Katie Dobbins performs at the Gilford Public Library's 10th anniversary party. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
August 15, 2018The Gilford Public Library celebrated its 10th anniversary and rounded out its summer reading program with a big party and fun for everyone.
On Friday evening, the library held the 10th birthday celebration for its building with live music, games, food, crafts, and much more.
Outside Katie Dobbins performed for attendees. Kids could do an assortment of crafts as well as watershed activities from the New Hampshire Lakes Association's Watershed Warriors program.
Inside kids could do bowling among the bookshelves in the children's room and play mini golf with actual books in the hallway. There was also a cookout outside and a variety of food available inside the program room, where a slideshow displayed photos from the past 10 years.
Library Director Katherine Dormody said she was proud to be part of the building's 10th anniversary celebration.
"Time flies when you're having fun," Dormody said. "It's hard to believe."
The event also marked the end of this year's Libraries Rock summer reading program.
Children's Librarian Bethany Clarke said around 80 people came to the kickoff party in June and 177 kids signed up for the program this year.
The program featured events like Storytime at the Beach, a performance of "Treasure Island" by the Hampstead Theater, Akwaaba Ensemble drumming, and many others.
Children's Librarian Arielle Masterson said the program this year was fun with a lot of good activities.
"We did a lot of different things throughout the six weeks," Masterson said.
Teen librarian Mark Thompson said the teen program was a big success this season and the programs were well attended.
They held two camps, including a Music Maker camp and Teen Technologies of the Future with 3D printing, virtual reality, and video making among others.
"We look forward to another good school year ad having an excellent summer after that," Thompson said.
Thompson said it's hard to believe the library is now 10-years-old.
"The building still feels like it's new, it's an awesome space, it makes a lot of things possible," Thompson said.