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Kids Summer Reading 2017


 

Summer Reading celebrates reading by encouraging kids, teens and families to read for pleasure all summer long. This is a non-competitive program that truly is for everyone. We hope to see you in the library and at the many events we have planned.  There is an online option for logging your hours for all ages and registration for the online option starts on June 20 as well.

The 2017 Summer Reading Program will begin with a Kickoff Event on Tuesday June 20 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.  Please join us to sign up for summer reading (you can do it any time after this date if you can't make it to kick off,) and among other things get a temporary tattoo, play games, and take a picture at our Wall of Books Photo Booth! This event is for all ages and does not require registration.

We have lots of fun and activities planned to keep you coming back to the library for more books to read and a chance to turn in your Duck-billed Platypus for every hour you read. In addition to the following special programs we have Lego Club, Family Movies, and Crafternoons planned. Please check in the library, on our Summer Reading Calendar, on our events page, and on the library calendar for all the programs. Please check here for information on our weekly story hours, ages, and times.

Registration is required for most of these programs and there is a limit on how many people we can have attend. (We love to fill the Copeland Room, but need to be careful of the safety limits.) We take walk in registration at the library for the first three days and after that we will take phone or email registrations. 

Summer Reading Programs for All of our Young Readers

     Summer Reading Kick Off – Tuesday, June 20 @ 2:00–4:00.  No registration required.
     Rob Rivest's Comedy- Mime Show - Thursday, June 22 @ 2:00. Registration starts June 1.
     "Drum to the Beat" with Otha Day - Wednesday, July 26 @ 2:00. Registration starts July 6.                                                      
   
Summer Reading Programs for our Youngest Readers                                                                                                                                                                                                         

     Circle of Songs with Hugh Hanley – Wednesday, June 21 @ 10:30 (ages 0 - 5.)  Registration starts June 1.      
     Sing-A-Long with Mama Steph - Thursday, July 20 @ 11:15 (ages newborn - 5.) Registration starts July 5.
     Karen K. and the Jitterbugs - Thursday, July 27 @ 11:15 (ages newborn - 5.) Registration starts July 12. 
     Mr. Vinny's 'Lil Puppet Show - Thursday, August 3 @ 3:30 (ages 3 and up.) Registration starts July 18.                                           

Summer Reading Programs for our Younger Readers

     Museum of Science: Science Magic - Thursday, July 6 @ 2:00 (grades K and up.) Registration starts June 22.
     Hampstead Theatre Presents "Beauty and the Beast" - Wednesday, July 19 @ 2:00 (grades 1 and up.)
         Registration starts June 29.
     Museum of Science: Night Sky - Wednesday, August 9 @ 2:00 and 2:45. (grades K and up.) Registration starts July 26.
     

Summer Reading Programs for our Older Readers

     Lunch Bunch - Wednesday, June 28 and Tuesday, August 1 @ 12:00 (grades 4 - 7.) Registration starts June 20.
     Sharks!!!!! - Tuesday, June 27 @ 7:00 (grades 3 and up) Registration starts June 12.
     Exploring Pond Life - Wednesday, July 12 @ 2:00 (grades 4 - 6.) Registration starts June 22.
     Pop-Up Art: Beverly Buchanan - Thursday, July 13 (grades 3 - 7.) Registration starts June 28.

Why is reading during the summer important?

Reading during the summer months helps improve reading skills and prevent learning loss during the break from the school routine. Children who read four or more books over the summer fare better on reading comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who read one or no books over the summer. APL is pleased to participate in the MBLC's What's Your Four initiative.  Check out how you can participate and encourage others to read this summer.

Reading as a part of the Summer Reading Program is extra special because all the time children, teens and families spend reading together or on their own this summer will go towards helping two endangered animals- a Duck-billed Platypus and a Fennec Fox.  For each hour spent reading or being read to Summer Readers are invited to visit the library and write their name on a Duck-billed Platypus.  Tokens will be counted and exchanged for funds donated by the Friends of the Library at the end of the summer.  There is also an online option for logging hours that will be available starting June 20.


Thank you to a few special supporters!

Summer Reading at the Abington Public Library would not be possible without the help of some generous community supporters. 

Thank you to the Friends of the Library, the Anderson Foundation Cultural Series, the Joyce Lee Bumpus Fund, the Fund in Memory of Melba Smith, the Brait Brothers Construction, and Lowe's Home Improvement of Abington for providing some of the supplies for our summer programs as well as funding all of our outside performers who visit the library!

Thank you to the Teen Advisory Board for their help at our Kick-Off Celebration and our Family Movie Series throughout the summer.

Thank you to the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for bringing Summer Reading to the state's public libraries!

Funding for our library programs is generously provided by the Anderson Foundation,
the Friends of the Library, the Melba Smith Fund, Brait Brothers Construction, and the Joyce Lee Bumpus Fund.

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