As families get back into the routine of the school year some might be looking for a new activity to try with younger siblings. The Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library offers Preschool Storyhour, a great opportunity to meet other parents who have little ones at home and introduce readers-to-be to their library. Designed for children ages 2-6 and their caregivers, Storyhour provides social interaction, free play time, songs and stories and a related hands-on activity or craft each week of the year. Miss Tracie understands the short attention spans of the preschool set and encourages families to give it a try, even with a child full of the wiggles. Learning to sit and listen is a process, and not everyone is ready at the same age. With time and older role models even the squirmiest toddlers will gradually expand their ability to participate in ‘circle time’, learning to appreciate the finger plays and story time as they become more familiar with the environment and the routine. Children in this young age group are allowed to get their own library cards so they can discover the joy of borrowing a hand-picked selection of books each week. Preschool Storyhour is a drop-in program meeting Wednesdays at 10:30, and Thursdays at 10:30 and 1:30. Go to the library’s website for the current month’s schedule of themes, books and projects.


Children who participated in this summer’s reading program will have one more opportunity to “Dream Big, Read!” at the SRP Wrap Up Party on Friday, September 14th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Hands-on activities including a scavenger hunt will revisit the various themes that were explored during the summer, and awards will be presented to top readers in each age group and the SRP Volunteers as the marshmallow roast begins outside (weather permitting). Bring a snack to share to this fun family event.


Epping’s public library is open Monday – Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday 10 to 2. For more information call 679-5944, or visit

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