WESTFIELD - Naturalist Paul Fehringer will kick off Patterson Library's free summer program with Owl Ecology on Monday, June 25 at 11:15 a.m.
Children will get to meet live owls and learn more about different owls and how they hunt. The library's summer lineup also includes a return of California-based puppet company, Omnipresent Puppet Theater, and a special Glow-in-the-Dark Party featuring glow in the dark crafts, games, and activities.
Registration is free and is now open for "Dream Big, Read! Summer 2012 at Patterson Library" which runs from Monday, June 25 to Thursday, Aug. 2 and features weekly activities, storytimes and special guests. This year there is something for all age groups, from babies to teens to adults. Parents are invited to register their children in the Library's Reading Room anytime before the program starts.
Paul Fehringer kicks off Patterson’s ‘Dream Big, Read!’ summer reading program with Owl Ecology on June 25 at 11:15 a.m.
Library Director Eli Guinnee says 142 children and teens have already signed up, and he hopes turnout will be as good as last year.
"Registrations have been strong again this year, and we're looking forward to another very busy summer," Guinnee said.
This year each child will have book log which challenges them to read books and complete activities. For every activity they do, or book they read, children will receive one "DreamBuck." DreamBucks can then be used to purchase prizes. Also this year children will be able to choose a small prize from a prize box every time they check out a library book.
Weekly meetings are generally 45 minutes long, meeting on the following schedule, with grades determined based on the 2012-13 school year:
0-36 months: Thursdays, 9:30 to 10 a.m., led by Amy Stephenson;
3 years old to kindergarten: Thursdays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., led by Stephenson;
First and second grade: Tuesdays, 9:15 to 10 a.m., led by Wade Dellow;
Third and fourth grade: Tuesdays, 10:15 to 11 a.m., led by Dellow;
Fifth and sixth grade: Mondays, 10:15 to 11 a.m., led by Sarah Funka;
Seventh and eighth grade: Mondays, noon to 12:45 p.m., led by Guinnee.
The library has several special guests coming this summer on Mondays at 11:15 a.m.:
June 25 - Owl Ecology;
July 2 - Musician Nan Hoffman;
July 9 - Storyteller AnneMarie Jason;
July 16 - Glow-in-the-dark Party;
July 23 - Omnipresent Puppets present "Sleeping Beauty";
Thursday, Aug. 2 - Finale Picnic at Moore Park featuring a pot luck picnic and lots of fun games in the park where this year's Super Readers will be announced.
A teen activity and book discussion group will meet every Friday at 2 p.m., and there will be one star-gazing teen overnight at a date to be determined. Funka will lead the teen group this summer and she invites all teenagers to come to the first teen meeting on Friday, June 29 at 2 p.m. to help plan the summer's activities.
Adults are not left out. "Between the Covers," Patterson's summer reading program for grown ups, is now open for registration. Like last year, participants are encouraged to register online by going to www.pattersonlibrary.info and following the links. Adults who read three books and write three reviews this summer will be eligible for a prize and to attend the Finale Party on Sept. 6. Paper registrations are also available at Patterson Library.
This program is supported by the United Way, Westfield Recreation Department, The Westfield Woman's Organization and Westfield Academy and Central School. The library is located at 40 South Portage Street in Westfield and can be reached at 326-2154 or online at www.pattersonlibrary.info.