A Universe of Stories
Out-of-this-world Summer Programs
for ALL Ages
Let the Library expand your galaxy this Summer with programs and activities! We have something for everyone – from tots to tweens and teens to adults. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” Programs and events will play with that theme in different ways.
Summer at the Bloomsburg Public Library officially starts on Monday, June 11 with the opening of registration for Summer Reading programs. There are two parts to our Summer Reading programs: the Reading Log Sheet and activities in the Library. Do both!
READING LOGS for Prizes – June 18 to July 31
When you register for Summer Reading, each child receives a Log Book to keep track of how many minutes they read. We recomment 20 minutes of reading per day. Each dot on the Log Sheet equals 20 minutes. For every 20 minutes of reading, you mark a dot on the reading log with (adult) intitials. When you come to the library, a staff member will put a sticker on the dots. Important: Only books borrowed from the Bloomsburg Public Library count toward the 20 minutes.
Get a headstart: Download the Registration Form and bring it with you when you pick up a Log Sheet.
Download the Summer Reading Newsletter for an overview of ALL programs.
All reading log sheets must be submitted by July 31.
Why 20 minutes? It’s a magic number! Starting in kindergarten, if a child reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. As your child grows, daily reading will help the brain make connections between the written and spoken word, widening vocabulary in the process. They will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade and on standardized tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers. This is compelling data on the benefits of encouraging your child to read.
ACTIVITIES for Learning Fun
Every week from June 25 until July 27 , the library will offer creative and entertaining programs for kids age 3 to young teen. No library card is required to attend events and they are free. We ask that tweens and teens register for Crafternoon events, even if they might only drop in once or twice. (We need to buy enough creative supplies.)
CHECK BACK SOON – We are adding more events to the calendar!
Thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring all of our Summer Reading programs!
Specifics for each Age Category
- Read-To-Me Club (Preschool Kids)
- Summer Reading Club (Grades 1-5)
- Grades 6-8 "Reading Rockers"
- Teens & Adults
Young listeners who don’t read on their own can participate in Summer Reading and develop a lifelong library habit.
Register for Summer Reading and your child will receive a Reading Log to record how much time you spend reading and listening together. For every twenty minutes, you initial a colored dot. When you come to the library, we will put cute stickers on the marked dots. For every 6 dots, your child will earn a big sticker or little prize.
The Read-To-Me Club meets on Wednesdays at 10:00 am for an hour of stories, activities, and creative fun. We will be having fun making all kinds of “music” with self-made “instruments.” The activities are best suited for kids who are 3 to 5 (or not yet started 1st grade.)
If you are unsure of which level is right for your Kindergarten graduate who reads a bit, stick with the Read-to-Me Club.
Summer Reading Club for Elementary School readers will meet for activities every Tuesday at 9:30 for an hour of creative “musical” projects and learning. These events are free and no RSVP is required.
26 June: Don’t Throw It, Blow It: construct weird instruments
3 July: Call(s) of the Wild: music in nature—and weird instruments
10 July: Magical Mystery Tour: sound science—and weird instruments
17 July: Follow That Note: world music—and weird instruments
24 July: Libraries Rock! – be the band—with the weird instruments
Tweens and Teens can earn entries for the Finale Drawing of Gift Cards on August 1. For every 20 minutes of reading, an adult should initial a colored dot. Present the Log Sheet when you are at the library and we will put stickers on the dots. Once your child has 40 dots finished, we will give them an entry form for the Finale Drawing.
Activities at the Library
CrafterNoons — Free creative activities programs—2:00-3:30 pm on Thursdays, June 28 to July 26
Rock Your Summer Hour! — Something different each week. This program is more of learn and do thing. Mondays, 10:00-11:30 am, June 25 to July 30.
Try something new this Summer! Challenge yourself a bit and have fun! Teens and Adults can also read earn small encouragements and chances to win great prizes in the Finale Drawing. Pick up a “Song Book” and start the reading challenges. Once you have finished a “song” of five books (or other activity), you receive a chocolate bar or a surprise bag. Moreover, each “song” earns you an entry into the Finale Drawing.
What can you win in the Finale Drawing?
Teen can win gift cards (iTunes, Google Play, etc)
Adults are eligible for one of five gift baskets.