A Universe of Stories

The 2019 summer reading program theme is “A Universe of Stories.”

New Hampshire’s public libraries are set to soar to new heights and explore new worlds this summer with the help of the 2019 summer reading program theme, “A Universe of Stories.”

Library patrons of all ages will be invited to explore the galaxies — and our home planet — not only through books, magazines, music and movies, but also through activities and programs offered by local libraries.

Check out your library to see what programs are offered. Here’s a listing of some events going on at Monadnock Region libraries:


Chesterfield Public Library is offering a combination of reading incentives, contests, and programs designed to keep kids reading and engaged all summer long. Beginning June 25, kids can sign up to receive their reading log so that they can track their summer reading.

Twinkle Town has offered free ice cream to Chesterfield readers. To provide extra support for emerging and struggling readers, the library is hosting PAWS for summer reading Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30 a.m.

In addition, school-age kids are challenged to participate in the library's spacecraft contest and everyone is welcome to attend free weekly programs.

A kickoff event, sponsored by the Friends of Chesterfield Library, will feature live animals presented by Wildlife Encounters at Chesterfield School, June 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Information: chesterfieldlibrary.org.


The Jaffrey Public Library kicked off its annual summer learning program Saturday, June 8.

The summer learning program runs until Aug. 9, and features Library BINGO designed for all ages. In its commitment to lifelong learning, the Jaffrey library summer program goes beyond reading books. Library activities throughout the summer include free 3D printing, drama- and poetry-themed activities, Code Club Remastered, STEAM activities, and more.

Thanks to many donations, the library will offer incentives for all ages, and once again, Charity Lodge of Jaffrey will provide two brand new bicycles and helmets, as part of the Masons’ Bikes for Books program.

Jaffrey Public Library is at 38 Main St. Information: 532-7301.


Keene Public Library is offering a summer reading and learning club as well as free library programs to prevent a loss of reading skills over the summer.

The library will have four programs for a range of ages: very young kids, school age kids, teens, and adults. By logging minutes read, events attended, and challenges/activities completed, participants earn chances to win library and Bruins prizes, digital badges and certificates and special invitations from local organizations.

Registration begins June 12. The last day of the library’s summer reading and learning clubs will be Aug. 20.

Free programming at the library includes Terrific Tuesdays, family films, gaming programs and Camp Fun to Read. For a full calendar of events, visit www.keenepubliclibrary.org.

Keene Public Library is at 60 Winter St. Information: 352-0157.


Peterborough Town Library’s summer reading program begins June 24 and runs for six weeks.

Throughout the summer many other programs will be offered each week for all ages, ranging from making “jet packs” and “galaxy jars” to tech classes, stargazing and pastel painting, reading groups, yoga, and take-and-make crafts for teens.

Participants may sign up at the library and receive a challenge sheet — the library has one for children and one for adults — and a bag. Participants may read to themselves, to someone else, or listen to books. To complete the challenge, participants must read 10 hours or 10 books over the summer.

Those who finish and submit their reading chart will receive a free book at the program’s finale. The end of summer reading celebration will be held Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

For a full list of events, visit PeterboroughTownLibrary.org.

Peterborough Town Library is at 2 Concord St. Information: 924-8040.


Ingalls Memorial Library in Rindge will begin its summer reading program June 17 with programs for kids and teens. All participants can pick up a reading log starting that week.

All tweens and teens can participate in the teen summer reading program and be entered to win prizes every time they read or attend a program. In the teen kick-off event, called “Nailed It or Failed It?!,” teens can try to make their own delicious artistic creations on Wednesday, June 26 at 3 p.m. Teen events will be every Wednesday afternoon at the library.

Children can also earn raffle tickets by both reading and attending events. When kids read, they can let librarians know and earn raffle tickets. Additionally, kids can earn a raffle ticket every time they attend an event. Events include Monday story time, Terrific Tuesday, Wednesday Lego club, library table at the farmer’s market on Thursday, and Friday drop-in time.

The library is at 203 Main St., Rindge. Information: marybeth@ingallslibrary.com.