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    2015 Summer Reading Schedule

    "Every Hero Has A Story"

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

    Assistants: Kelley Wood and Mary Kafferlin

    Library phone: 814 723-4650


    PLEASE NOTE: Summer Camps 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 (where children keep track of books read and receive prizes when they turn in their reading logs) and a program component, which is comprised of a variety of weekly and special programs for children to attend at the library.

      Every Hero Has A Story READING Component:  Sign-up for the reading component begins on Monday, June 1, in the Children’s Department. Children can sign up throughout June and July. Children who return their reading logs between July 20 and August 8 will receive prizes. Their names will be turned in to their schools so that the respective schools can announce summer reading participants in September. Names will also be turned into the Warren Times Observer for publication. 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 write down titles read to their little ones.

      Every Hero Has A Story PROGRAM Component: Summer programs will start on Monday, June 15 and run through Wednesday, August 5, 2015. We try to plan a variety of programs for the children. Some are weekly, some will occur several times, and 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 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3.

     Reading Wednesday: Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 4-7. Stories, songs, games, crafts. Dates: June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5.

    SPECIAL PROGRAMS: (Most of these will require/request preregistration. Please carefully read the descriptions.)

    Scholastic Book Fair: The Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair June 22 through June 27 in the Slater Room. Events such as Super Duper Reader and a visit from Clifford the Red Dog with New Hope Assistance Dogs will be held in conjunction with the fair. Times: 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. June 22-25; 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 26; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. June 27.

    Super Duper Reader #1:  (ages 3-7, but all are welcome) Grab your bat wings and your Superman cape and join SUPER DUPER READER for some superific fun as she reads stories and sings hero songs. The children will also have a chance to make a super hero puppet and play HERO BINGO.  Children are encouraged to wear their super hero costumes but it is not mandatory. Date: Tuesday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. in the Slater Room next to the Scholastic Book Fair. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up available starting June 1 in the Children’s Department.

    Clifford and New Hope Assistance Dogs: A few New Hope Assistance Dogs and Clifford the Big Red Dog will be on hand while we read a few dog stories. Children will be encouraged to read and/or pet the Assistance Dogs. There will be treats for children and the dogs. Date: Thursday, June 25, 10:30 a.m. in the Slater Room next to the Scholastic Book Fair. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up available starting June 1 in the Children’s Department.

    Super Duper Reader #2: (ages 7-13, but if you can read trivia questions you are welcome to join) Fly in for some Superific Fun with SUPER DUPER READER who will read a brief story or two before engaging everyone in some super hero trivia.  You can come and test your knowledge against others or bring friends and form a team to see who knows the most about super heroes. There will also be a scavenger hunt and some bingo if time permits. Date: Thursday, June 25, 1:00 p.m. in Slater Room next to the Scholastic Book Fair. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up available starting June 1 in the Children’s Department.

    Spider-man Word Search: Children age five and up can complete a word search. Those who correctly complete theirs will have their name entered into a random drawing for a 3-D picture of Spider Man (exhibited in our display case). Drawing will take place August 3, so word searches must be turned in by August 1. Word search available in Children’s Department starting June 1.

    Community Heroes: Our Police Sergeant Deppen from the Warren Police Department will talk to the children about safety and he will read Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann;  we will then watch a short movie of the same title. A take-home craft will be provided to the children. Date: Tuesday, June 30, 10:30 a.m. in the Slater Room.Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up available starting June 1 in the Children’s Department.

    Pete the Pirate’s “Heroes at Sea”: Pete the Pirate (aka Art Miller) and Sam the Parrot were each other’s heroes. When Sam was rescued at sea, it was Pete who learned that the real treasures of life are not coins and jewels, but friends. This show includes live music, magic and ventriloquism, featuring Clarence the clown fish and a unique talking book. This positive pirate show is loads of fun and full of audience participation. Date: Thursday, July 9, 11:00 a.m. in the Slater Room. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up available starting June 1 in Children’s Department.

    A Vet and His Pet: A veteran and his recently obtained service dog will visit children and their families to share challenges and triumphs. The program will start with a reading of Tuesday Tucks Me In: the Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalvan. A craft will be provided as a culminating activity. Date: Saturday, July 11, 11:00 a.m., Children’s Department.  Preregistration not required.

    Gravitational Bull: Juggling, comedy, magic and storytelling with father/son performers Dave and Kyle Fultz. Dave Fultz kept children and adults laughinglast year with his juggling antics, so he is returning this year with his son to bring smiles to our faces again. Date: Tuesday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. in the Slater Room. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up available starting July 1 in Children’s Department.

    Community Heroes: Our Fire FightersPart One:Join us at the North Warren Fire Department (16 South State Street) for a tour. The Library cannot provide transportation, but we invite you to join us there. In order to start the tour on time, please plan on being at the fire department by 10:15 a.m. Ms. Susan will meet you there. Parents/caregivers must stay with their children. Date: Saturday, July 18, 10:30 a.m. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up available starting July 1 in the Children’s Department.

    The Butterfly Guy: Former teacher and librarian Jerry Schneider, inventor of the award-winning Butterfly Game, has presented nature programs for children for years throughout the eastern U.S. His slide show presentation takes a look at interesting features about butterflies, distinguishes moths from butterflies, and teaches how to bring butterflies into your own back yard and garden. Audiences will also learn about the amazing Monarch migration to Mexico. The program concludes with a butterfly tee shirt craft – children may bring their own tee shirt or purchase one for $4.00 from Mr. Schneider. Date: Tuesday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. in the Slater Room.  Preregistration required. Sign-up available starting July 1 in Children’s Department.

    Community Heroes: Our Fire Fighters Part Two: Fire Fighter Beardsley from the North Warren Fire Department will discuss fire safety, read a story and share a video with children and their families. A take-home craft will be provided to the children. Date: Thursday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. in the Slater Room. Preregistration appreciated. Sign-up available starting July 1 in the Children’s Department.

    Picturing America I Spy Contest:  Several years ago the Warren Public Library received 40 reproductions of American art on laminated posters through the National Endowment for the Humanities. These posters will be on display for the public to view in the Wetmore Gallery July 1-31. There will also be an I Spy Contest for children ages five to twelve in conjunction with these posters. A $25 Amazon gift card will be awarded to the winner.  Details available July 1 in the Children’s Room and the Wetmore Gallery.

    Recycled Super Heroes and/or Villains: Children are invited to create a super hero or a villain out of materials such as discarded books, boxes, cans, plastic bottles, etc. These will be placed on display in the Children’s Department. Children who turn in a Recycled Super Hero or a Recycled Villain will have their names placed in a drawing for Amazon gift cards in the amount of $25; three winners will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Children can turn in their Hero or Villain in the Children’s Department starting June 1; last day to turn them in will be June 30. Children can create a maximum of three entries. For each entry their name will be placed in a random drawing for the Amazon cards mentioned above. On August 3 the random drawing will take place, winners will be notified, and children can start picking up their Heroes and Villains. Children will be asked to come up with a name for their Hero or Villain, and identify their super power. This contest is for ages four to twelve.  Note: the character can be made up or based on a popular character such as those in the Marvel or DC Comics franchises.

    Writing contest: write about your favorite hero. This hero could be someone from the past, someone living today, someone local, or someone from another state or country. This contest is not about popular fiction heroes such as those created by Marvel or DC Comics; this is about real people who have actually done something very special. A panel of judges will determine the winner, who will receive a $35 Amazon gift card. Their story will also be submitted to the Warren Times Observer for publication. Writing contest guidelines will be available in the Children’s Room starting June 1. Entries due by June 30; winner will be contacted on July 8. This contest is for ages eight to twelve.

    Draw Your Own Super Hero: Using markers, colored pencils, regular pencils, crayons or paint. Make up your hero’s name, his/her super power, where he/she lives, how they travel, his/her arch nemesis. Your Hero must be your own creation.  Children may submit up to three entries. For each entry their name will be placed in a random drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card; two winners will each receive a $25 Amazon card. Entries may be submitted on paper sizes no smaller than the standard 8.5 x 11 and no larger than half a standard poster board. Children may submit entries to the Children’s Department from June 1 through June 30. Winners will be notified on July 1. This contest for ages four to twelve.

      Game Night: Once a month in the Slater Room on the 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! Dates: January 28, February 25, March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 29, August 26, September 23, October 28, (November - no event), December 23.

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