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    Build a Better World

    Children's 2017 Summer Reading Program Schedule

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

    Assistants: Kelley Wood and Samantha Moore

    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 programs specifically for your group. Thank you.

    Each summer our summer reading program consists of two components: a reading component (children keep track of titles read 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.

    • This year the children can start registering for the reading component on Thursday, June 1, 2017.
    • Any format counts: books, magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, etc.
    • First 200 children to register will receive a Taco Bell coupon for a FREE regular seasoned beef taco & bean burrito.
    • Children can turn in their reading logs between July 17 and August 12 to receive prizes. Their names will also be published in the Warren Times Observer.
    • As in the past, children will be encouraged to read for pleasure, which means they get to choose books they want to read over the summer. Younger children can participate as parents can keep track of titles read to their little ones.
    • Programs will start the week of June 19 and run through Saturday, August 5, 2017.

    WEEKLY PROGRAMS

    Toddler Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 1-4. Stories, songs, crafts and creative play with building materials. Dates: June 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. Snacks served at 11:30.

     Reading Wednesday: Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 4-8. Stories, songs, games, creative play with building materials. Dates: June 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2. Snacks served at 11:30. NOTE: Warren native and author Charles Norris-Brown will read his book Did Tiger Take the Rain on July 12.

     Magna-tiles, LEGO and Lincoln Logs: Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Children’s Department. Building materials such as those listed in the title and other toys to enhance the experience will be put out for children’s building pleasure. Creative building strengthens a variety of STEM skills. Dates: June 23, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4. Snacks served at 11:30.

    SPECIAL EVENTS: (some require preregistration – READ CAREFULLY)

    Summer camps are welcome to attend a few of these, but please let Children’s Librarian Susan Slater know ahead of time.

     The Building and Magic Construction Show: Thursday, June 22, 10:30 a.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor. Magician Cris Johnson’s fun-filled show includes fun interactive magic, his pal Cosmo the Mind-Reading Monkey and more! Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department next to staff computer starting June 1.

     Scholastic Book Fair: July 10-15, Slater Room, 3rd floor. The books for sale at this fair are primarily for children from birth through middle school. There will also be a few books for teens and adults. Bring children so they can browse and make book choices on their own. This is also a great opportunity to purchase birthday or early holiday presents for the children in your life. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Department. Dates/hours: July 10-13, 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; July 14, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; July 15, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

     Construction Fun: Tuesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor, next to Scholastic Book Fair. Children ages 2-10 are invited to join Construction Donna as she lays the groundwork for some construction fun before helping her little construction crew members build their minds to new heights with construction bingo. Each crew member will be able to color an activity belt to take home.

     Busy Builders of a Better World: Thursday, July 20, 10:30 a.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor. Ventriloquist Bruce Weaver and his crew of Busy Builder puppets will discover ways to build a better world through magic, singing, lots of laughs, audience participation and family fun. Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department next to staff computer starting July 1.

     Gravitational Bull: Tuesday, July 25, 10:30, Slater Room, 3rd floor. Juggler Dave Fultz provides comedy, juggling, magic, storytelling, and balloon sculpture for children and their families. Preregistration appreciated. Registration form will be available in the Children’s Department next to staff computer starting July 1.

     Forest Friends Teddy Bear Workshop: Saturday, July 29, noon-2:00 p.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor. This event is for children ages two – twelve (2 – 12). Children will hear the story Forest Adventure by Tony Mitton plus a few other related stories. Children will then bring a plush owl to life by stuffing it, wishing on a star, and naming their plush new friend. Each child will take home their owl, a star, a reusable take-home bag, and a birth certificate. Snacks will be served. Preregistration is mandatory as the program requires a nonrefundable $5 fee per child due at registration. Program limited to 25 children. Registration will start July 1, and will be open until the program is full. Receipts will be given at registration. Cash only – please bring exact amount. Register in the Children’s Department. If there is no staff available in Children’s, please go to the main desk.

      

    CONTESTS:

    Build a Pattern: Youth ages five to sixteen (5-16) are invited to create and submit *original art with patterns. Patterns may be done in black and white or color on paper at least 8 ½ x 11, and no larger than 8 ½ x 14. Pattern art is due to Children’s Department by June 30, 2017. Be sure to include full name, age, and parent’s name and contact number on the back side. Pattern art will be put on display in the library. Participants’ names will be placed in random drawing; three winners will each receive a $25.00 Tim Horton’s gift card. Drawing will take place August 1 and winners will be notified on that date. Pattern art may be retrieved after August 1. *Note: pattern should be original, not copied from book or Internet. Hint: Google “how to doodle a simple pattern” to help you come up with ideas. 

    Build a Book: Well, actually, build a book cover. Youth ages five to sixteen (5-16) are invited to create a book cover along with a short book description. Think of your favorite topic and create a book cover that includes: title, author, illustrator and an illustration. You may work with a friend if you want (or do it all yourself), so the author may be one person and the illustrator another person. On the back side write a short description of what the book is about (well, what it would be about if you were actually writing an entire book). This description is meant to be exciting in order to entice readers to read your book. Please use paper 8 ½ x 11; it can be regular or construction paper. Also include your name, age, parent’s name and contact number on the bottom of the back side. (If two children collaborate, please choose just one name for the information on the back side.) Build a Book is due to the Children’s Department by June 30. Submissions will be put on display in the library. This contest will be judged by August 1: first place prize is a $50 Amazon gift card and second place prize is a $30 Amazon gift card. Winners will be notified August 1 and submissions may be retrieved after August 1.

    Summer Reading Challenge: Youth ages four to fourteen (4 – 14) are invited to challenge themselves (and/or their parents) by reading a variety of things, such as comic books, recipes, and magazines. Change things up and read outside, read to your pet, read with a flashlight, or build a fort and read inside. Take our Summer Reading Challenge and explore the many ways reading can be an adventure! Ask for a Summer Reading Challenge sheet when you sign up for summer reading, pick one up on the semi-circle next to the computers in the Children’s Department, or download a form here. Forms are due to the Children’s Department by August 12. Participants’ names will be placed in a random drawing on August 14. Three winners will each receive a $35 Amazon gift card. Winners will be notified on August 14.

     

     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. 2017 dates: January 25, February 22, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, September 27, October 25, November 29, December 27.

     

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