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    Children's 2019 Summer Quest Program Schedule: A Universe of Stories.

     Children’s Librarian: Susan Slater


     Assistants: Kelley Wood and Samantha Moore

    Library phone: 814 723-4650

    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 registration for the reading component starts on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
    • Younger children can participate as parents can keep track of titles read to their little ones.
    • Any format counts: books, magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, etc
    • As in the past, children are encouraged to read for pleasure, which means they get to choose books they want to read over the summer.
    • Children can turn in their reading logs for prizes July 22 through August 10, 2019. Their names will also be published in the Warren Times Observer.
    • Programs will start the week of June 10 and run through Saturday, August 3, 2019.

    WEEKLY PROGRAMS: 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.

    Toddler Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Department. Ages 1-4. Stories, songs, crafts and creative STEM play with building materials and toys. Dates: June 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

    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 12, 26; July 3, 17, 24, 31. NOTE: Not on June 19 or July 10 due to other scheduled programs.

    Build-It-Up, Take-It-Down: Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Children’s Department. Build-It-Up provides children ample STEM opportunities for learning by playing with large wooden blocks, LEGO, Bee-Bots and Alpha-Bots along with other toys. Dates: June 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

    Summer Snacks: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Children’s Department. This program is in conjunction with the Summer Food Service Program and Runs June 10 through August 2.


    SPECIAL EVENTS: (Many require *preregistration; please read carefully.) Summer camps are welcome to attend with the exception of Ms. Star Cluster, but please let Children’s Librarian Susan Slater know ahead of time.

    *Preregistration forms for all events are located next to staff computer in the Children’s Department.

    Hug-a-Bug-a-Boo with Mrs. Kate: Tuesday, June 11, 10:30 a.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor. Join Parent’s Choice Award Winner Mrs. Kate for lively interactive music, storytelling and puppet show. Preregistration appreciated on pink registration form.

    Alpaca Petting Zoo with Tupelo Acres Farm: Friday, June 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. This event, organized by Adult and Teen Services Librarian Jenny Franklin, will be located outside on Market Street side in front of library. Tupelo Acre owners will provide spinning demonstrations and talk about their life on the farm. Petting and feeding an alpaca is part of this fun and educational experience. Large groups are to contact jfranklin@warrenlibrary.org to preregister.

    Scholastic Book Fair: June 17-22, 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: June 17-20, 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; June 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; June 22, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Miss Star Cluster: Tuesday, June 18, 10:30 a.m., Slater Room A next to Scholastic Fair. Let the force be with you as you come explore a Universe of Stories with Miss Star Cluster through stories, songs and a world of fun. Participants will play space bingo and make a flying saucer to take home. This is not a Star Wars themed program, but feel free to wear any Star Wars or space items you may have. *Preregistration mandatory on yellow registration form; attendance limited to 36. Not open to summer camps due to limited space.

    Pete the Cat Visit: Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 a.m., Reading Room, 1st floor. Well-loved character Pete the Cat will join us for a few Pete the Cat stories and songs. Bring a camera to take a photo of your child with Pete at the Scholastic Book Fair afterwards. Preregistration appreciated on blue registration form.

    Spaced Out Magic Show: Friday, June 28, 10:30 a.m., Slater Room, 3rd floor. Join Magician Cris Johnson as he uses a wacky teleportation device, causes milk to transport across the room, creates gross Martian juice from a child’s shoe, and much more! We loved Cris’ Wacky Science Show last year, so we brought him back for more fun. Preregistration appreciated on orange registration form.

    Sun Dance Kids Farm: Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., outdoors on Market Street side. Listen to a story and visit with goats, lambs, chicks, hedgehogs, praire dogs, rabbits, tortoises and a Pantagonian Cavy. What is a Pantagonian Cavy? Stop by and see. (If weather is inclement, this program may be moved to the Slater Room on the 3rd floor.) Preregistration appreciated on purple registration form.

    Dinosaur Train Buddy: Thursday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. All aboard the Dinosaur Train! Meet Buddy, the lovable T-Rex from PBS KIDS’ Dinosaur Train. Listen to Dinosaur Train stories, sing some dinosaur songs and take home a PBS KIDS book. Bring a camera/phone to take a photo of your child with Buddy. Preregistration appreciated on green registration form.

    Slime Party and Putty Play: Saturday, July 20, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Children’s Department. Ages 7 + (No exceptions; younger children can play with toys while older children experiment with slime and putty.) Those who are present when the program begins can help mix some Galaxy Slime, which will be sent home with attendees while supplies last. There will also be some pre-made slime to play with, along with different types of putty: bouncing, color changing, glow-n-the-dark and magnetic. Preregistration not required, accommodations will be made on first-come, first-serve basis.


    Alien Creation Contest: Ages 4–18. Create an alien out of recycled materials such as old books, boxes, cans, plastic bottles, old dolls, etc. You may include extras such as a space ship but that is not mandatory. Include the following information: your name, age, contact information plus your alien’s name, what planet it comes from, and its mission on earth. This information is on the entry form, which can be found in the Children’s Department on the semi-circle between the computers, or download one here. Please include an Entry Form with your alien. Aliens are due to the Children’s Room by 5:00 p.m., Saturday, June 22. Public will vote on their favorites from June 25 – July 31. First place winner will receive a $40 Walmart gift card; two runners up will each receive a $25 Walmart gift card.


    Take the CHALLENGE: Children ages four to fourteen are invited to participate in the Universe of Stories Summer Activity Challenge. Explore the many ways reading and learning can be an adventure this summer by doing some of the activities listed on our Activity Challenge sheet. Activity sheets can be *found on the semi-circle between the computers in the Children’s Dept. or download one here. *(Activity sheets will be available in Children's Dept. starting June 1.) Build a space ship and read inside, read a book outside at night with a flashlight under the stars, share a story with your pet or stuffed animal, and read a fiction or nonfiction book about your favorite animal are just a few of the challenges. Participants’ names will be placed in a random drawing and four winners will each win a $25 Dairy Queen gift card. Activity sheets are due to the Children’s Department by Saturday, August 3; winners will be notified on August 6.

     Offered MONTHLY through the year:

    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. 2019 dates: January 30, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20, December...not offered in December this year.


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