Off the Shelf: Summer Reading Registration Happening this Thursday and Other Summer Kick-Off Events

By Sharon Saye on May 31, 2017 from Off the Shelf via

Registration for our Summer Reading Programs begins this week on June 1st.  The theme this year is Once Upon a Time emphasizing the diversity of American History.  Registered Summer Reading participants are eligible to win prizes and attend programs; please register early as programs reach maximum capacity quickly.
At time of registration, participants are given a packet containing reading lists, activity sheets, and calendars of events.  Registration for children requires the presence of an adult with a Bridgeport Public Library card.  Registration for adults and teens requires a Bridgeport Public library card.  Registration for June programs begins June 1.  Registration for July programs begins June 15.
Programs for children are generally offered on Wednesdays at noon and Thursdays at 6 p.m. with some exceptions.
The Kickoff program is scheduled for June 8th.  Local drumming talent, Anthony Douglas, will provide a drum clinic from 4-6 p.m.  The West Virginia Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will be presenting a special celebration of the American Revolution with a musket demonstration, explanation of historical artifacts, presentation of the colors and more from 6 – 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, June 14th, the program for children between the ages of 4-12 begins at noon.
Participants will learn more about Revolutionary War-era espionage with an experiment featuring invisible ink.  They will also build and seal wooden crates for an experiment involving tea and water, in celebration of Boston’s famous party.  Registration is required.  A repeat of the program is scheduled for 6 p.m.
On June 21st, Planetarium: Native American Mythology and the Lewis and Clark Celestial Navigation will be held at noon.  The NASA Starlab will provide colorful outlines of figures from Native American folklore such as Long Sash, Great Bear, First Man and Woman, and Spider God.  Participants will also develop a better understanding of how Lewis and Clark used celestial navigation to determine their location in the uncharted territory of the mid and northwest United States.  This program will repeat at noon, Friday, June 23rd, for teens and adults and 6:00 p.m. for children.
“Freedom Quilts” is scheduled on Wednesday, June 28th at noon.  Participants will use felt to make quilt squares reflective of the codes used in the Underground Railroad.   This program is for children ages 4-12.  Registration is required.  It repeats on Thursday, June 29th at 6:00 p.m.
Newsletters and calendars of events for all our programs this June are available at the library as well as posted on our website.

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