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Mom’s Summer Survival Tip #1: Register Child at Hooray for Books

by Margi Annese

Mom’s Summer Survival Tip #1: Register Child at Hooray for Books

Hooray for Books, located just up the road in nearby Hopkinton, MA, offers creative classes where kids look, cook and devour good books.TM   Founded by Mary Murphy, a former kindergarten teacher, Hooray for Books is currently enrolling students for summer camps.  

“As a Mom of five children, there are two things I can expect every summer,” says Murphy. “One of my children will tell me they’re bored at least once a day and I will undoubtedly need a break.  Using my teaching background, I’ve created unique, one-of-a-kind classes for my students.  As an experienced Mom, I’ve made the camps attractive to parents, as each class offers 2.5 hours of usable time.  Parents tell me it’s guilt-free spending because kids love going and parents love all they are learning.”

In addition to summer camps, Hooray for Books offers a full menu of year round classes for ages 2-11 as well as birthday parties, book/cook clubs, and newly added this year: Friday Night Fun Nights for kids ages 5-10. 

A typical class begins when the children enter the classroom and find their teacher dressed in a costume.  The costume, related to the theme, is used to get the children laughing and answering a series of questions, which gets them actively engaged.  According to Murphy, “By combining the universally loved activity of cooking with reading, and a cup of humor, our recipe has been wildly successful.  Kids love it because it’s fun; parents love it because it’s educational.”

The concept for Hooray for Books was born just after Mary’s third child.  While on maternity leave from her teaching job, local Moms encouraged Mary to fill a need in the community by offering a unique and educational program for preschoolers.  Mary taught the first classes out of her house as a part-time venture.  Now 10 years later, Hooray for Books has two local locations and is poised to take the next step.

The next chapter for Hooray for Books is franchising.  Hooray for Books hopes to open locations first throughout New England and then nationally. According to Murphy, “For over a decade, we’ve tweaked, tossed, added and obsessed over every lesson to make it the best.  Many of our students are repeat customers who rate Hooray for Books #1 on their list.”

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