Milton Free Public Library

The Friends of the Milton Free Public Library are pleased to announce the winners of the 10th annual Fun Fan Fiction Contest.
Nute Middle School Fan Fiction Award went to Abigail Hampton. Ms Hampton created a new story for the book series The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley and Peter Ferguson. The judges noted the Abigail put forth a marvelous effort: Her writing was remarkably clear and the dialog was well done-not a easy skill to master! The judges feel that her effort is worthy of a special mention.
Melody Carrier won first place in the high school contest. Melody added an additional element to the death scene in Looking for Alaska  by John Green. The writing "gripped the attention" of the judges. Melody wins $100 for her efforts.
Arianna Galarneau captivated the judges to earn a second place showing. Ms Galarneu changed It's Kind of a Funny Story  by Ned Vinzzini by changing the setting and the characters, providing a mature commentary on institutions. Arianna won $75 for her satirical take.
Third place consideration went to Joe Solano, who rewrote the epilogue to Mockingjay , the third book of Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy. Joe won $50 by putting relationships under study: different relationships create a different-and often subtle- outcome.

It is worth noting that all three of the high school winners were Freshman. The Friends also noted that all of the entries were uniformly well done pieces.

Duncan McDougall Presenting at the Milton Elementary School After nearly a year in the works, the CLiF Rural Libraries grant to Milton will be concluded with a visit from the founder of the Children's Literary Foundation. Duncan McDougall quit his job in 1997 and started CLiF when he felt a calling to make a positive impact on the lives of children through literature. Serving New Hampshire and Vermont with his programs and support, Duncan has been working with rural libraries ever since. As many of you know, the Milton Free Public Library and Milton Elementary School was granted the gift of books, presentations, and the money to kick off our newest project (The Adventure Backpacks) this past fall. The library received $2000 worth of children's books through this grant, Milton Elementary School Library received $500 in books. We have been so grateful for the opportunity to provide the children with further reading options. Last fall, author/illustrator Jim Arnosky visited Milton Elementary School to share his gift ; showing youngsters where he gets his inspiration for his work and the importance of the natural world. Duncan McDougall will be visiting the Milton Elementary school on May 13th from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. From 12:15 to 12:45 he will be with the Preschool, Kindergarten, and the 1st Grade; 1:00 to 1:30 with the 2nd and 3rd Grades; and from 2:00 to 2:30 he'll be with the 4th and 5th Grades. Every child will be going home with a new book of their own. We look forward to hearing Duncan's stories and ,of course, reading these wonderful award winning books.

CLif is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1998. Its mission is to nurture the love of reading and writing among low-income, at-risk and rural children. The grant encourages libraries in New Hampshire and Vermont town of 5000 residents or fewer to join forces with schools and childcare centers to encourage a community-wide commitment to literacy. Over 17 years CLiF has inspired 170,00 young readers and writers through literacy program grants and has given away more than $3.5 million in new, high-quality children’s books. For more information visit

Weekly Happenings:

Calling All Crafters!
The Milton Free Public Library Kninjas resume meetings on Friday afternoons 3:30-5: starting Friday, September 16. All craft disciplines are welcome!

Yoga classes are available Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM. Please contact Betsy Baker for more information (603) 473-2401

The Lakes Region Okinawan Karate meets Monday and Tuesday evenings. Please contact Sensei Howland (603) 557-1590.

One Thousand Books before Kindergarten:
The single most important thing you can do to prepare your children to read is to read to them every day. Research proves that children need to hear 1000 books before they begin to learn to read independently. Reading to children will increase their vocabulary and their listening and narrative skills. Reading with children will also help to instill in them self-awareness, confidence and an understanding of their place in the world.

HOW CAN I READ 1000 BOOKS?  It’s easy!  
One book a day for three years  = 1000                Three books a day for one year  = 1000

Ten books a week for two years = 1000

WHAT COUNTS?  Everything! Every book you read counts every time you read it! Books your child hears in story time count. Books that others read to your child count. It all counts!

WHERE CAN I SIGN UP? Sign up at the Milton Free Public Library. We will give you sheets to help you keep count of the first 100 books. When you finish reading 100 books, come back to the library for another set of sheets. We will celebrate all who finish reading 1000 books with a special event.
WHEN: Today! Register anytime when your child is between birth and five years old. It’s one of the best gifts you will ever give your child…and yourself!