- Grove City, Pennsylvania

June 9, 2012

Summer Reading Programs

Allied News

MERCER COUNTY AREA — Mercer Area Library

110 E. Venango St.

The summer reading program will run from now through July 13 and is open to preschoolers through sixth grade and kicks off with Scholastic Book Fair on June 8 featuring “Buy One Book, Get One Book Free” sale. Children are invited to stop in to register for the summer program, say the secret word and get a treat.

These events are planned for Tuesdays beginning at 10 a.m.

 June 12 – Ventriloquist Cindy Speck.

 June 19 – Steve Haberman, “Dream Big-Read” magic show.

 June 26 – Betsy and Friends, an interactive “Puppet Show.”

 July 3 – Jennings Environmental Center, “Beneficial Bats,” with educator Miranda Crotsley.

 July 10 – Goddard State Park educator Jan Keller, “Eagles and Ospreys.”

 Celebration parties will be held at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 18 and children will receive prizes and awards. “Make Your Own Sundaes” will be featured. Choose one party to attend.

Library cards are free to residents of Mercer School District which includes Mercer, and Findley, Coolspring, East Lackawannock and Jefferson townships. The non-resident fee is $20 per family per year.

Info: 724-662-4233.


Grove City Community Library

125 West Main St.

Registration begins on June 4. Children ages 3 through 6th grade will receive a reading log, book marker, bag and tattoo when they register to read 20 books this summer.

 To kick-off the summer program there will be a free movie day at the Guthrie Theatre in Grove City on June 13 for all members of the family: “Bedtime Stories” starring Adam Sandler, rated PG. Bring money for your own concessions.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with the movie to begin at 10 a.m.

 All book logs must be completed and handed in by July 28. Children who finish their logs will be awarded a certificate and will be invited to the library’s Caribbean luau swimming party at 6:30 p.m. July 31 at Grove City Park Pool.

Wednesday school age events:

 June 20 – “Beneficial Bats” featuring a visit from Jennings Environmental Center.

 June 27 – “Night Creatures” with a visit from Skye Spirit Wildlife Reserve. We will get to see a live skunk, porcupine and an owl.

 July 11 – “Lightning Bug Storytelling” featuring storyteller, Vicki Linger.

 July 18 – “Stars in the Sky,” a visit from local astronomer, Dr. Thomas Oberst.


 June 19 – Bats

 June 26 – Tooth Fairy

 July 3 – By the Light of the Moon

 July 10 – Night Owls

 July 17 – Space Aliens

 July 24 – Dream Big Stories


Special school age events

 Dragonfly Balloons will be at the library for a balloon twisting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon June 21.

The cost is $10 per child. Event is for those in first grade and older. Register before by June 15.

 “If The Shoe Fits: Cinderella Stories from Around the World” for girls in first through fifth grade, each week at 2 p.m. June 19 through July 17.

Girls will hear a different Cinderella story and make a special Cinderella craft. Each girl will receive a “Fairy Godmother Card” that will be punched each time they come.

Prizes will be awarded for those who attend all six sessions.

Registration is required.

 Stuffed Animal Sleepover for children in grades first to sixth may bring a stuffed animal friend to the library at 4 p.m. June 28 for a very special “animal sleepover.”

The children will not sleep over but their stuffed friends will.

Come dressed in your pajamas and listen to bedtime stories and have a snack.

Come back the next morning at 10 a.m. and pick up your friend, have donuts and juice and receive a picture of what your animal did in the library after everyone was gone for the night.  Registration is required if possible.

 Superhero Day, 10:30 a.m. July 12 at the Grove City Park. Please wear your favorite super hero costume or make up a super hero of your own. Be ready to participate in many hero activities. Registration is required.

 Tie-Dye Dream Pillowcases, for grades first through sixth, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 19 at Grove City Park. Each person is ask to bring their own clean, white pillowcase and please wear old clothes. Registration is required.

 Dream Big Family Movie Night events for all ages will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own drinks. June 22 will be Walt Disney’s “Aladdin,” and July 13, “Monsters Inc.”

 LEGO Club meetings run from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 18 and July 19.


 Summer Reading End Party, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 28 for all those who read their 20 books over the summer and turned in their reading logs. The swim party is free to all participants and their families.

Refreshments will be served with music and balloons included. There is no registration.

 Teen summer reading program for seventh through 12th grade. Each participant is asked to sign up and receive a reading log. Teens are asked to record the number of pages read. For every 1,000 pages read you will receive an age appropriate prize. There will be teen movie events, game day and more. Check the bulletin board for more details.

  A Scholastic Book Fair will be held during regular library business hours, July 23-28 with new items from board books to young adult novels. Twenty percent of all sales will go to purchasing new children’s books for the library.