It’s finally here! Summer Reading sign-up begins this week, and this year’s theme – Libraries Rock! – promises a lively summer of concerts, programs, crafts, reading and more. Reporting for prizes begins July 2.
Sign up online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or in person, and check out upcoming programs on our website or in the July/August edition of the Footnotes newsletter. Preschoolers are invited to join the Rubber Ducky club to get started on early literacy activities for the summer and beyond!
Summer reading isn’t just for kids
We don’t think adults should be left out of all the summer reading fun, and that’s why we have a special Summer Reading Program for the 18 and over set. Register online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org or visit the Information Desk to find out how you can record your reading adventures on our new online Bingo card for a chance to win great prizes.
Make you mark
Our Summer Reading bookmark contest is now open to all ages as well, so break out those colored markers and get drawing!
Please use original art only and nothing computer-generated. Entries will be accepted through Aug. 31. Contest entries will be judged anonymously by library staff, and winners will be announced online and in the library in late September. Winning bookmark designs will be printed for distribution in the library.
Pick up an entry form at the library or find it with the Summer Reading information online at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org.
Let’s get it started
We love getting our Summer Reading Program started off right, so this year we’ve invited Sylvia the Ventriloquist to kick things off with some serious silliness on Thursday, June 21. Sylvia tours throughout the world with her Magic Trunk, a well-traveled box inhabited by a bunch of quick-witted puppets and inanimate objects that she comically brings to life through ventriloquism. There will be shows at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. so you can pick the time that works best for your family. Don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program while you’re here!
Our Summer Cinema series for kids and families begins the following day, Friday, June 22, with a showing of “Ferdinand” (PG, 108 min., 20th Century Fox), at 2:30 p.m. Watch the adventures of the bull with a big heart, who is determined to find his way home with the help of some fellow misfits.
Save the date
For the third summer in a row, the library will transform into an 18-hole miniature golf course on Sunday, July 8, from 1-5 p.m. Golfers of all ages, from pros to duffers, can enjoy this favorite family pastime inside the library’s delightfully climate-controlled environs. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information!
— Kristen Roberts