Big Read culminates on Earth Day

Monday, April 18, 2016 5:59PM

Hancock, Jaffrey and Peterborough libraries’ Big Read community project culminates on Earth Day, Friday, with a program at the Peterborough Town House with award-winning author Sy Montgomery.

Hancock resident Sy Montgomery’s two most recent offerings, “Soul of an Octopus” and “The Octopus Scientists,” received national attention.

Those two books — “Soul” for adults and “Scientists” for the younger set — are the focus of the Big Read; 100 copies have been distributed throughout the three libraries, in hopes that the community will read them, participate in one of several book discussions, and get more in touch with the natural world.

This week’s programs in clude the following:

Hancock Town Library programs

Book discussion with naturalist Henry Walters — April 19, 2 p.m.

Meadows Under the Sea: The Ecology and Conservation of Eelgrass in New England with Keene State College’s Cynthia Hays, PhD — April 19, 7 p.m.. Enter the beautiful and ecologically vital undersea world of eelgrass, the unsung hero of ocean habitats.

Peterborough Town Library programs

New England Aquarium Tidepool Alive Program — April 20, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Children will meet live animals such as sea stars, hermit crabs, snails, clams, mussels, and a live horseshoe crab. 30 people per session. Registration will open April 1.

Book Discussion — April 27 at 7 p.m., April 29 at 11 a.m.