Bethlehem Public Library
Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Children and Young Adults

All Bethlehem Public Library events are free and open to all residents and visitors of the North Country!

Children age 6 and up can get their own card
Bring a parent to the library and sign up!
(Proof of residency required)

Summer Reading at the Library

A Universe of Stories

8 Weeks of Free Programs!  A Summer of fun for the whole family!

Registration begins June 24th for reading logs and Bingo games

Note:  while all programs are open to the public, logs and Bingo are only for patrons able to participate all summer (June -Aug)

Readers PreK – 3rd grade completed:  keep a reading log to win prizes

Readers 4th – 12th grade completed:  complete 9-square Bingo for a chance to win a grand prize

Adult Readers:  play Bingo for weekly and grand prizes

BONUS:  Each family that comes to a program gets a chance to win a Basket of Goodies!

Tuesday, July 9th 11am

Planetarium at the Library

blow-up planetarium

Physics and Astronomy professor, Douglas Arion, PhD, brings a portable planetarium for a program on stars and constellations.  A program for all ages.

Smokey Bear

Friday, July 12th 1pm 

Smokey Bear Visits the Library!

* Meet Smokey Bear when he arrives on a wildland fire engine!

* Learn what it’s like to be a NH Forest Ranger!

* Bethlehem Fire Chief Jack Anderson and his fire truck will be here too!

* Check out the fire engines β€” a touch-a-truck opportunity!

* Have your photo taken with Smokey!


kids with paper airplane

Wednesday, July 17th 1pm

Paper Airplanes with WMSI

White Mountain Science will be here to help us build the best paper airplanes, and see how far they can fly!

Thursday, July 25th 3pm

Building Constellations

Physics and Astronomy professor, Douglas Arion, PhD is back to help us create our own constellation night sky box

comet in space

Tuesday, July 30th 11am 

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

The Comet Show

In this workshop, participants will learn about comets through creating one themselves.  Then they will create a comet look like with dry ice and other materials.

*This program is for age 8+*

July 30th 4pm

children's reading logs due


Tuesday, August 6th 11am

Summer Reading Finale

Nocturnal Animals

Meet three live creatures of the night with a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center naturalist to learn surprising details of their adaptations, which make them well-suited for night life.

Ice cream for all! 

This program and refreshments are sponsored by Friends of the Bethlehem Public Library.

Children who turned in reading logs will also be awarded prizes after the program.

August 9th 4pm

tween/teen Bingo cards due


Weekly Children's programs will return in the fall

1000 Books logo

NH 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten follows a nationwide early literacy initiative that encourages families to read to their young children and to use the resources available to them at their public libraries. It is a fun, exciting,  and free way to start your child on the path to reading! 

For children age birth to 5 years old

Ask any staff for more information




Ladybug Award

Click for the 2019 nominees!

Sponsored by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, the Ladybug Picture Book Award was established in 2003 to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. NH children from preschool through 3rd grade are invited to vote for their favorite in November of each year.


Great Stone Face Award Nominees

 Click for complete 2018-19 list

The Great Stone Face Book Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CLNH) and is given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from 4th through 6th graders throughout the state. Each year a committee chooses 25 recently published titles, which children then use as a guide for voting. The vote takes place every April during National Library Week, and the winner is announced in May. The purpose of the award is to promote reading enjoyment, to increase awareness of contemporary writing, and to allow children to honor their favorite author.

Isinglass Award Nominees  

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The Isinglass is a book award contest for kids in 7th and 8th grade. Middle school kids nominate fiction and nonfiction works, and a committee chooses 20 of the suggested books. Voting for the favorite book on the list takes place in the spring. Like the Great Stone Face Award, the Isinglass Award winner is announced in May.

Flume Award Nominees

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The Flume: NH Teen Reader's Choice Award was created in 2005 in response to a New Hampshire teens' request to have a book award geared towards high school students. This award is a state-wide venture led by a collaborative effort from school and public librarians. Each year teens nominate titles, published within the last two years, they think deserve to be recognized. Librarians then narrow the group of titles to a list of 13. Teens then vote for the winning title from the list of 13. 

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