Merrimack Library Events – July 3, 2015

Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, 424-5021, merrimackpl@merrimacklibrary. org, merrimacklibrary.org.

SUMMER REACHING CHALLENGE

Registration for our popular Summer Reading Challenge and early summer events is open. This year, the theme of the summer is "Every Hero Has a Story." We’ll celebrate heroes of all kinds: superheroes, community heroes, legendary heroes, and we’ll find the hero in ourselves. Sign up now for the children’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to Mer­rimack residents and Mer­rimack Library cardholders of all ages. Each age group has their own guidelines and perks:

For babies up to age 3, we offer an Activity Log to track playful activities to share with your toddler that will help build language and other early literacy skills.

For ages 3-12, we offer a timed reading log. Children track the time spent reading (on their own, or being read to). Children of all ages earn a half-way prize and a prize for finishing the log.

Teens have a similar timed reading challenge and adults have their own "bingo" version.

Our goal is to beat last summer’s reading time of 10,000 hours. If we make this goal, the Friends of the Merrimack Public Library will make a donation to Veterans Count NH in honor of our local military heroes.

Visit the online calendar for a peek at what is to come. Many activities require registration with an adult’s Merrimack Library card. See individual events for details.

SONGS AND STORIES FROM WWII

The Merrimack Public Library will host "Songs and Stories from the War Years" on July 9 at 7 p.m. in the Klumpp Meeting Room. Pre­sented by Richard Kruppa, this entertaining and infor­mative program focuses on some of the most beloved songs from the Word War II era. Kruppa not only sings the songs, accompanying himself on guitar, five-string banjo and baritone ukulele, he also tells their fascinat­ing and unfamiliar stories as well; their meaning, how they came to be and their significance. Kruppa, known musically as "Ramblin’ Richard," is a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts and a retired pro­fessor from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.