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    2015 Tentative Summer Reading Schedule "Every Hero Has A Story"

    Children’s Librarian: Susan Slater

    Assistant: Kelley Wood 

    Library phone: 814 723-4650


    • This is a tentative schedule. Some details are still in progress. A final schedule will be available towards the end of May.
    • 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.

     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. The final schedule will give dates as to when one can preregister.)

    Scholastic Book Fair: The Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair June 22 through June 27 in the Slater Room. Events such as programs planned by Ms. Donna and a visit from Clifford the Red Dog will be held in conjunction with the fair.

    Picturing America I Spy Contest: The Warren Public Library received 40 reproductions of American art on laminated posters several years ago through the National Endowment for the Humanities. These posters will be on display for the public to view in the Wetmore Gallery throughout July. There will also be an I Spy Contest for children ages eight to fourteen in conjunction with these posters. Amazon gift cards will be awarded to winners. More details later…

    Pete the Pirate’s “Heroes at Sea”: Pete the Pirate 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.

    Gravitational Bull: Juggling, comedy, magic and storytelling with father/son performers Dave and Kyle Fultz. Dave Fultz kept children and adults laughing last 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.

    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 will be required.

    We plan on scheduling programs with local heroes such as police officers, fire fighters, New Hope Assistance Dogs, and the Boy/ Girl Scouts. These details have yet to be worked out.

     There will also be a few other contests such as:

    •  Recycled Super Heroes: Children will be encouraged to create a super hero out of materials such as discarded books, boxes, cans, etc. These will be placed on display in the Children’s Department. Those that turn in Recycled Super Heroes will have their names placed in a drawing for Amazon gift cards in the amount of $50, $35, and $25. More details later…
    • 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. Amazon gift cards will be awarded to winners. More details later…
    • Create a super hero: draw your own super hero. Make up a name, your hero’s super power, where he/she lives, how they travel, his/her arch nemesis, etc. Amazon gift cards will be awarded to winners. More details later…

      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.