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)
Reading Program 2017
For PreK-Grade 4
27th through August 8th
*June 27th 11am
– Kick Off *
CORNING’S VARIETY SHOW
Magic & Sideshow Stunts
At The Colonial Theatre
event is funded by a Kids, Books & the Arts grant. Grant
provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell
Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State
Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts, as well
as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Click on Steve to see promo
*Tuesdays, July 11th
– August 1st – 11am at the library*
Better World-themed guest speakers & activities
Something different each
July 4th - closed/no program
July 11th - Building with paper towel rolls
July 18th - White Mountain Science program
July 25th - Peak Carpentry: kids will try their hand at workworking
August 1st - How Bethlehem Library was built
Bring your reading logs
each week to win prizes
in your final reading logs by August 1st **
*August 8th –
Ice cream social
Registration begins June 19th
- during library hours
SUMMER READING FOR GRADES
Monday, June 19th – pick up your Bingo card
block stamped gets you a raffle ticket for weekly prizes
Earn extra raffle tickets for building a better world activities
Bingo gets you a raffle ticket for the grand prize
bingo cards must be turned in by Friday, August 4th
THINGS TO DO
Tuesday June 27th 11am at the Colonial Theater: Steve Corning
programs on Wednesdays (time varies) *more
info at sign up*
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
Tuesday morning Story Time will take a break for the summer so children
may attend the summer reading program at 11am. Last session is
Tuesday, June 13th and will resume September 12th. Or join Thursday night
Story Time which will continue as scheduled.
Preschool Story Time
Stories and crafts for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.
2 Times Each Week!
Note: this program will take a break for the summer. Last session is June 15th and will resume September 14th
An after school program for kids 5-12. Something different each week: crafts, STEM, Legos and more.
Join us to relax, imagine, and create!
Click for the 2017 nominees!
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
complete 2016-17 list
The Great Stone Face Book Award
is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS)
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
complete 2016-17 list
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.
Click for complete 2016 list
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
Youth & Family