MIDDLEBURY-"Make a Splash-Read!" is Middlebury's Ilsley Public Library summer reading program theme.
The 2010 program is open to youth from pre-school through high school and children may sign up starting June 1. Each child who signs up will receive a punch card to start tracking how many books read during the summer.
Children are encouraged to set a personal summer reading goal and use the punch card to track progress toward that goal. Children entering grade four and above may turn in completed punch cards to enter into a drawing for an Ipod Shuffle.
Children entering grade three and under may choose a prize from the children's room Treasure Chest for each completed punch card they turn in.
The summer reading program runs from June 21 through Aug. 5.
All parts of the program are free, though some events do require advance registration or tickets. Sign up sheets and tickets are available at the youth services desk two weeks prior to each event or activity. Please visit us or call 388-4097 with any questions.
For kids entering grade four and above there are three series programs.
Since these programs meet for several sessions, we ask children to sign up in person, by calling us at 802-388-4097 or by e-mailing Judah.Hamer@ilsleypubliclibrary.org.
The first of these programs is "Midd's Got Media," and it will meet for one hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays June 22-July 8 at 1:30 p.m.. These workshops are designed in collaboration with Middlebury Community Television (MCTV), and they provide kids an opportunity to combine media literacy, creativity, and video skills.
The second series program is "Kids Cook," and it will meet on Thursdays July 15-29 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. Kids who'd like to participate should bring their lunch, and we'll make something to go along with it like Dangerous Chocolate Cake, Down & Dirty Cream Puffs, or Build Your Own Nachos.
The third series program is a "Classic Children's Books" brown bag lunch book discussion series that will meet on Tuesdays noon-1:15 p.m. June 29, July 13 and July 27, and August 10. Selections are Treasure Island, Through the Looking Glass, Peter Pan and The Adventures of Pinocchio.
There are also programs for children entering grade four and above that do not require registration. "Wii Games" will meet on Mondays on June 21, July 19, and Aug. 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. "Tie Dye" will take place on Monday June 28 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity for kids to create cool tie dye designs on their own clothes.
"Bird Houses" will meet on Monday, July 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Youht made bird houses will be displayed in the Children's Room (winners will be awarded a prize).
In addition to programs for older children, there are many activities for younger children. Ilsley Public Library is offering three series programs for younger children that do not require registration.
Contact Judah Hamer at 802-388-4097 for a complete list of activities.