Build a Better World: Summer Reading Events 2017

Summer Reading Events 2017

Ahhh… Summer is finally here. Time to relax, sit down and enjoy, right? Well, not so much here at the Taft Library!  The theme this year is Build a Better World!  It will be a summer packed with fun, family friendly events, but we will also be doing our part to make a difference with community projects throughout the summer.

What’s a summer reading program you ask? It all begins on Tuesday, June 13th. To register for the program just log on to Taft’s website at and locate the link to register or stop in the library and we can help you through the process. Once registered you can stop in the library and sign up for the different programs we will be having over the summer.

There are so many great programs that we will be hosting. Our kickoff event will be held on June 22nd and we can’t wait.  Science Tellers will be returning to dazzle us with their fantastic way of storytelling.  Throughout the summer we will keep you entertained with many wonderful performers like Sparky Davis who for the third year in a row will keep young ones and adults laughing with her traveling puppet show. We will also be hosting our second annual miniature golf event in the library, a live production of Beauty and The Beast and live animals with Nature Nick.  There will also be building programs, story and craft time, book clubs, Bilingual story and craft time & book clubs facilitated by Christine Brown and have a Really Cool Recycle Art Club with local artist Christin Barnett where we will turn trash into fabulous art work.   And what summer would be complete without the Cardboard Boat Race, Worm Race, Oreo Stacking Contest, and Egg Drop Challenge?  The summer reading program will wrap up on Thursday, August 10th with a game of Life Size Candy Land presented by Carnival Party and a celebration including food, fun, and raffles.

Did I forget to mention the prizes? For each hour you reading you’ll be working your way toward seven different prize levels.  Readers are asked to read twenty hours to complete this reading challenge.

In keeping with this year’s theme we will also be helping to create a better world by helping others. We will have collection boxes for various local services this summer such as the Mendon Food Pantry and Birthday Wishes. We will also be participating in the Kindness Project, an initiative headed up by local Mendon student Alex Heather.  Alex will create a Rock Garden filled with uplifting messages for you to take and share.  In the library Alex will have a table stocked with rocks and markers for you to write an inspirational message to add to our Rock Garden.



August Events

Tuesday, August 1st

11am & 2pm: Things will be proceeding “at a crawl” during the 9th Annual Taft Public Library Worm Race, but that’s to be expected. They are worms after all!  We’re excited to bring you the worm race again this year!  If you’ve never experienced the glory and the pageantry that is worm race day, stop by to cheer on the participants as they encourage their worms across the finish line!  Two sets of races will be held at 11am and 2pm outside behind the library.  Registration is required.

6:30pm: Hampstead Stage Company presents Beauty & the Beast

Beauty and the Beast is the French fairy tale of a selfless young woman, Beauty, who takes her

father’s place as prisoner in a castle far away. Upon arrival, she meets the owner of the castle who appears to be a terrifying Beast. As time progresses, Beauty and the Beast begin to get to know not only each other, but also themselves. In this heartwarming, yet humorous tale, discover the power of being yourself and what it means to listen to your heart. Beauty & the Beast is best suited for audiences ages 5 and up.

Each year, HSC performs over 2,000 shows across the nation in various venues includeing theatres, schools, libraries, and more. HSC’s interactive educational tours run year-round and are performed by two professional actors, each playing multiple roles. HSC was founded in 1984 and is dedicated to providing high quality theatre to under-served communities.

Wednesday, August 2nd

10:30am: Really Cool Recycle Art Club by Christin’s Gallery: You think making art out of trash is YUK?!?! Think again! Come along and create really cool projects made from recyclables.  All ages welcome, there will be projects for different ages.  Registration required.

Week Four: Plastic 2: Collect and bring along plastic shopping bags.

Wednesday, August 2nd-Friday, August 4th

A walk in craft will be available for all to enjoy! Come and craft with us!!

Tuesday, August 8th

11am: Building Challenges! Ever build with pasta or other random items?  Well today is the day.  Join us for a fun filled hour of various building challenges.  Let’s see where our imaginations take us!  Registration is required.

5:30pm: Bilingual Book Club Grade One: Registration required  Book: If You Give  Moose a Muffin

6:30pm: Bilingual Book Club Grade Two: Registration required    Book: Make Way for Ducklings

Wednesday, August 9th

10:30am: Really Cool Recycle Art Club by Christin’s Gallery: You think making art out of trash is YUK?!?! Think again! Come along and create really cool projects made from recyclables.  All ages welcome, there will be projects for different ages.  Registration required.

Week Five: Cardboard: Collect and bring along a shoebox with a lid and some various other pieces of cardboard such as cereal boxes.

5:30pm: Bilingual Book Club Grade Three: Registration required  Book: Jugo de Pecas by Judy Blume

6:30pm: Bilingual Book Club Grade Four: Registration required   Book: Payaso de la Clase by Johanna Hurwitz

Thursday, August 10th:

5pm-7pm: End of Summer Reading Party!!! The Carnival Party, LLC will be transforming our library into a giant game of Candy Land!!  All attendees will be able to play along with this fun game!  In addition there will be pizza and ice cream.

For those who completed the summer reading program there will be many raffles! Make sure you stick around for your chance to win!

Book Talks

To help students with their summer reading books for school the Taft Library will be hosting book talks for some grades. Participants need to have read the books in order to attend. Registration required and the schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, August 15th: The Outsiders at 4pm

Tuesday, August 15th: Fever, 1793 at 5pm

Thursday, August 17th: The Gadget War at 4pm

Thursday, August 17th: The Lemonade War at 5pm

Thursday, August 24th: Holes at 4pm

Thursday, August 24th: Night of the Howling Dogs at 5pm

Friday, August 25th

Last day to collect prizes and certificates!