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It's elephant week at the Amherst Town Library---if you're coming to Storytime, that is!  Our Tuesday group created these wonderful elephant headbands, and are having a great time pretending to be big, noisy elephants!!

Snow days make great library days! A visitor to the Children's Room during yesterday's storm is in total agreement. Winter is the perfect time to visit the children's room with your family to share those cozy stories you loved as a child and discover new ones too!

Smiles and joy were in evidence at our annual Family Gingerbread-House Workshops.  There were grandparents with grandchildren, daddies and daughters, brothers and sisters, families of all sorts… so much fun!  The decoration table was delectable and the creations magical!  Check-out all our pictur

Take some time this holiday season to come and see the artwork that is on display from Preschool in the Village.  The children have created a lovely winter mural for our enjoyment---and they've been working on their preschool skills at the same time.

Steve Blunt serenaded us with spooky songs and jokes at our Halloween Party. Colorful, cute costumes were paraded, "ghosties" were cafted and treats enjoyed. 

Thanks to Maryann Cocca-Leffler, we have a wonderful new "look" for our New Book shelves.  By re-purposing some of the theater sets that Maryann created, we've created a nice little "nook" to house our newest books.  Make sure to take a look next time you're at the library!

Our “No Carve Pumpkin” program was so much fun!  Families brought their own pumpkins and visited different decorating stations to turn them into scary, festive and fun pumpkin people and holiday decor.

By now, I'm sure you all know that our beloved Miss Sue is officially is her last day working at the Amherst Town Library.  No one really knows how we're going to go on without her warm, welcoming presence and her ever-present laughter!

It was another busy, fun-filled summer in the Children's Room at the Amherst Town Library!

Look carefully---wildlife presenter Jim Parks holds an Eastern Screech Owl against a sample of tree bark, and, as you can see, its' camoflage is extremely effective!  Jim introduced us to 5 different raptors, all of which can be found right here in Amherst, and we learned so many interesting thin

We had so much fun on Monday, learning about Brook, our reading therapy dog!  Monica Smith, Brook's handler, talked to us about the things Brook needed to learn to be a therapy dog, and then we were treated to seeing Brook demonstrate some of her obedience and agility training.  Of course, we end

The world of children's literature has always provided us with some stellar historical fiction---think Johnny Tremain, Little House on the Prairie, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond among others.  Currently, we're seeing a resurgence of great books for children that are firmly

Yes, it's that time again---February vacation, when those of us who are NOT traveling to warm, wonderful places....pretend that we are! 

Kids, and adults, too!----Come down to the Children's Room anytime between Feb.

Come on down to the Children's Room to choose a book from our current display of "Good Books".  It's an eclectic mix of wintry-themed books for all interests and reading levels, so you're sure to find something for every reader in the family...and while you're at it, cuddle up with our enormous t

Make sure to visit the Children's Room to check out some of our wonderful collection of holiday books.  Find your old favorites, and discover some new favorites!

On a chilly fall afternoon, the Friends of the Library set out all the materials for constructing sno-globes out of glass jars, and assisted dozens of children as they created beautiful holiday decorations.  The idea was to display them here in the Children's Room, and we were lucky enough to hav

This month our Families Read Together book group (grades 3 and 4 with parent) got together to discuss the classic story James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl.  After a great talk about the various characters, the way they behave, and the ways they change (or don

Last Saturday, we hosted an "American Girl Doll Photo-shoot" here at the library--and a fabulous time was had by all.  Children brought their dolls (with lots of outfits!), and we supplied several different "scenes" to use as backgrounds for their photos.  As we printed the photos, the kids creat

Every Tuesday afternoon, we hear the thunder of feet coming down the stairs to the Children's Room---it must be Minecraft Time!  Many of the children who arrive have literally RUN all the way from school to get here, and, after a quick drink of water, they're ready to get down to the serious busi

Summer is coming to a close, and it's time to think about fall programs!  Storytimes begin the week of Sep.

It's hard to believe that we put up this balloon arch nearly 8 weeks's REALLY hard to believe that, although somewhat diminished in size, the balloons are still going strong--miraculous!!

We're off to a great start with our 2016 Summer Reading Program.  With over 300 children registered already, the Children's Room has been buzzing with activity.  Yesterday, the Toe Jam Puppet Band came to entertain us with their wild antics, the folks from the Boston Museum of Science brought som

It's almost time!

There are a whole lot of shiny, brand new trains running on the tracks of the "train table" in the Children's Room---and it's all thanks to a gift from the Nellie W.

April is National Poetry Month, and we'd like to fill our Poet-Tree with poems!

We had a wonderful, informative, entertaining, and inspiring visit from Paul Durham on March 10th.  Paul is the author of the Luck Uglies series of fantasy novels for middle-graders.  A great group of kids and adults turned out to hear about his take on the writing process in gen

We had lots of fun activities going on during February vacation---movies, snap-circuits, minecraft, dancing, crafting, stories....whew!! Here are some pics from our Island Dance Party and our Storytime From Space program ---both were a blast!

Our display of books about "all things horses" has been incredibly popular this month---they've been galloping off the shelves!  There are still some great books available, though,

We were treated to a visit from Miss Nanette last Tuesday, who taught us about the music of New Orleans, and got us up and dancin' to a Mardi Gras beat! Then we created beautiful Mardi Gras masks, and decorated (and ate!) Mardi Gras cookies!

Come on down to the library on January 21, where we'll be exploring the world of  Snap Circuits Jr.  We'll see if we can construct circuits that will light up, sound off, and power an accessory!

Look at our online calendar for details on our vacation activities!


Once again, we had a wonderful time constructing our graham-cracker gingerbread houses here at the library.  This is such a fun family project that I always leave the room smiling---and we're all in the mood for the holidays now!!

It's that time of year again--time to sample the holiday books at the library.  We have a huge selection, from classics like The Night Before Christmas to the brand new When Santa Was a Baby, and everything in-between. Come on in and check some out!

It's time to vote for your favorite of the Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominees! This year's list includes:

The Amherst Town Library is happy to announce their support of a nationwide initiative, 1000  Books Before Kindergarten.

Dave Erler, from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, brought some native NH animals to visit on Thursday afternoon.  A packed room of interested kids and adults listened as Dave described the different ways that animals in New Hampshire prepare for the cold winter months.  We met a Broad-wing

We've had a super spooky fun October here in the Children's Room...from our Halloween book display to our No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating, and the wonderful Halloween Dance Party and Library Parade!!

Come in and check out some of our huge collection of Halloween Books! And while you're at it, sit down and make a craft---right now, we have a Schoolbus Stick Puppet available for the making (Sep. 14 -20).  Next month, we'll be creating our own simple, classic Paper Napkin Ghosties (Oct.

There's just time before school starts to see the latest special collection in our display cabinet.  Keenan Burke brought us his wonderful collection of "Good-night Books" from all around the country--come on in and see!  While you're at it, sign up to bring in your collection--everyone lo

Miss Sarah, Miss Sue, Miss Sadie and Miss Jane had such a wonderful summer--our kids totally rocked the Summer Reading Program, reading a total of 8,599 hours!!  AMAZING!! Thanks to all who participated!

We're extending our Tuesday afternoon movie schedule for an additional 3 weeks!  Come on down to the library to see some great family films---Tuesday, Aug.11, 18, and 25--at 2:00pm.  It's cool on a hot day, and dry on a rainy day---bring blankets, pillows, and water bottles---we provide the popco

We had a wonderful, informative, and entertaining visit from WMUR's weatherman, Kevin Skarupa last Wednesday.  We learned a lot about clouds, snow, rain, and other weather phenomena, and Kevin finished up by reading us a weather-themed story, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 3 : Planet of the

What more can we say?? Our favorite photo-op of the year, the Annual Pet Show, was held on Thursday, July 16 on the library lawn...It was a gorgeous day, and a wonderful time was had by all---even the pets have fun!!

The fun continues...

We had a magical time with Norman Ng, magician extraordinaire---after seeing his amazing magic tricks, we're ready to believe "it's magic"!!

Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley started off our summer with a wonderful performance---everyone had a great time singin', dancin', and listening to Marty read his books...

Wow!  As soon as the library doors opened on Monday, we had children at our window, ready to sign up for summer reading--and by the time we closed, over 200 children had registered!  Crazy busy, and LOTS of fun!  We can't wait to start talking with everyone about the great books they're reading..

Our wonderful poetry collection is on display this month in the Children's Room.  Come on down and check out some poetry---and, while you're at it, add a poem-leaf to our bulleting board!

We had a great February vacation here at the Amherst Town Library! We had a visiting guinea pig who listened to our young readers, craft-time, French w/ Madame Thenin, a movie matinee, a delicious cookie-decorating party, and time to play with our manipulative building toys...

Make sure to come and check out an adventure in the Children's Room!

We had so much fun with Nanette Perrotte yesterday!  The kids were introduced to the music and moves of Ella Fitzgerald in a wonderfully interactive program.  Nanette and I are already talking about having her back for a Latin Music program---rumba, anyone???

Come on down to the Children's Room to check out our collection of books that are related to all things cold....brrrrrrr! They're perfect for curling up and reading in a warm spot, though! 

Wednesday afternoons just got a lot busier at the library!

We had a wonderful time celebrating the holiday season with our Gingerbread House Workshops.  Families gathered to assemble these simple graham-cracker buildings, and then let out all the creative stops while decorating them!  Everyone contributed a bag or two of candy to our supply, and the resu

It's that time of year again, and here at the Amherst Town Library, we have lots of wonderful holiday stories---both old and new.  Some of my new favorites:

Here Comes Santa Cat  by Deborah Underwood

We love our iPads, and all the cool apps we have loaded on them---but sometimes, it seems like it's a good idea to remind our kids that it's not all about manipulating images on a screen---and to give them an opportunity to manipulate real, 3-dimensional materials!  So, last Friday afternoon, we

Thursday afternoon, October 2, we gathered in the Johnson Room to get ourselves in the Halloween mood---it was our first-ever No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Workshop!  Kids and parents together got to work, and created some of the cutest, most unique, and creepiest pumpkins ever!

Tuesday afternoon was Fairy House Day at the library!

Yes, be still my heart...!

Yes, it's true---Miss Sarah and Miss Sue arrived at the Ice Cream Social disguised as "mad scientists"!  Why, you may ask?

Yes, it's true---the kids of Amherst have now exceeded the goal of 6,000 hours of reading---which means that Miss Sarah and Miss Sue will have to show up at the Ice Cream Social next Thursday (Aug.

We've been having a great summer---with science, storytimes, crafts, performers, movies, a pet show, and lots and lots of reading!!

The 3rd Annual Amherst Library Pet Show is being postponed due to the weather report.  We will be holding the pet show in two weeks--on Wednesday, July 30, at 10:30---hopefully the weather will cooperate!  Please make sure to come down and see all the kids and their pets--it's one of our favorite

Fizz, Boom, Read!, our summer reading program, got off to a great start last week!  We have over 400 children registered, and they've already read for a combined total of nearly 900 hours!!

Starting Monday, we'll be registering kids for this year's Summer Reading Program.

Miss Sarah is in love....with her new book display shelf, that is!!! Thank-you so much to the Friends of the Amherst Town Library, for purchasing this item for the Children's Room, and to the wonderful folks at the Public Works Department for doing such an amazing job customizing it for us.

It's Make-it/Take-it Craft week in the Children's Room from May 19 - 25.  Stop by anytime to create your own pop-up flower!

It's only Tuesday, but we're already having a great vacation week here in the Children's Room.  We've  had a movie matinee, a Matchbox Mania morning, and a visit from Wingmasters (who introduced us to some real, live owls!).

It's that time of year again---time to vote for your favorite Great Stone Face book!  The Great Stone Face Book Award is given annually to an author whose book receives the most votes from 4th through 6th graders throughout the state.  Every spring,  N.H.

We had so much fun over school vacation--- Since we weren't going anyplace warm, we decided to enjoy ourselves right here, and even pretended that we were on a tropical holiday!  We gathered for a matchbox car free-play session, learned some French language from Madame Thenin, hosted a "Tropical

Come on down to the Children's Room to browse our special book display: "Dear Diary—Books in Journal Form"

After reading "The Adventures of a South Pole Pig" by Chris Kurtz, we set about creating our own pigs.  Standing on their clothespin legs, our pigs are offering inspirational advice, just like the words of wisdom that kept Flora the pig going when times were tough...We enjoyed the book, and enjoy

What to do on a cold wintry day? Come to the library and make a spell-your-name snowman! Amherst kids have been getting creative, and adding their snowmen to our winter scene...

On Saturday afternoon, we gathered for a second session of our Family Gingerbread House Workshop.  The smell of candy was definitely in the air as we started construction.  After a quick break for a story (Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present by John Burningham) while the icing hardene

This year we decided to take the plunge, and hold a "gingerbread" house-making workshop at the library.  Miss Sarah decided to just put it on the calendar, see if anyone signed up, and go ahead and organize the graham-crackers and frosting in the event that a few families wanted to come and build

Come on down to the Children's Room to browse our collection of Christmas books.  Yes, we have several copies of The Polar Express, by Chris VanAllsburg, and we have hundreds more---from the most recent contributions to the classics we all remember reading as children...

For a couple of weeks now, we've had supplies out for kids to make-their-own handprint turkeys.  We asked the kids to think about the things (including favorite books!) they're thankful for, and to write those things on their turkeys.  You can see the results---a beautiful mural of thankfulness!

We are so lucky here in Amherst---we have Senora Rowley, who volunteers her time and energy to teach our kids to speak Spanish!  Every Monday afternoon during the month of November, Senora arrives, full of bubbly energy, to greet the kids, ages 4-8, with a cheerful "Ola!".  She has games, songs,

This is the first (and probably the last!) time I've ever made a combined Thanksgiving/Hanukkah display! It seems that the last time they fell on the same date was way back in 1888...

It was a crazy-wonderful Tuesday afternoon here at the Amherst Town Library---Steve Blunt came to entertain us with his wonderful songs, Miss Sarah told a special Halloween-y story, and there were amazing costumes everywhere you looked!

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 3:30pm

Make sure to register your child (ages 5 and up) for this fun and informative visit from some of New Hampshire's own wild animals.  On Tuesday, November 12 at 3:30, one of our favorite presenters, Dave, from the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, will bring a selection of animals from the center

Do you have a beginning reader?

Some of our bravest crafters came to the Children's Room last Wednesday to try their hands at creating Milk-jug Skeletons.  An hour-and-a-half later, we had some terrific Halloween decorations!

Halloween Books

Fall is in the air---and the Halloween Books are out on display! Come and borrow some spooky books to get everyone in the mood for Halloween...

Personal Collections at ATL

Every month, we highlight a child's collection in our display case. It's not easy to part with your favorite things for 30 days, but we have a long waiting list of kids who are willing to try--we get everything from Legos to erasers to stuffed animals.

Owen and Genevieve are busy making "monsters" with Casey...

We had a great time decorating our rocks today—what a creative bunch of kids! Thanks to the teen book club members for helping out—they definitely had fun, too.

You Really Dug in!

Yes, it's true! This summer, Miss Sarah and Miss Sue set a goal of 5500 hours of reading by the participants in the Summer Reading Program. We promised that if the kids managed to get to this goal, we'd eat some Chocolate-covered Ants and Crickets.