Hingham Public Library recently announced its upcoming schedule of events at 66 Leavitt St.
For more information, visit hinghamlibrary.org.
Summer reading program for kids and teens; two new art exhibits
Boston Trivia — Saturday, June 22, 3 p.m. How well do you think you know Boston? Join Kim MacKinnon, author of “100 Things to Do in Boston Before You Die,” for a fun afternoon of trivia. She is a freelance food and travel writer who has lived in Boston for more than 25 years. As much as she loves to travel the globe, she’s always happy to come home and write about all her favorite places in Boston.
Two new art exhibits — Both through Thursday, June 27. Stop by the Dolphin Gallery to view “The Photography of Larry Asaro: Out of Water” exhibit. Before retiring recently from the architecture profession, Asaro’s work and travel took him to most of the United States, Europe, Eritrea and South Korea. Several projects he worked on or led have been published and won peer recognition. Now, focusing on what he calls a “left-handed view” of the natural and built world, photography is his medium of choice.
The Clemens Gallery is featuring “The Art Kenya McDonald: Love is in Bloom,” reflecting African-American culture. McDonald has showcased her paintings and poetry at various libraries in and around the Brockton community, where she currently resides, with an art studio in Fall River.
Summer Reading Programs for kids and teens
Children’s sign-ups — This year’s summer reading program, with its “A Universe of Stories!” theme, is a great way to keep kids motivated to read during the summer months. Participants receive fun prizes each week for reading, and because there are no specific requirements, it’s an easy fit with a busy summer schedule. Registration begins Monday, June 17. Families are invited to stop by the library to register, pick up a copy of the summer program booklet and stock up on books. Registration continues through July. Programs and activities begin June 24.
Opening week highlights include an Instrument Sampler with the South Shore Conservatory and Henna Sue. The month of July will feature a visit from NASA solar system ambassador Lorie Hammerstrom, who will talk about astronauts and mission badges and bring blue flight suits for kids to try on. Also in July, the Rhode Island Computer Museum will offer a Lunar Landing Smart Robots Workshop.
Other summer children’s offerings include return of the ever-popular Inventor Mentors, Pop Up Art and Weekly Storytime(s) as well as STEAM with Mary Ellen (ages 5 and older) and STEM Playgroup for ages 3 to 5, book groups and many other activities. The “Universe of Stories” program is sponsored by the Hingham Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Several programs have age restrictions and require registration. Check the summer reading booklet and the library website for full details or call the Children’s Department at 781-741-1405, ext. 1403.
For teens — Join the Teen Summer Reading Program, open to those entering grade six and above. It’s easy to participate. There are no sign-ups, just grab a pamphlet at the Children’s Desk, read the rules and start reading. Teens can earn a variety of prizes by doing simple things — checking out a book, writing a short book review or attending a fun library program. Prizes vary from movie tickets and library fine forgiveness coupons to candy, free books, Muji pens and more.
Summer happenings for teens include art classes, robotics, tarot, henna and lots of edible activities along with book groups, “Magic: The Gathering” sessions and Fandom Wednesdays. Contact the Children’s Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-741-1405, ext. 1403, for details..