Story Hour -June Schedule


Children’s Story Hour will be held on

Fridays & Saturdays

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

June 3/4 – We All Scream for Ice Cream – Cone Craft

June 10/11 – Music of Wind Chimes – Making Wind Chimes

June 17/18- Father’s Day- Plate Decorations for DAD

June 24/25- Sharks in the Water- Shark / Fish Game

What’s Happening @ HCPL

trial1Here is a schedule of what is coming up here at HCPL for the month of


June 14 – Adult Coloring Night 6-7 p.m.

June 21 – Lego Night 5:30-7:00 p.m.

June 30– Craft Night 6-7 p.m.

Nutrition Workshops for Children :

June 20, 22, 27, 29 @ 11 a.m.

July 5 & 6 @ 1:30 p.m.

Check back with us at the end of the month for what’s happening in July!!!

Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak

Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak



Maurice Sendak’s notable works are:

Where the Wild Things Are / Mommy? / In the Night Kitchen/ Outside Over There / Little Bear Series (Illustrations)

The New York Times obituary called Sendak “the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century.”




HCPL’s newsletters are now available online, courtesy of the amazing Chrissy! To read the July newsletter online, click here.

Little Free Libraries

The Hampshire County Public Library is teaming up with the Parks and Recreation Department, along with two private individuals, to put Little Free Libraries in Hampshire and Central Hampshire Parks. For the unfamiliar: A Little Free Library operates on the “Take a book, leave a book” ideal. As an article from the International Literacy Association puts it, “In its most basic form, the Library is a book exchange whereby anyone can stop and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.” Multiple  people have reported that Little Free Libraries bring about a sense of community to neighborhoods. Little Free Libraries also encourage literacy and reading by literally giving away books; in fact, the Library of Congress commended the Little Free Library non-profit organization this year for it’s work promoting literacy and reading. For more information about Little Free Libraries, please visit or check out The Little Free Library Book here at the library.

HCPL is also interested in placing Little Free Libraries in other locations around the county; preferably locations that are somewhat further away from the library, which would make the Little Free Library a nice stop-gap between library visits. If anyone is interested in becoming a Little Free Library steward or making a Little Free Library for this purpose, please contact the library and let us know!

For future Little Free Library users, here is an article about how to be an awesome Little Free Library patron! And for anyone interested in becoming a Little Free Library steward, here are two helpful articles about maintaining the Little Free Libraries.

Kids and Reading

It is widely acknowledged that early literacy is very important, which is why we are so excited to hear that the Imagination Library has started back up again in Hampshire County–providing every child who enrolls with a book each month can help prevent the dreaded Word Gap. But what about the kids who are too old for the Imagination Library? Well, we have a few ideas about how to keep them interested in reading too!

First, there’s the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-A-Thon Challenge. This contest runs until October 17th and contestants get prizes for registering and can qualify to win a trip to meet Jeff Kinney! So if you have any Wimpy Kid fans out there, this might be a great reading incentive for them.

Second, HCPL now has a subscription to Tumble Books Library, which is a collection of ebooks, educational videos and accompanying games for kids. All that’s needed to access Tumble Books is a computer and a library card number!

Third, Kid Lit TV is an awesome website that has videos of books being read aloud, info about children’s books, interviews with authors and trailers for new books! If your child loves books, likes to be read to, or just likes watching videos and you want to sneak some literature in, this is an amazing resource.

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