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September 9, 2015


Summer Reading Programs End At Barnstead Library


The 2015 Summer Reading Program at Oscar Foss Memorial Library was a HUGE success! We had a record breaking year of 146 registrations for our “Every Hero Has a Story” children and teen program. 86 participants completed the program and a total of 932 books were read! Our program started with two exciting kick-off events, a music & comedy assembly at the Barnstead Elementary School with Keith Munslow on June 3rd and a “Hero Costume Party” here at the library on June 25th. The children and teens really enjoyed all the “superhero” and other “hero” themed activities during the six weeks of the program. Our weekly Summertime Songs & Stories and Arts & Crafts programs were also well attended and our Toddler Time continued throughout the summer as well. Children of all ages had a great time listening to stories, singing and creating many different projects relating to our “Heroes” theme.


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To end our “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program this year we enjoyed a wonderful concert given by the “ABT’s” children’s music group and afterwards some of the children also shared their special talents during our “Talent Showcase.” The children who completed the program also received their awards, certificates, & surprises, and got to choose their free books. Everyone who attended also enjoyed an ice cream treat! If you were unable to attend the celebration, please stop by the library to pick up your child’s packets & free books by September 30th. We are also happy to announce that the 33 participants in our “Escape the Ordinary” Adult Summer Reading Program read a total of 97 books this summer! Congratulations to all for doing such a fantastic job reading this summer. 


The library would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for helping to make our 2015 Summer Reading Program such a success. The Jack & Dorothy Bryne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the NH State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the NH State Library for the grant that assisted with our kick-off event at the Barnstead Elementary School. The OFML Friends of the Library for donating the funds for the “ABT’s” performance. The Woods at Beauty Hill Disc Golf, Space Center, Rye Airfield, Chuckster’s, Gunstock, You’re Fired, Ogunquit Playhouse, Parker’s Family Restaurant, Funspot, OFML Friends of the Library, and Boston Red Sox for all of our wonderful raffle prizes. Pizza Hut, in Concord and Sissy’s Sweets & Ice Cream, in Barnstead for all the certificates in the children’s ending packets. We would also like to thank all of our teens and adult volunteers who helped with our weekly activities. Thank you everyone for a great summer, keep reading and we’ll see you at the library!






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