By Kathy Watson, Youth Services Director
ATKINSON —The summer reading saga continues. Children, tweens, and teens may still register to read and win prizes. We still have some available places in a few of our events, and some events do not require registration. We have a good problem this year, i.e. many of our activities are booked to capacity. We apologize if you have attempted to register and are unable to do so. We have a certain amount of staff and supplies and are unable to accommodate everyone at once. If you are on a waiting list it’s possible that a spot may open up for you. Thank you for liking our events so much!
Spaces remain at the time of publication in the following events: ‘Beneath the Surface’ Frisbee Show & Playshop for Grades 5 and up on July 17 (registration required), ‘We Dig Mad Science’ for all ages on July 24 (no registration necessary), ‘We Dig Fairy Frolics’ for kindergarten through grade 5 on July 25 (registration required), ‘Beneath the Surface’ Jewelry Making for grades 5-12 on July 31 (registration required), ‘We Dig the Diggers’ for kindergarten through grade 5 on August 5 (registration required), and the summer reading finale with Squeezebox Stompers on August 8. Please check online or give us a call for more details.
We are excited to have some of our favorite performers with us on Wed., July 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mad Science is back! This fun-filled, science performance, ‘Dig into Science!’ is designed to get kids excited about the science that happens underneath the ground! From the layers of the earth to the critters that live in the soil to natural phenomena that occur underground, kids will discover some amazing things as we dig deeper! The science of ‘digging deep’ is presented with topics such as earth’s layers, stalactites and stalagmites, soggy soil, underground creatures, tectonic plates and earthquakes, and volcanoes. ‘Dig into Science!’ is designed to entertain and educate. All ages are welcome to attend without registration. Most concepts are geared for elementary through high school.
We have a non-summer reading event on the horizon that we are sure will attract both teens and adults. On Tues., July 16, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. we’ll be ‘Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook.’ This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Bob’s Chinook, aptly named ‘Tug’ will be at the presentation.
The Chinook is our state dog. The Chinook, a sled and work dog, is the only breed to have originated in New Hampshire and one of the few created in America. The breed was started by Arthur Walden in Wonalancet NH in 1917. The bill was the idea of a group of seventh graders at the Ross A. Lurgio Middle School in Bedford.
Our speaker, Bob Cottrell, holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a Board member at the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.
For more information or a list of upcoming programs, please visit our website www.kimballlibrary.com, call 603-362-5234, or email us at email@example.com.