2024 Summer Reading Adventures

2024 Summer Reading Adventures

At the Waterbury Public Library.
For all ages! All summer long!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Pick up your reading log & gift bag OR teen game board.
  • Set a reading goal for yourself for the summer. Make it a challenge!
  • Bring your reading log back by August 10th for a special sweet treat!
  • Can’t make it by Aug 10th? Bring your log back between 8/11 and 8/31 to pick out a free book.

Adventure Begins at Your Library.

This summer is about taking chances, pushing yourself to take risks and living life to the fullest! In honor of that, Waterbury Public Library (WPL) is encouraging readers of all ages to participate in our 2024 Summer Reading Adventure.



List of Summer Reading Events at the Waterbury Public Library


SUMMER READING KICK-OFF EVENT!

VINS Raptor Road Trip (link)

Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30 am.

Join a VINS Environmental Educator on an imagined journey across the United States, and encounter some resident raptors in their ecosystems. Plan to be outdoors, but we will head indoors if the weather’s poor. Our Decoration Station will also be open for SRP Bag Decorating! (ALL AGES)


VT FAMILY NETWORK’S PUPPETS IN EDUCATION

Wednesday, June 26th from 10:30 – 11:15 am.

WORRY IS A RED OCTOPUS (link)

Learn several different tools for dealing with anxiety in this fun and interactive puppet experience. (ALL AGES)


TEEN LOUNGE (link)

1st and 3rd Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 3rd, 17th & August 7th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

Join your friends in the SAL or outside in the Gardens to Game/Read/Write/Draw together. Bring your own preferred materials or devices. There will be lawn games available, too

(12 – 18 years old)


TEEN QUEER READS (link)

Wednesday. July 3rd & August 7th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.

Stop in at WPL or check our click the link above to see what books or activities we are going to cover these months.

(12-18)


MR. CHRIS (link)

Thursday, July 11th at 5:30 pm.

Join Vermont’s own Mr. Chris (of Mr. Chris and Friends on PBS) for an amazing musical adventure of learning, exploration, music, and fun! (ALL AGES)


WATERBURY ARTS FEST (link)

Saturday, July 13th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Stop by, say Hello, and get creative with us at the Waterbury Arts Fest in downtown Waterbury. (ALL AGES)


WATERBURY FIRE DEPARTMENT (link)

Friday July 19th from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

WFD will be at the library to meet the community. Kids can touch a fire truck, check out the special protective clothing, learn about fire safety, and ask any questions they may have! (ALL AGES)


CRAFTING CONSTELLATIONS (link)

Wednesday, July 24th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

Imagination Adventure: Drop in to the SAL to learn about the night sky and make a constellation jar to take home.  (5+ with Adult)


GARDENING ACTIVITY

Friday, July 26th at 10:30 am.

Special Guest and UVM Master Gardener Rachel Babin will lead a children’s gardening activity in the NEW WPL Children’s garden. We’ll learn more about how plants grow, and the specific ones we have in our garden.


BUSY MORNING BAND W/ LINDA BASSICK

Friday, August 2nd at 11:30 am.

Through music and the animation, Maple shows us how everyday activities provide opportunities for connection. (ALL AGES)


SUMMER READING FINALE / LIBRARY OLYMPIC GAMES

Saturday, Aug. 10th from 10:00 am – Noon.

Celebrate the end of the summer reading program with the Library Olympic Games. There will be game stations, challenges, free books, prizes, and popsicles! Stick around for the Teen Raffle Prize Drawing at Noon. (ALL AGES)

Children’s Garden Time / Tuesdays / 10am


Come to the Children’s Garden (in most weather) to work with Ms. Sandra. We’ll water, weed, plant, look for bugs, play, and generally care for and enjoy our WPL Children’s Garden.

 

Summer Reading Kick Off! / VINS Raptor Road Trip / Sat Jun 22 / 10:30

Summer Reading Kick Off Event!

VINS Raptor Road Trip

Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30 am.


If you had wings like a hawk, where would you fly? Birds of prey are found all over the world, in all kinds of environments—so why don’t we follow them! Join us on an imagined journey across the United States, and encounter some resident raptors in their ecosystems. We’ll learn about the habitat needs of each species, as well as their range and behavior in the wild. Who knows whoooo we’ll encounter?


This program is funded by a grant from The VT Department of Libraries.


Worry is a Red Octopus / June 26 / 10:30AM

“Worry is a Red Octopus”

With the Vermont Family Network Puppets in Education

June 26th at 10:30 AM in the Library’s SAL Room.

For ages 4 & up. No need to register.


Adam, Natalie, and Natalie’s anxiety (embodied as a red octopus) star in this engaging puppet show that offers kids & families tools for managing their own worries.

Sing-along at the end!


Mr. Chris / July 11 / 5:30PM / Steele

Mr. Chris (of Mr. Chris and Friends on PBS)

July 11th at 5:30PM in the STEELE room.


Join Vermont’s own Mr. Chris (of Mr. Chris and Friends on PBS) for an amazing musical adventure of learning, exploration, music, and fun!


No Registration Necessary

Waterbury Fire Department / Fri July 19 / 10:30am

Waterbury Fire Department

Friday, July 19th at 10:30 am.

all ages.


WFD will be at the library to meet the community. Kids can touch a fire truck, check out the special protective clothing and gear of a firefighter, learn about fire safety, and ask any questions they may have!

Teen Queer Reads / 1st Wednesdays / 6PM

Teen Queer Reads

A Monthly Book Club for Queer & Allied Youth.

(ages 12-18)

The first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the SAL Room.

Queer Reads is an LGBTQ-friendly book club for kids 12-18. It’s a safe place to share thoughts around books we are reading and to talk about ideas and issues.

Please stop by the youth desk for a copy of this months book.


Dates:

July 3rd, August 7th


Wednesday, July 3rd

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

We will watch the movie version at 6:00!


Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari’s features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.

But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.


Wednesday, August 7th

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

by Becky Albertalli

We will watch the movie version at 6:00!


Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Teen Lounge / 1st & 3rd Wednesdays / 4-6pm

1st and 3rd Wednesdays

July 3rd & 17th

August 7th


Join your friends in the SAL or outside in the Gardens to Game/Read/Write/Draw together. Bring your own preferred materials or devices. There will be lawn games available, too!

(Ages 12-18)

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