, Newburyport, MA

June 14, 2013

Magic, stories and more at library


---- — WEST NEWBURY — The countdown is on to summer fun at the GAR Memorial Library. The annual summer reading program kicks off on June 24 with a performance by Boston magician and juggler Lucky Bob. With his uncanny magical, juggling skills, Lucky Bob is sure to fill his audience with wonder. All ages are welcome to attend this free event at 7 p.m.

The next evening on Wednesday, June 26, at 7 p.m., Parent’s Choice award-winning singer and storyteller Davis Bates will perform folk songs and stories from New England and around the world. Again all ages are welcome to attend.

Then on Thursday, June 27, at 4 p.m., more fun awaits with Family Legos with Miss Kate for ages 5 and up. Stop by or call the library to register.

The theme of this year’s reading program is “Dig Into Reading” for little listeners and kids and “Beneath the Surface” for teens in grades 7-12. Dig Into Reading participants must read at least two hours per week, then may come into the library to make a selection from Miss Kate’s prize box.

Teens earn coupons for a chance at cash prizes by reading five hours per week.

Registration begins on June 24 and the program runs through Aug. 16. For more information, call the library at 978-363-1105 or visit

The library also offers fun for adults. The monthly book club meets next on July 15. Come discuss “Defending Jacob” by William Landay, a legal thriller that spent many weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

The Highland Street Foundation is once again sponsoring Free Fun Fridays this summer, offering state residents free entrance to 60 museums and other cultural venues on Fridays throughout the summer. No advance registration is needed. For a schedule of attractions, visit

Patrons of all ages from West Newbury and the surrounding communities are invited to attend a retirement celebration for outgoing director Kay Gove on Sunday in the Town Annex. Gove is retiring after 47 years of service. Refreshments will be served and there will be a brief presentation at 3 p.m.