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.
2016 CHILDREN'S SUMMER READING PROGRAM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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