Friday, June 1: SUMMER READING BEGINS!
Pick up a special bookmark at the library any time we’re open from June 1st through September 1st. Summer reading is fun and easy! Older kids (ages 3-12) color a bubble on the bookmark for every fifteen minutes spent reading this summer. There are lots of ways to read – alone, with a family member, or by listening to a book on tape or CD. You can earn lots of great prizes, including toys, gelato, a book of your choice, and a creativity kit! An extended reading program is also available if you finish your first bookmark, and the top five readers in that program will earn gift certificates to the movies, the candy store, and the toy store! Let’s find out just how much we can read!!! Don’t forget – every time you come to the library you can put a raffle ticket in the bucket for great weekly prizes! Younger children (babies, one, & two year olds) will have their own special reading program, with activities to complete with a caregiver. Earn a board book, a toy, and a chance at a gift certificate to Target, just for having fun!
Saturday, June 23 from 11 am – 2 pm: Drop-in Activities
Various activities will be set up in the children’s section – activities may include art projects, sensory activities, experiments, building activities, and more! Designed for ages 4 and up, but open to everyone with adult supervision.
Saturday, June 23 starting at 1 pm: Plan Your Topsham – Comprehensive Plan Open House!
Topsham residents, the town wants your input!!!! Come be involved with the comprehensive plan AND have fun at the library!! Bring your own picnic at noon for a lunch on our lawn! There will be ice cream, blocks and lego “town building” activities, bubbles, and a storytime for kids! Storytime starts at 2 pm, all other activities are drop-in while supplies last.
Saturday, June 23 from 1 – 3 pm: Legos at the Library
Come build with our Lego collection! We have giant bins full of Legos for older kids, and Duplos available for younger kids upon request!
Tuesdays in July from 1:30 – 2:30 pm: Reading with Joy!
Joy, the licensed therapy greyhound, and her caretaker, Jeanette will be at the library on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm for the month of July! Come practice your reading by reading to Joy and get some dog snuggles! All ages. Sign-up is required for 15-minute blocks of time.
Wednesday, July 11 at 5 pm: Family Movie Night: A Wrinkle In Time
After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. Popcorn will be served – bring pillows and blankets for extra coziness! Run time: one hour and 49 minutes. Rated PG for thematic elements and some peril. Recommended ages 10 and up, but all are welcome!
Thursdays, July 12, 19 & 26 and August 2, 9 & 16 at 3:30 pm: 4-H Summer of Science
Will it Work? A summer of solving Maine challenges using Engineer Design Process. Kids will be tasked with building a virtual structure on a Maine island—they will have to use the Engineer Design Process to confront real world challenges! Lessons are delivered once a week, for six weeks:
July 12 Will it Fly? Aerospace engineering
July 19 Will it Float? Marine engineering
July 26 Will it Lift? Mechanical engineering
August 2 Will it Stand? Civil engineering
August 9 Will it Light? Electrical engineering
August 16 Will it Flow? Environmental engineering
For grades 3-7, Sign up required for each week!
Friday, July 13 at 10 am: Lindsay and her Puppet Pals
Year round, Lindsay brings her Puppet Pals, lovingly crafted, giant hand puppets and marionettes, to child and family audiences across New England. Filled with silliness, crowd participation, and unique, memorable characters, this series of charming and positive short stories will delight the young and the young at heart! Designed for ages 3—8, limit first 100 people.
Wednesday, July 18 at 4 pm: Art Lab: Tiny Animal Portraits
Using acrylics and small wood slabs, we will paint animal portraits! If you would like to paint a portrait of your pet or a specific animal, bring a photo for reference – if you need animal ideas, use one of our animal books from the library! Ages 7-12, Sign-up required!
Saturday, July 28 from 12 – 2 pm: Legopalooza
Come build with our extensive Lego collection! Take one of our design challenges, get some inspiration from one of our cool Lego books, or go wild with your own creativity! Open to ages 6 and up!
Saturday, July 28 at 1 pm: Decorate-a-Tee!
Sign-up if you need a shirt, or just drop-in and bring something of your own! We will have dyes, fabric paints, stencils, and more! Open to all ages! Registration is required if you need a shirt! Open to all ages!
Friday, August 3 at 10:30 am: Family Concert with Matt Loosigian
Matt is a folk singer/guitarist specializing in playful, funny songs about ecology and being green. Join him as he works his musical magic in this interactive and fun music show. Inspired by Matt’s incredibly dynamic voice and charismatic performance style, participants will sing, play, and dance along as this musical wizard pulls giggles out of his guitar. Designed for children, but all ages welcome. Limit first 100 people.
Wednesday, August 15 at 4 pm: 60 Second Challenge drop-in
Can you get a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands? What if you only have 60 SECONDS?? Various challenges will be set up around the meeting room, come see what you are capable of in 60 seconds! Drop-in program, designed for ages 6-12.
Friday, August 17 at 2 pm: Chewonki presents: Owls of Maine
Beginning with slides and sounds, participants will learn the identifying characteristics and calls of each owl. Then, using talons, wings, and skulls, we explore the adaptations of these silent nocturnal hunters. This program ends with an intimate and detailed look at live owls, bringing these creatures of the night into the light! Designed for ages 4 and up, but open to anyone who can sit quietly through a presentation. Limit first 100 people.
Wednesday, August 22 at 5 pm: Family Movie Night: Sing
When an eternally optimistic koala puts on a singing competition to save his failing theater, animals across the city gather to step into the spotlight and chase their dreams! Popcorn will be served – bring pillows and blankets for extra coziness! Run time: one hour and 49 minutes. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril. Recommended ages 7 and up, but all are welcome!
Thursday, August 23 from 4 – 7:30 pm: Board Game Night!
Various family-friendly games will be available for drop-in play. Bring some friends and family and have some fun! Ages 4 and up!
There will be NO storytimes for the month of June – Storytimes will be held on the following dates through the summer:
July 11/12, 18/19 & 25/26 and August 8/9 & 15/16
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays at 10 am
At each themed Storytime we sing songs, dance, and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and of course, read stories! Storytime lasts approximately 30-45 minutes and is for preschool children ages 3-5. Often followed by an art project!
Baby & Me: Thursdays at 10 am
Baby & Me gives your child the opportunity to hear lots of language and music while you spend time bonding together! We sing songs, participate in action rhymes, and share a board book! Program lasts about 15 -20 minutes, and is for babies ages birth up to 23 months.
Music & Rhyme Time for Twos: Thursdays at 10:30 am
At each Music & Rhyme Time we sing songs, dance and play instruments to a guitar accompaniment, participate in action rhymes, and read one short story. Each lively and fun session lasts about 20-30 minutes. For TWO YEAR OLDS and their grownup!