Summer Fun at Salem Public Library PDF Print E-mail

The summer months and the end of the school year are here and it’s time to start thinking about what your child will do with all of their free time. Your Salem Public Library will have a Summer Reading Program for all ages from birth to adults beginning on June 1. The Summer Reading Program is a FREE program for children, Young Adults and Adults. The library also offers special programs for every age from Baby Rhyme time, Toddler and Preschool story time to programs for school-age children, teens, adults and special event programs.

At the Salem Public Library we know that of all the activities your child will participate in this summer, reading is one of the most important in getting your child prepared for the next school year. Summer reading is the best time to tap into a child’s own interest and imaginations. There are no reading lists or assignments in the summer so children and teens can read at their own pace, their own leisure, and they can read what they like to read, whether it is novels, graphic novels, magazines or non-fiction. It’s a great time for children to learn, grow and explore their own interests
The Salem Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will begin on June 1 and will end on July 21, 2012. Our theme this year is “Dream Big READ” for birth to grade 5 and for the young adult in grades 6 – 12 their theme is “Own the Night”. We’ll have all kinds of great activities and programs all summer long for children and young adults! The summer reading adventure will begin on June 2nd  with our Summer Reading Program Kick-Off from 1 to 3 p.m. The library will be host to many fun games, crafts and activities for kids, along with other local organizations! While you are here at the Kick-off you will want to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and begin reading your way to lots of great prizes!
As always the Salem Public Library works to keep children and young adults reading during the summer in order to keep their skills sharp for when they return to school in the fall. This year there will be three different reading programs and there are reading requirements for each program:
The “Read-to-Me program is for children – Birth to entering 1st grade, they will need to read or have 40 books read to them by the July 21st  deadline. The “School-age” program is for children entering grades 2 – 5, they will need to read a total of 600 minutes to complete and the “Young Adult” program is for young adults entering grades 6 – 12 they will need to read a total of 10 books to complete.
You do not need a library card in order to sign up for the summer reading program or to attend any of the other library programs. However, you must come into the library to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, we do not offer sign up over the phone or on our website.
Along with all the prizes children and young adults will earn for reading we have some awesome programs for children and teens. All of the programs at the Salem Public Library are free and open to the public and many of following programs do require advanced sign up:
Baby Rhyme Time: Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. This program is for babies and toddlers ages 9 to 24 months old. A parent or caregiver must participate with the child.
These are repetitive programs which are fun for both parent and child. Baby Rhyme time dates are June 5, 12, 19, and 26.  Pre-registration is required.
Toddler Time will be held on the following Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on June  8, 15, 22, 29, July 6 and 13.
This program is for children ages 2 & 3 years old a parent or caregiver must attend with their child.
Preschool Story Time will be held on the following Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on June  9, 16, 23, 30, July 7 and 14.
This program is for children ages 4 & 5 years old. A parent or caregiver must remain in the library, but are not required to attend story time with their child.
You must pre-register for these programs and you may register your child by calling 883-5604.
Music together
Sing and have a really fun time with Mr. Duane Davis music teacher from Bradie Shrum Lower Elementary. There will be music, singing and tons of fun with your child.  Music together will be held on the following Friday Mornings from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. June 8, 15, 22 and 29.
Make and Take Crafts:
Make a craft and take it home with you. Make a quick and easy craft every Friday morning 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Make and Take crafts will be held on the following Friday mornings  June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6. These crafts will take you about 10 to 15 minutes to make. 
School-Age Craft:
On Tuesday June 5 at 1:30 p.m. School-age kids will make Bleach Pen T’s” this program is for children in grades 1 – 5 only. Bring a clean colored t-shirt with you and we will make it beautiful! (Remember don’t wear anything good that day). If it is raining that day the program will be cancelled.
Piper Museum – June 12 at 1:00 p.m. Join us at the Piper Museum for a tour of the museum and learn the history of the Piper Cub airplane. Come early, bring your lunch and have a picnic at the museum. For children and young adults in grades 1 and up.
Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center – June 19 at 1:00 p.m. – Be at the library to see these beautiful birds from the Raptor Center. These birds have been injured and are being rehabilitated for release back to the wild.
Amazon John—June 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bradie Shrum Elementary Gym. Extreme fun with Amazon John and his animals.  This program is for all ages! No registration is required, however, everyone attending is asked to bring one non-perishable food item for the County Food Bank.
Wonderlab: World MiniFest—June 26 at 1:30 p.m.              
For school-age children. Explore the science with fun hands on experiments. There is a limit of 60 chidlren and young adults for this program.
Thursday Teen Programs:
June 7—Bleach Pen T’s – Bring a colored t-shirt or other item you would like to make it into something awesome. (Don’t wear anything good that day.) If raining program will be cancelled.
June 14—Mosaic Crafts- Come to this program ready to create something that is going to be just beautiful. (Hey, bring an adult with you to this program.)
June 21— Duct Tape Bags – Create a tote bag out of Duct tape. Too cool!
June 28—Games Live! – Ready to play? We will be playing Twister on the lawn, Angry Birds, 4 square and more!
July5—Zombie Invasion! The zombies are here and we need to be prepared. Games, activities and so much more. Dress as a Zombie if you would like.
All teen programs begin at 1:30 p.m.
These programs are for teens entering grades 6—12. Pre-registration is required for programs with * by them.
The following programs do not require pre-registration:

Monday Movie Matinee:
Every Monday afternoon June 4, 11, 18, & July 2, 9 and 16 join us for a movie. Movies will start at 1:30 p.m. We furnish the popcorn and movie to help you Dream Big. Call the library for movie title, length and rating. This program is for all ages, but children 8 and under a parent or guardian must be with children at all times. No registration required.
Every 3rd Saturday (June 16 and July 21) the program room will be open for Yu-Gi-Oh from 1 to 4 p.m. This is for grades 1—12. Rules will be posted. No registration is needed for this program.  
Remember to sign up for the Summer Reading Program beginning on June 1 or any time after that date and to be at the library for all the exciting programs and activities this summer. For more information on any of these programs or to sign up for any of our programs call the library at 883 -5604.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:51