By Jan Pease
This is the annual “Synchronize your Calendars” announcement for summer reading 2017. Children and readers aged 2 to 17 can sign up to participate in this year’s program, “Reading by Design.” Keep track of reading and other activities on the reading record. Every time one of the goals is met, return to the library and receive a small reward. Returned reading records will each count as an entry to the prize drawing at the end of the summer.
Little Elliot is a polka-dotted little elephant drawn by Mike Curato, and he is the star of our reading program. Have your children join the “What is Little Elliot Doing” experiment. They can draw a picture of Little Elliot enjoying summer, or write a very short story about what he is doing.
Our regular programming will also begin the week of June 5th. Mondays will be a busy day as Mariah has activities planned at 3:30 for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Mondays of each month. Art Journaling, for grades 4-8, continues on the 2nd Mondays. She will also add a Zine Lab and Zine Workshop on the 3rd and 4th Mondays. The Litchfield Library Zine will be a place for artists, poets, and writers in grades 9-12 to share their work.
Wednesdays we will offer Toddler Time, a beginning story time for very young children, babies to age 3. They must be accompanied by a caregiver. We will also alternate Fun with 4-H and Wonderful Wednesdays, for grades K-5, each week from 1:30 – 3:30.
Brick Heads will continue every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30. We free-build with Legos and it is a really fun evening. On July 6th, the Lego Guy is coming for a visit during Brick Heads.
Once a month, Beginner Book Club, for grades 1-3, meets on the third Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Our theme in June and July is the book, “House of Robots,” by James Patterson. On June 15th we will have a special guest who will show us how to make robots out of recycled things.
On Fridays at Preschool Story Hour, for children 3-6, we will have some exciting guests. On June 9th Author Michael Hall, who is famous for the “Crayon” books, will visit story time. On July 7th the folks from “One Community, One Vegetable” will join us to celebrate carrots. And on Friday, July 28th, Professor Marvel, our favorite magician, will visit Litchfield with his DIY Magic Show.
Saturday, June 10th Paul Spring will present a family concert at 10:00 a.m. He is a fantastic guitar player and singer whose programs are very interactive and fun.
On the 2nd and 5th Saturday of each month, Margaret Weigelt offers teens a chance to experience science and technology at its best and most fun. Sometimes they create with Makey-Makey, or make giant board games. Sometimes they even do some coding.
There will be a total solar eclipse in the afternoon of August 21. Watch for the announcement of some very interesting activities as we explore this amazing event.
Whew! It sounds like an incredible summer at Litchfield Public Library!