Lifestyle Briefs: Grant nets stories, books for Nashua area children

August 12. 2017 7:25PM
Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua select new books to take home thanks to a grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation. (Courtesy)

Grant nets stories, books for Nashua area children

NASHUA - Children at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua were treated to a storytelling session and brand new books to take home, thanks to a Summer Readers grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF).

Storyteller Erin Moulton gave a presentation to more than 100 club kids. Afterward, each child selected two new books to keep from hundreds of titles. 

CLiF awards Summer Readers grants to organizations serving kids at high risk of experiencing a "summer slide" in literacy skills.

"The CLiF reading program is something the kids look forward to every year," said Amy Laro, assistant director of Kids Club. "It's such a great opportunity for kids to become engaged in reading even outside the school year."

Hampton Beach Children's Festival starts Monday

HAMPTON BEACH - The annual Hampton Beach Children's Festival will kick off Monday with a magic show by B.J. Hickman on the Seashell Stage at 10 a.m., then build to a costume parade that will march almost the length of Hampton Beach on Friday.

Activities planned throughout the week include face painting, Dan Grady's Marvelous Marionettes, Lil Iguana Live, Hampton Beach's Monday Night Movie, performances by magicians, balloon twisting, storytelling, a dance party, free ice cream and a show with Ronald McDonald, mini golf at Buc's Lagoon and fireworks (both weather permitting), music, demonstrations, kite flying and the Roaming Railroad.

The festival also includes a Bumper Sticker Slogan Contest, which allows children to create the Hampton Beach bumper sticker for 2018. Entry forms, which are available at the Information Center, are due by Thursday.

For the children's costume parade at 11 a.m. Friday, children are asked to come in costume and meet at Hampton Beach State Park, the parade departure point. The parade will finish at the Seashell Stage. Each child who participates will receive a prize.

All of the activities are free. For more information, call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce office at 926-8717 or go to

Manchester teen wins Heroes' Legacy Scholarship

MANCHESTER - Amber Summers of Manchester has won one of the Heroes' Legacy Scholarships for Children of Fallen or Disabled Service Members.

The scholarship is principally funded by after-tax proceeds from the book "Of Thee I Sing. A Letter to my Daughters" by former President Barack Obama, as well as from corporate sponsorships and private donations.

Summers, the daughter of John Summers, plans to attend Southern New Hampshire University and major in psychology.

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