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    2018 Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program Schedule

     Children’s Librarian: Susan Slater

    Assistants: Kelley Wood and Sammy 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 Friday, June 1, 2018.
    • Any format counts: books, magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, etc.
    • Children can turn in their reading logs between July 23 and August 8 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 11 and run through Saturday, August 4, 2018.

    WEEKLY PROGRAMS: (preregistration not required)

    Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

     Reading Wednesday: Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 4-8. Stories, songs, games, creative STEM play with building materials and toys. Dates: June 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 1.

     Build-It-Up, Take-It-Down: Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Children’s Department. Made possible due to the Cruise into Kindergarten statewide early literacy initiative, Build-It-Up provides children ample STEM opportunities for learning by playing with large wooden blocks, LEGO, and Bloco Robots along with other toys that enhance the experience. Such play builds math, science, literacy, language, social and creative skills. This program is geared for ages three to eight, though all are welcome. Dates: June 12, 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.

    Family Movie Mornings: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor. Check our website or the Library for exact titles. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or caretaker. All movies rated PG or G. Snacks will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. as part of the Summer Food Service Program. 

    Summer Snacks: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Children’s Department. As part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Warren Public Library will be serving nutritional snacks in the Children’s Department from June 11 through August 3, 2018, to children 18 years and younger. According to the PA Gov website, “The SFSP is a federally funded program operated nationally by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in Pennsylvania by the Department of Education.”

    SPECIAL EVENTS: (some require preregistration – READ CAREFULLY) Summer camps are welcome to attend, but please let Children’s Librarian Susan Slater know ahead of time.

     Wacky Science Show: Thursday, June 21, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., Slater Room. Dr. Science’s mission is to get kids excited about science. His show is packed with mind-boggling experiments as he and the audience explore the world of science and the scientific process in a step-by-step, fun and engaging way. More than just whiz, bang, poof and pop, the Wacky Science Show puts science in the hands of several volunteers. Dr. Science makes the scientific method easy to understand with a focus on science with everyday objects. This show won the Dow Chemical’s Touch-Tech Award for excellence in hands-on science education. Preregistration appreciated. Registration sheet will be available in the Children’s Department starting June 1.

     Scholastic Book Fair:  July 9-14, 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 9-12, 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; July 13, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; July 14, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

     Miss Soprano Piano: Thursday, July 12, 10:30 a.m., Slater Room A next to Scholastic Fair. Stories, songs, give-aways and games. Miss Soprano Piano says, “There is nothing like a library rocking with some fun. We will read a book or two and jam out to some tunes. I will spread some groovy cheer and there will be bingo too to make it fun for you.” Preregistration appreciated. Registration sheet will be available in the Children’s Department starting June 11.

     Sun-Dance- Kids Farm Petting Zoo: Thursday, July 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Outdoors on Market Street side. (If weather is inclement, this program may be moved to the Slater Room on the 3rd floor.) Children and adults can visit with a slew of friendly animals such as goats, lambs, chicks, hedgehogs, praire dogs, rabbits. Visit the tortoise after listening to a reading of Jan Brett’s story Mossy. Preregistration appreciated. Registraton sheet will be available in the Children’s Department starting July 2. NOTE: (7/10/18) Due to the owner experiencing an unfortunate incident this program has been cancelled. We will try to bring Mike Morton and his furry friends back for a future event.

     Professor Klutzo’s Wonderful World of Music: Thursday, July 26, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m., Slater Room. Laugh along with the Professor as he takes the audience on a tour of world music and interesting instruments with comedy, music, magic and ventriloquism. Some featured instruments include mandolin, balalaika, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, tiple and old-time gramophone. Preregistration appreciated. Registration sheet will be available in the Children’s Department starting July 2.


    Rock and Write: We are challenging children ages five to fourteen to write a song to a familiar tune. For example, make up a song that can be sang to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb, The Wheels on the Bus, etc. The topic of your song can be on anything you choose. Be sure to make up a title for your song and that the lyrics are original (made up by you, not copied off the Internet). Pick up an entry form from the semi-circle between the computers in the Children’s Dept. or download it here. You only need to include the title, the tune to which it should be sang, and your original lyrics. Attach the Songwriter Information sheet (which contains contact information) and turn your song in to the Children’s Department by Saturday, August 11; winners will be notified on August 15. Judges will determine a first and second place winner. First place will receive a $40 Tim Horton’s gift card and second place will receive a $20 Tim Horton’s gift card.


    Take the CHALLENGE: Children up to age fourteen are invited to participate in the Libraries Rock Summer Activity Challenge. Explore the many ways reading and learning can be an adventure this summer by doing some of the activities listed on one of our two Libraries Rock Summer Activity Challenge sheets. Activity sheets can be *found on the semi-circle between the computers in the Children’s Dept. or download it here. Decorate a rock based on a book, build a fort and read inside, make music with kitchen items, or read a book about your favorite animal are just a few of the challenges. One Activity sheet is aimed at toddlers and their parents, while the other is aimed at ages four and up. Download sheet for toddlers here, and the one for ages four and up here. Participants’ names will be placed in a random drawing and six winners will each win a $25 Tim Horton’s gift card. Activity sheets are due to the Children’s Department by Saturday, August 11; winners will be notified on August 13.

    Books for Babies: It is never too early to read to your baby. The American Library Association and the Friends of Warren Public Library are supporting early literacy by offering Books for Babies. Stop by the Children’s Department staff desk and ask for a free board book for your baby.




    Game Night: Last Wednesday of each 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. 2018 dates: January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28, December 26.

    Portions of these programs are possible due to the generous donations made at the 11th Annual Midwinter Library Fundraiser.


     Portions of these programs are possible due to generous donations made at the 11th Annual Midwinter Library FUNdraiser.