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Keene Public Library Offers Summer Reading and Learning Program, June 18 through August 13

Keene Public Library launches its Oceans of Possibilities summer reading program with events June 17-18

During the next two months, the library will host a range of free activities for children, teens, and adults to encourage and support a love of reading. Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.

Readers and prereaders of all ages and abilities can signup for one of our summer reading and learning challenges by visiting https://keenenh.beanstack.org/, downloading the Beanstack app on your phone (Android / iOS, visiting the library, or calling 603-352-0157. You can also sign up at Keene's two Juneteenth Celebrations, at the YMCA from 9 a.m. to noon and at Railroad Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All summer reading participants will receive a free book during registration.

"We've planned a wonderful program for kids to make the library a great place to read, learn, and discover what's available for their enjoyment," said Gail Zachariah, Head of Engagement and Youth Services at the Keene Public Library. We will provide special virtual and in-person programs with guest presenters for people of all ages. 

Keene Public Library's Summer Reading and Learning Challenges are designed to be fun and engaging with hands-on activities. But there's a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. "Studies also indicate students who read for enjoyment outperformed those who don't." Zachariah added, "students read more when they can choose materials based on their interests," Zachariah said. "Our libraries are committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families."

The last day of the summer reading and learning program is August 13. Registration continues throughout the summer. To learn more about the library's summer reading and learning adventure, please call 603-352-0157.

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