Reading Road Trip' Takes Off at Lane Library

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By Liz Premo, Atlantic News Staff Writer

Atlantic News, Friday, July 6, 2007

[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News]

Children's Librarian Paulina Shadowens with "Fun After School" group

HAMPTON -- The Lane Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program “Reading Road Trip USA” motored off to a great start last week with plenty of music, motion and lots of fun.

Children’s Librarian, Paulina Shadowens got a group of about 80 children ready to roll with several book selections, one of them being the “Jungle” edition of James Warhola’s colorful and fun “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

It wasn’t long before exuberant travelers were jumping like frogs, roaring like lions and scratching their fur like monkeys in tune with the author’s musical trip to the Big Jungle Playground.

“The kids seemed to have a good time,” reported Shadowens.

All this was a warm-up for an appearance by children’s performer, Wayne From Maine.

“That was a sell-out,” said Shadowens, adding it was a full house with about 125 children attending the program. “He was a good show.”

A perennial Seacoast area favorite, Wayne “made a point of bringing up lots of kids to be part of his act [and] playing musical instruments,” Shadowens said. His repertoire covered multiple genres, offering “something for everyone” as well as “a rousing New Hampshire song,” according to Shadowens.

"Fun After School" group singing at the Lane Library.

A series of great events are offered every Wednesday now through August 8, and children are invited to the weekly story time from 9:30-10 a.m., followed by a special performance or activity. Parents are reminded that signs-ups are mandatory for the weekly events.

So what kind of fun stuff can summer reading program participants expect down the road? Coming up will be a pair of puppet performances featuring Martha Dana and her giant puppets on July 11, and Carol Sanborn and her crew of puppet friends on July 18.

Weaving with Sarah Haskell will take place on July 25. This program is not recommended for children under age 5, so there will be an alternative activity available for them.

Participants will go wild with a program entitled “Wildlife Encounters” on August 1; and will take part in an extended story time from 9-10 a.m. on August 8. Later the same day the Friends of the Lane Memorial Library will host a sundae party as a sweet finale to the fun.

Of course, there’s the all-important reading part of this summer program. Participants will be recording the number of titles they read on a game card with 25 states (East or West). The card is stamped at the library’s circulation desk, and there is a prize for every five books that are read. Once 25 books are read, the participant has a chance to quality for the grand prize drawing, a gift certificate to the Library Restaurant in Portsmouth.

For a “road map” of this year’s Summer Reading Program and some reading suggestions, visit www.hampton. lib.nh.us, and click on the “Event Finder” icon at the to of the page. For additional information, to sign up, or to register for activities and events, call the Children’s Room at (603) 926-4729.

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