With the summer break fast approaching for area schools, the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library has announced a slate of summer library programs for youth.
With a theme of Build a Better World, weekly programs will be broken into three age groups. The Preschool Program will be targeted toward children of ages birth to 5 years old while the Elementary Program will be geared toward grades K-5. A third age group will feature activities designed for Tweens and Teens.
The weekly programs will begin on June 20. Preschoolers and parents are invited to gather each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. while Elementary-age children will meet at 3 p.m. each Tuesday afternoon.
The Tweens and Teens and will begin on Thursday, June 22, at 3 p.m. Activities designed for the older age group will continue to be held each Thursday afternoons throughout the summer.
No registration is required for the free programs and all children and youths are invited to participate. Advance registration is recommended, however, to assure that an adequate amount of project supplies are on hand for each program. Participants who have registered in advance will be placed on a priority list to receive supplies. Registration is underway.
An assortment of special guests will be taking part in this year’s programs, each highlighting the Build a Better World theme. Weekly programs will include building costumes, building gardens, building animal homes, building music and musical instruments, building towers and bridges, building wind turbines and building a healthy you.
Guests will include a park ranger, musicians and music teachers, craftspersons, hobbyists and professionals, each having developed a passion for and insight into their chosen subject.
“We’re really excited to have these experts in their fields taking part. And we’re so grateful to have them joining us,” noted Program Assistant Diane Blakemore.
Among this year’s guests will be Julie Adams, a costume designer who has worked on numerous projects in Hollywood. She will be taking part in the June 29 Build Costumes program for the Tween/Teen group.
“These are hands-on programs that everyone should enjoy,” Blakemore said. “And we’ll also have books available on each topic. Kids can try something out and, if they’re interested, continue to learn about it. This can be valuable, especially for our older group, as it could spark an interest or passion that could grow into a lifetime hobby or possibly a career.”
The program will include two weeks featuring summer fun activities.
The library will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day and Tuesday programs will not be held. All summer program participants are invited to come out on July 6 for a community Holiday Read-in. Residents are invited to drop by for a time of leisurely reading and may bring a lawn chair, bean bag chair or blanket for some outdoor reading on the library lawn. Everyone is invited and refreshments will be served.
On Aug. 1 for younger groups and Aug. 3 for the older group, the summer program will continue its theme while building to a festive end. Participants will enjoy a Build Ice Cream Sundaes project, including getting to taste their completed works.
“The summer program is popular every year,” Blakemore noted. “We realize that kids will be taking vacations and going to summer camps so it’s designed to be flexible. It doesn’t build from week to week as each week’s program is individual. So one can be missed and a child can easily join back in.”
“Everyone is welcome and it’s all free so we can have a lot of different schools coming together. We love to see the kids building new friendship and relationships.”