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Youth Services Programs! Summer Reading!

Oceans of Possibilities!

Week 1 Trivia questions:  

Question 1:  How much of the earth's surface is covered by ocean?

Helpful website for question 1:  www.natgeokids.com

 Question 2:  What is the average lifespan of bluefin tuna?

Helpful website for question 2:  www.americanoceans.org

Email us the answers to dplnhyouthservices@gmail.com or tell us at the Youth Services Desk!

Storytimes Tuesdays 10:30 am

Tues. July 5th - Boats!

Tues. July 12th - Mermaids and More!

Tues. July 19th - fish!

Tues. July 26th - Crabs and Shells!

Family Movies (upstairs in the community room and popcorn is served)

Tues. July 12th at 1 pm -   Sing 2!

Yoga/Tales for Tots (2 & under with caregiver) Wednesdays 10:30 am

Weds.  July 6th, July 13th, July 20th and July 27th  Bring Yoga Mat.  Outside or upstairs in the community room.

Oceans of Crafts!  Drop in Craft in the Storytime Room Weds. and Thurs. 1-4 pm

Weds. June 29th and Thurs. June 30th 1-4 pm - Pirate Hats and Treasure Maps!

Weds. July 6th and Thurs. July 7th 1-4 pm - Watercolor Flower Painting and Make a Lei!

Weds. July 13th and Thurs. July 14th 1-4 pm - Coral Blow painting and Seashell Painting!

Weds. July 20th and Thurs. July 21st 1-4 pm - Sand Art and Fish Picture PaInting!

Weds. July 27th and Thurs. July 28th 1-4 pm - Shark Suncatcher and Shark Picture Painting!


June Calendar July Calendar




Special Summer Reading Thursday Programs at 10:30 am

Joint Library Programs with the Durham, Lee and Madbury Libraries


Oceans of Possibilities Special Thursdays at 10:30 am!

Thurs. July 7th at 10:30 at LIttle River Park in Lee         -  Frisbee Dogs!

Thurs. July 14th at 10:30 at Madbury Town Hall               - Wildlife Encounters!

Thurs.  July 21st at 10:30 at Durham Public LIbrary        -  Squam Lakes Scienc Center Aquatic Critters!

Thurs.  July 28th  at 10:30 at Little River Park in Lee     -  Toe Jam Puppet Band!  Summer Finale!




Storywalk Book in the Rain Garden!

Come visit the Storywalk outside for our new story!

We have a fun summer storywalk book: 

My Ocean is Blue by Darren Lebeuf







Fun things to do at home!

Keep busy at home with some of our ideas!


Storytimes From Space!

Storyline Online!

Shark Storyhour on Facebook!

Author Read Alouds!

Craft Ideas!

Make a Hand-print Leprechaun!

Make a toilet paper roll butterfly!

Paint with your matchbox cars on a piece of paper!

Paint a rainbow with corks, cotton balls, q-tips, sponges!

Paint to music.  Change the music and paint again!

Look in a mirror and paint a self-portrait!

Fun Websites!

Things to do with a busy toddler!

Travel to Yellowstone National Park!

Visit the San Diego Zoo!

Lego Build Challenges!

Build a lego marble maze. 

Build a lego boat and test to see if it floats in your sink or bathtub.

Build your name in Legos.

Build a lego car and test it on a ramp.

Build a lego contraption that can hold 3 books.

Build a lego catapult and test with pom poms or marshmallows.


Build with toothpicks and marshmallows.

Make home-made playdough.

Make a yarn maze at home and try to get through it.

Build reading forts.

Draw a map of your house and street.

NASA Kids Club!

Summer Reading!

A 5-week reading program that runs from the end of June through July!


  • Our summer reading program runs for 5 weeks (end of June through July) and has a different theme each year.  Upon registering for this program, you will receive a great goody bag and a reading log/bingo card.  Log your reading time, do fun bingo card activities and do some beading and win prizes.  There are fun programs to attend for all ages as well.