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Summer Reading Programs

The Summer Reading program begins on the last day of school in Hampstead- June 22.  Come in anytime after 1PM to begin signing up for events and pick up book logs and learn how to keep track of your reading.

 Summer reading is for little kids and grown ups, so join in to win prizes and have fun at the library! 
Click here or the icon to go to our summer reading page.

Hokuto Taiko Drumming
Thursday June 22 at 6:30 PM

The Summer Reading Program starts with a Japanese Taiko Drumming performance. All ages are welcome. The Hokuto Taiko Dojo demonstrates this musical art form which is rooted in Japanese culture and history. Taiko has been regarded as an integral part of Japan’s history and culture for over 2,000 years. From religion to war, entertainment to farming; taiko has been, and continues to be, part of daily life in Japan. Today, in addition to invoking Japanese traditions, the drums have evolved into a beautiful stage art. 

The Hokuto Taiko Dojo is the only taiko drumming school in New Hampshire. The instructor, Jason Seymore began taiko training under the direction of Takemasa Ishikura and the resident ensemble group at the Walt Disney Epcot Center which performed daily at the Japanese pavilion. In 2015, Jason spent time in Japan receiving additional formal training. 

All ages are welcome to this unique musical event. 
The audience will have the opportunity to try a drum!
Suess-tastic Science
Monday June 26 at 1PM

From Oobleck, to the Lorax,
to One Fish, Two,
There’s so much science that we can do!

Join us as we read Seuss-tastic tales then experiment and create— the fun never fails!

*sign up required for this event
Children's Program: Music and Movement
Tuesday June 27 from 10 to 10:30 AM

Music and Movement
is a lively and noisy program for toddlers and preschoolers aged 1-5 and their caregivers.  

Join us on the fourth Tuesday of each month as we explore a variety of songs, dances, and instruments while finding new ways to move our bodies. 

This program is designed to engage children and get them excited about music, improve their fine and gross motor skills through movement, and spark their creativity while supporting the development of their mind and body.


Lunch and Learn: Lyme Disease
Tuesday June 27 at 1PM

Dr. Abigail Mathewson, Surveillance Epidemiology Program Manager with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, gives a talk about the current state of tick-borne illnesses, like Lyme disease. She’ll share important information about prevention and recognizing symptoms. There will be time for Q&A.

The Library will provide light refreshments, but feel free to bring a bag lunch if you wish.

Please sign up in advance. Call 603/329-6411 or email jarden@HampsteadLibrary.org.
Free Movie: The LEGO Batman Movie
Tuesday June 27 at 7 PM

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self described leading man of that ensemble LEGO Batman stars in his own big screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

Runtime: 104 minutes
Rated PG

Excel Class #2: Basic Formatting
Wednesday June 28 at 2 PM or 4PM

The Library is offering Microsoft Excel Class #2: Basic Formatting at 2 different times. This class is suitable for those who have used Excel a bit, but would like to learn how to improve their worksheets. Topic covered include some formulas, use of fonts, alignments, number styles, and column/row widths. Class space is limited.

Please register in advance for the 2 pm or the 4pm class. Call the Library at 603/329-6411.
Mike Bent's AbraKidabra Magic Show at Hampstead Central School
Thursday June 29 at 10AM

Mike Bent began his career in magic at age 6, when he checked out his first magic book from the library. That book started him on the path to a lifetime love of learning, creativity and performance that literally changed his life.

Join us at Hampstead Central School for a pop-banging interactive magic show put on by Nickelodeon Award winning magician Mike Bent!

He combines magic, comedy, and education to promote reading and learning.

Instrument Open House
Thursday June 29 at 6:30 PM

Children age 1 to 100 are invited to the Instrument Open House.  This is a great opportunity to try out a keyboard, guitar, violin, electronic drum kit, and more!

Find out what it takes to play these instruments. Thanks to Let’s Play Music in Derry for providing the instruction and instruments.

Ice Cream Making
Friday June 30 at 1PM

Middle School students can join the fun at an Ice Cream event. A nuclear engineer from the Portsmouth Naval Yard teaches the science behind making ice cream. Then attendees get to whip up a batch of their own!

Please register in advance. Call 603/329-6411 or email dvancuren@HampsteadLibrary.org.