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Summer Learning Programs
The library hosts a program every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon during the summer. You can find the schedule of programs here. Everyone is welcome, no sign up is required to attend programs, and all programs are free and fun for all ages! There are reading log and activity sheets available for children under under 8 years old; children who hand in completed sheets will be entered into a prize drawing. New in 2021: Endless Pawsabilities Summer Learning reading and activity packets for children ages 9 – 12 years old will also be available; children who complete tickets receive entries into a prize drawing. There are BINGO cards available for teens ages 13 to 18 and for adults as well; for complete rules and prize eligibility, please click on that tab below. Children’s reading log/activity sheets, Endless Pawsabilities packets, and teen/adult BINGO cards will be available Monday, June 7, 2021; please ask at the circulation desk for a reading log/activity sheet, Endless Pawsabilities packet, or BINGO card or they can be downloaded from this website. When receiving reading log/activity sheets, Endless Pawsabilities packets, or BINGO cards, children and youth under age 18 will also be registered for this portion of Summer Learning. Completed sheets, Endless Pawsabilities tickets, and BINGO cards are due by library closing Saturday, August 14, 2021, to be eligible for the prize drawing and can be handed in at the library in person or online via Beanstack (reading log/activity sheets, Endless Pawsabilities) or online form (BINGO). Winners will be notified the week immediately following the deadline for completed sheets, tickets, and cards by preferred method of contact to collect their prizes.
BINGO for Teens & Adults
For teens ages 13+ and adults of all ages, pick up a BINGO card at the library this summer, and start reading! Books must be read over the summer. You can choose any book or activity that fits the category in a square, and READ! Achieve BINGO by completing the activities in five squares in a line (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally). Track your progress by filling in the required information in the squares of your choice. If you need help with book suggestions for the categories on the BINGO card, please ask for help the next time you come to the library–we love talking books–or go to this link where you can find some online book lists for title suggestions that you can then search for in our online catalog or on OverDrive to borrow. Complete a BINGO and turn in your card by or on Saturday, August 14, 2021, to receive 1 chance to win the prize(s) we’re raffling off; you may also enter completed BINGOs via the online entry form. All prize drawing entries must be turned by library closing on Saturday, August 14, 2021, to be eligible for the prize drawing. READ and REPEAT! Pick up another BINGO card to complete for another chance to enter to win prizes! Winners will be notified on the Tuesday following the deadline by their preferred method of contact to collect their prizes.
- Can I start the program after the official start date? Yes!
- Can I count reading I did before the official start date? We ask that you only count reading you did after the official start date.
- Can I complete more than one BINGO card? Yes; you may complete as many BINGOs as you want!
- Do eBooks and audiobooks count? Yes, they sure do!
STEM Discovery Club is for children ages 5 and older; this is the 2021 schedule of Monday afternoon programs. At STEM Discovery Club we build things,, take things apart and find out how they work, conduct experiments, and much more in hands on workshops! All programs are presented by Matthews Public Library staff; please note that due to the ongoing coronavirus emergency, fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a face mask while inside the building. Hand sanitizer and facilities to wash hands will also be available.
|July 5||Pinocchio And The Scarf Puppet: Children will learn about the tale of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who wanted to become a real boy, by Carlo Collodi. Participants will explore the science of human kinetics by creating their own scarf marionettes.|
|July 12||Hermes And The Lyre: Children will learn about the ancient Greek myth of the birth of Hermes, how he stole his brother Apollo’s prized cattle, and invented the lyre in the process. Participants will explore the science of sound by creating their own instruments.|
|July 19||Robin Hood And His Bow And Arrows: Children will learn about the tale Robin Hood, the legendary outlaw and highly skilled archer of English folklore, who robbed the rich and gave the spoils to the poor. Participants will explore the physics of archery by creating their own bows.|
|July 26||Paul Bunyan And The Tall Tower: Children will learn about the tale of Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack of American folklore, and his amazing feats. Participants will explore the structural science of engineering by creating towers that Paul Bunyan’s friends can use to speak to him face to face.|
|August 2||Jack (And The Beanstalk) And The Parachute: Children will learn the tale of Jack and the giant beanstalk that he climbs to a land high in the sky where he steals the giant’s golden treasure. Participants will learn about the science of air resistance by creating their own parachutes to help Jack escape from the giant.|
For children of all ages, this is the 2021 schedule of programs; please note that due to the ongoing coronavirus emergency, fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a face mask while inside the building. Hand sanitizer and facilities to wash hands will also be available.
|June 22||Jesse Rothaker and his Forgotten Friend Reptiles crawl, glide, slither and slink into the library for a visit! Pet them if you dare!|
|June 29||Marian Gehman and her cast of characters will have everyone laughing as they entertain us with their hilarious stories, songs, tomfoolery and shenanigans.|
|July 6||The Amazing Magi will visit the library and those of us in the audience will experience fun, excitement, awe and wonder as we struggle to believe our own eyes!|
|July 13||Jeff Boyer and the Big Bubble Bonanza come to the library! You‘ll see bubble rainbows with people inside, volcano bubbles, and gigantic bubbles that blow their own bubbles! Be prepared to see this bubble wrangler take bubbles to the max to create a bold bubble extravaganza.|
|July 20||ZooAmerica brings our favorite animal buddies from Hersheypark over to the library for a visit!|
|July 27||Silly Joe Sings fun songs about family trips with grumpy dads, aunts who want to pinch your cheeks, goofy family dogs, and how to handle your annoying brother or sister. We’ll laugh along with Silly Joe as he offers a lighthearted look at the funny quirks of everyday family life.|
|August 3||Cissy and the Man visit the library! If lots of juggling and plenty of clowning around appeals to you, then come on over for a fun afternoon!|
|August 10||Roberta and Mike Straka will visit the library and highlight the world of dinosaurs, fossils, rocks and minerals. Each year the Strakas are part of a team that excavates dinosaur bones in the badlands of North and South Dakota. See some of their amazing discoveries from the time of the dinosaurs to the time of the ice age!|
Children ages 5+ are invited to the library on Wednesdays at 2 PM for a series of workshops. These workshops are hands-on, learning by doing lessons and projects in which participants learn about a wide range of topics, such as arts and crafts, horticulture, animal science, food and nutrition, and much more; these workshops are facilitated by educators from the Lebanon County 4-H Program of Penn State Extension. Please note that due to the ongoing coronavirus emergency, fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a face mask while inside the building. Hand sanitizer and facilities to wash hands will also be available.
|July 7||What Are Plants?|
|July 14||Parts Of A Plant|
|July 21||Uses of Plants|
|July 28||How Plants Grow|
|August 4||Plant Propagation|
For tweens and teens ages third grade and older, these programs held Thursday afternoons include a hands-on experiment. Presented by the Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation Environmental Education Team (unless otherwise noted), each program is one hour long; please note that due to the ongoing coronavirus emergency, fully vaccinated visitors are not required to wear a face mask while inside the building. Hand sanitizer and facilities to wash hands will also be available.
|June 24||Dino Tales and More: This program is for the dinosaur enthusiast! Explore and learn about dinosaurs on a whole new level. Participants will invent their own dinosaurs and include the unique adaptations that they create. Then, we‘ll play a rousing game of Dinosaur Tail Tag!|
|July 1||Sea Tails Tell Tales: Tails tell tales? Absolutely! Participants will discover the diversity of ocean habitats, survival strategies, and tails. We‘ll apply the fascinating facts we learn to complete a fun match game before ending with an active ocean predator–prey game!|
|July 8||A Bat Tale: If you’re batty about bats, this program is for you! Participants will examine bat specimens up close and learn more about the bats that live in our own neighborhoods. We’ll share the story of Stellaluna and then join in on a tag game that teaches echolocation. To complete the program we’ll make a bat craft to take home!|
|July 15||Tales About Trees: After listening to the fable “The Fir Tree and the Bramble,” participants will learn to identify different types of wood and trees using real wood samples; participants will paint wood slices to use as decorative ornaments! (This program is presented by Matthews Public Library staff.)|
|July 22||Plant Tales: Plants also have a story to tell, and we can learn a lot from them. Participants will take a closer look at the wonders of plants and flowers as we explore the tales that have been told about them throughout history. Participants will design their own plant or flower and then write a tale about it. We’ll turn that picture and story into a bookmark to use when reading other stories about plants!|
|July 29||Fairytale Story Stones: After listening to the fable “The Crow and the Pitcher,” we’ll learn to identify types of stones; then we’ll paint stones to take home as pets! (This program is presented by Matthews Public Library staff.)|
|August 5||A Kenyan Tale: “Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain” is a wonderful Kenyan tale about a young Nandi boy and the seasonal rains that occur where he lives. Participants will listen to the fable and then make their own rain sticks and conclude with a group “rain-making” activity!|