Our Children’s 2014 Summer Reading Programs come to an official close this Saturday, July 26. We had lots of fun this year learning about the science behind rockets, robots, animals, earthquakes, and oil, among other things.
On Friday, July 25 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, all Summer Reading Program participants are invited to celebrate the end of Summer Reading at a Mad Scientist Party. Enjoy an afternoon of fun science games, crafts, and snacks. Children will also receive their certificates of completion.
Also, be sure to stop by the library and check out the robots built by our Children’s Summer Reading Program participants! Children were encouraged to build robots of metal, cardboard, tin cans, containers, boxes, etc., (they didn’t have to be functioning robots). Judging for the Robot Building Contest will take place on Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 AM, and prizes will be awarded.
A special thank you goes out to all the children, families, and volunteers who helped make this year’s program a success. Just look at these smiling faces from June’s Remarkable Robots demonstration with Laura Jones!
From the age 9-12 group, (left to right): Logan Green, Johnathan Leccia, Isabella Mong, Isabella Rhodes, Anthony McFeaters, and Elizabeth McFeaters.
Edited 7/23/2014: Please scroll to the bottom of the post for further details on the TARDIS art contest, the Cosplay Contest, and our short story contest winners.
The library will hold our first ever Comic Con on Saturday, July 26 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. The theme is Best of Sci Fi, and all ages are welcome to attend. Comic Con is free, and no registration is required.
Comic Con: Best of Sci Fi will include a TARDIS art contest, science fiction trivia contests, snacks, and a TARDIS photo prop. We’ll also announce the winners of the Spark a Reaction Short Story Contest. Cosplay is welcome, so get out your costumes and your imagination and show us your favorite Sci Fi characters!
For those of you wondering what all these acronyms and new words mean, here’s a quick glossary:
- Comic Con: A comic con is a convention, or con, where fans gather to meet each other and participate in programs and events centered around a theme, such as a comic book, film, television series, or even an entire genre of entertainment (like manga, anime, or, as in our case, science fiction). There are large Comic Cons all over the world –even World Cons – as well as regional Comic Cons happening all the time.
- TARDIS: TARDIS, one version of which is pictured above, is a time machine and spacecraft from the popular science fiction television series, Doctor Who. TARDIS is an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension in Space.
- Cosplay: Cosplay, a blend of the words costume and play, is when people dress up like a fictional character, often from a comic book, movie, or game. They may or may not adopt the mannerisms of the character while in costume.
If you have any questions about Comic Con: Best of Sci Fi, contact Kathleen at the library, (814) 432-5062. We hope you join us for an afternoon of geeking out over Sci Fi!
Edited 7/23/2014: Here are further details on the TARDIS art contest, the Cosplay Contest, and our short story contest winners.
- Spark a Reaction Short Story Contest
- Winners will be announced around 12:30 or 1:00 PM, and do not have to present.
- Tardis Art Contest
- For ages 13 - 18; can be completed in teams of two.
- Entries must be delivered to the library during normal business hours by Friday, July 25th in order to be eligible for prizes.
- Comic Con attendees will vote on the entries and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced at Comic Con, then placed on display at Neverending Stories!
- Entries must be three dimensional; absolutely no drawings or paintings.
- Tardises can be built with any combination of the following materials: felt, macaroni, cardstock, beads, clay, Sharpies, crayons, yarn, fabric, wood, tissue paper, Duct Tape, or popsicle sticks.
- Cosplay Contest
- First and foremost, Cosplay costumes must be school appropriate. Anyone found wearing an inappropriate costume will be asked to change or leave.
- For ages 0 – 18!
- Contest participants may sign up when they arrive at Comic Con. Miss Kathleen (Teen Librarian), and Miss Abby (Children’s Librarian) will choose and announce the winners near the end of Comic Con.
- Need a few ideas? Think about costumes from these Sci Fi favorites: Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Divergent, Hunger Games, Star-Crossed, Battle Star Galactica, Back to the Future, Ironman, Terminator, Code Geass, Gundam Wing, Sword Art Online, etc.
All Summer Reading Programs require pre-registration, and all programs are free and open to any area resident, regardless of where they live. Registration for all 2014 Summer Reading Programs begins on Monday, June 9. To register, stop by the library or give us a call at (814) 432-5062.
Children’s Summer Reading Program
Children’s Summer Reading Programs fill quickly. Programs run from June 16 through July 26.
Preschool Children: Read to Me Club
Preschool aged children (from birth through age 6) can join the Read to Me Club, which introduces reading to young children and reading to young children at home. The program encourages parents or caregivers to read aloud to their child and record what’s been read in a logbook.
Miss Abby also hosts a weekly story time at the library for those in the Read to Me Club. Read to Me story time is an interactive program featuring picture books, songs, games, and crafts designed to engage eager young minds. Each week will focus on a different science theme:
- Tuesday, June 17, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM: Exploring Butterflies, with stories, songs, and games about butterflies, as well as a butterfly craft. Children will also explore a butterfly garden.
- Wednesday, June 25, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM: Remarkable Robots, with stories, songs, and games about robots. Children will also construct a robot of their own.
- Tuesday, July 1, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM: Exploring Colors, with stories, songs, and games about colors, as well as experiments to identify and mix colors.
- Tuesday, July 8, 10:00 AM: Meet Miss Abby in the parking lot at the Samuel Justus Bike Trail (at the east end of the 8th Street Bridge over the Allegheny River on PA Route 322) for a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Children are encouraged to bring a bucket or basket in order to gather scavenger hunt items.
- Tuesday, July 8, 11:15 AM to 12:00 Noon: Stripes of All Types, with stories, songs, and games about striped animals. Children will also explore the trunk of striped animal material and make a craft.
- Tuesday, July 15, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM: Wacky Weather, with stories, songs, and games about weather and other forces of nature. Children will conduct a weather experiment by making a tornado tube.
- Tuesday, July 22, 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM: The Wonders of Space, with stories, songs, games, and crafts about planets and stars.
School Aged Children: Fizz, Boom, Read!
Children from age 6 to age 12 can explore the magnificent world of science with “Fizz, BOOM, Read!” Upon registration, children and their parent or guardian must sign a reading contract. The program challenges children to set reading goals for themselves throughout the summer and to record their progress in a reading log. Participants are eligible to win prizes throughout the and will receive a certificate of achievement once they’ve completed the program.
Each week will feature programs with a different science theme and lots of special guests:
- Monday, June 16, 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM, ages 6-12: Save the Planet, featuring an Enviroscape Interactive Demonstration to examine water pollution presented by the Venango County Conservation District.
- Monday, June 16, 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, all ages: Miss Abby will host a science related story time, experiment, and craft at the library.
- Monday, June 23, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, ages 6-8: Remarkable Robots, an interactive demonstration by Laura Jones where she will show us how she programs a real robot.
- Tuesday, June 24, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, ages 9-12: Remarkable Robots, an interactive demonstration by Laura Jones where she will show us how she programs a real robot.
- Monday, June 30, 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, ages 6-12: Curious About Science, where participants meet at the Venango Museum of Art, Science, and Industry in Oil City for a tour of the museum featuring the exhibit Black Gold or Black Magic: How the Discovery of Oil Still Affects Our Lives Today.
- Monday, June 30, 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, all ages: Miss Abby hosts a science related story time, experiment, and craft at the library.
- Monday, July 7, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, ages 6-12: I Love Animals!, with an interactive demonstration from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Officer Bimber about how animals seek food, water, and shelter.
- Tuesday, July 8, 10:00 AM, all ages: Meet Miss Abby in the parking lot at the Samuel Justus Bike Trail (at the east end of the 8th Street Bridge over the Allegheny River on PA Route 322) for a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Children are encouraged to bring a bucket or basket in order to gather scavenger hunt items.
- Monday, July 14, ages 6-8 meet at 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, and ages 9-12 will meet at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM: Forces of Nature is a fun program where we will build structures out of various materials in order to test the impact of an earthquake.
- Monday, July 14, 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, all ages: Miss Abby hosts a science related story time, experiment, and craft at the library.
- Monday, July 21, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, ages 6-8 : 3,2, 1 Blast Off! with Laura Jones will provide an interactive demonstration of how to build and test a fizzy rocket.
- Tuesday, July 22, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, ages 9-12: 3, 2, 1 , Blast Off! Laura Jones will provide an interactive demonstration of how to build and test a fizzy rocket.
For Children of All Ages
- Monday, July 21: All Children’s Summer Reading Program participants are encouraged to enter our Robot Building Contest. Children may build robots of metal, cardboard, tin cans, containers, boxes, etc. Robots should be delivered to the library on Monday, July 21 during regular library hours (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM). Judging will take place on Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the person who has built the best robot!
- Friday, July 25, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: All children are invited to celebrate the end of Children’s Summer reading at a Mad Scientist Party. Enjoy an afternoon of fun science games, crafts, and snacks. Children will receive their certificates of completion.
Teen Summer Reading Program
Teens are invited to join the “Spark a Reaction” Teen Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 16 through August 8. Teens can write a review for any book they read during that time. Reviews will be entered in a weekly prize drawing. Reviews will also be posted anonymously each week in the library’s YA section for others to read and benefit from.
Teens and their families are invited to our first ever Comic Book Convention on Saturday, July 26 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. The event is free, and the theme is The Best of Sci Fi. Join Miss Kathleen for a TARDIS art contest, cos-play, Sci-Fi trivia contests, and booths, including a TARDIS where photos can be taken, and, of course, snacks. Winners of the Spark a Reaction Short Story Teen Summer Writing Contest will be announced at the Comic Con.
Summer Reading Program for Grownups
The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program for Grownups is “Literary Elements,” and it runs from June 16 through August 9. Participants can submit a review for each book they read during that time. Door prizes will be drawn weekly from the reviews submitted.
As part of “Literary Elements,” we will also host Saturday Movie Matinees of books made into movies. Join us on June 21, July 12, and August 2 at 2:00 PM. Popcorn will be provided. Please call or stop by the library to find out what films will be featured.
Adults are also invited to join us for a free Altered Book Class on Wednesday, July 23 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Participants will make a case for an e-reader from an old book.