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The library hosts a program every Monday, Tuesday, 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 13; children who hand in completed sheets will be entered 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 and teen/adult BINGO cards will be available Monday, June 3, 2019; please ask at the circulation desk for a reading log/activity sheet or BINGO card.  When receiving reading log/activity sheets or BINGO cards, children and youth under age 18 will also be registered for this portion of Summer Learning.  Completed sheets and cards are due by library closing Saturday, August 17, 2019, to be eligible for the prize drawing.  Winners will be notified TBA by preferred method of contact to collect their prizes.

On Mondays at 2 p.m. STEM Discovery Club (for children ages 5 and older) meets at the library to build things, take things apart to find out how they work, conduct experiments, and much more in hands-on workshops! All programs are presented by Matthews Public Library staff unless otherwise noted.

The library is collecting recyclable supplies to use for STEM Discovery Club in Summer 2020. Supply donations may be dropped off at the library any time during library business hours between now and Monday, June 15, 2020.

Date Program
July 6 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 13 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 20 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 27 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 3 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 2019 schedule of programs.



June 18 The ZooAmerica animals can’t wait to visit the library and all their old friends in northern Lebanon county!
June 25 Venture into the forest with Science Tellers to investigate the UFO that fell from the sky; you’ll find yourself mixed up with a family of visitors from outer space who are being pursued by a crazy space scientist! Your mission is to rescue the aliens and get them back to their space ship before it’s too late.
July 2 @1 PM Joe Holiday’s Reading Rocks Magic Show amazes children of all ages with marvelous magic tricks!
July 9 The Forgotten Friends Reptiles will visit again with their caretaker, Jesse Rothaker.  They’re friendly, peaceful and some of the most interesting creatures you’ll ever meet!
July 16 Field paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka take us on a dinosaur dig in this hands on, fun filled show!
July 23 Mark DeRose’s inspiring show features songs, artwork, videos, and much more to encourage young listeners to embrace life, be creative, and, most importantly, confidently be themselves!
July 30 Tom Crowl’s comedy ventriloquist show will have its audience engaged, entertained, and howling with laughter.
August 6 Cissy and the Man tell a fun story filled with smiles and laughter with every performance that features juggling and clowning!

For tweens and teens ages third grade and older, this is the 2019 schedule of programs.   Programs are presented on Thursdays (unless otherwise noted) at 2 PM; each program is one hour long.  Programs  are presented by the Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation Environmental Education Team (unless otherwise noted). Please note: Creating Constellations will be presented on Wednesday, July 17!




Thursday, July 11

Your Birthday Moon: Listen to a story about the 12 moons of the year! Children will draw a picture or write a story or poem depicting highlights of the natural world they associate with their birth months.

Wednesday, July 17

Creating Constellations: Participants will learn common constellations and their history through an oral presentation and readings from the book Find The Constellations; participants will make their own constellations using colored pencils and construction paper.

Thursday, July 18

Apollopalooza: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing during which Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon! The party will feature a brief viewing of the moon landing, STEM and other activities, and light refreshments. (This event is presented by Matthews Public Library staff.)

Thursday, July 25

Planet Power: participants will learn about each of the planets in our solar system and will then make their own planet!

Thursday, August 1

Over the Moon: participants will learn fun facts about the Earth’s moon as well as its relationship to the Earth and Sun.

Thursday, August 8

Let’s Take The Moon For A Walk: Participants will learn about the moon and its phases, and we will make a moon phase flip book and game.

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 17, 2019, to receive 1 chance to win the prize(s) we’re raffling off.  All prize drawing entries must be turned by library closing on Saturday, August 17, 2019, 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!