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Travel the world this summer—read!

Gas prices may keep some people closer to home this summer, but libraries throughout New Hampshire are encouraging people to continue exploring the world through special reading programs designed around the themes of travel and learning about different cultures.

As part of a national Collaborative Summer Library Program, children’s librarians across New Hampshire are creating special summertime activities based on the slogan “One World, Many Stories.” Readers of all ages will be able to visit their libraries and participate in a wide variety of fun multicultural activities, including crafts, food and music.

To participate in “One World, Many Stories,” families should visit their local public library. Most libraries ask children to register and then to keep track of how much time they spend reading or how many books they read during the summer months. Libraries may offer participants the opportunity to read whichever books they want, even if they’re not related to this summer’s theme. Children are encouraged to read as much as they can.

Some libraries are also offering a summer reading program for teens, “You Are Here”; this year’s theme for adult readers is “Novel Destinations.”

Students who read during summer months retain more of their reading skills and are better prepared for school in the fall. The Collaborative Summer Reading Program helps encourage children to spend more time enjoying non-assigned reading during the summer months.

“The theme for this year’s summer reading is especially exciting because it includes the entire world—from right here in New Hampshire to all across the globe,” said Ann Hoey, youth services coordinator for the New Hampshire State Library and member of the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire. “Readers of all ages will be able to explore and experience the different ways people live, just by visiting their community library and enjoying what it has to offer.”

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