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Join the BPL Summer Reading Program

This summer, students entering grades K through 12 are invited to take part in the "Libraries Rock" Summer Reading Program at Berwick Public Library! We have a lot of exciting things planned, and we hope you'll be part of them!

Early-registration begins Saturday, June 19th with our official kick-off of the Summer Reading Program happening the following Saturday, June 23rd, with a special performance by juggler Bryson Lang.

When you register, you'll receive an information packet containing all the program dates for our summer events, as well as reading logs you can use to track the books you read and earn prizes.

For students entering grades K through 3, the Free Masons of the St. John's Lodge No. 51 have once again generously donated 8 new bicycles. Students will earn one entry for a chance to win for every five books they read. We will be drawing two winners per grade - one boy and one girl - during our wrap party on Saturday, August 11th.

Students entering grades 4 through 12 will earn a free all-day pass to the Rye Airfield Skate and Bike Park for every five books they complete. Younger participants are able to earn passes, as well, if they are interested.

In addition to our Summer Reading program, we will also be holding an art contest open to students entering grades K through 12. Participants can use any medium of their choosing - paint, photography, markers, collage, sculpture, etc. - to create a piece of art depicting the theme books and reading. All participants should also include a short (1 paragraph) write-up about their artwork including their name, what grade they are entering in the fall, and what their inspiration was for their creation. Artwork may be submitted starting July 3rd and must be received no later than 7:30pm on August 1st in order to be part of the contest. Winners will be announced Saturday, August 11th in three age groups - K thru 3rd grade, 4th-7th, and 8th-12th.

Beyond our reading program and art contest, we have a full calendar of programs planned! All programs are free to attend. Check out all the great things we have coming up!

Saturday, June 23rd - 11am - We're kicking off the summer with juggler Bryson Lang Saturday, July 14th - 10:00am - Award-winning children's songwriter and performer Judy Pancoast will be joining us for a fun show featuring lots of music and dancing Tuesday, July 17th - 10am to 2pm - Join us for a Maker Day! Come learn new skills, experiment with tools and materials, and observe things used in ways you never thought possible!

Wednesday, July 25th - 2:00pm - The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will be doing a fun STEM-based activity at the library called Chocolate Asphalt. Kids are invited to make their own "asphalt" using melted chocolate and aggregates of their choice (like oatmeal or coconut). When the chocolate hardens, we'll test its strength! Sign up is required for this activity.

Friday, July 27th - 10:30am - We'll be holding a very special story time featuring Parker the Pig! Parker is a pig statue that goes on adventures in a series of children's books. Come meet Parker and hear one of his stories!

Tuesday, August 7th - 2:00pm - Toto the Tornado Kitten will be visiting the library! Come meet him and hear his story. If you are able, please bring a pet food donation for us to give to a local shelter.

Saturday, August 11th - 11:30am - Join us at our wrap party to celebrate the end of our summer reading program. We'll make ice cream sundaes and award prizes!

Tuesday, August 14th - 10:30am - Geology is a Piece of Cake with Katie Coppens! This fun program is both educational and delicious!

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