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Children’s Summer Reading Program 2021

 

Hello Friends!  This year’s theme is UNDER THE SEA! Join us as we dive into reading for a Fin-Tastic Summer!

 Our Annual Root Beer Float will be a Drive-by event on, FRIDAY, June 18, 1-3pm. 

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for Summer Reading & the Drive-by Root Beer Float 

Summer Reading Registration 2021

Please Note: All participants must be entering grades 1-6 in the Fall of 2021. If your child is entering 6th grade, they may choose to do EITHER the Children's Summer Reading challenge or the Teen Book Review Summer Challenge. YOUNGER SIBLINGS may register to participate in the the Float only-let us know so we'll have a kit ready for them!

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Don’t miss our Summer Reading EVENTS

Drive By Root Beer Float: FRIDAY, June 18th, 1-3pm

Register (above) to join us for a drive by Root Beer Float. Visit us in the Library parking lot anytime between 1-3pm to pick up your Summer Reading Kit! If you can’t attend, stop by the library later in the week during regular hours to pick up a kit!


UNDER THE SEA with Ariel: Saturday, June 26th, 10:30am

Children, ages 3 and older, join Ariel outside* on the Library lawn for songs, stories and dancing.

We are pleased to welcome back actress Carole Finn-Weidman whose magical performances bring to life your favorite fairy tale characters, princesses & educational figures in a fun & interactive way.

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As social distancing measures begin to ease, please remember to be respectful of those around you who may still prefer to maintain a physical distance and/or continue to wear a mask. Thank You. 

*In the event of rain, this event will be held on the Library 3rd floor. 


Origami Whale Take & Make: June 28-July 2nd, 1-5pm

Stop by any afternoon during the week of June 28th between 1-5pm to pick up an Origami Whale pattern (while supplies last) to make at the library or at home. Registration is not required. This event is best for children ages 6 and older.


Tropical Fish Cupcake Decorating: Wednesday, July 7th, between 2-5pm

Ages 5 and older, reserve your spot to create a tropical fish cupcake! Supplies are limited, reserve early.

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STORY WALK: July 12-16th

Stroll the library grounds and enjoy the delightful picture book, “Tor Takes a Trip” about a harbor seal on Cape Ann. No registration necessary.


Lobster Crown Crafternoon: Monday, July 19, between 2-5pm

Kids, ages 5 and older, reserve your craft kit and stop by between 2-5pm to make your very own lobster crown! Supplies are limited, sign up early!

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UNDER THE SEA with Miss Frizzle: Monday, July 26th, 3:00pm 

Children, ages 4 and older, join Miss Frizzle from the popular Magic School Bus book series outside* on the Library lawn to learn all about our amazing oceans and sea life!

We are pleased to welcome back actress Carole Finn-Weidman whose magical performances bring to life your favorite fairy tale characters, princesses & educational figures in a fun & interactive way.

REGISTER HERE

As social distancing measures begin to ease, please remember to be respectful of those around you who may still prefer to maintain a physical distance and/or continue to wear a mask. Thank You. 

*In the event of rain, this event will be held on the Library 3rd floor. 


Summer Book Groups

“Read Aloud” Book Group for children entering grades 2 & 3

This group will meet on Tuesdays July 6, 13 & 20 at 4:00pm. Spaces are limited!

Join April on the Library lawn for a delightful mystery read-aloud!  “Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn’t it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious. When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn’t always right. She also learns how to be a detective.”

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“Weekly Meet Up” Book Group for children entering grades 4 & 5

This group will meet Thursdays June 24, July 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 4pm. Spaces are limited. Copies of the book will be distributed at the first session. Sessions include discussion, themed activities and snacks. 

Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: They’ve been raised by wolves! Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.  But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

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“Read & Meet” Book Group for children entering grades 6 & 7

This 2-session group will Kick Off on Thursday, July 29 at 4pm and our Meet Up discussion will be held Thursday, August 19, 4pm. Spaces are limited! Books will be provided to participants at the first session. 

“In a discontented kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well. An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.”

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Each summer we have a Summer Reading Mascot who travels weekly to a different business in Essex. When kids spot our mascot, they contact us to let us know where and are entered to win ice cream cones generously donated by Woodmans of Essex. This year our mascot is…Willa the Whale! Keep your eyes peeled, June 28-July 24 for your chance to win, and email awanner@essexpl.org or call 978-768-7410 to be entered into the raffle!

 

Special thanks to the Friends of the Library whose generous funding helps to make our Summer Reading programming possible!

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