STAY AND PLAY – Birth-Preschool, held on the 2nd Friday of the month, 10:15AM.  Come and meet with other children and parents in a friendly and relaxed learning environment.  Spend some quality time with your little one while sharing some stories, playing with learning toys, or enjoying a craft together.
March 9, April 13, May 11
MUSIC TOGETHER - Ages 1-5 years, held on the 4th Friday of the month, 10:15-10;45AM.  In each class, the connection between music, movement, and language through songs, rhymes, and instruments will be explored.
March 23, April 27, May 25
STORYTIME JAMBOREE – Ages 2-5 years, held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 10:15-10:45AM.  This interactive program introduces young children to books, reading, and language with engaging stories, songs, and activities. 
March 2 and 16, April 6 and 20, May 4 and 18
LEGO CLUB JUNIOR Ages 1-5 years, held on the 5th Friday of the month, 10:15AM.  Have fun building with Duplo bricks, perfect for small hands and growing imaginations!
March 30     
LEGO CLUB – Geared to school-age, but open to all ages, held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 4:15-5:15PM.  We’ll provide the LEGOs and you provide the imagination.  The LEGO creations will be on display until the next scheduled Club.  
March 20, April 17, May 15
HOMESCHOOL STORY AND PROJECT TIME – Geared to ages 4-8, but open to all, held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 1:15-2:15PM.  This time, designed for Homeschoolers, will engage participants with a story and a themed project in a fun and relaxed learning environment.
March 27, April 24, May 22
MAD SCIENTISTS CLUB – Ages 5 and up, held on the 4th Thursday of the month, 4-5:00PM.  This club gives participants the opportunity to explore and experiment S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) concepts in a hands-on way with the supervision of Jon Fillipon, a former Science Teacher.
March 22, April 26, May 24
ART FOR YOU – Ages 5 and up, held on the 2nd Thursday of the month, 4:15-5:15PM.  In each class, a different type of art will be explored to foster creativity and self-expression.
March 8, April 12, May 10
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS – Grade 5 and up, including adults, held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 4-6:00PM.  This fantasy roleplaying game enables players to tell a story together, guiding heroes through quests for treasure, battles with deadly foes, daring rescues, and courtly intrigue.
 March 13 and 27, April 10 and 24, May 8 and 22
CRAFT-TIME – All ages, available during open hours.  Come to the library and try out a different craft each month, materials provided.
GAME-TIME – Ages 3 and up, available during open hours.  Stop by and enjoy some Board Game fun at the library!
MAKERSPACE – All ages, available during open hours.  Use your imagination to create, build, and craft in a space equipped with kits, materials, and ideas.  New kits arrive regularly!
PAWS TO READ WITH NESSIE – 10:00AM-12:00PM.  Readers of all ages can sign up to read to Nessie, a certified therapy dog, in 15-minute intervals in a comfortable, non-threatening environment to practice their reading skills.
March 3, April 7, May 5 
*DR. SEUSS SCAVENGER HUNT – Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday in March and find the Cat in the Hat hats hidden in the Youth Library and take home a Dr. Seuss Sticker!
*POET TREE – April is National Poetry/Humor Month.  Write a poem or a joke and hang it on the tree in April.
*VOTING FOR THE GREAT STONE FACE BOOK AWARD (Grades 4-6) and ISINGLASS TEEN READ AWARD (Grades 7-8) during the month of April.  READ AND VOTE!!
*NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK, April 10-14.  Come in and see what your library has to offer!
*PIN THE TAIL ON THE CHOCOLATE LAB – Play this game to celebrate “Be Kind To Animals Week” during the month of May.
*CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK, May 1-5.  Reading will take you places.  Where will you go?  Read and find out!

TEEN ADVISORY BOARD – Grades 7-12, held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 5:30-6:30PM.  Earn community service credit while joining in a lively discussion about books, library programs, music, gaming, movies, and everything in between.  Do you have an idea to make the library even more exciting?  Come to a meeting and share your suggestions!  Snacks provided.
March 6 and 20*, April 3* and 17, May 1* and 15
*GUEST SPEAKER CHEF CATHY – Grades 7-12, March 20, 5:30-6:30PM.  Chef Cathy Schillinger will share her experiences as a Chef at Gypsy Sweethearts in Ogunquit, Maine and lead participants in making a culinary delight!
*TECH TAKE APART – Grades 7-12, April 3, 5:30-6:30PM.  Join Mark Dobson as he guides participants in taking apart a Kindle Fire tablet and discover what is inside.
*TEEN ADVISORY BOARD OPEN HOUSE – Grades 7-12, May 1, 5:30-6:30PM.  Students in Grades 7-12 are invited to join the Teen Advisory Board and congratulate the Board’s graduating high school seniors at a Pizza Party. 

New Hampshire Book Awards Programs For Kids
Read the books now...vote later!

 Ladybug Picture Book Award 2017Preschoolers to 3rd Graders - vote in November.

  Great Stone Face Book Award 2018.  4th to 6th Graders - vote in April.


  And, the winners are.....(notable books) 
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children

1,000 Books before Kindergarten!


The single most important thing you can do to prepare your children to read is to read to them every day. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently. Reading to children will increase their vocabulary and their listening and narrative skills. Reading with children will also help to instill in them self-awareness, confidence and an understanding of their place in the world.
HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS?  It’s easy!    One book a day for three years  = 1000
                                                                     Three books a day for one year  = 1000
                                                                     Ten books a week for two years = 1000
WHAT COUNTS?  Everything! Every book you read counts every time you read it! Books your child hears in Storytime count. Books that others read to your child count. It all counts!
WHERE CAN I SIGN UP? Sign up in the Youth Library. We will give you sheets to help you keep count of the first 100 books. When you finish reading 100 books, come back to the library for another set of sheets and a prize. We will celebrate all who finish reading 1000 books with a special event.
WHEN:  During library open hours…register anytime when your child is between birth and five years old.  It’s one of the best gifts you will ever give your child…and yourself!
Find out more in the Youth Library!

NH 1000 Books before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiative that encourages families to read to their young children and to use the resources of their public libraries. The project is based on the national 1000 Books before Kindergarten initiative. NH 1000 Books before Kindergarten is sponsored by CHILIS and the NH State Library, and supported by the Center for the Book at the NH State Library, the NH Academy of Family Physicians, and NH Family Voices.
Books your child should hear before kindergarten



Some Good Sites for Kids

American Library Association - Great Websites for Kids!

Honestly, almost every site you can think of is in here!


Parents....check out this DK site for your kids!



Looking for a good "kid" browser?  Try this:

Great Seach Engine For Kids!


Downloadable Read-along Books for Kids

Read-Along eBooks for Children


Tumbler for Kids!  Listen and read a book a day!

Pick a book and join in on a storytime!



Things to do with the kids....