In our Summer Reading Series for 2019, we will be featuring the summer reading programs of public libraries in different towns from all over Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Let’s take a look at the Winchester Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.
The Winchester summer reading program for children ages 4-12 began on June 25th and ends August 21st. If kids are not reading independently yet, they can sign up with a reading partner(s). If they are reading independently, they can still get credit when someone reads to them, but the library does want them to do some of the reading themselves. Children must come into the Winchester Public Library to sign up, but signup continues until the first week of August. There are many stand-alone programs that complement the Winchester library’s Summer Reading Program; some of these are drop-in, but some require registration. There is also a reading program for teenagers that can be done online.
Here are some of the events happening in Winchester this summer:
Mike Bent’s AbraKidabra – THURSDAY, JUNE 27 3:30—4:30 PM. Kids ages 4+ come kick off Summer Reading and join magician Mike Bent for an out of this world magic show! No registration necessary. Program begins promptly at 3:30pm.
Read to a Dog – SATURDAY, JUNE 29 3:00—3:15 PM. Children in grades 1st – 5th sign up online through the children’s calendar or in the Children’s Room to read to our friends! They are Certified Reading Partners and will be in the Children’s Room to read with you! Registration required.
Alien Balloons with Ed the Wizard – TUESDAY, JULY 16 3:30—4:30 PM. Ed the Wizard and his Alien Balloon Twisting Workshop will appear at the library. Kids ages 6+ will learn how to twist their own balloon Aliens; no balloon twisting experienced required. Registration required. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Winchester Cultural Council.
STEAM Club: Tie Dye – WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 3:30—4:30 PM. Don’t miss STEAM Club, where kids ages 8 and up will dive into in-depth, hands-on activities focusing on a variety of STEAM subjects! This time we’ll be exploring dyes and pigments as we tie dye t-shirts to look like galaxies. Registration is required.
Glow in the Dark Dance Party – WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 3:30—4:30 PM. Celebrate our universe of stories with a glow-in-the-dark dance party! We’ll do some glowing crafts and dance our hearts out! For families with children of all ages. No registration required.
Sciencetellers – TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 3:30—4:30 PM. Kids ages 6+ are invited to sign up for an out of this world afternoon of science! Registration is required.
Dance Around the Planet with Sagit Zilberman – TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 3:30—4:30 PM. Kids ages 5+ join Sagit Zilberman to hear the story of the creation of the universe and it’s elements, of planet earth and its nature, of plants and animals. Together we’ll go on a musical journey. In the program, Sagit will play 20 different instruments that she’s mastered and collected from around the world. No registration required, program begins promptly at 3:30p.
Summer Reading Party! – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 3:00—4:30 PM. Kids who have completed their Summer Reading Logs are invited to attend our special Summer Reading Party! Weather permitting we’ll be outside on the Library Lawn (if it rains we’ll be in the Town Hall Auditorium). We’ll have games, music featuring The Rockabye Beats Band, glitter tattoos, crafts, a raffle, and lots of fun!