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2022 Summer Reading Program

“Oceans of Possibilities” at the Skowhegan Free Public Library

What is the summer reading challenge?

It is a two-pronged approach to keep kids reading and learning throughout the summer months. The first way is by creating a reading challenge where kids can read to meet a goal and get prizes each time their goal is met. The second way is by creating free, child-oriented programming that will allow them to have fun while learning all about the theme of the summer... oceans! Every other week of the Summer Reading Program we will host a fun program - either at the library or at other locations within the community - and every Wednesday we'll host a storytime and craft hour. Each week after storytime, free lunches will be available for kids who would like to stay and grab something to eat. All programs, crafts, storytimes, and lunches are free and do not require registration..

Can my child participate in the Summer Reading Program?

Any child who lives in the MSAD 54 school district OR has a current Skowhegan Free Public Library card and is between the ages of 2—12, can register for and participate in our Summer Reading Program. Your child can be a family reader or an independent reader.

 

How can I register my child?

You can register at the library anytime starting June 13th. All you need to do is fill out a small form with your child’s information and then you and your child will sign a "contract" which specifies your child’s reading goals for the summer.

Program & Storytime Craft Schedule

WEEK 1 PROGRAM:
Under-the-Sea Slime
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Our first program of this year's Summer Reading Challenge will be making some awesome "Under-the-Sea" Slime! Join us on Tuesday, June 28th at 2:30pm on the Margaret Chase Smith Library lawn.
WEEK 1 STORYTIME & CRAFT: SEA CREATURES
Paper Jellyfish
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This week we will be creating some cute paper jellyfish. Join us for a fun storytime about sea creatures at 10:30 on Wednesday, June 29th and learn how to make your very own!
WEEK 2 STORYTIME & CRAFT: SAFE SHORES
Lighthouse
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This week's activity will focus on building some small working lighthouses to go with our theme of "safe shores". Storytime will be at 10:30 on Wednesday, July 6th.
WEEK 3 PROGRAM:
Chris Van Dusen Author Visit
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Join us for a fun storytime with one of our favorite Maine children's authors, Chris Van Dusen! This event will be held in Coburn Park on Tuesday, July 12th at 3pm.
WEEK 3 STORYTIME & CRAFT: SAILING THE SEAS
Toy Boats
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This week's activity is a fun craft where you make your own wooden boat! Our "Sailing the Seas" themed storytime will take place on Wednesday, July 13th at 10:30.
WEEK 4 STORYTIME & CRAFT: SHARK WEEK
Clothespin Shark
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This week we'll be making some cool sharks out of simple clothespins! Join us for a Shark Week storytime focused on these captivating creatureson Wednesday, July 20th at 10:30.
WEEK 5 PROGRAM:
Frogtown Mountain Puppet Show
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Join us this week at the Skowhegan Community Center on Thursday, July 28th, at 1pm for a great puppet show (Everybody Loves Pirates!) put on by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers!
WEEK 5 STORYTIME & CRAFT: A PIRATE'S LIFE FOR ME
Pirate's Parrot
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This week's activity will be to create your very own parrot that will be able to keep you company right on your wrist! This pirate themed storytime will take place at 10:30 on Wendesday, July 27th.
WEEK 6: DISCOVER TREASURES
Sand Playdough
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This week's activity is a fun kinetic sand project! We'll be making "sand playdough to go along with our treasure themed storytime this week at 10:30 on Wednesday, August 3rd.
WEEK 7 PROGRAM:
Chewonki Tide Pools
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Our last program of the Summer Reading Challenge is an extra special one... join us here at the Skowhegan Library on Tuesday, August 9th at 10:30am where we'll have the Chewonki environmental education organization bring in some tide pool touch tanks and allow us to dip our hands into the three zones of Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem.
WEEK 7: OCEANS OF FUN
Ocean in a Bottle
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This week, during our final storytime of the Summer Reading Program, we'll be making our own entire ocean, right inside of a bottle! Join us on Wednesday, August 10th at 10:30 to get in on the fun.