Summer Reading at the Winslow Public Library


The theme for summer reading this year is “Build a Better World”. Sign-ups for summer reading will start after school ends on June 20.
We begin on Thursday, June 22th at 6:30 PM with Sparks’ Ark, an animal rehabilitation center based out of New Gloucester, Maine. Josh Sparks will bring eight live animals in and talk about his work. There are two other big performers this summer. Mad Science will be coming later in the summer, with a program called “Engineering a Better World”. We are splitting the costs for this program with the Waterville Public Library, and are still working on a date. It all wraps up on Thursday, August 10th at 6:30 PM with a visit from the Northern Stars Planetarium, followed by our annual ice cream party. We will be learning about solar eclipses, with two programs to be presented, one aimed at young children and one for ages 10-adult.  This will be a great way to prep yourself for our Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, August 21 at 2 PM.   The library will provide free solar eclipse viewing safety glasses for everyone attending and, of course, refreshments.
The basics of the program are weekly events for various age groups.  There are three basic levels:

  • Newborn to Age 3- Wiggle Worms Storytime: Mondays at 9:30 AM: Join us for a storytime appropriate for you and your 0-3 year old! We'll read a story or two, sing songs, and maybe try an activity or two.
  • Age 2- Early Elementary Programs: Tuesdays at 10 AM: Our weekly story time, but a bit more amped up with extra songs, fingerplays and more complex crafts. 
  • Elementary-age Programs: Mondays at 1 PM: We will be highlighting various games, crafts and activities that will teach them about engineering and different ways they can work to save the planet and build a better world. We will be looking at nature, bridges, plastic bag jump-ropes, geology study through cake, and more. A few family movies will take place on Fridays.
  • Tween and Teen Programs: Thursdays at 2 PM :Our program for junior high and high school students will also be looking at building a better world, through reusable material crafting and community service projects. This includes decorating book ends for the library, making blankets for Project Linus, and mystery bag engineering projects. Teens will also have their own separate kick-off and closing events on Wednesday, June 21 and Friday, August 11, respectively. We consider tweens and teens to be those going into 6th grade through those who have just graduated from high school.
  • Adult Program: Our adult program will encourage the grown-ups to read a variety of materials over the summer and complete a bingo card of their own.  Our library is participating in the new state-wide adult summer reading program ReadME that gets Maine’s adults all reading the same books—by Maine authors and recommended by a Maine author.  Our first adult summer program will be a presentation by organizational habits expert Janie Downey Maxwell on Tuesday, June 27th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Her talk is titled “Organizational Zen – How to Get Stuff Done, Feel More in Control of Your Time, and Bring Organizational Peace into Your Life.” Be sure to check the library web site and Facebook page for more adult summer programs as they are scheduled.
We are continuing with the tradition of using a Bingo card to track reading, with options for community service and acts of kindness on squares in addition to books. 

-Posted on June 13, 2017