Amherst Town Library


Amy Lapointe, Library Director

14 Main St., Amherst NH 03031 

Phone 673-2288  Fax 672-6063




Virtual July Programs at the Amherst Town Library

Adventures in Vegetable Gardening

Tuesday, July 7th or Tuesday, July 14

from 3pm-4:30pm

      Many people are planting vegetable gardens this year. By now most of the seeds and seedlings are tucked in and ready to grow. Now what? Do I fire up the grill and wait for the fruit to show up or do I have to keep an eye out for problems? What if something is eating my greens? What are those black spots on my tomatoes? How do I convince the groundhog to eat in my neighbor’s yard? These and other timely questions will be answered for you in this virtual gardening session. Topics will include pest and water management, fertilizer, harvesting and more.

Virtual Program - Registration Required


Backyard Birds

Wednesday, July 8th from 7pm-8:30pm

Test your knowledge of the common and likely resident and migrant visitors to the backyards of New England. In this engaging and interactive presentation, learn identification tips for some challenging birds that live among us like ... Hairy vs. Downy Woodpecker and Purple vs. House Finch. Tips on feeding birds to attract the most diversity will also be provided.

Virtual Program - Registration Required


Dandelion Wine: The Painting and Poetry of Summer

Thursday, July 16th from 11am-12:30pm

For those of us who live in a four-season climate, every turn in the cycle brings us a new framework for our senses. Light plays on our world with a new bright intensity or a muted subtlety, color explodes or fades, the patterns and rhythms of our days change, and things just sound and smell different as seasons settle in. After the excitement of spring, summer offers us warmth and a lazier pace to our days. Painters and poets have long given us their expressions of how summer feels and sounds to them, and this program will showcase some of their words and pictures to help us celebrate the season.

Virtual Program - Registration Required

Summer Reading at The Library

      YES---the annual Summer Reading Program WILL be happening at the library!  We are planning our summer activities under the assumption that some number of social distancing restrictions will still be in effect.   We know you will understand our need to avoid certain types of activities while we try to offer as many of our well-loved programs as possible, sometimes in slightly different ways.

      We are in the process of working out the details, but here’s what we know right now---


• Our target date for beginning the program is Monday, June 15.  Please visit our website ( for updates and details as they become available. 

• We will offer a reading program for our children that is as close as possible to the wonderful program they have come to expect.  The “Summer Slide” doesn’t go away just because our social lives have changed, and we want to keep everyone reading this summer.  There will be reading logs for tracking reading hours, prizes to be earned, weekly craft kits, find-the-picture scavenger hunts, virtual storytimes, and, yes, there will be a virtual PET SHOW!  

• Our teens will have the opportunity to win gift cards to local business by submitting “Book Bucks”.  We will offer some virtual craft programs, some challenges, and some opportunities for virtual get-togethers.

      We are planning to send out information through the schools, email newsletter and social media, and we’ll be updating our website as our plans are finalized.  Although some things may not be possible this summer, and some things may be different, we think that Summer Reading is a great way to say, “We’re here, and we’re in this together---your library is here for you!”

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