The library has dozens of programs throughout the year for children, teens and adults. Summer Reading is coming up, Quidditch Fest is June 11, and we have a new telescope you can actually check out. We would like to remind you that it is possible to sign yourself up for email or mobile notifications of these programs.
You can sign up for our Blog on the right of this page for occasional announcement and information links. Or you can sign up for our website calendar notifications here and (ICalendar for mobile apps). Or use Facebook. You can also remove yourself from the list any time if they clutter your email account too much. Check our website periodically for new programs or find business and research resources here.
We are absolutely thrilled about our upcoming Youth Science Expo on Tuesday, July 8th from 2-4 p.m. The expo will be a library-wide festival where youth ages 8-18 can design some cool projects while learning about scientific concepts. Kids and teens will learn to take their pulse, shoot a vortex cannon, make computer keyboards out of gummy worms, and design some slick e-textile accessories.
One of our favorite activities is a station where kids can design their own balloon-powered cars. Here’s a video to get a flavor for the project. We hope that you can come to the expo to design a car with us, of course, but if you can’t make it, you can use this video’s instructions to create some air pressure-powered racers at home:
We are in the middle of two exciting summer reading programs here at the library! Dozens of children come in every week to tell us all about the books they’ve read, and to share the impressive number of hours they’ve spent reading. As part of the program, kids who have read an hour or more each week are entered in a drawing for a bike, donated by the Burlington Healthy Community Coalition:
Kids also have a chance to vote between threecommunityorganizations, one of which will receive a $100 donation at the end of the summer:
Meanwhile, our teens are reading and doing a number of online tech challenges as part of our Summer Reading Game. Participants are geocaching, blogging book reviews, decorating some creepy-looking cupcakes, and reading a ton of awesome books (of course)!
Do you know a kid or teen who hasn’t signed up for one of our summer reading programs? It’s not too late! They can still come into the library and get signed up, or drop by one of our fabulous upcoming children’s or teen events:
Louie Foxx, Magician (Thursday, July 11, at 11 a.m.)
Doug Banner, Storyteller(Thursday, July 18, at 1 p.m.)
Charles the Clown(Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m.)
Hunger Games Indoor Archery(Teen event on Monday, July 29, at 5 p.m.)
Scott Peterson, Reptile Man(Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m.)
Hunger Games Water Fight(Teen event on Wednesday, July 31, at 2 p.m.)
Our children’s librarian, Lisa Anderson, has been a bit crazed the past few days. She’s getting everything ready for her annual visits to the local grade schools to promote our Summer Reading program. Lisa’s been preparing her booktalks on fun new kid’s books, copying off hundreds of information sheets, and getting herself primed to get kids excited about reading.
Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss,” and helps keep kids on track when they head back to school in the fall.
If you have kids (or grandkids!) sign them up for Summer Reading at their local library. They’ll have fun “making a splash” and winning prizes.
And don’t let the kids have all the fun; we’ve got programs for teens and adults, too.