Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Reading Program starts with a Bang!

PHOTO:  Dr. Platypus and Children's Librarian Candy Cross are ready for FIZZ, BOOM, READ fun at Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange

Ask any Orange Elementary Student and they can tell you the name of this summer's reading program; They may even tell it to you with “special effects:” FIZZ, BOOM, READ!!! For the last three weeks 

Children's Librarian, Candy Cross, and her assistants, Dr. Platypus and Dr. Flowerpus, have visited every classroom to let the students know about all the fun events happening at Wheeler Memorial Library this summer. There are at least 3 events each week from June 23 through August 14 along with free reading logs, stickers, a variety of prizes to be earned through time spent reading, and the annual readers' gift to the Orange Food Pantry. This gift, funded mainly through the Friends of the Orange Libraries, is determined by the amount of time the children spend reading. Last year the children read 1,332 hours which raised $500.00 for the Orange Food Pantry.

Sign-up for FIZZ, BOOM, READ, starts at 1:00pm on Thursday June 19. Registration for special events can happen at that time. Some workshops require registration because of limited space. When registration is suggested, non-registered participants will be admitted on a first come, first admitted basis. All these activities are funded through the Family of Betty Watkins, the Friends of the Orange Libraries, The Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and Valuing Our Children. This means the community is invited to every event FREE of charge.

The very first Summer Reading Program Happening is a funny play performed by University of New Hampshire's student theater troupe on Wednesday, June 25 at 6:00. These college students will bring laughter and delight through several Mark Twain plays including The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. The play will occur on the Wheeler Memorial Libray's side lawn or at the Orange Town Hall if it is raining. Every is invited to be part of the fun at the Wheeler Memorial Library.

Watch for more announcements. A full schedules of events follows and is available at the Wheeler Memorial Library. For more information you may call the Children's Room: 978-544-2495 x103 or visit:

Weekly Groups:

Mother Goose on the Loose! 

Mondays at 10:30 Music, Snacks, and Play! 

Rise and Read! 
Tuesdays at 10:30 Songs, Crafts, and Play!
Note: These groups will not meet on July 14th or 15th or if a Special Event is happening during that time slot.

Special Events:

Little Red Wagon Tour. Wednesday, June 25th 6pm
Student actors from University of New Hampshire create an original comedy for the whole
family using material from Mark Twain.

Musician Steve Damon Monday, June 30 10:30am
This multi-talented musician will join us for a special Story Hour bringing instruments for
children to try while he also leads them in singing, dancing, and enjoying books! Registration Suggested

Family Field Day! Tuesday, July 8th 10:30
Join us in the library’s side yard for outdoor play! Water table, wagon rides, parachute play, and more!

Truck Day! Watch for Date and Time!
Happening during our regularly scheduled Mother Goose on the Loose or Rise and Read, we will have “All Things Trucks” including a real truck courtesy of Keith Lyman!

Sciencetellers Thursday, July 10th 6pm
Not too long ago, science and storytelling were accidentally mixed. Come see what happens when this blend of storytelling and very active science experiments unfold in the story; “Dragon and Dreams”
Registration Suggested

The Science of Bubbles Wednesday July 16th 4pm
One of our favorite summer visitors, Amanda Roberge will teach the science of bubbles while children make their own perfect bubble potion and create their own fantastic bubble wands using beads and wire.  Registration Required

The Boston Museum of Science Thursday, July 24th 3:15 and 4:30
Members of The Boston Museum of Science will be bringin all the materials so families can
build and test their own mini windmills. This event is geared towards children going into 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. Registration is required. Two workshops will be held only if the first is

Otha Day Tuesday, July 29th 10:30
Come discover your sense of rhythm as you play more different types of percussion instruments than you’ve ever seen in one place at one time. Registration is Suggested

Friendship Bracelets Thursday, July 31, 4pm
Make friendship bracelets that fizz with your creativity. All materials will be provided along
with an expert, Samantha Drew. Registration Suggested 

Alex the Jester Wednesday, August 6th 6pm 
Alex brings lots to laugh about as he amazes us with his original stunts. Watch out! He loves to include the audience in his antics!

Spectacular Sundaes! Thursday, August 14th 6pm
Get ready to eat as much ice cream as you can hold! Don’t fizzle out after the first bowl. All who have recorded their time spent reading will trade in their reading records for ice cream with an amazing array of toppings. Certificates, surprises and congratulations will be handed out to all. Registration Required

I’m Ready for Kindergarten Ceremony Wednesday, August 20th 6pm
Children headed to Kindergarten who used their “Golden Ticket to the Library” are
invited to celebrate their readiness for Kindergarten. Registration Required

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