Summer Reading 2019

Summer Reading 2019 – Sign-ups start June 17th

Why Summer Reading?

Summer reading is an important way to prevent summer learning loss. Our program is for all ages, including children who are read to by adults!

When you sign up you will get a card to keep track of your reading, a schedule of events that we hope you can attend, and some other goodies. The goal is to read for 16 hours over summer break!

Once you have met the goal, bring your card in after July 1st to claim your prizes. Readers between the ages of six and twelve who reach the goal by August 16th will have their name placed in a drawing for a free bicycle and helmet, courtesy of the Bethlehem Masonic Lodge, #35 A.F. & A.M.

New this year! The Library will be a location for the Summer Food Service Program from 6/24 to 8/16, providing nutritious free meals every weekday for anyone 18 and younger. Lunches will be served at 11:30 a.m. in the Community Meeting Room on Thursdays, and on the library lawn Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Info & Locations | Menus

Summer Reading Events
All programs start at 10 AM (unless noted differently) and are free and open to all!

June 27th: Build a Rocket Ship– Help the librarians build and decorate a rocket ship that will live in the library for everyone to play in. Recommended Kindergarten & up.

July 11th: FunRun – Fun Run, a Maine based Kindie Rock Band, brings fun sing-along songs to children that their parents will enjoy as well. Recommended Pre-K to 2nd grade.

July 18th: Blast Off! Rocket Launch – Using a variety of craft supplies, children will make their very own rockets that we’ll launch into the air on the library lawn. Recommended 2nd grade & up.

July 25th: Escape Space! – Taking on the role of young astronauts, children will work together to solve the clues in order to return to earth. Recommended 2nd grade & up.

August 1st: Northern Stars Planetarium
Space is limited! Please pre-register at the Youth Services desk.
9:30 a.m. Our Family in the Sky (K-2nd grade) – The planets are personified as Mr. Sun guides the children through a tour of the Solar System. Includes planets, comets, asteroids, the Moon, and a constellation point out.
10:45 a.m. The Wonderful Sky (3rd-6th grade) – This program takes a look at the seasonal night sky as seen with the unaided eye.  Stars, constellations, visible planets, meteors, the Moon, and northern lights are all likely to be discussed.

August 8th: Moon Rock Scavenger Hunt – Find moon rocks hidden throughout the library to complete the puzzle and win a prize. Recommended for all ages.

Full calendar of Youth Services programming for Summer 2019.