Every year the library plans a series of free events for all ages around the national theme determined by the American Library Association. Participants can win prizes by logging reading with us. Kids can keep track of each day they read by putting a sticker on a circle on their Summer Reading Log.
Bring your log to the library to get raffle tickets for prizes. Teens and adults may also log their reading on SRP bookmarks, and for every 3 books you read, you’ll earn a raffle ticket too.
The 2019 Summer Reading Program theme is:
All events take place at 1:00 pm each Wednesday.
July 3: Take Me To Your Reader
Time to get crafty with a space-themed upcycling project. Participants will be provided with a variety of materials and will be instructed to build their very own UFOs. Additionally, we will meet some extraterrestrial friends and use hands-on coding to guide them through the space and help them get back to their home planet.
July 10: Chemistry in Space
Let’s learn about temperature, color, and matter with gooey, color-changing slime! We will experiment with slime mixed with thermochromic pigment. Afterward, we will finish off the day with a Star Wars-themed bang by “blowing up” Death Stars!
July 17: Star Engineers
Today’s activities will have us reaching for the stars! Participants will have the chance to learn about constellations and the stories behind them. Then, they will follow a pattern to string together a constellation of their choice. Our Building Station will feature an opportunity to build 3D models of constellations.
July 24: Hampstead Stage Company: Stories in the Skies
Soar through the stars in this compilation of Greek Myths! Travel the night sky and explore various constellations and legends about why there are in the sky. Audiences will delight in learning stories of the wind, seasons, sun, and moon. After the play, there will be an “Animal Physicality” workshop in which participants will get to learn from our fabulous actors about performing as animals.
July 31: Fun with Magnets
Today’s session combines art and science to learn about how magnets work! Participants will examine “magnetic dough” to figure out the secret behind its unusual properties. Afterward, participants are invited to create their own space-themed magnets to take home.
August 7: Library Explorers
It’s time for a Space Mission! Our junior astronauts will be tasked with various library activities as part of a scavenger hunt. Before we blast off, though, we will listen to a real astronaut read us a story from outer space! Space-themed activity pages will also be available.
August 14: Intergalactic Ice Cream Day
For our final Wednesday session, we will have an ice cream celebration and watch a space-themed adventure movie.