The 2016 Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!”, begins June 20 and continues through August 12. Join us for free, fun, weekly events for all ages, and prizes for reading!
Registration Kickoff is at the library on June 20 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. No registrations will be accepted before Kickoff. The first 20 registrants receive free timers to help keep track of reading time. The first 60 registrants receive a free folder, record sheet, and fun stickers.
For the full details of each program, please check our Calendar.
The Children’s Summer Reading Program is open to ages birth through 12, and children of all abilities. Independent and family readers are encouraged to join.
Children’s Summer Reading Program events include:
- Story Time continues on Tuesdays. Mommy & Me Story Time, for children up to age 3, begins at 10:15 AM. Busy Bees Story Time, for children ages 3 and up, begins at 11:00 AM. Caregivers are asked to attend the programs with their children. Siblings are welcome. Registration is requested by June 17.
- Family Movie Time is weekly on Thursdays at 2:00 PM, from June 23 through August 11. Showings will be movies based on books, all with a G or PG rating, and are open to the whole family. Please call the library at 814-432-5062 to see what we’re showing. No registration is required.
- Summer Wii Games are weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 PM, and are open to the whole family. No registration is required.
- Play K Circle Time begins in July, and meets weekly on Thursdays (July 7, 14, 21 and 28) at 11:00 AM. This new program is for children ages 4 to 6 to play, practice, and explore kindergarten routines and concepts in a fun way. Caregivers are asked to attend the program with their children. Registration is required by June 23.
- Crazy 8s Summer Challenge encourages families to complete at least one math problem a week. Each problem completed earns families an entry in a prize drawing. At the end of the eight weeks, the winners will be chosen in a drawing for fun math supplies!
The Teen Summer Reading Program is open to teens ages 12 through 18.
Teen Summer Reading Program events include:
- Enter our Teen Summer Short Story & Art Contest. Whether it’s a romp to the past, dealing with fire-breathing lizards, or to a far away galaxy, let your imagination set a course with Sci-fi and Fantasy!
– Three groups for entries: ages 11 – 13; ages 14 – 16; and ages 17 – 19.
– Stories must be no more than 4 pages, and art work must be printer page size (8 1/2″ x 11″).
– The deadline for submission is Saturday, June 11, 2016.
– Winners will be announced during our 3rd Comic Con on July 16th (details below).
– Entrants must include name, phone number, address, school, and grade from the 2015-2016 school year with their submission.
– Submit your story or art by dropping it off at the library during normal business hours, or by email at email@example.com.
- Our 3rd Annual Comic Con is on July 16, from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. This year’s theme is Video Games. There will be a costume contest and video game trivia contests. Winners of the Summer Short Story & Art contests will be announced. There will be a Minecraft-style background booth for photos. Modern and vintage video games will be included in the fun, and of course, snacks. This event is free and open to teens and their families. No registration is required.
- Celebrate the birthday of the Boy Who Lived with us! Harry Potter’s Birthday Party is on Saturday, July 30 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for all ages. No registration required.
Adults are invited to “Exercise Your Mind…READ!” Displays of items will change throughout the summer to highlight different ways to stretch your mind, including wellness, exercise, healthy eating, relaxation, doodles and coloring, and games. Submit reviews for any book you read and be entered to win weekly door prize drawings.
Today is Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday! In honor of the man who wrote so many popular children’s books that continue to grow in popularity even today, here are some fun Dr. Seuss facts:
- Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, began his career in advertising. He created ads for NBC, Ford, General Electric, Standard Oil, and many other companies for thirty years, even as he was also writing and illustrating children’s books.
- The perennial favorite, The Cat in the Hat (1957), was actually Dr. Seuss’s thirteenth published book. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937) was his first published book for children. “Depending on the version of the story he tells, either 20, 26, 27, 28, or 29 publishers rejected the book.” However, an old friend who had just been promoted to the juvenile department of a publishing house agreed to print it, and the rest, as they say, is history.
- “Of the forty-four books written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, only four are in prose. If we add books illustrated by others, or written under another name, or co-authored, or published posthumously, then the total number of books is sixty-six, with only five in prose.”
- A primary inspiration for Dr. Seuss was to get kids interested in reading, even if that meant reading nonsense words. He and others in the mid-1950s worried that books like the classic Dick & Jane series were too boring for kids. A colleague challenged Seuss to “Write me a story that first-graders can’t put down!” He asked that Seuss limit the book’s vocabulary to no more than 225 different words, choosing those words from a list of 348. The result was The Cat in the Hat, which uses 236 different words.
- A new Dr. Seuss book was just published last year! Curious how that could be?
Join us in honoring Dr. Seuss on his birthday today. The legacy he left for children’s books can’t be underestimated. Check out the official Dr. Seuss website for lots of fun games and activities to enjoy today!
New Play Sets
We were one of 100 libraries to receive a state library grant, used to purchase eighteen new building sets for the Junior Room! You’ll find two sets on the computer table, and Miss Christine will regularly rotate them out for different sets. Some of the sets need more supervision than others. But remember, play is a child’s work!
Wordless Picture Party
This Saturday, January 23 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, join Miss Christine for a Wordless Picture Book Party.
Wordless picture books play an important role in supporting literacy skills. Reluctant readers are especially encouraged to attend. Enjoy listening to stories, telling stories, and making your own book too! Parents are asked to stay with their children for the entire program. No registration is required.
Crazy 8s Math Club Registration
Registration opens this coming Monday, January 25 for the next round of Crazy 8s Math Club. This time, the club is for kids in grades 3 through 5. The club meets weekly on Wednesdays at 4:00 PM beginning February 10 and ending March 23.
Space is limited, so don’t hesitate to get in and register! Pre-registration is required.
The program lasts approximately an hour and parents are required to stay in the building. Check out the full flyer here: Crazy 8s Older Kids PDF
Story Time Registrations
Story Time registrations open on Monday, February 1. Registration is required for both story times. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early.
Busy Bees Story Time meets weekly on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM. Busy Bees Story Time is for children from age 3 to age 6 with a parent or other caregiver. Busy Bees Story Time begins on February 9 and ends on March 15.
Mommy & Me Story Time meets weekly on Tuesdays at 10:15 AM. Mommy & Me Story Time is for for children from birth to age 3 and a parent or other caregiver. Mommy & Me begins on February 9 and ends on March 15.
Remember, you can always keep up with the Childrens Room activities on our Calendar, our Children Page, and on Facebook.