It's summertime, and the children's summer programs will begin the week of June 25. There is something for every age, so be sure to make the library part of your weekly schedule. This year's theme is "Dream Big, Read!" and programs continue through Aug. 25.
All programs require registration, which can be done in person or by calling the library at 432-1980.
Feel free to call us if you have any questions. Children's Coordinator Miss Debra has lots of fun things planned for everyone. For more information, visit the library's website at www.hmloneonta.org.
Summer Reading Book Clubs
Pre-readers and readers can read books or have books read to them all summer long. For every 10 books read, children get to pick a prize from the basket.
For every five books teens (12 to 18 years) read that are 200 pages or more, a prize is awarded. Choose from one of our many teen novels as well as other prizes.
You can play our Bingo game by reading five non-fiction books as detailed on our Bingo cards. When you complete a row across, down or diagonally, and fill out the sheets to tell us about the book, you win a prize.
Library Lap Sit
Lap Sit is a reading program for infants from birth to 13 months accompanied by a parent or care giver. Activities include stories, songs, action rhymes and more. The program is scheduled for 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. Wednesdays.
This is a program for children ages 14 to 24 months accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Please choose one of these two times: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays or 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursdays. There will be stories, songs, crafts and other activities each week.
This program is for 2- and 3 year-olds accompanied by an adult. It includes stories, songs, crafts and other fun activities. Choose one program from this schedule: 9:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays, or 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays.
Four- and 5-year-olds meet Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to noon. They will enjoy stories, games, songs, and crafts each week, along with other activities. Parents do not need to attend.
Reading Club, 4-7 Years
Each week children will be reading stories, playing games, singing songs and making crafts. Children who are 4 to 7 years old can register for one of these two times: 1:15 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Parents do not need to attend.
Afternoon Adventures, 8-12 Years
Afternoon Adventures is for children ages 8 to 12 and meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays. This summer the group will be reading short stores that give you goose bumps and follow them with a fun craft.
In addition to all these programs, there are weekly contests for the children, which include the following:
"Find Betsy the Bat" who is hanging somewhere in the children's room, a different place every week. Write down your answer, stick it in the jar, and you could be one of our five weekly winners.
"How Many Starbursts?" features a large jar filled with these small wrapped candies. Can you guess how many are in the jar?
"Planets: Which is it?" asks children to look at posters and then identify which planet they saw in the question of the week. Five winners will be selected every week.
"Night Photography Contest" for ages 8 to 18. Take as many as 10 photos that have anything to do with night, and tell us where each photo was taken. Entries are due July 27 and full information on the contest is available at the library and on our website.
"Jen and Sam Reed" are brother and sister, and they always travel around New York state every summer with their family. This summer they will be visiting many areas in the state and will see a variety of birds. Each week they will visit a different place and your read their story. Look at the posters hanging in the children's rooms and then tell us which bird they saw that week. Five winners will be chosen every week.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.