For Children

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 taftpubliclibrary.org 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.

 

July Events

 Week of July 5th

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

Tuesday, July 11th

9:45am:   Itty Bitty Story time is designed for our youngest patrons: birth to 3 years old.  This program includes stories, songs, musical instruments, and a whole lot more to keep the little ones engaged and entertained!  This program is a great way to introduce the young child in your life to the library.

11:30am & 2pm:

Calling all builders and cookie eaters!!! It is time for our second annual Oreo stacking contest. This contest will be broken down into age ranges and is sure to be a lot of fun. Basically competitors in each age group will have a limited amount of time to build the tallest tower out of Oreo cookies. After the winner is crowned, we will all enjoy a delicious snack of… you guessed it milk and cookies.  Registration is required.

 Wednesday, July 12th

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 One: Glass:  Collect and bring along empty jars!

1pm: Story and Craft Time. Today we will be reading summer stories and making a fun craft!

Thursday, July 13th

3:30pm Bellingham Kenpo Karate

Join us as Craig Duquette from Bellingham Kenpo explains to us what Kenpo Karate is and shows us some moves. This program is perfect for ages 4 and up.  Registration is required.

4:30pm: Bilingual Story & Craft Time hosted by local parent Christine Brown. Registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome.

5pm: Book Nerds Book Club: We will be discussing Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff. Pizza & refreshments will be served.  Books are available at the circulation desk.  Registration is required.

Friday, July 14th

Last day to register for the Cardboard Boat Race!!

Tuesday, July 18th

11:00am: Sparky’s Puppets

Enter the construction zone! Sparky’s Puppets will perform “Build a Better World!” at the Taft Public library in Mendon on Tuesday, July 18 at 11:00 A.M.  In this show, the “Three Little Pigs” are hard at work on their houses, trying to protect themselves from the Big Bad Wolf.  And, in another story, a fisherman meets a talking fish that can make wishes come true.  The magic wishes make a cottage, a mansion, and a castle suddenly spring up on the beach!  Other tales will complete the program.

Sparky’s Puppets dramatize favorite children’s stories with colorful hand puppets, lively humor and plenty of audience participation. For over 35 years, they have delighted children and family audiences throughout New England.  This show was especially created for the library’s summer reading program theme.  No registration is required.  This show is perfect to keep all ages entertained.

4pm: Join us at the library for TV Host and Animal Trainer, Nature Nick.

Right from New York, join zoologist & author, Nature Nick for a show unlike any other. He will have 7-10 exotic animals for a fun and fast paced show. These are the same animals seen on TV and movies.

No registration is required and this program is great for the animal lover in your family.

Wednesday, July 19th

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 Two: Plastic 1:  Collect and bring along plastic bottles that are lightweight, such as water bottles.

Thursday, July 20th         

Anchors aweigh! We are proud to announce that the nuttiness on Nipmuc (the lake, that is) will resume this summer when we host the 19th Taft Public Library Great Cardboard Boat Race! Intrepid captains of cardboard can stop in the Children’s Room starting June 13th to pick up a rules and registration packet.  Registration forms must be returned to the library by Friday, July 14th at 5pm for your team to be eligible to compete.  So assemble your team (one-person, 2-person, 3+, family or adult-only), construct your craft, and join us at the Town Beach starting at 5:30pm for check-in and inspection.

Even if you don’t enter a boat, come down and cheer on those who are racing! Races start at 6:30pm.

In the event of inclement weather the rain date for the race will be Friday, July 21st.

Tuesday, July 25th

9:45am:   Itty Bitty Story time is designed for our youngest patrons: birth to 3 years old.  This program includes stories, songs, musical instruments, and a whole lot more to keep the little ones engaged and entertained!  This program is a great way to introduce the young child in your life to the library.

1pm-6:30pm: 2nd Annual Taft Library Mini-Golf Event!  Join us today for Mini-Golf in the library.  We will be playing a nine hole course designed especially for our library.    Each player will be supplied with a putter, golf balls, and a score card.  Adults and children are welcome to partake in the event.  No registration is required.

Wednesday, July 26th

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 Three: Paper: Collect and bring along old newspapers & magazines.

11:30am: Bilingual Story & Craft Time hosted by local parent Christine Brown. Registration is appreciated but drop-ins are welcome.

1pm: Duct Tape Craziness!! Join us for a fun filled hour of making crafts out of duct tape! This activity is great for older kids and pre-teens! Registration is required.

Thursday, July 27th

3:30pm: Are there any Lego builders out there? Lego Club is back! Our builders will pair up to construct structures out of Legos. Each session will have a different theme and the creations will be on display for all to enjoy.  The program is great for kids of all ages.

5pm:   Are you up for a challenge?  During each session you will be presented with a specific challenge that you have to build with Legos.  It might be building a maze or maybe building a bridge that can support a cup of change.  Who knows what challenges you may face!  This Lego Club is perfect for ages 5-12.

6pm: Calling all young readers ages 6-9! Come and talk books with us.  Pick up a copy of this month’s read and join us today at 6pm for a 45 minute book talk and activity.  Books are available for pick up at the circulation desk.  Registration is required.

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!