GOSHEN — This year, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) brings “A Universe of Stories” to readers of all ages.

The CSLP summer program assists readers with early literacy and elementary skills, motivates teens and encourages increased reading/listening for adults.

In keeping with this goal, the Olive Pettis Memorial Library in Goshen will host its annual week-long camp providing full-day activities for regional children and teens, ages 6-16, from Monday, July 22 through Friday, July 26. Camp activities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers may arrive at 8:30 a.m. and should be picked up by 5 p.m. The cost of the camp is $50 per child for the full week, or $20 per day.

In conjunction with the camp, the library will be offering two free hour-long events on Monday, July 22 and Thursday, July 25. These two events are free and open to the public.

On Monday the 22nd, Judy Pancoast introduces us to a space alien seeking education in her program, “Take Me to Your Reader”. On Thursday the 25th the library will host Mr. Aaron with his musical presentation, taking us into the outer reaches of the universe.

The remainder of each day and the week will be dedicated to crafts, physical activities, reading contests, and entertaining, educational experiences. Some of the activities planned for that week are: building air/water-powered bottle rockets, learning to use the Library's Meade Astro telescope, creating a solar system mobile, and other crafts.

Camp closes out on Friday, July 26 with a field trip to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. This is a free field trip for week-long camp participants. Day trippers will be required to pay the day cost of $20. The Newport/Goshen school system is providing a bus for transportation; we may have room for some parents to participate in this trip as well. For more information, please contact the director at (603) 995-1068.

For the not-so-young in age but with the curiosity of youth, the library will host a New Hampshire Humanities program, “Galileo Galilei, The Starry Messenger” on Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m. This program is made possible through a grant from New Hampshire Humanities' Humanities-To-Go programming, which is made available to libraries, schools, and other organizations throughout the state.

The program will be held at the Goshen Town Hall, 54 Mill Village Road North. For more information, please call the library at 863-6921. This program is free and open to all. Kids are welcome, but the program is geared toward older teens through adults. The Library Trustees and Friends will be providing light refreshments for the event.

Beyond the universe of library programming, Goshen will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Goshen Volunteer Fire Department, on Saturday, July 13 beginning at 9 a.m. A parade begins at 10 a.m. and kids are invited to decorate their bicycles and participate.

The department will also host its famous BBQ chicken dinner, a dunking booth, kids events, vendors, a silent auction, and a visit from the DHART helicopter. In conjunction with this celebration, the library will hold its “3-Buck-Bag” book sale, a kids' obstacle course, lemonade and popcorn stand, face painting, and various other family-centered activities.

Additionally, the “Everything Blueberry” contest is back. Create an edible entry with blueberries as one of the ingredients. Entries should be delivered by 11 a.m. at the library and will be judged by a panel of three. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries.

Closing out this very busy month, the Goshen Conservation Commission is sponsoring a free program by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center.

On Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. join a naturalist from SLNSC to meet some animal heroes who are native to New Hampshire. Learn their inspiring stories that have helped ensure their survival.

This program is free and open to all and will be held at the Goshen Town Hall, 54 Mill Village Road North. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact the library at 863-6921.

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