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Summer Reading Program Information

Adventure awaits! Please join us for the Hollis Center Public Library’s 2024 Children’s Summer Reading Program.  Our theme this year is “Adventure Begins at Your Library.”  We invite all children up to young teens to embark on a journey filled with books, activities and events designed to inspire a love of reading and exploration.

Our program will run from July 1 through August 12.  Registration is free and open to all community members.  Registration will start on July 1, the day of our first Summer Reading Storytime. 

Program Highlights

Rewards: Participants can choose a special prize from the specially stocked Summer Reading Treasure Chest for attending events at the library and checking out books.

Participants will earn a prize by completing reading goals as set by the participant and the library. Progress can be tracked on reading logs available at the library.

Interactive Programming: Includes weekly storytelling on Monday between 10-12 AM.  There will be other special activities such as scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, a special workshop and story reading by the Portland Stage Company (July 15), and local art enthusiast will join us and will help kids create their own masterpiece (July 22).  Our final story will take place at Rivers Edge Farm (August 12).  Snacks served at every Storytime.

Special Adventure Path:  Located on our grounds, each station will allow the visitors to use their imagination and interact within each mini adventure.  Come see the trolls and fairies and all sorts of surprises.  Feel free to add a fairy or troll house to our path. 

Join us for a summer filled with books, creativity and new discoveries.  Adventure truly begins at your library!


July 1 -- Pig the Rebel by Aaron Blabley
Adventures in explosions will follow.

July 8 -- Ready to Soar by Cori Doertfeld.
Adventures in flying will follow.

July 15 -- Portland Stage Company
They will be performing a live story, and a workshop will follow. The workshop is primarily for 4-11 year olds and is limited to 30 kids. We will have other activities available for the younger children. Please let Nancy or Gus if you will be attending!

July 22 -- The Magical Drawings of Moony B. Finch
Adventures in art will follow. We will be joined by a local art enthusiast, Jackie Harmon.

July 29 -- Pie-Rats! by Lisa Frenkel Riddiough
Adventure in sweets that pie-rats like to eat will follow.

August 5 -- A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusan
An adventurous hike to the waterfall on our property will follow.

August 12 -- Endlessly Ever After by Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat
This will be held at River's Edge Farm -- more details to follow!

Due to a pending interruption in the statewide library van delivery contracts, inter-library loan requesting between libraries is temporarily suspended. Library users will still be able to request and place holds on items owned by their home library.

NEW FEATURE: Family Naturalist Backpacks

The Hollis Conservation Commission has generously sponsored two backpacks for check-out at the Hollis Center Public Library and Salmon Falls Library. Each backpack includes field guides to trees, bugs and slugs, reptiles and amphibians, birds, wildflowers, butterflies and pollinators, tracks, and scent; each pack also includes binoculars, magnifying glasses, and a nature guide! The backpacks are first-come, first-served and available for checkout! 

News from the Children's Room

Homeschooling Library Club

Our Homeschooler's Library Club is taking a break for the summer and will resume this fall.  This program was started at the request of a few of our patrons to give the kids who are home-schooled library literacy knowledge.  Some of the things we do include hands-on work to gain skills in using our library catalog, storytelling, learn how books are processed in our library and perhaps a craft to go along with the lesson.

We will be posting the schedule and planned classes as soon as it is available.  We are expecting our first class to start on Monday, September 16th.   We usually will meet every other Monday from 1:00-2:30.  If you are interested in joining, please come into the library or email us at director@holliscenterpubliclibrary.org.  You can also text Miss Nancy at 207-712-1211.

Summer Reading Interactive Story Time with Nancy

Stories, a craft, and a snack! Mondays at 10:00 am at the Hollis Center Public Library. 

Monday, July 22 - "The Magical Drawings of Moony B. Finch" by David M. McPhail.  An adventure in art will follow.  We will be joined by local art enthusiast Jackie Harmon.  

Hollis Center Public Library Book Club

The next library Book Club title is “City of Girlsby Elizabeth Gilbert. Copies are available at the library. The group will meet on Wednesday, July 10 at 5:30pm. 

Contact the library for more information, or to get added to the Book Club mailing list for early access to reading guides, making book club reading recommendations, and more!