Summer Reading is Here!

full_steam_ahead_header smallSummer is almost here, and we’re ready! Library staff have been visiting schools this week to promote our summer reading programs – Full STEAM Ahead (for toddlers through incoming 5th graders), Spark a Reaction (for kids entering 6th through 8th grades) and Choose Your Own Adventure (for teens in high school). What is STEAM? It’s an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. While the core of what we do at the library is getting kids excited about reading and instilling a life-long love of reading, we are well-positioned to offer STEAM programming. Here, kids can observe, question, explore, investigate, and make in a fun, hands-on learning environment. We want to expose kids to different STEAM disciplines that they may not have experienced already such as astronomy, paleontology, computer science, physics, and engineering. We also hope to hear kids saying as they leave our programs, “That was so much fun! I want to know more!”

Here’s the STEAM programming we’ll be offering this summer (many programs require advance registration):

Science
Cosmic Creations – Thursday, June 26 – Grade 3+
Magnetic Magic – Friday, June 27 – Grade K+
Fun with Fossils – Thursday, July 17 – Grade K+
Balloon-powered Raceway – Friday, July 18 – Grade 2+
The Hungry Owl Project – Friday, July 11 – Grade 1+
Lizard Lady Reptiles – Thursday, August 7 – Grade K+

Technology
Introduction to Coding – Thursday, July 3 – Grades 4 and 5
Create a Video Game in Scratch – Thursday, July 31 – Grades 6 – 8

Engineering
Maker Air Force – Thursday, June 26– Grades 6 – 8
Lego Play Days – Friday, July 25 and Wednesday, August 20 – All Ages
Super Structures – August 1 – Grade 1+
Playground Adventure – Friday, August 8

Art
Draw Your Own Superhero – Thursday, July 24 – Grade 2 +
Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale – Thursday, July 10 – All Ages
Jewelry Making – Thursday, July 24 – Grades 6 – 8

Math
Math Patterns with Toni – Monday, July 21 – All Ages

Most programs require advance sign up. Registration opens June 9.

Along with our STEAM programming, we have our ever-popular Laugh-out-Loud Book Club for Grades 3 – 5 and Pizza & Pages Book Club for Grades 6 – 8. If you have toddlers or preschoolers, check out our fantastic line-up of Little Sprouts! programs. And that’s not all! We also know that summer is about gathering together and being entertained. Don’t miss Wednesdays on Stage from June 25 through August 13. We have an incredible line-up of entertainment for the entire family at 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday in the outdoor amphitheater behind the library. For a complete listing of all our events, you can download the Full STEAM Ahead flyer and visit the Spark a Reaction web page. Or register online now by clicking here.

-Jessica