Reading Program A Pet Project

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Atlantic News, Thursday, July 8, 2004

A DOG-GONE GOOD TIME -- Paula Parisi and her long haired Chihuahua, Nellie, stopped by the Lane Memorial Library last Wednesday morning as part of its "Check Out a Hero" Summer Reading program. [Atlantic News Courtesy Photo by Bill Teschek]

HAMPTON -Accompanied by "a couple of kitties," Paula Parisi and her long-haired Chihuahua, Nellie, stopped by the Lane Memorial Library last Wednesday morning as part of its "Check Out a Hero" Summer Reading program.

Nearly 100 children and parents showed up for the program, which focused upon the NHSPCA shelter in Stratham where Paula serves as the humane education coordinator.

During her visit, Paula presented a flannel board story about a dog and talked about the NHSPCA and its function in the community. Nellie, who is a shelter adoptee, performed an assortment of tricks (stand, twirl around, "give me five") in what Library Assistant Joanne Mulready called a "well-done" program.

Summer reading story times for all ages will continue through the month of July every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Immediately following at 10:30 a.m. the special program series highlighting heroes in the local area continues. The remaining schedule is as follows: July 14, Steve Perry Karate; July 21, State Police Canine Officers; and July 28, Steve Blunt's Music (finale).

The Lane Memorial Library is also hosting a "Friday Action Hero Movie" Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. Movies include "X Men" on July 9; "Hulk," July 16; "Hook," July 23; "Superman/ Batman," July 30; and "Scooby Doo" on August 6.

The library's Summer Reading Program wraps up on Thursday, August 5 at 6:30 p.m. with a very special program. Come and celebrate the summer's reading accomplishments with lots of fun and plenty of prizes. At that time, kid-friendly" snacks (such as juice boxes and healthy, non-perishable snacks that children enjoy) will be collected. These items, along with donated gently-used backpacks which the library will be collecting through August 10, will be presented to the local food pantry in anticipation of the new school year.

To become a "Library Hero," program participants must read for 30 minutes each day and keep track of the number of minutes that they read. For every 30 minutes of reading time, participants can put a ticket in the treasure box for prizes. For the older children, there is a book group with many exciting titles chosen for this summer.

Be a hero - sign up now for summer reading at the Lane Memorial Library. For more information or to sign up, stop by the Children's Room or call 926-4729.

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