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
8 Weeks of Free Programs! A Summer of fun for the whole family!
Registration begins June 24th for reading logs and Bingo games
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
and Astronomy professor, Douglas Arion, PhD, brings a portable
planetarium for a program on stars and constellations. A program for
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 — a touch-a-truck opportunity!
* Have your photo taken with Smokey!
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
Physics and Astronomy professor, Douglas Arion, PhD is back to help us create our own constellation night sky box
Tuesday, July 30th 11am
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
The Comet Show
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
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
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
Click for the 2019 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 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
complete 2018-19 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.
complete 2018-19 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
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