It's just about summer time, and the children's summer programs will begin the week of June 27. There is something for every age, so be sure to make the library part of your weekly schedule. This year's theme is "One World, Many Stories" and programs continue through Aug. 27. 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.
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 nonfiction 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 caregiver. Activities include stories, songs, action rhymes and more. The program is scheduled for 11:15 to 11:35 a.m. Wednesdays.
This is a program for children ages 14 to 24 months accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Participants may 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, puppets, 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, 9:30 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, t10:30 to 11 a.m Wednesdays or 10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays.
Four- and 5-year-olds meet from 11:15 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. They will hear stories, play games, sing songs and do crafts each week, along with other activities. Parents may attend.
Reading Club, 4-7 Years
Each week children will read stories, play games, sing songs and make 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 1:15 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Parents may attend.
Afternoon Adventures, 8-12 Years
Afternoon Adventures is for children ages 8 to 12, and participants may choose one of these two times: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays or 2:30 to 3:30 p.m Thursdays. This summer the group will read short stories from around the world and follow it with a fun craft.
In addition to these programs, there are weekly contests for the children, which include the following:
"Find Petey the Parrot," who is hanging somewhere in plain sight in the children's room, in 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 Animals?" features a large jar filled with animals. Can you guess how many are in the jar?
"State and Capital _ Where is it?" asks children to look at posters and then identify which state they saw in the question of the week. Five winners will be selected every week.
"Transportation Photography Contest" for ages 8 to 18. Take as many as 10 photos that have anything to do with transportation, and tell us where the photos were taken. Entries are due July 29 and full information on the contest is available at the library and at www.hmloneonta.org.
"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 visit many New York State Parks. Each week they will visit a different park and your read about their travels. Look at the posters hanging throughout the children's rooms and then tell us which park they visited 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.