2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories, June 17th-August 14th

Stop by the library to sign-up and start the summer reading program for 2019: A Universe of Stories! Participants will get space themed punch-cards to track reading throughout the summer, collecting prizes for individual reading goals. Participants will also be a part of a larger reading team, racing through space together to reach the moon! Starting on June 17th, registration for all programs, workshops, and performances begins for children and teens, running all summer long until August 14th. Sample the many programs designed to delight, inspire, teach, and give hands-on experiences. For a copy of the Summer Reading Program brochure with information about all events, click here

Our summer reading program is sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, Stewart’s Holiday Match Grant, and Dairy Queen – Ghent. 

Art workshops are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Greene County Council of the Arts.

Animals in Space
Monday, July 15, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Have you ever wondered what animals have been in space? Join REPCO Wildlife for a live presentation of animals that have been in space or have been involved in space studies. For ages 4 & up

Marbleized Paper & Bookbinding
Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00pm to 4:00pm July 17 & 18
Artist Ulrike Grannis will teach us the ancient art of marbleized paper and bookbinding in this two day workshop. For ages 8 to teens

Shakespeare Story Theatre – All the World’s a Stage
Monday, July 22, 6:30pm
Led by Shakespeare Lady, Lesley Sawhill, the audience is transported to Elizabethan England and the Globe Theatre. Members of the audience take on roles in the quick paced action of one of Shakespeare’s plays.
This event will take place outside – please bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, it will be in the library.
For families

Light-Up Paper Inventions
Thursday, July 25, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Learn about circuits, switches, and sensors with take home projects in this 90 minute workshop based on Kathy Ceceri’s book, Make: Paper Inventions. Fold jumping frogs or create other flashing paper designs.
For ages 10 to teens

ScienceTellers – Aliens: Escape from Earth
Thursday, July 30, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky; but it’s not a shooting star. Two kids venture out to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Trapped by a crazy space scientist, they risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their ship – before it’s too late! Throughout the intergalactic story, volunteers from the audience will discover the unbelievable world of science through experiments and demonstrations with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, energy, explosions, and more! For ages 5 -12

Kids and Coding 
Monday-Friday, August 5th-9th, 2:00pm
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension in this 5 day workshop. Just like real-world engineers, youths will work in teams to plan, build, test, and modify their own robotic creations. Youths will leave with a better knowledge of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork! For grades 3rd-5th

Storycrafters – Wishing On a Star
Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 pm
The Storycrafters will present a fun, musical program of traditional stories and songs. Explore the wonder and magic that we feel in the presence of the stars, the moon, the sun, and the vastness of the universe. The library is filled with the magic of stories – celebrate the joy and delight that can be found within the pages of books by sampling stories to be found there.
Come out and wish upon a star with us! For families

Summer Reading Party
Wednesday, August 14, 7:30 pm
After the Storycrafter’s performance, join us for our End of the Summer Reading Party! Refreshments will be provided by Dairy Queen – Ghent.

Individual registration is required for ALL summer reading events.