Hampton Heroes Have Hoopla

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By Cynthia Stosse, Children's Librarian

Atlantic News, Thursday, August 12, 2004

ANSWER TO A PRAYER — Noah Abasciano (pictured here with his dad, Brian) was the big winner of a brand new bicycle at the grand finale event of the Lane Memorial Library’s “Check Out a Hero” summer reading program. Noah and his fellow program participants logged an incredible 1,301 reading hours over the summer. [Atlantic News Courtesy Photo by Shelby Edwards]

HAMPTON — There were, again, so many great readers for this year’s “Check Out a Hero” summer reading program at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton.

The story times were planned for the theme of the programs that followed on Wednesday which made for an exciting morning each week. The grand finale was held on Thursday, August 5, with many prizes being earned by so many outstanding readers.

Local businesses gave generously to join in the community spirit that began after the flood in January. A total of 1,301 reading hours were recorded with 142 participants.

The prizes and the big winners from the summer reading program who received them were:

Bicycle, Noah Abasciano; Learning Express $50 Gift Certificate, Matt Casassa; Lena’s $25 Gift Certificate, Adam Harrington; two passes to Water Country, Briana Brand; eight passes to Captain’s Cove Adventure Golf, Brynach Hoyt; Prime Time video rental, Shannon Lipe and Sierra Parker.

All participants received a book from the two Scholastic Book Fairs held during the year, a certificate for free ice cream from TJ’s in Exeter, and two miniature golf passes from Putt-A-Round in North Hampton. The T-shirts were a popular prize, even with the parents (10 winners), and the puppets were a big hit, as always.

Several of the participants became big heroes with donations of back packs and healthy snacks to be given to the local food pantry. Donations are still being accepted through August 16.

New programs for children will begin at the Lane Memorial Library in September. Call the Children’s Room at (603) 926-4729 for details.

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