Posts tagged: Summer Reading

Summer Reading All-Stars Program

The NH Fishercats minor league baseball team and Grappone Automotive Group have partnered to find some reading All-Stars this summer! Kids can read 5 books to earn 2 free tickets to a Fishercats game on specific dates, courtesy of Grappone. Participating students with also receive a free pass to Canterbury Shaker Village. Forms must be submitted two weeks prior to the selected game. Find the form here.

Boston Bruins Sponsor NH Summer Reading

sponsorLabelCheck out the page NH Summer Reading & the Boston Bruins under the Summer Reading menu tab above for all the amazing details. Fun, prizes, and incentives for everyone. CHILIS thanks the Boston Bruins organization for its support of kids and reading in New Hampshire. When you read, you score!

Libraries as Makerspaces

motherlode-whittle-tmagArticleToday’s Motherlode blog post in The New York Times, written by Jessica Lahey of Lyme, contains a nice endorsement of libraries as makerspaces and as resources for ideas and activities. Check it out by clicking on the photo at left or the link above!


Spring 2013 Conference pictures

Finally got the pictures off my camera, edited for size to upload, and uploaded to the website.  Enjoy!!!

(Click on a thumbnail to view the full picture.)

WildBill SteveBlunt2 SteveBlunt SRPPanel2 SRPPanel QuiltWinner MikeBent3 MikeBent2 MikeBent MarekBennett2 MarekBennett MadScience2 MadScience Luci KathyWatson JaneAndersonGailZ GailKathy DanielForlano Critters2 Critters CLOTY Breakfast Audience3 Audience2 Audience AnnHoey AnnGail AlexJester2 AlexJester

Summer Reading Evaluations–Summary

Here’s a summary of the 2012 Summer Reading Evaluations.

Number of Libraries using the Manual: 105
Number of Libraries using the Theme:   106
Number of Books Read:                         221,478
Number of Minutes Read:                      169,581,196
Number of Participants:                         15,374

Teen & Adult Programs:
Did you use the CSLP Teen program?       Yes=42, No=61
If no, did you offer a Teen program?        Yes=20, No=29

Did you use the CSLP Adult program?       Yes=27, No=75
If no, did you offer a Adult program?    Yes=16, No=43

Future theme ideas/suggestions:

air, animals, arts/museums, bugs, building/LEGOs, camping/hiking/nature/outdoors/mountains, carnivorous beasts, cats, circus, comics/graphic novels, curiosity, dinosaurs, dragons/castles/knights, ecology/”green” theme/environment, exploring, fairy tales/fantasy, famous people/”meet me in a book”/famous book characters, farm, fish, fitness/health/sports/exercise, food/cooking, historical fiction, holidays, imagination station, international, magic, medieval, more specific themes/countries/activities, music, mystery, mythology, outer space/space exploration/solar system, pets, pirates/treasure reading, railways/travel, reading rocks, safari/wild animals, science/inventors/discover, spooky things, something similar to “summertime & the reading is easy”, technology, transportation/ticket to read, under the sea/water, US history/now & then, western/old west.

Performers used:

Alejandro’s Old Tyme Magik, Alex the Jester, Amy Conley, Angela Klinger, Atlantic Karate, AUDUBON, Boston Museum of Science, Brothers Plad, Carol & Crew, Carol Sanborn, Cathy Ann Adams, Children’s Museum of NH, Children’s Science Museum – Dover, Clayworks – Anne McCrae, Critters & Creatures, David Martin, Dinoman Science, Double vision, Elaine Connors Wildlife Center, Eyes on Owls, Fairbanks Museum, Farmer Minor, Hampstead Stage, Harris Center – Susie Spikol-Fabek, Hunt & Allison, Jean Heilprin Diehl – 3 Little Beavers, Judy Pancoast, Keith Michael Johnson, Lindsay and her Puppet Pals, Little Red Wagon, Lucy Morris – Archery, Mad Science, Magpie Puppets, Marek Bennett, Mariposa Museum, Matthew Krug, Michelle’s Menagerie, Mike Bent, Mr. Lefleur, NH Astronomical Society, NH fish & Game, Norman Ng, Paul Warnick, Peter Boie, Poof Tardiff. Rangers from WMNF, Reptiles on the Move, Rick Goldin, Robert Rivest, Ruth Smith, Science Works – Steve Lechner, Seth Connelly, Simon Brooks, Soft Touch Farm – Diane Cook Johnson, Squam Lakes, Steelgraves magic, Steve Blunt, Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley, Steve Damon, Tales from Beyond – Greg McAdams, The Tardy Brothers, The Wild Center, Toe Jam, Tom Sieling, UNH Cooperative Ext, Up All Night children’s Museums of NH, W.I.L.D. Center, We Tell Tales, Wild Center, Wild Encounters, Willy Claflin, Wingmasters, Wings of the Night, York Wildlife


2012 Summer Reading Photos from New Hampshire Libraries

Libraries across the state had a great time with the “Dream Big, Read!” summer reading program. Check out these photos that show off the decorations and events that made our 2012 programs fabulous!

Get Flash here.
iOS user? No problem – the photos are available in a flickr set.


There was a particular interest in seeing the dreamcatcher photos—those are collected here.

Submissions are still welcome! Please send them to

Dream Big – Read: SRP Song 2012

At the spring conference, Yvette Couser from Merrimack Public Library, along with her husband Jonathan, performed a song they had written for the 2012 summer reading program theme, “Dream Big – Read!”  They were also kind enough to provide recordings of the song for us to use in our summer reading programs!

The songs are in MP3 format.  There is an instrumental version, so you can swap out the program and place names with your own events and local hot spots.  A lyrics sheet with chords is also included.  Enjoy!

Summer Reading Inspiration

Are you ready to “Dream Big – Read!” this summer?  Maybe you were done planning your program February. Maybe you’re mostly done, but have a few more details to iron out.  If you’re like me, you make the big plans ahead of time, and work out the details a bit more last minute.  Wherever you are in your plans, you may want to take a look at the links below.  Maybe you’ll find an alternative to that mediocre book in your owl storytime, or a craft to replace one you may not have been thrilled with.  Who knows what you’ll find?


Beyond the manual, the Cooperative Summer Library Program (CSLP) website is the place to go for additional resources, graphics, fonts, and more. You do have to register to access all of the resources, but registration is free to anyone working in a NH public library.

[ edit: See Ann’s comment for information about the CSLP forums. ]

Books— has a decent list of books that go with the 2012 theme.  (Guess what?  You can find it on the CSLP website!)  Also, Ann Hoey had some suggestions on her Youth Services blog a few months back.

Flannel boards—

If you like to use flannel/felt stories and activities in your storytimes, there is no better resource than Flannel Friday.  Every Friday, a growing number of children’s librarian bloggers share their latest project, or an old favorite.  In March, they held a Dream Big – Read! Flannel Friday Extravaganza with bunches of night-themed flannel stories, as well as other programming ideas.

Crafts, decorations, and program ideas—

If you’re not using Pinterest as a programming tool, you are missing out.  Haven’t heard of it?  It’s a way to visually bookmark things you find on the web, but it adds a social aspect—you can view other people’s pins, follow people you like, and even “re-pin” things that others have posted.  Pinterest is a favorite of many children’s librarians across the internet, and it’s bursting with summer reading ideas.  I re-pinned some of my favorites as an example, but to each her own—I’m sure you will find ideas that I may have passed over.  Searching for “summer reading 2012” or “dream big read” or “cslp” will show you just how much is out there.

And for those of you who finished planning in February, you’ll be happy to know that there are people who are already getting started on their 2013 “Dig into Reading” plans!  Go crazy and get a jump on 2013!

What other resources have you used for your summer reading plans?  Tell us in the comments!

Handouts from the Summer Reading Kickoff

The kickoff for the “One World, Many Stories” summer reading program was held at the NHLA Spring Conference on May 6th. The presenters have submitted handouts from the program, to help you plan for the summer:

Teen Video Challenge

The Young Adult Librarians of NH (YALS) are sponsoring a 2011 Teen Video Challenge promoting the Teen Summer Reading Program theme “You are Here.”  Check out the YALS website for more information.

You Are Here