, we read three stories with kings and queens in them - one king who built a machine, one who was the queen of her neighborhood, and a one who was king of the jungle.
Then we made crowns, because everybody deserves to have one at some time or another. It was later told that one of us wore the crown all day long, and insisted on wearing it to bed. It was not me, but if I'd had the presence of mind to make one, I probably would have done the same thing. 

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Happy Birthday!

How do you make the 200 year New Hampton School Bicentennial relevant to kids? It's a BIRTHDAY!

For our special Bicentennial Storytime, we read Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Denise Fleming. It's a story about Jack, a poor but clever boy who finds creative ways to bake a birthday cake for the Princess's birthday. He runs into all sorts of obstacles on his way to deliver the cake to the Royal Party, and his gift does not arrive as planned. But, being the clever person he is, Jack finds a way to make everything right by the time he meets the Princess. 

After the story, we made Birthday Crowns for a craft, colored with crayons and markers and festooned with spangles and pompoms, stars and stickers.
When we were finished, we celebrated with Birthday Cupcakes. Happy Birthday, New Hampton School!

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Red, White, & Blue Day

With Memorial Day coming, at Storytime we talked about our flag and the holiday. Then we read one book each that featured red, white, and blue in its title. Our craft was a windsock-type decoration to hang inside or out for the holiday weekend. 
Later in the day, the Saplings also had a story with a "red" theme. The Little Red Fort, by Brenda Maier is about Ruby, who wants to build a fort but cannot find anyone who is willing to help her. After the reading, we collaborated to identify a similar story about a little red (fill-in-the-blank!) who had the same problem when she wanted to bake bread. Do you know the story we were thinking of?  

Then Saplings used any and all the red, white & blue materials to make their own creation to fly for the holiday weekend. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

It's Spring!!

A few recent spring crafts - a paper plate wreath, circled with yarn and embellished with tiny tissue paper flowers and stickers. Also, a paper bag windsock with streamers to flutter on the Spring breezes!
and another way to style a wreath! 🖤

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Rabbits!

Rabbits were our focus for Storytime today. We read Really Rabbits by Virginia Kroll, about two rabbits who sneak out of their cage at night to help their family with chores. In The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers, a rabbit didn't recognize his own shadow, and the rabbit in Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes had a vivid imagination!
Storytime kids colored precut shapes, then folded and glued to make the rockin' rabbit with googly eyes.  The Saplings learned a new paper folding technique and designed tiny little stand-up rabbits with cute little faces and a bit of a "spring" in their step! 

 

Monday, April 11, 2022

Decorating Eggs

Our April drop-in craft was decorating plastic eggs for Easter. Such colorful creativity using lots of different materials! I wish I had gotten more close-up photos!