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A complete and detailed list of children's scheduled programs is on this page. Read this month's brochure for a list of featured programs in all departments scheduled this month.

SPECIAL EVENTS

PROGRAMS

2016 CHILDREN'S SUMMER READING PROGRAMOn Your Mark, Get Set ... Read!

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET ... READ!
8 Weeks, June 27 - August 19, 2016
Ages: Children entering Kindergarten - 6th grade

Cost: $5.00, payable at registration
Please register prior to the first day of program

Kick-Off and Sign-Up Party
Saturday, June 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Sports Fan Outlet
August 22 - 26 during library open hours

Our Children’s “On Your Mark, Get Set … Read!” Summer Reading Program (SRP) runs for 8 fun-filled weeks from June 27 – August 19. We’ll explore sports, games and movement through books, activities, science experiments, art projects and more. Every child, whether a sports fan or not, will find something to love about our program this year! We’ll have a kick-off and sign-up party on Saturday, June 11th, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the library. Children can earn points during the SRP that can be redeemed for all kinds of sports treats at our End of Summer Sports Store during the week of August 22 – 26.

Olympic Training Squad (OTS)
Ages: Children entering Kindergarten - Grade 2
When: Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Xtreme Sports Camp
Ages: Children entering Grades 2 - 3
When: Fridays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Super Athlete Training Camp
Ages: Children entering Grades 4 - 6
When: Mondays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.



SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN

Summer session: 8 weeks, June 27 - August 19, 2016. Registration begins May 16 for residents, May 23 for non-residents.

BOOK BABIES

Ages: Birth - 12 months with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, June 28 - August 16, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 10:20 a.m.

You can't start too early at the library! In this 20-minute program, babies will gain contact with language through stories, songs, rhymes, and finger plays, helping them take their first steps toward a lifetime love of books and reading. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


MOTHER GOOSE STORY-TIME

Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, June 28 - August 16, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 11:00 - 11:20 a.m.

They're just learning to talk -- give them something to talk about! 20 minutes of books, fun rhymes, songs and finger plays to encourage language growth and a love of reading. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


TINY TUNES MUSIC

Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, June 29 - August 17, 2016
When: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Limit: 20 children

Tiny Tunes Music is a fun, casual program of playing with and learning about music. Every week explore a different theme and way to make music. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


TODDLER TALES

Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, June 29 - August 17, 2016
When: Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

They can walk, they can talk -- and they can learn! This 30-minute program adds crafts and fun to stories for further encouragement on the way to becoming lifelong readers. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


PRESCHOOL STORY-TIME

Ages: 3½ - 5
Duration: 8 weeks, June 29 - August 17, 2016
When: Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.
Limit: 35 children

They're almost ready to learn on their own -- help them get there with this parent-optional preschool storytime. Stories, games, activities, movies, crafts and more make this 45-minute program a big hit. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


BODIES IN MOTION

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, June 28 - August 16, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Have fun and keep fit at the library! Bodies in Motion is a 30-minute program filled with wiggling, giggling, jiggling fun! Register at the Youth Services Desk.


PROGRAMS FOR GRADES KINDERGARTEN AND UP (please look at individual programs for any age restrictions)

TENDING THE GARDEN AND LEARNING ABOUT HUMMINGBIRDS

Ages: Grades 4 and up
When: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Join us as we take a little time to tend the pollinator garden and then enjoy an activity about hummingbirds. Register at the Youth Services desk.



A TO Z BOOK CLUB

Ages: Grades Kindergarten and up
When: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

August 13, 2016: The Canary Caper
Join us to enjoy a fast paced mystery by Ron Roy. All beginning chapter book readers welcome! Register at the Youth Services Desk.


MAGIC TREE HOUSE BOOK CLUB

Ages: Grades Kindergarten and up
When: 1st Saturday of the month
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

August 6, 2016: Night of the New Magicians
September 3, 2016: Dragon of the Red Dawn
October 1, 2016: Monday with a Mad Genius
November 5, 2016: Moonlight on the Magic Flute
December 3, 2016: Stallion by Starlight
Imagine you had a magical tree house that could take you to another time and place! Travel with Jack and Annie in their magic tree house when you read a great Magic Tree House book by Mary Pope Osborne. Join us for a discussion and activities based on these great books! Register at the Youth Services Desk.


GIRLS' BOOK CLUB

Ages: Girls in grades 3 - 6
When: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
When: Select Saturdays during the summer
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

August 13, 2016: Pool Panic (Jake Maddox Girl Sports Stories) by Jake Maddox.
September 10, 2016: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
October 8, 2016: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
November 12, 2016: Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
December 10, 2016: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
It's a girls' night! Enjoy reading together, and sharing in this special girls only book club! Snacks provided. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


CHESS CLUB

Ages: Grades 1 - 6
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Open children in grades 1 - 6, this Chess Club is for anyone interested in learning about Chess. Bring your chess board and learn with each other. All skill levels welcome! Registration at the Youth Services Desk is required.



LEGO BUILDERS CLUB

Ages: Grades 2 and older
When: 4th Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Join fellow Lego enthusiasts to create what is only limited by your imagination. Lego's will be provided or feel free to bring your own! The library will gratefully accept Lego donations for our club! Register at the Youth Services Desk.


CHINESE LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN

Ages: Grades 2 - 8
Duration: 5 weeks, October 1 - 29, 2016
When: Saturdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $50.00
Instructor: Barbara Chen, M. Ed., (native Chinese speaker); more about Chen at www.chenchinese.com

This class will combine Mandarin Chinese lessons and an extensive range of culture activities to make sure our students get the most out of their experience at Chinese language. This class is designed with the idea that children learn best from the content which is relevant to their everyday lives. The basic pronunciation, meaningful characters, phrases, sentence structures, writing and cultures will be introduced in the program. Beginners are welcome. Any other questions please email Barbara@chenchinese.com. Register at the library's circulation desk.


KICK-OFF FOR JR. SAFE CLUB

When: Monday, August 22, 2016
Time: 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Join us for our first Jr. Safe Club meeting as watch the first Harry Potter movie and examine some real owl pellets during the screening!


JR. STUDENTS ACTIVE FOR ENVIRONMENT (SAFE) CLUB

Ages: Grades 4 - 8
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays, beginning September 12, 2016
Time: Immediately after school (3:15 - 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Immediately after school (3:15 to 3:45 p.m.) to 5 p.m. Interested in learning more about the beautiful planet we call home? Kids in grades 4 through 8 are invited to join our Jr. SAFE Club. Assisted by members of the PTHS SAFE Club, every session will explore a different environmental theme or issue. We’ll have lots of fun hands-on activities while learning about our world.


MCMURRAY SUMMER STRINGS CAMP

Ages: Kids entering grades 5 - 7
When: Monday - Friday, August 29 - September 2, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Presented by: Three local high school Girl Scouts

This camp is for kids entering grades 5 – 7 who currently play violin, viola, and cello, and plan on playing their instrument during the upcoming school year. It will give students an opportunity to brush up on their string skills right before school starts. On the final day the students will play a combined piece for their parents / caregivers!

For more information or to sign up, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/mcmurraysummerstrings/


HOMESCHOOLERS' GROUP

Ages: Parents and children grades 1 and up (parents and younger children also welcome)
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, September 14, 2016 - May 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Attention homeschoolers! Share your experiences and get great tips at the library’s twice a month homeschoolers’ group. While the parents facilitate their own idea swap group, their multi-age children will participate in an enrichment class. Registration at the Youth Services desk is preferred, but walk-ins are also welcomed.


PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

SENSORY STORY-TIME

Ages: All ages welcome with parent or caregiver. Siblings also welcome.
When: Monday, August 8, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Join us for Sensory Story-time this summer. This program is for children with special needs and their families, where participants refine their communication and social skills through books, crafts, and hands-on activities. Registration at the Youth Services desk is required.


WILD KRATT WEDNESDAYS

Ages: For kids of all ages and parents / caregivers
When: Every Wednesday
Time: Noon - 12:30 p.m.

Join Miss Linda for a Wild Kratts episode! Don’t forget to bring a bag lunch. Children will take home a worksheet or coloring page. Register at the Youth Services Desk.



A NIGHT WITH WQED

Ages: For kids of all ages and parents / caregivers
When: 2nd Thursday of the month
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Come and view a new or loved WQED PBS program and enjoy an activity. Upcoming programs:

August 11: All About Arthur. Join us for a special story, activity, and video about everyone's favorite aardvark, Arthur!

Register at the Youth Services Desk.



FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Ages: For kids of all ages and parents / caregivers
When: 3rd Thursday of the month
Time: 6:45 p.m. until movie is done Upcoming movies:

August 18, 2016: Little Giants (PG, 106 minutes)
September 15, 2016: The Jungle Book (G, 78 minutes)
October 20, 2016: Finding Nemo (G, 100 minutes)
November 17, 2016: Finding Dory (G, 97 minutes)
December 15, 2016: Polar Express (G, 100 minutes)
Time: 6:45 p.m. until movie is done (unless otherwise noted)

It's movie night at the library! Bring your whole family as we watch terrific family-friendly movies. We'll provide the popcorn and candy -- you don't even have to buy tickets! What could be better? Just bring a sleeping bag and/or a stuffed animal friend. See you at the movies! Register at the Youth Services Desk.


PAWS FOR READING

Ages: Children in preschool and up
When: Saturdays, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:20 a.m.

Come to the library, curl up with a canine companion, and ... you guessed, read! In this program, children in preschool and up can visit with a registered therapy dog at the library to gain extra self-confidence and fluency by spending time reading to an attentive animal. Call or stop in to sign up for your 20-minute time slot. Register at the Youth Services Desk.


ARTS ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS

COLORED PENCIL AND CHARCOAL PENCIL DRAWING

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, July 5 - 26, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will spend two sessions with colored pencils and two sessions with charcoal pencils. Register at the circulation desk.



CHALK PASTEL DRAWING

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, August 2 - 23, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will learning basic drawing techniques with chalk pastels. Register at the circulation desk.



KID SURVEY

Washington County Libraries along with various community partners are creating a webpage specifically for students in grades 4-8. Students in grades 4-8 are being asked to provide feedback for developing and adding to the webpage. Please click on the following link if you would like to participate in the survey: Kid Survey  
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