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Summer Reading Program 2019

SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2019

Friday, June 7 – Friday, July 19

Our annual reading program for ages 0-18 is back!  There are a lot of good, responsible reasons to keep reading during the summer.¹  But the important part is that reading is fun, and it’s even more fun to get rewards and participate in awesome activities at the same time!

How it works:  Starting June 7th, you can register and pick up a reading log.  We have special logs for readers, pre-readers and teens. Complete the tasks on your reading log. For every ten tasks you earn a prize.  You can collect four prizes total, plus finish all the levels to enter a drawing for your choice of our awesome grand prize baskets.  All book logs must be returned by 6 pm on July 19 in order to enter drawing.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Friday, June 7, 10:30/11:00: Pizza Party

Come at 10:30 for a special outdoor story time, then enjoy free pizza and lemonade starting at 11:00.  We will also have activities going on inside and out, so plan to stick around for a while.  All ages.

Thursday, June 20, 1:00, 2:15, 3:30: STARLAB Planetarium

Experience a real inflatable planetarium to learn about stars and constellations.  Because space is limited, there will be three sessions.  NOTE: This program will take place at Lonsdale Elementary School.  There is no charge, but you must pre-register at: https://www.tcu2905.us/page/4231.  Be sure to select Lonsdale and take note of your session time.  All ages.

Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00: Escape Room

You must solve puzzles to escape and save the day in this space-themed adventure.  Pre-registration strongly recommended.  Best for ages 10-14.

Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 pm: Remarkable Reptiles

Your friend and mine, Jim Gerholdt, will be back with his snakes, lizards and turtles.  All ages.

Friday, July 19, 1:00 pm: Ice Cream Social

We will close the program again with ice cream and good company.  All ages.

WEEKLY EVENTS:

Maker Monday, 2:00 pm

Dive in to creation!  We will provide the supplies and a challenge; you bring the imagination.  Best for ages 6-10.

Family Movie Tuesday, 6:30 pm

We will show a family-friendly movie with a space theme.  Free snacks included.  All ages.

Teens ‘n Tweens Thursday, 1:00 pm

A special activity just for teens and tweens.  Free snacks included.  Best for ages 11-15.

Friday Storytime, 10:30 am

Don’t forget our weekly storytime for pre-schoolers.  Enjoy a few books and a craft.  Best for ages 3-6.

Drop-In Craft

A new craft will be available all week on a self-serve basis.

Handouts

We will also offer take-home activities for different age groups, new every week.

¹ Serious facts for grown-ups: Multiple studies show that children who read regularly over the summer break experience less of a “summer slide,” and are better prepared to keep up to grade level in all subjects.  This effect is cumulative and even stronger in disadvantaged children.  For more, visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm.

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Well, that’s it.   Summer Reading 2018 is complete.  Here are some final numbers.

Kids signed up: 307
Kids who finished all four levels: 91 (
Ages of participants: 2 months – 17 years
Programs offered in these six weeks (including storytimes): 28
Total attendance at those programs: 786

We want to thank everyone who made it great.

Subway, who donated lots of cookies and kids’ meals.  You made many kids happy!

Casey’s, who donated yummy ice cream treats.  You, too, made kids happy!

Mackenthun’s, who donated all of the pizzas and drinks for the opening day pizza party.  You made kids and grown-ups happy!

The Lonsdale Lions who cooked and served all those pizzas.  You made everybody happy!

Ron Kadrlik, whose music made our ice cream social a success!

The Domácí Czech Dancers, who taught us about traditional Czech and Slovak dances!

Jim Jayes,  whose humor and magic delighted all ages!

Jim Gerholdt of Remarkable Reptiles, who shared his knowledge and his scaly friends!

 

Siama and Dallas, who shared the songs and stories of the Congo, causing us all great joy!

To every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, babysitter, older sibling, daycare provider and friend who brought a kid into the library.  We couldn’t do it without you!

And finally to all 307 kids and young people who signed up and participated.  Thank you for reading,  playing, learning, creating and building our future one book at a time!  See you next year and keep on reading. 

Libraries Rock Week Six

This is it!  The last week of summer reading program 2018 is here!  Get your reading logs in by 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 21st to claim your prizes!

Monday, July 9, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move

We will make our own harmonicas and then learn to dance the electric slide.  Best suited for ages 6-10.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes

Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts.  Best suited for ages 3-6.

Thursdays, 3:00-3:45: Thursday Teens & Tweens

Our final craft will be scarves and/or bracelets from old t-shirts.  We have some t-shirts, but if you have an old shirt to cut up, feel free to bring it.  Best suited for ages 11-15.

Saturday, 11:00-12:00: Ice Cream Social

Enjoy free ice cream and music from local musician Ron Kadrlik!  And if we get 100 kids to finish the summer reading program you can bring your water pistols and soak the library’s staff.

Drop-in Craft

Drop by whenever the library is open and make punk rocks .  Best suited for ages 4-12.

Handouts

Every week we will have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.

 

Libraries Rock! week five

Two weeks to go!  We have passed 300 registrations!  But we still need 80 more kids to finish if you want to see your library staff get soaked.

Monday, July 9, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move

Join us as we make uli ulis, a Hawaiian percussion instrument.  Best suited for ages 6-10.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes

Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts.  Best suited for ages 3-6.

Wednesday July 11, 10:30-11:00: Hands-On Science

It’s time for our monthly science for toddlers.  This month we explore water science.  Best suited for ages 2-5.

Wednesday, July 11, 1:00-2:00: The Magic of Jim Jayes

totally interactive program  of magic and comedy and a little puppetry.  Fun for all ages!

Thursdays, 3:00-3:45: Thursday Teens & Tweens

This week we will be making dessert sushi.  Best suited for ages 11-15.

Drop-in Craft

Drop by whenever the library is open and make decorative sheet music letters.  Best suited for ages 4-12.

Handouts

Every week we will have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.

 

 

Summer Reading week four

Can you believe that we’re halfway through  our Libraries Rock summer reading program?  Here are a few amazing facts to ponder.

Kids signed up: 286
Kids who have finished: 15
People at the pizza party: 146
People at Remarkable Reptiles event: 166

Remember that if we get 100 kids to finish all four levels of the program, you can all bring your water guns and soak the library staff at the July 21st ice cream social!

Week Four

 

Monday, July 2, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move

This week we will make paper towel trumpets and paint along to some jazz.  Best suited for ages 6-10.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes

Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts.  Best suited for ages 3-6.

Wednesday, July 4

The library will be closed.  Go out for some hot dogs and fireworks!

Thursdays, 3:00-3:45: Thursday Teens & Tweens

This week we will design our own album covers.  Bring your favorite CD for inspiration or let your imagination go wild.  Best suited for ages 11-15.

Drop-in Craft

Drop by whenever the library is open and make a patriotic Lincoln penny pendant.  Best suited for ages 4-12.

Handouts

Every week we will have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.

Summer Reading Week Three

 

Summer Reading Program continues to barrel along full speed ahead!  Here’s what up for the week of June 25-30.

Monday, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move

This week we plan to make rattlesnake tails, rattle along with some music, and learn a line dance.  Best suited for ages 6-10.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes

Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts.  Best suited for ages 3-6.

Wednesday, June 27, 1:00-2:00: Remarkable Reptiles

It’s that time of year again! Your friend and mine, Jim Gerholdt, will be here with his reptile friends.  Fun and learning for all ages!

Thursdays, 3:00-3:45: Thursday Teens & Tweens

Join other young adults to make a cool craft and share some snacks.  Best suited for ages 11-15.

Drop-in Craft

Every week we will have a different craft to do any time the library is open.  Best suited for ages 4-12.

Handouts

Every week we w ill have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.

Summer Reading Program Week Two

 

There’s so much going on!  Here’s what up the week of June 18-23.

Monday, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move

This week we plan to make maracas, play along with some music, and play musical chairs.  Best suited for ages 6-10.

 

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes

Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts.  Best suited for ages 3-6.

Wednesday, June 20, 1:00-2:00: Domácí Czech DancersOur special event this week is a return visit by this local dance group.  Enjoy a performance and then learn a dance and join in!  All ages.

Thursdays, 3:00-3:30: Thursday Teens & Tweens

Join other young adults to create blackout poetry and share some snacks.  Best suited for ages 11-15.

Drop-in Craft

Every week we will have a different craft to do any time the library is open.  Best suited for ages 4-12.

Handouts

Every week we w ill have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.

Libraries Rock grand prizes

This year we are offering not one grand prize, but seven!  Everyone who finishes all four levels of the summer reading program wins their choice of a book and the chance to enter a drawing for one of these grand prize baskets.

All gift baskets include a $10 Amazon gift card and a certificate for two kids’ meals at the Lonsdale Subway.  Thanks, Subway!

1. Little hands

2. Fun in the sun

3. Making music

4. Books rock!

5. Science rocks!

6. Sports rock!

7. Teen movie night

Please note that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is rated PG-13.  Kids under 13 will need parental permission to enter drawing for this prize.

Summer reading week one

It’s almost here!  Here’s everything that’s happening in the first week (+ a few days).

Friday, June 8, 10:30-11:00: Outdoor storytime

Come early on Friday for our special annual outdoor storytime with really big books.

Friday, June 8, 11:00-12:30:  Pizza Party sponsored by Mackenthun’s

Join us for the biggest event of the year!  We will have pizza and ice-cold lemonade thanks to our friends at Mackenthun’s.  Our good pals the Lonsdale Lions will be back to cook and serve.  We will also have games and activities inside and out.  And don’t forget to register and pick up your reading log to start earning prizes!  All ages.

Wednesday, June 13, 1:00-2:00: Siama’s Music from Congo

Siama is a guitarist from Congo, in central Africa.  Along with his partner Dallas, they tell Siama’s fun stories about growing up in rural Congo and everyone’s encouraged to play African hand percussion and to sing along in Kikongo, Swahili and Lingala. All ages.

Mondays, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move

Make a musical instrument craft, play along with s

ome music, and do a music-related activity.  Best suited for ages 6-10.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes

Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts.  Best suited for ages 3-6.

Thursdays, 3:00-3:30: Thursday Teens & Tweens

Crafts, art projects and other fun activities just for young adults.  Snacks will be served.  Best suited for ages 11-15.

Drop-in Craft

Every week we will have a different craft to do any time the library is open.  Best suited for ages 4-12.

Handouts

Every week we will have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.