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DANVILLE —The theme of this year’s summer reading program is Oceans of Possibilities, and we invite residents to read and discuss “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastien Junger. The book details the loss of the Andrea Gail of Gloucester, MA and her crew who were lost at sea in severe storms. Even if you’ve already read the book or seen the movie, discussing it with others often sheds new light and is a great way to meet new people.

The discussion will take place on July 19 at 7 p.m. Books are available at the library. The audiobook is available on hoopla. Come see us or call us to register or for more information.

Oceans of Possibilities – Summer Reading Program – Not Just for Kids

We’re planning tons of events for this year’s program, including an adult book talk, teen photography workshop, junior puppet theater, sea creature photo shoot location, and weekly events. crafts and Lego for children. Be sure to check our website calendar (colbymemoriallibrary.org) and Facebook page for events throughout the summer.

Participants win raffle tickets for the books they read and have a chance to win t-shirts, tote bags, toys and books every week. Friends of the Library donated great prizes in every age category, including a $50 gift certificate to Newick’s Lobster House, a $50 gift card for teens, and a giant stuffed sea turtle and a book for children.

A few dates to remember:

Each Wednesday at 2 o’clock in the afternoon – Lego club with Tom. Primary school children are invited to come and create and share a Lego creation based on their interpretation of the weekly theme. Past themes have included an ideal vacation, your school, and a keepsake.

July 9th at 11 a.m. — Seamless soctopus – All ages are encouraged to create a colorful and whimsical octopus from stockings and embellishments.

July 11, 18 and 25 at 4.30 p.m.: a three-part workshop for students from 4th to 7th grade who will create and perform a ocean-themed puppet theater. The group will work with Nancy to write a script, create a puppet and launch the show. 6-7:45 p.m. each week. Please call to register or for more information.

July 12 and August 2: 4:30 p.m. – Photography workshop for teenagers – Join Ann for a two-part photography workshop. Amaze your friends on Instagram! Learn the elements of successful photography such as composition, line, light, texture and scale. Participants without a camera (or phone camera) will receive a disposable camera. The group will have three weeks to take ocean-themed photos before the second session where the photos will be shared.

Please call to register for these events or for more information. 603-382-6733.

Support the library with flower purchases

A few more days ago, support the library by buying flowers at Hannaford. During the month of June, Hannaford Grocery in East Hampstead will donate $1 to the Friends of Colby Memorial Library for every Bloomin’ 4 good bouquet sold. Be sure to look for bouquets with a red round sticker indicating the charitable contribution.

The Friends are happy to have been selected by Hannaford. Friends of the Library donate to the library to help pay for things like museum passes and certain programs. Friends buy this year’s prizes for summer reading.

Exploration Backpacks for Kids

Discover a children’s backpack and explore your garden, a hiking trail or the seaside. Our two backpacks are filled with everything you need to explore the outdoors, including binoculars, a box insects, magnifying glasses, animal identification books, etc. One backpack is for the woods and the other for the seaside.

baby time

It’s never too early to start reading to your child. This spring, we launched a new program for infants from birth to 18 months. The third Baby Time will take place on Tuesday, July 12 at 1 p.m. These monthly gatherings will help infants develop language skills, hand-eye coordination and early social skills, as well as provide social time for parents and caregivers.

Please call to register and for more information.

Storytimes and more

Join us every Thursday morning for story time featuring stories, action songs, puppets and movement, and take home a bag with craft materials. 10 a.m. – Toddlers and 11:30 a.m. – Pre-K. Please call or email for more information. Story and craft can take place indoors or outdoors depending on weather and other conditions.

Mystery Book Club meets every first Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Next month’s book, available from the library, is “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware. The meeting will take place on Thursday July 7th.

cookbook club meets on the third Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Stop to pick up a cookbook or magazine to help with a special dish to share with the group. July’s theme is cooking and the group will grill an assortment of meatless burgers and hot dogs and members will bring cooking themed side dishes. Call us to let us know if you would like to join us.

We have reduced or free admission to four museums in the region including the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, the Seacoast Discovery Center in Rye, and the Boston Museum of Science. All of these museums require pre-registration, so call us for more information!

Sidewalk available on request

With COVID-19 numbers on the rise again, we want to remind our customers that the sidewalk is still available for our customers. Call or email us at [email protected] and we’ll pack a bag and put it outside.

Library opening hours

The library is open Monday and Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Follow us on Facebook for more news.

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