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SPECIAL EVENTS

FIZZ BOOM READ!
2014 SUMMER READING PROGRAM
8 weeks, June 23 - August 15, 2014
Cost: $5.00, payable at registration. Please register in the Children's Department prior to first day of program.

The library has been transformed into a science lab! Join us for fun experiments, technology, stories, movies and more!

M.S.G. (Mad Science Geniuses)
Ages: Children entering Kindergarten - Grade 2 in the fall
When: Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Whatitz Mad Science Lab
Ages: Children entering Grades 2 - 3 in the fall
When: Fridays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (10:30 - 11:30 on Friday, June 27)

LABs @ the library
Ages: Children entering Grades 4 - 6 in the fall
When: Mondays, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Earn 1 ticket for every hour read. Redeem tickets at the Fizz Boom Read store in the Children’s Department throughout the week of August 18 – 23 during regular library open hours.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
Saturday, June 14, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join in the excitement of Summer Reading with games, crafts and summer fun! Hot dogs, popcorn, and bottled water available for purchase!



WQED/PBS Kids Present ...

Ages: Children ages 3 and older, with a parent/caregiver
When: Tuesdays, July 1 - August 12, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Join us for all things PBS! Each week will typically feature a viewing of a PBS program, an excerpt from a PBS book, and an activity sheet. Some programs will welcome staff from WQED. All programs are designed to facilitate literacy and summer learning. Programs include:

July 1, 2014: Wild Kratts Back in Creature Time
July 8, 2014: App-a-thon program
July 15, 2014: Martha Speaks
July 22, 2014: Wild Kratts Swamp Things
July 29, 2014: Martha Speaks
August 5, 2014: Daniel Tiger Big Brother Daniel
August 12, 2014: PBS End of Summer bag lunch program (bring a bag lunch and pick your favorite PBS character and/or book to share!)
Register at the Children's Department Reference Desk. See you there!



CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER ON THE ROAD!

The whole family is welcome to join us as Carnegie Science Center staff visit to offer two programs about science this summer. Seating is limited and registration is required at the Children’s Department Reference Desk.

Chemical Concoctions
Ages: Kids entering grades 1 and up
When: Saturday, July 19, 2014
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Make your own colored sidewalk chalk and silly putty to take home.

Chemical Creations
Ages: Kids entering grades 4 and up
When: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Investigate different kinds of slime through experimentation.

BATMAN DAY @ THE LIBRARY

Ages: For kids and parents of all ages
When: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Help us celebrate Batman’s 75th birthday! Join us for stories, games, crafts, classic Batman cartoons, and a special birthday treat. Dress like Batman or your favorite Super Hero character!



FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS

Ages: For kids and parents of all ages
When:

Thursday, July 24, 2014: Disney's Pirate Fairy
Thursday, August 14, 2014: Walking With Dinosaurs
Wednesday, September 17, 2014: title to be decided
Wednesday, October 15, 2014: title to be decided
Time: 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.

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 in the Children's Department.


SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR BABIES THROUGH KINDERGARTEN

Summer session: 8 weeks, June 23, - August 15, 2014. Registration for summer session begins May 19 for residents, May 27 for non-residents.

BOOK BABIES

Ages: Birth - 12 months with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, June 24 - August 12, 2014
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 in the Children's Department.


MOTHER GOOSE TIME

Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, June 24 - August 12, 2014
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 in the Children's Department.


TODDLER TALES

Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, June 25 - August 13, 2014
When: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. OR 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 in the Children's Department.


TINY TUNES MUSIC

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, June 23 - August 11, 2014
When: Mondays, 11:00 - 11:30 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 in the Children's Department.


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Ages: 3½ - 5
Duration: 8 weeks, June 25 - August 13, 2014
When: Wednesdays, 1:00 - 1:45 a.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 in the Children's Department.


BODIES IN MOTION

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks June 27 - August 15, 2014
When: Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - Noon

Have fun and keep fit at the library! Bodies in Motion is a 30-minute program filled with wiggling, giggling, jiggling fun! Register in the Children's Department.



PROGRAMS FOR GRADES ONE AND UP

MAGIC TREE HOUSE BOOK CLUB

Ages: Grades 2 - 4
When: 1st Saturday of the month
Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

August 2, 2014: Vacation Under the Volcano
September 6, 2014: Tonight on the Titanic
October 4, 2014: Good Night for Ghosts
November 1, 2014: Carnival at Candlelight
December 6, 2014: Ghost Tale for Christmas Time
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 in the Children's Department.


PAWS FOR READING

Ages: Grades 1 and up
When: Saturdays, August 2, September 13, October 18, November 8, 2014
Time:

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in July and August;
10:00 - 11:20 a.m. beginning in September
Come to the library, curl up with a canine companion, and ... you guessed, read! In this program, children in grades 1 and up can visit with a registered therapy dog at the library to gain extra self-confidence and fluency by spending time reading to these attentive animals. Call or stop in to sign up for your 20-minute time slot. Register in the Children's Department.


GIRLS' BOOK CLUB

Ages: Girls in grades 3 - 6
When: Mondays,

August 11, 2014: The Light Princess by George MacDonald
September 8, 2014: title to be decided
October 13, 2014: title to be decided
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

It's a girls' night! Enjoy reading together, and sharing in this special girls only book club! Snacks for brain and stomach provided.


LEGO BUILDERS CLUB

Ages: Grades 2 and older
When: 4th Monday 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 in the Children's Department.


CHINESE SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN

Ages: Grades 1 - 8
Duration: Monday - Thursday, July 21 - 24
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $35.00
Instructor: Barbara Chen, M.Ed. (native Chinese speaker; more about Chen at www.chenchinese.com)

This class is designed with the idea that children learn best from the content which is relevant to their everyday lives. Students will learn pronunciation, meaningful characters, phrases, sentence structures, writing and cultures. Students will apply what they learn in real-life situations through our role-playing and acting which makes learning fun and exciting. Any other questions, please email Barbara@chenchinese.com Beginners are welcome. Register at the library's circulation desk.



CHINESE LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN

Ages: Grades 1 - 8
Duration: 4 weeks, September 27 - October 18, 2014
When: Saturdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $35.00
Instructor: Barbara Chen, M. Ed., native Chinese speaker

This class is designed with the idea that children learn best from the content which is relevant to their everyday lives. Students will learn pronunciation, meaningful characters, phrases, sentence structures, writing and cultures. Beginners are welcome. Any other questions, please email Barbara@chenchinese.com. Register at the library's circulation desk.


HOMESCHOOLERS' GROUP

Ages: Parents and children grades 1 and up (parents and younger children also welcome)
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays beginning October 9, 2013 - May 28, 2014
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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


ARTS ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS

PARENT AND ME PAINTING CLASS

Ages: 4 - 12 with an adult
When: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Limit: 25 individuals
Cost: $20.00 for both parent/guardian and child. $10.00 for each additional child.
Instructor: Diana Koch

Join us at the library for a special session for parents/guardians and their child/children. The only supplies needed from students will be a cup for water and paper towels, all other supplies will be provided. Every artist (both children and adults) will be given a pre-drawn canvas with an image from a popular children’s movie. Instruction will be provided on using the acrylic paints to create a masterpiece! Registration at the library’s circulation desk must be completed by the end of the day on Wednesday, July 23 so that instructor has enough time to prepare all needed canvases.

 

PAINTING WITH WATERCOLORS AND ACRYLICS

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, July 22 - August 12, 2014
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will learn basic techniques with watercolor and acrylic paints. Register at the library’s circulation desk; please see supply list when registering.

 

PENCIL DRAWING WITH OIL PASTELS

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, Setpember 2 - 23, 2014
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will learn basic techniques with pencils and poster painting. Register at the library’s circulation desk; please see supply list when registering.

 

FALL PROGRAMS FOR BABIES THROUGH KINDERGARTEN

Fall session: 9 weeks, September 15 - November 14, 2014. Registration begins August 11 for residents, August 18 for non-residents.

BOOK BABIES

Ages: Birth - 12 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 16 - November 11, 2014
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 in the Children's Department.


MOTHER GOOSE TIME

Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 16 - November 11, 2014
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 in the Children's Department.


TODDLER TALES

Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 15 - November 12, 2014
When:

Mondays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. or
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 10:30 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 in the Children's Department.


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME

Ages: 3½ - 5
Duration: 9 weeks, September 16 - November 12, 2014
When:

Tuesdays, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. or
Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:45 a.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 in the Children's Department.


KINDERGARTEN STORYTIME

Ages: Kindergartners and 5-year-olds
Duration: 9 weeks, September 18 - November 13, 2014
When: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Topic: Tale Twists
Limit: 35 children

This full-hour program goes the next step in learning and loving reading through stories, activities, crafts and movies. Register in the Children's Department.


BODIES IN MOTION

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks September 19 - November 14, 2014
When: Fridays, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 1:30 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 in the Children's Department.



TINY TUNES MUSIC

Ages: 2½ - 5 with an adult
Duration: 9 weeks, September 15 - November 10, 2014
When: Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m. OR 1:00 - 1:30 p.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 in the Children's Department.


SCIENCE PROGRAMS FOR AGES 2-5

FAKE BLOOD SCIENCE OCTOBER

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult (siblings welcomed
Duration: 4 weeks, October 9 - 30, 2014
When: Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Limit: 25 per class

Register in the Children's Department.



SWEET SCIENCE NOVEMBER

Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult (siblings welcomed)
Duration: 3 weeks, November 6 - 20, 2014
When: Thursdays, 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.
Limit: 25 per class

Register in the Children's Department.

 

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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