Science meets summer reading at the Exeter Community Library

The library is getting a makeover....for summer, that is. This year’s Summer Reading Program is science-themed, entitled “Fizz, Boom, Read” for kids, “Spark a Reaction” for teens and “Literary Elements” for adults.

Every year we plan and plan and plan for Summer Reading. We’re excited to bring lots of cool events to you this summer, and we are even making some changes in-house to keep the science theme going. Thanks to the genius of our children’s librarian, Laura Kauffman, we’re working on building giant robots, and big trash can displays of pretend “radioactive waste.” You may also see some slime running down our walls soon. All pretend, of course.

Thanks also to a good friend and college roommate (and her sister), Sarah Focht Gibney and Celeste Focht, our library windows are getting a makeover, too. You’ll notice if you stop by that almost all of our windows (including the really big ones) are painted with science themes – but also book themes, too. Sarah and Celeste are awesome artists and their work is on display right here at the library all summer.

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The Summer Reading Program starts June 10 at the Exeter Community Library, and June 9 county-wide. Come check out all the programs we have to offer (a few listed below) and fill in your reading tickets beginning June 10 for your chance at some awesome prizes! Adults are eligible, too!

Baby Lapsits begin 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 13 – no registration

Toddler Storytimes begin 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11– no registration

Sleepytime Stories begin 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11 – no registration

Preschool Storytimes begin 10 a.m. Thursday, June 12 – no registration

Saturday Storytimes begin 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14 – no registration (2nd & 4th Saturdays)

Snapology classes will be held for different age groups – call the library for more info after June 6

Pout Pout Fish and Pete the Cat will both be here this summer! Call the library for more info after June 6

Book swap partnership with Teacher in the Parks – every Thursday beginning 10 a.m. June 26

For 5th or 6th graders – essay contest “A Book That Shaped Me” – for more info call the library after June 6

Book Bingo – 5 p.m. June 24 – registration required

Teen Book Bingo – 8 p.m. June 24 – registration required

Family Event – DaVinci Science Center “Mix n Matter” – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday June 17 – registration required

Family Event – Puppets Pizzaz – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday July 15 – registration required

Family Movie Night – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday July 22 – The Lego Movie

Family Event – 6 p.m. Thursday July 31 – The Yocum Institute – How to Think Like a Scientist – registration required

Teen Dance – 6 p.m. August 1 – registration required

Family Event – 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 5 – Science Tellers – registration required

All Day Family Event – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 12 - Magic School Bus (the actual bus!)

Exeter Community Library is located at 4569 Prestwick Dr., Reading.