Thursday, June 16, 2011

Orange Library Kicks off Summer Reading Program June 22, 6:30

Photo: Through his many talents as songsmith, movement artist, storyteller, and sign language interpreter, comedian Jackson Gillman will delight everyone as he helps kick-off the Summer Reading Program June 22 at 6:30 with lots of laughter coming from the Wheeler Memorial Library.

Mark your calendars! Sign up for The Orange Libraries summer reading programs starts on Monday June 20 at 10:00. Registration doesn't end until July 28 at 8:00pm but everyone is advised to come to the library as soon as possible in order to sign up the special programs that match their interests. Many of the events have a limit on the number of participants that can be accommodated. All of these programs are offered FREE of charge thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Orange Libraries. The support of the Massachusetts Library System and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, along with the help of the Boston Bruins, will provide each registrant with a free reading log. This will be the sixth year the reading of Summer Reading Program members will benefit the Orange Food Pantry. Find out how you can help your neighbors when you sign-up.

On Wednesday June 22 at 6:30, songsmith, movement artist, storyteller, sign language interpreter and comedian, Jackson Gillman will be at the Wheeler Memorial Library to start the summer off with lots of laughter. With Jackson as our guide we'll imaginatively venture far beyond the library with the songs, stories and sign language he has gathered from this world we inhabit. Then we will continue to journey to new places and experiences through reading, listening, and hands-on exploration.

June 27, Monday 3:00-5:00pm: Henna is a shrub native to Arabia, Iran, the East Indies and North Africa. Come learn about the cultural significance of Henna Tattoos and have the chance to wear one of your own. Amanda Roberge will be able to apply 20-30 tattoos in her time at the library. Pre-registration suggested.

July 7, Thursday: Boston Museum of Science, A World of Bridges. Bridges have brought people together for centuries. Come hear a story. Then solve a bridge building problem and walk across the solution. Suggested for ages 4-10 and their adults. Sessions starting at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30. Registration required.

July 18, Monday 3:00-5:00: Animal World Experience with Matt Gabriel returns with his spectacular live animals from around the world. Hear their stories and see them up close. During the last hour participants will be able to hold and/or pet some of the animals including Princess the Python. Registration required.

July 21, Thrusday 4:00-5:00: Come make friendship bracelets with Ashley Saviski

July 26, Tuesday 10:30-11:30, 1:00-2:00: The earliest humans drew their stories for others to read. Artist Sarah Adam will lead Draw Your World, Draw Your Story classes for younger (10:30) and older (1:00) children. Pre-registration suggested.

August 2 and 4, Tues. and Thurs. 2:00-5:00: The Egyptians made papyrus. We will make our own paper with Nina Wellen and then put it to use making things from it on Thursday. Registration suggested.

August 11, Thursday 6:00pm: Sundaes and Stories with the Tales and Trails Storytellers bringing A World Storytelling Safari! all the way from New Mexico. Those who have recorded the time they spent reading will be invited to make their own sundaes from 6:00-6:30. Then get ready to join in lively audience participation tales from near and far. Registration required.

Monday mornings 10:30, Mother Goose on the Loose will continue throughout the summer (except on July 11 ) unless there is a special event scheduled for this time. Nursery rhymes, instrument play, movement to music, and shared board book readings help foster early literacy skills of infants, ones and two year olds. Older siblings are also welcome. No registration necessary.

Tuesday mornings 10:30, Rise and Romp Storytime will continue throughout the summer (except July 12) unless there is a special event scheduled for this time. This is a storytime of stories, songs, stretches, creative dramatics and crafts tailored for all ages. No registration necessary.

This list is not complete. Check local newspapers and for updates or contact the Wheeler Memorial Library Children’s Room at 978-544-2495, x103.

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