The Hunt is On

The race is on!  The Amherst Public Library’s eleventh annual Amherst Scavenger Hunt is underway. Pick up an entry form at the library and identify each of the twenty-five photos taken in downtown Amherst.

 All photos were taken within easy walking distance of the library so there’s no need to worry about the price of gas.

“This has become a summer time classic”, explained Cheryl Ashton, Youth Services Manager. “It’s great to see all the families walking downtown, searching the storefronts for clues.

The Scavenger Hunt was scheduled to come out on Thursday, July 10, but with so many people calling and running in to see if it was ready we decide to open the contest early.

The last day to turn in entries is Friday, August 15.  One grand prize winner will be selected from all the correct entries.  The Scavenger Hunt is part of the library’s summer reading program, “Invade Your Library”.



Not Fair....

The Summer Reading Fair has long been a summer time tradition at the library.  Over the years it has grown to be a huge event with over 500 people in attendance with family fun games, entertainment, and food.

This year due to the construction taking place in the Carnegie portion of the building the fair has become another casualty of construction.

The loss of the space for the summer has hindered such programs as storytimes, craft days, and teen game days.  With no space to stage the fair, set up prizes and run games the fair has been cancelled this year.

2013 was the first year ever that bad weather moved the Summer Reading Fair indoors.  That year we still used the Carnegie building to run several games and the giant prize area that accommodated the more than 125 prize winners. 

Plans are being considered to have a library open house once construction is completed and possibly host a small fair as part of the event. 





PRIZE WEEK begins July 14!  Everyone registered for our Invade Your Library Summer Reading Program will want to check our web page or visit the library to see if you're a winner.

We will be drawing 10 winning pink tickets each day and announcing winners on our web page and posting names at the library.  Each winner will be able to come in and pick a prize off our prize cart.  Teen blue tickets will be drawn on the last day of PRIZE WEEK on Friday, July 18.



Calling all Master Builders

Send us a photo showing you along with something you've created with your own LEGO type blocks and you will be entered into our drawing for a $50 Toys R Us gift card.  AWESOME.

Just email your photo, along with your name, age and phone number and you will become part of our library display and be entered in the contest.  All emails must reach us by 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31.

Email your entry to

No email?  No problem.  Bring in your creation and we will take your photo.  Don't forget our next LEGO open building day is Tuesday, July 15, from 1 - 2 p.m.


Space-craft Craft

Our last craft day took place Wednesday, July 9, when everyone made a cosmic craft.  Kids used stickers and markers to come up with some great UFOs.  Each one went home with a REAL alien to man the space craft.

It's been fun hosting craft day for hundreds of creative kids and teens in our makeshift craft area.  Thank you to all the parents, library patrons, and computer users who shared our space during the last six, very busy, Wednesdays.  May the creative force stay with you.


I Scream
You Scream

Craft days may be over but kids are welcome to join us on Wednesday, July 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. when we will enjoy a small ice cream treat on the library lawn.

Mrs. Stanley and Mrs. Ashton will be serving up the cold treats, weather permitting.  Maybe we'll have some other fun stuff going on, too. 



New Minecraft Books

Second to LEGO books, one of the most popular items at the library is any book or game that deals with Minecraft. 

If you have someone in your home that enjoys this building game you might want to check out one of the new Minecraft novels in our Junior Fiction section.


Most of these fiction titles are short paperbacks, some of them self-published, but very popular with Minecraft fans.  Look for the shelf tag "Minecraft" in Junior Fiction or click on the book here on the left to see a full list of books available.



And don't forget that.....

Everything is AWESOME when you read with the Amherst Public Library.