WEST NEWBURY – The summer reading program at GAR Memorial Library, Tales and Tails, kicks off with a story of endurance and transformation as author, adventurer and TV host Jeff Belanger leads a 19,341-foot virtual climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro – one of the famous Seven Summits.
Based on his memoir, “The Call of Kilimanjaro”, BÃ©langer offers a day-to-day recording of his ascent to the top of the mountain known as “The Roof of Africa”.
After the death of his brother-in-law Chris, BÃ©langer decided to take the trip of a lifetime, both in honor of Chris and in search of clarity on his own life and goals. He said what he learned along the way transformed his life. His multimedia trip to Tanzania has been described as spiritual, motivating and uplifting.
BÃ©langer is an Emmy-nominated host, screenwriter and producer of the “New England Legends” series on PBS and Amazon Prime. Its presentation is Tuesday at 6 p.m. Registration at www.westnewburylibrary.org is required.
Children, teens and adults are invited to participate in the Tales and Tails Summer Reading Challenge. There are weekly draws and grand prizes for each age group. Visit the library’s website to learn more about the Reading Challenge or register for Tales and Tails events throughout the summer.
Other events at the library in June include:
Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 10 am; Family story time on the lawn with Miss Kate. Have fun listening to stories, singing songs, doing finger games and playing games. All ages are welcome.
June 21 to July 2; Craft Kits for Teens and Tweens – Light Jars. Stop by the library for supplies and directions. Once every two weeks throughout the summer, pick up a craft from the library. These include light jars and bookmarks. DIY kits are limited.
June 22, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. A virtual tour of Wally the Green Monster, the biggest Boston Red Sox fan. Wally demonstrates how to use sounds, actions, and the imagination to bring books to life. Families are welcome.
June 23, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Teen Creative Writing Club for ages 12 to 18. The group meets every second Wednesday via Zoom to discuss short story writing techniques, from the characters to the plot and dialogue. The goal is to write a short story by the end of the summer. Drop-ins welcome.
June 24, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring Your Own Book Club, a virtual group for 12 to 16 year olds. The club meets on the last Thursday of the month via Zoom to discuss books read or being read by group members.
June 29, 4 pm A virtual session with author and illustrator of children’s books Bob Shea for ages 4 and up; Learn simple, easy-to-follow drawing techniques and play Story Safari, where everyday objects find their story. Shea has written and illustrated over a dozen picture books, including the popular Dinosaur vs. series, “I’m a Shark” and “Who Wet My Pants?”
Friends of the West Newbury Library is hosting their Mixed Media Madness Sale on June 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Library grounds. CDs, DVDs, games, puzzles and paperbacks will be available for purchase.
The library reopened to the public with mandatory masks. The curbside service also continues.