Our 2022 Summer Reading Program!

Program Details

  • Ages 0-3: share 50 books
  • Ages 3-10: share or read 50 books or 50 (10-minute periods of time)
  • Tweens and teens 10+: read 2 books


Pick up a paper tracking sheet and 50 stickers at the library. Place a sticker for every book read, or for every 10-minute block of reading. (Each parent decides what’s best for their child.)


Hand in each completed sheet for a FREE ice cream cone with topping from Sanctuary Dairy Farm in Sunapee, NH!

Sign up:

  • Online at Dunbarlibrary,org
  • 603-863-2172
  • Talewise event on 6/25/22

Children must sign-up in advance to qualify for the end of the program prize.


Summer Reading Program Kick-Off!

Sat. June 25th at 1 PM Pirates’ Bash!

At the Grantham Town Hall – Lowest Level

Talewise: Pirates Lost at Sea

Ahoy there, matey! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to repair their ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Throughout the story, we will explore the incredible science behind clouds, physical and chemical changes, air pressure, and more!  Do not miss your chance to experience this interactive nautical tale — with a refreshing splash of science! 

This program will be virtually projected on the big screen with an interactive host throughout the event.

Free ice cream pirates’ bounty party to follow! Program sign-up forms will be available for any families interested in signing up.

Free event open to everyone! Sponsored by Friends of the Dunbar Free Library!


 Join Us For Fun Crafts Each Week!

Crafts will be available at each weekly storytime, and at special events. You can also stop by the library each week to pick up crafts to complete at home (while supplies last).

Week 1: June 25 – July 2

Theme: Pirates Discover Treasure

Craft: Pirate Tattoo Refrigerator Magnets

Special Activity: Book Swap Table – all week! & virtual BINGO!

Mon. June 27th –  Virtual Family BINGO! at 6:30 PM

Wed. June 29th – Lapsitters’ Storytime at 10 AM

Wed. June 29th – Scooby Doo! Pirates Ahoy! Movie at 2 PM (not rated)

Thurs. June 30th – Children’s Storytime at 10:30 AM

Book Swap June 27th –  July 2   All Week!

We are having a Children’s Book Swap! Just stop by the library with a children’s book that you would like to swap from your personal collection for a different one. Limit three book swap per child per visit. Available all week long!

Week 2: July 3 – July 9

Theme: Explore New Depths

Craft: Submarine Bookmarks

Special Activity: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Wed. July 6th – Lapsitters’ Storytime at 10 AM

Wed. July 6th – Moana – Movie (rated PG) at 2 PM

Wed. July 6th – Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Thurs. July 7th – Children’s Storytime at 10:30 AM

Don’t Miss Our Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Wednesday, July 6th

It’s not summertime without a stuffed animal sleepover! Just stop by anytime before Wednesday evening to drop off your child’s ocean mammal stuffed animal (or any stuffed animal). Then follow along on Facebook to see how much fun they have sleeping overnight at the library.

Week 3: July 10 – July 16

Theme: Seven Seas – Infinite Seas (Fictional Stories of the Sea)

Craft: Sea Necklaces

Special Activity: Lobster Exploration

Wed. July 13th – Lapsitters’ Storytime at 10 AM

Wed. July 13th – Luca – Movie (rated PG) at 2 PM

Thurs. July 14th – Children’s Storytime at 10:30 AM

Sat. July 16th – Lobster Exploration with UNH’s docent outreach program!

Join us on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 1 PM for a lobster exploration program at the library presented by UNH’s docents!

We will begin by reading a book about lobsters, and then dive into some hands-on activities, such as lobster measuring and banding and learning how a lobster trap works.

Week 4: July 17 – July 23

Theme: Our Blue Planet (Taking Care of Our Oceans)

Craft: Ocean Sensory Bottles

Special Activity:  Coloring Contest

Wed. July 20th – Lapsitters’ Storytime at 10 AM

Wed. July 20th – Dolphin Tale – Movie (rated PG) at 2 PM

Wed. July 20th – Coloring Contest Deadline

Thurs. July 21th – Children’s Storytime at 10:30 AM


Wednesday, July 20th is the Deadline to Enter Our Contest

Our Summer Reading Program always includes a coloring contest! We will have 2 separate catagories ( 5 and under and 6 and older). Click here to download the image, or stop by the library. Winners will be chosen by effort and creativity! Prizes are $5 gift cards to Morgan Hill Bookstore!

Week 5: July 24 – July 30

Theme: An Ocean of Wonders (Ocean Animals)

Craft: Paint by Sticker Art

Special Activity: Family Virtual BINGO!

Mon. July 25th – Family Virtual BINGO! at 6:30 PM

Wed. July 27th – Lapsitters’ Storytime at 10 AM

Wed. July 27th – IMAX Under the Sea and Deep Sea at 2 PM (rated G)

Thurs. July 28th – Children’s Storytime at 10:30 AM

Join us for Family Virtual BINGO! on Monday, July 25th at 6:30 PM

Win a $10 gift card to Rumbrook Market if you win! It’s always so much fun to play and see friends!

Week 6: July 31 – August 6

Theme: Uncharted (Unique Ocean Places)

Craft: Coral Reef Puzzles (Design & Color)

Special Activity: Luau with Steve Blunt at 1 PM

Wed. August 3rd – Lapsitters’ Storytime at 10 AM

Wed. August 3rd – Finding Nemo Movie at 2 PM (rated G)

Thurs. August 4th – Children’s Storytime at 10:30 AM

Sat. August 6th – Luau with Steve Blunt

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Summer Reading Program Celebration!

Sat. August 6th at 1 PM Luau with Steve Blunt!

At the Dunbar Free Library!

Rain location: Grantham Town Hall – Lowest Level

Flap your fins & flop your tails! Come celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with a luau ice cream party! Children’s musician, Steve Blunt, is guaranteed to make a splash with kids of all ages. Big and little fish alike will be hooked by his catchy tunes—with plenty of fun, upbeat songs in the key of sea.

So we hope you can come and enjoy some delicious ice cream, sing and dance to songs about the sea, and claim your prizes!

Image by Peter Krieg


The Summer Reading Program has been generously funded by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library!