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)

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Children's Summer Reading Program 2017
For PreK-Grade 4

Tuesdays, June 27th through August 8th


*June 27th 11am – Kick Off *


Juggling, Magic & Sideshow Stunts

At The Colonial Theatre

This 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.

Steve Corning

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*Tuesdays, July 11th – August 1st – 11am at the library*

Build a Better World-themed guest speakers & activities

Something different each week!

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

**Turn in your final reading logs by August 1st **


*August 8th – Finale*

Town Gazebo - 11am

Awards presented

Ice cream social


Registration begins June 19th - during library hours

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Begins Monday, June 19th   pick up your Bingo card

Each block stamped gets you a raffle ticket for weekly prizes

NEW: Earn extra raffle tickets for building a better world activities

Each Bingo gets you a raffle ticket for the grand prize

All bingo cards must be turned in by Friday, August 4th



Kick-off Tuesday June 27th 11am at the Colonial Theater:  Steve Corning

SRP-themed Movies

Weekly programs on Wednesdays (time varies)     *more info at sign up*


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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


 Note:  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!

Tuesdays 10:30am

Thursdays 6pm

Kids creating

Creative Kids

Thursdays 2:30-4pm

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!



Ladybug Award

Click for the 2017 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 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 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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