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    On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!

    2016 Summer Reading Program Schedule  

    Children’s Librarian: Susan Slater
    sslater@warrenlibrary.org

    Assistants: Kelley Wood and Sammy Moore

    Library phone: 814 723-4650


    PLEASE NOTE: Schools and/or groups of six or more that wish to attend events should call and speak to the Children’s Librarian to see if preregistration is required for the specific event. We can also schedule a program specifically for your group.

    Each summer our summer reading program consists of two components: a reading component (this year children keep track of time spent reading and receive prizes when they turn their reading logs in) and a program component, which consists of a variety of weekly and special programs for children to attend at the library.

    On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! READING Component:

                Sign-up for the reading component and receive your reading log starting Wednesday, June 1, in the Children’s Department. Children can sign up throughout June and July. This year children will keep track of time spent reading. Any format counts: books, magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, etc. Children who return their reading logs between July 18 and August 8 will receive prizes and their names will be turned in the Warren Times Observer. As in the past, children will be encouraged to read for pleasure, which means they get to choose the books they want to read over the summer. Younger children can participate as parents can keep track of time spent reading to their little ones.

    On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! PROGRAM Component:

                Summer programs start Monday, June 13 and run through Friday, August 5, 2016. We try to plan a variety of programs for children. Some are weekly while some are one-time events.

     WEEKLY PROGRAMS:

    (Preregistration not required unless you plan to bring a group of six or more.)

    Toddler Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 1-4. Stories, songs, crafts and creative play. Dates: June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1.

    Reading Wednesday: Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 4-7. Stories, songs, games, snacks, crafts. Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3.

    BI-WEEKLY PROGRAMS:

    (Preregistration not required unless you plan to bring a group of six or more.)

    Block Party: Every other Friday from 11:00 a.m. till noon in the Children’s Department. Possible due to the Cruise into Kindergarten statewide early literacy initiative, Block Parties provide children ample STEM opportunities for learning by playing with large wooden blocks along with other toys that enhance the experience. Block play builds math, science, literacy, language, social and creative skills. Block Parties are geared for ages three to seven, though all are welcome. On your mark, get set, play! Dates: June 17, July 1, 15, 29.

     Play-K: Every other Friday from 11:00 a.m. till noon in the Children’s Department. Also possible due to the Cruise into Kindergarten statewide early literacy initiative, Play-K consists of “play and learn centers”. Each program will start with a circle time, a themed story and song and then playing with themed toys. The first Play-K will start with All Aboard!, which explores the theme of transportation. The other three Play-K themes will be determined at a later date. Dates: June 24; July 8, 22; August 5.

    SPECIAL PROGRAMS:

    (Preregistration required or appreciated for these events. Please read each carefully to see which is requested.)

     Take a Tromp Through the Swamp: Thursday, June 23, 11:00 a.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor of Library. Take a tromp with musician Tom Sieling as he performs humorous songs about our natural world that engage the entire audience. His performances are participatory, fun, lively and informative. Mr. Sieling writes and performs songs for children and adults and accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica and a drum machine. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up sheet will be available next to staff computer in the Children’s Department on June 1.

     On Your Mark, Go! Obstacle Course: *Two dates, noted at end of description. Takes place in Slater Room, 3rd floor of Library. A variety of activities/challenges will be placed around the room; children can attempt all activities or select a few. This program will be open for two hours on each date, so children can come any time within the timeframe. Bean bag toss, bubbles, activity mats, egg race, jump ropes, hula hoops, bowling, and pogo jumpers are a few of the activities offered. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and a prize. Children can finish the course with a healthy snack. *Two dates/times: Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up sheet will be available next to staff computer in the Children’s Department on June 1.

    Scholastic Book Fair: The Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair July 11 through July 16 in the Slater Room. Events Cat and Mouse and Mo Willems Stories/Movies (see below) will be held in conjunction with the fair. Book Fair hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. July 11-14; 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. July 15; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. July 16.

     Cat and Mouse: Tuesday, July 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Slater A, next to Scholastic Fair. This program includes stories, songs, a Tom and Jerry cartoon, and cheese snacks. Children will be excited with a special visit from Geronimo Stilton, mouse star of the popular book series of the same name. A door prize with some Pete the Cat and Geronimo Stilton books will be awarded to one lucky child as a door prize. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up sheet will be available next to staff computer in Children’s Department on June 1.

    Mo Willems Stories/Movies: Thursday, July 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Slater A, next to Scholastic Fair. This program will feature stories of beloved Mo Willems characters such as Knuffle Bunny, Pigeon, and Elephant & Piggie. A Busload of Pigeon Books will be awarded to one lucky child as a door prize. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up sheet will be available next to staff computer in Children’s Department on June 1.

     Catfish Charlie’s “The Great Outdoors” Program. Tuesday, July 19, 11:00 a.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor of Library. Do you remember Professor Klutzo from last summer? Catfish Charlie is a great friend of the professor’s and is just as funny. Catfish Charlie talks about the benefits of taking time to explore the great outdoors. Through his love of fishing and camping, he brings the outdoor experience to life with his unique sense of humor, his puppet pals Skeeter the baby bear and Hubert the hound dog, and his rousing sing-alongs accompanied by his ukulele and harmonica. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up sheet will be available next to staff computer in Children’s Department on July 1.

     Exercise Your Mind Trivia: Monday, July 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor of Library. This Trivia program is offered in conjunction with the Children's summer reading program. This is intended for children ages nine and up, plus friends and family. Thus children ages nine and up, teens and adults can register. (This program is not intended for younger children.) Test your knowledge and compete with others in a variety of categories for prizes. There will be a maximum of eight groups with a maximum of six participants per group. Participants can clarify if they want to be part of a particular group upon registration, and singular participants will be put in groups the night of the event. Preregistration is mandatory. Sign-up will be available next to staff computer in Children’s Department from July 1-22.

     Ready, Set, Race! Saturday, July 30, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor of Library. This program will include stories, crafts, snacks and a short movie. Every child age 3 and up will receive a Hot Wheels to keep and race on our homemade racing ramp. Program will culminate with a play session involving various types of vehicles, tracks, etc. Attendance limited to 25 children (age 3 and up), hence preregistration is mandatory. Sign-up will be available next to staff computer in Children’s Department on July 1.

    CONTEST:

    Sports Diorama and Tongue Twister: Children age 6 and up are challenged to create a diorama that involves sports and an accompanying tongue twister. Think of a favorite sport and an accompanying tongue twister that challenges your tongue. Due to space restrictions, diorama should be in a shoe-box size box. On outer sides or back of box include child’s first and last name, age, and type of sport. The tongue twister should be neatly written or typed and attached to diorama via a paper clip. Library staff will display tongue twister with diorama. Dioramas should be turned in between June 1 and June 30. Dioramas will be on display until July 30. Children who turn in a diorama will have their name entered in a random drawing for a $35 Amazon gift card. There will be three winners, each winning a $35 Amazon gift card; winners will be notified by July 6. Dioramas should be turned in to Children’s Department staff so we can get contact information needed to notify winners. Dioramas can be picked up after July 30. NOTE: tongue twisters must be original. Also, dioramas left after August 10 will be discarded.

    OFFERED MONTHLY THROUGH THE YEAR:

    Game Night: Once a month in the Slater Room, 3rd floor, 3:30-7:00 p.m. Individuals 10 and older participate in games and activities offered by the Library. The best part is that it is not just for computers and game consoles. Table-top games, board games, card games and even pen & paper and RPG Gamers are welcome. You are invited to bring your Gaming Group. 2016 dates: January 27, February 24, March 30, April 20, May 25, June 29, July 27, August 31, September 28, October 26, November 30, December 28.

     

     Portions of these programs are possible due to generous donations made at the Midwinter Library Benefit.