Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading 2017 Special Events


Keep the kids engaged with the fun of reading this summer! There will be prizes for those who participate and plenty of great events to look forward to:


7/5: Summer Reading Program Begins!

Kids crack open the books and read towards fun prizes! The Summer Reading Program runs through August 4th. There will be prizes for those who participate, including gift certificates to Stairway to Heaven Comics, Water Street Bookstore and O'Neil Cinemas!

7/6: Puppet Show and Ice Cream Party - 11am

We'll kick off the summer with a puppet show by Diane Kordas, “Build a Better World, Build a House” followed by an ice cream party! Join in for this popular annual celebration. The puppet show tells the story of Rabbit who builds a house he loves, but then some creature gets inside and won’t let him in! Who’s in Rabbit’s House? Then 3 little wolfies go out into the world, each build a home that Big Bad Baconella wants to get in. The 3 little wolfies figure out how to get Baconella to stop wrecking their homes and unlikely friendships develop! Lots of laughs and audience participation with this magical hand and shadow puppet show, hitting the nail on the head for this year’s theme!

7/11: Watercolor Workshop - 2pm *Please Register in Advance

Epping artist Eunice Miller will teach us the basic methods of watercolor. Kids and adults of any age are welcome to participate and enjoy this exciting and rewarding medium. Supplies will be provided. Please contact the library to register in advance, as space is limited.

7/13: Children's Yoga - 11am

Bring the little ones to our popular yoga series, taught by Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Leah Pacione! Mats are provided, or you're welcome to bring your own.

7/14: Wings in the Wind Storytime with Julia Walsh - 11:15am

Local author Julia Walsh, from Newburyport, will join us to read her picture book Wings in the Wind, an uplifting story based on a true account of an orphaned duckling’s struggle to survive on the rich banks of a salt marsh river. Join us for this special storytime and craft activity as we create a salt marsh habitat and learn about the wild life that thrives on this natural wonder.

7/19: SPCA Storytime - 11am

The SPCA will make a visit to the library, featuring several animals friends-- come see what cute creatures they bring this time! We ask that children and adults bring something to donate to the SPCA, such as a can of cat or dog food, dry food, etc.

7/23: Tj Wheeler Concert & Instrument Workshop - 2pm & 3pm

We've got a great family concert planned this summer! Grab the beach chairs and blankets and take a seat outside to enjoy the talented and entertaining American Roots musician, Tj Wheeler. The Friends of the Library will be selling snacks and refreshments, as well as holding a book sale. It will be a great way to spend a summer afternoon, for all ages! The concert begins at 3pm., preceded by a jugband instrument workshop for kids at 2pm.

Tj Wheeler performs his gumbo of Blues, Jazz, Ragtime and more on a wide variety of instruments, including the 7 string guitar, Ukulele, Tenor Banjo, 1 string Diddley Bow, Tap percussion, nitty gritty vocals & Kazoo! Audiences of all ages around the world have been enlightened by Tj’s knowledge of the history & stories behind the music as well as his talented and passionate performances. During a workshop prior to the concert, Tj will bring a variety of jug band and percussion instruments so kids will be able to play on traditional instruments such as the washboard, washtub bass, cigar box guitar, and a wide range of shakers and tambourines. Afterward, kids are invited to be featured on a couple of songs during the concert!

*Funding for the Kids, Books and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


7/26: Fairy House Workshop - 1pm * Please Register in Advance

Join Diane Kordas in crafting magical fairy houses out of recycled materials! Children will make their own fairy and fairy house and be encouraged to make up their own story to go with it. It's best if children help save and bring the materials to teach about recycling, though we'll have materials on hand as well. Each child will use: a small box, round coffee can, or oatmeal container; a 2 liter soda bottle; a collection of sticks, birch bark, moss, or other natural materials if possible. The workshop is best for ages 6 – 10, ages 4-6 with adult help. Please contact the library to register in advance, as space is limited.


7/27: Children's Yoga - 11am

Bring the little ones to our popular yoga series, taught by Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Leah Pacione! Mats are provided, or you're welcome to bring your own.


8/2: Birds of Prey with Jane Kelly - 6:30pm

Jane Kelly returns to present live birds and share her knowledge and stories about them. Jane is a federal and state licensed rehabilitator, educator and falconer, specializing in raptors. She runs a raptor rehabilitation center here in Epping, “On The Wing,” which works with the Veterinary Emergency and Surgery Hospital in Brentwood, NH Fish and Game, Animal Control Officers, Local and State Law Enforcement and the general public. Jane has always loved birds and became concerned about birds of prey when she found ten owls that had been hit by cars on Route 101. She decided to get involved by bridging the gap for wildlife through education and rehabilitation.


8/4: End of Summer Reading Magic Show & Ice Cream Party

Celebrate the end of a great summer of reading with our favorite magician, David Anderson! David returns to entertain the kids with his dazzling magic and humor. The show will be followed by an ice cream party!


Be sure to check in for more events we may add during the summer! Upcoming events are listed on Facebook at, we'll have schedules available at the library, or you can call 679-5944.