Every Hero Has a Story
Summer Reading Kickoff Events
(Registration for All Summer Programs Begins Monday, June 8)

Preschool Kickoff — Rockin’ & Reading with Pete the Cat!

Monday, June 29th at 6:30 pm (Ages 0 to 6 years). This program features toe-tapping music, great stories, and heaps of audience participation to celebrate the reading experience. This program is sponsored by the Melissa Albin Memorial Fund.

Elementary Kickoff –  Author and Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka,  Author of the Lunch Lady and Platypus Police Squad Series

lunch-lady-cyborg-substitute-jarrett-j-krosoczka-hardcover-cover-artTuesday, June 30th. 6:00—6:45 pm: Grades K-2; 6:45 pm Book Signing; 7:30—8:15 pm: Grades 3-5. In this inspirational presentation, Krosoczka will show artwork he created as a kid, present an overview of the publishing process, give a drawing lesson, and encourage the children to follow their dreams. Copies of Jarrett’s books will be available for purchase. This program is sponsored by the Wanda Jacques-Gill Memorial Fund and the Durham Lions Club.


 Drop-In Story Programs — No Registration Required

Bouncing Babies! (birth to crawlers). Mondays, June 29th to Aug. 3rd at 11 am. Babies and caregivers enjoy nursery rhymes, songs, and movement activities together.

Mother Goose Storytime (walkers to 3 years). Mondays, June 29th to Aug. 3rd at 10:15 a. This program features simple stories, rhymes, fingerplays, and activities for toddlers and their parents or caregivers.

Preschool Storytime (3 to 5 years). Tuesdays, June 30th to Aug. 4th at 10:15 am. Stories, songs and craft program designed for preschool-aged children. Children will make a craft to take home.

Farmers’ Market Storytime (all ages). Thursdays, May 14th to Sept. 10th  at 5:00 pm on the Durham Green. Weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, come on over to the library to pick out a book or two!

Special Events — Registration Required.

(Registration will begin June 8th. Please Call 860-349-9544 ext. 1 to register.)

Patriotic Wreath Craft (5 to 7 years). Wednesday July 1st at 1:00 pm. Crafty kids will make a red, white, and blue wreath for Independence Day.

Lunch Bunch Book Discussion (9 to 12 years). Mondays, July 6th to July 20th from 12:30 — 1:30 pm. Participants bring lunch; dessert is provided. Copies of the discussion books can be picked up at the Library.

Critter Caravan (3 years and up). Tuesday, July 7th, at 2:00 pm. Kids will ouch and learn about a variety of small animals.

Kids in the Kitchen (8 to 11 years). Wednesdays, July 8th and July 29th from 6:30 — 8:00 pm. (Please register for just one session.) Try new foods and learn new skills in the kitchen.

Super Science Club (8 to 11 years). Thursdays, July 9th to July 30th from 6:30 — 7:30 pm. Dr. Taber, science teacher at Coginchaug High School, will explore the fun side of science in this hands-on program.

Reading Sidekicks (beginning readers ages 6 to 9). Fridays, July 10th to Aug. 7th at 11 am. Sometimes reading heroes need a sidekick! Pair up with a teen sidekick and practice your reading together.

Hero Movie Matinees (All ages). Fridays, July 10th, 24th, and Aug. 7th at 2 pm. Get out of the sun and enjoy some “super” movies!

Kids Only Tag Sale (6-18 years; 12 & under with parent). Saturday, July 11th, Set up: 9 am, Sale: 10 am to noon. (Rain Date: Saturday, July 25th). Bring a table, set up on the library lawn, and sell stuff. Only kids can sell, but anyone can buy!

Cartooning Workshop with Debi the Super Cow-toonist (8 to 11 years). Monday, July 13th at 7 pm. Participants will learn what it takes to be a cartoonist and will create a superhero cartoon.

Touch-a-Rescue-Truck Event (All ages.) Saturday, July 18th at 10:30 am. Kids will meet some local heroes and get a chance to explore fire trucks, police cars, and more! This event will take place in the rear parking lot.

Silly Song Sing-along (All ages). Monday, July 20th at 6:30 pm. Kids (and their grown-up friends) will sing, dance, and act silly with entertainer Ed Leonard. Ed will bring his guitar, drums, and his grab bag of musical surprises and gags.

Scratch Programming (8 to 11 years). Tuesdays, July 21th, 28th & Aug. 4th at 2 pm. Learn the basics of computer programming using the Scratch programming language. Each week will build on the previous sessions.

Superhero Camp (7 to 10 years). Saturday, Aug. 1st from 1 to 2:30 pm. Make a superhero mask and cape and hone your skills at Superhero Camp.

The Summer Reading Program is Sponsored by PALS — The Public Association of Library Supporters.