Colby Library News

Nancy Sheridan has made jellyfish for the children’s room keeping with the theme of the Summer Reading Program — Oceans of Possibilities!

DANVILLE —We are planning tons of events for this year’s program including an adult book discussion, teen photography workshop, a junior puppet theater, a sea creature photo opportunity spot, and weekly craft and Lego events for kids. Check out our calendar at and our Facebook page for events throughout the summer

Participants earn raffle tickets for books they read and have a chance to win t-shirts, tote bags, toys, and books weekly. The Friends of the Library have donated grand prizes in each age category including a $50 gift certificate to Newick’s Lobster House, a $50 gift card for teens, and a giant stuffed sea turtle and book for kids.

Some dates to remember:

June 23: Bring the kids for an exciting kick-off to our annual Summer Reading Program on Thurs., June 23. This year’s theme is Oceans of Possibilities. Naturalists from the Seacoast Science Center in Rye will be at the library with a touch tank filled with sea creatures, seaweed, and other things that thrive near the sea. There will also be crafts and other activities.

Registration is required. Please call 603-382-6733 to register for one of the two sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

June 27: Nancy will highlight some great books for 4th- 6th graders in a Chapter Chats at 6:30 p.m. Bring your supper and we’ll provide desserts.

June 28: Children are invited to make and paint salt dough sea creatures to take home at 2 p.m.

July 11, 18, and 25: a three-part workshop for 4th – 7th graders who will create and perform a ocean-themed puppet theater. 6-7:45 p.m. each week.

July 19: Adult book discussion at 7 p.m. on “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger. Books will be available at the library after June 14. Audiobooks are available on hoopla.

To register for these events or for more information, call 603-382-6733.

Support the Library with Flower Purchases

During the month of June, Hannaford grocery in East Hampstead will donate $1 to the Friends of the Colby Memorial Library for every Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet sold. Be sure to look for the bouquets with a round red sticker indicating the charitable contribution.

The Friends are pleased to be selected by Hannaford. The Friends of the Library donate to the library to help pay for such things as museum passes and some programs. The Friends are purchasing this year’s prizes for Summer Reading.

Exploration Backpacks for Kids

Check out a children’s backpack and explore your backyard, a hiking trail, or the seashore. Our two backpacks are filled with all you need to explore outside, including binoculars, bug box, magnifying glasses, animal identification books, and more. One backpack is for woodlands and the other the seashore.

Regular Happenings Story Times and More

Join us each Thursday morning for Story Time featuring stories, action songs, puppets, and movement, and take home a bag with materials to make a craft. 10 a.m. – Toddlers and 11:30 a.m. — Pre-K. Please call or email for more information. Story and Crafts may be held inside or outdoors depending on the weather and other conditions.

Mystery Book Club meets every first Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Next month’s book, available at the library, is “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware. The meeting will be July 7.

Cookbook Club meets the third Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Stop by to pick up a cooking book or a magazine to help with a special dish to share with the group. June’s theme is “berries.” Pie anyone? The meeting will be June 18.

We have reduced or free admission to four area museums including the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, the Seacoast Discovery Center in Rye and the Boston Museum of Science. All of these museums require advance registration so please call us for more information!

Curbside Available By Request

With COVID-19 numbers again on the rise we want to remind our patrons that curbside is always available to our patrons. Give us a call or email us at and we’ll put together a bag and put it outside.

Library Hours

The library is open Monday and Tuesday, 12-8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Follow us on Facebook for more news.

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