Summer Reading 2019

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Summer Reading Logs

All kids from pre-readers to teens receive reading records when they come to the library. Each time they bring in their reading record, we count the books they read/listened to, and/or the activities done. We then give them special stickers to track their progress.

Children who read throughout the summer are rewarded with a prize book and No Strings Marionette show.


Summer Kick Off Party - Friday, June 14 @ 6:30pm

Marshmallow Roast and Lawn Games!

Join us for the "launch" of our 2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories. There will be lawn games, bubbles, and marshmallows!

Final Reading Party - Wed. August 14 @ 6:30pm

No Strings Marionettes performs “Nick of Time” at Maple Street Park. Bring your reading logs to receive a free book.


Other Programs

Music with Raph! For the younger ones

Fridays, June 7 & 28, July 12 & 26 and Aug. 9 & 23 from 9:30-10:15am.

Sing, dance, and learn at the library!

Summer Story Times For the younger ones

Tuesdays, June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 6;  10-10:30am.

Come listen to picture book stories, songs, puppets, and rhymes.

Universe of Stories Maker Series For children ages 6-12

Tuesdays, June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6 & 13; 3-4:30pm.

Explore and be creative! Stellar Solar System Necklaces, Stomp Rockets and more. Check out our weekly events online.

Bookmark Stitch-In For all ages, kids, teens and adults

Wednesday, June 19, 10am-noon.

The Embroiderers’ Guild of America celebrates our Universe of Stories! theme with a Stitch-In. Take home an embroidered bookmark.

Teddy Bear Sleepover For all ages!

Wednesday, June 19 - all day.

Bring your stuffed animal to stay overnight at the library. Pick them up the next day at Teddy Bear Story Time.

 Teddy Bear Picnic For the younger ones

Wednesday, June 19 from 4-5pm.

Bring your favorite stuffed animal to hear the Swing Peepers perform songs and stories about Sweet Dreams and Night Skies.

Teddy Bear Story Time For all ages!

Thursday, June 20 from 10-10:30am.

Pick up your Teddy Bear from the sleepover or bring a stuffed animal to this special story time.

Astronaut Training Camp For children 6-12

Friday, June 21 from 4-5pm.

Have a blast training like an astronaut! Try your hand at an agility course, comet toss, moon jump, space walk, exploration station and gravity defying exercise.

Play Time for Little Ones For the younger ones

Fridays, June 21, July 19 & August 30; 9:30-10:30am.

Active play time for kids 0-5 years old.

Lego Challenge For all ages

Mondays, June 24, July 1 & August 5 from 3-4:30pm.

Build creatively with Legos and participate in a Lego challenge.

Galactic Stories and Food For children ages 6-12

Friday, June 28, July 12 & August 9 from 2:30-3:30pm.

Explore the universe with stories and snacks.

Kite Festival For all ages!

Wednesday, July 3 from 4-5pm.

Let’s go fly a kite… Meet us @ Brownell Library and we’ll walk over to Summit Street fields for a kite festival. Don’t forget to bring your kite! Or join us for a Make Your Own Kite program from 3-4pm.

Rocket Launch For ages 6-12

Monday, July 8 from 4:30-7:30pm at Williston Library.

Please register online.  Blast off with us as we make and launch rockets with the Champlain Region Model Rocket Club at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

 Alien Earth For ages 3 & up

Monday, July 15 from 5-6pm.

Learn about the prehistory of our planet and meet the survivors of bygone eras with the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum educators. There will be live animals and fossils.

Mystery Word Week For Independent Readers only

Monday-Friday, July 22-26.

Find the Mystery Word in a book to win a free small ice cream from Sam’s Scoop Shop in Essex Junction. Word announced Monday.

Celestial Shadow Puppets For ages 8 & up

Thursday, July 25, 2-5pm.

Make your own shadow puppets with Tina Logan and explore star stories from around the world! Puppet making will start at 2pm, participants can stay for an optional performance of their shadow-puppet star-story, starting at 4pm.

VINS Planetarium For ages 6 & up

Thursday, August 1 from 2-4pm at Memorial Hall in Essex.

Please register online. Climb into a Star Lab and journey through the night sky.

Create Your Own Comic For ages 9 & up

August 2, 3-5pm.

Create your own science fiction/fantasy comic and learn about the process of comic making with local artist Stephanie Zuppo. (Teens and adults welcome too!)

Kindergarten Story Time For rising Kindergarteners

Monday, August 12 from 6-7pm.

A story time for students entering Kindergarten this fall. Come and meet new friends and listen to stories about going to school.

Family Movies For the whole family

Wall-E on Friday, June 21 at 6:30pm.

E.T. on Friday, July 19 at 6:30pm.