Leach Library News for The Month of June

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Library Hours
Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Adult Program
On Thursday, June 19, at 7:00 p.m., the Leach Library will host an evening of songs from New Hampshire’s past, presented by Jeff Warner.

Jeff Warner is a leading interpreter of traditional music. He has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK to clubs, festivals, and schools across America. Mr. Warner plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution for Flying Fish/Rounder Records and other labels.

In this program, Warner offers the songs and stories that, in the words of Carl Sandburg, tell us “where we came from and what brought us along”. Drawing heavily on the repertoire of traditional singer Lena Bourne Fish (1873-1945) of Jaffrey and Temple, New Hampshire, these ballads, love songs and comic pieces reveal the experiences and emotions of daily life in the days before movies, sound recordings, and for some, books. Audience members will hear songs from the lumber camps, the decks of sailing ships, and the textile mills, all which offer views of pre-industrial New England.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Seating is limited to the first 90 people. Light refreshments will be served.

Adult Summer Reading Program
Registration for the program will begin on Monday, June 2 and runs through Saturday, August 30. The program is open to any Leach Library adult card-holder. Participants may register at any time at the Reference Desk where they will receive an information sheet and a Tic-Tac-Toe game to be completed during the summer. This sheet can be turned in when three blocks are completed for a chance to win a prize. The first participants to register will receive an easily accessible pocket case full of sticky flags and a post-it pad in addition to the information sheet and Tic-Tac-Toe game. Please note that quantities of the sign-up incentive are limited and are available first come, first serve.

For every book read after registering for the program, participants will receive one raffle ticket. These tickets can be completed and returned for entry into weekly raffle drawings. Prizes for the weekly raffle drawings include a variety of items; many of them featuring the “Literary Elements” logo. Additionally, gift certificates will be raffled off that have been generously donated by local businesses such as The Coach Stop Restaurant, Coffeeberries, Giovannis, Janie’s Uncommon Café, Prosciuttos Pizza, Sweet Kiwi, and T-Bones/Cactus Jack’s. The participant who reads the most books from June 2 to August 30 will receive a Grand Prize gift basket.

Check out the central display each month during June – August for a selection of reading material with different monthly topics relating to the theme. June’s display is Literary Elements. Look for the periodic table of literary genres on the display table to help inspire your summer reading! Pick up a copy of this month’s game, a Periodic Table crossword at the same time. Complete the game sheet and return to the Reference Desk. Every completed game sheet that answers all questions correctly will be entered into a monthly prize drawing. For more information, please call the library at 432-1132.

Young Adult Summer Reading Program
The theme of this year’s Young Adult Summer Reading Program is Spark a Reaction. Come explore new worlds and discover what sparks your imagination at the library this summer. Participants entering grades 6-12 next September may sign up from June 2 through August 11 at the Leach Library main desk. The program runs from June 2 – August 14, with a wrap-up Pizza Party and raffle on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Read any book with a minimum of 80 pages and fill out and return a raffle slip for every book you have read by 8 p.m. on Monday, August 11, 2014 to be entered into the prize drawing. Read 12 books by closing on September 6, 2014 and earn a certificate to give to your English teacher for either an extra credit or a homework pass (Grades 6 through 8, Londonderry Middle School only).

Are you up for a challenge? If you sign up by June 16 and have read the most books by that date, you will be entered into a raffle to win a commemorative trunk of Harry Potter books. If two or more people are tied, a winner will be picked by lottery.

The program includes evening meetings held downstairs in the meeting room from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., except for movie night, which runs from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. Join us for fun, good company, snacks and door prizes.

Movie Night: Thursday, June 26th come watch “Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters.” Meeting time: 5:00-7:15 p.m. Popcorn and drinks provided.

Children’s Summer Reading Program
The summer is here and it’s time to get geared up for this year’s Summer Reading Program! The theme for the program is “Fizz, Boom, Read.” The library is pleased to be able to offer some great programs and activities this summer, including craft days, trivia contests and guessing games, just to name a few. There will also be special programs and performers throughout the summer.

Have an explosive time during this year’s summer reading program! All reading program participants will work on one team to try to read enough books to climb to the top of Mt. Shaw, the highest peak in an ancient volcanic site located in the Ossipee Mountains, with a total goal of 35,700 inches! Each book read will equal one inch of mountain climbed. Follow Dewey as he hikes up the mountain.

We will be roaring into the Summer Reading Program with a visit with Corduroy. Participants are invited to come to the library on Tuesday, June 24, Wednesday, June 25 or Thursday, June 26 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to hear the story of a very hungry caterpillar, discover what floats in a moat and of course, hear Corduroy’s story. There will be plenty of time for pictures and a hug with Corduroy. Advance registration is required and begins on Thursday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m. To register call 432-1127 or come by the Children’s Room.

Get buggy at the library on Monday, June 30 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with stories about our favorite insects. During this program, we will learn what insect songs you hear in your backyard, try our hand at identifying different insects and have a ball with bugs. Registration is required and begins at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 26. To register call 432-1127 or come by the Children’s Room.

Scientifically Speaking
Stop by the Children’s Room on Fridays, share something scientific such as a scientist, scientific instrument or field of scientific study and win a prize. For those looking for a great introduction to science, The American Heritage Children’s Science Dictionary (J REF 500 AME) offers a wonderful overview of all things scientific. Patrons looking for more information on famous scientists will find Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) (J REF 920 KRU) a wonderful and informative resource. Stop by the Children’s Room and discover something scientific today.

Be sure to visit their website for their monthly Calendar of Events and all activities information. Check out the Children’s Services page here.

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Ashley has been a resident of Derry since she was seven years old. Although she didn't grow up in Londonderry, Ashley has visited many times throughout the years. She has enjoyed what Londonderry has to offer with all of the fun events that take place throughout the year.
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