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Summer Reading & Learning

As a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), the New Hampshire State Library (NHSL) in partnership with the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CLNH) provides libraries with resources for offering high quality summer reading program

Visit with a Forest Ranger

Matt Forrest Esenwine

Matt Forrest Esenwine is back with another summer-reading program for us to book into our events schedule!
Matt Forrest Esenwine, local author, Warner NH. Email:
As a way to supplement libraries' participation in the CSLPReads program (this year's theme being "adventure at the library!"), I'm offering a one-hour presentation that will include my Kirkus-starred Flashlight Night (Astra Young Readers, 2017) and my newest picture book, The Thing to Remember about Stargazing (Tilbury House, 2023) which, as you know, came out this past Oct. and which has been featured at more than 20 StoryWalks® across the state!  
In addition to reading the books, I will share some behind-the-scenes pictures and info about Flashlight Night (where projection systems are available), and a constellation craft based on Stargazing. Children will be given a piece of dark construction paper, a light-colored crayon or marker, and star stickers. After arranging the stickers on the paper (or simply drawing stars, if they prefer), they can connect them like dots-to-dots to create their own constellation! I'll provide the stickers, so libraries would only need to provide the paper and crayons. I'm attaching three examples, so you can see what I mean.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.