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Welcome to the 2023


Hampton Community Library

Summer Reading Program!


Todos Juntas Ahora!   All Together Now!


Come on!  All Together Now!

Everyone is welcome to join Hampton Community Library’s Summer Reading Program. Whether you like to read books, listen to them on E-audio, read a book in graphic form, listen on Playaway, or watch on a Launchpad, there’s something for you at the Library this summer! Babies, Preschoolers, Readers, Adults—we have a summer program to fit you! We are excited to offer some new programming geared to pre-k through early elementary!

Summer programs are from June 1 to August 12, 2023.

All ages are encouraged to participate.


The HCL Summer Reading Program


Children ages birth to 12 years are invited to register for the in-person program at the Library starting June 1, 2023. Take home your Swag Bag and start reading to earn raffle tickets. Return each week for raffle tickets on a chance to win one of our awesome prizes!

Youth and Adults ages 13 and up can participate in the Summer Reading challenge, too. Read books, get raffle tickets, win prizes—it’s that simple! Register at the Library beginning June 1, 2023.

Register for the virtual program with Beanstack. You can participate in activity challenges, update your reading log, and earn tickets for the Grand Prize Raffle. The program is for all ages: birth to adult.  Sign up today!


Log Books...Win Prizes!  Download BeanSTACK!

It's easier than ever to earn rewards for reading!  Just download the Beanstack Tracker app using the links below & use the ISBN tracker to log what you are reading---books, audiobooks, magazines, graphic novels---everything counts! Read 100 books or read the same book 100 times.  For more information about registering with and using Beanstack, check out this Quick Guide.  You can also view this cute kids video (1.5 minutes long) from Beanstack.


How to Register for the HCL Summer Reading Program


Summer Reading Program Registration opens June 1.  Please click the graphic to the left to register for the Summer Reading Program. You will be taken to the Beanstack webpage.  To register:

Join the Hampton Community Library for a reading adventure!  What will you discover?

* For the question that asks, "Which library do you visit most often?"  please select "Hampton Community Library."

* Families & caregivers should elect a responsible adult to register as the “Account Creator,” then add children or other family members as "Readers" to be linked from that main account.  

*Users can only register with one library at a time

* For help registering and using Beanstack, please check out this Quick Guide.  You can also view this cute kids video (1.5 minutes long) from Beanstack.


Check out our programs to keep you busy all summer long!

Please note: There will be no Children’s Programs during 4th of July Week.

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American Girl Meet and Greet

Thursdays, June 15 through July 27 . . . 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Gather with us each week as we introduce our American Girl, Molly, to others! Each week we will introduce a specific American Girl through games, stories, and other activities. Everyone ages 5-10 years is invited to bring their doll and join in the fun!

                    June 15:  Meet Molly

                    June 22:  Meet Jess

                    June 29:  Meet Felicity

                    July 13:  Meet Josefina

                    July 20:  Meet Samantha

                    July 27:  Meet Cecile


Pre-K Readiness Program

Tuesdays, August 1 through August 15 . . . 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

or Thursdays, August 3 through August 17 . . . 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Do you have a child age 3-5 preparing to enter preschool or kindergarten? Then we have the program for you! Miss Jess will be presenting Pre-K P.R.E.P. (Practice, Read, Educate, and Play). This will be a space to help your child grow their skills for pre-kindergarten. We will work on each of these core competencies through stories, structured activities, and play.

Please note: this is not a regular storytime. The program is designed to help build your child’s confidence for entering preschool. Registration is required. Choose either session—it will be the same program both days.


Need Community Service Hours?

Hampton Community Library is looking for Summer Volunteers

Need to complete some Community Service hours? Why not spend them in air-conditioned comfort at the Library? HCL needs helpers for the Summer Reading Program. Teens who need to fulfill volunteer hours—don’t wait until the end of next school year. Sign up to volunteer at the Library during the summer, and those hours will be done before school even starts! Please call the Library or stop in for details.


Check Mate!  A Summer Chess Club!

Mondays, June 19 through July 31 . . . 11:00 a .m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun, instructive, and interactive play in the Library.  Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years…there is always something new to learn.  All skill levels welcome.  Ages 5-12.

Please register when you come to play.


Intro to Scrapbooking

Monday, June 19 . . . 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Are you new to scrapbooking, or maybe got away from it and are looking for a reboot? This is the day for you. The first hour will be creating a simple page that can get you started scrapbooking or that you can take home and frame. Bring 3-4 pictures to get you started. If you are a seasoned scrapbooker looking for like-minded friends, come and join us for the morning and scrap to your heart’s content! Marie Golio from Creative Memories will be here to share, teach, and support fellow scrapbookers and their goals.

No need to register; class will be in the Library.


Gather 'Round Storytime
Tuesdays, June 13 through August 15 . . . 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

or Thursdays, June 15 through August 17 . . . 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Jump on the Story Train as we sing, rhyme, and listen to stories all summer long! This program is for families and abilities of all ages.

Choose either session—it will be the same program both days.

Jammin' at the Pavilion!  Stories and Play Time

Tuesdays, June 20 through August 8 . . . 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

or Thursdays, June 22 through August 17 . . . 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Get ready to stretch your arms, touch your toes, and wiggle your nose with this interactive time filled with stories, songs, music, bubbles, and even a parachute! Rain or shine, we will meet outdoors at the Grubbs Pavilion (above/behind the pool)—in case of thunderous weather, please call the Library to see if a similar program will be held indoors without the parachute. This program is designed for families and abilities of all ages and will run for approximately 30-45 minutes.

No need to register.  Choose either session—it will be the same program both days.

Murder by the Book!  A Mystery Book Club

Wednesdays, June 21, July 19, and August 16 . . . 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we start our twelfth year!  We will be meeting outside at the Grubbs Pavilion in the summer (this is the pavilion above/behind the pool).  Please call the Library to request a copy of each month’s selection.  A great chance to make new friends, discover new authors, and get a clue!


                    June 21: The Perfect Marriage by Jeneva Rose

                    July 19: The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

                    August 16: The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf 

Betty’s Book Buzz:  A Book Discussion Group

Fridays, June 16, July 21, and August 18 . . . 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Betty’s book group meets in the Library on Friday afternoons. Please call the Library to request a copy of each month’s selection. Everyone who is interested in great conversations and good reads is invited to join us.

                    June 16: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

                    July 21: Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel

                    August 18: The Favor by Nicci French


News and Views:  First Fridays

Fridays, June 2, July 7, and August 4 . . . 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This longtime discussion group is led by local author and journalist Gerry K. Smith with a new format inviting members to participate as guest leaders on the First Friday of every month. Everyone is encouraged to bring discussion topics. New members are welcome to come and share, or just listen.

Creative Writing:  Spin Your Own Fairytale!

Tuesdays, June 13 through July 25 . . . 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered:  What if Cinderella sprained her ankle instead of losing her shoe?  What if there were only 4 dwarfs instead of 7?  Have you ever wanted to write a different ending to a fairytale or create your own fairytale?  Now you can!  Children ages 6-10 are invited to register for this 6-week creative class.  Who knows?  You may end up with your very own book at the end of the session. Registration is appreciated for all 6 sessions—we understand that a week here or there may be missed.

We Create Wednesdays

Wednesdays, June 14 through August 9 . . . 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Let’s all get together now to learn how to build, design, and create cool things. Will we make something fun out of recycled materials or will we create something “out of this world” in a Lego challenge? Each week will be different, so come and join us to find out what we’re making! Ages 5 and up are invited to explore with us. The program will last 45-60 minutes depending on the creativity and design of the challenge.

Registration for each week is appreciated to make sure we have enough creative “stuff” for everyone!

Card Club

Wednesdays . . . 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Stop in on Wednesday afternoons for a game of 500 Bid or something new! Come out and show your skill, teach someone a new game, or just enjoy some time out with friends, new and old!

Cooks-N-Books Potluck Picnic!

Thursday, June 22 . . . 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

We have spent a year baking, sautéing, burning, and tasting some yummy recipes. Now it’s time to create your own favorite dish and bring it to share!  Get together with old friends, or come out and make new ones.  The picnic will be held outside at the Rotary Pavilion (this is the pavilion closest to the police station/municipal building/soccer fields).  New members are always welcome at Hampton Community Library’s longest-running adult program, a cookbook and food discussion group.


Already Registered?

Be sure to check out the Allegheny County Library Association's Summer Reading Program website for a wonderful variety of programming from Allegheny County Parks, Common Sense Media, The Carnegie Museums, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, WQED, and more!


Summer Hours!

Please Note:

The Library will be closed July 1st - 4th and September 2nd - 4th.

Be safe and enjoy the holiday weekends!

Summer Hours:

(Memorial Day* Through Labor Day)

Sunday:  Closed

Monday: 9:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. - *Wednesday hours begin June 14

Thursday:  9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

2023-2024 Annual Appeal

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