Summer Library Program

Summer Library Program
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We look forward to visiting many more New Hampshire libraries as we continue this program for 2023.

Please bookmark this page and visit periodically as we will update our request portal and timeline for the new year.

Thank you for your interest in our Summer Library Program.

What we offer:

  • We come to your library!
  • 45- to 60-minute interactive session with our UNH Marine Docents
  • Hands-on experiences with models, games, or even live critters
  • Children's book recommendations to complement our programs

Our Summer Library Program can begin with story time with your children's librarian, followed by an interactive, hands-on experience with our UNH Marine Docents, and conclude with another story time or wrap-up led by your librarian. Your program participants will also receive a special take-away from our Marine Docents.

Using a wide selection of books as inspiration, we will introduce creatures,  environments, and concepts to your young audience members in a fun and engaging way. Our programs and activities are designed to complement your summer reading story time and programs. For each program we will have recommended books for both the story time and suggested items for your library patrons to check-out. Please view our program options below.

For adult programs, please visit our SeaSpeaks Program page for topics and pricing. The Marine Docents visit libraries throughout the year, however, requests for June, July, and August will be processed specifically through this webpage.

Contact

Dari Christenson
Marine Education Program Manager
Dari.Christenson@unh.edu
603-862-6701

UNH Marine Docent logo

Please visit this page periodically for the latest program information. Thank you. 

Program Options

Perfect for kindergarteners to third graders, select from our two topics: Whales & Seals or Lobsters. We are working to fine-tune our programs to broadly align with books you're already planning on reading! We will also have book recommendations available for these topics.

Whales & Seals

We will address the following questions:

  • How do marine mammals stay warm?
  • How big are they?
  • How do they eat? 

We will explore these questions with hands-on activities such as blubber gloves, feeding frenzy, measuring a whale.

Book Ideas

  • "Following Papa's Song" by Gianna Marino
  • "The Heart of a Whale" by Anna Pignataro
  • "The Whales' Song" by Syan Sheldon and Gary Blythe
  • "Beluga Whales" and "Blue Whales" by Megan M. Gunderson
  • "The World of Whales: Get to Know the Giants of the Ocean" by Darcy Dobell (Author), Becky Thorns (Illustrator)
  • "Finn the Little Seal" by Sandra Klaassen
  • "Andre the Famous Harbor Seal" by Fran Hodgkins
  • "See What a Seal Can Do" by Christine Butterworth and Kate Nelms
humpback whale fluke appearing above water

Lobsters

We will address the following questions:

  • What color is a lobster
  • How many claws does a lobster have?
  • Can lobsters swim?
  • How does someone catch a lobster

We will explore these questions with hands-on activities, such as lobster measuring and banding and learning how a lobster trap works.

Book Ideas

  • "Lobsters (Ocean Live Up Close)" by Heather Adamson
  • "Lobster vs. Crab (Who Would Win?) by Jerry Pallotta and Rob Bolster
  • "There Might Be Lobsters" by Carolyn Crimi and Laurel Molk
Lobster

Perfect for kindergarteners to third graders, select from our two topics: Beaches and Rocky Shore. We are working to fine-tune our programs to broadly align with books you're already planning on reading! We will also have book recommendations available for these topics.

Beaches

At first glance the sandy beaches of our NH coastline look a lot like deserts, just piles of sand. But beaches are full of life and the ecosystems must be able to adjust with the constant rise and fall with waves, tides, storms and seasons. Explore this dynamic environment through a series of hands-on explorations of sand, life and the challenges of living with the surf.

We will address the following questions:

  • What is beach sand made of and how did it get here?
  • What lives beneath and on the sand?
  • Beach or rocky shore? Where would you want to live?

We will also touch upon the following concepts: rock cycle connections, beach ecology, food webs, marine polution, beach cleanups, and being a good beach visitor.

We will explore these questions with hands-on activities, such as making our own storm, footprints in the sand, and using physical models to understand science.

Book Ideas

  • "Surf Gecko to the Rescue" by Bruce Hale
  • "Down at the Bottom of the Deep Dark Sea" by Rebecca Jones
  • "Flotsam" by David Wiesner
  • "Sandy Feet, Whose Feet?" by Susan Wood
  • "One Morning in Maine" by Robert McCloskey

Rocks on sand

Rocky Shore

We will address the following questions:

  • Who is wild and crazy enough to live on the Rocky Shore?
  • How do these creatures survive and live along New Hampshire's rocky shore?

 Book Ideas

  • "Shrine" by Patrick McDonnell
  • "Star of the Sea" by Janet Halfman
  • "Ocean of Love" by Janet Lawler and Holly Clifton-Brown
  • "Ocean Soup: Tide Pool Poems" by Stephen R. Swinburn and Mary Peterson (illustrations)
  • "Along a Rocky Shore" by Judith E. Rinard
  • "Starfish" by Lisa Fipps
woman holding a green crab

Perfect for fourth through sixth graders, select from our two topics: Watersheds and Estuaries. We are working to fine-tune our programs to broadly align with books you're already planning on reading! We will also have book recommendations available for these topics.

Watersheds

We will address the following questions:

  • Why does it matter what we throw in our water?
  • Have you followed a river? Where does it lead
  • Why is important to keep our town water clean?

We will explore these questions with hands-on activities, such as examining water flows on a watershed model, comparing rates of decomposition for types of trash, and tracing local streams to their estuary on maps.

We will also touch upon the following items: pollution, dams, fish, eels, the water cycle.

Book Ideas

  • "Paddle to the Sea" by Holling Clancy Holling
  • "All the Water in the World" by George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson
  • "Over in a River Flowing Out to the Sea" by Marianne Berkes, Illustrated by Jill Dubin
  • "The Ocean in Your Bathtub" by Seth Fishman, Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg
  • "River" by Elisha Cooper
  • "Watersheds: A Practical Handbook for Healthy Water" by Gregor Gilkin Beck 
A view looking down the coastline of Great Bay, a treelined shore with seaweed extending into calm waters with a few moored boats

Estuaries

We will address the following questions:

  • What is an estuary and why is it called the "nursery of the sea"?
  • What creatures live in an estuary?
  • How is a box of cereal like an estuary?

We will explore these questions with hands-on activities, such as measuring water salinity, identifying estuarine bird calls, and handling a live horseshoe crab.

Book Ideas

  •    "A Journey into an Estuary" by Rebecca L. Johnson
  •    "Life in Estuaries" by Laura Coss
  •    "Life in an Estuary: The Chesapeake Bay" by Sally M. Walker
blue sky with trees in background and seagrass in foreground

 


If we were unable to visit your library, we will have our Summer Library Program available in 2023 as well.