~ Where the Stories Begin ~

Family Storytime for all ages is available Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00am.
All are welcome, enjoy stories and a craft with adults and children.

Story Time features stories and crafts recommended for children aged three and up.  Registration is required for Story Time.
The following sessions are  currently available to choose from:
Tuesday at 10:00am or 2:00pm
Wednesday at 10:00am or 2:00pm.

                                                 Arts & Crafts
A new drop in project is available each week, designed for adults and children to complete together.  All supplies and directions will be in the Children's Art Room. 
Arts & Crafts are available through the summer:
Stop in on either

Monday from 11:30-4:30
Wednesday from 3:00-4:30
Friday from 11:00-4:30
1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th/5th grade Book Groups 
                                    You can still sign up for a book group!
Book groups meet from October through March. The library provides copies of the book which participants keep.  Groups last one-hour.  Join us for lively book discussions, special activities and snacks.  Sign up is required to participate in all book groups.

Page Turners (ages 9-10) meets the third Saturday of each month.  
Dewey's Book Buds (age 8) meets the second Saturday of each month. .
Book Bunch (age 7) meets the third Saturday of each month. 
Book & Art (age 6) meets the second Saturday of the month.


Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominees

Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominees

                                          2016 - 2017

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee
Mysterious noises keep waking up the Wimbledon family. "That's very odd," says Mr. Wimbledon each time, but when he returns from checking on the sounds, he's always reassuring: "It's only Stanley; he's fixing the oil tank." "It's only Stanley; he's clearing the bathtub drain."
But what Stanley the dog is actually doing while his oblivious family goes back to bed is deliciously absurd: he's turning the house into a rocket ship to zoom himself and his family to another planet for an alien encounter.

 Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event
 by Rebecca Bond
Antonio Willie Giroux lived in a hotel his mother ran on the edge of a lake. He loved to explore the woods and look for animals, but they always remained hidden away. One hot, dry summer, when Antonio was almost five, disaster struck: a fire rushed through the forest. Everyone ran to the lake-the only safe place in town-and stood knee-deep in water as they watched the fire. Then, slowly, animals emerged from their forest home and joined the people in the water. Miraculously, the hotel did not burn down, and the animals rebuilt their homes in the forest-but Antonio never forgot the time when he watched the distance between people and animals disappear.

We Forgot Brock! by Catherine Goodrich
Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock.
A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home, and forgets Brock!
Brock misses Phillip. And Phillip misses Brock. Will they reunite? With the help of another pair of pals, they just might. Because even imaginary friends get lost sometimes. Finding them is part of the adventure.

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself. That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, he starts to lose his appetite. And even worse, the goslings are convinced he's their mother. Bruce tries to get the geese to go south, but he can't seem to rid himself of his new companions. What's a bear to do?

Water is Water by Miranda Paul
This spare, poetic picture book follows a group of kids as they move through all the different phases of the water cycle. From rain to fog to snow to mist, talented author Miranda Paul and the always remarkable Jason Chin (Redwoods, Coral Reefs, Island, Gravity) combine to create a beautiful and informative journey in this innovative nonfiction picture book that will leave you thirsty for more.

How to Share with Bear by Eric Pinder and Stephanie Graegin
The perfect thing to do on a chilly day is to make a blanket cave. But, of course, a comfy cave never stays empty for too long...What's a boy to do when a bear takes over his cave? Try to distract him with a trail of blueberries? Some honey? A nice long back scratch?
Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds
Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd. One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle. When he's at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball. But when the prince's ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook by Anne Vittur Kennedy
Being a farm dog is a tough job, but luckily, Ragweed’s handbook will tell you everything you need to know. Step one: don’t wake the farmer! You may really, really want to, but that’s the rooster’s job. Of course, if you do wake the farmer, you might just get a biscuit. . . . Full of hilarious dog logic, Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook explores the pitfalls—and opportunities!—of a dog’s life on the farm. Readers will love being in on the joke as Ragweed breaks all his own rules, collecting biscuits as he goes.

My Blue is Happy by Jessica Young

Your neighbor says red is angry like a dragon’s breath, but you think it’s brave like a fire truck. Or maybe your best friend likes pink because it’s pretty like a ballerina’s tutu, but you find it annoying — like a piece of gum stuck on your shoe. In a subtle, child-friendly narrative, art teacher and debut author Jessica Young suggests that colors may evoke as many emotions as there are people to look at them — and opens up infinite possibilities for seeing the world in a wonderful new way.

FREE Downloadable Audio and EPub Books

     There is a wonderful selection of children's books available to download from this site compatible with portable reading and listening devices.          
Click on the OverDrive Media Console link to the right. You will need to download software. When you sign in you will get a "library prompt". Scroll down to the "Exeter Public Library". To enter your library card number, type in the prefix - 4507 and your library card number. 
Downloadable Audio Books link on right at the bottom of the page - Overdrive Media

Read to Ride!

If you READ you can Ride!
The library is involved in the reading incentive program offered by the Rye Airfield, New Englands premiere skatepark and BMX track. The basic premise is to encourage reading among school age children. Children can either read a book on their own or have one read to them. After the book is finished, come to the library and talk with a librarian about the book. Click on the link to the right at the bottom of the page for additional information about the program and the park.

Food Pantry Donations

The library is not collecting overdue fines. Instead of fines, we ask that you donate nonperishable food items for the Exeter Food Bank. Collection bins are located by both circulation desks. Thank-you!

Children's Room ~ 772-6036

4 Chestnut Street, Exeter, New Hampshire