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Summer Fun in the Children's Room --- at the Amherst Town Library


Build a Better World--READ! is the theme this summer in the Children’s Room at the Amherst Town Library. The 2017 Summer Reading Program will kick off on Monday, June 19 and will provide a variety of outstandingactivities and events. The program will run for eight weeks, and will culminate on Friday, August 11th with an Ice Cream Social at the Congregational Church.

As in the past, our young participants will keep a reading log and will chart the time they spend reading,with stops along the way to earn stickers, free books, and prizes. Our babies will be earning stickers everytime they attend the Baby Listeners program. Parents of registered readers will also have a chance to win gift certificates to local restaurants.  There will be many interesting programs offered for kids, teens,and adults, too, so make sure to visit the library often, no matter what your age!
For information regarding summer storytimes, please follow this link:


ACTIVITIES for kids:

Make-it/Take-it Craft Materials and instructions will be available all summer long.  Each week a different craft will be provided--see if you can make them all!



Build a Better World...Building Challenge Activities:

Tuesdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm---June 27 to August 8.( July 25 and August 1, activities end at 1:00pm to accommodate other programming.)  Any time you drop by between 10 and 4 on a Tuesday,you and your kids can explore the activity that’s set up in the Johnson Meeting Room.  It might be blocks, straws, boxes, legos, or magnatiles!   It will be something different every Tuesday---make sure to come on by and see how well you “meet the challenge”!! 


 Paws for Reading with Brook and Monica
Friday afternoons---June 30, July 14, and July 28  from 3:30 to 4:30pm
 Our favorite Australian Shepherd and her human friend, Monica, will be visiting the library this summer to listen to our kids read!  To register for a “reading appointment”, call 673-2288.


Matinee Movies
Thursdays at 2 PM from June 22 to August 10.
Tuesdays at 2 PM from August 15 to August 29

Drop in to watch a movie on our big screen---it’s cool here on a hot day, and dry on a rainy day! You bring a pillow and a water bottle, we provide the popcorn.  All movies are rated either G or PG.


Wednesday Workshops:

Museum of Science Blizzard Workshop—Wednesday, July 12 from 2:00-3:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm
A blizzard is coming!  Engineer a tree house to withstand high winds and save snowboarders from a wild mountain avalanche.  A cool workshop for a hot summer day!
Ages 5 and up. Registration required.

Mariposa Museum Recycled Games Workshop
Wednesday, July 19 at 2:00pm
Join us for this "hands-on" learning program about how children and adults from around the world build toys, games, and art from recycled materials.  Participants will learn about toys and games from other cultures, and will make a toy of their own to bring home.
 Ages 6 and up.  Registration required.



Here's the lineup for this year's special events!  There is no need to register for most of the following programs, but please take note of the suggested ages.  We do ask that you register for the live animal programs, as they must be held in the meeting room.

Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30pm--BRYSON LANG, Juggler
Come to the library for an evening of amazing fun as Bryson Lang entertains us with his juggling skills.
Ages 4 and up.

Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00pm--WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS   
Wildlife Encounters will introduce us to some amazing live animals!
 Ages 4 and up.  Please register online.

Thursday, July 13 at 10:30am--MOVE TO THE MUSIC with Robert Allwarden
Come on down to the library for a morning program of music and fun.  Mr. Allwarden, beloved local musician, will get the kids up and movin' to the beat!
Loads of fun for kids of all ages.

Tuesday, July 25 at 2:00pm  WINGMASTERS Raptor Program 
Come to the Children's Room to see this fascinating, informative program about birds of prey.
Ages 5 and up.  Please register online.

Thursday, July 20 at 10:30am-- ANNUAL PET SHOW!
Sign up in the Children's Room to bring your pet, or just come to see everyone else's--ribbons will be awarded! 
Make your pet's dream come true :-)   
Fun for all ages--kids 5 and up may register to bring a pet--all ages are welcome to come and see!  Weather permitting.

Tuesday, August 1 at 2:00pm--MAD SCIENCE
Join us for a fantastic time with the folks from Mad Science--you'll have lots of fun, and learn lots, too! 
For kids ages 5 and up.


Friday, August 11 at 3:30pm---ICE CREAM SOCIAL!!
If the readers of Amherst reach our goal of 6500 hours of reading (I know---CRAZY!---but every year, they blast right through it!) we'll be celebrating with our annual Ice Cream Social.  There will be facepainting, bubbles, and more, so make sure to attend. Also, Miss Sarah, Miss Sadie, and Miss Sue, will be challenging each other to a tower-building contest---who will win??? Make sure you're there to join in the fun!



Wednesday, July 5 at 1:00pm-- BUILD WITH YOUR FOOD  Edible construction fun!  Kids 6 and younger, please bring a grown-up to help with the building--older kids are fine on their own.  Register online.

Monday, July 17 at 1:00pm-- BUILD A BETTER CIRCUIT  Snap circuit fun!  Ages 7 and up. Register online.

Monday, July 24 at 1:00pm--AMERICAN GIRL SUMMER PHOTOSHOOT  Doll dress-up fun!  Ages 7 and up.  Register online.

Monday, July 31 at 1:00pm--BUILD A BETTER CUPCAKE  Decorating fun!  Ages 3 and up.  Register online.

Mondays: July 10, August 7, and Fridays: July 10, 21, and August 4 at 1:00pm--Wii COMPETITION  Big-screen videogame fun!   Ages 7 and up.

Thursday mornings at 10:00am starting July 27--YOGA FOR BUSY BODIES  Relaxing fun!  Ages 3 and up.


We look forward to seeing you this summer--we've got lots of fun planned, so come on down and register--Miss Sarah, Miss Sue, Miss Jane and Miss Sadie can't wait to hear about all the reading you're doing this summer!