Are you ready for FIZZ, BOOM, READ?

Spring is slowly turning into summer in Derry, NH! Pretty soon school will be out and it will be time for our 2014 SUMMER READING PROGRAM!

This year’s theme is science-based. We’ll have all kinds of awesome programs, including some old favorites that are making a return appearance, like Creature Teachers and Lindsay and her Puppet Pals! Check out our links to learn more, or look at the calendar on the library’s website to find out specifics. Some programs do require advanced registration, so make sure to register early.

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Just like last year, we’ll be encouraging kids to read all summer long by providing prize incentives. There will also be weekly raffles for awesome prizes that have been donated by local attractions (like Canobie Lake Park and Water Country), so be sure to come by every week for a chance to win!

The Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Program begins on June 23rd and runs through August 15th. Pick up your reading log early in the summer so you have a chance to win all our awesome prizes!

“Tops & Bottoms” Puppet Show!

Our last non-party activity of the summer was a hit with our young patrons! Mr. Evan put on a one-man puppet show of Janet Stevens’ picture book Tops & Bottoms. Prior to the show, Mr. Evan also invited children up “on stage” to perform in a live-action version of The Enormous Potato. What a great way to end our summer activities!

Don’t forget about our Thursday party at 1:30 starring Lindsay and her Puppet Pals, as well as ice cream from Moo’s and lots of fun activities!

First gathering of our new LEGO club!

34 children joined the fun as we began our first LEGO club yesterday! Kids used creativity and imagination to bring their creations to life using lots and lots of bricks and pieces. It should be mentioned that ALL of our LEGOs and Mega Bloks were donated by generous patrons. Thanks to them our club could take flight!

There were thousands of pieces on hand for kids ages 3-11 to sort through. They were given complete reign over what they wanted to build within the hour we had for the program. Our participants came up with some amazing things! You can see the results in the slideshow below, but make sure to stop by the Children’s Area to see their creations on display all month long. :)

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Alice in Wonderland Gallery

We had a fantastic time at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! Children ages 4-11 enjoyed following the clues to complete a Chesire cat puzzle, compete in a costume contest, play wacky flamingo croquet, and of course, enjoy “tea” and snacks! Mr. Evan’s giant hat held colorful keys that led to tiny doors…we even had a rabbit hole! Check out the photos below to see the fun we had!

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Pyramids, Pharaohs, and Ancient Egypt

On Tuesday, July 23rd the children of Derry were treated to an exciting talk about Ancient Egypt by amateur Egyptologist Paulette Morin. Morin, who also gives professional tours of Egypt during summers and who has created her own documentary-style video on Egypt for children, brought to the library loads of cool statues, jewelry, wigs, and jars.

Paulette Morin describing an anklet to an engaged audience.

Paulette Morin describing an anklet to an engaged audience.

She brought many children up to the front to try on some amazing jewelery, and then got everyone up and dancing to Egyptian music! See below for our slideshow:

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A wild time at the Jumanji Carnival!

Lions and tigers and … monkeys? Oh, my!

That’s right, folks! Last night was our Jumanji Carnival party, and boy did we have fun. Mr. Evan read portions of Chris Van Allsburg’s magical tale about two bored children looking for a little excitement (hm…I’m sure we all know some kids like that, especially during summer). Of course, the children in the book get more excitement than they bargained for!

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We turned the Children’s Room into a Jumanji-themed carnival last night! Kids rolled a die to see which game they would play first (Elephant Stompers? Snake Belly Crawl? Coconut Bowling?), and once they finished all the activities they were permitted to enter the Golden City, just like in the book! We had a fantastic time. Please enjoy the Jumanji slideshow below!

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