Leach Library News for July 2012

The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.

Reference News

Our Adult Summer Reading Program is in full swing.  This month we have on display “The Night Sky”; Books, CD Books, and DVDs on astronomy and star gazing.  Can you find the 25 brightest stars in the sky?  The Nature Company Guide to Skywatching (520 NAT) will tell you their names.  In A Field Guide to the Night Sky by the National Audubon Society (523 CHA) you might discover Ursa Major and Minor and where it might be seen in July.  In keeping with this theme, we have our second monthly contest, “Moon Madness.”  See if you can come up with the correct phrases with the word “moon” in them to match the expression, book, song, or film title listed on the sheet.  Keep up with your reading and BINGO activities!

Young Adult News

Summer Reading Program – July Meetings

All meetings are held in the downstairs meeting room from 6 – 7 PM and are open to all students entering grades 6 to 12.  Snacks and drinks are served at all meetings.  You might win one of the door prizes which will be raffled off to lucky participants.

Thursday, July 5: Dream Journals
Come and learn how to keep a journal of your dreams, and how to find out what some of your dreams mean.

Thursday, July 12: Games Night
Come and bring your own games to share and music CDs to play.

Thursday, July 19: Did You Know?
Bring a novel fact about the fascinating world around us to share with the group, or come and listen and learn all sorts of amazing but true facts.

Thursday, July 28: Book Discussion
Come and discuss The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones.  Paperback copies of the book are available at the front desk when you sign up.

Keep turning in your raffle tickets until 8 PM on Monday, August 13, 2012 for a chance to win one of the large raffle prizes.

Children’s News

July’s Special Programs

Below is a list of the special programs that will be held at the library this month. Registration for all programs is the Thursday prior to the program. To register, call 432-1127 or stop by the Children’s Room.

Beach Blanket Book Bingo: Visit the library on Monday, July 2 from 11 AM to 12 PM to play a fun picture version of the popular game.  Every child who participates will win and be able to choose books from our special selection table. Registration is required.

Ahoy Mateys: Sail the seven seas with pirates of all sorts on Monday, July 9 from 11 AM to 12 PM. We will hunt for buried treasure, sing a pirate song and maybe learn a pirate dance. Registration is required.

Mostly Mammals: Come to the library on Wednesday, July 11 from 11 AM to 12 PM or 1 PM to 2 PM and visit with Michelle DeBye from Michelle’s Menagerie. Michelle will be bringing animal friends who are most active at night. Animals include a hedgehog, ferret, skunk and more (live animals). Registration is required. This program is being sponsored by the Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library.

Nocturnal Neighbors: Hear some stories of the animals that live in our neighborhoods that only come out at night at the library on Monday, July 16 from 11 AM to 12 PM. Come hear about what happens when bats go to the library and see if you can identify our night time neighbors just from their shadows. Registration is required.

Half-way prizes can be claimed starting Monday, July 16.

Fractured Fairy Tales: Once upon a time there was a large old book filled with classic fairy tales. One day, something strange happened and the stories became mixed up! Join Jennifer Couturier at the library on Wednesday, July 18 from 11 AM to 12 PM to hear these silly stories of fractured fairy tales. Registration is required. This program is being sponsored by the Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library.

Movie Time: On Friday, July 20, come to the library to watch Balto from 11 AM to 1 PM. Follow Balto as he leads a team of sled dogs on a journey across Alaska to help save his village. Registration is required.

Star Stories: On Monday, July 23 we will explore the stars above from 11 AM to 12 PM. Hear different stories about how the stars came to be and learn how different constellations got their names. Registration is required.

Owls of New Hampshire: Who calls in the night? Who glides through the dark on shadowy wings in silent flight? The Squam Lakes Science Center will be at the library on Wednesday, July 25 from 11 AM to 12 PM to introduce some of New Hampshire’s mysterious owls and to discuss what is myth and what is fact about these beautiful, nocturnal birds of prey (live animals). Registration is required. This program is being sponsored by the Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library.

Monkey Business: Swing into the library on Monday, July 30 from 11 AM to 12 PM to explore a multitude of monkey stories and go bananas singing “5 little monkeys jumping on the bed”. Registration is required.

Space Studies

On Fridays this summer we invite patrons to explore the many wonders of space. To aide you in your exploration, the children’s room has put together a list of exciting space themed books.  Space: a visual encyclopedia (J 520 HOR) offers an exciting overview to the many wonders to be found in space.  If you are interested in constellations, Starfinder: the complete beginner’s guide to the night sky (J 523.8 STO) has wonderful diagrams and instructions on where to find them in the night sky.  For those interested in astronauts and the space program, The U.S. Space Camp’s book of astronauts (J 629.45 BAI) offers biographies of famous astronauts and a history of the space program. Check out one of these exciting books and blast off on a space adventure.

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