Saturday, May 27, 2006

Teen Summer Programs

Lane Memorial Library Teen Summer Programs 2006

Unless otherwise stated, all teen programs are open to all Hampton-area students entering grades 6-12. Sign-ups for teen programs begin June 5th, earlier than sign-ups for the children’s summer reading program. Teens may sign up in person in the children’s room, by telephone (926-4729), or by e-mail ( To learn more about any of the library’s programs for teens, contact Cheryl French via e-mail or at the above telephone number.


Besides reading for fun this summer, teens will also have a chance to support a local charity. The teens have chosen the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA) to be the beneficiary of their reading. For every three hours each teen reads during the summer, he or she gets to drop one ticket into the “Adoption Angel” can of choice (dog, cat, or general small animal). At the end of the program, donations on behalf of the teens will go to support the care for the chosen animal(s); the amount for each based upon the number of tickets in each can. In addition to doing something good for some of the many homeless animals in New Hampshire, participants also win a chance for the teens' end-of-summer raffle prizes, as tickets from the cans will be entered in the drawing. Bonus tickets can be earned for reading in a variety of genres. Registration begins June 5. The teen summer reading program runs from June 19, 2006 to August 5, 2006. Money for the NHSPCA donation was earned by the teens or donated by friends.

Teens are also invited to participate in the READS summer reading program for adults. Any teen looking for a challenge this summer may pick up a READS card and compete with the adults in reading BINGO, reading five (5) books from the listed topics in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line. For every line completed, there will be a small prize. Anyone completing the entire card will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card. Although teens will not be able to use the same book for multiple spots on the READS cards, they may double up their reading for both the BINGO game and the Teen NHSPCA Program.


Dearborn House, located at 7 Dearborn Avenue, is a residence for Hampton’s senior citizens. Some are quite mobile and independent, others are more homebound. As part of the library’s programming for teens, we are offering a summer book delivery and pick-up service to residents of Dearborn House who need a little help. From June through August, participating teens will generously act as the legs for residents who are unable to get themselves to the library to borrow and return books. Cheryl French will act as the liaison for the project, fielding calls from Dearborn House residents, assisting in selecting and pulling books, and scheduling the pick-up and delivery services. Teens, accompanied by Cheryl, will walk to Dearborn to deliver or pick up books on a regular basis. All that is required is a willingness to check in with Cheryl regularly (in person, by e-mail, or by phone) and make yourself available to respond to requests from the folks at Dearborn House. (Parent or guardian permission needed.) Registration begins June 5.

Another teen community-service project for the summer will be picking up litter around the library grounds. The library will provide gloves and trash bags, and participants will get together once a week throughout the summer to clean things up around here. In order for this program to work, a minimum of three people need to sign up to help each week. This program will run on a week-by-week basis to allow for vacations, camps, and other fun summer projects. Sign-ups will begin June 5. The first clean-up date will be during the week of June 19 (exact day TBD).

The middle school book group, grades 6-8, will meet weekly for a brown-bag lunch and book discussion on Mondays at 12:00 noon. Space is limited, so please register in advance.

Teens: Do you love acting but hate memorizing lines? Try readers theatre, a fun opportunity to entertain and educate younger readers. Sign-ups begin June 5. Rehearsals and performance dates to be scheduled.

Teen writers will get together every other week to share ideas and discuss writing of all kinds. Bring lunch, paper, pen or pencil, and a willingness to jump in and talk shop. Participants are also invited to submit original stories, poems, reviews, nonfiction essays, and artwork to the library’s teen literary magazine, Zoom into Chompas. Check out the new online format.
Space is limited, so please register in advance. Meets every other Tuesday at 12:00 noon, starting June 20, 2006.

This summer, the library is offering a brown-bag film series for students in grades 6 and up who have permission to watch PG or PG-13 films. Bring lunch, watch a movie, and enjoy the air conditioning. Wednesdays at 12:00 noon, June 28, 2006 through August 2, 2006. No sign-ups required--just show up!


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