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Summer Reading 2014

Picture2Summer Reading Kickoff Event  — Sciencetellers: Dragons and Dreams, Monday, June 30th at 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Sciencetellers uses visually-exciting experiments to bring the sights and sounds of a story to life. Children will be totally immersed in the 45-minute interactive storytelling show, featuring tons of hands-on science experiments.   This presentation is generously funded by the Melissa Albin Memorial Fund.

Summer Reading Prizes

Registration for children’s reading prizes begins June 30th at the Durham Library. Read at least one book per week and come in to the library to record your reading and receive your prize!  Children will receive weekly coupons for a treat from a local business.

Reading records for the Library Reading program will not be done online this year. However, children participating in the Governor’s Reading Challenge may record their reading online or pick up a Reading Log at the Library. Click here to go to the online reading log.

Drop-In Story Programs

Bouncing Babies (birth to crawlers). Mondays, July 7th to August 4th, 11:00 — 11:30 a.m.

Mother Goose Storytime (walkers to 2 1/2 years). Mondays, July 7th to August 4th, 10:15 — 10:40 a.m.

Bedtime Storytime (Ages 2 to 5). Mondays, July 7th to August 4th, 6:30 — 7:00 p.m.

Preschool Storytime (Ages 2 1/2 to 4). Tuesdays, July 1st to August 5th, 10:15 — 11:00 a.m.

Story Magic! (Ages 5 to 7). Wednesdays, July 2nd to August 6th, 10:15 — 11:15 a.m.

Farmers’ Market Storytime (all ages). Thursdays, May 15th to September 4th, 5:00 — 5:30 p.m. on the Durham Green. Weather permitting — in case of inclement weather, come over to the library to pick out a book or two.

Special Events — Registration Begins June 9

Lunch Bunch Book Discussion (Ages 9 to 12). Mondays, July 7th to July 28th, 12:30 — 1:30 p.m. You bring your lunch; we’ll provide dessert. Visit the library to pick up copies of our discussion books.

Critter Caravan (Ages 3 and up). Wednesday, July 9th, 2:00 p.m. Touch and learn about a variety of small animals.

Kids in the Kitchen (Ages 8 to 11). Two sessions — Wednesday, July 9th and Wednesday, July 16th, 6:30 — 8:00 p.m. Try new foods and learn new skills in the kitchen. (Please sign up for only one session.)

Fizz! Pop! Science Club (Ages 8 to 11). Thursdays, July 10th to July 31st, 6:30 — 7:30 p.m. Dr. Taber, science teacher at Coginchaug High School, will explore the fun side of science in this hands-on program.

Harry Potter Potions Party (Ages 7 to 10). Saturday, July 26th, 2:00 — 3:00 p.m.

Snap Circuits (Ages 8 to 12). Wednesday, July 23rd, 2:00 — 3:00 p.m. Learn about electricity and build your own circuits.

I Want to Be an Astronaut! (Ages 3 to 6). Wednesday, July 30th, 2:00 — 2:45 p.m. Learn how astronauts live and work in space with the Discovery Museum and Planetarium.

LEGO Club (Ages 6 to 12). Wednesday, August 6th, 2:00 — 3:00 p.m. LEGOs provided — just bring your creativity!

Foreign Language Workshops with Shaun Whitaker (Ages 7 to 10). Tuesdays, July 29th to Aug. 19th, 4:00 — 5:00 p.m. An introduction to French and Spanish with games, songs, and activities, presented by Coginchaug High School student Shaun Whitaker.

Summer Reading Closing Celebration — The Magic of Christopher (all ages). A hilarious comedy magic show for the whole family.


Kids Only Tag Sale (Ages 6-18  — 12 and under bring a parent). Saturday, August 2nd, 9:00-10:00 a.m. — Set up. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Tag Sale. (Rain Date: Saturday, August 9th). Need to clean out your room?  Need money?  Bring a table, set up on the library lawn, and sell stuff. Please register at the front desk.

 Programs sponsored by PALS — The Public Association of Library Supporters