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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

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET ... READ! THE SPORTS AND FITNESS MAGIC SHOW

Saturday, July 16, 2016
2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Presented by: Gregory Bracco
All ages welcome!

It's magic with a sports and fitness theme that excites, entertains and educates children. Sports trivia, Olympic events, ways to keep fit, healthy habits, books and more are all touched upon throughout this magic program. Children have fun and learn while they help make the magic happen. The show includes audience participation, music, surprises, and of course magic, magic, magic!

Register in the Children's Department, or call 724.941.9430, ext. 3160.



PROGRAMS

SPRING PROGRAMS FOR BABIES THROUGH KINDERGARTEN

Spring session: 8 weeks, April 4 - May 27, 2016. Registration begins March 7 for residents, March 14 for non-residents.

BOOK BABIES

Ages: Birth - 12 months with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, April 5 - May 24, 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 in the Children's Department.


MOTHER GOOSE TIME

Ages: 12 - 24 months with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, April 5 - May 24, 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 in the Children's Department.


TODDLER TALES

Ages: 2 - 3½ with an adult
Duration: 8 weeks, April 4 - May 25, 2016
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: 8 weeks, April 5 - May 25, 2016
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: 8 weeks, April 7 - May 26, 2016
When: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. OR 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Topic: Straight Tails and Twisted Tales
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: 8 weeks, April 8 - May 27, 2016
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: 8 weeks, April 4 - May 23, 2016
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
Ages: 2 - 5 with an adult

SCIENCE POTPOURRI

Duration: 3 weeks, Thursdays, May 12 - 26
Time: 6:00 - 6:20 p.m.


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

NEW! A TO Z BOOK CLUB

Ages: Grades Kindergarten and up
When: Saturdays, June 11, July 16, August 13, 2016
Time: 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

June 11, 2016: The Absent Author
July 16, 2016: The Bald Bandit
August 13, 2016: The Canary Caper
Join us to enjoy fast paced mysteries by Ron Roy. All beginning chapter book readers welcome!


MAGIC TREE HOUSE BOOK CLUB

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

June 4, 2016: Lions at Lunchtime
July 2, 2016: Buffalo Before Breakfast
August 6, 2016: Night of the New Magicians
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.


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.

June 11, 2016: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
July 16, 2016: Win or Lose (The Kicks) by Alex Morgan
August 13, 2016: Pool Panic (Jake Maddox Girl Sports Stories) by Jake Maddox.
It's a girls' night! Enjoy reading together, and sharing in this special girls only book club! Snacks provided.


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 in the Children's Department.


JEWELRY MAKING WORKSHOP

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $16.00 for supplies (a portion of proceeds will be donated to the library)
Ages: 10 years and older (participants under age 10 may attend if accompanied by an adult)
Presented by: Girl Scout Troop 27080

Join us to learn how to make jewelry! During this workshop, students will learn about the different materials used to make jewelry, the tools of the trade and how to properly use them, how to select the correct wire and beads for a project, and how to design a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry! Each participant will take home 3 pieces of quality jewelry (no pony beads!). There will also be additional supplies available for purchase and handmade jewelry for sale.

Registrations are being accepted until Thursday, June 16 at the library or may be mailed to: Alyssa Findley, c/o Jewelry Workshop, 279 Quail Run Road, Venetia, PA 15367. Checks may be made out to: GSWPA Troop 27080.


CHINESE SUMMER CAMP FOR CHILDREN

Ages: Grades 1 - 8
Duration: July 25 - 28, 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $50.00 (materials included)
Instructor: Barbara Chen, M.Ed. (native Chinese speaker)

This 4-day camp will combine Mandarin Chinese lessons and an extensive range of culture activities to make sure our students get the most out of their experience with the 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.



HOMESCHOOLERS' GROUP

Ages: Parents and children grades 1 and up (parents and younger children also welcome)
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, September 9, 2015 - May 25, 2016
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 in the Children’s Department is preferred, but walk-ins are also welcomed.


PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES

NEW! SENSORY STORY-TIME

Ages: All ages welcome with parent or caregiver. Siblings also welcome.
When: Mondays, June 27, July 11, July 25, 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 in the Children's Department is required.


CHESS CLUB

Ages: For kids of all ages and parents / caregivers
When: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Open to all ages and all skill levels, this Chess Club is for anyone interested in learning about Chess! Bring your chess board and learn with each other!



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.



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.



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:

June 16, 2016: The Mighty Ducks (PG, 103 minutes)
July 21, 2016: The Sandlot (PG, 101 minutes)
August 18, 2016: Little Giants (PG, 106 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 in the Children's Department.


PAWS FOR READING

Ages: Children in preschool and up
When: Saturdays, June 11, July 9, August 13, 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 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 an attentive animal. Call or stop in to sign up for your 20-minute time slot. Register in the Children's Department.


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 in the Children's Department.


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 in the Children's Department.


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 in the Children's Department.


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 in the Children's Department.


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 in the Children's Department.


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 in the Children's Department.


ARTS ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS

CALLIGRAPHY & COLORED PENCILS

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, May 3 - 24, 2016
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Limit: 15 children
Cost: $15.00 plus supplies
Instructor: Diana Koch

Students will learn basic calligraphy techniques with colored pencil accents. Register at the library’s circulation desk; please see supply list when registering.



TISSUE PAPER COLLAGE & ACRYLIC PAINTING

Ages: 6½ - 13
Duration: 4 weeks, June 7 - 28, 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 creating pictures using art tissue collage techniques, followed by two sessions learning basic acrylic painting techniques.



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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