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    Fizz,Boom,READ!2014 Summer Reading Program 

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

    Assistants: Kelley Wood and Ashley Hill

    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.

    The summer reading program has both a reading component and a program component. The purpose of both components is to encourage reading and visits to the library. The reading component awards prizes to children who keep track of books read over the summer and turn in their reading logs. The program component is comprised of a variety of programs for children to attend at the library.

    Fizz, Boom, Read! READING Component:

    Registration for the reading component begins Monday, June 2, 2014 in the Children’s Department (go to the main desk if no one is available in Children’s). Children will receive a folder with a reading log when they register. This summer children will keep track of titles read during June and July on their logs. Younger children can have books read to them. Parents can help younger children record their titles on their logs.

    • We strongly encourage children to read for pleasure over the summer. NOTE TO CHILDREN: choose books that interest you so that you will enjoy reading.
    • Please be cognizant that audio books (books on CD) do count. Audio books are a great way to entertain the entire family in the car while on long trips. Audio books often work well for reluctant readers.
    • Remember to also count e-books.
    • Return reading logs to the Children’s Department sometime between Monday, July 21 and Monday, August 4, 2014 for prizes. Be sure to print child’s first and last name on reading logs.
    • Names of children who return their reading logs will be submitted to the Warren Times Observer for publication, as well as to the schools so the respective schools can announce summer reading participants at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.
    • PRIZES: The first 100 children will receive a Fizz, Boom, READ! activity book. All children will get to choose two books to keep, a toy-type of prize, and a certificate of participation.

    Fizz, Boom, Read! PROGRAM Component:

                Summer programs will start on Wednesday, June 11 and run till Monday, August 4, 2014. Some of these are weekly, some will occur several times, and some are one-time events.

    WEEKLY PROGRAMS:(No preregistration required unless you want 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 16, 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4.

    Reading Wednesday:Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 4-7. Stories, songs, games, crafts. Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

    Creative Play Area: Each week toys with instructions to challenge the children will be set out in a designated area. Each week a specific toy will be featured.

    PROGRAMS THAT WILL OCCUR SEVERAL TIMES:(Preregistration not required unless you want to bring a group of six or more.)

     Reading with the Dogs: All ages. New Hope Assistance dogs will visit the Children’s Department to listen along with the children as the librarian reads a book or two. Children can then read to the dogs. There will be a craft for children to complete while waiting their turn to read to the dogs. Dates/times: June 21 – 11:00 a.m.; June 26 – 6:00 p.m.; July 3 – 6:00 p.m.; *July 17 – 6:00 p.m.; *July 19 – 11:00 a.m. (*July 17 and 19 will be in Slater Room next to the Scholastic Book Fair); August 2 – 11:00 a.m.

     Books Brought to Life: All ages. Children will listen to two stories read by the librarian, and then watch the stories come to life on short DVD’s by Scholastic/Weston Woods. Children will receive activity sheets to take home after the event. 10:30 a.m. in Slater A on the 3rd floor.  Dates: June 24; July 18; July 29. Stories for June 24 are Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka and First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Stories for the other two dates are to be determined.

    ONE-TIME PROGRAMS:(Most of these will require preregistration.)

    LEGO Build It and Keep It:  Saturday, July 26, 11:00-12:30 p.m. in Slater Room A on 3rd floor. Ages 6-12. A number of brand new Lego kits were donated to the Library. Children who attend this event can choose two Lego kits to build, then can take the kits home to keep. We will also watch a short Lego movie called LEGO Atlantis and enjoy a snack. There will be a drawing for a LEGO Birthday Party Kit. Program limited to 14 children. Preregistration required. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department starting July 7.

    Superfluous Scientific Trivia: Puppeteer Bruce Weaver returns to the Library on Thursday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the Slater Room with his zany cast of characters. This program will be open to the public and to summer camps. Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department next to the staff computer starting June 2.

    Recycled Robots:  Monday, June 16, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Children’s Department. All ages welcome; parents must help younger children. Children will be invited to build robots out of materials such as cans, nuts, bolts, bottle caps and whatever else they can think of (examples available in the Children’s Department behind the staff desk). The Library will provide materials, and children are welcome to bring materials from home. Robots will be displayed on top of the Children’s book shelves throughout June and July.              Children who cannot attend on June 16 are welcome to bring in robots created at home. Those that make robots in the library or at home will have their names placed in a drawing for Amazon gift cards in the amounts of $50, $35, and $25. Names can be entered multiple times if multiple robots are entered. For example, if a child makes two robots, their name will be entered twice in the drawing. Drawing will take place on July 30; children can pick up their robots starting July 30.

    Scholastic Book Fair:  The Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair July 14 through July 19 in the Slater Room. Proceeds will go towards materials for the Children’s Department. Fair hours: July 14-17, 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; July 18, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; July 19, 10:00-3:30 p.m.

     Geronimo Stilton: July 15, 10:30 a.m. in the Slater Room next to the Scholastic Fair. Geared towards ages 4-8, but all are welcome.  The popular mouse character Geronimo Stilton of the Geronimo Stilton series will visit the library and join us for some mouse stories, songs, and crackers with cheese. Children who attend can enter their name in a drawing for a door prize. Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department next to the staff computer starting July 1.

    Harry Potter Bingo:  Tuesday, July 15, 1:00 p.m. in the Slater Room next to the Scholastic Fair. Ages 8-14. Character Electra City will challenge your knowledge of Harry Potter with a bingo game. There may be some prizes and science experiments tossed in. Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department next to the staff computer starting July 1.

     Sea Life Jingo:  Thursday, July 17, 10:30 a.m. in the Slater Room next to the Scholastic Fair. Ages 4-8. Character Electra City will challenge younger children with a bingo game that involves creatures of the sea. Children will match the pictures, so reading is not necessary. There will also be a few stories, songs, and prizes. Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department next to the staff computer starting July 1.

     Gravitational Bull: Professional juggler Dave Fultz will show off his talents with magic, storytelling, balloon sculpture and juggling on Wednesday, July 23, at 1:00 p.m. in the Slater Room. This program will be open to the public and to summer camps. Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department next to the staff computer starting July 1.

    Book That Shaped Me writing contest: sponsored by the Library of Congress, this contest is for students going into fifth and sixth grade. Guidelines and entry form can be picked up in the Children's Department on the semi-circle between the computers, or by going to this website http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/. This contest encourages the students to reflect on a book that has had a strong impact on their life. Prizes will be awarded on several different levels. Check out the above website for details.

    MONTHLY PROGRAM:

     Game Night: Last Wednesday of *each month in the Slater Room from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Ages 10 and up. No preregistration required. Tweens and teens that enjoy gaming gather for an evening of fun. In addition to ten laptop computers available for online games, there are also games such as Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero, GameCube and X Box. No preregistration required. Snacks are usually provided by the library. 2014 dates: January 29; February 26; March 26; April 30; May 28; June 25; July 30; August 27; September 24; October 29; November 26; No Game Night in December.


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